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  • Writer's pictureChristina Grosshans

SPY's Newsletter 8/7/22

SPY’s Community Newsletter #209


Sunfield G.A.R. Hall Project Announcement

The Sunfield Grand Army of the Republic (the G.A.R.) Hall was built in 1899. Its official name is the “Samuel W. Grinnell Post Number 283”. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places back in 1992. There is a historic marker that stands in front of the building that is located on Main Street.

In early November, 1899, two large Spanish cannon from Manila, that were captured by Admiral Dewey during the Spanish-American War, arrived in Sunfield. Post members and village businessmen raised $328 to cover the cannon's railroad freight charge. The October 18, 1900 edition of the Sunfield Sentinel noted that, "work is progressing on the cannon recently purchased by the G. A. R. The foundations are built up to a level with the earth and on them are being laid finished blocks, each one containing the name of one member of the Post together with the number of his company and regiment." The veterans dedicated the cannon on October 30, 1900.

Recently, it has been determined that the bases the cannons sit on are in need of repair. So, the local chapter of the “Daughters of Union Veterans” (the D.U.V.), have launched a campaign to raise the needed funds to do the necessary repair work. Anyone wishing to make a contribution to this worthy effort, please send your donation to:

DUV Tent #30

PO Box 152

Sunfield, MI 48890

If you have any questions or require any further information please contact Rosie Best at 517-331-0836.

Notice #1

The SPY’s are looking for a crew of helpers to set-up the big tent that will be the headquarters for the Dime Pitch Booth activity during the Farmer’s Picnic. The tent is scheduled to go up on Wednesday, August 17th at the Park. Volunteers will be needed starting at 5 PM. For more information, please contact Zeke Cappon at 517-331-3360.

Notice #2

The Sunfield SPY’s 2022 – 2023 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

On Sunday, August 21st , there will be a Church Service under the Big Tent in the park starting at 11 AM. Everyone’s invited!

Notice #4

Centennial Acres is having a Fish Fry this Friday, August 12th. 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 #5

The SPY’s and the Community Foundation will also be making some special award presentations to some deserving folks in the community for their contributions and tireless efforts this past year. The presentations will be held during the Farmer’s Picnic on Friday, August 19th, at 6:30 PM, under the big tent at the park. Please plan on attending and help us recognize some outstanding community-building individuals.

Parting Comments

• Deep Thought of the Week: Life is short---break the rules---forgive quickly---kiss slowly---love truly---laugh uncontrollably--- and never forget anything that made you smile!

• Notable Quote: "Stop letting people who do so little for you control so much of your mind, feelings, and emotions.”---Will Smith

• That’s Puny Department: Did you ever wonder why there are no dead penguins on the ice in Antarctica? Where do they all go? Wonder no more! It is a known fact that the penguin is a very ritualistic bird and lives an extremely ordered and complex life. Penguins are extremely committed to their family and will mate for life, as well as maintain a form of compassionate contact with their offspring throughout the remainder of their life.

If a penguin is found dead on the ice surface, other members of the family and their social circle have been known to dig holes in the ice, using only their vestigial wings and beaks, until the hole is deep enough for the dead bird to be rolled into, and buried.

After packing the ice back in the hole, the male penguins then gather in a circle around the fresh grave and sing: "Freeze a jolly good fellow." "Freeze a jolly good fellow."

• Did You Know Section: Ever hear of a professional hockey player by the name of Larry Robinson? Well bucko, it just so happens that Larry Robinson appeared in 20 consecutive NHL playoffs while playing with Montreal and Los Angeles from 1973 to 1992 to set the record for the most consecutive NHL playoff appearances. That is something that Gordie Howe or Wayne Gretzky couldn’t do.


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