Showing posts with label daylight savings. Show all posts
Showing posts with label daylight savings. Show all posts

Friday, November 5, 2021

Franklin's Event Outlook: Nov 5 - Nov 11, 2021

A relatively quiet weekend to enjoy the good New England weather that is forecast. Don't forget to turn back the clock to get that extra hour of sleep on Saturday night.

Friday, November 5
10:00am - Blood Drive (Franklin Elks)

Saturday, November 6
10:00am - Historical Museum (always free)
7:00pm - FPAC Gala and Telethon

Sunday, November 7
Daylight Saving Time ends
1:00pm - Historical Museum (always free)

If you have an event to add to the calendar, you can use the form to submit it for publication:

The Town meeting calendar is found
The School district calendar is found

Community Calendar
Community Calendar

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Fall back - Did you turn your clock back an hour?

Did you turn the clocks back during the night? Fall back is the word at this time of year!

Fall back - Did you turn your clock back an hour?
Fall back - Did you turn your clock back an hour?

For more about Daylight Savings Time in the USA, visit this wikipedia page

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Reminder: Spring forward tonight for Daylight Savings Time

Reminder: Spring forward tonight for Daylight Savings Time
Spring forward for Daylight Savings Time

Mar 11, 2018 - Daylight Saving Time Starts

"Sunday, March 11, 2018, 2:00:00 am clocks are turned forward 1 hour to 
Sunday, March 11, 2018, 3:00:00 am local daylight time instead.

Sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour later on Mar 11, 2018 than the day before. There will be more light in the evening."

Thursday, November 2, 2017

In the News: time zone change considered; Lions victims of fraud

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"Turning the clock back in the fall could become a thing of the past in Massachusetts. A special commission created by the state Legislature voted Wednesday to adopt a report recommending that moving the state into a different time zone could be a good idea under certain conditions, but only if other northeastern states are also onboard. 
As the matter moves to the full Legislature, here are some things to consider about what it would mean to change time zones. 
1. If Massachusetts moves to the Atlantic Time Zone, it would be an hour ahead of the rest of the East Coast for much of the year, joining Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the easternmost parts of Canada. The report recommends that any time zone move should only be done in coordination with other neighboring states, such as New York and the rest of New England. Similar proposals have been introduced elsewhere in New England."
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"The Franklin Lions Club has filed a formal fraud complaint with police against an undisclosed marketing company regarding the fraudulent sale of tickets on the Lions Club’s behalf. 
Club president Shawn Sherry did not to disclose the name of the company and police said it’s still too early in the investigation to confirm any details. As a result, they were unable to be contacted for their side of the story. 
Sherry said that the organization had hired the outside company to promote ticket sales for a Beach Boys tribute concert."

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The announcement from the Lions can be found here

Announcement from Franklin Lions Club
Announcement from Franklin Lions Club

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Did you turn the clocks back one hour?

Daylight savings time ended early Sunday morning

Daylight saving time regions as of October 2016
Daylight saving time regions as of October 2016

Most devices online change automatically but I needed to change

  • watches
  • clock on the microwave
  • clock on the radio
  • clock on the mantel
  • the temperature controls for the furnace
  • the timers for light switches

Did I catch all the ones in my house? I'll find out. Do you have others?

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Spring forward!

Remember to turn the clocks ahead one hour tonight!

Spring forward one hour

The wikipedia page has some good background info on Daylight Savings Time

Saturday, November 5, 2011

There is no turning back the clock on face time

Tonight is the annual 'fall back' to regain the hour of time that Daily Savings Time provides. The earth moves in a cycle around the sun with the amount of daylight shortening from June to December and lengthening from December to June. The 'spring ahead' and 'fall back' effort adjusts the clocks by one hour. We all know this and accept it as the way it is.


However, there is no such adjustment for the loss of face time when a classroom grows from 20 students to 30. Franklin has seen a growth in class size as budget cuts force personnel reductions. Some in the community claim the increased size is not a problem as they went to school with similar class size (or larger) and made it. Making it with the instructional methods in those days versus making it today are two different things. There could be (and should be) a long and constructive debate on the pros and cons of instructional changes in those days, what is being done today and what really should be done to prepare the students for the global economy they will face. We'll hold that topic for another day.

Today, I simply would like to show how much face time is lost when class size increases.

Starting with a class of 20, assuming all students would obtain an equal amount of the teacher's direct attention during an hour of a school day, would calculate out to be 3 minutes. 60 minutes in an hour divided by 20 students equals 3 minutes. Simple math. While a lot of classes are 27/28 students to keep the math simple, we'll assume 30 students and the same assumption on equal face time from the teacher. 60 minutes is now divided by 30 and yields 2 minutes per student.

So Johnny or Susie would go from having 3 minutes of direct face time with his/her teacher to having just 2 minutes. There goes one minute. 1 minute times 5 hours in the school day equals 5 minutes. Times 180 school days equals 900 minutes. To bring the minutes back to hours, we divide the 900 by 60 and get 15. Simple math. So when your child participates in a class size of 30, they loose 15 hours of face time in the school year (compared to the class size of 20).


If that class size increase occurs when the student enters kindergarten and remains for their school time through high school, the student will have lost 195 hours of face time. Just over 8 days. If it occurs at a different grade, you can do the math; 15 hours of lost face time/per year.

When your student needs some extra help, where do you think it will come from? We have already taken away the 'normal' face time they would get. There are only so many hours in a day. I guess you would need to spend money on a tutor. Or consider funding the school budget to support a proper education! Your choice. There is no turning back the clock on face time.