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I was watching my son’s Little League baseball team go through some spring training drills last week at the Lions Field next to the firehouse and it got me to thinking about Alex Rodriguez of the Yankees and his $250 million contract to play a kids’ game. That, in turn, got me to thinking about last week’s reported takeover of Bear Stearns by JP Morgan for a similar amount. That worked out to about two bucks a share and included a Manhattan office building said to be worth at least $1 billion, not to mention some $30 billion in guarantees from the Federal Reserve—meaning you and me as American taxpayers. This week, I was relieved to learn that JP Morgan had agreed to up its offer to $10 a share, even though it is still just a pittance compared to Bear’s book value.

It’s times like these that make me wish that I didn’t have to think about the state of the American economy and my only concern was whether I could run down that sharp line drive hit deep to the gap in left-center.

The Bridgehampton Historical Society’s Parlor Music Series returns on Saturday , March 29, when Jack Kehoe will perform on the bagpipes at 2 p.m. The series will conclude on April 5 with a performance by the banjo virtuoso Bob Barta. There is a $5 suggested admission fee. Reservations can be made by calling the society at 537-1088.

The Group for the East End’s Steve Biasetti will lead a group in watching the spectacular mating flight of male woodcocks on Saturday, March 29, at 6:30 p.m. For reservations or more information, contact Steve at 537-1400, extension 15, or via e-mail at sbiasetti@eastendenvironment.org.

Ceil Hearn of Sharper Training Solutions will provide a demonstration of the Suffolk Wave website, including how to maneuver around the website, download audio books, music and videos to your computer or MP3 players, and more, at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 28, at the Hampton Library. Advance registration is required, and there is a $5 fee for cardholders and $10 for others.

Nutritionist Janet O’Grady will present “Battle of the Diets: Which Diet Are You On?” on Saturday, March 29, at 3 p.m. She will discuss many popular diets and help participants decide which is right for them. Registration is required.

In celebration of National Poetry Month, the North Sea Poetry Scene will host a poetry reading with local poets regarding their original work on Friday, April 4, at 5 p.m. The event is free.

Looking ahead, local historian Ann Sandford will present “Democracy and the Cold War in Bridgehampton, 1950-1951” on Tuesday, April 8, at 6 p.m. She will discuss how the community came together to solve problems, such as safety at the ocean beach and substandard housing, and describes the formation of a Community Council as the vehicle to resolve local problems. These activities, showing democracy at work, were made into a film in 1950 sponsored by the U.S. State Department for showing abroad. Registration is required.

Call the library at 537-0015 for information about any of its programs.

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