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Sure sign of spring — turn those clocks forward

Area residents lose an hour of sleep this weekend, but what they gain more than makes up for enduring one 23-hour day. Welcome, daylight saving time!

Here are a few sure signs of spring:

• The days are getting longer.

• The first robin has been spotted.

• Single-digit temperatures have been replaced by something a bit warmer.

• A dead skunk was sighted (and smelled!) in the middle of a state highway north of Princeton.

And a super-sure sign of spring?

Why, it’s time to “spring forward” with our clocks.

Daylight saving time returns at 2 a.m. Sunday, which means the clocks in your life have to be set ahead one hour this weekend.

Some people will tackle the task before they go to bed Saturday evening.

Others will wait till they wake up Sunday morning to go around the house and advance their clocks by an hour.

One sure sign that it’s the 21st century might be that some newer digital clocks will set themselves ahead one hour at this time of year, saving their owners from the mildly onerous task.

We join firefighters in encouraging people to change the batteries in their smoke detectors this weekend, particularly if this important safety measure hasn’t been attended to recently.

The lost hour of sleep Sunday might cause more than a bit of sleep-deprived grumpiness for the next few days, but it accomplishes the goal of shifting an hour of sunlight from the morning to the evening.

And as the weather conditions inevitably improve, people will surely enjoy more time spent outdoors in the evening after supper.

So, let’s offer a warm welcome to the return of daylight saving time.

DST’s arrival, after all, is a timely reminder that time’s just about up for Old Man Winter and his onerous winter of 2018-19.

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