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Our hearts break for the people of Ukraine, and the fear and pain they are feeling.

Remembering the Ukrainians he met on a 2017 trip to Ukraine, Mike Roche submitted a photo he took at Independence Square in Kyiv.

“The Ukranians are the most friendly and loving people I have ever encountered!” he wrote to the RoundTable.

More of Roche’s Ukraine photos can be found on his website.

A photo by Evanston resident Mike Roche shows Independence Square in Kyiv, Ukraine. (Photo credit: Mike Roche)

Rounded ice formations called “pancake ice” formed in Evanston this week.


Northwestern University hosted its first naturalization ceremony on Friday, swearing in 484 new citizens from 78 countries.

Abdulatif Almokdad and his family fled Syria and came to the United States as refugees.

“We are very excited,” he said. “It’s the greatest thing to happen in our lives to become a U.S. citizen. We suffered a lot to come here.”

Read more about the ceremony here.


Evanston Made transformed the Canal Shores Golf Course into a Winter Wonderland.

Hosted every Saturday in February from 3 to 5 p.m, the event offered a warm fire pit, s’mores, an art workshop and lots of art installations


Six ETHS students spent the morning of Feb. 22 reading books about Black joy and empowerment to second-, fourth and fifth-graders at Dawes Elementary School.

Titled “Meaningful Conversations for Black History Month – A Partnership Between District 202 and District 65,” the event brought together students from both districts in a celebration of literacy and Black History

Adina Keeling

Adina Keeling is a photojournalist and reporter, covering city news, sustainability, schools, and art. She also investigates mental health systems and environmental injustices in Evanston, and puts together...

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