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  • Writer's pictureChristina Grosshans

SPY's Newsletter 8/25/2022

SPY’s Community Newsletter #213 (8/25/22) Notice #1 Centennial Acres is having a Fish Fry this Friday, August 26th. Get a generous portion of house battered Walleye—French fries or baked potato---coleslaw---roll---home-made tartar sauce---and brownie or cookie. Yum! Serving starts at 5 PM and goes until 8:30 PM. To-go orders are welcome by calling 517-566-8055. Notice #2 The Charlotte Class of 1982 is having its 40-year reunion on Saturday, September 10, 2022 at Maple Brook Golf Course, 681 Lansing St, Charlotte, MI 48813 from 5 to 9 p.m. It’s not too late to register; this link will take you to the invitation which contains the registration link: The deadline to guarantee dinner is Saturday, August 27, 2022. Cost is $30 per person. Golf is an additional option that afternoon. Remember this is the Charlotte Frontier Day Weekend with its saloon that evening. If you have any questions, please contact Penny (Moist) Hall at 269-838-9428 or DeAnna (Hancock) Clark at 517-231-2527 or via email at Notice #3 Rob “The Chef” Piercefield reports that another free Community Dinner has started up. This one is in Lake Odessa at the downtown Central Methodist Church. The dinners take place every Thursday from 4 to 6 PM. Notice #4 The “First Annual Remember When Rock & Roll Party” is in the works. It will be held on Saturday, October 1st. at a site near Lake Odessa. The host for this event will be Art Meade. Further information on tickets, etc. will be available soon. Stay tuned! Contributions · Best Tax Service and Rosie Best made a donation to the “Sunfield Welcomes You” sign project. · Mapes Furniture and Rebecca Calabro also made a contribution to the “Sunfield Welcomes You” renovation project. Farmer’s Picnic Epilogue #1 This will be the first of a number of “Farmer’s Picnic Epilogues” that will be in the “SPY’s Community Newsletters” over the next few days. There is just way too much information, contest results, pictures, etc. to put in just one newsletter. So stay tuned. Prince & Princess

Pictured (L to R) are the Farmer’s Picnic Royal Court consisting of Journee Challendar, Braylee Pruden, and Prince Wesley Brummette and Princess Braelyn Gibbs. Cook’s Peddle Pull Champions · 3 – 4 Year Old Class---Avery Julson (1st); Griffin Anderson (2nd); and Haylee Teusink (3rd). · 5 – 6 Year Old Class---Wesley Brummette (1st); Lucas Coffman (2nd); and Emerson Guy (3rd). · 7 – 8 Year Old Class---Colton Guy (1st); Lileh Anderson;(2nd) and Audrey Thomas (3rd). · 9 – 10 Year Old Class---Elliana Flowers (1st) and Rachel Poll (2nd). · 11 – 12 Year Old Class---Brian Shultz (1st); Abraham Carrasco (2nd); and Weston Wilcox (3rd). Parting Comments • Deep Thought of the Week: Live your life and forget your age! • Notable Quote: "The question isn’t who is going to let me—it’s who is going to stop me.”---Ayn Rand • That’s Puny Department: A new airplane has been developed that cannot crash. Made from rubber polymers, it will just bounce. The craft was invented by Boeing, Boeing, Boeing. • Did You Know Section: Abebe Bikila was a marathon runner from Ethiopia. In 1960, Bikila was added to the Ethiopian Olympic team only at the last moment---as the plane to Rome was about to leave---as a replacement for another runner, who had broken his ankle in a soccer match. Adidas, the shoe sponsor at the 1960 Summer Olympics, had a few shoes left when Bikila went to try out shoes, and he ended up with a pair that didn’t fit comfortably, so he couldn't use them. A couple of hours before the race, Bikila decided to run barefoot---the way he'd trained for the race. Bikila was warned about his main rivals, one of whom was Rhadi Ben Abdesselam from Morocco, who was supposed to wear number 26. For unknown reasons, Rhadi did not acquire his black marathon bib before the race, and instead was wearing his regularly assigned track and field bib, number 185. During the race Bikila passed numerous runners as he searched for Rhadi's number 26. By about 20 km, Bikila and Rhadi (actually wearing number 185) had created a gap from the rest of the pack. Bikila kept looking forward to find the runner with number 26, unaware that Rhadi was running right beside him. They stayed together until the last 500 meters, when Bikila sprinted to the finish line. Bikila won in a record time of 2:15:16.2, becoming the first Sub-Saharan African to win an Olympic gold medal. He finished 25 seconds ahead of Rhadi. At the next Olympics in 1964, Abebe Bikila traveled to Tokyo for the Olympics, but was not expected to compete. Only at the last minute did he enter the marathon. He finished the marathon in a new world record time of 2:12:11:2; 4 minutes. He was the first athlete in history to win the Olympic marathon twice. Talk about no respect—a world record---the first to win two marathons in a row no less--at the awards ceremony, no one in the band knew the Ethiopian national anthem, so they played the Japanese anthem instead. Notices 1. If there is any organization or business out there that has something they would like to advertise or promote, please feel free to submit it to this Newsletter and we will help publicize it. There is no charge. We are glad to provide this means as a public service to help keep the community informed. 2. If you are looking for further information about the SPY’s events---Corporate or Platinum Sponsorship information---scholarship forms---youth sports reimbursement forms---past SPY newsletters---etc.---just go to the SPY website at 3. NOTE: If you know of anyone who would like to receive these SPY’s Newsletters, just send me an email at with their email address and we will add them to the distribution list.

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