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Jeff Lampe
Jeff Lampe

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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April 18: Picture of the Day

April 18, 2010 at 07:06 PM

Everything is in bloom it seems. And early, too.

But not the ash tree in front of our house. This tree is always the last to leaf out, slower even than sycamores I’ve had at past homes.

The first few years when I saw no leaves well until the spring, I worried the emerald ash borer had got my tree. Now I don’t worry so much. The leaves will come. Judging by this picture, any day now.

I’m afraid so will the ash borer, a nasty bug that is making a mess of many timbers.

For now, though, I appreciate the shade from this tree. And I’ve planted an oak behind it, just to be ready for the day when the leaves no longer come at all.

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