Q: Is it true that the winner of the museum's recent drawing for a free trip to Washington D.C. was none other than the head of the museum?
A: Sure is. Northern Gila County Historical Society Director Sharesse Von Strauss, whose name was drawn April 19 for the grand prize trip, said society President Tom McGuigan drew the names with Bud Colette, Clarence Windle and Lyle Hasse looking on. What's more, board members John Schulz, John Bittner and Anna Mae Deming won the second, third and fourth-place prizes respectively.
"It never even entered our minds to disqualify ourselves up front," Von Strauss said with a hint of embarrassment. Some 100 people bought $50 tickets for the drawing, with the proceeds going to the Rim Country Museum, which is operated by the historical society. Von Strauss's reaction after the names were drawn: "How cuckoo can it get?" To rectify any appearance of impropriety, she has given her free trip to a friend who has family in the D.C. area, and given the $500 she received for spending money back to the museum. Bittner also has gifted his $300 prize back to the museum.
Q: What's the story behind the water main break Thursday afternoon at Forest and Timber?
A: "We have some 200 miles of pipe in the town water system, and some of it is 30 years old," Payson Public Works Director Buzz Walker said. The break that happened about 4 p.m. Thursday involved one of the older pipes. He said some 200 residents, mostly in unit one of the Payson North subdivision, were without water for about three hours.
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