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For some people, it’s Christmas, for others, Halloween. Today, my friends, is one of my favorite holidays — yes, holidays, as in most holiest of days — of the year: Major League Baseball Opening Day. Time to dust off the old ball cap, forget about last year, and get ready for a season that, God willing, will last well into October. Go Sox!

In one of my first columns, I mentioned that Jen Rankow and Tim Klein had bought a tandem bike at the Second Hand Store. Well, it seems they are now ready to pedal their bicycle built for two off into the proverbial sunset. Tim popped the question last week as the sun sank over South Beach. The two are now taking some time off in the Virgin Islands, sharing their news and no doubt getting excited about their impending nuptials. Best wishes, you two.

Congratulations to Derek and Brooke Avakian, whose names were drawn first in the Edgartown Affordable Housing lottery that took place last Thursday. The program, offered through the town’s affordable housing committee together with the Dukes County Regional Housing Authority, assists buyers in taking advantage of homes already on the market by providing mortgage subsidies of up to $200,000. It’s so exciting to see new, creative ways to help people stick around. We’ll be lucky to call these two neighbors for years to come.

Proud Nana, Cheryl Welch, reports that Willa and Josie Welch were among the performers in a violin concert Sunday afternoon at the Whaling Church. Rebecca Tinus led her students, ranging from pre-school to adults, in exhibiting their hard work. Families enjoyed a potluck supper downstairs following the concert. I hear it was a delightful performance.

A belated welcome-to-the-world goes out to one of our newest Edgartonians, Harper Mary-Catherine Kelly, born to proud parents Andrew Kelly and Niki Deharo on February 8. I’m sure this one will be crawling around the fire trucks, ringing the bell, before long, just like Daddy did back when he was in diapers.

The Martha’s Vineyard Museum wants to hear from you. The Museum unveiled its exhibit, “Your Town, Our Island” in September. This exhibit, open until September 3, 2011, highlights just a few of the unique qualities and stories of each of the Vineyard’s six towns. It offers a hint of the potential stories that could eventually be part of a new permanent exhibit at the Museum. The Museum is hosting forums in the six Vineyard towns to gather input from residents. Edgartown’s forum will take place on Wednesday, April 6, from 6:30 to 8 pm at the Edgartown Library. Join the Museum’s curators and share your ideas on what exactly makes Edgartown special. Refreshments will be provided.

A very special Happy Birthday goes out to my dad, Michael Dolby, who was mere hours short of being born an April Fool. In the year ahead, may you find your pond filled with happy frogs, exciting visitors to your bird feeders, and plenty of Pats and Sox victories to enjoy in your shed.

Additional birthday wishes go out to Ricky Corwin, who celebrated March 28; to Jennifer Jones Smyth, today, March 31; to Julie Moffet, April 2; to James Dropick, April 4; and to Hadley Antik, April 5. Hope you all have a good one.

Be on the lookout for those mischief-makers tomorrow on the annual day of trickery that is April Fools. As you embark on that most ridiculous of days, rest assured you probably have nothing on your shirt, your shoelaces are in fact tied, and the word gullible is in the dictionary. And if you happen to have Prince Albert in a can, for goodness sake, let the man out.