The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on June 15, 1968 · Page 7
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 7

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, June 15, 1968
Page 7
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(MM BAFB Recreation Facilities Offer Variety By Frank Ellis Courier News Sports Editor (Editor's note: Mr. Jack Smith and Sgt. Allen Garner gave this writer a two-hour tour of the recreational facilities available to the personnel of Blylheville Air Force Base. Smith is Recreational Services Director for BAFB while Sgt. Garner is a staff member. Today's report concludes this two part series.) The auto and hobby shops were a tinker's (and professional's) .delight. Another Webster -definition of "recreate" says: "to refresh after wearying trial.or anxiety, usually by change or diversion." These two shops do just that. Wending our way around antique furniture being refinished, and house/camping trailers being assembled, we saw bookcases, tables and other items Hearing completion. ' ."Lots of Mississippi County antiques have gone through this shop," Smith opined as we approached the auto shop. .Welding stalls, a paint shop, p'art:S department, washing stalls, repair racks, this and more gives base personnel the chance to work on their own vehicles in their off hours. "We're open long enough each day to accommodate all three shifts," Smith explained. "The biggest thing about it all is that then we know that our men are driving safe cars, and this is important.". * * * Nearby, the supply building stands, at the ready. ."Now here's the building that gets a big play," Smith said as we entered its parking area. "Folks can rent anything from fishing tackle to boats to trailer- hitches to car-top carriers at a nominal cost." •* * * Lombard! poplar trees met our gaze as we motored to the base's outer limits to survey the nine-hole-golf course. "We put out 643 of them four years ago last March," Smith said as we passed fish ponds and ditches, "and they've really grown tall since then." The die-hard golfers who were challenging the 90-degree plus heat would have heartily agreed with him as they relished the trees' cooling shade. "And I've seen four and five pound catfish come out of there," he added, pointing to a large ditch on our right as several 'hopeful youngsters baited hooks. ' • * * *. ' BAFB golf course offers its players sufficient challenges to make the pitching and putting worthwhile. A driving range, gas and electric-powered carts, a putting .green and a snack bar complete the facility.. Pro Bill Pace heads up an able staff. Among its work is the supervision of intramural golf competition. The hands on .my watch neared four o'clock as we returned to our point of origin. .Col. Jack Fry was approaching the Little League diamonds as we sought the shade of a nearby tree. * * * Standing with base-line marking machine in hand, he explained the set-up of the two leagues. "There are 12 teams In the Little League," he began. "They're divided into the minor and major leagues, primarily on an age difference. "We've got six teams in each and we're already about two-thirds of the way through the season which we hope to end by the 4th of July. "Then we'll have playoffs and afterwards select an All- HANDHOLDS are hard to find oh Canadian wrestler Klondike Bill, who is'26 years old and weighs 533 pounds. Being held is Finnish wrestler Kyosii Lehtonen. Star team from both divisions. "These boys will then seek competition with teams from Manila, Leachville and the like. "We're hoping, too, for an invitation to the tournament at Leachville which is usually around the first week of August." Fry also told us of the Pony League operations. Two teams are formed and have just begun their season. They are members of the Tri-County League, meeting foes from Blythevjlle, Manila, Bay, Lake City, Monette and Leachville. . * * * Quickly, two hours had gone by. Smith and Garner moved back to interminable paper work and jangling telephones. More and more youngsters were finding their, way to strategically placed around the base. . Webster again defines "recreate" as "to give fresh life to, restore the strength of, revive." Driving toward the main gate and seeing scores of red, blue and orange-capped youngsters racing around bases and chasing wild throws and batted balls, I couldn't help envying them. They seemed to have plenty of fresh life, plenty "of strength (restored or otherwise). It was a comforting thought, as the guard took my visitors' pass, to realize that such an overall, comprehensive recreational program as directed by Smith was available to "revive" those who no longer possessed the boundless energies of youth. LITTLE LEAGUE a vital part of the Blytheville .Air Force Base recreation program. The squads are divided up into major and minor. (Pee Wee) leagues and offer a large number of youngsters the opportunity to. develop their diamond skills. Playoffs irt both leagues will be held in the next two and one-half weeks, according to an announcement from Sgt. Bill Moore. (Courier News Photo) NEW YORK — Jose Nieves, 135, Puerto Rico, stopped Jimmy Lee, 136, Miami, 4; Dorman Crawford, 146%, Costa Rica outpointed Juan Ramos 148, Puerto Rico, 8. • CAPABLE OF-SEATING several hundred persons for has- iietball games, the gymnasium at Blytheville'Air .Force Base ' also affords base personnel other recreational opportunities.; AB w«rciM worn and (pact for running giv* many of th« BAFB residents just the chance they want to either: tone those muscles or remove some of that excess poundage. The gym facilities are available the year round even'though the building is not air-conditioned. .(Courier News Photo) AUTO AND HOBBY SHOP facilities at Blytheville Air Force Base offer the self-styled mechanic .and/or hobbyist all that anyone could desire in the way of equipment and space in which to indulge one's automotive or artistic skills. The shops are open each day except Monday ana are on» of the busiest spots on the BAFB grounds. Minimum charg- ^ es are assessed for use of space and equipment. (Courier News Photo) Blytheville Speedway Changes Latest trends in, the racing world will affect Blytheville Speedway beginning tomorrow night. The Speedway will inaugurate a racing program of late models and stackers exclusively. Each class will have a heat, a non-winner, and a feature race with a trophy dash for the six fastest cars. Last Sunday Buford Ward and Vance Cook waged a near- photo finish before Ward swung away to win. 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