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April 11, 2013

Heard Around Town: In Peabody, a million here, a million there


“It was you who worked tirelessly behind the scenes,” Weitz said. “And we know how difficult it was for you to continue the mission without Sonia.”

In response, Wacks praised all the volunteers who have helped to keep the center going. On a somber note, she noted the dwindling number of Holocaust survivors. “When we first began, we had so many candles up here.”

But it isn’t as grim as it sounds, she indicated. “Some of them are in Florida. Which is a good thing.”

In the Navy

Why shouldn’t Peabody have an interest in the Navy? Yes, the city even has some coastline on Beverly Harbor — somewhere in the vicinity of Bishop Fenwick High School — and not only can you smell the salt water, sometimes it even visits.

In the midst of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, Charles Veit, president of the Navy & Marine Historical Association, will be speaking at the Peabody Historical Society’s Smith Barn on Felton Street about how the Navy helped save the Union — often grappling with the Confederacy on the nation’s rivers. A $5 fee is required to hear all about epic conflicts like the First Battle of Shiloh (on the Tennessee River), the great Navy cattle drive (in Missouri) and the engagement at Deloges Bluff (on the Red River in Louisiana).

Th-th-th-that’s all, folks

Making a serious point about shortcomings in Peabody High School, school board member Beverley Ann Griffin Dunne spoke out at Tuesday’s meeting, turning to the student advisers to ask what the science department needs to make it function properly.

“Ventilation,” senior Nick Gilbert said. “The entire school can tell when AP anatomy is dissecting a pig.”

“Air fresheners?” the mayor suggested at one point.

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