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On Nov. 6, time was altered when we set our clocks back one hour, ending Daylight Saving Time. The practice of Daylight Saving Time was not originally proposed by Benjamin Franklin, as is commonly believed. Instead, he merely suggested that Parisians get up an hour earlier to save candle wax as a joke.

The practice of Daylight Saving Time, more or less as we know it today, was first proposed by George Hudson of New Zealand, who advised shifting clocks back two hours in October and forward two hours in March. He presented this plan to the Wellington Philosophical Society, but it was never implemented.

The first time a community ever actually followed the practice of Daylight Saving Time occurred in 1908, when Port Arthur, Ontario (modern day Thunder Bay) turned their clocks forward one hour on July 1. Several other Canadian cities soon followed suit, such as Regina, Saskatchewan, and Winnipeg, Manitoba. The first countries to implement it were Germany and Austria, which did so in 1916 in order to conserve energy for their war effort. Other countries soon followed suit, including the United Kingdom and France.

The United States began its use of Daylight Saving Time on March 19, 1919, when the federal government enacted An Act to preserve daylight and provide standard time for the United States. Daylight Saving Time proved to be exceedingly unpopular and was repealed by Congress the same year it was passed. After that, Daylight Saving Time was controlled locally, on the level of states or even cities.

From Feb. 9, 1942, to Sept. 30, 1945, Franklin Roosevelt instituted “war time,” which was a year-round daylight saving plan. “War time” ended when the Second World War did and the measurement of time became a localized choice for the next 30 years.

In 1966, Lyndon Johnson signed into law The Uniform Time Act, which established a uniform use of Daylight Saving Time, except in states where the legislature had voted against it. Currently, Daylight Saving Time stands as this: On the second Sunday of March at 2 a.m., clocks will be set forward one hour, and on the first Sunday of November at 2 a.m., clocks will be set back one hour. This applies in all states except Arizona and Hawaii. The U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands also do not observe Daylight Saving Time.

Thank you to webexhibits, timeanddate.com and the National Conference of State Legislatures, ncsl.org, for providing the information for this column.

Notices

The Liberty Baptist Church will hold a Thanksgiving Eve service on Wednesday, Nov. 23, at 7 p.m. The Mount View Chamber singers will perform Carols in the Round there on Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. They will hold a Christmas Eve service starting at 7 p.m. and a Christmas Day service starting at 10:30 a.m. They will continue holding regular meetings every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome to join all of these events.

2023 Mount View Alumni Recognition — The personal and professional accomplishments of previous Mount View graduates will encourage present-day students to reach for the stars! Nomination forms for the 2023 Alumni Recognition Award are due at the Mount View High School office no later than Jan. 6, 2023. Anyone may make a nomination. To receive more information, requirements, and the application form, please email mvalumni@rsu3.org or leave a message at 568-4640 to receive a hard copy.

Neighbor 4 Neighbor applications are available at the Town Office, online, or through WCAP directly. Please call 342-5544 for questions or an application. Deadline for Christmas Baskets or gifts is Dec. 1. You can find the application at the Montville website.

The Montville Select Board is looking to hire a new transfer station attendant to work every third Saturday. Go to the Monville Maine website to sign up.