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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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MoDOT’s 'final' road widening project underway in Lake Area

Contractors began adding one-mile of center turn lane to Highway 5 in Sunrise Beach, shoulders to Highway 135 in Morgan County

Work is underway on what Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) Engineer Bob Lynch said will be the department’s “final” road widening project.

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Spring is the time when many songbirds to return to the Lake Area

February, March and April are months when most of migratory songbirds return to the Ozarks

More than 100 bald eagles spend the coldest months of winter in the Lake Area, but surprisingly they aren’t the only birds that winter here at the Lake then migrate north in spring.

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.

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Vote for your top candidate campaigning for April 7 election

With a full slate of candidates, most towns and school districts in Miller, Morgan and Camden counties are preparing for next month’s municipal election. However, there are a few towns where ballots will not be printed.

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.

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Community Bridge Study still needs some funding

Lake West Chamber Executive Director Deborah Buscher says while she has received some donations, her office is still slightly short of the total $4,000 needed to pay for a study of the effects of the toll bridge on the Westside business community.

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Farm Bureau to host meeting on proposed Rock Island Lines bike path

Interested parties are invited to attend an informational meeting about a turning the abandoned Rock Island Lines rail bed into a cross state bike path

The Missouri Farm Bureau will host an informational meeting about the proposed Rock Island bike trail from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, March 12 at the Stover Community Center, located at 600 Legion Drive in Stover.

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City of Laurie to install sidewalks in business district

Laurie joins other Lake Area towns in making it safer for pedestrians to reach local retail outlets and other businesses

At a board meeting last week, Laurie aldermen discussed the hiring of an engineering firm to prepare a design for the installation of a sidewalk along the west side of Highway 5.

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.

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