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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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Here’s why you play in church clothes

May 15, 2009 at 01:13 PM

During the process of downloading pictures, I came across this photo from last Sunday.

I’m filing this one under the category of “Why it makes sense that Dad let’s the boys play in church clothes.”

This was taken on Mother’s Day Sunday outside St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Elmwood. While we adults sat inside and sipped coffee, a few of the ruffians ran outside and got dirty. Problem is, they had come to me to ask permission. Now church clothes aren’t what they once were, but Mom still has a way of getting itchy when the boys get dirty in their white shirts. Naturally, it’s almost always my fault.

But the oldest boy Henry saved himself (at least in my eyes) when he found this morel around some old pine trees. Though the thing was dried up and appeared almost to be made of wood, it was still a morel. His first mushroom found entirely on his own. And in church clothes. Now about the tree sap on his pants…


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