Fan Club Ready For Upcoming Football Season

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Friends And Neighbors (FAN) Club member Eileen Daniels knows what awaits the support group in the coming weeks.

“Well, it’s that time again,” she said referring to the start of the football season, which is annually one of the FAN Club’s busiest times.

Traditionally the club hosts 50-50 raffles at the home games and also raffles off seats in a couch strategically positioned on the sidelines where fans have an up close and personal view of the gridiron action.

This year, the FAN Club will kick off the season with a food drive to benefit the local St. Vincent de Paul food bank.

For the season-opening scrimmage at 5 p.m., Friday, Aug. 21 on Longhorn field, the FAN Club will place food bins at the entrance into the stadium where admission to the event will be one can of food. The cans should be deposited into the bins.

Also, anyone interested in joining the FAN Club can do so by attending any of the monthly meetings, which are held at 6:30 p.m. every second Wednesday at Pioneer Title.

Playing on Saturday

The Arizona Interscholastic Association has voted to hold all 2009 Class 3A playoff games on Saturdays rather than Fridays as they have been in the past.

So the new schedule is:

• Nov. 7 at the home field of the higher seeded team.

• Nov. 14 TBA at a neutral site.

• Nov. 21 at Paradise Valley High School.

• Nov 28 at Northern Arizona University.

Like Robin Hood

The Arizona Game and Fish Department, along with the Town Parks and Recreation Department will host an after-school archery program.

The program will be held from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. each Monday and Wednesday from Sept. 9 to Sept. 30.

The registration fee is $30 and parents may sign up their children at the P&R offices located at Green Valley Park. Registration closes Sept. 3.

The course is open to youths in fourth- through 12th-grades.

This year, however, the series is a victim of recent town budget cuts and activities will be scaled down from last fall.

“We don’t have money for instructors, so we are relying on volunteers only,” said Mary McMullen the outdoors and trails coordinator for the Parks and Recreation Department.

Volunteers can be hard to come by because they must be certified archery instructors.

McMullen has been able to round up two teachers to help — Denny Harger and Ken Crump.

“But we can only take 10 (students) in the program and we already have two,” McMullen said. “Those interested should sign up soon.”

This year, the program moves from the Jim Jones Shooting Range at Tonto Rim Sports Club to JRE school where PE teacher Donna Moore has erected an “archery curtain” that allows for indoor shooting.

Taking care of kids

The Public Safety Officers Christmas for Kids golf tournament begins at 6 p.m., Friday, Aug. 28 with a steak dinner and silent auction of public safety officers at Payson Golf Course.

Each team of three that enters the benefit will have the opportunity to buy their fourth team member from a group of individuals representing DPS, the Gila County attorney’s office, Payson Fire Department, Northern Gila County Firefighters Association and the Gila County Sheriff’s Office. Also at the auction, mulligans can be purchased.

At 8 a.m. the following day, a shotgun start gets the tournament off and running.

The tournament entry fee is $375 per team and the minimum bid for a public safety team member is $150. The cost includes green fees, golf cart, steak dinner and prizes. All the money is used in the Christmas for Kids program.

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