The Lake Today Columns


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Driftwood Outdoors: Donate venison to those in need

You open the freezer door and stare at shelves filled with venison. You feel good that you have been successful in the field, but even though you don’t need any more meat for the year, you’d really like to spend more time deer hunting. There is an answer. It’s called Share the Harvest.

5 Weeks of Hometown Holidays: Join Small Business Saturday at the Lake

Joint effort lends its support to Small Business Saturday and drives commerce to Lake Area small businesses.

Relishing in holiday movies

Yes, we watch the same movies every year, which brings me to the subject of this week’s column – our favorite holiday flicks.

Trivia tidbits offered

As anybody who knows me well can tell you, I love trivia.

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Health Beat: Dealing with diabetes?

Learn how a diabetes educator can help you

Diabetes is a top public health threat in the United States today. According to the American Association of Diabetes Education, more than 29 million Americans have diabetes and 86 million have pre-diabetes.

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Driftwood Outdoors: Practice is important to making ethical shots

Hundreds of thousands of deer hunters will take to Missouri’s great outdoors in pursuit of white-tailed deer with a firearm in their hands this fall.

Beyond the 'greatest generation'

We bestowed the nickname “The Greatest Generation” on all those WWII Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine recruits because of what they accomplished through five years of fighting in Europe, Africa and the Pacific Theater.

Legislative Column: Long term care and investment protection for seniors

As we get older, we worry about long-term care facilities and being treated in a manner that is safe and fair. It is something even our children, friends and family worry about for us. This is an issue that many have unfortunately had to face.

Legislative Column: Volunteering for veterans and the community

Nearly one in four seniors across the country record volunteer service within their communities, and that number is only increasing.

Legislative Column: A thank you to all veterans

Each year, the time between the Fourth of July and deer season seems to pass a little more quickly, and soon gives way to Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. Each year I endeavor, meager though it may be, to publicly say thank you to all veterans for their service.

Health Beat: A hip approach

Advanced surgical techniques speeds recovery in total hip replacement

Hip replacement surgery has come a long way since the first recorded attempt in 1891. Early replacements used ivory in place of patients’ tuberculosis-ravaged hipbones. In the 1920s, surgeons tried glass before settling on metal alloys, which are still used today.

SCORE: What you need to know before buying a business

Rather than building a small business from the ground up, buying an existing company offers the opportunity to move along the path to entrepreneurship more quickly.

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Driftwood Outdoors: Whitetail rut about to break loose

The whitetail rut is upon us. Bucks are running ridges and field edges in search of receptive does. This is the highlight of deer season for most. It’s the time of year we deer hunters dream about during the other 11 months.

Thanksgiving then and now

As one of this nation’s oldest holidays, Thanksgiving has undergone a lot of changes since the first feast of thanks was held way back in 1621.

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Driftwood Outdoors: Fish gigging with a senator

Gigging suckers is an Ozark tradition that dates back to the region’s earliest settlers.