Q. Why does the majority on the country still participate in the annual spring ahead fall back ritual? -- Mike

The simplest explanation is because individual states have decided to observe Daylight Saving Time.

Here are some exceptions:

Most areas of the United States observe daylight saving time (DST), the exceptions being Arizona (except for the Navajo, who do observe daylight saving time on tribal lands), Hawaii, and the overseas territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the United States Virgin Islands.

Here is a more detailed explanation from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, U.S. Department of Commerce:


"The main purpose of Daylight Saving Time (called "Summer Time" in many places in the world) is to make better use of daylight. We change our clocks during the summer months to move an hour of daylight from the morning to the evening."

Source: http://www.webexhibits.org/daylightsaving/c.html

Q. Is Daylight Saving Time practiced worldwide? -- Mike

A. Most areas in North America and Europe, and some areas in the Middle East observe daylight saving time (DST), while most areas of Africa and Asia do not. In South America most countries in the north of the continent near the equator do not observe DST, while Paraguay and southern parts of Brazil do.

Q. I had fewer Trick-or-Treaters this year than I expected. Is there some place I can take the candy I didn't give out? -- Tom, Davenport

A. I took a quick survey among my colleagues for suggestions. Please contact these organizations first.

Area food pantries:

In Iowa http://bit.ly/2j6zkRt

In Illinois http://bit.ly/2zpQX2N

Homeless shelters:

In Iowa http://bit.ly/2yFP2K6

In Illinois http://bit.ly/2zlJeVG

One person suggested with Veterans Day coming up on Saturday, Nov. 11, contacting your local American Legion or Veterans of Foreign Wars posts.

Other suggestions included Boys & Girls Clubs, Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts, etc.

A final suggestion was somewhat tongue in cheek ... local dentists offices. A good way to drum up business.

Q. Any word on when the new Assumption Football stadium is to be built? I see the practice fields appear to be finished. – John, Davenport

A. Wade King, Assumption High School athletic director, said, "Any information regarding the St. Ambrose University facilities would need to come from the St. Ambrose University Administration."

We contacted St. Ambrose University for more information. Mike Poster, St. Ambrose University vice president for finance, said, "We've had a good working collaboration with Assumption High School in developing and making use of the existing fields at the St. Vincent's Athletic Complex. We are discussing possible future developments but have no specifics to share at this time. When our Phase Two plans are more fully developed, we will be happy to share that information."

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