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SPY's Newsletter 9/6/2023

SPY’s Community Newsletter


SPY’s Texas Hold ‘Em Needs Volunteers!

Call Jeff Gibbs at 517-930-6989

Our last Texas Hold ‘Em event for the year that the SPY’s are scheduled to work will take place from Monday, September 18th. thru Thursday, September 21st. The event will run from 2 PM until closing each day. Our Texas Hold ‘Em chairperson, Jeff Gibbs, is working on putting together a worker schedule and is looking for volunteers. Jeff has broken up the days into shifts and needs helpers to cover either an early shift or a late shift, (or both for that matter). Here’s an idea---invite a friend to come work with you and we’ll show them the ropes.

Call Jeff at 517-930-6989

If you have never worked a Texas Hold ‘Em event before there absolutely is nothing to fear. It involves easy, simple tasks. This is nothing like the old Las Vegas Nights we used to run. We are not “The House”, so we don’t deal cards, or gamble in any way against the players. The players compete against each other. The work we do simply amounts to selling and redeeming chips for the players at one end of the room. Once every hour someone goes out to the dealers and gets some chips from the dealers that is called “the rake”. That is all there is to it. Everything runs at a smooth, comfortable pace.

If you haven’t worked a Texas Hold ‘Em before and would like to give it a try we will put you with experienced veterans so, as I said, there is nothing to fear. Not to mention, this has been a significant fund-raiser for our many youth and community programs over the years, which makes it well worth your time. Give Jeff a call! Anyone can volunteer! And, we need YOU!

Dime Pitch Booth Helper Thank-You #1

The Sunfield Area Sponsors of Programs for Youth (The SPY’s) Dime Pitch Booth chairman Zeke Cappon sends out a heartfelt Thank-You for the following crews that came out to help with the booth set-up and take-down.

Tent Set-Up Crew (Thursday)

Buddy Collins

Dewie Miller

Rosie Best

John Fisher

Steve Grosshans

Booth Set-Up Crew (Friday)

Craig Cappon

Rosie Best

Renee Strimback

John Fisher

Booth & Tent Tear-Down Crew (Sunday)

Dewie Miller

Rosie Best

John Fisher

Adopt-A-Highway Trash Pick-Up Coming!

The final Adopt-A-Highway trash pick-up of the season will take place on 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.

Derek says if for any reason you can’t make it on the 23rd. but would still like to help out by doing some picking up on a different day, just give him a call and get some bags and he will give you a small section to take care of.

50’s / 60’s Sock Hop News

It is back!!! If you haven’t already heard, the legendary Art Meade is once again sponsoring what he is calling “The Second Annual Remember When 50’s and 60’s Sock Hop”. It will be held on Saturday, October 7th from 7 to 11 PM, at the “Ever After” hall located at 1230 North Michigan Avenue in Hastings.

He has booked the fabulous “Misty Blues Party Band” out of Detroit. They are great! It’s a 7-piece band, with a horn section and 2 female singers.

There will be snacks and non-alcoholic refreshments provided. A cash bar will be available.

Tickets are available from any of the following:

Art Meade 269-331-0661

John Fisher 517-648-0969

Sandy Johnson 269-953-5260

Razor’s Edge 269-948-9767

Olde Town Tavern 269-948-8531

This year tickets will also be available at the door.

Parting Comments

• Deep Thought of the Week: You shouldn’t waste too much of today worrying about yesterday.

• Notable Quote: “Reverend Edward Everett Hale when asked if he prayed for the US Senators: “No. I look at the Senators and pray for the country.”

• That’s Puny Department: Last week we went camping. One night while sitting around the campfire, I jumped up and said, “I’m going to ran through the campground.” My wife quickly responded, “Don’t you mean run?” I responded, “No! Because, I’ll be running past tents.”

• Did You Know Section: The University of Alabama are known as “The Crimson Tide”. Of course, you probably knew that. But did you ever wonder why their sideline mascot was an elephant? MSU has their “Sparty”, and about every other university has their mascot, but why the elephant at Alabama? Well now Bunkie, I'm here to tell you how that all came about.

The story of how Alabama became associated with the "elephant" goes back to the 1930 season when Coach Wallace Wade had assembled a great football team.

On October 8, 1930, sports writer Everett Strupper of the Atlanta Journal wrote a story of the Alabama-Mississippi game he had witnessed in Tuscaloosa four days earlier. Strupper wrote, "That Alabama team of 1930 is a typical Wade machine, powerful, big, tough, fast, aggressive, well-schooled in fundamentals, and the best blocking team for this early in the season that I have ever seen. When those big brutes hit you I mean you go down and stay down, often for an additional two minutes.

"Coach Wade started his SECOND TEAM that was plenty big and they went right to their knitting scoring a touchdown in the first quarter against one of the best fighting small lines that I have seen. For Ole Miss was truly battling the big boys for every inch of ground.

"At the end of the quarter, the earth started to tremble, there was a distant rumble that continued to grow. Some excited fan in the stands bellowed, 'Hold your horses, the elephants are coming,' and out stamped the Alabama varsity.

"It was the first time that I had seen it and the size of the entire eleven nearly knocked me cold, men that I had seen play last year looking like they had nearly doubled in size." Strupper and other writers continued to refer to the Alabama linemen as "Red Elephants," the color referring to the crimson jerseys.

The 1930 team posted an overall 10-0 record. It shut out eight opponents and allowed only 13 points all season while scoring 217. The "Red Elephants" rolled over Washington State 24-0 in the Rose Bowl and were declared National Champions.

And, that’s how the elephant on the sidelines came about. Don’t you feel smarter now?


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