Loads of residents flock to Synder Park, securing prime viewing positions along the baseball field and in front of tennis courts.

GAZETTE PHOTO: RAY PITZ - Sherwood residents Steven Bodo and his wife Mona take in the Great American Eclipse in front of the tennis courts on Aug. 21 shortly before 9:30 a.m. For both of them, it was their second eclipse, having witnessed the 1979 event from their then-home in Transylvania, Romania.Those gathered on the baseball field at Synder Park on Monday at 10:19 a.m. to witness the total eclipse -- well as much as Sherwood was going to get -- seemed totally impressed by the light show.

So much in fact that at 10:20 a.m., when the son began to reappear, they began clapping with appreciation.

Earlier in the morning, residents began lining the front of the park's nearby tennis courts, donning the glasses so many had purchased earlier, most of which were sold out by show time.

GAZETTE PHOTO: RAY PITZ - Dylan Stamback, 17, and Hayden Gilbert, 18, were busy in Synder Park on Aug. 21, selling commemorative eclipse T-shirts. The Sherwood High School duo had already sold 45 by 9:30 a.m. that day. For Steven Bodo and his wife Mona, who were sitting in lawn chairs with their glasses on, it was their second eclipse, having witnessed their first on in 1979 from their homeland in Transylvania, Romania. Steven recalled that he viewed it through his uncle's welder's mask.

"So this is my second one in half a century," he pointed out.

As residents poured into the park for the once-in-a-lifetime viewing, two young entrepreneurs, Dylan Stamback, 17, and Hayden Gilbert, 18, were walking around selling their homemade screen print T shirts commemorating the event.

The Sherwood High School seniors had been out and about over the last several days, traveling to Salem, Pacific City, Corvallis and Lincoln City to sell their wares. By 9:30 a.m. on Aug. 21, they had sold 45 of their $20 shirts and had been interviewed by a Fresno, Calif., television station and a NASA station.

GAZETTE PHOTO: RAY PITZ - Heres what the eclipse looked like shortly after 9:30 a.m. on Aug. 21 at Synder Park.Back on the baseball field, Shanelle Peterkin said she thought watching the event through the glasses was cool.

Her cousin, Levy Johnson, concurred.

"It's like it's night already," said the young boy.

By 10:44 a.m., the ballfield was mostly cleared and only three people remained in front of the tennis courts.

After the totality event was over, Mona Bodo said she was impressed with the short but memorable experience.

"Too bad the moon didn't stop for a little longer," she quipped. GAZETTE PHOTO: RAY PITZ - Marielle Johnson, left, Audrina Peterkin, Levi Johnson, MacKenna Peterkin, Shanelle Peterkin, Micah Johnson enjoy the eclipse from their spot on the Synder Park baseball field on Aug. 21.

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