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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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A Web log by Jeff Lampe of the Journal Star

Open Blog Thursday

April 03, 2008 at 06:51 AM

I’m still pondering the words of Sports Illustrated great Frank Deford, who last night gave a speech that would have to make sportswriters feel good about themselves. Can you help me fill this hole?

FROM Ed Wagoner:

“I’d do a lot more fishing if quality boat ramps were available in my area. With the cost of gas these days I need to fish fairly close to home. The Pecatonica River is sadly lacking in a usable ramp anywhere close. The closest, off Winslow Road, can only be used if you have a four-wheel drive, or you can carry your boat to the water. One at Lake Le-Aqua-Na has a big hump which makes launching a danger to the underside of your vehicle. Wisconsin does a much better job of providing good ramps. Guess I’ll have to buy a Wisconsin license instead of an Illinois one.”

FROM Herb Unkrich of Edwards:

“This has been the slowest Bluebird nesting start that I can remember since I have been doing this. The earliest that I have ever had an egg is March 31. I don’t even have a full nest yet. Monday I found a nest in the PM that had just been started that day, as the grass was wet from the rain. Tuesday, I found another nest that had a few rings of grass. That is not very good for over 70 boxes I am checking.

“Several boxes have been marked, that is where the Bluebird will drop a few pieces of material in the box. I had a call from another person saying that he had not seen any Bluebirds around his boxes and was wondering if I had seen any. My wife told me that she thought she saw a sparrow fly from the box that was started Monday. I think it just too cold and once the weather warms up, the ‘love juices’ will start flowing and they will start with a bang!”



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