apartment connections Daylight Saving Time NOVEMBER 2014
Daylight Saving Time
Even though there’s no particular legend associated with the subject, we often receive inquiries from
readers wondering how and when we started the annual practice of fiddling with our clocks twice a year,
so we’ve put together a brief history of Daylight Saving Time.
Prior to 2007, Daylight Saving Time began on the first Sunday in April; on that day, clocks were
moved forward one hour in each time zone at 2:00 AM local time. Commencing in 2007, DST begins on
the second Sunday in March . Clocks are again shifted back in the fall; previously this return to “normal”
time took place on the last Sunday in October, but since 2007 it occurs on the first Sunday in November.
The purpose of the shift is to transfer, in effect, an hour’s worth of daylight from the early morning
hours of the day, when only milkmen and chickens are awake to appreciate it, and use it to push back
sunset until one hour later in the day. This arrangement is claimed to cut electricity usage in the evening
and help reduce traffic accidents.
The concept of something much like Daylight Saving Time was referenced by Benjamin Franklin in
a satirical 1784 essay titled “An Economical Project.” After several European countries put daylight time
into practice during World War I, the United States formally adopted it in 1918, but it proved unpopular
and was discontinued in 1919. (The U.S. still had a large agrarian sector back then, and far fewer businesses
stayed open into the later evening hours, so most people tended to rise and retire earlier than they do
today, negating the practicality of shifting an hour’s worth of daylight away from early morning.)
Although some cities and states opted to continue daylight time after 1919, it did not return on
a national level until World War II, when it was referred to as “War Time” and observed year-round
between 1942 and 1945. From 1945 through 1966 there was no federal law in effect to establish guidelines
for daylight time, leaving states and municipalities to observe it how and when they chose, if at all.
By 1966 the different daylight time practices throughout the country were a source of difficulty for
businesses that had to follow strict time schedules, such as television networks and airlines, so that year
Congress passed the Uniform Time Act which specified that Daylight Saving Time begin on the last Sunday of
April and end on the last Sunday of October. (States were still free to pass laws exempting themselves from
the daylight time scheme.) After the “energy crisis” of 1973 precipitated by an Arab oil embargo against the
U.S., President Nixon signed the Emergency Daylight Saving Time Conservation Act, which put the United
States on Daylight Saving Time for the fifteen-month period between January 1974 and April 1975.
In 1986 federal law was amended to start Daylight Saving Time earlier in the year, the change now
occurring at 2:00 AM on the first Sunday in April and ending at 2:00 AM on the last Sunday in October.
Several states and territories of the U.S. (Arizona, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American
Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Marianas Islands) do not observe daylight time.
In August 2005, the United States Congress passed the Energy Policy Act, which changed the
dates of both the start and end of daylight saving time (DST). As of 2007, DST now starts three weeks
earlier (2:00 AM on the second Sunday in March) and ends one week later (2:00 AM on the first Sunday in
November) than before.
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It is that time of the year again; hot chocolate, smell of cinnamon, crisp air, scarves,
mittens, friends, family, memories, Thanksgiving and so much more! Orpheum
Tower is hosting a Thanksgiving Dinner again. Please join us on Thursday,
November 20, 2014 at 6:30 for turkey, potatoes, pies, stuffing and more! We love
getting together and spending time with our wonderful residents! We couldn't be
more thankful for you all!
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packages can be delivered if you are not home before that time. We will keep you
posted on when we will start delivering automatically due to overload in the office.
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1∕4 Cup all-purpose flour
∕ 2 Teaspoon ground
Teaspoon vanilla extract
Tablespoon white sugar
12 Thick slices bread
1. Measure flour into a large
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mixing bowl. Slowly whisk in the
milk. Whisk in the salt, eggs,
cinnamon, vanilla extract and
sugar until smooth.
2. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or
frying pan over medium heat.
3. Soak bread slices in mixture
until saturated. Cook bread on
each side until golden brown.