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Archive for Monday, October 28, 2002

Saved time spent while turning back the clocks

October 28, 2002

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— A little patience, please, with people who might have a clock or two at home still on Daylight Saving Time more than 24 hours after the arrival of Standard Time.

They might have been busy at work changing a clock or two or 200.

As an electronics and communication specialist for Hutchinson schools, Jerry Kinser is responsible for resetting an estimated 500 clocks on the last Sunday each October and the first Sunday each April.

He resets about 150 clocks at Hutchinson High School, the middle schools and two grade schools with a simple flick of the switch. But he does the district's 350 clocks by hand.

Hutchinson Hospital's master-clock system electronically resets more than 100 clocks in emergency-room and surgery locations, and technicians in every department reset heart monitors, telemetry and other equipment.

Nurses on the 11 p.m.-7 a.m. shift, meanwhile, are responsible for resetting most of the clocks in rooms and stations.

At Westphal Jewelers, owner Richard Westphal oversees changing the time on a collection of 600 clocks and watches. Westphal's staff began the five-hour chore Saturday, and the clock was ticking on whether everything would be finished before closing time.

"We're behind," he said. "We'll probably finish them up on Monday."

As for changing the timepieces at his own house, Westphal was candid.

"It might be a month before I set them at home," he said.

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