Saugus Founders' Day

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Celebrated Each Year in Front of Saugus Town Hall
9:00a.m. to 4:00p.m.


September 11, 2001 - It was ten 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. The Veterans Council will have a ceremony on Sunday September 11th at Noon in front of Saugus Town Hall in observance of September 11.

We will start this September 10th 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. The Saugus High School Band will perform with directed by Justin Jones.

Saugus Founders Day started 32 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.

The Saugus Military Families, Inc., is a non-profit organization created to assist local troops on deployment with care packages, correspondence and support, as well as provide comfort to their loved ones here at home. The group is currently looking for additional names of local soldiers who might like to have news and packages from their hometown. If you have a relative or friend from Saugus who is currently serving in the Military or know of a family that would benefit from our group, please bring the information with you and drop it off at the booth.

When you stop by, please pick up a list of items that the soldiers are looking to receive in their packages. Donation boxes are currently in the Town Hall, and Saugus Senior Center. Also available are pre-addressed labels for you to send a personal note of thanks to local soldiers.

The group will also be selling raffle items, t-shirts and bumper stickers to help raise funds to defray the expensive cost of postage for packages being mailed to our soldiers.

The Town Clerk and the Board of Registrars will once again be available on the lawn in front of Town Hall. If you are NOT a registered voter and want to vote in the upcoming November 8, 2011 Local Election, this will be your chance to register! Remember, every vote counts, so be sure to have your voice heard and participate in this very important election!!

Next to the Town Clerk and Saugus Military Families is the Cpl. Scott J. Procopio Memorial Scholarship Fund. The purpose of the fund is to provide educational scholarships and assistance to children, siblings and spouses of members of the United States Armed Forces that have been killed in combat operations. Scott was on his second deployment as part of the Operation Iraqi Freedom and was killed in action during combat operations on April 3, 2006. Ask about the 5K/10K race the committee will be having next Memorial Day in Scott's honor. They will have save the date post cards and registration forms and you will be able to register early.

WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS YEAR - From the response we have had this year -- this could be the largest and busiest Founders Day we've ever had. 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.

Walgreens and Harrows want to give back to the community -- Walgreens will do FREE Flu Shots for Senior Citizens with Medicare Cards. Harrows Chicken Pies, is returning this year and will give out free Chicken pie in the food area and supporting the Belmonte Middle School.

JEWELRY and HAIR ACCESSORIES -- so many jewelry booths but all different, wire-wrapped, dazzled, fused glass, jigsaw pieces, macramà © name bracelets, Native American, sterling silver, precious stones, etc. The new rage now is the hair extensions, feather extensions, many handmade and for all ages. Unusual items such as wooden flowers, handmade rag dolls, painted slates. The return of so many popular booths with lots of Halloween and Christmas items, American Girl, Tupperware, photography, framed art and oil paintings, snow globes, handmade cards, stationery, stamps, sweatshirts, sports cards, collectibles, games and toys for the younger ones.

The 30th Annual Saugus Founders' Day Road Race will be sponsored by the Department of Conservation and Recreation and Friends of Breakheart. The 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 10:00am on September 10th 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 (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 Founders' 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 Founders' 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. - look for Eric Brown near the Advertiser to learn what he has available to you on the Internet, tell you about the 14th Annual Ghost Story contest and compete in his annual Trivia contest.

Special "Thanks" to SCTV, Saugus Advertiser, the Daily Item, Advocate, Saugus.Net, and Saugus.Com for participating in Saugus Founders' 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 6:30am until 11:00am with a $5.95 donation -- French Toast, Homemade Beans, Bacon and Scrambled Eggs, Home Fries, Orange Juice, Coffee & Tea! Lunch will be $5.00 for Sandwiches/Chips/Beverage/Dessert or Chili.

Church Activities on the Town Hall lawn this year will be provided by the following: Cliftondale Congregational Church will again sponsor the Saugus Domestic Violence Coalition and give out information, the East Saugus Methodist Church, the Vineyard Metro North Church will have free sand art for the kids and balloons.

St. John's Episcopal Church - Ice Cream Social -- build your own sundae bar, 11:00am to 2:00pm. Price will be $4.00 for one large scoop and $5.00 for two and all the toppings you would like. There will be seating and also some raffles. All proceeds will go to our Every Child Deserves a Smile project that benefits the homeless children living on Route One.

PARKING -Blessed Sacrament Church (14 Summer Street)- will provide parking in their parking lot for $3.00 donation (more if you feel generous). Buy a coffee & muffin on the way down to the Town Hall. 11:00am to 2:00pm buy lunch - Hot Dogs, Chili, beverages. Guess the Jelly Beans in Jar; win a Dunk's Gift Card, great raffles, sports tickets, scratch ticket basket, Route 1 Fun Basket and more. Support our Pennies from Heaven Fund. Final days, help us reach our goal. Stop by!

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, Stop Shaken Baby Syndrome -- Cradles to Crayons, Autism Awareness, and information on drug & alcohol abuse. Bike to The Sea and Rail Trails, the Oddfellows, Knights of Columbus, Saugus Senior Center, Theatre Company, Toastmasters, Saugus Lions Club with the Eyemobile for visual scanning, Saugus Rotary Club, Saugus Business Partnership, Webster First Federal Credit Union (Saugus Federal Credit), and Saugus Chamber of Commerce.

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.

Both the Democratic Committee and Republican Committee will sponsor booths to raise money for school scholarships. The Rubin & Thompson Assisted Living, North Shore Physicians Group (Family Medicine), Hallmark Health Medical and Walgreens will provide information on their services to Saugus. Stop by our local banks that will not only update your banking needs but will have give-a-ways: Eastern Bank, Saugusbank, East Boston Savings Bank, Peoples United Bank (was Danversbank), and Metro Credit Union of Chelsea will all be represented on the Hamilton Street side of the Town Hall.

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 Breakheart Reservation and the many activities planned for the coming year.

S.A.V.E.'s Founders' 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 SAFE Program and Lt. Richard Porter, 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.

Iron Pours at Saugus Iron Works -- Cast yourself in the role of an iron worker! While sitting on the grassy lawn, watch as our new portable furnace melts iron to a molten liquid that is then poured into molds. You can create your own iron tile by scratching a design into a sand mold, watching the liquid iron poured into the mold, and, once cooled, taking home the iron tile you created.

Scratch molds are available on a first-come-first-served basis. The furnace should be started around 12 noon with the first pouring tentatively scheduled for around 1:00pm with further pouring over the next hour or so. The cooled tiles should be ready to take home by 4:00pm.

Tours of the Iron Works will be at 9:45am and 3:45pm and of the industrial site at 11:15am and 2:15pm when the waterwheels will turn to work bellows and machinery.

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 Founders' 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!

J. DiChiara & Sons, Inc. (327 Central Street) "Helping Our Troops" out of Stoneham. Offering Nick's Place Pizza, Hooter's Chicken Wings, water, popcorn and hotdogs free of charge - donations will be accepted. Raffle will include gift cards to various eateries in this area. There will be a silent auction with: Tyler Sequin Autographed puck and picture, Steve Grogan autographed football, Red Sox Tickets, Boston Blazers Tickets and so much more. "Oil Can Boyd" the pitcher from the Red Sox (1982-1989) will be in attendance to pose for pictures and sign autographs. Open 9:00am to 4:00pm and invite all to join in on the fun.

Saugus Karate Kung Fu, in partnership with Cradles to Crayons? Ready for School program, is collecting everything a child needs for a new year of school. You can make a difference in the lives of thousands of Massachusetts children by bring donations to the studio at 304 Central Street, Bring a donation on Founders Day and receive a free Cardio Kickboxing Class. Starts at 8:00am. Collecting new & gently used items, shoes, boots, socks, and also arts & crafts supplies.

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. Special "thanks" to Lorna, Charlene, Kim, and Health Director Frank Giacolone for their help and coordination of the Food Area.


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, 2012 and 2013 & 2014, Boy Scout Troops 61 and 62, Knights of Columbus, Saugus High School Tennis Team, Saugus Youth Soccer, Saugus High School Football Cheerleaders, SHS Football Parents, Saugus High School Band Parents, and 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, Prince Pizza, and Harrows Chicken Pot Pies.

Fun Area- "Special Thanks" Greg and Deb Nickolas for coordinating this effort, SHS Athletic Director Mike Nelson, and Julie Mitchell for organizing all the High School participants, and Mike Gallant of Perfect Parties for making sure that the fun area is well stocked with "FUN". The Fun Area will run from 10am-4pm with many activities for all ages. Tickets will be sold carnival style, at the beginning and toward the middle of The Fun Area. Tickets will only be accepted in this designated area. True team effort from High School Sports Teams and extracurricular activities will sure make this the best Fun Area yet! Activities will include: Rock Wall, Obstacle Course, Water Wars, Slam Jam, Moon Walk, Giant Slide, Slapshot Hockey, Speed Pitch, and Electronic Golf Putting Game. Cotton Candy and Popcorn will also be available in the Fun Area. Want your face painted? Look for the Drama Club in front of St. Johns Church for face painting. Each group will also have booths for Raffles such as a "Scratch Ticket board", Red Sox Tickets, Our Stanley Cup Champs Boston Bruins Tickets, 50/50 raffles, and so much more. They will also be selling waters, mini Gatorades and school spirited items.

Don't forget to stop by our Elementary School booths run by the PTO's! Lynnhurst School will be selling penny candy, school spirited items and will have a game, and raffle, Oaklandvale School will be selling balloons, temporary tattoos and will have a game and raffle board, The Veterans Memorial School will have Pumpkin decorating and Raffles. Please stop by and support your schools. Saugus Community Track will have T-shirts and raffles, Vistas magazine Club will host a game, Girls Youth Softball will also have a game and raffle, Class of 2013 will have a toss game with blow-up prizes, and Saugus Pop Warner will be selling SPW apparel plus so much more!! Don't forget our class of 2012 will host the "Dunk Tank". Five Guys Burgers & Fries will sponsor a prize wheel table with lots of gifts with profits donated to the Fun Area fund. We want this to be the best Founders Day yet! So come down and support our Town, remember "Saugus is Someplace Special"!

Face Painting -- Saugus High School Drama Club will also be in the "Fun" area. Be sure to ask them about this year productions. The Elementary PTOs will again be represented with games

Prizes. Five Guys Burgers & Fries will sponsor a prize wheel table with lots of gifts, donations

will be made to the Fun Area Fund.

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.

PERSONS OF THE YEAR 2011 -- 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, 2011-Shirley Bogdan and Doug Cooper. 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. 2011 recipients will be announced at 12Noon. Congratulations and best wishes to all.

BUSINESS OF THE YEAR 2011-- The first annual Business of the Year will be presented at noon and sponsored by the Saugus Chamber of Commerce as part of Saugus Founders' Day. The award be presented on behalf of the Town of Saugus by Town Manager Andrew Bisignani at 12Noon.

SAUGUS FOUNDERS' DAY CONCERT -- SPONSORED BY THE SAUGUSBANK -- The Saugusbank invites you to cap off your Founders' Day celebration with a Family Concert at the end of Founders' Day, 5:00pm to 7:00pm at the SAUGUS IRON WORKS. The Brian Maes Band will perform in this free, outdoor concert on the beautiful grounds of the Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site. The Saugusbank Family concert is one of a series of community events planned in honor of their 100th Birthday. Saugus President and CEO, Kevin Tierney, Sr. will be on hand to welcome everyone. The Brian Maes Band is led by Lynn native, Brian Maes. Brian Maes is currently the lead singer and keyboardist for "Ernie and the Automatics" .

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, and the Agreste, O'Hearn, Duffy and O'Brien families.

Special thanks to Richie of Frank's Gulf for all the years he has supported Saugus Founders' Day and has taken the inconvenience in stride. The Town Hall area has been blessed with wonderful neighbors who have been wonderful through thirty-two 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.

IMPORTANT for VENDORS ? you must fill out and return your Comment Sheets to Debbie at and WHAT YOU CARRY IN YOU CARRY OUT! Be sure to bring enough trash bags with you.

HANDICAPPED PARKING FOR SAUGUS FOUNDERS DAY ? There will be Handicapped Parking for Saugus Founders' Day in back of the Saugus Public Library. You will have to get to it by using Taylor Street (off Summer Street) going towards Central Street and you will see the sign directing you into the parking lot. There will also be limited Handicapped Parking beside the old Fire Station off Hamilton Street. Parking is also available at the Blessed Sacrament Church, Summer Street, with a donation being requested.


The Saugus Founders' Day Committee: Saugus Youth & Recreation and Commission, Debbie and Greg Nickolas, Donna Gould, Kathy Blasingame, Sue Dunn, Crystal and Cayrn. Hope to see you Saturday, September 10th!


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

SAUGUS HIGH SCHOOL BAND - Band Director, Justin Jones

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

9:30AM Justine Comeau -- Baton Twirler -- Opened for Boston Celtics, State Title,

Miss Snowflake Queen 2011 pageant.

10:00AM "START" Saugus Founders' Day Road Race -- Sponsored by the Department of

Conservation and Recreation and the Friends of Breakheart Reservation.

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

11:00AM SAUGUS KARATE KUNG-FU -- Look for "Cradles to Crayons" collection at 8:00am at

the 304 Central St. studio: Bring a donation (arts & crafts supplies, new socks/underwear, crayons, markers, etc. on Founders Day and receive a free CardioKickboxing Class -- starts at 8:00am.

12:00 NOON - BUSINESS OF THE YEAR -- Announced by the Chamber of Commerce PERSON OF THE YEAR 2011 -- Announced by the Person of the Year Committee

1:00PM RICHIE WILLIS AND STREET MAGIC- Acappella group that has performed at Saugus Founders' Day many times over the last 15 years. The group consists of three members who grew up in Boston's North End: Steve Gambale, Carmen Federico & Anthony Gennari and two members who grew up in Malden: Richie Willis and Dick Croteau. The group performs every Tuesday evening at Strega Ristorante in the North End on Hanover Street and on Wednesday evenings at Bobby C's in Melrose on Main Street. Performing together for over thirty years, the group is unquestionably the premier acappella group in New England with a repertoire that stretches from early Doo-wop to the present. Street Magic will once again be sponsored by the Eastern Bank.

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


DJ for Saugus Founders' Day is Matthew Felix