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Good Morning, Evanston

It’s March 29, the 89th day of the year. The temperature of Lake Michigan yesterday was 44 degrees at the Chicago crib and 43 at the Chicago shore. These spunky irises are blooming in the Rotary Friendship Garden.

This day in history:

  • 1867, The United States government purchases Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million, paying roughly two cents per acre.
  • 1909, The Queensboro (59th Street) Bridge, linking Manhattan and Queens, opens in New York City. Simon and Garfunkel’s 59th Street Bridge Song (“Feelin’ Groovy) was released in August 1966.
  • 1973, The last U.S. combat troops leave South Vietnam.

So here we are on a Sunday morning, trying, it might seem, to figure out where we are and how much farther we will fall. But it’s really more than that – we see people here doing all kinds of creative things to help strengthen the social fabric of this community. Evanstonians, from what we are hearing and seeing, are focused more on the community than on themselves. And that’s what will help get us through. The folks who made this sign, seen in a window on Florence Avenue, get it.

City meetings for the week have been cancelled, but education and entertainment are still accessible – through modern technology or old-fashioned walking.

We at the RoundTable are working to provide as much news and information about how the pandemic is affecting us and how we are trying to affect it – blunt it, flatten the curve, address it, persevere.