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Mystery Girl' contest returns after 50-year hiatus

ROUSES POINT - There's nothing like a good mystery, and the North Countryman and the village of Rouses Point are teaming up to give you one.

The village will host a "Mystery Girl" contest beginning this Saturday, June 13, resurrecting an event held 50 years ago by the village and this newspaper as part of the village's 1959 Fourth of July festivities. Readers were encouraged to guess who the Mystery Girl was based off clues to her identity which ran in the newspaper in weeks leading up to the Fourth of July celebration.

Residents Geri Favreau and Mary Racicot are overseeing this year's contest on behalf of the village, with the intention of bringing back what was a highly-talked about event in its day.

"I thought about us doing the contest when I saw this," Favreau said, pointing to the front page of a 1959 edition of the North Countryman, which featured an article about the Mystery Girl. "Then, someone stopped by the house one day to talk about pictures and saw this article and thought it would be a wonderful idea to have this again."

Favreau and Racicot began collaborating to figure out exactly what needed to be done to hold the contest, first deciding who this year's Mystery Girl would be.

"We had a tough time deciding who to pick," Favreau said of choosing from among the village's female residents. "She had to be someone people would know, but not be able to guess right away from the clues we give."

"We had to be careful not to give it away too easily," added Racicot.

In the end, the Mystery Girl - whose age was not given - was chosen, along with a set of three clues, the first of which appears with this article and will run in the next two editions of the North Countryman.

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