THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, JANUARY 8, 2021 Page 17 THE SOUNDS OF SAUGUS | FROM PAGE 13 mentioned. We are all here to assist. We are regularly checking voicemails and emails as we continue to work remotely and in our offices throughout COVID-19.” Melrose: Karen Burke, 781-979-4186, kburke@ cityofmelrose.org. Wakefield: David Mangan, 781-246-6377, dmangan@wakefield.ma.us. Saugus: Jay Pinette, 781-231-4010, jpinette@saugus-ma.gov. Buy a brick to honor your vets “Veterans Buy-a-Brick Program. Due to the low number of orders and the uncertainty of…a Veterans Day ceremony…the program will be extended until May. The installation of bricks will be during the Memorial Day ceremony. We will be contacting the people who have already purchased a brick. Any questions, please call 781-231-7995.” Side Door Pickup at the Saugus Public Library To help keep the building and staff warmer during the winter, the Saugus Public Library moved its Front Door Pickup service from Central Street to Taylor Street in mid-December. Patrons are required to place items on hold via the library’s online catalog and then, once notified that their item(s) are ready, schedule a pickup date. Pickup times remain the same: Tuesday: 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday: 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Thursday: 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. In addition to the slight change in location, the library has made it easier for its patrons to retrieve their items. Instead of waiting for a librarian to place your item on the table, we’ll place all scheduled holds on a table in the Taylor Street hallway. All you’ll have to do is walk in (one at a time, please, and don’t forget to wear a mask!) and retrieve the bag with your name on it. The library also provides remote printing pickup and take & make crafts from the Taylor Street hallway. And should you need asGARDENS | FROM PAGE 8 hybrids). The western arborvitae (Thuja plicata) is less delectable. In summer, hostas are often relished by both deer and rabbits. We might have to search hard to find flowers outdoors at this time of year, but they are there if you know where to look. Pansies are blooming on Route 1, and I also spotted a few in a decorative pot on Main Street. Snow pansies, also known as ice pansies and winter pansies (Viola hiemalis), can survive the winter and will bloom during thaws, so it is not unusual to see them blooming in January and February. Winter pansies’ species epithet, hiemasistance, a librarian will be standing by near the hallway to help. Fast, simple and easy! For more information on this and other services, visit http://www.sauguspubliclibrary.org. Let’s hear it! Got an idea, passing thought or gripe you would like to share with The Saugus Advocate? I’m always interested in your feedback. It’s been more than four and a half years since I began work at The Saugus Advocate. I’m always interested in hearing readers’ suggestions for possible stories or good candidates for “The Advocate Asks” interview of the week. Feel free to email me at mvoge@comcast.net. Do you have some interesting views on an issue that you want to express to the community? Submit your idea. If I like it, we can meet for a 15- to 20-minute interview while practicing social distancing outside a local coffee shop. And I’ll buy the coffee. Or, if you prefer to be interviewed from the safety of your home on the phone or via email, I will provide that option to you as the nation copes with the Coronavirus crisis. lis, is actually Latin for “wintry.” They need full sun and ample water (which means you should bring out a watering can of water for them now and then, since irrigation systems will be drained during this time and hoses put away), and they are more likely to perform well if planted in September or October since spring planted ones are likely to be worn out by this time. While bicolor ones are supposedly available, I have usually seen solid yellow, white or purple to be the most reliable colors in the winter pansies. The more familiar spring blooming pansies (Viola wittrockiana) can survive freezing temperatures, which is why it is safe to plant them outside in April, but they will certainly be damaged if temperatures are consistently below freezing, as they are likely to be for the next few months. Editor’s Note: Laura Eisener is a landscape design consultant who helps homeowners with landscape design, plant selection and placement of trees and shrubs, as well as perennials. She is a member of the Saugus Garden Club and offered to write a series of articles about “what’s blooming in town, since so many people have taken to walking the streets in their neighborhoods as a way to get some exercise and get out of the house” during the global pandemic. Space for Lease 3 Large Rooms, each with Large Walk-in Storage Area. or Aerobics Studio. Located at Route 1 South at Walnut Street. Rollerworld Plaza, Route 1 South, 425 Broadway, Saugus. Call Michelle at: 781-233-9507

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