Guide to Founders' Day 2002

September 14
Entertainment Schedule

8:30 AM

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

9:00 AM

Opening Remarks / Introductions (Acting Town Manager, Attorney John Vasapolli)

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

Baton Twirlers Alicia Palomba and Devin White (in front of the Town Hall)

9:40 AM

Saugus High School Band -- Director Amanda Shelly

10:30 AM

Sandra's School of Dance

11:00 AM

Saugus Karate Kung-Fu

12:00 Noon

Persons of the Year 2002

1:00 PM

Richie Willis and Street Magic

2:00 PM

(Saugus Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Award during Street Magic Break)

2:30 PM

Do You Want To Dance Studio

3:00 PM

Christine Proia's Dance Academy

Please remember to support the local non-profit organizations this is always a team effort and proceeds go towards their activities for the year ahead

Description by the Founders' Day Committee

9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Saugus Founders' Day 2002 will open the Country Market on Saturday, September 14th 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-third 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.

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, "Touch-A-Truck", 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, and bike registry. Officer Paul Bennett will be available to show parents the correct way to have
their baby car seats secured in the back seats of their automobiles.

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.

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

Community Health Van, sponsored by Union Hospital, will conduct free health screenings for cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure. Look for the mobile van across from Town Hall. Special "thanks" to the Saugus Community Health Task Force and to Frank's Gulf for also sponsoring this community service.

Saugus Lions District Eyemobile -- Saugus Lions Club will sponsor the District 33N Eyemobile. Look for the large Lions trailer and have your eyes checked for glaucoma and vision abnormalities. Bring in your old eyeglasses, which will be sorted and given throughout the world to those in need.

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.

Friends of Town Hall -- will be featuring a new hometown collectible of the First Congregational Church. Extra collectibles of Town Hall, the Roby School, the Saugus Iron Works, and Cliftondale Square will also be available. The cost is $20.00 per collectible. If one is in the numbered series, be sure to check and remember the number. For people with existing numbered collectibles, who have not come to Town Hall to claim them, they have until September 6th, they will be sold on Founders' Day. Be sure to see if there is any historic Saugus throws still available. There are a few left at $50.

Saugus Chamber of Commerce will again sponsor the 21st 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 a.m. Of special interest again this year will be the Saugus Police Officers and family members running to honor the memories of the victims of 911 and their fallen police brothers, Officer Harold Vitale and Officer "Gus" Belmonte. Be sure to look for the officers wearing their special T-Shirts as they run together through Saugus Center.

Friends of the Saugus Public Library -- will hold their annual Founders' Day Book Sale from 9:00am to 2:00pm. Because the main library will be closed for the day, please use the Taylor Street side entrance. Books will be $5.00 a bag. 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.
Saugus Public Library -- "SAUGUS READS" --a town wide reading event which began on Independence Day and will end on Saugus Founders' Day. The theme of the program is Americana. Families, neighborhoods, and friends are encouraged to read together or share experiences as they read the books. Prizes will be awarded for reading one or more titles on the "SAUGUS READS" list on Founders' Day.

Nautical Quilt To Be Raffled -- The Monday Night Scrapbaggers, a group of local quilters, have generously donated a handmade quilt with a nautical theme to be raffled off by the Friends of the Saugus Public Library as a fundraiser to allow the Library to add on to the enchanting Children's Room mural created by artist, Yetti Frankel. Members of the Scrapbaggers include Margie Berkowitch, Marion Wilcomb, Bernice Smith, Marie Ardizzone, Dolly Annese, and Rosemary Moro. The quilt is on display at the Library and chances are $1.00 each or 3 for $2.00 will be available on Founders' Day. Winners will be announced at the conclusion of the Hammersmith Stroll. Take a chance, support the Library, and win a beautiful handmade quilt for yourself or as a holiday gift.

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 breakfast sandwiches.

American Legion Post 210 Auxiliary -- will have a raffle for a beautiful 18" Doll, a Patriotic Gift Basket, a Holiday Gift Basket, and gift certificates. Look for the Auxiliary in front of Town Hall and let them know you appreciate all their efforts in supporting our veteran's organizations.

Saugus River Watershed Council -- water quality sampling, volunteer programs, educational programs and kids environmental activities. Learn about on-going efforts to improve the health of the Saugus River.

Saugus Board of Health -- located over by the food booths, and for your convenience, you will be able to pick up composting bins, recycle bins, stickers for refuse. Learn about food safety and health education material will be available. -- Saugus Founders' Day information is now on the Internet. Look for Eric Brown on the Town Hall lawn to learn what has available for you on the Internet, tell you about the free 5th Annual Ghost Story contest, and show you A Gathering of Memories book. There are a limited number of these books available. This is the 2nd and final printing, so be sure to stop by early in the morning.

Saugus Center For The Arts -- The mission of this new committee is to foster and cultivate participation in the creative and performing arts -- to help search out budding talent, to celebrate all forms of successful artistic endeavors and to encourage and support community occasions for the display of all art forms. They are about to launch their first arts festival in the fall of this year with a date and location to be announced shortly.

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 activities 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 Peer Mediation and Peerleaders under the direction of Mr. Volpe and Mr. Maruzzi, Saugus High School Class of 2004. Baked goods and deserts and information, church history, etc. will be provided by the Cliftondale Congregational Church, Saugus Community United Methodist 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 Domino's Pizza.

Saugus Home Depot -- Every year Home Depot supplies the flatbed carts that help to set up the streets with booths. They also take the time to organize a booth geared towards the children with hands-on activities and projects that they love.

Civic / Information Booths -- While sampling the food, you can take time to visit the following information booths. Saugus Lions Eyemobile, Saugus Advertiser, Theatre Company of Saugus, Garden Club, Saugus River Watershed Council, Home Depot, Saugus Chamber of Commerce, Hollett Real Estate, Century 21 Real Estate, Saugus Boosters Club, Gridiron Club, Eastern Bank, S.A.V.E., Saugus Tree Committee,, Family Chiropractic, Saugus Center for the Arts, Council on Aging, Briggs Chiropratic, Boy Scout Troop 66 (Color Your Own Button) and Cub Pack 62, Friends of Breakheart, Saugus Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 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 9:00am. Look for the Saugus Elementary School participation of their PTO's -- Oaklandvale, Veterans, and Saugus High School. They will have games, items on sale and information on their yearly activities to make it a great school year for their students. Look for the Obstacle Course, Moonwalk, Dunk Tank, Moon Bounce, Sumo Wrestling, Speed Pitch, Joust, Bungee Run, Baseball Toss, Putting Challenge, and much more. Remember 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.

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" which the children can create themselves.

Persons of the Year 2002 -- The announcement 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 and Nancy Ellis, 2000-Charlie Aftosmes and Barbara and Ralph Badger. 2001- Carol Cashman and Dr. Frederick Wagner. 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. 2002 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 previous Town Manager, whose encouragement, support and willingness to try new ideas and keep our community and especially our "youth" always in mind. Welcome to our new Acting Town Manager, Attorney John Vasapolli and our appreciation for taking over and helping to make this day a success. Special "thanks" to Sue Dunn, Administrative Assistant for her support and patience. Thank you to the The Daily Item, Saugus Advertiser,, and AT&T Broadband and Carlos for getting the word out!

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, and Luanne Fritz.

See you Saturday, September 14th! (Rain Date is Next Day).