The collage of photographs on the front page of our special section represents a challenging and hectic year of covering the news at the Wyoming County Press Examiner.
From top right is a protest about COVID restrictions on the Wyoming County courthouse green of people restless to return to some semblance of normalcy in May to get businesses reopened. To its left is a mural unveiled on the backside of the Dietrich Theater in November by artist Bob Lizza. Underneath that has current and former Tunkhannock borough police chiefs taking the lead on bearing the casket of Mayor Norm Ball in February.
In the next row, at left, is a late August rally for Donald Trump along Rt. 29, and to its right is one of four Black Lives Matter rallies held in Wyoming County, this one in June which attracted about 150 people.
In the next row, at left, is Elk Lake High School Principal John Warnero directing traffic on the first day back to in-class instruction after a several month layoff. The Procter & Gamble image is represented as the Mehoopany plant beefed up toilet tissue production in the early months of the pandemic, and later a whole product line was dedicated to making protective masks. At right is a drive-thru testing clinic that finally reached Wyoming County in October.
In the next row, from left, are auctioneer Jerry Burke pushing a pair of elementary schools in January, Tunkhannock resident Corey Podminick stranded in Peru in March awaiting a way of getting home to America, and an image of a class for the Lackawanna College School of petroleum and Natural Gas. The campus is heading to Tunkhannock in 2021 after years of being sighted in New Milford.
Next row has a brilliant blaze of a fire in Eaton Township, and at right is a COVID hot spot in The Gardens which had a severe outbreak of COVID positive cases, jumping from one on October 22 to the entire resident population in less than a month.
And, on the bottom left is a long line-up of shoppers waiting to get into Walmart, during early mitigation efforts. On the bottom right is Phillip Walters as he exits the courthouse following his jury trial.
The 2020 Year-in-review was produced by the Wyoming County Press Examiner with Robert L. Baker editor; and staffers Colleen McAleer, Brooke Williams, Kevin McConlogue, and Alice Stuffle.