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Could it still be summer? We can hope, can’t we? An inexhaustible blue sky signals summer. But the fuzzy cattails tell us it must be spring or fall. And Elizabeth Clarke, who sent us the picture, tells us this intrepid crew was sailing on Lake Michigan just two days before Thanksgiving.

Credit: Jean Cunningham

But in reality, we are walking away from summer and looking straight at winter temperatures, even thought the season has not officially begun. The holidays lights reflected in the veterans memorial are a reminder of the season, which gives us a bit of warmth despite the cold temperatures.

The lights reflecting off the veteran's memorial in Fountain Square.
Credit: Susy Schultz

You will be seeing this friendly face around Evanston a lot as Manan Bhavnani is now a reporter on staff at the RoundTable. Welcome Manan!

The photo below got temporarily lost in our inbox, but it’s certainly still timely. The enthusiastic crowd was gathered at Farmhouse Evanston in early November to hear Wild Onion Market board President Jillian Jason announce the latest step toward opening a community-owned food co-op by hiring John Calhoun as its general manager.

With more than 1,300 owners, Wild Onion Market is undertaking a capital campaign to raise the remaining $633,000 needed to complete the build out of its store so it can open in spring 2023. Pictured below in the foreground, from left, are Cam Davis, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District commissioner; Chicago Alderman Maria Hadden, 49th Ward (speaking); and just to her left U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky.

Credit: Tracy Quattrocki

Alan Riggs caught these two pictures of the last gasps of fall colors before the freezing temperatures hit. Just hold on to the brightness of those reds to help combat a gray January winter day.

Josina Morita was inaugurated Sunday as Cook County Commissioner for the 13th District, making her the first Asian American woman to sit on the board. At a ceremony held at the Evanston Township High School auditorium, Morita was sworn in to fill the remainder of Larry Suffredin’s term following his retirement on Nov. 18. Morita was elected to a full four-year term, which begins in December. The event included her family, friends, local politicians, including Suffredin and U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (yes, you just saw another picture of her on this page) as well as performances by NaKapuno Hula Ukulele, Ho Etsu Taiko and the Chinese Mutual Aid Association Lion Dancers.

It was a celebration of great writing and reporting as well as amazing journalism at the Chicago Journalists Association earlier this November. Evanston was in the house!

And just like that, it feels like winter is here. It’s not official yet, but you can almost feel this tree shiver as it stands leafless outside the Morton Civic Center.

Fall 2023, naked to winter. Credit: Susy Schultz

Susy Schultz is the editor of the Evanston Roundtable. She has been a journalist for more than 20 years, and is the former president of Public Narrative, a nonprofit dedicated to teaching journalists and...