Hagerstown Police Department has announced road closures and restrictions for the eclipse weekend to accommodate several events. Police ask for patience. Closures:

  • South Washington Street between Main and Walnut — Thursday, April 4-Tuesday, April 9.
  • South Plum Street between Main and Walnut Street — Thursday, April 4-Tuesday, April 9.
  • North Sycamore Street between East College and East Harrison streets — Sunday, April 7.


  • Main Street between Pearl and Sycamore streets — Sunday, April 7, parade route. No parking from 6-10 p.m.
  • North Washington Street between Main Street and Hagerstown High School — Sunday, April 7, parade route. No parking 6-10 p.m.

Cambridge City cemetery closing

Riverside Cemetery’s gates will be locked at 7 a.m. Monday, April 8, and will be unlocked at 7 a.m. Tuesday, April 9, to keep guests from camping in the cemetery.

Richmond public transit closing

City officials said that because of an anticipated influx of traffic, Rose View Transit and Paratransit service will be closed Monday, April 8. Normal transportation service will resume April 9.

Bus riders are encouraged to make alternate arrangements if they plan to travel around Richmond on April 8.

“If at all possible, it is recommended that the citizens of Richmond remain home on the 8th, but if you are required to travel, please be cautious and allow extra time to reach your destination,” Rose View officials said in a statement.

Youth club offers free eclipse viewing, membership

Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County is offering an eclipse-themed fee blackout through April 12.

Families can register their student for the first time or renew a current membership at no cost. Membership is normally $15 per year for ages 6 to 18.

Funds for the fee blackout come from Wayne County Foundation’s Action Fund, the BOSS CEO Fund and Tim Scales, senior lecturer and director of IU East’s Center for Entrepreneurship.

Membership forms are available at bgcrichmond.org/membership or at the clubs’ Jeffers Unit, 1717 S. L St., Richmond.

Many area schools are closed or observing e-learning on Monday, April 8, and the Jeffers Unit will be open from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. that day for members to gather for the historic eclipse.

Northeastern schedule amended

Northeastern Wayne Schools will be closed April 8 for the eclipse and no elearning is scheduled. The campus along U.S. 27 in Fountain City will be closed and off limits.

School will be in session on April 10, which is a change to its calendar.

Schools observing Eclipse Spirit Week

Some Richmond elementary schools have created theme clothing days to engage students in the eclipse.

At Charles, April 1 was “Your Future is So Bright” with sunglasses and neon colors and April 2 was “Back to the Future” to dress in a favorite decade. April 3 is “Wacky Futuristic Day” with crazy hair, socks and backwards clothes; April 4 is “We’re Out of This World” with space, alien, astronaut or “Star Wars” gear and April 5 is “Black Out Day” to wear all black.

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A version of this article appeared in the April 3 2024 print edition of the Western Wayne News.