Inclement weather didn’t deter those who wanted to have a good time Saturday. In Brookfield at Ehlert Park, friends and family gathered to honor the memory of Aaron Semenske with an annual picnic serving as a fundraiser for the Aaron Semenske Scholarship Program. 

It was the 20th and final picnic, as the foundation has reached its fundraising goal. Each year, the foundation has given a $2,500 four-year, renewable scholarship to a Riverside-Brookfield High School student who most exemplifies the characteristics of the late Aaron Semenske — qualities of scholarship, athleticism, leadership and service. 

This year the scholarship recipient was Ezechial Linares who is now attending Northwestern University. The scholarships are awarded in the spring during a ceremony at RBHS. 

The foundation was established in 1996 by the Semenske family, in memory of the former star athlete who died suddenly of unknown causes while he was a freshman at Washington University in St. Louis. To learn more about the foundation, visit the website at

In Riverside, the rain sent many of those attending the Chamber of Commerce’s RiverFest huddling under canopies and venturing into storefronts. Those brave enough to wait it out were glad they did. 

One of the prizes, part of a gift package, was being selected to have a column written about the winner or their family. Wonder where that came from? Well, in the not too distant future there will be a column here about Dave Moravecek, the winner. 

Pat Leone who also tried for the gift package expressed some (not much) disappointment at not winning. So, as I am not one to disappoint, there will also be a column about Leone sometime soon also. Lots of good stuff to write about with those two subjects.

However, if you are looking at what to do this weekend, the weather looks promising for the Biggest Block Party on Desplaines Avenue in North Riverside on July 30th from 1 to 9 p.m., sponsored by the North Riverside Parks and Recreation in the 2400 block of Desplaines Avenue, in front of the Village Commons. 

Live music, a classic car show, food, libations and activities for the kiddies; there’s something for everyone in the family. 

Nice to know there is so much to do, and it is all close and within walking distance for many.