Local woman produces final calendar in series

SARANAC - When Sylvia Newman started compiling local calendars more than seven years ago, she didn't realize she started a tradition that would result in six pieces of local history.

"A lot of people collect my calendars. They have to make sure they get each one," said Newman, laughing. "It's been fun."

Originally inspired in 2005 to create a calendar to raise money to restore a local Civil War monument, Newman has compiled images over the years into several artistic day-keepers as a way to celebrate Saranac's history. Previous calendars have centered on images of the town's historic houses, local bars and restaurants, and the flood which devastated the town on July 12, 1947. Last year, her calendar focused on one-room schoolhouses in the Saranac Valley.

In her final endeavor in the world of calendar creations, Newman's 2012 calendar will focus on local postcards.

"It's a fun one," Newman said of the project. "It's made up of postcards of different scenes of some historical buildings and places in Saranac. It's just what I had in my photo files, I have albums full of old pictures and I had a bunch of old postcards."

The postcards include images of High Falls, Saranac Methodist Church and the Church of the Assumption in Redford, among other locations.

"They're all old and interesting," she said of the postcards.

The calendar also features a brief history of postcards that Newman hopes will entertain and educate.

"That's quite interesting, too," Newman said.

Newman is now "toying with the notion" of writing a book, compiling other photos she has to tell more of Saranac's history.

"I have a lot of historical photos I'd like to do write-ups on," she said. "It'd be nice to get my photos out there. I have a lot of photos of when Standish when they had the mines up there."

For now, though, Newman will focus on promoting her latest calendar.

The cost of the calendar is $10 each, with those buying them able to buy two and get one free. Calendars may be purchased in participating local stores or by contacting Newman at 293-7337.

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