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Joan Knows: Weekend to bring good times and a good cause

Check your calendars. Yes, it’s July, despite the chilly weather and sweatshirts. 

One indication of  July was, of course, the fireworks. OK, that was two weeks ago, so why the nightly boomers set off by nonpatriots bent on disturbing the neighborhood and scaring the dogs?

Now comes the Kane County Fair.  Rain or shine. Some of us old timers went to the fairgrounds but never got past the parking lot. At that time, the main lot was on Ray Miller’s land. He parked his green, refashioned school bus (fully equipped for hunting, fishing and partying) and assembled buddies to collect money to enter  “preferred parking.”

Those not “on duty” enjoyed Ray and Cora’s hospitality, checked out arrivals and departures and gawked at the tour buses of celebrities, such has Laura Lynne.

There is an event of a different order from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 26, at the new location at Gunnar Anderson Forest Preserve at the Kane County Government Center in Geneva. 

“Chris Walk” is family-friendly event that includes music, food, zumba and that good feeling of supporting a good cause – those needing help for substance abuse.

To register, call 630-802-1868.

Those are the facts. This is the story.

Vicki Foley lost her son, Chris, several years ago. Accounts vary, but Lea Minalga of  Hearts of Hope in Geneva reports attending more than 100 funerals of victims of substance use; mostly young people, such as Chris. Full of promise with the prime of life ahead. Many parents grieve privately, never really forgetting, but trying to put the tragic loss in the past.

Hats off to Foley and her fellow volunteers. They tell the story of Chris and the others every day of the year on the day of the Chris Walk.

Finally, thanks to the many who – aided by that nosy Facebook – sent July birthday greetings. I am not nearly that old and besides, I’m skipping this year altogether!

• Joan Arteberry is a longtime resident of St. Charles. Her columns are featured in the Kane County Chronicle’s Neighbors section every other Friday. Write to her at

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