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  • Writer's pictureChristina Grosshans

SPY's Newsletter 8/3/23

SPY’s Community Newsletter #276


Notice #1

I am passing along the following message from Sunfield Township Treasurer Stacie McNees. They are seeking input in regards to ideas / suggestions for improvements to the community. Here it is:

“I wondered if you could post something about Sunfield Township and the Village looking into getting grants. We would like feedback from the residents on what they would like to see in the community. We want to update our parks and try to get some new businesses in town.”

“We need new bathrooms in the park and the concession stand needs updated electricity. We need facilities at the Foltz Field complex. We need a new Community Building. The Community Room we have now is very old and does not get rented out because it is disgusting. I would love to have some sort of a "Teen Center" room in the Community Building where the teens in the area can come on the weekends to play pool or ping pong or cards instead of vandalizing the town. The Village Office is embarrassing and could be torn down and rebuilt. We would love to see Main Street cleaned up. Clean up, brighten up, paint, remodel, and demolish whatever needs to be done. We have had requests for Pickleball courts.”

“We also need to know if there is anyone in the community that has any experience with writing Grants that is willing to help us. Some of them are very complicated and extensive. I have reached out to the Clerk at the Village of Vermontville to see how much she is able to help us as she has helped us with getting on track to finding grants and giving us ideas. We really need more help from someone that is experienced with Grants that can guide us.”

“I am curious if anyone knows of an artist that does murals on buildings? We had an idea of putting a pretty mural on one of the buildings on main st to brighten it up and make it more interesting.”

“I will be going through town this week taking pictures and making notes on everything that I see that could be improved and bringing that to our next meeting (and to the Village Meeting) to give to the Board.”

“It's about time that someone makes some positive changes to our town.”

Got any thoughts or ideas? Please pass them on to Stacie.

Stacie McNees

Sunfield Township Treasurer


Notice #2

The Sunfield Farmers Picnic on August 18 and 19, 2023, is not very far away. IT IS TIME … if you are planning to enter the Open Class Craft Exhibit on Saturday, August 19 to begin preparing your entry such as your hand-crafted articles and homemade canned goodies and baked goods. All ages are eligible. Sunfield and its surrounding communities have many talented people and this event is an opportunity for you to show your talent off to the rest of the community.

Categories will include art, baked goods, canned goods, carving, ceramic, flowers and silk flower arrangements, garden produce, glass etching, needlework, knitting, cross stitch, leatherwork, painting, paper craft, quilts, sewing, woodworking and of course photography: animals, nature, people and other. Craft vendors can also enter their items. Other entries not fitting these categories will be entered under “Other”. As always, there are a few rules, such as the work must be your own, not from a kit. Baked goods must be made without commercial mixes. Each entry is judged on its own merit and each category may have a “Best of Show” ribbon awarded at the judge’s discretion.

All entries need to be brought to the Floyd Van Buren Park on Logan Street, Sunfield, from 8:00 to 9:45 a.m. Saturday, August 19, 2023. Judging will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. Each entry will be judged on its own merit. Cash prizes and ribbons will be awarded.

All Children who enter the Open Class Craft Exhibit, must have their entry forms signed by a parent. Each entry must have an entry form. Entry forms will be available at the Sunfield District Library, Marko’s Marathon and the Welch Historical Museum. There is also an entry form attached at the bottom of this Newsletter.

For additional information, you can contact the event’s chairperson, DeAnna Clark, at 517-231-2527.

Centennial Acres Is Having A Fish Fry This Friday

That’s right folks, the Centennial Golf & Banquet Center’s Fish Fry returns this Friday, August 4th. Get a generous portion of house battered Walleye—French fries or baked potato---coleslaw or a tossed salad---home-made tartar sauce. Yum! There is a dessert menu available too! Serving starts at 5 PM and goes until 8:30 PM sharp. To-go orders are welcome by calling 517-667-1141. Check it out!

Parting Comments

· Deep Thought-Of-The-Week: The United States has become a place where entertainers and professional athletes are mistaken for people of importance. I’ve needed a doctor---I’ve needed a teacher---I need farmers every day---I have needed an auto mechanic, a plumber, a house painter, and a lot of other everyday people. But I have NEVER, not even once, NEEDED a pro athlete, a media personality, of a Hollywood entertainer for anything! And yet these types are pandered to and fawned over by politicians who give them more credence than they deserve.

· Notable Quote: " A bad attitude is like a flat tire. You can't go anywhere until you change it.”---Keith Wander

· That’s Puny Department: Did you hear about the cheese factory that exploded in France? There was nothing left but des brie.

· Did You Know Section: Here’s a couple of quickies for you: “SLEEP TIGHT”--- Early beds were made with a wooden frame. Ropes were tied across the frame in a criss-cross pattern. A straw mattress was then put on top of the ropes. Over time the ropes stretched, causing the bed to sag. The owner would then tighten the ropes to get a better night's sleep.-----“HOT OFF THE PRESS”--- As a newspaper goes through the rotary printing press friction causes it to heat up. Therefore, if you grab the paper right off the press it's hot. The expression means to get immediate information.

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