Time to spring ahead
Daylight Saving Time (DST) begins at 2 am Sunday.
Since 2007, DST has been four weeks longer, due to a provision intended to reduce the nation's use of oil in the Energy Policy Act passed in 2005.
Although it used to start on the first Sunday in April and end on the last Sunday in October, DST now starts on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November.
Hawaii and Arizona, with the exception of the Navajo Nation, do not observe DST.
Green Room burglarized during winter storm
Tisbury police are investigating a burglary at the Green Room, a well-known clothing and sports equipment retailer at 71 Main Street in Vineyard Haven.
The burglary, which happened sometime after the store closed Sunday evening as a winter storm swept across Martha's Vineyard, was discovered early Monday morning. Police said someone broke in through the lower entrance to the store, in the alley between the Green Room and the Bank of Martha's Vineyard. The glass door was shattered, and police say there was evidence that the intruders went into several parts of the store. They observed display cases that were forced open.
Police believe several hundred dollars were taken from the register and a donation box on a counter. Clothes and other merchandise were also taken. Store owners are working with police to provide an inventory of everything that is missing.
Owner Elaine Barse said the store has remained open at its regular hours, with no disruption in business. "I really respect how quickly the staff and the police responded," said Ms. Barse. "You never want this kind of thing to happen, but we're moving forward."
Police ask that anyone who has information about the burglary, or who might have observations that might help lead to suspects, call the department at 508-696-4240.
Mass DFW sponsors art competition for wildlife artists
The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife) invites artists to submit entries for three wildlife recreation-related stamps that will be issued in 2010.
Each year, MassWildlife issues an archery stamp, a primitive firearms stamp, and a waterfowl stamp. Income from the sale of these stamps supports wildlife research as well as the acquisition and management of key habitat areas. All three stamps feature artwork selected through competitions open to artists anywhere in the country. There is no cost to submit entries. Rules and regulations for the competitions are posted at www.mass.gov/dfwele/dfw/recreation/licensing/stamps/ stamp_info.htm. The deadline for entries to the archery and primitive firearms stamp competition is May 31, 2009; deadline for the waterfowl stamp is June 1, 2009.
Wildlife stamps play an important wildlife management role in Massachusetts, generating about $300,000 annually. The money is used to enhance critical wildlife habitat. All of the stamps are in full-color hard copy and in a black-and-white stamped version for those who opt to purchase their licenses online. Licensed hunters who hunt deer during the archery or primitive firearms season or hunters pursuing migratory birds must have the stamps. Highly collectible for many hunters, these stamps attract other conservationists and stamp collectors.