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History of Rouses Point found in pictures of new calendar

ROUSES POINT Though 2008 has officially begun, many people may still be searching for a calendar to help them keep track of their hectic daily schedules. In the Village of Rouses Point, theres one calendar already flying off shelves that will not only help people keep track of the present, but help remember the past as well. Village historian Donna Racine has compiled a 12-month calendar featuring photographs of the village in days gone by. The cover of the inaugural Rouses Point calendar features a photograph taken by Frank Pardy, who is well-known for his photography skills more than a hundred years ago, when the technology was still in its infancy. Mr. Pardys photograph depicts downtown Rouses Point in the early 1900s, with a clear view of the villages dirt streets and downtown hardware store. That one is one of my favorite photos of Main Street Rouses Point, said Ms. Racine. Ms. Racine said she especially liked the peculiarity of the setting, which prominently showed horses being led down Main Street while a sign on the hardware store in the background advertised gasoline. The caption Ms. Racine gave the picture reads, Main street mixed messages: horses, carriages, and gasoline during the early 1900s. I have another photograph of the other side of the street where theres a gasoline sign with a horse and carriage pulled up next to it, laughed Ms. Racine. Originally, Ms. Racine wanted to put together a book on Rouses Point, but eventually meandered into creating a calendar, which people purchasing will be more apt to look at on a daily basis. The idea also was the calendar would be a more successful fundraiser for the Rouses Point-Champlain Historical Society. The overall process didnt take long once Ms. Racine had the idea of what she wanted the calendar to look like. I went downstairs [to the village clerks office] and asked for some legal size paper, recalled Ms. Racine, I figured out if I could put the picture on the top, the calendar part was taken part of on the bottom. In virtually no time at all, the calendar was produced and on shelves along with pins depicting Dodge Memorial Library, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary, with both raising money for the historical society. Its a very interesting calendar, said Historical Society president Geri Favreau. Weve had a lot of interest in it. Thats an understatement, with the majority of the 200 calendars printed already sold. If calendars run out, more can always be printed, said Ms. Favreau. The 2008 Village of Rouses Point Historical Calendar, printed by Border Press, is available for $13 at Central Grill, Lil Bit of Texas, Cornerstone Drug and Gift, and Wests Liquors and Wines, all in Rouses Point and Corner Stone Bookstore in Plattsburgh. Calendars and pins are also available through Ms. Favreau by calling 297-2064 or Ms. Racine by calling 297-5502, ext. 335. Calendars may also be mailed to at an additional cost of $3.

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