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Jeff Lampe
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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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Roger Woodcock’s Spring Slam

May 27, 2009 at 03:45 PM

Retirement has been good to Roger Woodcock, shown above with a 19.5-pound gobbler he shot on April 24. The bird had a 10-inch beard and 1-inch spurs and was the start of what Woodcock is calling his Spring Slam.

I like the term. And you can bet this is one retiree who has me dreaming about stopping work. After 36 years as chief administrative officer for Farmington, Woodcock retired earlier this spring.

“After I made the announcement, I wish I had a nickel for every time someone asked me what I was going to do with all this time I would have on my hands,” Woodcock said. “Well I figured out a few things to pass the time. Then at a city council meeting, one of the aldermen asked me how the retirement thing was going. I thought I’d share my answer with you. I replied to the councilmen “The turkeys are gobbling, the crappie are biting, the mushrooms are popping and the beer is cold.’ ”

Here are some other pictures of Woodcock’s Spring Slam, which includes a 3-pound bass caught April 29 on 4-pound test line and a 1/8-ounce Roadrunner, a mess of morels found on May 4 and some of the bucket full of crappie he caught on May 5 (15 of the slabs weighed 17 pounds).

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