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Good morning, Evanston.

The District 65 school board unanimously approved a requirement that all employees provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination by October 15, or submit documentation for a medical or religious exemption no later than September 15. Superintendent Devon Horton indicated that failure to comply with the vaccination mandate will have employment repercussions.

Meanwhile, the City of Evanston’s Health & Human Services Department announced that all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to wear a mask in public indoor spaces beginning Friday, August 27. The Order is in alignment with recent mask mandates issued by the Cook County Department of Public Health and Chicago Department of Public Health.

And District 65 is partnering with the City of Evanston Health and Human Services Department to host a COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Saturday, Aug. 28 (first dose) and Saturday, Sept. 18 (second dose).

News around town

Evanston beaches have logged very good attendance so far this summer. (Photo by Alicya Dennison) Credit: Alicya Dennsion

Free beach days have not hurt the City’s finances. Despite Evanston offering three free beach days this summer and starting a new digital token program that added new fees to the City budget, it looks like the City profited overall on its newly-tailored beach program.

Uncertainty surrounds the Wildkit football team starting lineup. Evanston Township High School head coach Mike Burzawa is embracing the uncertainty that comes from the fact that the Wildkits, like every other program in Illinois, are coming off a pandemic-induced “half” season last spring and only return a half dozen starters from a team that posted a 3-3 record.

2 rescued, 8 boats crash to shore during heroic lakefront rescue. The Evanston Fire Department responded to multiple reports of overturned sailboats in the lake with swimmers struggling in the water.

We still have our humanity. Greetings from Dr. Eric Witherspoon to returning Wildkits.

The Lighthouse Keeper sees . . . that from Evanston Made to the Art Makers Outpost to the informal association of artists in West Evanston, a lot of talented people live in our town.

Ceramic mugs with flower design (Submitted photo)

The art of making art: Joanna Kramer. As a functional ceramicist, Joanna Kramer makes products that are meant to be used: mugs, vases, bowls and more.

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Photo of the day

Evanston Bathing Beach, n.d. Over time, the locations, names, and number of beaches have changed. Evanston’s lakefront has a long and continuously shifting history. (Photo from Evanston History Center Archives)

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