As predictable as Old Faithful, out-of-state salesmen are showing up in Payson hawking Payson High School calendars and programs.
It happens every fall just about the time the new school year begins and the local Friends and Neighbors (FAN) Club begins selling the only calendars endorsed by Payson High School.
In the past, some local business owners have purchased space on the out-of-state calendars thinking they are supporting Payson High School.
Not so, says PHS athletic director Dave Bradley. "The only official calendar and the ones that support us are sold by the FAN Club."
What the out of state firms do is not illegal because school athletic schedules are public property. It is illegal, however, if they say they are representing Payson High School.
Several years ago, Payson Police Chief Gordon Gartner led an investigation into the sales by out of state firms and discovered most were legally doing business and the representatives only implied they were working with the high school.
Former Payson High School football coach Mike Wheelis, a retired police officer, once confronted the out of state salespersons telling them what they were doing was hurting the PHS sports programs and the kids.
Nonetheless, they continued to peddle their calendars around town.
The FAN Club calendars, which are published before each school sport begins, are a huge moneymaker for the FAN Club and the school.
The profits are used to fund extra curricular activities and purchase much needed items that cannot be bought from the strapped-tight PHS budget.
The best advice from Bradley is for advertisers to purchase calendar space only from a FAN Club representative.
If business owners have any doubt about a sales person call Bradley at (928) 474-2233 or e-mail FAN Club member Kristy Ford at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ASU at Rumsey?
If rains render the Camp Tontozona field unplayable during the Sun Devils preseason training camp Aug. 10 to 17, practices will be moved to the Rumsey Park south field.
" (ASU) has their scissor lift there for filming and we've painted (football boundary stripes on) the field," Parks and Recreation Director Bill Schwind said.
The ASU football players will enjoy a cooling respite from practices tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon in Taylor Pool and then take in a movie.
Earlier in the day, 8:35 to 11:05 a.m., the Sun Devils will hold their annual fans scrimmage at either Camp Tontozona or Rumsey, depending on weather.
An inaugural Demolition Derby, sponsored by the Payson Parks and Recreation Department, Mazatzal Casino and Honeycutt Rodeo, will be held 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10, at the Payson Event Center.
Payson Parks and Recreation Department Park Supervisor Nelson Beck predicts the derby "will be one of the best spectator events of the season and a ton of fun will be had by all."
Beck is hoping local entries fill the field and the event won't have to be opened to Valley area drivers.
"We'd like to make it locals-only if we can," he said.
To make the event even more enticing, sponsors have added $1,000 in prize money.
The entry fee is $40 if paid before Aug. 25. After that date, it is $60.
Entry forms and complete derby rules can be picked up at the parks office located at Green Valley Park.
For more information, call Beck at (928) 474-5242, ext. 306.