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Gresey: Got a Blackhawks story to share?

As I write this, the Blackhawks are fresh off their riveting Game 1 win against the Boston Bruins.

I am pumped for Game 2 (which takes place tonight), and I have a feeling many Kane County Chronicle readers feel the same way.

Sports bring out an intense passion in people, especially when a championship title is at stake. And it is with that in mind that the Chronicle is calling out to readers to share their own stories about the Blackhawks.

Maybe you haven’t missed a game all season. Maybe you attended Game 1 at the Madhouse on Madison. Maybe you have an incredible collection of Blackhawks memorabilia or named your first born after Patrick Kane.

Local residents with a story to share are invited to send an email to me using the information at the end of this column. Photos can be sent as well.

Just provide your first and last name, your town of residence, a brief synopsis of your Blackhawks fandom and a contact phone number. Your story could wind up in a Chronicle article about how area hockey fans are celebrating the Hawks run for the Stanley Cup.

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Time again for some reader feedback.

Columnist Jennifer DuBose received an email from reader Colleen Shanahan in response to her piece on Batavia School District 101 and social studies teacher John Dryden. The column ran in the June 8 edition of the Kane County Chronicle.

“First, very well written,” Colleen wrote. “I wish more people could see the world and communicate as objectively as [Jennifer] does. ... I am copied on the BHS communications and did not receive the notice of survey. Second, my son had Dryden as a teacher as a junior at BHS. He loved him and respected him. Said he learned critical thinking skills more than in most classes. Dryden respected the students. My son respectfully called him ‘The Dude.’ Finally, the school board/administration has to wake up! This is the USA.”

Thanks for the feedback, Colleen. We appreciate it.

In addition, our sports reporting team received a kind email from reader Julie Peterburs.

“I wanted to take this opportunity to thank the Kane County Chronicle for the coverage of the St. Charles East softball team this year, especially on behalf of my daughter, Kate,” Julie wrote. “This has been [an] extraordinary year for this amazing group of girls, and we are blessed that Kate has been a part of it all. ... Your pictures and articles captured the heart of this team, and for that we are all very appreciative. Kate has never been on a team with such love, admiration and support of each other. Coming home Saturday night from East Peoria with a police escort through town at midnight capped off the most thrilling, heartwarming, exciting season of all of our lives. Thanks for being a part of it all.”

We appreciate the email Julie. Congrats to your daughter and the rest of the St. Charles East softball team.

• Kathy Gresey is editor of the Kane County Chronicle. Contact her at or 630-845-5368.

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