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Spring is trying to arrive on the East End of Long Island where the ocean keeps everything too cold, too windy and too damp for my liking. One day March is like a lion. The next is like a lamb. Spring lasts for months where we live. The wind machine goes on, the sky remains grey for the most part and people rake winter debris wearing gloves, hats and scarves.

But, nevertheless, there are sure signs of spring if you give the world a closer look. I see red-winged blackbirds and robins at the bird feeder. I see the tiny purple flowers of vinca blooming close to the house’s foundation, where it is the warmest. I see tiny buds growing on the tree outside the bedroom window and a little forsythia blooming near the woodstove chimney where it is warm. In honor of spring, out come the baseball gloves and the Yankees spring training games are being viewed on HD this year with much glee.

My sons, both avid Yankee fans, can tell me up to the second how long till the opening pitch of the opening game of the 2008 season. They talk baseball with each other and with their friends. Non-stop. I just listen in and try to learn from them. I gave my oldest son four tickets to a Yankees’ game for his birthday last week, along with some Yankees’ Crocs. I was the star for the day. He has been the star for 15 years now.

Spring is here officially, according to the calendar. I am ready for renewal and rebirth and color and warmth. Wishing everyone a joyous Easter on Sunday, March 23.

An Easter Sunrise Service will take place at The Swordfish Club on Dune Road on Sunday at 6:30 a.m. They moved the time from 6 to 6:30 a.m. due to daylight-saving time. All are invited to the service. It’s a beautiful way to celebrate.

The Eastport South Manor Junior Senior High School will present the musical “South Pacific” on April 3, 4 and 5 at the high school. Members of the cast, crew and music department have been rehearsing like crazy in preparation for the play. These talented young men and woman—and the teachers and staff who guide them—are putting in long hours every day getting ready. It should be a wonderful show (I listened at the closed rehearsal room door one night) and tickets are on sale now! Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and students. More about this next week … Mark your calendars.

Eastport Fire Department Benevolent Association members will host their 3rd annual Steak Dinner on Saturday, April 12, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Eastport Firehouse. Tickets are $25 per person. There is limited seating, so call 325-0464 or 484-4411 for tickets. All proceeds will benefit the Benevolent Association.

Two book clubs are presently meeting in Eastport. A book club meeting at The Fitness Studio on Montauk Highway gets together the first Wednesday of the month at 8 p.m. The other book club meets at Books & Brew on Montauk Highway the first Thursday of every month at 7:30 p.m. Call Books & Brew at 325-8595 and The Fitness Studio at 325-2955 for details. All are welcome to attend.

Jazzercise classes are held at the American Legion Hall in Eastport on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m., Saturdays at 8 a.m. and Sundays at 9 a.m. Stop by and check it out or call Tammy at 874-8822 for more information.

The Long Island Game Farm in Manorville will open for its 39th season on Saturday, April 19. The park will be open seven days a week until October. The game farm offers children’s camps in the summer. Call 878-6644 for more information.

Congratulations to Harry Fournaris and Courtney Gerken, both of Manorville, on being named to the dean’s list at the State University of New York at New Paltz for the fall semester. Harry is a sophomore with an undeclared major. Courtney is a sophomore majoring in communication disorders.

Danielle Turturo of Manorville, a senior at New Paltz who is majoring in psychology, was also named to the dean’s list for the fall semester. Dean’s list students at New Paltz have earned at least a 3.3 grade point average while taking a full-time course load.

The Great East End Cleanup will take place on Saturday, April 19, and Sunday, April 20. Individuals as well as community groups are invited to partake in making our town beautiful. Call 702-1920 for more information.

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