The Lake Today Columns


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Driftwood Outdoors: Family camping a summer must

Camping is such a relaxing form of outdoor enjoyment. Gathering with family and friends, or going at it solo, campers seek to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Nostalgia versus reality

I recently read another writer’s opinion column about what the world was really like back in “the golden days of the 1950s.” In the column, the writer was sarcastically responding to something she had read about what a perfect world it was during those mid-20th century days.

Around the Lake: Taste the best of the Midwest at the Midwest Wine & Brew Festival Aug. 8

Come taste the best of the Midwest, as the Lake Area Chamber presents our annual Midwest Wine & Brew Festival from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8 at the Country Club Hotel and Spa in Lake Ozark.

Eldon Chamber continues to connect with community

The Eldon Area Chamber of Commerce was busy at work in May and June.

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Driftwood Outdoors: Start shooting now to prepare for dove season

Mourning Doves can make the most skilled shooter look like a novice, so you might want to use the next month honing your wing shooting skills before the season opens Sept. 1.

Unsung heroes

Meeting and getting to know the two firefighters who are featured in the news story that shares this page was quite an experience.

Around the Lake: Shootout 2015 in full swing for planning

The Lake West Chamber’s largest event is right around the corner, Shootout 2015! Again this year the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout will be held at Captain Ron’s Aug. 29-30.

SCORE: Understanding the what’s and why’s of advertising

Have you ever seen an advertisement and thought that something similar might well benefit your small business? Well, it just could.

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Driftwood Outdoors: A deep appreciation of Missouri’s Ozark Mountains

Missouri’s Ozark Mountains offer an unbelievable amount of outdoor recreation.

Health Beat: No burn, no worries? Think again

UVA and UVB rays damage skin differently and require different protections

The extra hours of sunshine make summer, well, summer. Yet, all that sunlight also presents hazards. You know if you want to be outside, sunscreen is a must. But do you know how to choose the right sunscreen?

Fun facts about summer

I ran across a strange bit of summertime trivia the other day that prompted me to dig just a little further to see what other fun facts I could dig up about the warmest time of the year. Listed below, in no particular order, are some trivia bites I found intriguing.

Kids say the darnedest things

Thinking about that show reminded me of a couple of times when some younger members of my own family put me into some equally hilarious circumstances. Although I must admit, at the time, it was a little difficult to see the humor in the situation.

Driftwood Outdoors: Hot bass action on top water

It was almost 8 p.m. and the temperature was still pushing 90 degrees. These aren’t the conditions a bass angler dreams about. The forecast said it was going to stay hot for a while, but I wasn’t going to let the heat keep me off the water.

Around the Lake: Destination Camdenton: Strong history, exciting future

Those words are truly meaningful for the City of Camdenton – a strong history being known as the “hub city” when the county seat moved from Linn Creek in the 1930’s and an exciting future as the process of Destination Camdenton creates the vision for many years to come.

Remembering those Wednesday farm auctions

When I was a kid one of my favorite summertime outings was accompanying Mom and Dad to the auctions held every Wednesday at the county seat.