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A ride to help young lives


Raising youth awareness about the dangers of substance abuse is the mission of the First Annual Saugus Ride

A while back, Dana Gould said, he put out a post on Facebook seeking motorcyclists he could ride with – people who had never ridden with him before. Gould, 55, who grew up on Lincoln Avenue in Saugus, moved away from town about 16 years ago and now lives about 100 miles away in Parsonsfield, Maine. The idea he planted back in the spring has grown into a bigger ride than he ever expected – one that has drawn him closer to the people of his hometown in a common cause: to educate Saugus youths about the dangers of substance abuse.

“The original thought was to go for a ride with a few people,” Gould told The Saugus Advocate in a telephone interview this week. Instead, he and a small committee of friends continue to make plans for the First Annual Saugus Ride – a 63-mile ride on Aug. 12 through about a dozen North Shore communities to raise money to support education and youth awareness programs about substance abuse.

“I have a feeling we’re going to get well over 100 motorcycles there. One hundred motorcycles is almost a mile long when you stretch it out,” Gould said.

“When people hear 100 motorcycles go through their town, they want to know what the heck it’s about. And we want to tell them it’s about substance abuse … One of the things we laid our hearts on was substance abuse awareness, because a few of us are recovering from alcohol and drug addiction,” he said.

“We want to let people know the committee is passionate about our charity, as we’ve all been affected by the disease of addiction, some of us through the deaths of family members and friends. So we’d like to try to help out on this. The easiest way to start is by teaching our kids so they may not start.”

Teaming up with the town

Gould initially met with Ann Blake and John Delello at Kowloon Restaurant. The group eventually expanded to include Karlene Fleuriel, Tammy Surette, Patti Davis and Kevin Raiche. Raiche is an officer in the Massachusetts Motorcycle Association. Most of the organizers are Saugus High School graduates. Gould is a 1979 graduate of Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocational High School in Wakefield.

They already have a special logo for the event – a motorcycle which sports the Sachem logo – which was designed by Sachem Signworks Inc. “We’re doing bandanas, too,” Gould said. “The riders will be wearing white bandanas with red lettering with the Saugus Ride logo.”

Gould credited three people in particular with working closely with the Saugus Ride Committee – Youth & Recreation Department Director Greg Nickolas, School Committee Chairman Jeannie Meredith and Town Manager Scott Crabtree. “We thank them for helping us to provide this charitable event,” Gould said.

“The biggest thanks has to go to the town in the way this thing has come together. The school is on board. The town is on board. They’re totally supporting what we’re doing … All of the area police departments are very supportive of our endeavor, too,” he said.

The route that the motorcyclists will be taking will pass through about a dozen North Shore communities, including Saugus, Wakefield, Reading, North Reading, Andover, Boxford, Georgetown, Lynn, Lynnfield, Middleton and Peabody. “There will be a stop at Richardson’s Ice Cream on Route 114 in Middleton,” Gould said.

The final destination is O’Brien’s Pub, 829 Boston St. at the Saugus/Lynn line. “At O’Brien’s, we will have a cookout and band – the Boston Pub Rockers, a Boston classic rock and Southern rock band. Two of the members are Saugus guys,” Gould said.

Saugus, of course, will be the starting point for the ride, which will kick off in the parking lot of Saugus High School at 10 a.m. on Aug. 12. Registration will take place from 8:30 to 9:30 that morning.

“If the weather is good, we could get 200 people … If the weather is bad, we could only have eight people. But it’s a rain or shine event, so we’re going to see what happens,” Gould said.

If you want to join Saugus Ride

What: The First Annual Saugus Ride.

Purpose: Motorcycle Run dedicated to the Education and prevention of Substance Abuse. All profits will be directed to the Saugus School District for the express purpose of funding education/prevention program in the Saugus Schools.

When: 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 12.

Cost: $25 per bike, $10 per passenger.

Admission fee: $10 at door for non-ride participant for after-ride cookout and party at O’Brien’s Pub, 829 Boston St., Lynn on Saugus/Lynn line – raffles, food and entertainment by Boston Pub Rockers.

Registration: 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. in the parking lot of Saugus High School.

Kickstands up: 10 a.m.

Preregistration and donations: can be made at https;//,

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By Mark E. Vogler

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