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Sun, March 29

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Praises local

contest entrants

On behalf of the Route 66 Roadstore Inc., we would like to thank the persons who entered the billboard contest. Williams will be in good hands with these talented individuals in the midst of our community.

Congratulations to the winners Lance Woskobojnik and David Johnson for their entries, which were judged on creativity, theme and slogan. These two winners will split the $500 prize and elements from each entry will be utilized to create the billboard. The two winners will receive their award at the next Williams-Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce Board meeting scheduled for 11 a.m. Feb. 15 at Buckles Family Restaurant.

The billboard, which is located approximately five miles east of Williams, is leased by Arizona Manufacturing & Embroidery, a company that supplies soft goods to the Roadstore Gift Shop. AM&E is considering moving its Bellemont operation to Williams in the future to better take advantage of talent from the area.

All billboard entries submitted are being retained at the chamber. If you entered the contest, and would like yours back, please stop by and pick them up. Any entries that are not picked up will be framed and displayed in the Roadstore at a future date.

We would like to thank Dennis Wells, Phyllis Johnson, Kim Dent and Mike Uebel for judging those entries. A special thank you goes to Donna Cochran and Diana Croteau of the chamber.

Again, sincere thanks to everyone who entered this contest.

The Route 66 Roadstore will be the local title sponsor for the History Channel Great Race 2002, which is scheduled for June 19 in Williams. In addition to the billboard, we have secured advertising spots in the Phoenix area at several transit bus stops in order to provide advertising for this and will be contacting entrants for permission.

Jack Gaffney and

Ginny Blatchley

Route 66 Roadstore Inc.

Upset at recent

club coverage

For some 22 years, the Bill Williams Buckskinners have been a noticeable part of Williams and surrounding communities. We’re a civic-minded group and enjoy supporting many annual activities that take place in this area.

Last year, we played a great part in winning the History Channel Great Race Best Pit Stop Award. This brought $5,000 to Williams Public Library.

We bring in hundreds of visitors each year to our rendezvous. This benefits the city in many ways.

Usually, we go about our business with little or no fanfare, which is OK. There are times, however, when recognition is earned and expected. I, as president of the Bill Williams Buckskinners, feel that your paper let us down.

My complaint is twofold:

• The picture of our group, on page 7A in the Jan. 23 issue of your paper makes one wonder what these people really look like.

• The accompanying article failed to mention that the journal donation (to Williams library) was in memory of Bettie Riner.

Your comments are encouraged and expected.

Mack Cole

Ash Fork

(EDITOR’S NOTE: The photo in question was backlit, and I was surprised at how poorly it reproduced. It did look much lighter on the copy we transmitted electronically to our print facility. The omission regarding the late Mrs. Riner was indeed an oversight we regret. Thank you for calling it to our attention.)

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