Midcoast residents will join the world community in saying good riddance to 2020, a year in which headlines were dominated by the global pandemic, economic crisis and a divisive national election.

2020 has contained much for the history books. We witnessed the spread of a deadly pandemic across the globe, causing Gov. Janet Mills to declare a civil state of emergency.

We saw the cancellation of all our favorite traditional events: The Maine Lobster Festival, The North Atlantic Blues Festival and the Maine Boat and Home Show, among others. Since the pandemic began in mid-March, Knox County has had 291 cases, 187 recoveries and four deaths, the CDC reported, and numbers are steadily climbing still.

Despite these trepidations, we saw a rise in good deeds and achievements from fellow citizens. Our local EMS responders, firefighters, officers, teachers and many others have shown us this virtue truly does exist during a tough period for all.

In June, Knox County witnessed a historic parade in downtown Rockland. Angela McIntyre of Rockland organized the rally and parade in response to the murder of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement.

More than 100 people gathered in downtown Rockland June 19 to call for racial justice. They first gathered at Chapman Park, at Park and Main streets, before silently marching down Main Street.

At a June 1 protest in Rockland for Black Lives Matter, both Rockland Police Chief Christopher Young and Knox County Sheriff Tim Carroll knelt with demonstrators for eight minutes and 46 seconds to mark the killing of Floyd.

In this same month, Medomak Valley High School and Oceanside High School held a series of drive-in ceremonies for 2020 graduation, in accordance with CDC guidelines to avoid further exposure to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In August, we were able to keep the Sea Goddess coronation event despite the pandemic's restrictions. Chloe E. Blake of Warren was crowned the 2020 Sea Goddess of the Maine Lobster Festival Aug. 8. Blake is a 2020 graduate of Medomak Valley High School.

Julia P. Clough of Rockland was named Crown Princess of the 2020 Lobster Festival. Clough is a 2020 graduate of Oceanside High School.

In November, former Rockland City Councilor Valli Geiger won the Maine House District 93 seat. She represents Rockland and Owls Head. Geiger defeated Republican Michael Mullins 2,675 to 2,188, despite being outspent by Mullins who largely funded his campaign. Mullins spent more than $80,000, while Geiger spent about $6,000.

Midcoast Maine Indivisible held a celebratory parade in Rockland Nov. 7 at 3 p.m. to celebrate the announcement of Joe Biden winning the presidential election.

Sarah Austin and former mayor Louise MacLellan-Ruf were elected Nov. 3 to three-year seats on the Rockland City Council. Austin received 1,580 votes and MacLellan-Ruf 1,385.

In December, The Penobscot Bay YMCA announced it will depart the Flanagan Community Center at the end of the month.