Dear Sun Spots: I have two questions. Christmas is always Dec. 25, Valentine’s Day is always Feb. 14, so why doesn’t Easter have a regular Sunday? Sometimes it’s in March, other times in April, always a different number day, too.

Question two, why do all the television stations take commercial breaks at the same time? I was watching a basketball game and they took a 30-second break, so I turned to 14 other channels. They were all in commercials. And the one-hour shows are only 45 minutes; they have four four-minute commercial breaks, plus one at the beginning and one at the end. Does the FCC have anything to say about this? – Just wondering, No Town.

Answer:
The answer to your first question, Sun Spots has found, is very confusing, but interesting. The basic reason it falls on a different day every year is because in Western Christianity, Easter is always celebrated on the Sunday immediately following the Paschal full moon date. The Paschal full moon always occurs between March 21 through April 18 according to a fixed set of ecclesiastical calendar rules. It does not correspond with the “real” full moon. This gives the date of Easter as March 22 through April 25.

Regarding your question about the timing of commercials, the FCC explained that except with respect to children’s programming, no federal law or regulation limits the amount of commercial matter that may be broadcast at any given time or the time in which it is aired.

In television programs aimed at children 12 and under, advertising may not exceed 10.5 minutes an hour on weekends and 12 minutes an hour on weekdays.

If you wish to file a complaint with the FCC, you can e-mail [email protected] or call 1-888-CALL-FCC.

Dear Sun Spots: Danville Junction Grange is in need of one-pound tin coffee cans with plastic lids. We use them to make brown bread for our monthly public bean and casserole suppers. If anyone has some to donate, they may either drop them off at the Grange hall or at 1267 Old Danville Road. Call 783-6897 if you would like them picked up. Thanks for any help which we may receive. – Glenys Ryder, Danville.


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