A memorable All Hallow’s Eve, Answers from DNR , That giant yellow orb in the sky, Some sanity in Lake Ozark, Home playoff football games

1 An All Hallow’s Eve that will be a memorable one for lakers young and old, from Lake Ozark to Laurie and Osage Beach to Camdenton. Very few of us these days care that the celebration has roots in the Celtic festival of Samhain and the Christian holy day of All Saints. What’s important is the time families spend together trick or treating, visiting haunted houses, carving Jack-o-lanterns and roasting pumpkin seeds.

2 Answers from DNR on why referrals to AG’s office for enforcement action took so long. If these entities have been dumping in our lake for long, why did it take an edict from the governor’s office to get the agency to do it’s job? We hope it won’t be necessary for a state Senate committee to have to meet to find answers to that question, too.

3 That giant yellow orb in the sky would be nice to see for several days in a row.

4 Some sanity in Lake Ozark, where the board this week spent 3 hours quibbling over a wall. The board approved, by a 4-2 vote, spending $20K to hire an architect to tell them how much it will cost to remove a wall and remodel the reception area it just remodeled prior to moving into the building. It would be nice to see the board let the people it hired to run the city on a day-to-day basis actually run the city without meddling. And if the board thinks it is awash in money, the citizens ought to give them a wakeup call - the sewage system is crumbling, the city has an obligation to ensure a road is built and sales tax revenue is dropping all over the area. What were they thinking?

5 Playoff football games played at the lake. Nothing quite says fall like a crisp night under the lights of the hometown football stadium. Osage and Versailles are in and the winner of Friday night’s matchup is assured of hosting a first-round home game. Camdenton must play it’s way in with a win over Rolla. This is when it counts, boys …