Guide to Founders' Day 2000

September 9
Schedule of Events

8:30 AM

Flag Raising - American Legion Post 210 - Douglas Cooper, Commander; National Anthem - Sarah Marchetti

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

Saugus Family YMCA Creative Dance Group

10:00 AM

Justine Comeau - Championship Baton Twirler

10:10 AM

Vernessa Aronson, Miss Saugus USA, Irish Step Dance

10:30 AM

Sandra's School of Dance

11:00 AM

Saugus Karate Kung-Fu

12:00 Noon


1:00 PM

Willis, Paris, Chase, & Strong (W.P.C.S.)

2:15 PM

Saugus Chamber of Commerce Scholarship

2:30 PM

Charleena's School of Dance

3:00 PM

Christine Proia's Dance Academy

Description by the Founders' Day Committee

The Saugus Founder's Day Country Market will open on September 9th in front of the Saugus Town Hall. In 1979 for the 350th birthday celebration there were activities throughout the year. Some of the events were a dance, a crowning of a Miss Saugus, a carnival, country market and parade through the town, and a great display of fireworks.

These events are remembered and we still see the town coming together each year in front of the town hall and we help to keep it alive for our children and grandchildren. This will be the twenty-first Saugus Founder's Day.

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

The Saugus Advertiser - stop by and sign "I Was At Saugus Founder's Day" page, buy a raffle ticket for a free subscriptions / or ad and get an Advertiser pen.

Kids can "Touch-A-Truck" was such a success last year that it will be even better and more fun this year. With the cooperation of the DPW, Fire and Police Departments and their personnel, "Touch-A-Truck", will offer the opportunity for the children to actually sit in and climb on the vehicles they are usually only able to read about. They can try on the many hats, boots and equipment too. The Saugus Fire Department will have a pumper truck ready for action, the Saugus Police Department will have the black and white police cruiser, the D.A.R.E. Bug and pick-up truck, and the police motorcycle. The DPW will have a front-end loader and backhoe. Staff will have real police hats, fire helmets, boots and construction hard hats, and provide a picture for you to take home. All will be located in back of the Saugus Public Library. Thanks CJ Serino and the Youth & Recreation Department.

D.A.R.E. - The Saugus Police Department D.A.R.E. program will have an exhibit set up in the "Touch-A-Truck" area. Sgt. RonWitten and Officer Mary 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 be available on gun safety and Eddie Eagle Program.

Community Policing - Lt. Mike Annese from the Community Policing division will be in this same area to explain the many activities and programs available by P.A.L. and how to get involved. Trained officers will be available to instruct and advise you on safety belts, correct placement of baby seats / carriers and many other safety tips. 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 their booths, they can relax and have coffee and breakfast and at the same time help a great group of Saugus people. They will also serve Chili for lunch.

Saugus Community Blood Drive - There is a great need for blood right now, why not stop by St. John's Episcopal church on the corner of Central and Prospect Streets between 9:00am and 2:00pm to give blood. You will be given a breakfast "chit" to the "Breakfast Club" on the town hall lawn after you have given blood. All individual group donor numbers will be honored. For information, call Linda Perry 1-800-722-5520.

First Congregational Church - will hold a giant yard sale 9:00am to 3:00pm. They will serve hot dogs and hamburgers for lunch.

Pasta Supper - St. John's Episcopal Church, Central & Prospect Streets, 4:00 to 6:30pm. Homemade sauce and meatballs, salad, Italian bread, homemade pies, beverage. Adults-$7.00, children 12 & under $4.00 and Seniors (60+) $6.00. Tickets and reservations available: 233-1242 or at the door.

Saugus Family YMCA - will sponsor a fun booth and also will have their Creative Drama Group perform at 9:30am on stage in front of Town Hall. Children will be singing songs from "Oliver" and "Annie".

Saugus Community Health Task Force will sponsor the Union Hospital / North Shore Medical Center free health screenings. Look for the mobile unit on the Hamilton Street side of the Town Hall.

Saugus Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the 19th Annual Saugus Founder's Day Harold Vitale Memorial Road Race & Non-Competitive Walk. This is a 4-mile race and the first 250 paid, qualified applicants will receive a free T-Shirt. There will also be a free Pee-Wee Fun Run at 9:00am. Of special interest again this year will be the Saugus Police Officers running in honor of Officer Harold Vitale and Office "Gus" Belmonte. Notice the shirts the officers will be wearing in their memory.

The Saugus Historical Society - will be selling notepaper, magnets, maps / booklets, T-shirts and Wallace Nutting Postcards in front of Town Hall. They will also have Pony Rides available with pictures at the Unitarian Church lawn on the corner of Summer Street and Taylor Street.

Friends of Saugus Public Library - will have a book sale in the Community Room, 9:00am to 2:00pm. Because the main library will be closed for the day, please use the Taylor Street side entrance. Hard cover books will be $1.00, some priced higher, or fill-a-bag for $5.00. Proceeds will benefit various library projects. Tickets will be on sale for "Murder In The Library" to be held on September 16th at 7:00pm. Tickets will be $10.00.

Friends of the Saugus Town Hall - will have Hometowne Collectibles of the Saugus Town Hall and the Roby School on sale for $20.00 each. Supply is limited so it will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Also, early panoramic photograph of Saugus Center will be sold.

American Legion Post 210 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. Also look for their booth in Saugus Center where they will have "split the pot", coffee & donuts & popcorn.

American Legion Post 210 Auxiliary - will have a raffle American Girl Dolls and gift baskets. The VFW Sgt. A.F.DeFranzo Post 2346 Auxiliary will have a raffle, gifts and patriotic items.

A Gathering of Memories: Saugus 1900-2000 - edited by John Burns and Tom Sheehan will be available for purchase. This book is a nostalgic record of life in Saugus through the last 100 years. The cost will be $40.00 plus $2.00 tax and the proceeds after expenses will be put towards a scholarship for Saugus High School students. - will again be giving away free T-shirts in a contest. This year's contest will feature Saugus trivia, so bone up on your local knowledge before the 9th! Information on the upcoming third annual Ghost Story Contest will also be available.

Food Booths - The non-profit groups / organizations will provide the menu again this year. Special "thanks" to the Board of Health for all the help and support for this fundraiser activity. This year we have attended sessions provided by the Board of Health on the preparation, handling and serving of food items. Congratulations to those who have taken the time to attend and to volunteer. This take much time and energy on the part of the volunteers each year but they have fun planning, working together and at the same time make money for their activities for the year. Food this year will be provided by the Saugus High School Band, the Saugus High School Classes of 2001 and 2003, Boy Scout Troop 61 and 62, Knights of Columbus, SHS Cheerleader Parents, SHS Girls Tennis Parents, Cliftondale Congregational Church. Sincere thanks go to the businesses who continue to believe in and support these groups, Kowloon, Hilltop, Fuddruckers, and Prince Pizza.

Civic / Information Booths - While you're sampling the food, you can take time to visit the following information booths. Saugus Rotary Club, Saugus Lions Club, The Advertiser, The Theatre Company of Saugus, the Garden Club, Massachusetts Resources Water Authority (MWRA), Home Depot, The Saugonian, Saugus Chamber of Commerce, YMCA, Gannon Real Estate, Saugus Boosters Club, Gridiron Club, Eastern Bank, S.A.V.E.,, Lahey Clinic Vision, Family Chiropractic, Briggs Chiropractic, SanFillipo Massage Therapy, Boy Scout Troop 66 and Cub Pack 62, Friends of Breakheart, and more still coming in as we go to press.

"FUN" Area - This would not be possible without the combined help of many...the Youth & Recreation Department & Commission, CJ Serino, John Gould, Tommy Gould, Steve Dever, Tim Whyte, Mike Gallant from Perfect Parties. At 9:00am the schools (PTO's) will be set up and ready to go. They will have games, items on sale, information on their schools. At 12noon the larger items such as the "Titanic" will be ready and will stay open until 4:00pm. 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 money they raise is used for their activities during their school year.

Face Painting - will be sponsored by the SHS Drama Club and information will be available on upcoming productions. Temporary Tattoos will be done by Elaine Lynch in the Fun Area also.

Person of the Year - This will be the 12th 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, 1999-Mrs. Louise Rossetti and Earl & Nancy Ellis. 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. 2000 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 our Board of Selectmen and Town Departments. The Town Manager, Steve Angelo' s encouragement, support and willingness to try new ideas and keep our townspeople and especially our "youth" always in mind has helped to make this day a success. Special "thanks" to Sue Dunn, Administrative Assistant to Mr. Angelo.

The Town Hall area has been blessed with wonderful neighbors who have been inconvenienced year after year and instead of complaining, they join in and have yard sales, cookouts and still always have a kind and encouraging word. Residents and businesses have truly displayed their community spirit by embracing this day and adjusting their schedules.

The Saugus Founder's Day Committee: Donna and John Gould, Kathy Blasingame, Carol Blasingame, Eleanor Carlson, Joyce Tramontozzi, Lyn Dombrowski and Luanne Fritz.

See you Saturday, September 9th! (Rain Date Next Day)