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August 31, 2012

Heard Around Town: Look, up in the sky, it's leaping Lederhaus


There are even a couple of train trips — free train trips — on consecutive Saturdays, Sept. 15 and 22, with museum staff riding along.

If you have kids and don’t take advantage of this, you really ought to turn in your official parent ID card.

Super garden

This city is known for its great gardens.

But one of the best is relatively unknown: the organic vegetable and butterfly garden behind Nathaniel Bowditch School.

In addition to a large variety of plants and a beautiful habitat for birds and butterflies, it boasts a spiral gravel path, a bench and tree, a paved patio, raised garden beds, and an automated irrigation system.

What’s more, it’s a classroom and outdoor science lab for Bowditch students.

Lucie Evans, who works at the school, started the garden 10 years ago, volunteering her own time to create this special place. Teacher Kristen Medler

helped secure a grant three years ago that gave the garden a real boost.

The real credit, of course, goes to the kids, who have made the garden their own, while learning a lot of math, science, engineering and horticulture.

Now that the grant is gone, the school is hoping a few green-thumbed benefactors will step forward.

St. Joseph

If you have driven past St. Joseph Church recently, you are probably wondering about the scaffolding that surrounds the large crucifix on the front of the church.

Well, the crucifix will be coming down soon, prior to the church demolition.

What will happen to it?

We asked the Archdiocese of Boston.

“Sometime in September, the crucifix will be carefully removed and moved to a Catholic retreat center in western Massachusetts,” a spokesman wrote in an email. “This is keeping with our priority to ensure that sacred items from closed churches be put to use by other Catholic entities when a need arises.”

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