2017-08-24 / Local News

Clouds obscure solar eclipse


A GROUP OF eclipse watchers outside of the Enerdyne store in Suttons Bay watch for a glimpse of Monday’s rare event. They were rewarded when the clouds briefly parted and they caught a peek of the moon moving across the sun. A GROUP OF eclipse watchers outside of the Enerdyne store in Suttons Bay watch for a glimpse of Monday’s rare event. They were rewarded when the clouds briefly parted and they caught a peek of the moon moving across the sun. Some county residents traveled across the country to see the solar eclipse, while others stayed home and caught glimpses between clouds.

Zip Flees of Lake Leelanau didn’t travel far, wearing special glasses in front of his garage while staring into the heavens for about an hour Monday afternoon.

Flees recalled the last partial eclipse to pass by Leelanau County, which was Feb. 26, 1979. He was picking up a motor from a junk yard in Beulah.

“The guy who owned the junkyard had glasses I could use. That one was really good, but this one is pretty poor. It’s too bad it’s so cloudy,” Flees said.

Is there special meaning with an eclipse, he was asked.


“ZIP” FLEES of Lake Leelanau took in the eclipse from a chair in front of his garage in Lake Leelanau. “ZIP” FLEES of Lake Leelanau took in the eclipse from a chair in front of his garage in Lake Leelanau. “When you see two it means you’ve been here awhile,” Flees said, still looking upward.



ST. MARY School sophomore Olivia “Livy” Harnack, 15, took this image of the total solar eclipse at 10:17 a.m. Monday, Aug. 21, in Independence, Ore. She traveled to Independence with her father to take in the event at the Indy Goes Dark three-day celebration. Livy is the daughter of Roger Harnack of Sunnyside, Wash., and Gretchen Harnack of Suttons Bay. ST. MARY School sophomore Olivia “Livy” Harnack, 15, took this image of the total solar eclipse at 10:17 a.m. Monday, Aug. 21, in Independence, Ore. She traveled to Independence with her father to take in the event at the Indy Goes Dark three-day celebration. Livy is the daughter of Roger Harnack of Sunnyside, Wash., and Gretchen Harnack of Suttons Bay.

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