January 4 2019, Saugus Cover Shots of 2018 January 3, 2019 JANUARY: Snow buddies Jose Majevski and Radassah Miranda (left to right), both four years old and of Saugus, take a break after sliding down a slippery hill at Veterans Memorial Elementary School. (Saugus Advocate Photos by Mark E. Vogler) FEBRUARY: a woodworker for life. Since arriving at Saugus High School in 1956 as a young wood shop instructor, Carmine C. Moschella, Jr., 89, has continued teaching his craft and building furniture and other wooden gifts for the town – despite having “retired” 25 years ago. MARCH: THE RACE IS ON! Billy Ferringo, of Saugus Boy Scout Troop 62, is poised to pull the lever that launched the first heat of 27 cars that raced in the basement of the Cliftondale Congregational Church during Saugus Cub Scout Pack 62’s Annual Pinewood Derby. APRIL: A reason to run 26.2 miles. Bob Catinazzo, of Saugus (in the rear row, wearing an orange jersey), takes a breather during one of his Boston Marathon runs to raise funds for Boston Children’s Hospital’s Miles for Miracles program. Joining him (left to right) are teammate Tim McQuade, Patrick Martinage of Burlington and Tyla Morgante of Saugus. Patrick and Tyla are two of the three “patient partners” that Catinazzo ran for. (Courtesy Photo to The Saugus Advocate). MAY: making new friends. Ketlyn Souza, 2, of Saugus, was all smiles after being the center of attention at the Saugus Police Department, where her mom, Raquel Gomes, received a $5,000 check from a representative of the Cops for Kids with Cancer program to help pay some of the expenses related to Ketlyn’s ongoing cancer treatment. JUNE: colors of the marsh. In her home art studio, Saugus artist Kelly Slater shows the picture she painted during a visit to Rumney Marsh. Her artwork and conservation knowledge inspired the Saugus Action Volunteers for the Environment (SAVE) to sponsor its first annual Rumney Marsh art exhibition later in the year. JULY: a patriotic project. Eagle Scout Michael Daniel Iacone of Boy Scout Troop 635 of Melrose sits on the American flag retirement pit he built for his Eagle Scout Public Service Project at Breakheart Reservation in Saugus. Originally, it was for the Saugus Veterans Council, but the pit later evolved into a multiuse offering and expanded to serve the surrounding communities. AUGUST: The Big D-Doo. Rob Thomas displays the largest of his didgeridoo collection in the Community Room of the Saugus Public Library. This tubular musical instrument, which has been played by aboriginal Australians for at least 1,500 years, is about six feet long and turned out to be a real crowd pleaser during Thomas’s “Land Down Under” performance and kids’ educational program about Australia at the library. SEPTEMBER: standing up to Florence. Mini American flags surround fallen tree limbs in Riverside Cemetery after Saugus feels the wrath of Hurricane Florence. A survey team from the National Weather Service determined that what looked like a possible tornado actually turned out to be a microburst. (Courtesy Photo to The Saugus Advocate by Lt. Damian Drella of the Saugus Fire Department). OCTOBER: Celebrating their favorite books: from left to right, Edward Jeffrey, chairman of the Board of the Foundation for the Saugus Public Library (SPL) presents certificates to the 2018 “Readers Make Good Leaders” honorees – Peter A. Rossetti, Jr., Harry Mazman and Gordon E. Shepard – during the foundation’s 4th Annual Gala & Silent Auction. NOVEMBER: holding the hardware. Jake Morgante – star defensive end, offensive tackle and one of three co-captains on the 2018 Saugus High School football team – displays the Saugus Lions Club “Heisman Award” he received at the club’s 46th Annual Football Meeting and Dinner. The event, which honors senior players, is the traditional kickoff to the Thanksgiving Day rivalry between the Saugus High School Sachems and the Peabody High School Tanners.