Mar 31, 2006

Union City: Time for a Change

(Union City, OH-IN) This town of 1,767 people literally sits on the Ohio-Indiana border, with approximately half of the city limits in each state.

A unique tradition will end on Sunday, as Union City's western half will synchronize its time with its eastern half.

Ohio has long observed daylight saving time, while Indiana has not. For six months out of the year, Union City's Ohio side was an hour ahead of its Indiana side.

On April 29, 2005, the Indiana legislature voted to finally begin observing daylight saving time statewide in 2006. Arizona and Hawaii are the only states that refuse to adopt the system of adjusting the official local time forward in the spring and summer months.

Most people in Union City are enthusiastic about the change.

"I open at 9:30 Indiana time," said Harold Westfall, who operates a newsstand on the Indiana side. "So that's 10:30 Ohio time."

Westfall paused to check his calculations.

"No, wait. That'd be 8:30 Ohio time. See, I've lived here all my life, and I still have to think about it," he said. "It's not natural."

One businessman in Union City, though, is not looking forward to the change.

Fast Eddie's Bar is on the Indiana side, and when Ohio bars closed at 2:00 am during DST, the bar still had an hour of serving time left.

"That was probably 10 percent of my business," said owner Eddie Speight. "That's going to be hard to make up."


KraZyKaT said...

I have a friend who lives in Union City and he is charged Long Distance just to call his neighbor who lives accross the street.

He lives on the Ohio side and works on the Indiana side. His taxes ware a nightmare but he does get to sleep an extra hour each morning

He also celebrated New Years 2x in the same night.

Guess he wont be able to now though his taxes will still be a nightmare.

historymike said...

Celebrating New Year's twice could be a good bonus for living in Union City, KrazyKat.