A good-sized contingent of about 35 youngsters showed up Monday morning for the opening day of the Town-sponsored Youth Recreation Program.
This year, the hours of the free program have been extended to 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. In previous summers, the program had been open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. but that was changed to better fit the needs of the youngsters who participate.
The program is held weekdays in the Rim Country Middle School gymnasium.
Recreation Leaders Bruce Haught and Chuck Hardt are searching for a foosball table to replace one that fell into disrepair last year. Anyone who has a table they'd like to donate, or allow the program to use for the summer, is asked to call the recreation department at 474-5242, ext. 7.
Today's sports page features a story on the fishing exploits of Clifford Pirch and Preston Mercer.
Anglers who'd like to pick up a few tips that have made Pirch a successful fisherman on the professional bass fishing tournament can schedule outings with him. He's now the owner and operator of Copper State Guide Services in Tonto Basin.
Call Pirch at 978-3518 for more information.
Couldn't coach stars
Payson High School golf coach Dave Bradley had to deal with a tragedy last week when his father, who resides in Oklahoma, died suddenly.
Bradley was originally ticketed to coach the North team in the annual Arizona Coaches Association North vs. South All-Star match held last week on the Francisco Grande course in Casa Grande but because of the death couldn't make the trip.
PHS assistant golf coach Brett Morse filled in ably for Bradley leading the North to a 7 1/2 to 4 win over the South.
The all-star clash, 36 holes one day and 18 the next, featured a Ryder Cup format in which the players engaged in best ball, scramble and individual match play competition. Points were awarded for wins in the various rounds.
Payson's all-star representative, Tyler Perna, scored one of the victorious North's team points.
The local chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes is hosting a sponsorship dinner June 23 at the Small Cafe. All proceeds will be used for scholarships to send about 20 local athletes to sports camps in Flagstaff and Santa Barbara, Calif.
Dinner seatings begin at 5 p.m. and continue until 7:30 p.m.
Tickets for the chicken or prime rib dinner are $15. Call Denny Morse at 474-8291 for more information.
More for hunters
Floyd Green and the Arizonans for Wildlife Conservation will be conducting an informational forum about a referendum coming up on the November ballot dealing with state wildlife management.
If you think the trapping issue of several years ago was big, this one could be even more controversial.
The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. June 16 at Mario's in Payson. Organizers of the forum say it's important for all hunters and outdoors people to attend.