SAUGUS Saugus’ Only Local Weekly News Source! Vol. 25, No. 24 -FREE- www.advocatenews.net Published Every Friday A SWEET DAY FOR SAUGUS 781-233-4446 Friday, June 17, 2022 Selectmen laud Senior Center Director Olsen after she announces retirement “Joanne has been a pillar in our community for many, many years.” — Selectman Jeffrey Cicolini By Mark E. Vogler J oanne Olsen, a Saugus native who’s been a fi xture at the town’s Senior Center for close to a quarter of a century — the last 13 years as its director — plans to retire at the end of next month. Olsen, who usually shuns publicity while linking the success of the center to her core of volunteers, made a brief, low-key announcement last Friday during a luncheon for volunteers. Records at the town’s Retirement Board Offi ce show Olsen went to work for the town on Nov. 17, 1997, and became Senior Center director on March 2, 2009. She will have accumulated 24 years and eight months of creditable service to the town at the date of her retirement on July 31, according to town records. Board of Selectmen Vice Chair Debra Panetta, one of the town officials attending the luncheon, off ered “a big A TASTE OF SUMMER: Joanie Allbee, a member of the Saugus Garden Club and Saugus Historical Society, is shown during last year’s Annual Strawberry Festival squirting whipped cream onto a strawberry shortcake that she prepared. Allbee, along with other servers wearing old-fashioned bonnets, dished out more than 250 strawberry shortcakes last year. They hope to do even better tomorrow (Saturday, June 18), when the Historical Society holds its popular event at Legion Hall in conjunction with the Saugus Garden Club plant sale. Please see inside for more details in this week’s “The Sounds of Saugus” and “Saugus Gardens in the Spring.” (Saugus Advocate photo by Tara Vocino). ~ Home of the Week ~ SAUGUS...Beautiful 8 room Split Entry Ranch granite counters and island with seating, cathedral in closet, slider to Juliette deck and stunning spalike private bath with custom window and skylight, and utility room, sliders to patio leading to beautiful, fenced-in yard with in-ground pool, sprinkler system, 2 car garage, perfectly located on desirable cul-de-sa This is the one you have been waiting for! AS NGELO’ FULL SERVICE sac. View all our listings at: CarpenitoRealEstate.com of 335 Central Street, Saugus, MA 01906 (781) 233-7300 rig f smartph View the interiorr y fthis home ght on yo e our hone. Regular Unleaded $4.789 Mid Unleaded $4.999 Super $5.549 Diesel Fuel $5.789 44 Years of Excellence!! 1978-2022 KERO $8.99 DEF $4.75 9 DYED ULS $5.259 9 HEATING OIL 24-Hour Burner Service Call for Current Price! DEF Available by Pump! Open an account and order online at: www.angelosoil.com (781) 231-3500 (781) 231-3003 367 LINCOLN A  A Hours: Mon. - Tues. 6AM - 6PM / Thurs. & Fri. 6AM - 7PM / Sat. 7AM - 5PM / Sun. 9AM-1PM shout out” for Olsen at Tuesday night’s (June 14) meeting. “Joanne has done a wonderful job as the Director of the Saugus Senior Center,” Panetta said in a statement she emailed to The Saugus Advocate on Wednesday (June 15). “Her can-do attitude and love for our residents is evident in everything she does in this role. Joanne and her staff make everyone feel welcome, with a sense of community and belonging,” Panetta said. “Joanne has been very instrumental in the success of our Senior Center, and her hard work and dedication is sincerely appreciated. We will all miss Joanne, and I wish her much happiness in her retirement.” In her statement, Panetta also stressed the benefi ts that the town’s retired residents enjoy from the participation in the many programs organized and off ered at the center, DIRECTOR OLSEN | SEE PAGE 2 Prices subject to change Ask about our Heating Oil Conditioner! FLEET

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