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Updated: 10/31/2013 08:00:05AM

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It’s almost time to say goodbye to Daylight Saving Time until Spring. We must remember to “fall back” to standard time Sunday at 2 a.m. It would be best to change the clock back one hour before going to sleep Saturday night., unless you plan to be awake well past midnight.

Failing to remember the time change could result in your arrival an hour late for church Sunday morning. And that risk isn’t a small one. National surveys by Rasmussen Reports, show that 83 percent of respondents knew when to move their clocks ahead in spring 2010. But 27 percent admitted they’d been an hour early or late at least once in their lives because they hadn’t changed their clocks correctly.

Cindy and I were victims of a Daylight Saving Time snafu Sunday. But it was technology at fault, not a lack of planning on our part.

We have had an alarm clock for years that boasts the ability to reset itself to the correct time even in the event of a power failure – or an ajustment for Daylight Saving Time. But our clock apparently didn’t get the memo a few years ago when dates for the twice-a-year time change changed.

Dutifully following its programmed instructions, our clock changed itself back one hour last Sunday morning. With sleepy eyes I looked at the alarm clock’s digital display and saw 8 a.m. in bright red. It was only after clearing my head that I realized the clock got a headstart on the rest of us. It wasn’t 8 o’clock ... we had slept in until 9.

The little bit of extra sleep was welcome, but it demonstrates how easy it would be to mess up a Sunday morning schedule.

Remember the time change this weekend and embrace that little slice of extra sleep.

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The Journal is planning an upcoming holiday section. One of the planned stories will list charitable good works in the community in which the public may wish to participate, either financially or by some other donation.

If your organization is planning a holiday food drive on behalf of local needy families, if you are participating in a toy collection, or some other type of holiday charitable good works, The Journal would like to hear about it. It may be featured in the upcoming section so the public can be aware of donation opportunities.

The deadline for the response is Friday, Nov. 8.

We’re also looking for your favorite holiday recipes. Baked goods, pastries, that special green bean casserole all the family craves ... all the little things that make the holidays special at your house.

Information about charitable good works can be emailed to Journal correspondent Norma Rizer at or drop off printed materials at The Journal office, 231 North Main Avenue, Lake Placid.

Holiday recipes should be emailed to or dropped off at The Journal.

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Remember children will be trick-or-treating in Lake Placid tomorrow (Thursday) from 6 to 8 p.m. There will likely be lots of children hurrying from house to house with more concern for candy than the safety rules they’ve learned. Use extra caution as you drive. Let’s keep Halloween safe and fun.

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The Greater Lake Placid Chamber of Commerce is in need of four instructors to teach the Junior Achievement Program: two at Lake Placid High School and two at Lake Placid Middle School. This is the ideal opportunity for a retired professional who is interested in giving back to our community and helping students achieve their potential. Interested individuals can simply contact the Chamber at 863-465-4331 for more information and program schedules.