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Weathersfield News November 5, 2014
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy

By now you are getting adjusted to our turning the clocks back an hour on Sunday Nov. 2. I for one don't see the point. I'm not a big fan of Daylight Savings Time (DST), and would prefer that we leave the clocks alone. I offer you five reasons why we shouldn't change the clocks:
1. An unpopular tradition-The main argument against daylight saving time is simple: People don’t like to do it. According to a Rasmussen report from March of 2013, only 37 percent of Americans believe that DST should continue, while 45 percent said that the practice was pointless and was not “worth the hassle.”

2. Farmers-Much of the argument for maintaining DST lies in the belief that the practice is beneficial to farmers. However, the changing hours have little to no effect on the daily tasks required on a farm, there's still the same number of daylight hours.

3. Safety concerns-Changing the clocks means waking up and going to bed at different hours, but it can also create a higher risk of traffic accidents for commuters who normally drive home during daylight hours. A study published by the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that drivers unaccustomed to the time differences due to DST are more likely to get into accidents due to disrupted circadian rhythms and insufficient sleep. "As a society we are chronically sleep-deprived and that small additional losses of sleep may have consequences for public and individual safety," said Dr. Stanley Coren in his report.

4. Health hazards-Changing an individual's schedule by a single hour might not just interrupt their day, but could also be hazardous to their health. Recent studies have linked the beginning and end of DST to a variety of health problems, including an increased risk of heart attacks and a rise in suicide rates. According to Dr. Sean Duffy, an associate professor of Psychology at Rutgers-Camden, DST is not only a risk to physical health, but it could negatively affect a person's mood. “Falling back” in the winter marks the beginning of early nights, sometimes leading to symptoms of depression. “The change in DST in fall is also a marker of the end of the summer season and the beginning of winter,” said Duffy. “This can be depressing for those longing for the extravagances of summer.”

5. Interrupted sleeping schedules-Setting clocks back an hour means gaining an extra hour of sleep time. For others who might be more sensitive to time changes, however, going to bed an hour later could cause anything but sweet dreams. According to Dr. Sean Duffy, an associate professor of Psychology at Rutgers-Camden, time changes could upset a person’s natural sleeping schedule. In some cases, the process of adjusting to “springing forward” and “falling back” can affect learning and memory processes by changing the way that the brain functions. “Sleep is a critical process for the whole body, helping it repair damage, but particularly for the brain, which consolidates memory and helps us learn,” said Duffy. “Most people can handle the one hour switch of daylight saving time but if you are prone to sleep disorders or insomnia, the change in timing can take some adjustment.”

I know I'm greatly affected by these time changes and so is my dog. On average I'd say it takes us about a week to fully adjust to the "Spring Ahead" "Fall Back" clocks. I've also found that it not only affects my sleeping patterns but my eating patterns as well.

DST started during World War I in an effort to conserve fuel, Germany began observing in 1916. The United States followed in 1918, Congress abolished this Standard Time Act after the war overriding Woodrow Wilson's veto. Observation became a local option where some States observed and others did not until World War II when President Franklin Roosevelt instituted the year-round DST, called "War Time" on February 19, 1942 through September 1945. After 1945 many states and cities east of the Mississippi River adopted summer DST. From 1945 to 1966 there was no federal law on daylight savings. In 1962 the transportation industry found much confusion between states observing and not and pushed for federal regulation, resulting in the Uniform Time Act of 1966.

Some States and US Territories DO NOT Observe DST: Arizona (except the Navajo Indian Reservation which extends into Utah and New Mexico), Hawaii, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, The Northern Mariana Islands and the United States Virgin Islands, I guess they have 12 hours of daylight year round anyway, hmmm I'll have to look into these states and territories a little more.

Weathersfield Elementary School News

Donations Needed
The Student Council will be collecting the items below for this year's Thanksgiving Baskets. The class with the most donations will win a pizza party! Student Council will be filling 20 baskets for the community. All donations are due by Friday, Nov. 21. Items needed: Turkey-Frozen, Potatoes, Squash, Cranberry Sauce, Stuffing, Canned Veggie, Pickles, Pie Crust, Pie Filling, Gravy, and Juice. Items may be dropped off at the school.

Manchester Monarchs Field Trip
Many parents and Weathersfield family members have asked about chaperoning for the Manchester Monarchs field trip on Nov. 19. The School will be inviting volunteers, but only after school personnel needing to go have been assured seating in the arena with their students. If you'd like to volunteer, please contact Jessica Sivret at the school by email: The Verizon Wireless Arena is a public place so if you would like to attend on your own and not as a chaperone, please visit to get tickets for the event.

Town Events:
Veteran's Day Program -Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 8:15 a.m. The Weathersfield School would like to cordially invite you to our annual Veteran's Day Program. The program will feature patriotic songs, poetry and student presentations, as well as few speakers. It should last about 45 minutes. This event is open to the public. Please wear red, white and blue!

File photo from 2010
File photo from 2010
Veterans Day Nov. 11-is a day to remember and honor the selfless dedication of service members, men and women, who have boldly stood in harm’s way carrying the torch of freedom fighting to protect our abundant way of life. Please come to the Perkinsville Green, in Perkinsville Vermont on Tuesday Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. to celebrate Veterans.

History of Vermont Agriculture
Thursday Nov. 13 6:30 p.m. Weathersfield Proctor Library hosts Roger Albee, the former Secretary of the State of Vermont Department of Agriculture. Albee will give a presentation on the History of Vermont Agriculture since 1766, why changes took place, and what it means for today. The Weathersfield Proctor Library is located at 5181 Route 5 Ascutney VT. For more information please call 802-674-2863 or email

Monthly Weathersfield Potluck - Tuesday, Nov. 18 noon at Perkinsville Community Church, Route 106, Perkinsville VT.  A time of fellowship and some trivia games . Free and open to all. Bring a hot dish, salad or dessert. Beverages will be provided. Contact Lorraine Zigman
Wildlife Photo Contest-2nd Annual Contest Sponsored by the Weathersfield Conservation Commission. Requirements: Limited to native wildlife (animals, birds, or insects);  Limited to amateur photographer; Must be photographed locally (within a 50 mile radius.)  One submission per person must be on a 8 x 10 glossy. There will be up to three places should there be sufficient entries. Judging will be done by 3 interested persons. Submitted photos can be dropped off at the Weathersfield Town Office in an envelope plainly marked Conservation Commission photo contest. There is a drop box at the Town Office for after hours. Please include with the photo: Name, phone number, address, and location where photo was taken. Winning photos will be mounted and framed, then displayed for one year at either the town office, library, or school, then returned to the owner. Submission deadline: Nov. 15.

Food Shelf
The Weathersfield Food Shelf is located at 7303 Route 131 - the former "World of Discovery" daycare. Thanks to the generosity of their donors, the Weathersfield Food Shelf will now be open every Thursday from 4 p.m.-5 p.m. 

Senior Exercise Program in Ascutney-FREE sponsored by RSPV- Wednesdays 10-11 a.m. in basement of Martin Memorial Hall, Route 5, Ascutney, VT. Classes are led by Geraldine Rudenfeldt. If interested call 674-5254 for more information.

Weathersfield Proctor Library-FREE Programs
Literacy, Learning and Fun at the Weathersfield Proctor
Fall Storytime with Jordan begins on Wednesday Sept 10 and will be held every Wednesday from 11:00 - 11:30 through Nov 19.  

FREE Computer Tutor - Fridays 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Do you want to learn how to use a computer? Sign up for email or facebook or learn more about internet safety? Did you know the library offers downloadable eBooks and audiobooks? Sign up required. BYOL (bring your own laptop or smartphone if you have one).

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