Each week, we take a look back at things that made us smile, laugh and congratulate as well as things that made us shake our heads and ask, “What?”

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James Fruits, a man with a big voice and even bigger personality. This visitor put a smile on the face of a few then thousands, including those in the Lake Sun newsroom, with his renditions of “The Star Spangled Banner” at the Osage Beach Walmart last weekend shared on social media.

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the Boy Scouts of America. The new invention lab concept is an amazing idea and implementation that takes this organization and its membership in a great direction. We are thrilled that the first-of-its-kind facility was opened here at Lake of the Ozarks at the Boy Scout camp near Laurie. It’s a great addition to the Boy Scouts and the community as it will also be open to a wider audience.

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the emergency and health care responders who provided service for the children injured in the bus accident on Route AA in Roach Monday evening. Beyond the basics of responding to a motor vehicle crash, this type of accident with so many people involved is challenging simply in the logistics, and in the spotlight that comes with caring for our children. But all were in good hands. Personnel from the Camden County Sheriff’s Office, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Sunrise Beach Police Department, Staff for Life, Lifeline, Mercy Ambulance, Lake West Ambulance, Mid-County, Osage Beach and Sunrise Beach fire protection districts responded as well as the doctors, nurses and other staff at Lake Regional Hospital and Mercy Hospital in Springfield.

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the Camdenton VFW Post for being leaders within their community of veterans as well as their geographic community. Despite setbacks, they have forged ahead to continue to serve. Congratulations on the well-deserved recognition from the Veterans of Foreign Wars organization.

Jeers to ...

those who don’t obey our state boating laws while operating on the Lake of the Ozarks. Driving a vessel - be it a boat or personal watercraft - on this busy public waterway should be taken as seriously as driving on a highway or interstate. The regulations are in place not just for your safety but also for the others you will meet out there. Please know the rules of the road whether you’re on a real roadway or one of our public waterways.