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Were losing an hour of time this weekend
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Al Talavera doesn’t have to worry about setting all of the watches ahead at New York Diamonds to coincide with daylight savings time this weekend.

But he’s definitely going to make sure that he’s got his own watch taken care of before Monday rolls around.

On Sunday morning at 2 o’clock, the fifth consecutive “early” daylight saving time as mandated by law in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 goes into effect as clocks spring forward an hour to 3 a.m. The 2005 legislation was designed to provide more daylight during hours people are most active in a bid to save energy. Standard time returns when clocks are turned back an hour on Sunday, Nov. 6.

While it might give him more time to work outdoors Ben Silva says he isn’t much of a fan of losing an hour of sleep early Sunday morning as he gets ready to prepare for another long week of commuting to the Bay Area for his construction job.

“I do like the spring because the weather is beautiful, but sleep is something that I really can’t get enough of,” Silva said. “Losing that hour throws me off for at least a couple of days. I like what happens in the fall a lot more.”

America first observed daylight saving time in 1918. Since then only two states – Hawaii and Arizona – have joined territories like Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa and the Virgin Islands in not recognizing the time change.

Students like Casey Crawford – who was out playing soccer with his friends at Woodward Park Thursday afternoon – say that they can’t wait for the days to get longer so that they can spend more time outside.

“I don’t like the winter because it’s cold and you don’t get to spend as much time playing sports with your friends,” Crawford said. “Pretty soon we’ll be able to play baseball a lot later than we normally would. That’ll be awesome.”

According to New York Diamonds owner Patty Reece, her store – located next to Safeway near the intersection of Mission Ridge Drive and Main Street – will gladly set people’s watches ahead an hour for them if they’re having trouble trying to figure it out.

And if it stops ticking, she says that they’re more than capable of changing the battery.

“A few years ago we had something like 40 people come in the Monday after daylight saving time and their watches had died,” she said with a laugh. “We had never really tracked it before, but for some reason that day everybody’s watches decided to stop. But for people who need help setting theirs, we’d be glad to do it for them.”