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Viewing the eclipse

While it didn’t reach totality locally, Monday’s solar eclipse was still an eagerly viewed event in Gloucester and Mathews counties, where coverage was about 80 percent of totality. Popular viewing sites for the eclipse included Machicomoco State Park in Hayes and the Kingston Parish Labyrinth in Mathews. Above, Rachael Gray and 5-year-old Audrey got a chance to see the astronomical phenomenon at Machicomoco, where a large group gathered at the park’s Interpretive Area. Below, Mathews community members and friends gathered at the Labyrinth to view the eclipse. Shown, from left, are Gay Butler, Carol Swartz, Lynn Lewis and Mary Chapman. While it didn’t reach totality here, Hayes photographer Mike Cunningham traveled to Rockwall, Texas to experience the event and take this photo (right, top). He stayed with some friends he used to fly with during his time in the Air Force. After his trip there last December for a memorial of another USAF veteran, he noticed the eclipse would pass direct...

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