Guide to Founders' Day 2001

September 8
Schedule of Events

8:30 AM

Flag Raising -- Veteran's Council (Doug Cooper, President)

9:00 AM

Opening Remarks / Introductions (Town Manager Steve Angelo)

9:30 AM

"Start" Saugus Founders' Day Harold Vitale Road Race (sponsored by the Saugus Chamber of Commerce) Starts / Ends at the Saugus High School

Theatre, Music, and More (In front of the Town Hall)

10:00 AM

Justine Comeau -- Championship Baton Twirler

10:10 AM

Vernessa Aronson, Miss Saugus USA, Jazz Routine

11:00 AM

Saugus Karate Kung-Fu

12:00 Noon

Persons of the Year 2001

1:00 PM

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

2:30 PM

Charleena's School of Dance

3:00 PM

Charleena's School of Dance

Description by the Founders' Day Committee

Saugus Founders' Day 2001 will open the Country Market on Saturday, September 8th in front of Saugus Town Hall at 9:00 AM. Saugus celebrated its 350th birthday in 1979 and there were activities throughout the year. Some of the events included a dance, crowning of a Miss Saugus, a carnival, country market, and a parade through the town and a great display of fireworks. There was such a great feeling to see the town coming together and each year we continue this tradition of the Country Market to keep that spirit alive for our children and grandchildren. This year will be the twenty-second Saugus Founders' 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 each year to make this day a great success.

Stop by the Saugus Advertiser, sign the "I Was At Saugus Founders' Day" page, and buy a raffle ticket for a free subscription to the Advertiser plus get a free magnet.

C.J. Serino, Director of the Saugus Youth & Recreation Department has organized "Touch-A-Truck" again this year. Located behind the Saugus Public Library and with the cooperation of the DPW, Fire, and Police Departments and their personnel, at the "Touch-A-Truck" exhibit children will be able to actually climb on and sit in 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 sidewalk plow. Staff will have real police hats, fire helmets, boots and construction hard hats, and provide a picture for you to take home.

Community Policing / D.A.R.E. under the direction of Lt. Mike Annese also will set up behind the Saugus Public Library. Lt. Mike can explain the many programs available within the Community Policing such as flag football, street hockey, basketball, bike registry, etc. Lt. Mike will show off his talents at the Cotton Candy machine and you can sample the treat!

Saugus Fire Department will sponsor the Safe Trailer -- The Metrofire Community SAFE Trailer, Student Awareness of Fire Education, will be parked on Taylor Street in front of the old police station. The public is invited to tour this smoke filled house, run by Saugus Firefighters, to see what the Saugus Firefighter SAFE educators are teaching children in the school system. Firefighters will be on hand for all your questions and concerns. Fire related pamphlets and handouts for the children will be available.

New England Organ Bank -- sponsored by the First Parish Unitarian-Universalist Church will be setting up a table next to the Breakfast Club. Their goal is to make people aware of the Organ Donation Program that is maintained by the New England Organ Bank. There have been many initiatives toward awareness recently. The Registry of Motor Vehicles gives you an opportunity to be an organ donor when you renew your driver's license. There will be a display of pamphlets, pens, pins sign-up materials, etc. Prince has donated a Gift Certificate of $65.00 as a raffle prize.

Saugus Soufflé to be served by Unitarian-Universalist Church on the Town Hall lawn by the Breakfast Club. Previously the site of a pancake breakfast, the committee has decided to offer this delicious recipe, a traditional family favorite for special occasions. Bagels, muffins, and beverages will be on the menu as well. As lunchtime draws near, First Parish Chili and Cornbread will also be sold.

First Congregational Church will hold a giant yard sale, including toys, furniture, and many household goods. Hot dogs, hamburgers, and sausages will be the menu for the day.

St. John's Episcopal Church, Central & Prospect Streets -- Pasta Supper -- Homemade Sauce, Meatballs, Salad, Italian Bread, Homemade Pies, and Beverage -- 4:00 to 6:30 PM. Adults $7.00, Children 12 & under $5.00, Seniors (60+) $6.00. Tickets & reservations available, call 781-233-1242 or purchase at the door.

Community Health Van, sponsored by Union Hospital, will sponsor free health screenings for cholesterol, blood sugar, and blood pressure. Look for the mobile van on the side of Town Hall.

Saugus Lions District Eyemobile -- Saugus Lions Club will sponsor the 33N Eyemobile, which will be located in Saugus Center.

The Saugus Historical Society -- will be selling notepaper, magnets, maps / booklets, and T-shirts in front of Saugus Town Hall. They will also sponsor Pony Rides, available with pictures at the Unitarian Church lawn on the corner of Summer Street and Taylor Street. Additionally their house at 30 Main Street will be open.

Friends of Town Hall -- will have the newest Hometowne Collectible available for purchase. This new edition (which will be numbered) will be "Cliftondale Square". The Friends' table will be on the sidewalk going up to front of Town Hall. All number holders have already been notified, but there will still be some available to the general public.

Saugus Chamber of Commerce will again sponsor the 20th Annual Saugus Founders' 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 9:00 AM. Of special interest again this year will be the Saugus Police Officers running in honor of Officer Harold Vitale and Officer "Gus" Belmonte. Be sure to look for the officers wearing their special T-shirts as they run together in memory of their fallen police brothers.

Friends of the Saugus Public Library -- will have a book sale in the Community Room, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. 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. There will also be a membership drive to join the Friends, please look for the flyers on how to join.

American Legion Post 210 Hall -- located at 44 Taylor Street will be open for the day and will be serving food and adult drinks. A nice air-conditioned 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, and popcorn.

American Legion Post 210 Auxiliary -- will have a raffle for American Girl Doll, a Romance Gift Basket and Holiday Gift Basket. Look for the Auxiliary in front of Town Hall.

A Gathering of Memories -- 1900-2000 -- due to many requests after the original run of 2000 copies sold out, there has been a new print run of 500 copies. Books will be available in front of Saugus Town Hall for $42.00. Stop by to see the authors.

Food Booths -- The non-profit groups / organizations will provide the menu again this year. Special "Thanks" to the Saugus Board of Health for all their help and support for this fundraiser activity. This year's sessions have been 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 takes 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 activies for the year. Food this year will be provided by: Saugus High School Band, Saugus High School Class of 2003, Boy Scout Troops 61 and 62, Knights of Columbus, Saugus High School Cheerleader Parents, Saugus High School Girls Tennis Team Parents, Saugus High School Hockey Parents, Saugus High School Lacrosse Parents, Saugus High School Peer Mediation and Peerleaders under the direction of Mr. Volpe and Mr. Maruzzi. Baked goods and deserts and information, church history, etc. will be provided by the Cliftondale Congregational Church, Saugus Community United Methodist Church, St. John's Church, East Saugus Methodist Church. Sincere thanks go to the businesses that continue to believe and support these non-profit groups / organizations -- Kowloon, Hilltop, Fuddruckers, Border Café, and Super Seven Pizza.

Civic / Information Booths -- While sampling the food, you can take time to visit the following information booths: Saugus Rotary Club, Saugus Lions Eyemobile, Saugus Advertiser, Theatre Company of Saugus, Garden Club, Saugus River Watershed Council, Home Depot, Saugus Chamber of Commerce, YMCA, Gannon Real Estate, Saugus Boosters Club, Gridiron Club, Eastern Bank, S.A.V.E.,, Family Chiropractic, Briggs Chiropractic, Boy Scout Troop 66 (Color Your Own Button) & Cub Pack 62, Friends of Breakheart, Domestic Violence Coalition, The Saugonian and additional organizations are still coming in as we go to press.

"FUN" Area -- This would not be possible without the help of the Saugus Youth & Recreation Department, Director CJ Serino, and Michael Gallant of "Perfect Parties". This year parents and volunteers from the schools and sports organizations will monitor the many activities. Starting time will be 9:00 AM. Look for the Saugus Elementary School participation of their PTOs -- Ballard, Oaklandvale, Veterans, Waybright, and Saugus High School. They will have games, items on sale, and information on their yearly activies to make it a great school year for their students. Look for the Titanic Slide, Rock-Climbing, Dunk Tank, Moon Bounce, Sumo Wrestling, Speed Pitch, Shark Attack, Baseball Toss, Chip'n Golf, and much more. Remeber 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. All the money they raise will be used for their activities during their school year.

YMCA -- Greg Griffin and the YMCA, as part of our community partnership will sponsor a special "Fun" activity for the town. They will also have information on the many programs provided by the YMCA for Saugus, including their new FITNESS center, and Community Partnership Committee (CPC) on Early Childhood Awareness for children that are three and four years old.

Theatre Company of Saugus -- Will have a table on the Town Hall lawn, where they will hand out favors, hold a raffle, provide entertainment, and pass out publicity materials.

Face Painting -- Saugus High School Drama Club -- will also be in the "Fun" Area (be sure to ask them about this year's productions. Temporary Tattoos -- will be done by Elaine Lynch. Next to tattoos is a "Sand Art Bottles" that the children can create themselves. -- will again hold a Saugus trivia contest. The first person to correctly answer a particular question wins a T-shirt (there's one T-shirt per question), so bone up on your local knowledge before the 8th! Information on the upcoming forth annual Ghost Story Contest will also be available. will be located in its usual spot on the Town Hall lawn.

Persons of the Year 2001 -- The announcment will be at noon on the state in front of Saugus 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; 2000 - Charlie Aftosmes and Barbara & Ralph Badger. 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. 2001 recipients will be announced at 12:00 noon. Congratulations and best wishes to all the recipients!

This day could not be possible without the help of many. Sincere appreciation is extended to the Board of Selectmen and Town Departments. Mr. Steve Angelo, our Town Manager, whose encouragement, support, and willingness to try new ideas and keep our community and especially our "youth" always in mind has made this day a success. Special "thanks" to Sue Dunn, Administrative Assistant to Mr. Angelo, for her support and patience. Thank you to the Daily Evening Item, and local cable AT&T Broadband for their support each year with our schedule of events and broadcasting the day for the people unable to be in front of Town Hall to see the entertainment.

The Town Hall area has been blessed with wonderful neighbors who have been inconvenienced through the years. 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 Founders' Day Committee: Donna Gould and Kathy Blasingame, Eleanor Carlson, Carol Blasingame, Joyce Tramontozzi, Lyn Dombrowski, and Luanne Fritz.

See you Saturday, September 8th! (Rain Date is Next Day.)