Don't get stuck in a fallback position

Schools, churches and other places that count on you to arrive on time are trying to make sure everyone got the word — Daylight Saving Time does NOT turn off this weekend.

Worst case? You'll show up an hour early for church on Sunday, or get the early bird's worm at school on Monday.

As it did last year, DST will go away the first Sunday in November (2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 4) and clocks will "fall back" an hour.

The yearly calendar sent to parents by Roosevelt School in Medford inadvertently tagged Oct. 28 as the changeover date, but corrected that in its newsletter and a flier sent out Monday, said office manager Cathy Gerlitz.

"If they didn't get the word yet, they'll show up an hour early Monday (7 instead of 8) and there will be staff here," said Gerlitz. "They will have had all day Sunday to figure out that we're still Saving Time, so they should have it handled."

In the past, DST reverted to Standard Time on the last Sunday in October, but it was extended as part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 in order to save energy.

"The right date to set clocks back is in our newsletter, sent out today (Friday)," said Marie Vosika, office manager of Hoover Elementary in Medford.

Parish administrator Kelley Smith of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Medford said, "It always sneaks up on me and I have to check when it happens," but parishioners have been tipped off in the church bulletin they will get this Sunday.

Barbara Chapman, day care director of Eagle Point Church of the Nazarene, confessed she thought it shifted on Sunday, but will make sure Nov. 4 gets in the church bulletin this week.

Brad Fish, office manager for the Christian Church of Ashland said he's seen some 2007 calendars still carrying the old date but the congregation has been alerted to the right date.

Jason Kellogg of Connecting Point in Medford confirmed that all operating systems more recent than Windows 98 were recalculated last year.

The rejiggering of the switchover date — including moving the start of Daylight Saving Time to the second Sunday in March — will be evaluated by the Department of Energy and, if energy savings don't justify the new times, it will revert to the old calendar. Past state and federal studies of extended Daylight Saving Time have suggested about a 1 percent savings in the nation's energy consumption.

John Darling is a freelance writer living in Ashland. E-mail him at

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