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Saugus High School Alumni Association

P.O. Box 1305,  Saugus,  MA   01906


President  -  Tia Leighton Kramer,  Class of '65
(617) 633-7159     

  -  Julie Carter Piercy,  Class of '66
Chairperson Membership  -  Judi Franklin Alabiso,  Class of '60
Recording Secretary  -  Jane McClintock McDonald
Scholarship Committee Chairperson  -  Charlotte Rupright Line,  Class of '64
Fundraising Chairperson  -  Cam Perillo Cicolini,  Class of '58
Membership Assistant  -  Lisa J. Banks,  Class of '74
Librarian  -  Kate Payne
Financial Secretary  - Charlotte (Rupright) Line,  Class of 64 / Gail (Witten) Cassarino Class of 76

Contact: Judi Alabiso, SHS Membership
6 Franklin Terrace,  Melrose,  MA   02176
(781) 662 - 7808    

* Please note -
There are no other alumni websites affiliated with SHS Alumni Association.
BEWARE of e-mail scams asking for money to join an alumni group.
There is no Lifetime Membership with our association. 
We send you a newsletter twice a year - February & July - with a form for you to send in
$5.00 annual membership fee and donations to the Scholarship or Library Fund. 

The Saugus High School Alumni Association receives membership dues ONLY at:
P.O. Box 1305, Saugus, MA 01906

SHS Alumni Newsletter  -  February 2018 


Join the Alumni Committee
We are looking for members to join our SHS Alumni Association Committee. 
We meet on the 2nd Wednesday of every month (except December, July, & August) 
Please contact our President Tia Kramer (781) 592-8673    


SHS Alumni Scholarships
The SHS Alumni Scholarship Committee annually awards
ten $1,000 scholarships to graduating Saugus High School seniors.
Students may pick up Scholarship applications from Kate Payne in the SHS library
or at the main desk at Saugus Public Library.



Alumni Association Help for your SHS Class Reunions
We can help with printing address labels and help find missing classmates.
We will also print your reunion information in the Alumni Newsletter.
Contact Judi Alabiso  (781) 662 - 7808       


SHS Class of 1968  -  50th  Class Reunion    
Plans for a 50th reunion in 2018 are underway.
No date yet, but early September for a casual BBQ bash is a possibility.
Look for a mailer in the new year with more details.
Please spread the word to any classmates that you have connection with.
Contact Linda DiMinico Vallis at the email address below with any
questions or ideas, or if you would like to join the planning committee.
All are welcome!  Let’s make this our best reunion yet!
Linda DiMinico Vallis       (617) 908-6879


SHS Class of 1983  -  35th Class Reunion

September 15, 2018
The reunion venue has been booked!
It will be held at the Fox Hill Yacht Club on Ballard Street, Saugus
It will be a casual and inexpensive gathering of old friends.
Please contact Candi Conley     for more info

SHS Class of 1983 FaceBook  


The SHS Alumni Association maintains a database of SHS Alumni.
Your inclusion in this database is voluntary.  Primarily, we use it for sending newsletters.
Help us keep the membership database up to date.

To update YOUR SHS Alumnus Information,
please email the following information to:   

Full Name (including Maiden name)  - Spouse’s Name  -  Year of Graduation 
Home Address  - Home Phone #  - Cell Phone #  - E-mail Address

or click here to print the Alumnus Update Form and mail it to Judi 

Please help find SHS Alumni Missing Members

List of Missing SHS Class Members by year  click here

If you have information on where other members may be or how to contact them,
please e-mail the information to: 


SHS Yearbooks Available for Sale
A Great Gift for Any Occasion
Books are available to you for resale at your reunion or any time.
Please make check payable to:  SHS Alumni Association

If you would like to purchase a year book, please contact
Judi Alabiso to see if we have the year you are looking for.
 (781) 662-7808 

We have an abundance of year books available for:

1955, 1965, 1967, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1989

1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999

2001 – 2014

Cost $15.00 each, mailed $18.00

If anyone would like to donate year books
Please contact Judi Alabiso SHS Membership  (781) 662-7808 
P.S.  We are looking for 1980 and 1970’s year books.


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SHS Alumni Newsletter  -  February 2018
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SHS Alumni Newsletter  -  July 2017
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SHS Alumni Newsletter  -  February 2017
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SHS Alumni Newsletter  -  July 2016
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SHS Alumni Newsletter - February 2016
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SHS Alumni Newsletter - July 2015
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SHS Alumni Newsletter  -  February 2015
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SHS Alumni Newsletter  -  July 2014
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SHS Alumni Newsletter  -  February 2014
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SHS Alumni Newsletter  -  July 2013
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SHS Alumni Newsletter  -  February 2013
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SHS Alumni Newsletter - July 2012
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SHS Alumni Newsletter  -  July 2011
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This past June we were fortunate to be able to present
18 scholarships to members of the SHS Class of 2017

The students have chosen to attend many colleges and universities throughout the
country. The fields of study were varied.  Some have chosen Pre-med, Nursing, Art,
Bio-Medical Engineering, Education, Business, Mechanical Engineering, and Computer Science.
We wish them all success in the future and expect we will hear
from them in the coming years.  We also donated t-shirts to the students traveling for
education abroad, assisted in underwriting the senior class yearbook, had a designated
contribution to the Art Department and Library needs.  Your Donations have great impact
in so many ways.  Thank you for your support and generosity!

Please continue to send your donations to SHS Alumni Association (SHSAA),
PO Box 1305, Saugus, MA 01906   Let’s continue this!


Saugus High 2017 Scholarship Winners (l-r)
Zeinab Jubeili - Salem State Nursing Molly Shutt - U Mass Lowell - Bio Med Eng.
Gabriela Marquez - Brigham Young
 Utah - Nursing  
Samantha Allan - Bridgewater State U - Special Ed  
Alexandra Lembo - St Michael’s College Vermont  
Nycollas Marshall - Brigham Young U Utah - Exercise Science   
Joshua Whiting - Emerson College - Performing Arts/Theatre  
Sheinya Joseph - U of Miami FL - Architecture  
Alicia Luongo - Quinniapiac College CT - Nursing  
Kyle Victoria Davey - U New Hampshire - Biology  
Jenna Bolognese - Salem State Univ - Nursing
Katelyn Italiano
”The Leonard Aubrey Class of 1968 Health” - Bio Pre-Med St Anselm’s NH; $1,000
Rachel May
“Deborah Gecoya Cole” Athelete/Acedemic U of S Carolina - Bio Neuro Science; $1,000
Delvin Duncan
Richard Devine, Jr 66 Well rounded - Wentworth Inst Technology - Eng; $1,000.
Kristinia Italiano
Richard Devine, Jr  66 Well rounded female - Boston College - Nursing; $1,000.
Arianna Sargent
“Mary Tommy Thomas” Outstanding in Art- Leslie College - Art Major; $1,000
Nicole Ing
“Demaso-O’Leary” -  Studying Business - Providence College RI- Bus/Mktg; $1,500
Nicolas Guarino
“Demaso-O’Leary” - Endicott College - Bus Mgmt; $1,500
Mikayla Allen
“John Burns” - Fitchburg State U - Special Education; $2,000




2016 Saugus High School Alumni Association Scholarship Winners





Summer 2016


SHS Class of 1975 held their 40th Class Reunion Celebration
Saturday   November 28, 2015 at the Holiday Inn, Peabody, MA
Facebook Page 


SHS Class of 1980 held their 25th Class Reunion Celebration
Saturday  November 28, 2015  at 7:00 pm
at Kowloon Restaurant in Saugus.


SHS Class of 1985
30th Class Reunion Celebration
was scheduled for Saturday  November 28, 2015
at Fox Hill Yacht Club
but it was cancelled
due to lack of participation.
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Emma Turgeon, SHS Class of 2015 Service Trip to Malawi, Africa. 
Upon graduation, Emma joined her favorite teacher, Valerie Bedard who is the mentor
of the Malawi Club, on a charitable mission to one of the world’s poorest countries.
She wrote a heartfelt letter to the SHS Alumni Association to thank them for their support;
in it she shares her story and some photos.  To read the letter – click here  


An Upsetting Visit to Saugus High School
This August I got to take a sentimental tour of Saugus with three good friends:
Carol and Dennis Boisvert (class of 1969) and  Debra Little who was  visiting
from El Paso , Texas and attended Saugus High up to her Junior year. We had
a great day seeing our old homes, having donuts and coffee at Kane’s Donuts,
having drinks at the Tides Restaurant on Nahant beach and having pizza at Prince
Pizza.  What a wonderful day, except for 1 stop - our visit to Saugus High School.
And that is the purpose of this writing.
I am also a 1969 graduate of SHS and proud
of it.  I got a great education, from great teachers. In fact, I also became a junior high
teacher of 32 years in Reading.  So, when we arrived at Saugus High I became very
upset.  The parking lot is a disgrace - broken black curbing everywhere, the hot top
broken and cracked, speed bumps half broken, weeds growing up in the cracks. 
But what really upset me was the front of the building - broken and cracked cement
walkway leading to the front door, weeds growing everywhere out of the cracks, tall
weeds near the building, leaning stone seat, plants needing pruning ---
What A Mess!  It was so upsetting! 

A nice guidance counselor came out and took our picture behind the granite sign and
I asked her about the situation in the Saugus school system.  She told us that there is
no money, and that a group of teachers wanted to volunteer to put mulch down, but
was told there was no money for mulch!!  I couldn’t believe it!  With all the businesses
on Rte. 1 that pay taxes, how is it that the Saugus High School students have to go
to an unkempt building?
 Mulch, new curbing, new walkway, weeding is sorely
needed.   I know that the high schools of towns and cities are the showpieces of the
educational system.  What does this say about Saugus education?  My concern is for
the students and teachers.  Working in an environment that is properly maintained is
just like living in a properly maintained house…it makes one proud of where they are
and willing to take care of it.  It used to be that way…SHS was a beautiful high school
when I attended…and I was proud and happy to go there to school.

I would like to start a SHS Beautification Fund & Action Group…townspeople,
alumni, and businesses.  We have to do this for our young people, the teachers,
and the pride of Saugus.
 If interested please email me
Ellen Svenson- SHS Class 1969









SHS Class of 1955 celebrates 60 years! 
On August 8, 2015 the class celebrated their 60th class reunion
at the Volunteer Yacht Club in Lynn, MA. 
It was catered by C & C Lobster of Peabody
and featured D.J. Alan Labella of Saugus. 
Everyone had a wonderful time. 



SHS Class of 1990 held their 25th Class Reunion
on June 13, 2015 at the Four Points Sheraton in Wakefield.
Thanks to those who traveled to make it –
like Laura Verderico Dapkus from Las Vegas,
Martin Velazquez from Carrollton,Texas,
and Sabrina Taylor from Miami, Florida.
There was a lot of dancing to the 80’s throughout the evening.
Evangeline King sang a Rolling Stones tune
accompanied by Sean Keller on the guitar and the
night ended with a few great karaoke numbers from
Ed Nazzaro, Brian Lovett, Chris Kelly, Stacy Q, Kim Sarno,
Kim Manning Tejada, and Krista Kane.
Thanks to everyone who made the effort to attend!!


Denise M. (Rendell) Shambos  1954 - 2015
Denise M. (Rendell) Shambos 61, of Peabody, passed away unexpectedly on July 2, 2015.
Denise was born in Winthrop on March 27, 1954 daughter of the late William and
Winifred (Dunn) Rendell. She was raised in Saugus, graduated in 1972 from Saugus High
and moved to Peabody in 1982.  Denise operated a home day care out of her home through
her children’s younger years (80’s – 90’s) where she touch many lives.  In the late 90’s she
began working for the Peabody Public School System as a paraprofessional at the Higgins
Middle School helping children with behavioral issues.  She took much pride in knowing she
might be able to help a child, even if only for a day.  She also worked part time at Best Buy
in Danvers.  Denise spent all other free time making a lifetime of beautiful memories for her
7 year old granddaughter Arety.  Together they shared a love of reading, puzzles and movies
among many other things.  Denise’s memories will last a lifetime in the hearts of loved ones,
and she was also considered a second mom to many of her children’s friends.
Denise is survived by her loving children, Sandra (Shambos) Mahoney and her husband Robert
Mahoney, Christopher Shambos and his girlfriend Jenna Rizzo, her cherished granddaughter,
Arety Shambos Dineen all of Peabody; her siblings, Bill Rendell and Tracey Rendell DeMatteo;
her former husband, Larry Shambos of Peabody; a sister-in-law and her husband, Laura and
Steve Ring of NH, and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers the family requested that donations be made in Denise’s name to the Peabody
Education Foundation,  Please visit for
online obituary and memorial guest book.


About Erva        Erva's 110th Birthday       Birthday News Article  


In Memory of Laurel Steuernagle
Laurel Steuernagle of Woolwich, Maine and long-time resident of Georgetown, Maine,
died January 8, 2015 after a long struggle with ovarian cancer. She was born in
Lynn, MA on December 2,1950, to Edwin R. and Gladys R. Ellis.  She grew up in
Saugus, MA.  She played bagpipes with the Bluebell Highlanders in Saugus and was
a Past Worthy Advisor to the local chapter of International Order of the Rainbow for Girls.  
She graduated from Saugus High School and studied at the School of Fashion Design
and Bryant and Stratton College in Boston.
In Massachusetts, she worked at Sears Roebuck doing display work and at
Epicure Products in Newburyport manufacturing audiophile loudspeakers.  
She was married April 28, 1976 to James “Starkey” Steuernagle.
They lived in Dresden, Bath, Richmond, Georgetown, and Woolwich, Maine.
While in Georgetown, Laurel was a volunteer librarian and served on the Board
of Directors of the Laura E. Richards Library and also volunteered for the Georgetown
Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary. She was a reading tutor for Literacy Volunteers
of Mid-Coast Maine.  For several years, she served as Georgetown's unofficial Flag Lady,
putting up and taking down the American and Maine flags in front of Georgetown Central
School every day.  She was an avid crafter and gardener and maintained a continuously-
evolving menagerie of cats, dogs, rabbits, chickens, and a cantankerous Nubian goat.
She leaves behind her husband of thirty-eight years, a sister, Elaine Meuse of
Saugus, MA and a brother, Richard Ellis of Wakefield, MA.  A memorial celebration
was held for friends and family.  Memorial contributions may be made to:
Hospice of Southern Maine, 180 U.S.  Route 1, Scarborough ME 04074,
or the Georgetown Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 199, Georgetown ME 04548


Former U.S. Ambassador Jim Jeffrey Returns to Saugus
            On Thursday, May 15, former U.S. Ambassador Jim Jeffrey returned
to Saugus as the first featured speaker of the Ellen Burns Speaker Forum
held at Saugus Town Hall and was sponsored by the Saugus Public Library
Foundation.  Ambassador Jeffrey was accompanied by his wife, Gudrun.  
Jeffrey is a 1964 graduate of Saugus High.  He received a BA from
Northeastern University in 1969, and a MS from Boston University Graduate
School of Management in 1977.  He served in the U.S. Army in Germany
and Vietnam from 1969 to 1976.  
            He was U.S. Ambassador to Albania (2002-2004), Turkey (2008-2010),
and Iraq (2010-2012).  Jeffrey also served as Senior Advisor to the Secretary
of State for Iraq from 2005 to 2006 and served on the National Security Council
as the Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor from
2007 to 2008.  In 2010 Jeffrey was appointed Career Ambassador, the highest
rank in the U.S. Foreign Service.  Jeffrey has received several service awards
over the last several years.  It is evident that he is held in high regard in
Washington’s diplomatic circles.  He is now with the Washington Institute.
            Jeffrey spoke about leadership whether on a presidential level or at
a family level.  He focused his presidential observations on Presidents Bush
and Obama.  He also provided anecdotal accounts of his career.  He has been
involved with some of the most important foreign policy decisions in the past
decade and has worked with Presidents, cabinet members, and advisors. 
He entertained questions from the audience - many were former classmates. 
            When Ambassador Jeffrey spoke of growing up in Saugus and of
seeing the war memorials outside of Town Hall, both then and now, he
commented that all of these deaths, these sacrifices, and these services
“were not just for a greater American cause, but for a greater global cause.”


Update on Veterans' Cemetery Project
The project was completed in time for the 2014 Memorial Day Services
which were held at Riverside Cemetery on May 24. 
The project began two years ago under the initiation
and direction of Gordon Shepard, SHS Class of 1965.
Please click here to read more.


June 2014


1964 SHS Alumni Member Charlotte Rupright Line  presented the awards.
Scholarship winners are:

Jonathan McTague   $1,000
Political Science /Gov / pre-law Suffolk University

Brenda Rodriguez   $1,000   Major Nursing  / UMass Boston

Nicole Moschella   $1,000
Commonwealth College Honors College UMass Amherst

Courtney Mason-Hollett   $1,000
Education with double major in Math / Emmanuel College

Maddison O’Neil   $1,000  Business Major / Saint Anselm College

Caroline Coleman   $1,000  Plymouth State College, NH

Michael Lichwala   $1,000  Business / UMass Lowell

Joseph Bertrand   $1,000  History- Secondary Education / Norwich University

Stephen Sheehan   $1,000  Science and Medicine / Boston College

Jerome Mitchell Memorial Scholarship Award -
Ashley Costa   $1,100.00  Psychology Major / University of New Hampshire

John J Burns Memorial Scholarship Award -
Evan Covell   $2,000  English and Secondary Education
Westmont College in Santa Barbara California


May 2014

SHS Class of 1997  L. J. McKanas
competed on the CBS TV Show ‘Survivor Cagayan’

L.J. McKanas, a 1997 Saugus High School graduate was one of 18 "Survivor"
castaways who competed against each other in the Philippines on television
for a chance to win $1 million.  McKanas, 34, is a horse trainer who spends
six months of the year in the Boston area and the rest in Tampa.
The spring edition of "Survivor" was filmed in Cagayan, a province in the
Philippines, and premiered February 2014 on CBS, the theme for the season
was "Brawn vs. Brains vs. Beauty”.  McKanas was a member of the Beauty tribe.
In his cast bio, McKanas listed his hobbies as horse racing, fishing, and designing.
Asked three words to describe himself, he chose competitive, creative, and witty.
His mom is his inspiration in life for beating cancer.  Although assigned to the
"Beauty" tribe, McKanas considers himself more of a "Brawn."  "I'm a down-to-earth,
rugged guy who is not afraid to get his hands dirty," McKanas said in his bio.  
L.J. stated that his pet peeves are incompetent people, liars, and thieves. 
He auditioned for Survivor because of the challenging adventure and money.


March 2014



January 2014


Special birthday wishes go out to SHS Class of 1933 Geraldine Haley
who turned 100 on January 25, 2014
Over 100 friends and family celebrated her birthday. 
If you would like to send her a note or birthday wishes, you can reach her
at 103 Cherry Hill Drive  #315, Beverly, MA 01915   (978) 922-0649

Pictured are Gerry’s nieces (l-r):  SHS 1969
Phyllis Haley Procter,
SHS 1956 Barbara Dearing Celata, SHS 1957 Phyllis Essery McEachern,
SHS 1960 Gayle Essery Bicknell, and SHS 1972 Nancy Haley Sweet.


January 7, 2014

The Lemoine - Mitchell Performing Arts Group
The Lemoine-Mitchell Performing Arts Group came together
in September 2013 to honor and illuminate the lives of
Nancy M. Lemoine and Jerome J. Mitchell.
These two extraordinary people passed away in 2013
each leaving a legacy of excellence in teaching the
Performing Arts to the students of Saugus.
Nancy and Jerome worked tirelessly teaching their craft and teaching
life skills to enable their students to succeed beyond high school. 
Their powerful teaching skills and achievements inspired countless
youth, students, and citizens of the Town of Saugus. 
Nancy as Drama and Choral Director and Jerome as Director of Music,
touched many lives and continue to inspire their former students. 
More details about their lives and distinguished careers
can be viewed at 




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SHS Alumni Scholarship Recipient Information
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Local Resident Learning the Ropes in D.C.

Eric Kashdan, SHS Class of 2010 isn’t your average Boston University student.
This semester he is living in Washington DC and working as a new intern in
Rep. John F. Tierney’s office, working 9 to 5 in the Mass. Democrat’s office.  
But that is only half his day.  After working a full day in the Congressman’s
office, Kashdan, who is pursuing a double major in political science and
international relations at Boston University, heads over to BU’s Washington
campus, where he takes four classes a week at night.
The start of Eric’s political ambitions was a shadowing day at Saugus High
when he was assigned to state Rep. Mark Falzone, then his State
representative in the Massachusetts House.  “By the end of the day, he had
actually convinced me to work on his re-election campaign,” Kashdan said.
The summer following Falzone’s unsuccessful re-election campaign, Kashdan
was back in the House, interning for Democratic state Rep. Theodore Speliotis,
the Danvers state representative. “It was the dynamics and the atmosphere
of being in the state house that really pulled me in,” he said.

Then this past summer Eric was an intern in Attorney General Martha Coakley’s
office, where he worked in mediation, helping businesses and consumers that
had filed complaints with the Attorney General’s office.
His present duties in Congressman Tierney’s office include writing memos,
answering phones, and summarizing hearings, as well as leading Capitol
tours for constituents and supporting the full-time staff.
It’s been an eye-opening experience for him, too.  He says that after reading
the mail that comes into the office, he is learning how diverse the Tierney’s
district really is.”
Eric summarized his amazing semester in DC so far by saying “Walking to the
Capitol South Metro station on my way out, I just look behind me in the reflection
on my phone and see the huge Dome.  It’s pretty great.”  










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Pictured below is Erva LaMere Lynch - SHS 1923
and Peter Orlando -SHS 1957
who is Peter's lifelong friend from Henry St. in Saugus. 
Erva will be 108 years this June 8, 2013. She is an incredible, very alert lady
living in Summerfield FL with her daughter Carol Lynch Robertson SHS 1957
and son- in- law Rob.  Peter and Toni visit them on their drive home to Lowell
where they also stop in Georgia to visit Peter's Uncle Frank. 
Wishing Erva the happiest of birthdays and thanking Peter Orlando for sending
a memorable picture...
she was my mother's best friend...wish she was still alive
to see this picture. both look great!   Judi





In the News, SHS Class of 1966 John LaFerla M.D.
In November 2012, Dr. John LaFerla ran as a Democratic write-in
candidate for US Congress in Maryland’s 1st Congressional District. 
John lost the primary by only 54 votes out of 25,000 cast. 
Thanks to all old friends who sent support and well wishes. 


Sent by SHS Class of 1948 Alumni
Clark & Barbara Whalen of Winter Haven, FL

Their pastor had been preaching on a series concerning life and commitments. 
A few weeks ago his topic was “time” and our responsibility to use it. 
After that sermon, all I could think of was the poem that every SHS student
circa 1940, was compelled by “Welcome McCullough” to learn and memorize.
I Have Only Just a Minute
“I have only just a minute, only sixty seconds in it, forced upon me,
can’t refuse it, didn’t seek it, didn’t choose it, but it’s up to me to use it,
I must suffer if I lose it, give account if I abuse it, just a tiny little minute,
but eternity is in it. “




SHS Class of 1962 celebrated their 50th Reunion
on September 28, 2012 at the Marriott Hotel in Peabody. 
There were more than 100 classmates and guests
in attendance and it was a wonderful night. 








SHS Class of 1952 Class Reunion Committee Planning 60th Reunion


Jack Wing, SHS alum, passed away Tuesday September 11, 2012

in his adopted home of Tulsa, OK, where he was a legend in the
southwest as director and “voice of” the Tulsa Run 15K Race.

Hi Judi, Jack Wing was a great guy. I plan to attend the service here in Tulsa.
David Healey 58

click here to read Jack's Obituary in the Tulsa World newspaper



SHS Class of 1931 Centenarian Honored
Birthday wishes to SHS Class of 1931 Dorothy A. Bowers-Winchell who will be
100 years old on October 30, 2012.  Dorothy is pictured below with her brother
when she was 25 years old, and in a recent photo taken at Life Care Center
of West Bridgewater, MA 02379 at a party celebrating those who will be,
or are, older than 100 years old.
Dorothy married Laurence Winchell of Malden in September of 1936 while they
both were working at Perry Seed Company in Boston. They moved to Brockton
with their one year old son, Bob, in 1942.  Their son, Brad, was born in 1946.
The family moved to California in April of 1956 and back to Brockton in September
of the same year due to homesickness on everyone's part.  Dot and Larry moved
to Florida in 1978, mainly to be near their son, Brad, who had moved there for his
job a year earlier. They stayed there until 1997, when they came north for two
weddings, three graduations, and two birthdays.  While here, Larry passed away
after he caught pneumonia.  Bob drove his mother back to Florida later that year,
where she stayed until October of 2008.  She could not live alone any longer due
to multiple falls, the last of which landed her in the hospital.  After more than a year
living with Bob and his wife, she fell in the house and broke her hip.  After surgery,
she was moved to Life Care Center for rehab.  She was making good progress
until she realized what a good life she had there and decided she wanted to stay.  
She has been there since January 1, 2010 and still loves it there. Bob lives just
two miles away and takes care of her laundry and other necessities. She turns
100 years old on October 30, 2012 and will probably celebrate it at Bob's home with
family and friends.  Everybody loves her - she's a great lady!   If anyone remembers
Dorothy and would like to contact her or send her best wishes, please contact her
son, Bob Winchell, 42 Hartshom Street, W. Bridgewater, MA 02379 (508) 272-3353


Saugus High School Class of 1955 had its 57th Class Reunion
on Saturday August 11th
at the Volunteer Yacht Club in Lynn
Between 4:00 and 8:00 pm, everyone had a fabulous time,
whether they were dancing to the music provided by DJ Alan Labella
or enjoying the fantastic buffet catered by Pearl Street Station (Malden). 
Over 60 people attended the reunion, some as far as California. 
The reunion committee would like to thank all those who attended
and who helped make this reunion a great success.

Pictured below are classmates, Mal and Sandy Rice, Nancy Holmes Macolini,
Dick Krom, Norm & Mary Marshall, Patty Peach Hocking & Fred Case,
Barbara Mitchell White, Ginny Moss Baier, Dottie Richards Sheehan,
at the microphone is their leader, Dom Russo, with 1950 Irene Atkinson Lee,
1958 Jean Atkinson Blake, 1955 Pat Atkinson Sullivan,
and hidden (almost) is Marie Russo.

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SHS Class of 2012 Scholarship Recipients
2012 Scholarship Winners of $1,000 -
First Row (l-r):  Alex Ung- U Mass/Biology/Nursing,
Brianna Cole- U Mass Amherst/Business
Danny Groark- U of New Hampshire Business/Finance
Olivia Singer- Suffolk U/Public Relations
Amanda DiCenzo- U Mass Lowell/Law Enforcement

Back Row (l-r):  Courtney Sanchez- Babson College/Business
Hannah LoPresti- Boston College/Nursing
Maggie Palermo- Hofstra Univ./Eng./Theatre
Thomas Melendez- Suffolk U/Comm.
Lauren Meehan- Bridgewater State/Com/Public Relations

Receiving the John J. Burns Memorial Scholarship of $2,000 is:
Emily Covell- Gordon College Sociology/SW.

Congratulations to all the winners.   We are very proud of you
and welcome you into the Saugus High Alumni Association. 
We would like pictures and updates of your accomplishments. 
Please send any and all information including change of address
and/or name by e-mail to:   


Remembering Douglas Cooper SHS Class of 1966

"I Never Quit"

SHS 1966 - Douglas Cooper was a good man and an honest person. He was a friend
of mine and all he talked about was wanting to play football.  He loved it.  It was
in his blood.  He was tall and skinny and about 140 lbs.  He wasn’t the best player
in Saugus but he tried harder than anyone else I knew.  He started out as the
manager of our team for two years until he decided it was time to suit up and get
into the game.  He went through everything we as teammates all had to go through.  
The intense training, the drills, the dirt, the sweat and I think we all know how hard
Coach Walter Sheridan was with “Wally’s Blood Drill”!   Coop went through the
punishment all of us had to endure, and he never gave up.  He’d always tell me,
“Hey John, I never quit”.  But Coop also never really got to play.
I remember it was our senior year and the final game of the season.  We were
playing Peabody and there was one minute left in the game.  Coach gave Coop a
chance.  He sent the tall skinny kid onto the field, and the fans and his teammates
cheered - and I’m sure Coop’s heart soared.  Thinking back he reminds me of the
kid from the movie “Rudy”.  Rudy
only had two plays in his entire Notre Dame
career but he also was the first of only two players in Notre Dame history ever to
be carried off the field by his teammates.

We should have carried Coop off the field that day.  We should have honored him
for never ever giving up.  And so I recommend that he is honored in the Saugus
High School Hall of fame.  It’s the least we can do for this man, having inspired
many others, and dying too early at the age of 64.  I hope all my team mates will
contact Saugus High School to vote for him and if anyone has the footage of the
last minute of that game I would love to see it.  Coop’s family should know that he
was a man to be proud of because I can still hear his words ringing in my ears,
“Hey John, I never ever quit.”

                                                                                     1966 John Ludwig, Jr.

If anyone would like to contact John Ludwig,
please e-mail
or call (239) 455 - 9346




SHS Graduates Enjoy Family Reunion
A family picnic reunion was held on July 30, 2011 at John (Sonny) Gould’s home
in Peabody.  Pictured below are all SHS graduates enjoying their time together. 
The oldest member of the family is Auntie Mimi Inman class of 1942.



Class of 1978  -  Mike St. Pierre

Reading recent articles on former classmates inspired Mike St.Pierre
to write us on recent developments involving his family of four in California.
After graduating from college in 1982, Mike relocated to California and served
initially in the chemical industry and later in the environmental services business.
Today he is employed by Seacor Environmental Services, one of the prominent
contractors engaged in the cleanup of the BP Deep Horizon spill in the Gulf
of Mexico.  Mike’s wife of 20 years is a native Californian and works at Clorox
Research Center as a food testing panelist. His oldest daughter Stephanie attends
Sacramento State University, is majoring in Business Administration and aspires to
be “president of her sorority.”  Shown below is a picture of his youngest daughter
Emily, a member of the Amador Valley High School cheer squad. Emily’s team
recently competed at the USA Nationals where 6000 cheerleaders descended upon
Anaheim, CA for a three day competition. Her team captured first place against a
tough pool of competitors from all across the western United States.







A mini-reunion was held in Cape Coral, FL on February 5, 2011
Pictured below are the SHS Alumni from Classes 1957 - 1963 who attended:




Saugus High School Class of 1975 held their 35th  Reunion
on Saturday  November 27th  
at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites on Rte. 1 in Peabody.
The turnout was fantastic with over 120 in attendance!

The night was filled with old friends and classmates re-connecting and reminiscing.
All those in attendance enjoyed a delicious buffet dinner and danced until midnight
to the music of the 70's, played by DJ Spinnelli.
The evening also included raffles, gift baskets and prizes and a video presentation
of pictures collected from classmates of school days gone by.
The reunion was a great success and enjoyed by all who were able to attend!















The reunion planning committee for the SHS Class of 1952
held their annual Christmas Luncheon and Yankee Swap on December 1, 2010.
The luncheon was hosted by Jim and Dolores Caggiano at their home in
After wine and hors d'oeuvres, a full meal was enjoyed by all.  
The coffee and desert hour was followed by 'The Yankee Swap' and a lot of laughs.



The SHS Class of 1960 celebrated its 50th reunion in style
on Friday, October 1, 2010 at the Peabody Marriott.

Judi Franklin Alabiso (Treasurer of the Class) who organized all the reunions for 50 years
brought this last reunion to a fabulous close -  182 attended which included 114 classmates. 
They danced the night away to the fabulous Senior Tones (Howie Conley and his group)
who entertained the class with songs of the 1950-60’s.  The Class gave out 10 gift certificates
donated by various Saugus establishments, gifts which were included in Red Canvas Bags
filled with CD’s composed by Donna Scourtas Dixon, Al Cocorochio and William McCarthy
of all the 1950-60 songs, 100 page booklet compiled by Steve Jablonsky who also assisted
with the name tags with picture ID’s.
106 attended breakfast the next day which the Class paid for.
A special thank you goes out to the committee members for all their assistance in helping
to make the 50th a huge success.  The Class would also like to thank 1947 Tom Sheehan
for donating (110) books entitled  “A Gathering of Memories”.  The Class appreciates the
dedication of  the officers of the Class, President Jim Samms (Swampscott), Secretary
Dotty Diamond Beaton, who flew in from FL and Vice President, Richard Timmons, who
flew in from CA.  Richard Timmons the VP welcomed the class to the 50th and thanked
Judi  for all her work over the years; committee members Al Cocorochio, Audrey Stead
McCullough, Donna Scourtas Dixon, Nadene White Allen, William McCarthy,  and
Steve Jablonsky pictured with his wife Maryann.  The Class also thanks classmate,
Norman Spring, who surprised the Class by taking all the pictures that are compiled in
the website below.   Judi also thanks those certain classmates who honored her with
wonderful gifts which she will treasure.  She hopes to see classmates at the annual Alumni
Luncheon held every year on the last Saturday in September at the Continental Restaurant.
For more pictures, (correct web address to be posted soon).

P.S. Without the assistance & guidance of Darlene Rainone Ippolito at the Peabody Marriott,
the night would not have been as successful.  Darlene is a 1980 graduate of SHS.













Class of 1966 Spring Get-together March 21 at the 99 Restaurant
in Saugus, thanks to the efforts of Larry Giantonnio.







Sent:      Tuesday, October 26, 2010 11:52 AM

Subject: find a former student 

This is an enquiry e-mail via  
Virginie Hilgert    

 I'm a French woman trying to find again a person who used to go to your school.
I stayed at her house sometime around 1987 during an exchange between your
school and ours in France. Her name was Jennifer Gallant living on Fiske Road.
Is there a way to find her again?


Bob Velky recognized for talent
Written by Staff
Wednesday, 01 September 2010 12:45

The Connecticut ASA Hall of Fame has announced its 2010 Fast Pitch Wing inductees.
Former players Bob Velky from Stratford and Louis Plagesse, along with umpire
Cliff LaRose and sponsor George Franklin Jr., was honored at the annual Hall of Fame
dinner, Sunday, September 26th at Costa Azzurra Restaurant in Milford.

Bob Velky, who passed away in 2000, began his softball career in 1977 with the
Raybestos Cardinals.  He quickly became the starting shortstop combining with
second baseman Bob Quinn, another CASA Hall of Famer, to give the Cardinals one
of the best DP combinations of all time.  In eight seasons with the Cardinals, Velky was
a member of two national championship teams.  One of his major offensive highlights
came in the 1984 World Softball Tournament in Michigan, when he homered to send the
game with New Zealand into extra innings, a game won by the Cardinals.
Velky was an outstanding infielder for the Bunnell High baseball team and later on the
collegiate level at both Housatonic Community and Sacred Heart colleges.
Velky also played slow pitch for Avco Textron Lycoming and Clairol.
In all, Velky played in 11 National Tournaments and one World Tournament.

Louis Plagesse started his 20-year career with the Raybestos Hawks of Stratford
in 1962 - 1963.  A strong defensive outfielder, he then spent two years with both the
Waterbury Bombers and Norwalk Eagles, before joining the Mar Parks team in
New Britain.  When the Mar Parks team disbanded, Plagesse moved on to play 10 years
for the Poughkeepsie Brewers, who won four regional titles in that span.
In 1972, he was co-MVP in the regionals. In the National Tournament, Poughkeepsie
 finished third in 1972 and 1973.  A good contact hitter, Plagesse usually batted in the
number two slot. He currently resides in East Haven.

Cliff LaRose has been an umpire since 1989 and has worked three ASA National
championships. The Monroe resident has umpired tournaments at many levels, and also
has served as a commissioner and tournament director for youth events for ages 16 & 18.
He also has an extensive collegiate career, umpiring the MAAC championships from
2001 - 2004 and the America East from 2005 - 2010.  A former president of the Bridgeport
Umpires Association, LaRose still acts as the assigner for the Bridgeport area.

George Franklin Jr. took over the sponsorship of the Raybestos Cardinals and continued
the team’s long tradition of excellence.  The Cards won four regional titles and qualified
for four national championship tournaments under his watch.
In 1983, the team won its only National title as the Franklin Cardinals. They then went on
to win the bronze medal in the 1984 ISF World Tournament.
Franklin also sponsored the Melrose Mets in Metro Boston from 1975 - 1979.
Franklin resides in Lynnfield, MA


SHS Class of 1955 had their 55th reunion on Saturday August 14, 2010
at the Volunteer Yacht Club in Lynn.  There was an excellent turnout and
everyone had a fantastic time.  The food was catered by C & C Lobster Inc.
of Peabody and the music was supplied by disc jockey Alan Labella. 
The committee wishes to thank their classmates and guests who attended
this successful event. 
We are looking forward to having another memorable night together.





Sandra Grove (now Dusty Bunker), Class of 1955
recently did some consulting
in relation to the AMC (American Movie Channel)
six-hour mini-series, The Prisoner,
starring Jim Caviezel and Ian McKellen.
The series aired in November 2009.
You can contact her through her website:





Since 1996 members of Girl Scout Troop 5 from Lynnhurst
have been reuniting and sharing memories and friendship with their leader Edna Tilley. 
The attached photo was taken in October 2009 when we celebrated
Edna Tilley's 91st birthday with some of her "girls".









The reunion planning committee for the SHS Class of 1952
held their annual Christmas Luncheon and Yankee swap on Thursday December 10.
The luncheon was hosted by Jim and Dolores Caggiano at their home in
After a welcoming wine tasting, and a some Christmas piano selections by Charlie Davis,
lunch was served by Jim and Dolores followed by the Yankee swap.
A fun time was enjoyed by all.


Pictured below are members of the Class of 1969
who celebrated their 40th Reunion

at the Kowloon Restaurant on Saturday  November 21, 2009. 
For more info you can contact Marie (Inello) Adams 16 Margo Lane, Chocorua, NH 03817
at 781-956-3775   or  

Left to Right:  Angelo Serino, Linda Inserra Krause, Jim McGarry, Jo-Ann Hatch Venezia,
Jane Shipulski Terranova, Marie Ianello Adams, Diane Forrest Halupowski, Ken Saccone
and Susan Niles Leck.


On May 15, 2009 a Surprise 65th Birthday Party was held for me,
Kathy Donovan (class of 62') in Saugus at the home of Jim and Lola Fleet.
I was not able to attend as I live in Hawaii and also.... I was not invited.
I was however sent a video of "The Party". The pictures below are out-takes
of that video. Looks like a great time doesn't it?  I'm sure I would have enjoyed it. 
I just want to say Thank You All for having so much fun on MY Birthday...
you all know I do love to share. You guys have always known how to me feel so
special and cared for, thank you, thank you, my treasured friends....
but you know you still owe me one !!




Sent: Monday, September 07, 2009 11:03 PM
Subject: Hi Saugus High

Hi Saugus High,

I am John J. O'Donnell, the Class of 1964.  I live in Santa Fe, NM with my wife Hilary.
A big meow from Buddy the Cat.  It’s been 45 Years. 
I work for the New Mexican Newspaper in Santa Fe. 
My sister Dorine O'Donnell Morse lives in Rowley MA.

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