Daylight Saving Time Brings Hope For Brighter Days - 47 ABC - Delmarva's Choice

Daylight Saving Time Brings Hope For Brighter Days

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DELMARVA - This winter has been...cold.

"Oh my god, it was so snowy," says Amy from Salisbury.

So cold and snowy across the country, the National Weather Service declared the winter of 2014 one of the most miserable on record, but with Daylight Saving Time hitting at 2am Sunday, for some, the extra hour of sunlight sheds a ray of hope on an otherwise bleak couple of months.

Turning back the hands of time, or pushing them forward, also boosts business for clock makers, like Leland Hedgecock Smith.

"A lot of people mess up their clocks advancing them forward and turning them back.  So, I always get a slew of phone calls the week or two after daylight savings time," says Smith.

The Wicomico County horologist (someone who studies time) has been fixing and building clocks in his admittedly cluttered shop for over 30 years.

Smith says what draws him to the time pieces, "there's order."

So what does this expert on *time* think about saving daylight?

"Spring forward, fall back," he says, "for me, personally, it's confusing as hell."

Despite losing an hour of sleep, for some, this time of year is a welcome reminder that spring, and it's promise of warmer days, are less than two weeks away.

On a walk in the Salisbury City Park with her pet hedgehog, Amy says "we're definitely excited for this."

In addition to changing your clocks, fire officials are reminding people to change out their smoke detector batteries.

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