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Updated: 03/06/2014 08:00:05AM

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Daylight saving time begins Sunday, bringing with it that extra slice of sunshine in the evening hours. Those days of added sunlight end Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, when we change back again.

In the past most people kept forgetting if the clocks were supposed to go backward or forward, so the nifty sayings “spring ahead” and “fall back” were coined. It seems to me that if most of us can’t remember which direction to turn the clocks without a slogan, maybe we would be better served to forget the whole thing and have a holiday instead.

In the summer, daylight saving time brings an extra hour of evening light, reducing electricity uses for lighting and appliances. We can stay outside later and bedtime comes closer to sunset. But the sun sets later in the summer with or without daylight saving time. I’m left to ponder why we still practice the twice-a-year time change.

Do you recall when the dates for daylight saving time were different from now? Our bedroom clock does. Our clock must have been manufactured before 1987 when the start and end dates were the first Sunday in April and the last Sunday in October. Our clock will ignore Sunday’s 2 a.m. time change and we’ll manually reset the time and alarm. Then, in a few weeks the first Sunday in April will arrives and the darn clock will change its time again. We have to help our clock keep time.

Be certain to “spring forward” one hour before going to sleep Saturday night or risk being an hour late for church Sunday morning.

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This weekend brings with it the last Saturday Morning Market of the season at Stuart Park in uptown Lake Placid. Hosted by the Greater Lake Placid Chamber of Commerce, the event has become a monthly tradition here during the winter months.

“Discover friends, food, neighbors and fun in Stuart Park!,” says Chamber executive director Eileen May.

Saturday Morning Market lives up to that hype every month. Vendors offer a wide array of goods, ranging from handmade craft items, fine art, ceramics, fresh vegetables and landscape plants, and taste treats. Area restaurants offer complete meals that can be enjoyed at the park or packaged for carry-out.

Make plans to visit Stuart Park this Saturday morning. Stroll the brick sidewalks, listen to live entertainment, browse the many vendor booths and work up a hearty appetite. Absorb all you can. … It’s a long time until fall when Saturday Morning Market will resume.

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The newly published Greater Lake Placid Chamber of Commerce membership directories are now available. Chamber members are encouraged to pick some up to distribute to customers. The directories are available at the Chamber of Commerce office at 18 N. Oak Ave.

The staff of the Lake Placid Journal is especially proud of the new membership directory. The full color 68-page booklet was produced by our staff. It provides a wealth of information about our hometown and the surrounding area.

The membership directory offers a section appropriately titled “Lake Placid: a great place to call home” as well as information on our many lakes, county parks and boat ramps, the history of Lake Placid, a calendar of events and much, much more.

For more information call the Chamber office at 863-465-4331. Better yet, stop by the Chamber of Commerce and pick up a copy to enjoy and share.