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Friday, March 9, 2012

Day Light Savings Time

It’s almost that time again, time to move the clock forward.  On Sunday March 11th at 2:00am, clocks will be moved ahead one hour to 3:00am in a process known as Daylight Savings Time.  Daylight Savings Time happens twice each year.  In March, the clock “Springs Forward” one hour.  In November, the clock “Falls Back” one hour.  Both aptly nicknamed to coincide with the seasons they usher forth.
Employees working during this “Spring Forward” will end up working one less hour at work that night, should their shift work through the time adjustment.
It wasn’t until World War I that countries started to think of observing Daylight Saving Time. The practice of switching the time around has been a muddle ever since. For years after WWI, the United States government let individual states and cities decide whether or not they wanted to observe Daylight Saving Time because it had angered so many people originally. At the time, many Americans were farmers used to getting up early and going to bed early as well. An hour of extra light at night wasn’t going to do them any good. It wasn’t until the mid-1970s that an official law on the matter was passed. And still there are states, such as Hawaii, most of Indiana and Arizona, who do not observe Daylight Saving Time.
The added daylight during the evening hours will be welcome to most.  Some look to this date as the beginning of Spring, as temperatures grow warmer and outdoor activities increase. 

Alex Ledsinger, Regional Manager- Region 4

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