Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out to Ted Thomas. Tomorrow he will be celebrating his 90th birthday. That is a lot of balloons. Ted used to be a teacher in our high school so he may have been your teacher or your kids’ teacher. You could give him a call and brighten his day.

Thanks to all of you who have sent cards to Gretchen Jacobs. She is very grateful and happy to hear from you. She moved late last week into the Spaulding Rehab Center in West Roxbury. Her address now is 1245 Centre Street, West Roxbury, MA 02132. She will be working over the next few weeks to recover from her surgery.

Speaking of surgery: welcome home to Ken Garde. He looks quite well, especially for a man recovering from open-heart surgery. He says I can report that he is walking and taking nourishment.

I understood from my bridge-playing friends that interest in cards on the Island was fading. I can tell you this is not true. ACE MV classes at the high school will include bridge, back again because of popular demand.

Remember, if you are interested in any of the adult education classes this spring, you need to sign up. You can get more information or register at acemv.org. Or you can sign up at the high school on Monday, March 7, from 4:30 to 6 pm.

On Monday morning there were about three-dozen snowy birds in our back yard — big fat old turkeys and some young ones, all covered in snow. Their heads were tucked in closely, huddled down into the ground, still scratching and pecking for food.

Spring is on its way. You can tell because they were just running the Daytona 500. A third of the field was wiped out in a major crash on Sunday. Of course, that is what the fans go for. It does not seem like an auspicious start to the racing season.

The one driver involved in two of the major accidents said he wasn’t sure what he could have done differently. At least he can be relieved that because of the new safety initiatives implemented by NASCAR since Dale Earnhardt’s fatal crash 10 years ago, no more drivers have been lost.

Reports are that space storms may cause havoc with all your electronic devices — but no one can predict when, except there will be more such events over the next decade. So don’t panic now.

I firmly believe that protecting wild lands from commercial development is essential to our nation’s physical and emotional health. We need to alert our Congressmen of both parties that they owe it to us and to our children to save our open spaces.

Maine had a record lobster harvest this year. But it sure did not bring down the prices. You can depend on the tastiest lobster rolls at Grace Church. The first Sunday of the month will be March 6 and sales will start at 12 noon — because that is when all of you were showing up. Just don’t expect anything earlier than that.

Happy anniversary to Elisha Smith and his bride, the former Denise Lagasse, celebrating their fifth anniversary on Monday.

I have been celebrating birthdays for long time, but not as long as Ted Thomas. We share tomorrow as a special day. A couple of other youngsters will join us: Judy Cronig and Robin Mathiesen. Susan Goldstein will party on the last day of the month, on Monday. Wish the best on Wednesday to Katie Kennedy.

Heard on Main Street: I guess this is still winter. New England has four seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter, and road construction.