Daylight bonus

Losing an hour of sleep due to the advent of daylight saving time didn’t seem to be a problem for folks who were out enjoying the sunshine in Marietta Sunday.

Daylight saving time officially began at 2 a.m. Sunday in most areas across the country as Americans set their clocks forward one hour. The timepieces won’t be changed back to standard time until Nov. 2.

“I’ll gladly lose some sleep to gain that additional hour of daylight. Darkness early in the evening is so depressing, you might as well go to bed,” said Cindy Mehl of Parkersburg.

She said daylight saving time should remain in effect year round.

“I wouldn’t mess with it,” Mehl said.

Jason and Jennifer Lang of Churchtown were out for a stroll with daughters Jennessa and Jassandra on Marietta’s River Trail Sunday.

“When you’ve worked all day and it’s dark by the time you get home, there’s not a lot we can do,” Jennifer said. “And it’s nice to have that extra hour of daylight now that spring is finally coming.”

Terri Ann Pfeffer said she and husband, Gary, were ready for daylight saving time.

“We love it,” she said. “The extra daylight feels great.”

But Gary noted that some states do not participate in daylight saving time. That includes Hawaii, and most of Arizona.

Other U.S. entities that do not observe daylight saving time are the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Marianas.

Until 2006 most of the state of Indiana also did not observe daylight saving time. Now the entire state participates in the annual time change.

As an early-riser West Union, W.Va., resident Don Cutright said he, too, enjoys the extra daylight hours at the end of the day.

“I usually get up around 4 or 5 a.m. when it’s still dark,” he said. “So another hour of daylight gives us more time to spend outside with the family.”

Marietta firefighter Greg Doak said the annual “spring forward” time change in March and “fall back” in November are also good times to change those smoke detector batteries.

“Smoke detectors only work if they have good batteries,” he said. “And they should be checked at least twice a year.”

Doak noted the Marietta Fire Department provides smoke detectors free of charge to city residents who may need them, courtesy of Marietta Firefighters Local 442.

“Citizens can stop in at any of the three city fire stations and receive a smoke detector,” he said. “These devices can save lives, but they need good batteries in order to operate.”

According to the U.S. Naval Observatory, which serves as the official source of time for the U.S. Department of Defense, daylight saving time was first established as part of an act of Congress in 1918, sometimes called the Standard Time Act. But the idea was not popular and the time change was repealed a year later.

As of 2007 daylight saving time begins on the second Sunday of March and ends on the first Sunday of November every year.