The Lake Today Columns


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Reelfoot Lake duck hunt brings back memories

In fog so thick you could barely see your hand in front of your face, Bill Blakely’s War Eagle boat raced through the thick stands of cypress trees covering Reelfoot Lake.

Name-calling: Select something befitting of your business

Choosing a name for a new small business has always been an important decision. But in an age where so much business is done online, your name must not only effectively distinguish who you are and what you do in person and in print, but also online.

Remembering Christmas with my grandparents

Early in my parents marriage they lived both in Quincy, Illinois, and Flint, Michigan, but by the time I came along they had moved back to the area where they were born and raised in the northeast corner of Missouri.

Around the Lake: LOTO Fiscal Year 2014 Ad. Effectiveness Study results are in

“Around the Lake” allows the Lake Area’s five chambers of commerce directors, Convention and Visitor Bureau director and Tri-County Lodging Association administrator to share upcoming event information, local issues and fun topics with The Lake Today’s readers.

A Caregiver’s Coach: What is sundowning?

This monthly column delivers helpful tips to those family members and others providing care for a loved one.

Health Beat: Have a 'Healthy' New Year

The holidays are almost behind us, and you know what that means — it’s time for New Year’s resolutions!

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Driftwood Outdoors: Give the outdoors of Indiana as a special gift

Giving a gift feels nice, and so does receiving one, but do most of us really need more stuff? There’s a good chance the outdoorsman in your life, the one you say “already has everything,” actually does already have everything he needs.

Interesting tidbits of holiday trivia

Many years ago, I used to do a column called “Did you Know?” for a local publication, and I was reminded of that column recently while listening to the all holiday music channel on cable TV.

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Around the Lake: Lake of the Ozarks Eagle Days is more than just eagles

Get out your coats, hats and gloves for one of the most popular winter events at the Lake of the Ozarks. Lake of the Ozarks Eagle Days will return for its 15th year at the Lake on Saturday, Jan. 3 and Sunday, Jan. 4.

Remembering when Star Wars was the ultimate Christmas gift

Every time I see one of holiday tidbits of trivia I can’t help but remember when my own son, Jon, believed that “Santa” would deliver whatever he asked for — no matter how difficult it was to find a similar item in the local stores.

Around the Lake: Chamber honors its members, citizens; preps for big events on the horizon

I would like to begin by thanking all who attended our Annual Celebration at Camden on the Lake. We had a great turnout and enjoyed a fun evening recognizing the accomplishments of many of our members.

SCORE: How to find customers … and help them find you

What’s a sure-fire way to find new customers? Have current customers refer them to you. That’s hardly surprising, as referrals are typically the top source of new business for any company.

Around the Lake: Eldon Chamber sees successful Turkey Festival, big events coming for holiday season

The Eldon Chamber of Commerce staff reported another successful annual Turkey Festival, which celebrated its 29th year at the end of September and a major community event co-sponsored by the business organization.

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Hunter contemplates desire for big bucks

As soon as I saw the buck’s massive antlers, adrenaline started coursing through my veins. I could actually feel my predatory instinct turning on and honing in. My vision narrowed.

Remembering my time as a parade judge

While we have a number of great parades celebrating the various holidays and, as much as the next guy, I enjoy watching a really good parade, every time I attend one I’m reminded of the one and only time I was in the position of judging parade entries.