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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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This is what it’s all about

August 14, 2008 at 09:02 AM

Last night I finally made it to a Kiwanis meeting. The fact that it was held at a strip-mine lake near town probably explains why. Somehow I’ve missed the last six months of meetings (shame on me).

Anyway, as meetings go this was one of the best. Thanks to Harold Jehle for opening his lake to us all. Kids were invited and they had a ball catching frogs, swimming, being hauled around the lake on a tube and generally being kids.

Plus, there was a little fishing. Action was not great: a few bluegill, one fat yellow bullhead and one noteworthy catfish, pictured above. The angler who landed the fish was Jared Roberts of Elmwood, who had been itching to go fishing all week. Nice to see him catch the big one. Very nice, actually. When he was handed the rod by Scot Jehle and had to horse that fish to the dock, his eyes lit up. And I bet he’s probably still excited right now. Heck, even my kids are, and they didn’t even catch the catfish.

That folks, is what this is all about. Fun. Kids. Outdoors. It’s that simple.



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