Construction Brings Early End To Summer Rec Program


Much to the chagrin of children and parents, the town-sponsored Summer Recreation Program was terminated early last week.

The highly-popular recreational offering ended due to the construction occurring in the Rim Country Middle School gymnasium which will convert the stage area into a classroom.

Chuck Hardt, a director of the program, along with Bruce Haught and Cheri Brennen, said construction officials believed the heavy equipment that was being used rendered the area unsafe for the kids.

The program got off to a shaky start in early June when Town of Payson Recreation Coordinator Beth Kreider and the directors showed up in the RCMS gym only to find it being remodeled. Kreider had requested use of the gymnasium a year in advance.

After a one-week delay, the program got underway but without the use of the stage area, where the most popular games -- bumper pool, table tennis and foosball -- were traditionally located.

Without those games, attendance declined and the program was rendered a skeleton of what it once was. Recreation officials scampered to find alternate facilities but each effort only led to a dead end.

Begun over a decade ago by Haught and others, the program served as a respite for sub-teens and teenagers. It was a safe, secure, well-supervised program where youngsters could gather during the dog days of summer.

Those who have frequented the program through the years say they are hoping it doesn't meet the same fate next summer.

PWGA schedules rain date
Rain that drenched the Rim country Thursday morning forced postponement of the Payson Women's Golf Association nine-hole groups' weekly low-gross tournament.

The shoot-out has been rescheduled for July 22 at Payson Golf Course.

Rain, however, didn't slow the state medallion tournament which culminated July 1 after four weeks of competition in both low-gross and low-net scoring.

In low-gross play, Pam Mitchell took top honors over runner-up Pat Marvell and bronze medalist Jane Patterson.

Among the low-net players, Julie Lynch edged silver medalist Greta Berry for first place. Carol Webb was third.

Little League
This evening, Tuesday, at 6 p.m. at the Payson Fire Department on Main Street, the Payson Little League organization will hold its annual election of board members. Anyone interested in helping out the organization is invited to the meeting.

Call Stephanie Dvorak at 472-6500 for more information.

Soccer sign-up
Registration for play in the 1999 Fall Youth Soccer League for boys and girls ages 4 to 9 began yesterday, Monday, and will continue until July 30. The sign-up may be completed at the Parks and Recreation offices at 1000 W. Country Club. The fee is $20 per child, and games will be played on weeknights in September and October.

Cardinals are coming
From 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, at the PostNet offices located in Ponderosa Village Shopping Center, Arizona Cardinals Andre Wadsworth and Simeon Rice will participate in the shop's grand opening. The pair, both defensive linemen, are two of the most highly regarded players in professional football.

Stop by and pick up an autograph. PostNet owner Don Lee welcomes everyone.

New at Roosevelt
Installation of new automatic fee collection machines is under way at Roosevelt Lake's campgrounds. The machines will accept either cash, credit cards or debit cards displaying the VISA or Mastercard logo. Checks are no longer accepted.

Tonto Basin Ranger District officials say the automatic machines where chosen to increase customer convenience and improve employee safety.

Call (520) 467-3200 for more information on the fees at Roosevelt or Apache Lakes and on the trailheads in the forest.

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