Month: November 2010

Happy Thanksgiving…Some interesting historical facts:

1621 – The 51 remaining pilgrims invite Chief Massasoit, and his travelling party from the Wampanoag tribe, to join them in their Harvest Feast.

1777 – General George Washington issued orders setting aside December 18, 1777 as a day “of solemn Thanksgiving and Praise” for victories over the British in the American Revolution. It is the first day of thanksgiving in the newly formed United States of America.

1846 – Sarah Hale begins a letter writing campaign to make the last Thursday in November a national Thanksgiving holiday. Her campaign will continue for 17 years.

1862 – President Abraham Lincoln declares a day of thanksgiving after the Union’s victories at Vicksburg and Gettysburg during the Civil War. After receiving a letter in the mail from Sarah Hale, he declares the last Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day.

1939 – Breaking from tradition, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the next to the last Thursday rather than the last Thursday in November. President Roosevelt makes the changes after the National Retail Dry Goods Association encourages him to extend the holiday shopping season by one week. The country is thrown into confusion.

 1941 – Ending the confusion once and for all, President Roosevelt signs legislation making Thanksgiving the fourth Thursday of each November.

Everyone at Bryant Staffing wishes you and your families a Happy Thanksgiving!

Daylight Savings Time

Shelly Hewson of Hewson Landscape, Inc. sheds some light on “Spring Ahead, Fall Behind”

Daylight Saving Time was instituted in the United States during World War I in order to save energy for war production by taking advantage of the later hours of daylight between April and October. During World War II the federal government again required the states to observe the time change. Between the wars and after World War II, states and communities chose whether or not to observe Daylight Saving Time. In 1966, Congress passed the Uniform Time Act, which standardized the length of Daylight Saving Time. Daylight Saving Time is four weeks longer since 2007 due to the passage of the Energy Policy Act in 2005. The Act extended Daylight Saving Time by four weeks from the second Sunday of March to the first Sunday of November, with the hope that it would save 10,000 barrels of oil each day through reduced use of power by businesses during daylight hours. Unfortunately, it is exceedingly difficult to determine energy savings from Daylight Saving Time and based on a variety of factors, it is possible that little or no energy is saved by Daylight Saving Time. The phrase “Spring forward, Fall back” helps people remember how Daylight Saving Time affects their clocks. At 2 a.m. on the second Sunday in March, we set our clocks forward one hour ahead of Standard Time (“Spring forward”). We “Fall back” at 2 a.m. on the first Sunday in November by setting our clock back one hour and thus returning to Standard Time. This year the clocks get turned back on Sunday November 7 at 2am.

Shelly Hewson, President,

Hewson Landscape Inc.