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April 5, 2013

Heard Around Town: Are you smarter than a Salem 6th-grader?

SALEM — We know it’s the end of the week and you’re tired, but we have a few questions.

These are easy. These are elementary school geography questions.

Ryan Bassett, a sixth-grader at Salem Academy Charter School, was asked the same questions, and he did so well he’s on his way today to the 2013 Massachusetts National Geographic Bee at Worcester Academy.

So here goes.

Where is Jutland?

We’ll take your silence for “I have absolutely no idea.”

Here’s another question: What are Lek, Denar and Kuna?

If you answered the dishwashers at Gulu-Gulu Cafe, you would be wrong.

One last chance to save face: Where is Ulaanbaatar?

No, not the remote island where the Salem Police Superior Officers Union has a time share so they can get away from all the nuts in Salem.

The correct answers, as any Salem sixth-grader knows, are (in order) Europe, monetary currencies in the Balkans, and Mongolia.

And good luck to Ryan, who not only had to answer those questions, but had to beat out seventh- and eighth-graders to advance to the state championship.

Envelope, please

They open the time capsule from St. Joseph Church this Sunday at 2 p.m. The big event will take place inside St. James Church on Federal Street.

Deacon Norman LaPointe plans to be there. You know why that’s noteworthy? Because he was also there in 1950 when they put the time capsule into the cornerstone.

That’s pretty amazing when you think of it. It’s kind of like Davy Crockett coming back for an anniversary of The Alamo.

On Sunday, they also plan to unveil that amazing Lego reproduction of St. Joseph Church made by a former parishioner. If you’ve got a minute, stop by and take a look. It’s really something.

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