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Time for yearly ritual

Hard to believe that the start of spring is only technically two short weeks ago.

In advance of that comes the start of Daylight Savings Time, which officially begins this Sunday, March 11 at 2 a.m., which means we will all need to remember to follow the "spring forward" routine and move our clocks ahead one hour and leave them that way until Nov. 4, when savings time will end and we will gain our hour back. That is at least for those clocks still needing manual attention.

Only 75 countries nationwide observe the ritual, along with every state in the U.S. with the exception of Arizona and Hawaii.

It should be noted that Daylight Savings Time has changed over the past few years since the idea was created by Benjamin Franklin.

According to the U.S. Energy Act of 2005, clocks which were usually turned back the first Sunday of April are now turned back on the second Sunday in March since 2007. Similarly, the "fall back" portion changed from the last Sunday of October to the first Sunday of November.

In any case, if you want to be on time for and not miss out on Sunday appointments, remember to set your clocks ahead one hour so they are in sync with Daylight Savings Time when you arise Sunday morning.