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PAGE 2 March 10, 2016 Kimball Golf Club opens March 8 The Kimball Golf Club will be open for the of golfing beginning Tuesday, March 8. Come and check us out. 2016season 'Monster' Mike coming to Expo "Monster" Mike Schultz will be medals. One in the IPC in snow- at the 2016 Kimball Community boarding at Snowmass, Colorado; Expo. Mike will have a booth at the another in SnowCross in the X Expo and will make a 45-minute games. When he is not compet- presentation at 10:45 a.m. in the ing, you might find Mike work- cafetorium, ing in his BioDapt workshop on Mike has won medals in Prosthetics for other athletes or Motocross (dirt bike), competing amputee veterans. and winning in both the summer The booths for the Expo are fill- and winter X games. "Monster" ing up fast, if you are interested in Mike is on the Internatikonal having a booth in the 2016 Kimball Paralympics team representing Community Expo, please contact the U.S.A. and will compete at the Leo Wirth at (320) 398-8211, or at 2018 Paralympics in Korea. Mike has recently received two gold Author Scott Gottschalk (from page 1) have survived. (And he's hadhe considershimselfastory-teller another doozy since the book was not an author. "I have a God-given published.) It took him five months ability of story-telling, and an to write this one. "The words flew off amazing teacher found it." my injured fingers," he said. Through everything, it's been Just a few months later, he got his parents, faith in God, and a the itch again to write but this few special teachers who have time he wanted to try fction. Ter- impacted him most. rifting Tales Unleashed is another Meanwhile, he's enjoying time collection of short stories, many at home near Kingston (south of with kernels Of real life in them, Kimball) with his two sons Tra- but far more scary than reallife, vis and Trevor and their fami- In the meantime, Gottschalk lies. Scott and his wife Astrid have has always thought about that three granddaughters and three teacher in tenth grade who turned grandsons, and they're likely the his life around. If not for her, he recipients of his many stories believes, his life would have been these days. very different. But she married, He has no plans to write again, and no one he talked to back at but he's not ruling it out. Byron High School could remem- In July he plans a two-week ber her married name. All he had motorcycle ride across Alaska, to go on was that she married the end of a 50-states-in-10-days someone named Tom, and that attempt that resulted in another wasn't very helpful, motorcycle accident in 2014. He'd Two years ago he was speak- already done Hawaii and the 48 ing at a Christian women's group continental United States. Twenty in Cambridge and he told this minutes from Seattle he hit a rum- story of trying to find the teacher ble strip and his three-week-old who'd changed his life so pro- new Harley was now in 75 pieces. roundly. A woman in the audience, He walked away from that one, but who was herself a retired teacher, heflewhometoMinnesotainstead convinced her private detective of to Alaska to finish the extreme husband to help find her. It took ride. He'll do that this July. him eight hours and within days And then what? Could be just Gottschalk and his wife were sit- about anything. ting down with Kathy Serrill and But it's all because of her husband. Everyone was in Gottschalk's upbringing, faith, tears, needless to say, and they've and that one teacher who saw and kept in touch over the years since, encouraged his gift. Gottschalk has had a speak- ing career over the years too, and Jill "Slices of Life" Daylight saving snoozing Spring forward; fall back. Twice each year we reset the clocks. In the fall, I relish the extra hour of sleep I think I get because 6 a.m. is really 7 a.m.- or it feels that way for a couple days at least. But you know what they say. There's no such thing as a free lunch or free extra hour of sleep. Come spring, it's time to pay the piper and relinquish an hour. Suddenly 7 a.m. feels like 6 a.m. - for at least a cou- ple days. Why do we do this to ourselves? (Good folks in Arizona and Hawaii, please ignore the question, since you are smart enough to set your clocks and leave them be.) Daylight saving time. Just what are we saving and when do we save it - when we fall back or spring ahead? I've always been told the practice has to do with farmers. Make hay while the sun shines, and all that jazz. I was misinformed. According to Wiki: "Historically, retailing, sports and tourism interests have favored daylight saving, while agri- cultural and evening entertain- ment interests have opposed it." If farmers didn't invent daylight sav- ing time, who did? Some credit the creation of the phenomenon to Benjamin Franklin, - nighttime who suggested getting up at sunrise and going to bed at sunset would help save candles. "Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise." Although Mr. Franklin was a practical man and in favor of saving candles, he is not the father of daylight saving time. That honor goes to a guy in New Zealand named George Hudson. He proposed modern daylight sav- ing time in the 1800s because he was interested in having more day- light after work to pursue his hobby of collecting bugs. Creepy, but true. An Englishman, William Willett, came up with the same idea a few years later because the setting sun was cutting into his evening round of golf. Bogey to that. Golf and insect-collecting may have been fine and good rea- sons to spring ahead, but the idea didn't catch on here until there was an even bigger rationale for widespread implementation: war. During World War I, The U.S., Russia and many European countries implemented daylight saving time as a way to conserve coal. (Similar to Ben Franklin's idea, but without the candles.) The war ended and so did day- light saving time in most places. \ , t-/r#g~-/~a .c~ There was no federal law regulat- ing the practice, which caused con- fusion between times zones and especially with the transportation' industry. Apparently people kept missing their trains. So, in 1967 a federal law resurrected widespread daylight saving time. Individual states could follow certain rules to opt out, but most were all in- where they remain today. In addition to keeping people from missing their plane or train, daylight saving time saves energy because people naturally sleep later in the morning and stay up to all hours of the night (burning more proverbial candles as they do). If the sun is shining later in the day, less energy is needed to light the streets and heat our homes. A 2008 report that undoubtedly required the time and energy of a number of U.S. Department of Energy employees reported a nationwide electricity savings of about 0.03 percent during daylight saving time. Electrifying results for sure. There you have it: palpable evi- dence that daylight saving time benefits us. I only wonder why we switch back and forth. If setting our clocks ahead is a good thing, maybe we should just stick with it and save on energy ourselves. You know, the energy it takes to reset the clocks twice a year. I'll light a candle to that. Jill Pertler is an award-winning syndicated columnist, published playwright and author. 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