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by Doug Robinson Daylight saving time (DST) is defined
“Daylight saving time, also called “summer time,” is the practice of advancing clocks forward by one hour in the spring to gain additional daylight during the early evening. In the fall, clocks are again turned back an hour” writes www.infoplease.com
. The establishment of DST dates
back to William Willett, London, in 1905, when he came up with the idea of moving the clocks forward in the summer to take advantage of the daylight in the mornings and the lighter evenings. His proposal suggested moving the clocks 20 minutes forward each of four Sundays in April, and switching them back by the same amount on four Sundays in September. Willett wrote in his 1907 pamphlet,
Waste of Daylight, “Everyone appreciates the long, light evenings. Everyone laments their shortage as autumn approaches; and everyone has given utterance to regret that the clear, bright light of an early morning during spring and summer months is so seldom seen or used.”
In 1909, the first Daylight Saving Bill presented to London’s Parliament and examined by a select committee. The bill was opposed by many, especially farmers, and thus the bill was never made into a law. DST was first adopted to replace artificial lighting so they could save fuel for the war effort in Germany during World War I, April 1916. It was quickly followed by Britain and many countries from both sides, including the United States. Many countries reverted back to standard time post-World War I and it wasn’t until the next World War that DST would make its return too many countries in order to save vital energy resources for the war. President Franklin D. Roosevelt instituted year-round DST in the United States, called “War Time” during World War II from February 1942 to September 1945. The law was enforced 40 days after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and during this time, time zones were called “Eastern War Time,” “Central War Time,” and “Pacific War Time.” After the surrender of Japan in mid-August 1945, the time zones were relabeled “Peace Time.”
In the United States, DST caused widespread confusion from 1945 to 1966 for trains, buses and the broadcasting industry in the U.S. because many states and localities were free to choose when and if they would observe DST. Congress decided to end the confusion and establish the Uniform Time Act of 1966 that stated DST would begin on the last Sunday of April and end on the last Sunday of October. However, states still had the ability to be exempt from DST by passing a local ordinance. According to http://askville.amazon.com
, “Arizona and Hawaii are the only two States that don’t observe Daylight Saving time.” The U.S. Congress extended DST to a period of 10 months in 1974 and eight months in 1975, in hopes to save energy following the 1973 oil embargo. The trial period showed that DST saved the equivalent in energy of 10,000 barrels of oil each day, but DST still proved to be controversial. Many complained that the dark winter mornings endangered the lives of children going to school. After the energy crisis was over in 1976, the U.S. changed their DST schedule again to begin on the last Sunday in April. DST was amended again to begin on the first Sunday in April in 1987. Further changes were made after the introduction of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Daylight saving time is now implemented in over 70 countries worldwide and affects over a billion people each year.
by Kristen Hoffman Salemhaven Assistant Living welcomed their newest resident on March 6. Mr. Tux S. Haven was met by staff and residents when he was walked through the door. But, instead of saying hello to his new friends, he let out a hardy meow. Tux, a three-year-old black
and white male cat, will be the first feline resident in the facility’s 30-plus years. Tux first met the residents of Salemhaven as part of the Salem Animal Rescue League’s (SARL) “Pick of the Litter”program. “It was a real opportunity of SARL and Salemhaven to get together,” Patricia Mack, Development
Mr. Tux S. Haven
Project Coordinator for SARL said, “Everyone fell in love with him,” she added.
Linda Cooper, of Salmehaven, brings Tux over to meet Evelyn Miller, a resident
It has been documented that animals and seniors can form beneficial bonds. According to Ray Milliand, Administrator at Salemhaven, seniors can have measurable changes in blood pressure and other vital signs when in the presence of an animal. Milliand worked with both the staff of Salemhaven and SARL to get the ok to adopt Tux. “He’s brought a lot of smiles to our residents,” he said. Linda
submitted by Pat Blodgett If the fifth graders at the Fisk
School are representative of the younger generation today (and I believe they are), then the future of our world is in good hands.
a very pleasant chat at the school with Elizabeth Aldrich and her good friend Emily Bucciero who began a campaign last November to collect aluminum tabs from soda cans, the ultimate purpose being to help the Shriners Hospital, a facility that treats burn victims at no expense to the patient. Since this drive began, Elizabeth and Emily have collected 50,000 aluminum tabs, and when the drive ends at the end of this month, the girls expect to have collected an additional 10,000 tabs. Their project started when
Elizabeth decided to help her grandparents, Pat and Dick Aldrich, who collect aluminum tabs from their friends on the docks of the Charles Street Yacht Club in Boston,
MA, and their friend makes sure the tabs get to the right source to eventually help the Shriners Hospital. Elizabeth (with mom’s help) and
Emily designed and printed flyers explaining the project to hand out at school. There were days when the girls gave up their recess time to count the donated tabs their classmates had brought in. When I asked to take their picture, the two girls were quick to give credit to their helpers, Max Ryan, John Olivio, and Yan Chen, other fifth graders in the same classroom who had helped with this project. The well-mannered, industrious group is pictured here. Unfortunately Yan Chen was unavailable at picture taking time. All five students exhibited an
excitement and pride in their accomplishments, and I suspect that in the future we’ll be hearing more about their contributions to the community.
From the left: Emily Bucciero, Max Ryan, John Olivio, and Elizabeth Aldrich
Welcomes Their Newest Resident Salemhaven
Cooper also worked to bring Tux to the Salemhaven family. Tux, who is declawed, was
chosen in part for his past. “His last owner found him and his sister when they were kittens. She [the former owner] was forced to give up Tux, and his sister, Vader when she was deployed overseas. It is a heartbreaking story,” Stephanie Micklon, of Salemhaven said. Tux will stay in his new home, an office on the second floor of the building while he gets acclimated to the sights and sounds of Salemhaven. He was brought out briefly to meet some of the residents during activity time. “We have a new resident, and we want you to take care of him,” Micklon said, adding, “His owner was deployed overseas to serve our country, so Tux was deployed here.” Many residents were overjoyed to meet him. “It’s such a wonderful, home-like experience for everyone here,” Micklon added.
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Volume 5 Number 34 March 9, 2012 20 Pages
Funding for Depot Design Work Approved
by S. Aaron Shamshoyan Dedicated left turning lanes would alleviate much congested traffic from the depot intersection of Routes 28 and 97 according to town officials. “The issue with the depot is the fact that the through lane and the left turning lane are shared,” said Community Development Director Bill Scott.
Appearing before Selectmen Monday night, Scott requested use of $195,000 from the depot trust fund with a current balance of $232,962 for engineering work of the intersection. Scott said he expected $156,000 reimbursement from the state and that the money would be transferred back to the fund. “We’ll be returned eighty percent of the funds.” The depot trust fund accrues $69,000 a year, said Scott adding the
funding comes from the mall. Scott told selectmen the project was currently underway saying a conceptual plan, zoning, property survey, traffic analysis, and model had previously been completed. He said the next step of the project would be the design work for which he requested the funds. Selectman Stephen Campbell questioned the timeline and cost of the completed reconstruction. “We’ve always tried to keep it away from the exit two construction,” said Scott. He told Campbell it was tough to coordinate with the state’s project because of changing work schedules. As for the price, Scott said an initial study generated an estimate of $2.5 million to add left turning lanes but that more work had to be completed and the estimate was dated. Scott also said those funds would be eligible for an 80 percent reimbursement.
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