Daylight saving time ends Sunday; Trick or treaters out tonight, Wednesday; more
Daylight saving time ends Sunday; replace detector batteries
Daylight saving time will end at 2 a.m. Sunday.
Following the old saying “Spring ahead; fall back,” all clocks should be turned back one hour.
Clocks can be reset at bedtime Saturday night, upon waking Sunday, or, for sticklers, at 2 a.m. Sunday.
A federal law, administered by the Transportation Department, specifies daylight saving time applies from 2 a.m. on the second Sunday of March until 2 a.m. on the first Sunday of November in areas that do not specifically exempt themselves.
Before 2007, clocks were reset the first Sunday in April and the last Sunday in October. But in August of 2005, President George W. Bush signed the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which changed the dates for daylight saving time in the U.S.
Area fire departments remind residents the biannual time changes also are a convenient time to replace batteries in fire, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and test the devises.
Area emergency personnel also remind residents to change the batteries in weather radios and those stored with emergency supplies.
Trick-or-treaters out tonight, Wednesday
Area residents are reminded children will be out trick or treating tonight and Wednesday night.
In Fairfield, Libertyville, Maharishi Vedic City, trick-or-treat hours will be from 5:30-8 p.m. today.
Also today, children will be trick or treating from 5-7 p.m. in Stockport and Farmington; 5-7:30 p.m. in Bonaparte; 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Cantril and Milton; and 6-8 p.m. in Batavia.
Wednesday, children will be trick or treating from 5-7 p.m. in Lockridge and Pleasant Plain; and from 6-8 p.m. in Birmingham and Keosauqua.
Parents should make sure their children can see out of and walk in their costumes and that they carry a flashlight. Parents should remind their children to visit only well-lit houses and remain on the porch. Children also should be reminded not to eat any treats before they have been examined thoroughly for holes and punctures and homemade or unwrapped treats have been thrown away. Drivers are reminded to slow down in residential neighborhoods and watch for children walking in driveways, alleys and streets.
Residents are reminded to leave an outside light on if they would like trick or treaters to visit. They also are reminded to clear a path to their door by removing branches, hoses, flower pots, candles and other items.
Friends of missing cousins keep vigil
EVANSDALE (AP) — Friends and supporters of two Iowa girls who’ve been missing since July plan to distribute fliers on Halloween to maintain public awareness.
The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier says residents are invited to print copies of the missing girls’ photos and the tip line number and hand them out to trick-or-treaters in Evansdale. Parents and other adults accompanying children may distribute the fliers door-to-door.
Lyric Cook and her cousin, Elizabeth Collins, disappeared on July 13. Their bikes were found near Meyers Lake in Evansdale. Lyric has turned 11 and Elizabeth has turned 9 since they went missing.
The FBI believes the girls were abducted.
Iowa hunter hit in face by two shotgun pellets
GRINNELL (AP) — Authorities say a 78-year-old Iowa man suffered minor wounds when he was struck in the face by two shotgun pellets.
The Iowa Natural Resources Department says Darrell Lamb, of Grinnell, was wounded Saturday morning while hunting pheasants in Poweshiek County.
The department says a pheasant flushed between Lamb and three other members of his hunting party. They couldn’t see him because of the topography and the height of the vegetation.
Lamb was treated at Grinnell Regional Medical Center and released.