The Lake Today Columns


April is a great month

As we all know April is famous for a number of reasons. April Fool’s Day, Easter and, of course, my birthday. I thought it would be fun to reflect on some of the other reasons that this 30-day period is such an important time of the year.

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Missouri State Parks: Second to none

The concept of free state parks was something I had never considered. Now, I view this privilege as another in a long, long list of reasons why I consider Missouri to be the absolute best state in America for outdoor enthusiasts to live and visit.

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Experienced fisherperson takes over ownership at Osage Beach Bait & Tackle

Carol Drysdale to give weekly fishing tips in The Lake Today

Even though Carol does not fish like her and Wayne did before moving to the Lake 15 years ago, she was able to carry on her passion for fishing in a new way earlier this year. She became the new owner of Osage Beach Bait & Tackle.

Around the Lake: TCLA Board of Directors group sales effect, lodging tax collections

We would like to thank The Lake Today staff for the opportunity to share with their readers how the Lake of the Ozarks Tri-County Lodging Association (TCLA) Advisory Board of Directors works to promote tourism and bring more visitors to the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks.

Remembering my encounter with Alfred Hitchcock’s 'The Birds'

In preparing the feature story for this week’s "Outdoors" section about migratory songbirds returning to the Lake, I was reminded of my own personal, and somewhat weird, encounter with one particular migrating scarlet tanager.

Driftwood Outdoors: Chronic Wasting Disease continues to spread in Missouri

Missouri’s designation as a Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) state seems to be solidified.

SCORE: How is your website performing?

A SCORE mentor was meeting with her business client recently and asked this question: How is your website doing for you? The response she got from this small business owner was that “deer in the headlights” look and these words came out “how can I understand all those data about it and what should I know to get started.”

Around the Lake: CVB prepares Spring Harbor Hop May 2

Boating enthusiasts, get ready for the 18th Annual Spring Harbor Hop set for Saturday, May 2 that is hosted by the Lake of the Ozarks Convention & Visitor Bureau.

Health Beat: Detecting a hidden danger

What you can do to stop kidney disease

Someone is likely to begin treatment for end-stage renal disease (ESRD) today. His kidneys will have stopped working. He will need dialysis treatments three times a week for three to four hours each time. He might be put on a list in hopes of getting a kidney transplant.

Around the Lake: Versailles Chamber preps for Easter Egg Hunt; run/walk scheduled in town

Around the Lake column returns March 18 with CVB

The “Around the Lake” column will return in the March 18 issue with information from the Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitor Bureau.

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Driftwood Outdoors: Pyramid state strip pit fishing worth the drive

Pyramid State Recreation Area in southwest Illinois is one of my favorite strip pit fishing destinations.

Remembering my hometown

With St. Patrick’s Day coming up next week, I am as always transported back to my childhood and the place where I was born and raised.

Curious about weather extremes?

While hanging about indoors watching the snow fall over the weekend, I listened to the Weather Channel meteorologists talk about the extreme winter the residents of New England are enduring.

Around the Lake: Even better the third time around

Ladies. it’s time to get your team together and sign up for the Third Annual Cocktails & Caddies Ladies Golf Tournament, taking place on Friday, April 17 at Sycamore Creek Golf Club in Osage Beach.

SCORE: Good start-up planning includes pinpointing cash needs

“How much money do I need?”