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Maybe you realized it, and maybe you didn’t, but it is time to spring forward this weekend.

That’s right, before you retire for the evening on Saturday, be sure to move your clock(s) one hour ahead as daylight saving time takes effect at 2 a.m., Sunday.

On the positive side, the change means it will stay daylight longer so you’ll have time to do things perhaps around your house when you get home from work. On the negative side, the change means we all lose an hour of sleep.

The website www.timeanddate.com has oodles and gobs of information regarding daylight saving time. It said, “The reason DST works is because it saves energy due to less artificial light needed during the evening hours – clocks are set one hour ahead during the spring, and one hour back to standard time in the autumn.”

The website also noted that “Benjamin Franklin first suggested Daylight Saving Time in 1784, but it was not until World War I, in 1916, when it was adopted by several countries in Europe that initially rejected the idea.”

DST in the United States, Canada and some other places was changed in 2007. Prior to that it started on the first Sunday in April and ended on the last Sunday in October.

An easy way to remember the time change is “spring forward, fall back.” 

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