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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the Lake area business leadership from the Chambers of Commerce and Lake of the Ozarks Regional Economic Development Council. They have begun taking some significant steps lately toward improving the business climate in the region from working with local schools to improve workforce development to looking at new ways to support our small businesses in start-up phases.

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Harry Reed. The Eldon resident recently received the French Knight Legion of Honor medal for his service during World War II. The U.S. Army veteran fought across Europe including the Battle of the Bulge. Thank you for your service.

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Ozarks Chapter 1254 of EAA. This group will host flights for youth 8-17 years of age from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, at the Grand Glaize Airport in Osage Beach. For more information, contact Jack Chapman at 573-280-4869 or Loy Rickman at 573-239-5842.

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the City of Camdenton for appointing a committee to study the feasbility of ideas for the proposed community center on N. Business 5. While we are impatient for a fun, new recreational center and gathering place, the old saying, ‘act in haste, repent at leisure’ holds true for community centers. We’re glad to see the city doing due diligence on its plans for the new facility to make sure it finally offers something that will be successful in the community.

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those who don’t practice safe boating practices and traditional rules of waterway courtesy. Because boating on Lake of the Ozarks is typically a recreational activity, some people don’t take the operation of a vessel as seriously as they would a vehicle on a roadway. In fact, with as busy as the Lake has become, there’s just as much potential for a crash and the extra inherent danger of the water.