2021 began with renewed hopes of beating back the coronavirus pandemic because COVID-19 vaccinations were on the horizon. Early in January, though, New Hampshire and the nation had signs that 2021 would be a year like no other.
Here is a collection of photos from NHPR journalists to showcase some of the highs and lows, the unique moments, and the resiliency of our communities.
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N.H. House Speaker Sherman Packard, R-Londonderry, convenes the first session in 2021 in a parking lot at UNH in Durham. The remote, outside location was due to COVID-19 precautions.
Roll Call of Car Horns: N.H. House elects new Speaker at 'drive-in' meeting
Over COVID-19 health concerns and protocols, the 400-member N.H. House convened Jan. 6 in a drive-in style fashion at parking lot A at UNH in Durham
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New Hampshire's famously large House of Representatives met in February at the Bedford Sportsplex.
The state vaccinated several thousand people at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon on March 6, 2021.
Racing to vaccinate: Thousands flock to Loudon speedway for weekend clinic
Vincenza Loud of Stratham was the first driver among thousands March 6, 2021 to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at a mass clinic at N.H. Motor Speedway.
After a storm further damaged the record-setting sugar maple outside her house, Janet Buxton and family were forced to make the tough call to remove the tree. NHPR's Todd Bookman covered the story, "The Old Lady of Kensington," as Buxton called the tree.
'The Old Lady of Kensington,' a record-setting tree, comes down
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A neighborhood in Hampton, New Hampshire surrounded by tidal marshland. Hundreds of homes in the town are prone to flooding as sea levels rise. NHPR's Annie Ropeik and the New England News Collaborative teamed up for a 2021 Earth Day series on climate change.
How risk from climate change will reshape flood insurance in N.H. and New England
Dolon Dutta, a teacher in Dover, receives a COVID-19 vaccine dose March 12, 2021.
N.H. health officials pulled out the stops to reach more diverse communities for COVID-19 vaccine access, like this event at La Fama, a Latinx barbershop in Nashua.
The Shot and a Shave: Inside a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at a Nashua Barbershop
Former Sear's department stores at mall locations, like the Steeplegate Mall in Concord, were used for fixed vaccination sites in N.H.
Anti-vaccination rally outside the N.H. Statehouse on Sept. 25, 2021.
A woman shows off her outfit at the Concord Multicultural Festival in September 2021.
Critics of a proposed legislative redistricting plan held signs outside a committee meeting at the N.H. State House on Sept. 29, 2021. The legislative boundaries are updated every 10 years based on the decennial Census numbers.
When health officials opened up COVID-19 vaccines for children under 12, 9-year-old Elizabeth Rollo of Hopkinton, N.H., lined up with her mother to get a first doze of the Pfizer vaccine Nov. 8, 2021.
NHPR's Todd Bookman was invited inside Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, N.H., to observe how one of the state's hospitals is dealing with the winter surge in COVID-19.
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