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Cubs fan finds hope in lost hat returned from hurricane

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Pointing to a photo of the barrier island community of Stone Harbor in New Jersey, Charley McLenna shows where he lost his Cubs hat. The Lake in the Hills man recently reclaimed his hat, which somehow survived Hurricane Sandy.

John Starks | Staff Photographer

Getting a sense of what it means to be a Cubs fan, Ralph the puppy studies Charley McLenna's framed poster of Wrigley Field. Hanging in the McLenna's home in Lake in the Hills, the poster boasts autographs of players and coaches from the 1984 Cubs.

John Starks | Staff Photographer

Losing his favorite Cubs hat, only to see it miraculously show up nine months later after surviving a hurricane, is proof that "hope springs eternal," says Charley McLenna in his Lake in the Hills home.

John Starks | Staff Photographer

Scouring the small New Jersey shore community of Stone Harbor last June in search of his missing Cubs hat, Charley McLenna finally got some good news last week.

John Starks | Staff Photographer

With dogs Homer, right, and Ralph at his feet, and his favorite Cubs hat on his head, Charley McLenna of Lake in the Hills sees reasons for hope.

John Starks | Staff Photographer

This hidy-hole was where Charley McLenna realized he lost his beloved Cubs hat. But the structure and his hat both survived Hurricane Sandy.

Courtesy of Charley McLenna

Having to put down Monty, his 12-year-old Jack Russell terrier, added to the string of sad news that faced Charley McLenna in the months since he lost his favorite Cubs hat. That hat is back, and McLenna sees that as a good sign.

Courtesy of Charley McLenna

As the 92-year-old matriarch, Janet King was the "soul" of the family's ancestral home on the New Jersey shore, says grandson Charley McLenna. She didn't want a memorial service, but McLenna has found other ways to honor her memory.

Courtesy of Charley McLenna

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A favorite Cubs hat, thought to have been lost to Hurricane Sandy during a fall filled with bad news, miraculously reappears. And its Lake in the Hills owner thinks that could be a sign. "It was nothing short of a miracle finding this hat," the 44-year-old Lake in the Hills man says as he tenderly removes his beloved 1934 replica wool Cubs hat, which recently found its way back to him. "This hat made it through Hurricane Sandy."
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    • Pointing to a photo of the barrier island community of Stone Harbor in New Jersey, Charley McLenna shows where he lost his Cubs hat. The Lake in the Hills man recently reclaimed his hat, which somehow survived Hurricane Sandy.
    • Getting a sense of what it means to be a Cubs fan, Ralph the puppy studies Charley McLenna’s framed poster of Wrigley Field. Hanging in the McLenna’s home in Lake in the Hills, the poster boasts autographs of players and coaches from the 1984 Cubs.
    • Losing his favorite Cubs hat, only to see it miraculously show up nine months later after surviving a hurricane, is proof that “hope springs eternal,” says Charley McLenna in his Lake in the Hills home.
    • Scouring the small New Jersey shore community of Stone Harbor last June in search of his missing Cubs hat, Charley McLenna finally got some good news last week.
    • With dogs Homer, right, and Ralph at his feet, and his favorite Cubs hat on his head, Charley McLenna of Lake in the Hills sees reasons for hope.
    • This hidy-hole was where Charley McLenna realized he lost his beloved Cubs hat. But the structure and his hat both survived Hurricane Sandy.
    • Having to put down Monty, his 12-year-old Jack Russell terrier, added to the string of sad news that faced Charley McLenna in the months since he lost his favorite Cubs hat. That hat is back, and McLenna sees that as a good sign.
    • As the 92-year-old matriarch, Janet King was the “soul” of the family’s ancestral home on the New Jersey shore, says grandson Charley McLenna. She didn’t want a memorial service, but McLenna has found other ways to honor her memory.
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