At the site of the future home of the Baptist Church of Lathrop in Lathrop, Mo., Cindy Weers (center) of the 150th anniversary and eclipse planning committee held a mirror reflecting the sun as the town of 2,200 residents prepares for the Aug. 21, 2017, total solar eclipse that will pass directly over Lathrop. From left to right are Ava Langner, Vicki Shrewsbury, Nelson Hayes, Weers, Debbie Nelsen and Coetta Whiteley.
At the site of the future home of the Baptist Church of Lathrop in Lathrop, Mo., Cindy Weers (center) of the 150th anniversary and eclipse planning committee held a mirror reflecting the sun as the town of 2,200 residents prepares for the Aug. 21, 2017, total solar eclipse that will pass directly over Lathrop. From left to right are Ava Langner, Vicki Shrewsbury, Nelson Hayes, Weers, Debbie Nelsen and Coetta Whiteley. David Eulitt deulitt@kcstar.com
At the site of the future home of the Baptist Church of Lathrop in Lathrop, Mo., Cindy Weers (center) of the 150th anniversary and eclipse planning committee held a mirror reflecting the sun as the town of 2,200 residents prepares for the Aug. 21, 2017, total solar eclipse that will pass directly over Lathrop. From left to right are Ava Langner, Vicki Shrewsbury, Nelson Hayes, Weers, Debbie Nelsen and Coetta Whiteley. David Eulitt deulitt@kcstar.com

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