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Q: Why does the post office close at 4 p.m. when most people are still working?

A: Postmaster Kathy Almendarez said it is necessary to close at 4 p.m. in order to make the service commitments for express and priority mail. The truck that takes the mail to Phoenix leaves at 5 p.m., and it takes an hour to process all the materials that must be loaded onto the truck.

"If we stayed open any later we couldn't make those deadlines," she said.

In an effort to accommodate customers, Almendarez started opening the post office at 8:30 a.m. instead of 9 a.m. when she came on board in 1993 and also provided half-day desk service on Saturday.

Q: Is there a program to help senior citizens with their evaporative cooler repairs?

A: Marsha Cauley, director of the Payson Senior Citizens Center, said they don't have a program like that, but they can recommend Rim country service people who will do the work at a good price for senior citizens. She said those in need of help can call her at (928) 474-4876. She would also like to hear from any businesses that would be willing to help out.

Q: Where can I get a copy of the Roundup's recreation and activities publication?

A: Publisher Richard Haddad said the 2004 Summer Guide is available at the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, numerous motels and restaurants around the community, as well as other businesses, and at the Roundup office, 708 N. Beeline Highway.

Call 474-5251, ext. 147, to reach Roundup's What's Up? line. Leave your question on the answering machine and we'll try to find the answer.

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