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Courthouse, school district closed for solar eclipse

Monday’s solar eclipse will push the deadline to register to vote in Warren County back a day.

That’s because the Warren County Courthouse will close at noon on Monday, the day at which the voter registration window was set to close.

“Warren is expecting some traffic delays due to the solar eclipse on April 8, 2024, therefore, the Warren County Courthouse will be closing at noon so that our employees can get to where they would like to be to watch the solar eclipse with their families,” Chief Clerk Pam Matve said.

The commissioners work session set for Monday has been moved back to 11 a.m, as a result.

Matve said that a court order has moved the last day to register to vote to Tuesday.

The county isn’t the only municipality set to close early for the first total eclipse over Warren County since 1806.

Youngsville Borough office will close at 2 p.m. and Monday’s council meeting has been moved to Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.

The Warren County School District will also be closed on Monday. That decision was made last summer.

The period of totality – just before 3:20 p.m. – corresponds fairly closely with the district’s dismissal times.

“There are dangers to watching the eclipse,” then-District Superintendent Amy Stewart said. “We don’t want kids to be walking home… or being on the bus… and not being supervised at that time.”

Warren is on the eastern edge of the path of totality.

Totality will last less than a minute in Warren but shifting north and west, the period of totality increases.

That includes 1:23 (one minute, 23 seconds) in Starbrick, 1:48 in Youngsville, 1:55 in Russell, 2:35 in Sugar

Grove and 2:54 in Bear Lake.

Along Lake Erie the period hits 3:45.

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