Printer's Green Thumb Makes Mark On Main

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George Rogers runs the tiny shop on Main Street that boasts one of the most finely manicured lawns in town. Yet, he says, gardening is merely a hobby.

His real passion, he says, is printing, and he's operated Printing by George in Payson since the early '90s.

Before he moved to Payson, Rogers was a competitor in the Phoenix rat race, where he learned the print-shop ropes at Woods Lithographics.

"That's where you really learn the printing business," he says.

From there, he worked for various Valley print shops before opening his own Printing by George shop.

With aging parents living in the Rim country, Rogers and his wife, Ruth, decided in the early '90s that it was time to move north.

So Rogers relocated his business here, and has been churning out high-quality, four-color print work for the past nine years.

Among his outside interests, Rogers says he enjoys teaching Sunday school at Mountain Bible Church, and taking walks along the lake at Green Valley Park with his wife.

He also reluctantly acknowledges that he's a novice mountain biker a hobby that landed him in the hospital not too long ago.

"About two months ago, just south of the golf course, I was riding my bike," he said. "I was going down this hill real fast, fell off the bike and cracked my pelvis."

But he optimistically reports that the crack didn't require pins or surgery. He spent a mere three days in the hospital, followed by two weeks of bed rest.

Today his recuperation includes taking walks around the lake and stopping now and then to feed the ducks and geese.

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