It’s that time of year again. The weather’s getting cooler, and the days are getting shorter. And, on the first Sunday in November, it’ll be time to turn your clock back an hour as Daylight Saving Time ends.
Also remember to check your smoke detectors and install new batteries as needed.
As always, I am proudly serving the people of the 106th,
Remember to Set Your Clocks back at 2am on Nov 5th.
Boards & Commissions Task Force Delivers Final Report – Recommends Nearly 450 Eliminations and Consolidations
(JEFFERSON CITY) – The Boards and Commissions Task Force co-chaired by Lieutenant Governor Mike Parson delivered its final report to Governor Eric Greitens on October 31, and recommends nearly 450 eliminations and consolidations to Missouri’s boards and commissions.
“The Task Force has done a terrific job of recommending needed change to our state’s 200+ boards and commissions, and conducted itself in a professional manner throughout the process” said Lieutenant Governor Mike Parson. “I want to thank co-chair Scott Turk and extend a special thank you to Heidi Kolkmeyer and Bill Bellomy for their work, as well task force members Mr. John Ghirardelli, Mr. David Moore, Mrs. Peggy Striler and Mr. Ben Shantz, Senator Jacob Hummel, Senator Jeanie Riddle, Representative Gretchen Bangert, Representative Robert Ross, and Representative Jared Taylor for their willingness to put in a great deal of time and effort to streamline our state government. I appreciate Governor Greitens giving me the opportunity to take up this task and eliminate a great deal of bureaucratic red tape.” Lieutenant Governor Parson said.
Myths and Interesting Facts about Daylight Saving Time
Turns out, people tend to have more heart attacks on the Monday following the “spring forward” switch to daylight saving time. Researchers reporting in 2014 in the journal Open Heart, found that heart attacks increased 24 percent on that Monday, compared with the daily average number for the weeks surrounding the start of DST.
Before the Uniform Time Act was passed in the United States, there was a period in which anyplace could or could not observe DST, leading to chaos. For instance, if one took a 35-mile bus ride from Moundsville, West Virginia, to Steubenville, Ohio, he or she would pass through no fewer than seven time changes, according to Prerau. At some point, Minneapolis and St. Paul were on different clocks.
A study published in 2009 in the Journal of Applied Psychology showed that during the week following the “spring forward” into DST, mine workers got 40 minutes less sleep and had 5.7 percent more workplace injuries than they did during any other days of the year.
Pets notice the time change, as well. Since humans set the routines for their fluffy loved ones, dogs and cats living indoors and even cows are disrupted when, say, you bring their food an hour late or come to milk them later than usual, according to Alison Holdhus-Small, a research assistant at CSIRO Livestock Industries, an Australia-based research and development organization.
The fact that the time changes at 2 a.m. at least in the U.S., may have to do with practicality. For instance, it’s late enough that most people are home from outings and setting the clock back an hour won’t switch the date to “yesterday.” In addition, it’s early enough not to affect early shift workers and early churchgoers, according to the WebExhibits, an online museum.
Turn your clocks back an hour when Daylight Saving Time Ends
This is a pretty obvious one. Nowadays, though, with our cell phones, computer, and tablets changing their time automatically, it can be easy to forget that you need to turn back your home clocks yourself. So, remember: switch back the clocks on the stove, microwave, and wall by a full hour. You’ll thank yourself the following morning when you avoid any potential moments of “wait, what time is it?” panic.
Change the batteries in your smoke alarm
Ever been sleeping peacefully through the night, only to be awoken by a bizarre, confusing, intermittent chirping sound? You roll out of bed, thoroughly disheveled, and wander the rooms of your home. Finally, you discover the source: a low battery in one of your smoke detectors. While the aforementioned scenario is reason enough to switch out your smoke detector batteries every year, there’s a more important reason: a smoke detector with adequate battery power can detect smoke from a fire, and save your life. One without power can’t. So, use the end of Daylight Saving Time as an annual reminder to change your smoke alarm batteries.
Check your furnace and water heater
Many furnaces need annual maintenance: use the end of DST as a reminder to schedule it. If nothing else, be sure to switch out the air filter (especially with winter just around the corner). While you’re in the utilities area of your home, check your hot water heater for any signs of leaking.
Clean your gutters
No one likes cleaning gutters. We get it. But what’s worse than cleaning gutters? Doing it in the dead of winter. With the potential of ice and snow in some parts of the county just around the corner, the end of Daylight Saving Time is a great time to get out the ladder and remove the leaves and other debris from your gutters.
Restock your Emergency Kit
An emergency kit is essential in every home, and the end of Daylight Saving is a great time to check its content and restock it. I
With these tasks out of the way, enjoy that extra hour of sleep! You’ve earned it.
UNEMPLOYMENT FALLS TO 17-YEAR LOW IN ST. CHARLES COUNTY
ST. CHARLES COUNTY, MO – After three consecutive months at 3.1 percent, the September 2017 unemployment rate in St. Charles County fell to 2.7 percent, a 17-year low, according to the latest, not-seasonally-adjusted figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) of the U.S. Department of Labor. The last time the rate was this low was in June 2000.
The unemployment rate for that same period was 2.5 percent in Wentzville, 2.6 percent in O’Fallon, 2.7 percent in St. Peters, and 3.0 percent in St. Charles City. These are the largest municipalities in the county.
“If there was any doubt about this being a new era of full employment in St. Charles County, these latest figures should put that to rest,” says Scott J. Drachnik, Director of the St. Charles County Department of Workforce & Business Development. “Almost every day we have local employers calling us for entry-level and skilled, experienced workers. As soon as we mention the current unemployment rate, you can sense the light going off as they start to realize they are in fierce competition for workers these days.”
Based on historic trends, Drachnik says a slight uptick in unemployment is expected at the end of the year and in the first quarter of 2018 because of companies adjusting their payrolls and the impact of seasonal holiday workers.
“Companies are desperate for workers and workers are desperate for good paying jobs,” he says. “We want to encourage the business community to stay competitive with their wage and benefit packages even as we encourage local employees to consider how they might transfer their skills to a new industry and a step-up in their career pursuits.”
For more information about the local economy, workforce and business growth assistance, contact the St. Charles County Department of Workforce & Business Development at 636-255-6060, or visit www.sccmo.org/Workforce.
Lieutenant Governor Mike Parson Condemns Alleged Poor Treatment of Service Members at St. Louis Veterans Home
(JEFFERSON CITY) – An ongoing investigation by the Lieutenant Governor’s Office over the past several months has revealed allegations of mistreatment and inadequate care of residents of the Missouri Veterans Home in St. Louis.
“I am deeply concerned by the allegations of mistreatment and inadequate care towards veterans of our armed forces at the Missouri Veterans Home in St. Louis,” said Lieutenant Governor Mike Parson. “My office has conducted numerous interviews with family members as well as current and formers staff members of the facility to document their experiences in the hope of enacting needed change. We are also troubled by allegations of higher than average use of anti-psychotic medication on an as needed basis. As a veteran, I am personally offended by any allegation of mistreatment, and I am working with state agencies to ensure this is not happening at any veteran’s facility in Missouri,” Lieutenant Governor Parson said.
“The recommendation of the Lieutenant Governor’s Office is a full investigation of allegations of mistreatment at the St. Louis Veterans Home by an independent agency,” said Lieutenant Governor Parson.