Here are the most widely read stories this year on Pleasant Hill Patch
5) Solar Eclipse
Pleasant Hill Patch readers flocked to our story on May 17 on how to best view the upcoming solar eclipse.
The story gave the times and locations to see the eclipse as well as the safest way to view it.
4) Meteor Shower
Another science preview was popular with Patch readers.
Our Nov. 20 story on how and when to see the Leonid meteor shower was the fourth most popular story of 2012.
3) Open Adoption
Our feature story on May 2 on the Independent Adoption Center locations in Pleasant Hill was the third most read story on the site this year.
The story gave information on the centers and explored the issue of open adoption.
2) Gay Scout
Our Oct. 4 story on a gay Boy Scout from Moraga was the second most read story on Pleasant Hill Patch in 2012.
The story detailed Ryan Andresen's attempts to force the Boy Scouts of America to award him the organization's Eagle award.
1) School Search
Our Dec. 17 story on the search of Sequoia Middle School and Sequoia Elementary School was the most widely read story on this site in 2012.
Police searched the schools after the middle school received an anonymous call that simply said, "You're next."
The call came three days after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.