Guide to Founders' Day 2010

September 11, 2001 -  It was nine years ago, terrorists attacked America at the World Trade Center Towers in New York City,  the Pentagon in Arlington Virginia and the fourth plane crashed into a field near Shanksfield, in rural Pennsylvania.   We will start this September 11 with the Posting of Colors at 8:00am, by the Lynn English High School Marine Corps JROTC, Invocation and Reading by Pastor Bob Leroe, LTC, USa (Ret.), Remarks by CAPT Stephen Castinetti, USN (Ret.).  The National Anthem and “Let There Be Peace on Earth” will be performed by the Saugus High School, SHS Quartets, directed by Nancy Lemoine.


This year Saugus Founder’s Day is dedicated to our Veterans and Saugus Military Families.  We have sons and daughters, sisters and brothers, mothers and fathers, other relatives and friends from Saugus serving our Country. A new group supporting our troops and their families has been formed in Town, calling themselves “Saugus Military Families”. The group is looking for additional names of local soldiers who might like to have news from their hometown, so if you have a relative or friend serving from Saugus who could benefit from the group, please bring the information with you and drop it off at the booth. Saugus Military Families meet the first Thursday of every month at the Cpl. Scott J. Procopio Post 210 American Legion Hall located on Taylor Street and invites other to join.  When you stop by the booth, please pick up a list of items to donate.  The Town Clerk has a donation box in the Town Hall and there is also one at the Senior Center.  It would be nice to have help with the holiday season ahead.  Also available are pre-addressed envelopes for you to send a personal note of “thanks for serving your hometown” to local soldiers.


Saugus Founders Day started 31 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.


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.  Please stop by the Town Clerk’s Booth on the lawn in front of the Town Hall and register to vote if you haven’t done so yet.   Your vote does count!!!


WHAT’S HAPPENING THIS YEAR???  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.   New items this year:


Walgreens and Harrows want to give back to the community – Walgreens will do FREE Flu Shots for Senior Citizens with Medicare Cards and check blood pressures, the younger folks may have a flu shot for $30.00.    Welcome to Harrows Chicken Pies, our newest business in town, will give out free Chicken pie in the food area!  Stephen Petinge, DMD will give out toothbrushes, floss, toothpaste and water bottles and will have a raffle and will donate all proceeds to the Saugus Youth & Recreation Department.  



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HATS are “IN” -decorated hats for babies and adults – lots of different booths with Jewelry – lots of Halloween and Christmas items, hair accessories, Avon, Pampered Chef, Tastefully Simple, Tupperware, Jafra,  Usborne Books, Tea Settings, Photography, Framed Art,  American Girl accessories.  


North Shore Physicians will do blood pressure screenings, Geriatric Assistance have information on home health for the aging, Eric Rubin-Assisted Living will have information on Alzheimer’s care and have a Balloon Artist for the children.


Saugus Founders Day started 31 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.


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.  Please stop by the Town Clerk’s Booth on the lawn in front of the Town Hall and register to vote if you haven’t done so yet.   Your vote does count!!!


The 29th Annual Saugus Founder’s Day Road Race will be sponsored by the Officer Harold L. Vitale Memorial Foundation, 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 10:00a.m. on September 11th and will take you through the beautiful reservation. There will be Refreshments – Raffle Prizes – Limited Edition Tee Shirts.  Children’s activities start at 9:30a.m.  


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, T-shirts and other give-away items 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.


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 also sponsor a raffle and give out free Newspapers and handouts.  You will find these booths on the Town Hall Lawn.       


Special “Thanks” to SCTV, Saugus Advertiser, the Daily Item, Advocate, Saugus.Net, and Saugus.Com for participating in Saugus Founder’s Day and especially for getting the information to the public.


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, peppers and onions in front of the station.


BLOOD DRIVE – the William Sutton Lodge has arranged with Mass General to host a blood drive at the First Congregational Church on Central Street from 8:30am until 2:00pm.


The First Congregational Church will have a Breakfast 5:30am until 11:00am with a $5.00 donation – French Toast, Homemade Beans, Bacon and Scrambled Eggs, Home Fries, Orange Juice, Coffee & Tea!  They will also have their annual giant yard sale on the lawn.  After you set up your booth this would be a nice place for breakfast.


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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 East Saugus Methodist Church, the Vineyard Metro North Church will have brochures on programs offered and a table for children to do art projects.


The Saugus Historical Society will again be in front of the Town Hall with T-shirts, booklets, maps, magnets and notepaper available for sale. 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 following booths provide information and support, please stop by and see what groups they champion to help others:  “Mother On A Mission” – Child Safety/Gun Safety, “Neighborhood Watch Program”, American Cancer Society –“Making Strides”,  “Joey LoRusso Memorial Fund” – information on drug & alcohol abuse.   Next to the Founder’s Day Booth are booths with information on Autism and the Celiac Sprue Foundation.  


Saugus Home Depot will have the “Captain of the Kids Workshop”.  Home Depot Associates look forward to working with the kids every year on a special hands-on wood project the kids will love. Special “thanks” to Home Depot for providing the carts, hoses and supplies to make the day go smoothly.


Eastern Bank will sponsor a Clown for the children’s entertainment along with balloons.  Look for Eastern Bank on the Hamilton Street side of the Town Hall, Saugus Rotary Club will give out information on their club and 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 third anniversary in Saugus with giveaways.


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 Founder’s Day information is now on the Internet.  Look for Eric Brown on the Town Hall lawn to learn what he has available for you on the Internet, tell you about the free 11th Annual Ghost Story contest, and compete in his annual Trivia contest.  First person to answer any question correctly will win a T-shirt.


The Republican Committee will be holding a raffle for great prizes; proceeds to go to our Troops and “Operation Troop Support” and the yearly Scholarship Fund. The Democratic Town Committee will have a raffle to raise money for their yearly scholarship fund and will sell small items.


Stop by the Theatre Company of Saugus booth to learn about their upcoming season and future performances.   There will be two booths this year.  One in the usual spot on the lawn in front of the Town Hall and one over in front of the Library.  There will be a raffle of Tickets to the North Shore Music Theatre’s production of “A Christmas Carol” and tickets to a production of “Cabaret”.  At 3:00pm the Theatre Company will perform excerpts from their musical revue of  “a celebration of Love”.


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.  


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Girl Scout Membership drive – Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts are pleased to announce their annual membership drive that will take place 9:00am to 4:00pm.  If you need information visit or call 888-9GIRL-SCOUT.


Stop by the Garden Club and ask about the history of the Blue Star Memorial and the Butterfly Garden and view pictures of both displays. There will be brochures on the garden project located at Break heart 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.


Kids Fire Safety House – sponsored by Saugus Fire Department will be located behind the Saugus Town Hall.  Bring the children to visit the Fire Safety House and practice E.D.I.T.H. (Exit Drills in the Home).  Meet the firefighters that teach fire safety in the elementary schools, a mentor to your children.  Bring along your questions.  




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 Classes of, 2011 and 2012 & 2013,  Boy Scout Troops 61 and 62, Knights of Columbus, Saugus High School Ski & Snowboard Club, Saugus High School Tennis Team,  Saugus Youth Soccer, Saugus High School Football Cheerleaders, SHS Football Parents, Saugus High School Band Parents, and Special Olympics, SHS National Honor Society and Belmonte Middle School.   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 and support these non-profit groups/organizations:  Kowloon, Hilltop, Fuddruckers, Border Café, LaVita Mia, Qdoba, and Prince Pizza.


FUN AREA  –“Special Thanks” to Greg Nickolas and his team for coordinating this effort and 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, Saugus High School,  Cub Pack 61 and many youth organization sports groups, and the Saugus Community Track fundraiser.  They will have games, items on sale and information on their yearly activities to make it a great school year.  The Drama Club will work on the Moonwalk Bounce, the Joust- SHS Wrestling Club, SHS Hockey-Slap Shot Hockey, SHS Girls & Boys Soccer-Soccer Shootout, SHS Volleyball-Bungee Run, SHS Golf-Electronic Golf, SHS Basketball-Full Court Press, SHS Softball-Extreme Batting, SHSGSA-High Striker, Mechanical Bull-Saugus Youth & Recreation, Water Wars-Saugus Community Track and Saugus High School Track, SHS Senior Class of 2011-the Dunk Tank.  Many of the FUN booths will also have raffles and will sell school spirited items too.  

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Remember that this activity encourages the teams and organizations 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 parents, teachers and coaches also participate in making the fundraisers successful.  All the money they raise will be used for their activities as they begin their new school year.


Face Painting – Saugus High School Drama Club will also be in the “Fun” area.  Be sure to ask them about this year productions.  Airbrushed Tattoos will also be available , smaller games for the children, Saugus Youth Football and Saugus Pop Warner will have booths with information about programs, raffles and items for sale.  There are many booths with sports memorabilia, signed photos, baseball cards, sports shirts and hats, novelty items, sand art, and hermit crabs.


Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site –will present a special iron pour in honor of Founder’s Day.  This is the first public pouring from the new cupola furnace that was built by the park this summer as part of a youth program and a teacher-ranger-teacher program.  National Park Service student employees Chris Bolster and Nick Cloe worked under the direction of Jeff Johnson from the Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocational School to learn how to build and operate a small iron melting furnace and can pour up to 70 pounds of iron at one time.  Working with Josh Dow, Lauren Holmgren and Laurie Carmen of Green Foundry in Eliot, Maine, and the crew from the Iron Works planned and built the furnace, visited junkyards for scrap iron, made sand molds, visited foundries, and tested the new furnace in preparation for this pour.  In addition to the iron pour, volunteer wood worker Joel Tringale will demonstrate seventeenth-century woodworking techniques from 10:00am to 3:00pm.  Skills like riving were used to make houses, furniture and even wood patterns to make molds for iron products.  


Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site is one of over 390 National Park Service sites that have been set aside by Congress to tell the American Story.  Skilled iron workers brought to Saugus in the 1640’s helped to establish the American iron and steel industry Founder’s Day activities at the Iron Works are free.  Special thanks to Curtis White and for more information please call 781-233-0050.  Follow the crowd up to the FUN area and a few steps further you will find a history lesson for your children and we are just so fortunate to have this National Treasure in our hometown of Saugus!


Persons of the Year 2010 – 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 and 2007-Jean Banks and Bob Davis, 2008-Janice Jarosz and Fred Brooks, 2009-Ann Marie Crowell and Harry Mazman.  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 for the betterment of their community.  2010 recipients will be announced at 12Noon.  Congratulations and best wishes to all.

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 and the Board of Selectmen.  Special “thanks” to Sue Dunn, Administrative Assistant for her help and patience.  Thank you to the DPW, Saugus Police Department, Saugus Fire Department, Cataldo Ambulance, Inspectional Services, Director of Health, Recycling Coordinator, Youth & Recreation Department and Youth Commission Members, Superintendant of School and Saugus School Department, Emergency Management, Building Department, Library, St. John’s Church, Michael Dunn, Randy Briand, Mark Andrews and the Agreste, O’Hearn, Duffy and O’Brien families.

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Special thanks to Richie of Frank’s Gulf for all the years he has supported Saugus Founder’s Day and has taken the inconvenience in stride.  The Town Hall area has been blessed with wonderful neighbors who have been wonderful through thirty-one 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 Committee:  Donna Gould, Kathy Blasingame, Sue Dunn, Debbie and Greg Nickolas, Crystal and Cayrn.   Hope to see you Saturday, September 11th!

Saugus Founder’s Day

 Saturday, September 11, 2010

  Entertainment Schedule


8:00AM        -        POSTING OF COLORS - Lynn English High School Marine Corps JROTC, Lynn

                        WELCOME – CAPT Stephen Castinetti, USN (ret)

                        INVOCATION AND READING – Pastor Bob Leroe, LTC, USA (ret)

                        REMARKS -  CAPT Stephen Castinetti, USN (ret)

                        MILITARY DRILL – Lynn English High School Marine Corps JROTC

                        CLOSING - CAPT Stephen Castinetti, USN (ret)


Directed by Nancy Lemoine to remind us that it is  SEPTEMBER 11


8:00AM        -        SAUGUS HIGH SCHOOL BAND -  Band Director, Amanda Shelly


9:00AM        -        DO YOU WANT TO DANCE – Instructor, Kim Smith       


10:00        -                “START” Saugus Founder’s Day/Officer Harold L. Vitale Memorial

                             Foundation Road Race - @ Breakheart Reservation sponsored by the

Friends of Breakheart and the Department of Conservation and Recreation


10:00AM        -        CHRISTINE PROIA’S DANCE ACADEMY – Director Christine Proia


11:00AM        -        SAUGUS KARATE KUNG-FU


12:00 NOON -        PERSON OF THE YEAR 2010




2:30PM        -        BEAT ConnXtionz Dance Company – Instructor, Candice Borden


3:00PM        -        THEATRE COMPANY OF SAUGUS


3:30PM        -        Nicole Zervas Dance Academy –Director- Nicole Zervas





DJ for Saugus Founder’s Day is Matthew Felix