Memorial Weekend at the Lake of the Ozarks appears to have gotten off to a swinging start with several arrests, a few accidents but none fatal. Some of our reporters visiting various popular locales found entertainment hot spots jam-packed with people. If the kick-off to summer is anything to go by, it looks like it will be a busy season on the lake, and we hope, a safe one.

It’s only the beginning.

Memorial Weekend at the Lake of the Ozarks appears to have gotten off to a swinging start with several arrests, a few accidents but none fatal. Some of our reporters visiting various popular locales found entertainment hot spots jam-packed with people. If the kick-off to summer is anything to go by, it looks like it will be a busy season on the lake, and we hope, a  safe one.

Putting out daily and weekly newspapers, it’s easy to get caught up in the swirl of dates past and future and lose sight of today. Looking ahead at our calendar of events makes my head swirl. It’s easy to see why time seems to fly by so quickly with so many things to do here. Already coming up this weekend, we’ll have Lake Race and in our general region, the Testicle Festival in Olean. Then there’s Hot Summer Nights on the Strip June 10 and Canine Cannonball and Bikefest the weekend after.

We’re fortunate enough to be able to employ what we in the business call “stringers” for some of our events - stringers meaning part time contract photographers or writers.

This year, however, our regular staff is excited about a new type of coverage we’re bring to one of our favorite events. The Lake Sun/LakeNewsOnline plans to have a GoPro attached to one of the competitors in the annual Canine Cannonball at Dog Days, bringing a dog’s-eye view of the contest. The GoPro - which does come with a waterproof case in case your’re worried about the dog-jumping aspect - was the personal investment of one of our reporters, excited about adding a new angle to our photos and videos.

One of the things I always find amazing about our newsroom even as personnel come and go is the level of commitment we bring to our company and our jobs. We work odd hours, come in our off-time when needed, and whether we’re reporting positive or negative news, we put a lot of ourselves into each story. We are far from perfect, but it feels good to be part of a group that works hard and cares about our products and about our community enough to go an extra step to make it better.

I don’t know about you, but I am looking forward to a great summer at Lake of the Ozarks.