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Jeff Lampe has been outdoor writer at the Journal Star in Peoria for 12 duck seasons. He lives in Elmwood with his wife Monica, sons Henry, Victor and Walter, and Llewellin setter Hawkeye. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., he is an avid fan of the Bills and still has mental scars from four consecutive Super Bowl losses. Outside of hunting and fishing, Lampe's main passion in Illinois was Class A boys basketball (which sadly no longer exists). Former publisher of the Class A Weekly newsletter, Lampe is a co-author of "100 Years of Madness" and "Classical Madness," both books focusing on prep basketball in Illinois.

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Rice Lake meeting went well

July 06, 2010 at 07:33 PM

Rice Lake officially has more friends than ever.

An entire organized group of friends, actually, following today’s open meeting at Presley’s Outdoors in Bartonville.

The consensus of the 25 people and one dog gathered today was to create a group called The Friends of Rice Lake Properties. I don’t love the name, but the Properties part is pretty important so people understand this group will also be working for the betterment of Banner Marsh and of the Double T Goose Management Area. In all, the staff at Rice Lake oversees 13,000 acres. Obviously, there’s lots of room in all that ground for improvement.

The new group hopes to help in any way possible. Right now, officers have plenty of work to do just to get ready for the July 25 duck blind drawings. That’s when volunteers will be taking names, signing up members and raffling off the impressive hand-carved decoy pictured below. Butch Louck said he’s got more than 300 hours in this carving of a drake mallard. The plan right now is to sell raffle tickets for this unique artwork.

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That’s one of many conclusions we came to in a well-run 79-minute meeting.

Other notable items:

>> Officers: President—Adam Jaegle, Vice presidents—Jeremy Thornton and Kelly Presley, Treasurer—Scott Klasing, Secretary—Jeff Lampe (the only reason I got the job was because the Head Worm was trying to spell Secretary with an X).

>> Duck Pushers (aka board members)
Butch Cook, Pat Miller, Dave Finney, Dave Asbell, Dave Anderson, Merl Cotton, Denny Guppy, Larry Guppy, Milt Wernsman, Don Tucker, Gary Stevenson and Tim Presley.

>> An escrow account has been set up in which to deposit any funds we raise for Rice Lake. None of the money will be in state hands. We just didn’t feel like we could trust the state government right now, given the penchant for sweeping funds.

>> The group will coordinate the youth duck hunt at Banner Marsh and Rice Lake. There’s a possibility of having meals served at both sites at the conclusion of the hunt.

>> Membership levels are as follows:

$25 Member
Entitles you to two newsletters.

$50 Sponsor
Entitles you to two newsletters and a hat or t-shirt with our still-to-be-finalized logo.

$250 Major Donor
Entitles you to two newsletters and a hat and a t-shirt.

>> We will also have a box for donations at the Rice Lake duck blind drawing on July 25. Remember, every little bit helps.

>> We hope to help support Bill Douglass and his staff in any way possible. Possible ideas for the next year are: providing pits for Double T, buying a no-till planter or brush cutter, buying rock for roads as needed, providing political support when Springfield isn’t listening real well.

There’s plenty more to work out. We hope to have plenty more figured out by our next meeting on July 13 at 6 p.m. at Presley’s Outdoors. The public is welcome to attend.


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I applaud efforts put out by your organization and also the Sanganois group.  I’m sure your support is very much appreciated by the staff at these sites, especially in these days of less than bare-bones budgets.  Recently, way too often, I’ve been subjected to the whinners, complaining that things aren’t getting done at their particular favorite site.  With personnel and operating budgets well under 50% of what they were eight years ago, what do they expect?  Instead of complaining, you guys are trying to make a difference.  Thank you.  I may drive down Tuesday, just to join and observe
PS-Jeff, the head worm was sandbagging you, he does know how to write…a little.

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