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Time To “Spring Forward”

By Dana Kephart

This Sunday, March 12, we will again observe Daylight Saving Time (DST), at 2 a.m. Don’t forget to set your clocks forward before going to bed Saturday night.

Although we will “lose” an hour of sleep that morning, most folks welcome the change because it means an extra hour of daylight and the coming of spring.

Daylight Saving Time in the United States is the practice of setting the clock forward by one hour during the warmer part of the year, so that evenings have more daylight and mornings have less.

DST starts on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November, with the time changes taking place at 2 a.m., local time.

“Spring Forward, Fall Back” – that is, in springtime the clocks are moved forward from 2 a.m. to 3 a.m., and in the fall they are moved back from 2 a.m. to 1 a.m.

Daylight Saving Time lasts for a total of 34 weeks (238 days) a year, about 65 percent of the entire year.

Benjamin Franklin proposed a form of DST in 1784. His essay, An Economical Project for Diminishing the Cost of Light, written to the editor of The Journal of Paris, observed that Parisians could save on candles by getting out of

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