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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

So much for the nice trees

June 18, 2009 at 03:26 PM

So much for all the statuesque, mature trees in Elmwood. Twenty minutes of 80 mph winds took care of far too many of the trees in my town last night.

The winds started at 4:15 a.m. and were done by 4:45 or so. Chainsaws have been running ever since. Even I got in the action this morning, hauling several loads of limbs to the dump and hauling frozen goods up to my buddy The Farmer. I am sick of losing deer meat, so that was a priority. In the past three years I’ve lost two freezers filled with wild game. Not this time.

Aside from the destruction and damage to cars, roofs, fences and trees, it appears nobody was hurt. That’s great news.

What sticks in my mind right now are two scenes.

1. A male cardinal flitted from branch to branch on the downed maple in my front yard, tending to a nestling that was out of the nest a little too early. I do not think that young cardinal survived.

2. Everybody in town worked hard to clear trees. By late today most of the limbs will be gone. Sadly, the trees will bear the scars long after the brush is cleared.

Here are some pictures from around town snapped by young photographer Henry Lampe, who opted for photography over brush clearing.

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