The Battle Over Time in Stroudsburg and East Stroudsburg


(WBRE/WYOU-TV) The debate continues on whether to keep the clocks the same year-round in the country and do away with Daylight Saving Time.

         In our area, there was a divide 90 years ago in two neighboring communities that posed quite a challenge.   Eyewitness News Photojournalist Tom Gregory spent some time checking on history in Monroe County today.

“I think we’re all familiar with the spring forward and fall back of daylight saving time.  It really did have a big impact here in Monroe County.  During world war one it actually started to help with the war effort” Said Amy Leiser, Executive Director Monroe County Historical Association.

Leiser told us “After the war was over congress thought they could get rid of it and we didn’t need daylight saving time anymore”.

“It was going to be up to the states to decide and that trickled down to the communities to decide and it became difficult here in Monroe County”.

“And no more was the battle really shown than between the borough of Stroudsburg and East Stroudsburg.  The Borough of Stroudsburg favored daylight saving time whereas East Stroudsburg council wanted to stick with standard time,  and you can just imagine the commotion that this did cause” Leiser Added..

She went on to explain “Especially in East Stroudsburg with the train schedule.  Which schedule were they following?  Is the train arriving?  Are you arriving an hour early or an hour late?

Churches didn’t want to make a choice so they offered services at both times.  It lasted only one-year thank goodness!”

“Well the debate is still going on and people are really talking about it” Leiser Noted.  “Do we need daylight saving time at all?  Basically, this conversation has been going on for over a hundred years”.

Arizona and Hawaii are the only states that do not observe daylight saving time.

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