The year that was 2021 in the north country, as captured by Times staff photographers Kara Dry and Christopher Lenney.

Jan. 13, 2021

Jan. 13, 2021 - From left; Sheriff’s Deputy Christian D. Hughes; Deputy Nick P. Curtiss; state trooper Sean A. Iles and state trooper Joseph R. Fay sit for an interview at the Jefferson County Public Safety Building in Watertown. Together, the four rescued 55-year-old Robert W. Murphy from a fire at the Royal Inn on Monday, Jan. 11. Kara Dry/Watertown Daily Times

Jan. 18, 2021

Jan. 18, 2021: SUNY Potsdam’s Maxcy Hall was one of dozens of state-operated vaccination sites across New York as the COVID-19 vaccine became more widely available. Christopher Lenney/Watertown Daily Times

Jan. 28, 2021

Jan. 28, 2021 - Tessa Stokes, mother of 19-year-old Rayne Stokes, holds a candle with tears in her eyes as the crowd gathered for her daughter’s candle light vigil sing together on the Veteran’s Memorial Riverwalk along the Black River in Watertown. Rayne Stokes was found unconscious on the riverwalk at about 3 a.m. on Jan. 22. She was taken to Samaritan Medical Center — alive but unresponsive — where she would be pronounced dead a few hours later. Jan. 22Kara Dry/Watertown Daily Times

Feb. 6, 2021

Feb. 6, 2021 - Jefferson County drivers are warned to take extreme caution as visibility wavers near zero during a lake effect snow storm, seen here at the Sunoco gas station on outer Arsenal Street in Watertown. Kara Dry/Watertown Daily Times

Feb. 11, 2021

Feb. 11, 2021 - Connor Sibley get a hugs from family members as he returns home from the hospital. The Ogdensburg teen was severely injured in a ski accident in Maine the month before, when his head took most of the impact. He was in a coma for about a week before he started progressing faster than expected, according to his mother. His swift recovery led to an earlier than expected homecoming. Christopher Lenney/Watertown Daily Times

March 6, 2021

March 6, 2021 - Thomas M. Flavin visits his wife, Elfriede, at the Samaritan Keep Home, talking to her on a cellphone through the window in a small room made of plastic walls sealed by red tape. As visitation guidance has fluctuated during the COVID-19 pandemic, families of those living in nursing homes have often been limited to just a five minute visit with their loved ones through a barrier, if any visit at all. Kara Dry/Watertown Daily Times

March 19, 2021

March 19, 2021 - Peyton Morse’s mother, Stacy L. Snyder-Morse, looks at her husband, David M. Morse and son, Parker S. Morse, seen in the first row, as she delivers a eulogy for her son at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on James Street in Clayton. The Morse family has remained vigilant in seeking justice for their son’s death which they say could’ve have been prevented. Kara Dry/Watertown Daily Times

April 1, 2021

April 1, 2021 - Scott Thompson, owner of Crossroads Smoking and Wellness Center in Hogansburg stands next to a display case of smoking paraphernalia at his business on the day New York became the 15th U.S. state to allow recreational use of marijuana, opening the way for future sales in the rest of Akwesasne. Christopher Lenney/ Watertown Daily Times

April 28, 2021

April 28, 2021: Law enforcement respond to reports of an active shooter at The Clinton Building in Watertown. That Wednesday afternoon, the shooter entered Bridgeview Real Estate Services at 145 Clinton St. where he shot and killed the two owners, Maxine M. Quigg and Terrence M. O’Brien. The shooter, Barry K. Stewart, was then at large for roughly four hours before he reportedly died by suicide in Franklin County. Kara Dry/Watertown Daily Times

May 1, 2021

May 1, 2021: Maxine Quigg’s daughter, Kennedy Quigg, and Terrance O’Brien’s son, Lelan M. O’Brien, share words of love for their late parents as hundreds gather in Watertown’s Public Square for a candlelight vigil following their untimely death on April 28, 2021. Kara Dry/Watertown Daily Times

May 1, 2021

May 1, 2021 - From left, Terrance O’Brien’s son, Lelan M. O’Brien and Maxine Quigg’s son, Connor Quigg embrace at the end of a candlelight vigil in Watertown’s Public Square to honor their parents following their untimely death on April 28, 2021. Kara Dry/Watertown Daily Times

May 15, 2021

May 15, 2021 - The Work Place advertises a broad jobs listing in Watertown while officials have cited countless reasons for the labor shift caused by the COVID-19 pandemic over the last year. Kara Dry/Watertown Daily Times

May 22, 2021

May 22, 2021 - The Whitmore family drives alongside their graduate, McKenzie Whitmore as she walks the maroon carpet at Jefferson Community College’s drive-thru graduation event at the campus in Watertown. Graduates in the year 2021 saw a wide range of celebrations ranging from senior parades to outdoor ceremonies like this one. Kara Dry/Watertown Daily Times

June 19, 2021

June 19, 2021 - In a ceremony outside Watertown’s City Hall, Mayor Jeffrey M. Smith and the organizer of the local Juneteenth celebration Bianca Ellis, together rose the Pan-African flag just days after Juneteenth was declared a national holiday. This was the city’s first official commemoration of the day that celebrates the end of slavery in the United States. Kara Dry/Watertown Daily Times

July 8, 2021

July 8, 2021 - Ship watchers gather on the north shore of the the Wiley-Dondero canal in Massena to watch tug boat Theodore Too pass by. Theodore Too – a life-size version of the title character from “Theodore Tugboat,” the Canadian children’s television series – received a rock star welcome as he transited Eisenhower Lock in July. Christopher Lenney/ Watertown Daily Times

July 10, 2021

July 10, 2021 - Surrounded by about 100 people at her husband’s funeral, Diana M. Meredith places items to be buried with Garrett Meredith, at the Sackets Harbor military cemetery where he was given full honors after he fought PTSD and died by suicide in May. Kara Dry/Watertown Daily Times

July 15, 2021

July 15, 2021: Fort Drum and its surrounding community welcomed the new Commanding Officer Maj. Gen. Milford H. Beagle Jr. in July, pictured at Memorial Park on base. Kara Dry/Watertown Daily Times

Aug. 10, 2021

Aug. 10, 2021: News breaks in the afternoon across New York that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo will resign. Investigations have confirmed the former governor allegedly groped a staffer’s breast in the Executive Mansion last year, misrepresented COVID-19 nursing home death data and used state resources to help publish his pandemic memoir for which he received at least $5.2 million. Kara Dry/Watertown Daily Times

Sept. 11, 2021

Sept. 11, 2021: About 135 soldiers with the 23rd Military Police Company return to Fort Drum after having provided security around the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul since mid-August. They made history as some of the last U.S. soldiers to leave Afghanistan after 20 years of war, and they returned on the 20th anniversary of 9/11. Kara Dry/Watertown Daily Times

Sept. 15, 2021

Sept. 15, 2021 - Demonstrators gather in front of the Potsdam Post Office for a Front Line Defense Support Rally to show favor for front line workers and protest vaccine mandates. Christopher Lenney/Watertown Daily Times

Sept. 25, 2021

Sept. 25, 2021: Cars take a lap at Evans Mills Race Park to honor 14-year-old Tyler Christman — a Carthage Central student athlete, ascending racer and young man beloved by his peers for his kindness and confidence — who died after collapsing during a junior varsity football game on Sept. 17. Kara Dry/Watertown Daily Times

Oct. 2, 2021

Oct. 2, 2021: With a newly installed door-jam security system, Sandra and James Helm sit in the living room of their Moira home in Franklin County from which they were kidnapped, smuggled across the border and held in a basement cellar in Canada in late September 2020. The couple was held as ransom for nearly two days, all because co-conspirators thought the couple’s grandson had stolen $3.5 million worth of cocaine from Canadian drug traffickers. Kara Dry/Watertown Daily Times

Oct. 15, 2021

Oct. 15, 2021 - Sitting on the porch of the Brookdale Apple barn, Edward J. Carr, talks with his neighbor Dale Thompson, who helped clear 600 apple trees at the Winthrop orchard. After 44 years, Brookdale Orchard was forced to closed as late frost this spring killed many of the apple buds, resulting in little to no crop. Christopher Lenney/ Watertown Daily Times

Nov. 8, 2021

Nov. 8, 2021 - Border patrol agents direct traffic coming from Canada at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Alexandria Bay Port of Entry on Monday morning as the U.S. opens its borders to fully-vaccinated international travelers. Kara Dry/Watertown Daily Times

Nov. 20, 2021

Nov. 20, 2021: Hundreds of residents followed up Ogdensburg’s annual Light Up the Night Christmas Parade with a march and rally in support of the Ogdensburg Correctional Facility which has been scheduled to close in March. Christopher Lenney/Watertown Daily Times

Dec. 10, 2021

Dec. 10, 2021 - Massena residents and dignitaries gather on the steps of Massena Town Hall to pose for a photo with the $10 million dollar DRI check from the State of New York. Christopher Lenney/ Watertown Daily Times

Dec. 17, 2021

Dec. 17, 2021 - With his late older brother Dakota Yandow’s fire coat and helmet, Elijah Yandow, left, and their father, Carlton Yandow, who is the assistant fire chief, stand alongside each other at the Depauville fire station. Dakota was driving down Deferno Road in the early morning hours of Saturday, Dec. 4, when his truck went off the road and crashed into a tree. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Kara Dry/NNY Business

Dec. 18, 2021

Dec. 18, 2021 - United State Coast Guard officers escort Santa into Alexandria Bay where he is greeted by a crowd of hundreds at the 1000 Islands River Santa Festival. The beloved event was a huge comeback after being cancelled in 2020. Kara Dry/Watertown Daily Times

Dec. 18, 2021

Dec. 18, 2021: A procession of first responder vehicles arrives in Depauville for firefighter Dakota Yandow’s funeral service at the fire department social hall. Kara Dry/Watertown Daily Times

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