Guide to Founders' Day 2009

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 each year to make this day a great success.

Again this year we are hoping to continue our community spirit and come alive and show how much this Town of Saugus means to us.  Saugus Founders Day started 30 years ago during the 350th Celebration, the people of the town loved coming together for the Country Market in front of the Town Hall.  In the 1940?s the farmers and neighbors in this Town brought their fruits, vegetables, preserves, flowers and home-sewn, knitted and wooden crafts to the Town Hall where they shared their stories and renewed friendships.

Saugus Founders Day is happy that the Saugus Founder?s Day Road Race will be sponsored again by the Friends of Breakheart and the Department of Conservation and Recreation.  The  5K road race will start from the Christopher P. Dunne Visitors Center at Breakheart Reservation off the Lynn Fells Parkway in Saugus.  The race will begin at 9:30a.m. on September 12th and will take you through the beautiful reservation. There will be raffle prizes,  Limited Edition Tee Shirts, hot dogs and other refreshments for runners.  For information call 781-710-3129

The Saugus Board of Health and the North Shore Medical Center will again sponsor the Medical Van where they will take your blood pressure and also cholesterol screenings. A new health booth this year will be Get In Shape for Women.  Robert Bellon, CPT will talk to people about their diet, exercise and will have a body fat/body composition scale that gives out a printout of BMI weight, % body fat, lean body mass and ideal #of calories needed per day.

Saugus Community Television, known as SCTV, will have a booth and will also be videotaping and broadcasting ?LIVE? some of the day?s events and entertainment on stage. Stop by the booth located in front of the Library where they will have membership forms available and the opportunity to say something ?On Air? about Saugus Founder?s Day!  Stop by to find out what SCTV is all about.  Rich Garabedian is Executive Director and the studio is located at Saugus High School, 1 Pearce Memorial Drive.

Special ?Thanks? to SCTV, Saugus Advertiser, The Daily Item,, Saugonian, and Saugus.Com for participating in Saugus Founder?s Day and especially for getting the information to the public. Eric Brown, will have his trivia quiz. Stop by the Saugus Advertiser and sign the ?I was at Saugus Founder?s Day? page and fill out a raffle coupon for a free subscription.  The Daily Item will give away samples of that day?s Daily Item; having folks enter to win a pair of Red Sox tickets and asking if they would like to receive a free 2-week sample of the paper home delivered.  They will be taking pictures and will have an autograph newspaper page.

SAUGUS SPEAKS OUT ? Special thanks to Richie of Frank?s Gulf for allowing Saugus Speaks Out to locate in front of his business for the day.   Saugus Speaks Out is a non-profit committee proactively committed to preventing children and young adults from experimenting with alcohol and drugs.  The mission is to inform and educate all who seek support, recognizing that many in our community may need support and assistance.

The staggering numbers of the Saugus Youth Risk Survey prompted concerned citizens, town officials, parents, teachers and members of the business community to come together as a team to form Saugus Speaks Out and hope that you will take the time to find out how you can help your community fight this serious threat.  Donna McNeil, Ellen Faiella and members of SSO volunteer their time on this important committee.

Saugus Educators Association and Richard Lavoie will have Teacher ?Thank You? cards with pens, pencils, bookmarks, answer questions and have information available on S.E.A. look for him in the FUN area.

Paul Penachio and the Emergency Management Team (located at the old Fire Station) will have the station open for family visits to view the building and the equipment.  Paul will be looking for volunteers to sign up for Emergency Management and grilling sausages, pepper and onions in front of the station.

The Saugus Historical Society will have an Open House at 30 Main Street with T-shirts, booklets, maps, magnets and notepaper available for sale.  They will have a Saugus Display, cookies and cold drinks. We are so fortunate to have volunteers to keep the history of our town alive and to pass on to our children and grandchildren.

The William Sutton Lodge will co-sponsor a Blood Drive with Saugus Boy Scout Troop 61 at the First Congregational Church across from the Town Hall,  300 Central Street from 9:30am to 2:30pm.  They will be cooking breakfast for donors, or they can receive a coupon good for a free hamburger/hot dog at the Troop 61 Food Booth.  Donors will also be entered in a Massachusetts General Hospital drawing for two round-trip tickets on AirTran.  Please consider donating.

The First Congregational Church will hold a giant yard sale, including toys, furniture and many household goods.  They will be selling home-made baked goods too.  They will be grilling hot dogs and hamburgers too.

Church Activities on the Town Hall lawn this year will be provided by the following: Cliftondale Congregational Church will serve their famous Strawberry Shortcake, and they will again sponsor the Saugus Domestic Violence Coalition and give out information, the Vineyard Metro North Church will have brochures on programs offered and a table for children to do art projects and a Celebrate Recovery program.  ?Nothing But Nets? sponsored by the East Saugus Methodist Church is a global grassroots campaign to save lives in Africa by preventing malaria.  The goal is to purchase mosquito nets for families in Africa to ward against mosquitos which carry the malaria disease.  Thus far a total of 31 million insecticide-treated nets have been delivered.

Saugus Home Depot again will have the popular ?Captain of the Kids Workshop?.  Home Depot Associates have planned a special hands-on wood project the kids will love.  Special ?thanks? to Home Depot for providing the carts and supplies necessary to help make the day go smoothly.  

Eastern Bank will sponsor a Clown for the children?s entertainment.  Look for Eastern Bank on the Hamilton Street side of the Town Hall.  Saugusbank will have giveaways and a raffle with proceeds going to a charity ?in need? to be chosen. Stop by the Danversbank booth to help them celebrate their second anniversary in Saugus with giveaways.  Council on Aging will help with Senior Citizen activities available, the Saugus Lions Club will again sponsor the Eyemobile Van where you can turn in unused glasses and will introduce you to their newest venture, the Leos Club.

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.

Stop by the Theatre Company of Saugus booth to learn about their upcoming season and future performances.   The fall production will be ?The Wizard of Oz? in November so ask about reservations.   Susan Thomas will update you on the website.  Next to the Theatre Company is a new booth for Sherri Rafferty for ?Toastmasters? and the Benefits of Public Speaking.  The Saugus Business Partnership will have a booth on the lawn in front of the Town Hall with information on the Partnership and the many charities and programs they work on for our Town.

The Recycling Coordinator, Lorna Cerbone, will be available to talk about the importance of recycling for our Town.  There will be a dumpster in the back of the Town Hall and also containers to put your bottles and cans.   All proceeds will be donated to the Saugus Friendship Club, for educationally challenged adults.  

Stop by the Garden Club and ask about the Butterfly Garden and see the pictures and get a brochure on the project located at Breakheart Reservation and the many activities planned for the coming year.  The will sell perennials and fresh cut flowers from members? gardens and introduce the Club to the community.  

S.A.V.E.?s Founder?s Day booth this year will serve as a drop off point for several important items as well as providing encouragement and information about increasing recycling efforts.  They will have receptacles to collect worn-out athletic shoes of any brand for a program called Reuse?A -Shoe.  The donated shoes will be ground up and purified to become a material called Nike Grind. ? Nike Grind Rubber, Nike Grind Foam and Nike Grind Upper.  This material will eventually become part of sports surfacing products ranging from basketball and tennis courts, running tracks, soccer fields, fitness flooring and playground safety surfacing.  They will also have drop-off boxes for small mercury

containing items (thermometers, thermostats, button cell batteries, hearing aid batteries, and watch batteries).

Please note that they cannot take regular batteries such as ?A?, ?AAA? because they do not contain mercury.

Holiday Inn Express will have a raffle (a night at Hotel) raffle and information on function space available.  All Care,

VNA, Visiting Nurse Association to talk about their services available in the Saugus area, and Walgreens will give information on the Flu Shots

Please look for the Joey LoRusso Memorial Fund booth in front of the Town Hall; they will be selling pillows and scarfs for a wonderful cause to keep his memory alive.  Also nearby will be a booth for the American Cancer Society with an assortment of ?pink? items for a donation.  


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.  Congratulations to those who have taken the time 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 Classes of, 2010, 2011and 2012.  Boy Scout Troops 61 and 62, Knights of Columbus, Saugus High School Field Hockey, Saugus High School Tennis Team,  Saugus Youth Soccer, SHS Football Cheerleaders, SHS Football, Saugus High School Golf Team. This is a cooperative effort of the businesses of Saugus, students, and parents all working together on a volunteer basis.  Sincere ?Thanks? go to the businesses that continue to believe in and support these non-profit groups/organizations:  Kowloon, Hilltop, Fuddruckers, Border Café, Kelly?s Roast Beef, Qdoba, Fishy Friday and Prince Pizza.

FUN AREA  ??Special Thanks? to Saugus Youth & Recreation Department and to Michael Gallant of Perfect Parties to make sure that the Fun Area runs again.  It will open at 11:00a.m. and run until 4:00p.m.  This year parents and volunteers from the schools and sports organizations will monitor the many activities.  Look for the Saugus Elementary School participation of their PTO?s starting at 9:00 a.m. ? Oaklandvale, Veterans Memorial School, Waybright,

Lynnhurst, and Saugus High School.   They will have games, items on sale and information on their yearly activities to make it a great school year.  Look for the Moonwalk - Full Court Press - Electronic Golf Putting - Bungee Run - Dunk Tank - Slap Shot Hockey- Giant Slide - Gladiator Joust  - Wrecking Ball, - Double Soccer Shootout -  Extreme Batting.  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 and coaches also participate in making the fundraisers successful.  All the money they raise will be used for their activities during their school year.  The following groups will participate this year:  Elementary Schools - Lynnhurst, Oaklandvale, Waybright and Veterans -SHS Class of 2010 ? SHS Hockey ? SHS Field Hockey ? SHS Lacrosse ? SHS Boys Soccer ? SHS Girls Soccer - SHS ? Saugus Community Track ? SHS  and Belmonte Track ? SHS Golf ? SHS Softball ? Saugus High GSA ? SHS Drama and Chorus ? Rick Lavoie for SEA ? SHS Model UN/National Honor Society ? Saugus Pop Warner ? Pack 61 Cub Scouts ? Girl Scouts Troop 62040.

Face Painting ? Saugus High School Drama Club will also be in the ?Fun? area.  Be sure to ask them about this year productions.  

SAUGUS IRON WORKS ? The Iron Guild is made up of past graduates of the Massachusetts College of Art sculpting program.  The Iron Guild will assist participants in producing a one part scratch sand mold that will be filled with molten iron from the roaring cupola furnace that they bring with them.  Casting demonstration will run from noon to 3:00p.m.

New England Model Engineering Society will have about a dozen model makers with small scale working models of many different types of engines 10:00a.m. to 3:00p.m.  Master blacksmith, Carl Close of Hammersmith Studios will demonstrate blacksmithing 10:00a.m. until 3:00p.m.  

SAUGUS IRON WORKS NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE  is one of over 350 special places set aside by the United States Congress to tell part of America?s story.  Saugus Iron Works is the place where the iron and steel industry established a foothold in North America in the mid 1640?s.  From the banks of the Saugus River iron workers that were recruited in England for their special iron making skills spread throughout what is now the northeastern United States to create an industrial lineage that is still with us today.  What a wonderful opportunity to share with our children on Founder?s Day this historic site right here in SAUGUS.  For additional information call 781-233-0050.

SAUGUS PUBLIC LIBRARY ? GIANT BOOK SALE ? The Library will be open on Founder?s Day 9:00AM to 2:00PM.

In addition to the giant book sale there will be Raffle Baskets, Library Stationary and Sign-up Sheets for The Friends of the Saugus Public Library.  The front doors of the library will be closed by the side entrance on Taylor Street will be open for the day.

BEAT ConnXtionz Dance Company will perform on Founder?s Day at 2:30pm.   Founded in September 2008 by Candice Borden, the group specializes in Hip Hop choreography and has 16 years of teaching experience for children and adults of all ages and levels. BEAT ConnXtionz offers various classes in Tap, B?Boy?n, Jazz, Ballet, Dance Stretch & Strengthening, Salsa, Gymnastics/Tumbling, Poppin & Lockin, Cheer Dance and Creative Movement.  The hip hop performance group has performed at different venues in the Boston area, including events for Faneuil Hall and for the Boston Celtics.  For more information  email

BRING IT ON XTREME CHEER & DANCE ?  We are new and upcoming all star cheering gym.  Check it out on Founder?s Day in the FUN area and on stage in front of Town Hall at 9:00AM.  This is a highly competitive sport, building self esteem, confidence, endurance, family connections and tons of fun.  Our cheerleaders will be teaching basic cheer motions, basic pyramids, dance moves and so much more.  We will also be raffling off some wonderful gift baskets. So FLY HIGH, DARE TO DREAM, CHEER EXTREME!

Persons of the Year 2009 ? The announcement will be at 12Noon on the stage in front of the Saugus Town Hall.  Previous recipients have been 1989-Stanley Day, 1990-William McKinney, 1991-Belden 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-Louise Rossetti and Earl and Nancy Ellis, 2000-Charlie Aftosmes and Barbara and Ralph Badger, 2001-Carol Cashman and Dr. Fred Wagner, 2002-Donna Gould and Rev. Roger Nelson and 2003-Florence Chandler and Norman Hansen, 2004-Ellen Burns and Carmine Moschella, 2005-Janet Leuci and John Burns, 2006-Marilyn Carlson and Richard Barry, 2007-Jean Banks and Bob Davis, 2008-Janice Jarosz and Fred Brooks.  Nominations are made and voted on by the previous recipients.  This is the 20th year for this award to be given out and is a special way to acknowledge Saugus citizens who quietly and unselfishly volunteer many hours for the betterment of their community.  2009recipients will be announced at 12Noon.  Congratulations and best wishes to all.  

PARKING ? There will be Handicapped parking for vendors behind the Library.  Handicapped parking will also be available on the side of the Old Fire Station and behind the Town Hall.  Please do not park in front of the businesses around Saugus Center.  Taking up space in front of their establishments will certainly discourage people from doing business with them.  We also ask that you do not park on the side street in front of the neighbors

This day could not be possible without the help of many.  Sincere appreciation is extended to the Board of Selectmen and Town Officials.  Mr. Andrew Bisignani, our Town Manager, whose encouragement and support is sincerely appreciated..  Special ?thanks? to Sue Dunn, Administrative Assistant for her help and patience.  Thank you to the Veteran?s  Council, DPW, Saugus Police Department, Saugus Fire Department, Inspectional Services, Director of Health, Recycling Coordinator, Youth & Recreation Department, Saugus School Department, Emergency Management, Building Department, Library, St. John?s Church, Michael Dunn, Debbie Nicholas, Chris Tarantino, Mark Andrews, Bob Wright, Randy Briand, John Faragi and the O?Hearn, Agreste, Duffy and O?Brien families.  The Town Hall area has been blessed with wonderful neighbors who have been inconvenienced through thirty 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 Founder?s Day -  Donna Gould and Kathy Blasingame, Sue Dunn, Joyce Tramontozzi.  Hope to see you Saturday, September 12th.

Entertainment Schedule

8:00AM-Posting of Colors by Saugus Veterans Council

8:05AM ? Saugus High School Band, Band Director- Amanda Shelly

9:00AM ? Saugus Founders Day Country Market Opens

9:00AM ? BRING IT ON/xtreme cheer & dance


9:30AM ?START? Saugus Founder?s Day Road Race ? at Breakheart Reservation / Sponsored by the Friends of Breakheart and the Department of Conservation and Recreation









1:00PM ? Richie Willis and STREET MAGIC

2:30PM ? BEAT ConnXtionz Dance Company


3:00PM ? RED STORM ? Saugus Youth Football Cheerleading

President ? Jennifer Thoennes


Short Speeches/Table Topics


3:30PM ? The Theatre Company of Saugus

DJ for Saugus Founder?s Day is Scott Elias