Saugus River Watershed Council
Upcoming Events and News                                      5 August 2011
In This Issue
Tuff 10K Trail Race
Saugus River Picnic & Children's Festival
Volunteer Opportunity
Environmental Scholarship
New Book About Lake Quannapowitt
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Tuff 10K Trail Race 
Sunday, September 25, 2011, 10:00 a.m.
Runners at the start of last year's race.
Registration is now open for the Saugus River Watershed Council's 2nd Annual Tuff 10K Trail Race at Breakheart Reservation, 177 Forest Street, Saugus. This year's race will be held on Sunday, 25 September 2011 at 10:00 a.m. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. This challenging 10K race course is a mix of single and double track trails, dirt fire roads, and short sections of paved path. The challenging terrain will appeal to the seasoned trail racer. (Note: THIS IS NOT A ROAD RACE). 

For a detailed course map, description of terrain, and all race details go to our Tuff 10K website

The first 50 registered runners will receive tech shirts. This year's event will also include an excellent selection of awards and raffle prizes. Post-race refreshments provided.  Net proceeds will help support the Saugus River Watershed Council's environmental education programs for school children. 

Special thanks to Volunteer Race Coordinator Dan Scotina for coordinating this great event, and to the Department of Conservation and Recreation staff at Breakheart Reservation in Saugus for allowing us to host the trail race at Breakheart.  Special thanks also to this years race sponsors:


3C Race Productions  Green Mountain  GU  Hannaford



hint  Marathon Sports

North FaceRoadID 


TrailRunner  Peter Rossetti Insurance

Saugus River Picnic and Children's Festival a Great Success


Kids of all ages enjoyed this year's Saugus River Picnic and Children's Festival held at the Saugus Iron Works in late June. Special thanks to staff from the Saugus Iron Works for co-hosting the event, Kirsten and Dave for the beautiful music, Bruce Lawson of Broosaloney for the balloon sculptures, and the many volunteers who made this year's event such a great success. 

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Children watched as Bruce Lawson told stories and made balloon sculptures.


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Young artists created pictures for our popular Saugus River art contest.


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Face painting created smiles all around.


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Children played the corn hole game for great prizes.

Volunteer at Your Local
National Park!


SaugusIronWorksJoin staff from the Saugus Iron Works for this hands-on volunteer opportunity to help remove invasive plants that threaten the riverside wetlands and forests at the Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site located at 244 Central Street, Saugus. Volunteer opportunities will be available most Fridays and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. through the end of August.  For more information, contact Marina at 617-283-3204 or
This program is sponsored by the National Park Service. 
Revere Student Awarded $500 Scholarship for Environmental Leadership 
Xuyen Mai

Revere HS Science Teacher David Eatough

and Scholarship Winner Xuyen Mai.

Congratulations to Revere High School graduate Xuyen Mai who was awarded a $500 scholarship for environmental leadership. Xuyen is an honors student who graduated with a class rank of 4th out of 307 students. She has studied about the impact of pollution on birds, fish and other wildlife at Rumney Marsh, and worked as a volunteer to remove trash and debris from the marsh. When asked why she chose to study environmental engineering, Xuyen noted that she wants to help find new ways for people to live green. "I want to help people understand that saving energy and the environment makes common sense and doesn't have to be difficult", said Xuyen. In the fall, she will attend the honors program for environmental engineering at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. 


Each year the Saugus River Watershed Council selects one scholarship winner to receive the Sean LeBlanc Memorial Scholarship of $500.  Winners are selected for their commitment to environmental protection, academic record, demonstrated leadership, participation in community activities, statement of personal commitment, and future goals related to protecting the environment.

New Book About Lake Quannapowitt 
Images of America:  Lake Quannapowitt,
by Alison C. Simcox and Douglas L. Heath

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Douglas Heath and Alison Simcox sign copies of their new book at the Friends of Lake Quannapowitt Annual Meeting this spring.


Through images and stories, local authors Alison Simcox and Douglas Heath trace Lake Quannapowitt's history from its glacial origins through colonial settlement and industrial development to its transformation into an urban playground.  Read about the lake and its connection to the Salem witch hysteria, the all-but-forgetten ice industry, the Victorian-era passion for boating and the famous dancehall where many a romance began.  The book also weaves the environmental history of the lake throughout its chapters.   


This informative book about the headwaters of the Saugus River is now available at REI, Amazon, Borders and many other locations.