Guide to Founders' Day 1999

September 11
Schedule of Events

8:45 AM

Flag Raising - VFW and American Legion - Fred Pucillo, Don Newell, Louis Vient and Drum Roll with Frank Perry

9:00 AM

Opening Remarks / Introductions Town Manager, Steve Angelo

9:30 AM

"Start" Saugus Founder's Day / Officer Harold Vitale Memorial Road Race (sponsored by the Saugus Chamber of Commerce) Starts at Saugus High School

9:30 AM

Christine Proia's Dance Academy

10:10 AM

Saugus Wanapanaquins

10:30 AM

Sandra's School of Dance

11:00 AM

Saugus Karate Kung-Fu

11:30 AM

SAUGUS 2000, Chairman John Mangini

11:45 AM

Business Awards, Town Manager Steve Angelo

12:00 Noon


2:00 PM

Charleena's School of Dance

3:00 PM

STYLE with Richard Willis

Touch-A-Truck -- behind Library for children DPW / Police / Fire Trucks to sit on!!!

American Legion will be selling Coffee & Donuts on corner of Taylor & Central Streets -- American Legion Hall will be serving food and drinks and information.

Pancake Breakfast on side of Town Hall -- First Parish Unitarian -- 7:00 AM.

Food Booths on Taylor Street are Non-Profit raising money for their activities for the year. Civic and Church groups on Hamilton Street and Lawns

First Congregational Church, 300 Central Street, Church Fair, Yard Sale 9 to 3

St. John's Church Silent Auction / Blood Drive / Pasta Supper 4:30 to 6:30 9 Prospect

Saugus Historical Society Open House 30 Main St. / Pony Rides Unitarian Church Grounds -- "Ten Footer" from Berthold Farms will be on display.

Friends of Saugus Public Library -- (Saugus Public Library, Taylor St. Entrance) Book Sale -- Tote Bags Town-wide scavenger hunt / T-shirt giveaway contest

Description by the Founders' Day Committee

It has been twenty years of gathering together in front of the Saugus Town Hall as a community. Founders' Day was born out of the 350th birthday celebration in 1979. The country market which was held in October of 1979 was so successful that it has continued for twenty years. Through the years many things have changed but there still seems to be a special feeling for bringing the townspeople together as in years past to meet and share laughter and have a great time.

As you can see from the following schedule of events, businesses, churches, schools, senior citizens, youth, veterans, town employees, civic minded volunteers, our town officials and neighbors are involved and help to make this day a great success:

Saugus 2000 -- located in the first four booths in front of Town Hall is gearing up for the celebration to be held at the Square One Mall on December 31, 1999 by finally selling the Saugus 2000 Buttons which must be purchased in advance. Tickets/Buttons are $20.00 for adults and $10.00 for children 5-12 years old. There will be Saugus 2000 customed-designed cotton throws that highlights nine local historical landmarks. Over 450 Saugus Throws have already been sold. Be sure to see the display table for the different colors and orders can be taken for the holidays. Simply Elegant Catering will display the menu for the evening and offer free samples of the Pasta Stations. Space is limited so get your buttons today! Three years of planning this event to pull the community together to celebrate the new century with your family in a safe environment near your homes.

Gathering of Memories -- John Burns, Tom Sheehan and Bob Wentworth along with other committee members will be displaying the beautiful cover created by Bill Maloney for the history of 100 years in Saugus. 600 pages have already been written and many pages of pictures showing the town as it looked during this time. The committee will be taking subscriptions and would greatly appreciate any antidotes and pictures from the past that you would be willing to share for the book. -- Play the town wide hunt game and win a free T-shirt. Numerous locations have already been selected around town; a special one-of-a-kind certificate has been placed at each one. Come to the booth to get the sheet of clues, see which certificates have already been found, or redeem your certificate to get a T-shirt.

The Saugus Advertiser -- Stop by to sign "I Was At Saugus Founders' Day" page and take a look at the photographs on display that were taken in town this year. The Advertiser will he giving these photos away to the people involved.

Kids Can "Touch-A-Truck" at Founders' Day -- Children of all ages can "Touch-A-Truck" this year at Saugus Founders' Day! The Town of Saugus is sponsoring this new exhibit which will be held in the Saugus Public Library parking lot. The Saugus Fire Department will have a pumper truck ready for action, while the Saugus Police Department will bring out the prototype of the new black and white Police Cruiser, as well as the D.A.R.E. Bug and Truck The Police will also have the department's motorcycle on display. Not to be outdone, the Saugus Department of Public Works will provide a backhoe, dump truck, and maybe even a tractor! Children will be allowed to sit in and climb on the vehicles and maybe even have a picture taken! Staff on hand will have real police hats, fire helmets and boots for the children to try on as well as construction hard hats! The trucks will be on display all day so come on down!!!

D.A.R.E -- The Saugus Police D.A.R.E. program will have an exhibit set up behind the Library. Sgt. Ron Witten and Officer Mary C. McConnell will be handing out goodies and there will be an opportunity to win prizes by hitting the high striker hard enough to hit the bell. Literature will also be available on the gun safety and the Eddie Eagle Program.

Community Policing -- Sgt. Mike Annese from the Community Policing division will he giving training on bicycle safety and explaining the many programs provided by this group of police officers, especially for our youth. Officer Paul Bennett will be showing all the proper ways to use seat belts and baby seats. Did you know that 80% of child restraints buckled up by parents are doing it wrong? Stop and learn the correct procedure while these officers are available to show you!

The Breakfast Club -- located this year on the Town Hall lawn is sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Church and will be making breakfast for the vendors and public. After crafters have set up there booths, they can relax and have coffee and breakfast and at the same time help out a great group of Saugus people.

The American Legion Hall -- 44 Taylor Street will be open for the day and will be serving food and drinks and information will be available. A nice place to get away for a break from the activities and show your appreciation for our veterans.

The Saugus Chamber of Commerce -- will again sponsor the 18th Annual Saugus Founders' Day, Officer Harold Vitale Memorial Road Race and Non-Competitive Walk. This 4-Mile distance race will start from Saugus High School at 9:30 AM. Free T-shirts to the first 250 paid, qualified applicants. Look for the Pee-Wee Fun Run at 9:00 AM. Of special interest again this year will be the Saugus Police Officers running to honor the memory of Officer Harold Vitale. For more information call 233-8407.

The Saugus Historical Society -- located at 30 Main Street, will be open to the public to view the newly restored "Ten Footer" from the Berthold Farm which was restored by Peter Ruggeri. Many artifacts have also been brought in from many storage areas throughout the town and given to the museum. The Historical Society will also sponsor Pony Rides with picture taking at the Unitarian Church lawn on the corner of Summer and Taylor Street. Look for the booth in front of Town Hall where they will he selling notepaper, magnets, maps / booklets, T-shirts and Wallace Nutting Postcards.

Friends of the Saugus Public Library -- will sponsor a book sale on the Taylor Street entrance of the Saugus Public Library in the Community Room. Information can he obtained about the library and tote bags will be on sale.

Food Booths -- The non-profit groups / organizations are busy planning their menu for the food area. Again this year the food area will be on the police station side of the Town Hall. This takes much time and energy on the part of the volunteers each year hut they have fun planning, working together and at the same time make money for their activities for the year. Food will be provided by Saugus Band Parents, SHS Classes 2000, 2001, and 2002, Boy Scout Troops 61 and 62, Knights of Columbus, Friends of SHS Hockey, SHS Cheerleader Parents, SHS Tennis, Cliftondale Congregational Church, East Saugus United Methodist Church, Parents of Multiples, Saugus Community Methodist Church. J. Pace & Son (new neighborhood business to be located at 325 Main Street) will be showing off his Pasta Station and all proceeds will be donated to the Friends of Town Hall. He will also have Fruit Baskets on display for a raffle. Welcome to Saugus!!! The business community has again shown their support by sponsoring the food booths for our youth and special gratitude goes to Kowloon, Hilltop, Border Cafe, Fuddruckers, Domino's and Home Depot. "Thanks" to the Saugus Board of Health for all their help and guidance in preparing our volunteers for this food event.

Civic / Information Booths -- While you are sampling the food, you can take time to visit the following information booths. Sign the "Saugus" page of the Saugus Advertiser, Saugus Lions Club, Rotary Club, Theatre Company, Saugus Garden Club, Boy Scout Troop 66, Cub Pack 62, S.A.V.E., Home Depot, YMCA, Saugus Youth Commission, Gannon Real Estate, Family Fuel, Saugus Boosters, Friends of Breakheart, Media One Cable TV,, Saugus Democratic Town Committee (fourth edition of the Christmas ornament), Saugus Gridiron Club. Medical Treatment Center will be doing Blood Pressures, Friends of Town Hall, Friends of the Saugus Public Library, VFW and American Legion, Knights of Columbus, St. Vincent DePaul, and more requests still coming in.

Fun Area -- Special "Thank You" to the Saugus Youth Commission and Saugus Playground Commission and Jeff King, John Gould and Mike Gallant for making this year's "Fun Area" bigger and better each year. The PTOs and school sponsored games and booths will be ready and set up at 9:00 AM. School items will also be on sale. The larger fun items such as the "Titanic" slide, Sumo Wrestling, Dunk Tank, Moon Walk, Space Ball, Big Glove Boxing, Kiddie Putter will be worked on by volunteers from the various sports teams from SHS. Youth Soccer, Lacrosse, Golf and Hockey groups will be working on booths. Remember that this activity encourages the teams to work together as a unit to be successful just like playing on their team as a sport. Mentoring is another element that is important because the parents and teachers also participate in making the fundraisers successful. The larger fun items such as the Titanic, etc. will not open until 11:00 AM.

Face Painting -- will be sponsored by the SHS Drama Club and information will be available on upcoming productions. Temporary Tattoo's will he done by Elaine Lynch, in the Fun Area.

School PTOs / PABs -- Schools participating this year (and they have to do on a very short notice because of summer vacation and new elections of officers) and pulling it together are:

Belmonte Middle School
The Basketball Shoot and selling ducks for the annual duck race down the Saugus River
Evans School
Flying Frog game, candy and prizes
Lynnhurst School
Blue Clues Character Picture, water, Sweet Shop
Oaklandvale School
Punch Board for Prizes, Pull-A-Pop, Beanie Baby raffle
Veteran's School
Ring Toss Game, Calendars, Raffle,
Waybright School
Feed The Monkey Game, T-Shirts / Sweatshirts, Raffle -- How Many M&M's in Jar?, Cookbooks.

Veterans of Foreign Wars -- look for their table in front of the Town Hall for applications for recruitment/registrations and information about the VFW and raffle for a TV and afghans.

Home Show -- J. DiChiara & Sons, Inc. will again sponsor their Annual Founders' Day Home Show located at 327 Central Street, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM with refreshments.

First Congregational Church -- located at 300 Central Street, will be joining the day with their annual cookout and many items on sale -- 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

St. John's Episcopal Church -- located at the corner of Central and Prospect Streets will have a busy day. They will have a Silent Auction on the lawn; sponsor a Blood Drive for the Mason's and then have Pasta Supper 4:30 to 6:30 in the church. For reservations call 781-233-1242, be sure to eat here before the Variety Show at 7:00 PM in the Town Hall auditorium. "Cheers and Thanks" to St. John's for always helping the youth groups and special events in the "Fun Area"!!!

Eastern Bank -- 13 Main Street will join the celebration with a truck in front of the bank with a magician / clown, balloon animals, candy, face painting and fun. They will also sponsor a clown on the Town Hall lawn doing balloon animals.

Stop & Shop -- will be participating this year, raising funds for the St. Vincent DePaul Society. St. Vincent provides food for needy families in the Boston area. Barbara Baptista will be at this table. Also, the Stop & Shop Fun Club will be in the Fun Area passing out balloons, toys to all the kids that stop by. The official Fun Club VFW bug will also be there.

Saugus Senior Center -- will have their annual raffle and information literature at their booth about the many programs available to our Senior Citizens in town.

Variety Show -- sponsored by the Friends of Town Hall will be a nice closing touch to a great day. The response to the show has been tremendous and the Friends are looking forward to showing off the new auditorium with the talented people on stage. Show will start at 7:00 PM. This could not be possible without the work of Marilyn and Ed Carlson, Sue Dunn, Director -- John Gould and Nancy Lemoine and the performers who come forward to share their talent. Tickets are $10.00 for adults and S6.00 for children under 12. All proceeds will go towards the upkeep and special projects for this historic building which belongs to all the people of Saugus.

Person of the Year -- This will be the eleventh Person of the Year award. The announcement will be at noon on the stage in front of the Town Hall. Previous recipients have been:

1989 Stanley Day
1990 William McKinney
1991 Belden G. Bly, Jr.
1992 Dr. Herb Upton
1993 Alice Hatch Vail and Jim Virnelli
1994 Barbara MacKenzie and John Lumsden
1995 Kathy Blasingame and Edwin "Bucker" Holmes
1996 Rosemary DeGregorio and Rev. Walter Smith
1997 Marie Poitras and Clayton Trefry
1998 Therese Nolan and Ken Barnes

Nominations are made and voted on by the previous recipients. This yearly award is a special way to acknowledge Saugus citizens who quietly and unselfishly volunteer many hours to their community. 1999 recipients will be announced at 12:00 noon. Congratulations and best wishes to all the previous recipients!!!

This day could not be possible without the help and support of our local Town Officials, our Town Manager Steve Angelo and his "can do" approach to all that has been accomplished this year, and his Administrative Assistant Sue Dunn for all the help and support. The DPW, Inspectional Services, Board of Health, Police Department, Fire Department, Library, Youth and Recreation, School Department have all worked together for the good of the community.

The Town Hall has been blessed with wonderful neighbors who have been inconvenienced for this day but make light of it by having yard sales, cookouts and parties. Residents and businesses have truly displayed their community spirit by embracing this day and adjusting their schedules to cope with this event.

The Saugus Founders Day Committee:
Donna & John Gould, Kathy Blasingame, Carol Blasingame,
Eleanor Carlson, Joyce Tramontozzi, Lyn Dombrowski, and Luanne Fritz