The Daily Sentinel takes a look at the top stories of 2021 that shaped our year.
1st — Nursing home resident Philip Murphy beat COVID twice and wasn’t taking anymore chances. He was the first resident vaccinated at Rome Memorial Hospital’s Residential Health Care Facility (RHCF) Dec. 30.
2nd — Rome Memorial Hospital is continuing elective surgery and other procedures despite rising numbers of patients with COVID-19, but the Mohawk Valley Health System based in Utica and New Hartford is suspending non-essential procedures as of Monday.
3rd — Between April and August, Rome native Quiana Holmes was among 42 actors and musicians from around the world who helped composer, writer and producer Bálint Varga bring his original musical, d’ILLUSION: The Houdini Musical, to fruition with the creation of a new audiobook-inspired format that Varga terms the “audio theater…