The Daily Sentinel takes a look at the key stories from 2021 that shaped our year.
1st – Bars and restaurants no longer have to close at midnight in New York state as its coronavirus curfew for indoor dining has ended. Establishments may revert to closing hours authorized by their liquor permits or other regulations.
2nd – Although the nation looks towards the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, a new pandemic is starting to increase – a mental health pandemic, and US Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has stopped in Madison County to discuss the problem and efforts to provide help. Schumer commended Madison County for its work in establishing the Mental Health Task Force.
3rd – The Town of Sherrill has a new dog park for residents who want to get out and have some fun with their four-legged friends. Moench Park, known as “The Pit” to local residents because of its location at the bottom of the hill, has been converted for use as a temporary dog park.
4th – Local state officials say New York should go the extra mile for the legendary “Home of the Miracle Mile.” State Senator Joseph Griffo, R-47, Rome, and MP Marianne Buttenschon, D-119, Marcy, announced that legislation that could help the Vernon Downs Casino Hotel has been passed by the Senate and the Assembly and was sent to Governor Cuomo for his consideration.
5th – Binghamton’s National Weather Service confirmed that a small tornado destroyed an over 100-year-old barn on Sulfur Springs Road Thursday afternoon as a storm system swept through the area, bringing scattered showers and sometimes gusts windy in parts of the Mohawk Valley.
6th – Graduated from the Free Academy of Rome in 2004 and a native of Rome, Petty Officer 1st Class Jesse Martin, participated in Exercise Phoenix Express 2021 – the 16th edition of the North African Maritime Exercise which began on 17 May in Tunis, Tunisia, across the Mediterranean Sea.
7th – Students, teachers and staff at New York City schools were still required to wear masks on Monday, despite a contradictory letter from the governor’s health commissioner on Friday, angering many who they said had received the false hope of being free from the restriction amid the onslaught of the summer heat.
8th – Local advocates for people with Alzheimer’s disease and their families welcome the approval of the first new drug for Alzheimer’s disease in almost 20 years.
9th – Orgill is nearly operational at Griffiss Business and Technology Park – preparing to open its huge overhead doors for businesses at its distribution center ahead of schedule, according to published reports.
10th – The United States has seen remarkable increases in death rates for heart disease, diabetes and some other common killers in 2020; Experts believe that a big reason may be that many people with dangerous symptoms have made the fatal mistake of staying away from the hospital for fear of catching the coronavirus.
11th – Tensions continue as community members and the NAACP Rome Chapter have expressed concerns that city officials continually “refuse” to meet with them to discuss the racial issues that exist within the community and the “timely manner” in which the city should procure body cameras for police officers.
12th – When David Signor bought a lottery ticket at Boonville Sunoco on May 28, he never anticipated how much it would change his life. Signor, 48, has been used to playing the lottery for years. But before his recent fateful victory, the biggest sum he had won was $ 2,000. So when he realized he had a scratch of $ 14,000,000 in hand, he was incredulous.
13th – The Verona Beach Lighthouse will soon be all ablaze as the New York Power Authority and Canal Corporation roll out its Reimagine the Canals program.
14th – The New York State Fair will reopen at 100% capacity, said Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.
15th – In his 17th season at the helm, Camden baseball head coach Jake Bates won an elusive Section III title on Saturday as the second-seeded Blue Devils rallied twice earlier to fend off fourth-seeded Homer 11-9 to win Class B-1. championship at sunny Camden Yards.
16th – With 70% of adults in New York City having received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said the state would celebrate with a relaxation of various restrictions.
17th – The Davis Logging & Lumber sawmill was destroyed by fire. No one was injured, authorities said. The building is a total loss. The owner discovered the fire at the commercial logging company at 1450 Curtiss Road and sounded the alarm on 9-1-1 at 8:14 a.m.
18th – Roman Runners celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2021, a long road for the group that brings runners together for exercise and fun.
19th – SUNY Poly athletic director and former basketball coach Kevin Grimmer is retiring in July after a 37-year career. He was an outstanding basketball player at Notre Dame High School in Utica and Hamilton College.
20th – While the 2020 season has been a failure for the good, slippery and slippery water park times, Enchanted Forest Water Safari braces for plenty of action as the state and nation reappear from COVID-19 closures and restrictions.
21 – Julie Whittemore, deputy director of operations at the Capitol Theater in Rome, is about to embark on a new chapter. Combining both his passion for silent films and books, Whittemore decided to open the Keaton & Lloyd bookstore in the downtown arts district, named after two comedians from the silent movie era.
22nd – The Arc Madison Cortland, a non-profit organization supporting people with disabilities in Madison and Cortland counties, received $ 26,500 in grants from the NYSARC Trust Services Trustee Management Board to support Trusteeship programs the Madison Cortland Arc.
23rd – Ten local law enforcement and fire departments have been honored by State MP Marianne Buttenschon for working together to help a suicidal woman last month. Buttenschon, D-119, Marcy, presented each of the agencies with a proclamation from the Assembly acknowledging their work.
24 – With Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s recent announcement to begin easing COVID-19 restrictions, city officials and representatives of the Rotary Club of Rome are bringing back the celebration of Honor America Days and CanalFest this summer.
25 –Former US Representative Anthony J. Brindisi has said he will not be running to reclaim his congressional seat in 2022. The Democrat, who served as Congressman from the 22nd District in 2019-2020, conceded in February afterwards that New York officials have certified Republican Representative Claudia. Tenney’s victory in the November 2020 election.
26 – With a gentle breeze, sunshine and blue skies, the Greg Huxley family cut the ribbon to reopen the newly renovated Route 28 bridge in Forestport, which is named after their late son who was the first victim of the New York State in Operation Iraqi Freedom on April 6, 2003.
27th – The sky above the stadium of the Free Academy of Rome was gray, but the ground was bright; the green turf edged sharply by the white lines of the court, bordered by FRG’s signature orange, shining stronger than any sun could have, with bold and courageous BLACK KNIGHTS in the end zone.
28 – It is the dream of every young athlete to compete at the highest level in their respective sport. Some face challenges along the way, but for former Westmoreland High School track athlete Jason Robinson, he hasn’t let his physical limitations stop him from trying to become an Olympian.
29 – Two people were slightly injured after a mechanical malfunction forced a helicopter into a hard landing at Rome’s Griffiss International Airport, according to relief and law enforcement officials. Sheriff investigators said Deekpak Dherny, 69, of Rome, was behind the handle of a civilian helicopter at around 1:47 p.m. when the warning alarms started sounding.
30th – At its last regular meeting in the 2020-21 school year, discussions within the Rome City School District School Board focused on how the district should spend $ 6.8 million in federal funds emergency aid to elementary and secondary schools (ESSER). The district must submit a formal proposal for the intended use of the funds by July 14, or lose them.