Arizona Public Service tree trimming crews are donating much of the mulch being used as ground cover on the challenge course located just west of the high school, says Rim Country Middle School physical education teacher Randy Wilcox.
Wilcox made the announcement after a story appeared in a recent edition on the Payson Roundup attributing the mulch donations as coming from Chaparral Pines and the Rim Club.
While the two golf courses did donate mulch free of charge, Wilcox says Arizona Public Service tree trimming crews have been diligent in their donations and he wants them to receive credit for their diligence.
Wilcox explains that in his RCMS physical education classes he announced to students the mulch was desperately needed.
The father of one of his students works for APS, said Wilcox, and the morning after he made the announcement to students, crews showed up delivering mulch.
The mulch, Wilcox contends, is much needed because it provides a firm cushion underneath the various apparatuses, helps control weed growth and curtails dust.
Payson seniors play in Utah
A trio of players on Lou Felix’s Payson Cougar senior softball team recently played in the Huntsman World Senior Games in St. George, Utah.
Bob Charameda, Jay Larson and Tom Neblett represented Payson on the Rockets 65 team that hails from Golf Canyon and is managed by Jim Sobek.
Charameda plays shortstop, Larson holds down the hot corner and Neblett pitches.
The Rockets 65, playing in the rugged AAA division, won the tournament’s gold medal.
Felix said that softball teams from all over the U.S., Canada and Hawaii participated in the tournament. In all, 3000 players ages 50 to 74 years participated.
The Huntsman World Senior Games began in 1987 as the World Senior Games, an international senior sports competition. Founded by Daisy and John H. Morgan, Jr., the games began with their vision of an international sports event for men and women ages 55 and better.
Both agreed that the golden years were better when good health and physical fitness became a way of life, not an occasional hobby. ?
In 1989 Jon M. Huntsman, Chairman of the Huntsman Corporation, became the games’ principal sponsor after recognizing that the games not only fostered lifetime fitness, but also expanded Utah’s economic vitality. A proud supporter of the games, the Huntsman family continues to open the games personally, with a warm welcome to the athletes and the lighting of the torch in traditional Olympic fashion during the opening ceremonies.
Since its inception, the games have been open to all men and women meeting the age requirement.
The second year of the games, the age requirement was reduced from age 55 to age 50 to include more athletes and to encourage those looking at retirement to become involved in a personal fitness program or team sport.
Becoming an Outdoor Woman
Kimberlee Kreuzer of the Arizona Wildlife Federation will be hosting the Becoming an Outdoor Woman seminar from Jan. 25 to 27, 2013 at the Saguaro Lake Ranch south of Payson.
Kreuzer says classes will be offered in fishing, hunting, tracking and desert survival. Also, there will be sessions in hiking, geocaching, birding, and outdoor photography. The sponsors are also making available a horseback trail ride through the Tonto National Forest near Saguaro Lake. A Dutch oven class will prepare evening meals, which will be followed by presentations from Wildman Phil and his cast of desert critters, stargazing by the East Valley Astronomy Club and wildlife expert Tice Supplee on javelina.
For more information about Becoming an Outdoor Woman or to enroll, call Kreuzer at (480) 644-0077.