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SPY's Newsletter 7/21/23

SPY’s Community Newsletter #274



The SPY’s are looking for a volunteer to assume the responsibility of being the Chairperson of the Texas Hold ‘Em events. Our current event leader, Jeff Gibbs, now has job responsibilities that involve more travel and it makes it difficult for him to be here to handle the necessary duties---which amount to scheduling and minor paperwork. If you have any questions, require more information, or would like to volunteer to step in and take over, please give Jeff a call at 517-930-6989.

Centennial Acres Is Hiring


· Larry & Katie Terpstra made donations in memory of Roy Harris; Kate Mapes; and George Thorp.

· John & Sandra Fisher made a contribution to the Scholarship Fund in memory of Lee Hazel.

· Shelly Bushman donated in memory of Kate Mapes.

· We had Dime Pitch Booth donations from:

Karin Raymond

Barry & Pat Vezino

Loretta Shelter

Thank you all for your thoughtfulness and caring!

Getting Geared Up For the BIG Show?

“Fire In The Hole” Golf Scramble Returns

Details of the Fifth Annual Fire Department Auxiliary's upcoming golf scramble are attached below. Be sure to check it out!

Parting Comments

· Deep Thought-Of-The-Week: Knowing when to walk away is WISDOM. Being able to is COURAGE. Walking away with your head held high is DIGNITY.

· Notable Quote: “"The reason why worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work."---Robert Frost

· That’s Puny Department: I was going to make myself a belt made out of watches, but then I realized it would be a waist of time.

· Did You Know Section: On April 10, 1815, Mount Tambora blew its top. The massive eruption lasted 10 days and completely ravaged the Indonesian island of Sumbawa. The ash from Tambora combined with the dust and debris from several other eruptions---and blocked out the sun. The effects were devastating to agriculture across the globe. It got really bad the following year, in 1816, which has been called "the year with no summer".

In the United States, New England was beset with a "dry fog" that would not dissipate. The lingering fog dimmed and refracted the sunlight, creating a constant eerie red glow in the sky. Even heavy rainfall failed to disperse it. Temperatures routinely fell below freezing throughout the spring.

The situation in Europe was even worse. Abnormal rainfall caused rivers to rise, while many area endured frost in mid-August. People reported snowfall throughout the summer months. Even stranger---the dust in the atmosphere turned the white snowflakes red. The ensuing famine was the worst the continent would experience in the 19th century. By the time that "summer" was over, nearly 200,000 Europeans had perished.

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