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Some Ossining Residents Dislike Earlier Darkness

OSSINING, N.Y. – With Daylight Saving Time ended since 2 a.m. Sunday, Bob Voelker said he likes this time of the year because of the colder temperatures, but he doesn't like the early darkness.

"If it could be say 40 degrees and light until nine o'clock, that would be perfect," said Voelker, who was working on his computer in the Ossining library on Friday. Voelker, who lives in Ossining, recalled experiencing long daylight hours along with cool temperatures when he was stationed in Iceland while in the Navy in 1970. "There's just a few hours of dusk around midnight during the summer solstice there," he said.

According to Wikepedia, Germany and its World War I allies were the first to use Daylight Saving Time beginning on April 30, 1916. The goal of advancing clocks one hour during spring time was to conserve coal and electricity by having people use less incandescent lighting in the evening.

From 1986 to 2006, Daylight Saving Time was observed from the first Sunday in April to the last Sunday in October. Beginning in 2007, Daylight Savings Time was observed an extra four weeks after former President George W. Bush signed into law an energy bill that extended Daylight Saving Time.

Daylight Saving Time is now observed from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November. "I don't care much," said Johann Howard of Croton when asked if he minds the early darkness after Daylight Saving Time ends. "I guess I like the light, but the sleep I don't notice. Change of seasons is good I guess."

Caitlin Tangen of Ossining agreed with Howard. "It's one of those things where after a couple of days, you're used to it and it's fine," she said.

Susumu Kotegawa of Ossining said he doesn't like it getting dark earlier. "I prefer summer. The temperature is good, the light is better and I like the energy more," he said. "Now it's dark by 5 p.m."

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