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  • Writer's pictureChristina Grosshans

SPY's Newsletter 8/13/21

SPY’s Help Underwrite The Library

Summer Reading Program

Pictured (right) is Steve Grosshans, President of the Sunfield Area Sponsors of Programs for Youth (SPY’s) presenting a check for $500 to Lisa Bell, Director of the Sunfield District Library. The donation from the SPY’s was to help provide funding for the Library’s annual summer reading program.

The Annual People’s Choice Award Float Building

Contest Is Back!

Do you have plans for Saturday, August 21, 2021? The members of the Sunfield Farmers Picnic Board would like to have your organization’s float, your tractor or antique car, decorated bicycle or wagon in the Grand Parade on Saturday. The Board invites anyone who wishes to participate in the parade to please do so. Everyone is welcome to participate in the parade and all activities at the 2021 Sunfield Farmers Picnic, Friday, August 20 through Sunday, August 22.

How about entering a float in the Seventh Annual People’s Choice Award Float Building Contest? Represent your business or organization with a decorated float. The float must have your business or organization’s name and this year’s Picnic theme of “Small Town Proud”. Line up begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Sunfield Water Tower and begins at 12 noon. Please submit a color photograph of your float by 9 p.m. Friday, August 20 to

Patrons will be able to purchase tickets from Picnic board members under the Sunfield Farmers Picnic Merchant’s tent in Van Buren Park after the parade to place their vote for the People’s Choice Award. The winner will receive a keepsake plaque and be announced at 7 p.m. at the beginning of the talent show. The winner will also have their name placed on a bigger plaque that will be on display at the Welch Historical Museum throughout the year.

The 2019 float winners were the Jordan Lake Trail group in third place, the Sunfield District Library took 2nd place and first place went to the Sunfield Historical Society. Due to limited activities in 2020, there was no float building contest.

All money collected from the donations will be put into the following year’s picnic. Events such as this help us to cover costs for things including tent rental, entertainment and fireworks. If you would like to register a float for this year’s parade, send an email to to receive the entry form. Anyone else who wishes to be in the parade but not be in the float contest can let us know by sending an email to the address above or by calling Jeff Gibbs at 517-566-3355. You may also just show up the day of the parade by 11:30 a.m. and we will fit you in.

We Could Really Use Some Help Now!

Wayne Simmons, our Farmer’s Picnic Dime Pitch Booth Chairman, just unexpectedly underwent heart surgery in Grand Rapids and will be out of commission for a while. He was right in the middle of finalizing plans for the Dime Pitch operation when he went down.

So, we are scrambling to finish up plans. Specifically, we are in need of filling some work slots on Friday afternoon and evening, and on Saturday afternoon and evening. If you can help us out, please call John Fisher at 517-648-0969, and we’ll work out a time slot for you.



· Carolyn Peabody made a donation in memory of Jerry Gilbert.

· Oren & Rosie Best made multiple contributions in memory of Jan McNamara; Jesse Jaime; and Ron Enz.

· We also had a donation come in from the Pfizer Corporation.

· Grant Jones; Rose Jones; Scarlett Jones; and Elle Jones made a nice donation to our Dime Pitch Booth activity.

We sincerely thank you one and all for your thoughtfulness and caring! It is appreciated!


Centennial Acres, Inc. has announced that they may possibly have some stock become available for sale. Anyone that has an interest in becoming a Centennial Acres shareholder is invited to attend an informational meeting that will be held at the Centennial Acres clubhouse on Sunday, August 22nd., starting at 6 PM.

This is an informational session only. If you are unable to attend but would still be interested in purchasing some stock, if any becomes available, you can fill out a “Stock Purchase Interest Form” at the clubhouse at any time prior to June 22nd.

2021 Scholarship & Community Awards Presentations

The SPY’s Community Foundation Class of 2021 scholarship award presentation will take place at the Farmer’s Picnic on Friday, August 20th, starting at 6:15 PM, under the big tent at Floyd Van Buren Park.

In addition, the SPY’s and the Community Foundation will also be making some additional award presentations to some deserving folks in the community for their contributions and tireless efforts. Please plan on attending and help us recognize some outstanding community-building individuals!

Notice #2

The Sunfield SPY’s 2021 – 2022 Celebration Calendars are in and will once again be available at the Farmer’s Picnic. Look up our Calendar Project Chairman Rosie Best and pick up a copy. She will be situated in the middle of the park under her tent.

Notice #3

Lookie here! Tammy’s Hair Salon on Main Street will be selling pop---water---snacks---and crafts out in front of the salon during the parade at the Farmer’s Picnic on Saturday, August 21st. (Cash only).

Parting Comments

• Deep Thought of the Week: When I was young, I used to admire intelligent people; as I grow older, I admire kind people.

• Notable Quote: “Try not to be a man of success. Rather become a man of value.”---Albert Einstein

• That’s Puny Department: When I get naked in the bathroom, the shower usually gets turned on.”

• Did You Know Section? George Crum (born George Speck) was a mixed-race Native American trapper and guide in the Adirondacks, who became renowned for his culinary skills after becoming a cook and restaurant owner in Saratoga Springs, New York. By 1860 he owned Crum's House, a popular lakeside restaurant. On day in 1853, George Crum prepared fried potatoes as part of the evening’s menu. A finicky customer kept returning his potatoes to the kitchen, complaining that they were too thick. Finally, an enraged Crum picked up his sharpest knife, sliced some potatoes wafer thin, and deep-fried them in boiling fat. Rather than be annoyed, the troublesome customer loved them! Soon other guests wanted to order the “Saratoga chip”. The rest is potato chip history.

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