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  • Writer's pictureChristina Grosshans

SPY's Newsletter 8/5/3

SPY’s Community Newsletter #277


SPY’s “Library Summer Program Challenge” Results

Last Monday the Sunfield Area Sponsors of Programs for Youth (the SPY’s) partnered with the Sunfield Library to host an event in conjunction with their Summer Reading Program. The SPY’s used a Team Challenge format. The kids were split up into teams, with an equal number of team members from each age group participating. This amounted to the formation of three teams.

The newly formed teams were given the assignment of coming up with a team name and a team sound. This produced the following:

The Mac & Cheese Team (Howl)

The Hot Dogs & Pickles Team (Squeek)

The Sunfield SPY’s Team (Scream)

They then had to assign each of their team members to compete in an event. There were four individual events and two team events. No team member was allowed to compete in two individual events to make sure everyone had an opportunity. The five individual events were:

Putt To The Line

Bounce In The Box

High Card

Dice Game

The two team events were: The Bean Bag Toss and “Name The Tale”

Winners of each event were awarded drawing tickets for their entire team. At the end of the event there were drawings for over forty prizes.

Pictured is event chairman John Fisher compiling the totals under the watchful eyes of the participants.

The Challenge was closely contested between the teams. Here are the final totals:

1st-----Mac & Cheese (19 points)

2nd---(Tie)---Hot Dogs & Pickles & The Sunfield SPY’s (18 points)

Members of the winning team were:

Abe Carrasco

Scarlett Jones

Isabelle Gulley

Asher Rumfield

Noah Eggers

Thank You

A BIG Sunfield Area SPY thank you goes out to the volunteer helpers who pitched in at the SPY’s Summer Library Challenge. We salute:

Dewie Miller

Belinda Gulley

Grace Grosshans

Angela Coan

Austin Coan

Payton Coan

John Fisher

Notice #1

The SPY’s and the Community Foundation will be making their annual Scholarship Award presentations during the Farmer’s Picnic on Friday, August 18th, at 6:30 PM, under the big tent at the park. Please plan on attending and help us recognize some outstanding local students.

Notice #2

Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament events are a MAJOR source of revenue for the SPY’s and the youth and community projects and activities we support.

We work Texas Hold ‘Em events usually three times a year. The work involved here is simply selling chips to the players. The chairman of this activity is Jeff Gibbs (517-930-6989). The next event we are schedule to work is Monday, September 18th. thru Thursday, September 21st. This will be the last Texas Hold “Em we are scheduled to work this year.

These events usually run from 2 PM until closing. Consequently, Jeff puts together a schedule of 2-person shifts to cover the hours of operation of the event. We usually are required by the operators of the Hold ‘Ems to split an event with another charity. However, for this event, we have been given the opportunity to run the total event, which will double our profits.

If you can help out and could pull a shift or two, please give Jeff a call. Due to the special circumstances with this particular Hold ‘Em, it has the potential of being a tremendous financial wind-fall for the SPY’s.

Notice #3

Speaking of Texas Hold ‘Em events, the SPY’s are seeking 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.

Notice #4

The final Adopt-A-Highway trash pick-up of the season will take place Saturday, September 23rd. The SPY's pick-up trash along M-43 from Round Lake Road on the west side of town to Shaytown Road on the east side of town, three times a year in conjunction with the Michigan Department of Transportation program. Anyone interested in lending a hand, just show up at 9 AM in the Best Tax Service parking lot just West of the Sunfield blinker light. If you need more information please call our project chairman Derek Desgranges at 269-838-7686.


+ Al & Diane Haskin made a donation in memory of Lindy Hynes.

+ Jeff & Betsy Gibbs made contributions to the Scholarship Fund in memory of Dorothy Smith; George Thorp; Lindy Hynes; and Kate Mapes.

+ Don & Carol Ray made a donation in memory of Lindy Hynes.

+ More contributions in memory of Kate Mapes came in from the following:

Jill Schray-Simons

Gena Hyde

Violet Hough

Kathleen Black

Ken & Debbie Fisher

Paul & Betty King

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.

General Notices

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SPY newsletters---etc.---just go to the SPY website at

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