The Lake Today Columns


Remembering my favorite restaurants

Earlier this week I watched a Food Network show called “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives,” which is about all the little out of the way mom and pop restaurants in this country where the service is excellent and the food is even better. Watching the show I was reminded of all the little places like that where I have eaten over the years.

Around the Lake: Eldon Chamber prepares for lots of events this spring

The Eldon Area Chamber of Commerce will host its Annual Dinner and Silent Auction from 5:30-9 p.m. April 23 at Shawnee Bluff Vineyard in Eldon.

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Driftwood Outdoors: Lake of the Woods ice fishing worth the trip

The thermometer outside a frosty window read 25 below zero. Inside the cabin, we had a fire raging and fresh coffee in the pot. Leaving warmth and safety to travel 20 miles out onto Lake of the Woods to ice fish in these conditions seemed crazy, and I maintained that thought the whole way to our ice fishing shanty.

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Around the Lake: Grand greetings to a new year in 2015 with the Lake West Chamber of Commerce

We are also excited to announce within the last six weeks, The Lake of the Ozarks West Chamber of Commerce welcomed five new members.

SCORE: You can’t spell customer services without ‘you’

Most every veteran retailer has at least one story about a customer who, for whatever reason, just couldn’t be satisfied. Rarely mentioned are “average” shoppers — customers who come in, make a purchase, and, hopefully, come back.

Remembering the signs of spring

As I sat on Sunday contemplating the Weather Channel’s prediction that we’re going to be hit with a major snowstorm, I couldn’t help but wish it was already a month later than it is.

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Driftwood Outdoors: Taneycomo cures cabin fever

Missouri anglers have no excuse for cabin fever. Lake Taneycomo, which runs through Branson, offers excellent winter trout fishing. With the summer crowds dissipated, winter is the perfect time to visit this premiere Midwest trout water.

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Health Beat: 3 ways to control the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease

One of the first things people learn about Parkinson’s disease is that it has no cure. But, that doesn’t mean it’s untreatable.

Remembering some unique relatives

The other day I watched an old 1930s comedy about a young man trying to lead a normal life while surrounded by a bunch of very strange relatives.

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Around the Lake: EXPO 2015: 36th annual Products and Services showcases businesses

The 36th Annual Lake of the Ozarks Products and Services Show will be held at the end of month on Feb. 28 and March 1 at the Country Club Hotel in Lake Ozark.

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Driftwood Outdoors: Celebrity hunting couple loves shed hunting with dogs

Shed hunting isn’t rocket science.

Health Beat: Your blood’s healing power

Exploring the benefits of platelet-rich plasma therapy

You know blood does a lot of things for you. It carries oxygen and nutrients to every cell in your body, fights infection, and even keeps you warm. But did you know that your blood can be used to heal injured body parts?

A Caregiver’s Coach: Stimulating memories of love

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and you would love to spend some romantic time with your honey, but due to memory loss or confusion, it can be difficult.

Your Active Life: Senate stops pay raises

On Jan. 21, I was very disappointed that the Senate failed to adopt a resolution stopping the recommendations of the Missouri Citizens Commission on Compensation for Elected Officials from going into effect.

Your Active Life: Discussing legislation that affects seniors

With the 98th General Assembly under way, we are already hard at work to achieve these goals. There is an important piece of legislation that is currently being discussed here in the Capitol that I believe can have a tremendous impact on Missouri seniors.