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Recreation parents ask for volunteers

By Kay S. Pedrotti About 35 parents of children in Lamar County recreation programs decided last week to push for more help with concession stands for the upcoming sports season. Retiring president Brad Bryan told the group concession sales generate as much as $10,000 a year, designated solely to help the county recreation department offer team play in football, baseball, soccer and basketball. Members of the association vote on requests from the department and disburse the funds, he said. Becky Patterson, association secretary, said the group was formed to raise money for rec programs but now the need is even greater. Funding from the county has been cut so drastically that fees per child to play may double in 2012. That means if four children in a family want to play rec sports, the family could pay nearly $500 for a season. Present costs are $60 per child. Money raised by the association generally pays for equipment and other needs, keeping fees down for parents, she said. In that way, Patterson said, ‘Money we raise does indirectly help with fees.’

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