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July 18, 2019

Easy DIY Landscaping Projects for the Summer

Ever get the itch to do a DIY project? Summertime is perfect for setting up a large- or small-scale project. Be it a new flower bed, or a fully functional waterfall, this is the time of year to get on it!

Whether it's as simple as installing some lighting or a little more time-consuming like re-plotting plants, a fresh look for the lawn always gives your home a fresh look as well. Here are our top five easy landscaping projects!

Create a pathway.

To guide you and visitors throughout your yard and link different areas together, install a pathway. You can use materials from a variety of materials, including reclaimed pallet wood, flagstones, gravel, and more to add texture and color.

Add a wall or border.

Installing a flagstone, rock, or brick wall around flower beds or trees adds a sleek, clean look to your landscaping and helps separate different sections of your yard.

Install a water feature.

Nothing says zen quite like the sound of trickling water as you relax in your backyard. You can start simple with by purchasing and installing a small feature powered by a solar panel or create a larger focal point in your yard by installing a waterfall wall or small pond.

Light your way.

An easy way to transform your yard is to strategically use lighting. Place cool-colored lights high in trees to recreate a moonlight feel, use pathway lights to naturally guide the eye, or highlight objects or plants.

Plant upwards.

Expand your yard space by drawing the eye to the sky with a trellis fence or screen made of wood or metal. Once you install your trellis, select your climbing plants and vines and get to planting!

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July 11, 2019

2019 Second Quarter Review

The 2nd quarter sales statistics are in at Lake of the Ozarks. Residential offshore properties and homes over a million saw a good bump in sales, condos saw a slight gain while overall waterfront homes and commercial properties saw a decline in transactions. Kind of a mixed bag but transactions and volume were up yet again overall. Call Matt Schrimpf today to go over any specifics or how this may relate to you and your investment at Lake of the Ozarks.

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July 5, 2019

Summer Food Safety, and the Tools to Help

By Ellie Krieger

Safety is an essential component of summer fun, which is why we wear bike helmets and reapply sunscreen. But keeping food safe when eating outdoors is a preventive measure that is often overlooked: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that one in six Americans is sickened by foodborne pathogens each year, with summer being peak season for the problem.

It’s a double-whammy of risk: Bacteria thrive in the warmer weather, and it’s challenging to follow good food-safety habits when you are out and about. Fortunately, there are some new products on the market to help you stay safe this summer, and do it stylishly, too.

Packable mini-coolers

Keeping perishable food chilled is a must any time of year, but it is especially critical in the summer because bacteria grow fastest just when you most want to head out to the beach or pool — at temperatures between 90 and 110 degrees Fahrenheit. When the weather is that steamy, food should not be left out for more than an hour; on cooler days, two hours is the limit.

If you are driving, you can (and should) pack a cooler with plenty of ice or ice packs, but you clearly can’t haul that around if you are biking, hiking or walking. That’s when a smaller insulated bag — something you can tuck into a backpack or beach bag — comes in handy. Of the many options available, PackIt products are especially cool — double entendre intended — because the bags have a freezable gel built into their walls. Pop a bag in the freezer the night before — it folds flat so it doesn’t take up too much space — and it’ll be ready to go the next morning.

The company makes bags in many different shapes and sizes, but the new Snack Box is the perfect size to hold an afternoon’s fuel for one and comes in fun, fashionable patterns.

Chilled serving bowls

All too often, food put out for a backyard party is left in the heat for hours — think about arriving on the later side to a summer shindig to face a sunbaked macaroni salad with a suspicious-looking crust. If you are hosting, you may hesitate to bring the food inside to be refrigerated when your company keeps coming back for more, but you don’t want them to get sick, either.

One strategy is to stagger the dishes you put out. Another tactic is to use serving dishes with built-in chilling systems. These bowls not only keep food safely edible longer, they keep it tasting and looking fresher, too. You can get the type that have a separate compartment for ice, such as the set made by Prodyne, or vessels that have a built-in freezer gel to freeze before using, such as the elegant metallic bowls from Frontgate. Either makes a lovely gift for a party host, as well, and might just spare you future macaroni salad mishaps.

Color-coded grill gear

Nothing good happens when juices from raw meat, poultry and fish come in contact with already cooked foods or uncooked ingredients such as vegetables for salads. It’s called cross contamination, and it’s a common cause of foodborne illness. One no-brainer way to prevent it when grilling is to have two color-coded sets of equipment — dishes, tongs and spatulas — one for raw meats, and one for cooked items. You can simply put some red and black tape on equipment you already own or buy two of each item in different colors. You also need separate platers for raw and cooked food. Williams Sonoma has an attractive set of lightweight but sturdy trays that nestle together so you won’t forget to bring them both out. The trays are also grooved, so juices won’t easily spill over.

Hand sanitizer 2.0

When cooking and eating outdoors, where it can be difficult to wash your hands with soap and water, hand sanitizer is a must. (Don’t make the mistake of thinking your hands are clean after you’ve been swimming. Pools, ponds, lakes, streams and oceans all harbor plenty of bacteria that you don’t want anywhere near your food.)

At home in your yard, it’s a good idea to keep large pump bottles of hand sanitizer by the food prep area and on the picnic/dining table so they are in easy reach and act as a visible reminder. When on the go, pack mini-bottles of hand sanitizer in your beach bag or backpack. (Be sure to get a brand with a minimum of 60% alcohol for maximum effectiveness.)

If the industrial look, sticky feel and medicinal odor of the typical hand sanitizer is as much of a turnoff for you as it is for me, there are products that will do the job in more appealing ways. One idea for backyards that looks a lot nicer and is ultimately more economical than the unsightly plastic pump bottle is to buy a couple of decorative soap dispensers and refill them with family-sized bottles of sanitizer.

Then there is the hand sanitizer upgrade option. I personally like EO Botanical hand sanitizer in French lavender, which has the requisite percentage of alcohol to kill germs along with a lovely aroma and leaves your hands feeling soft rather than sticky. The bottle also looks nice. It costs more, but it’s one of those small luxuries I find worthwhile. It also comes in travel-size containers. To inspire kids to keep their hands clean, treat them to a hand sanitizer that comes in a cute, themed package such as Bac-Pac Buddies.

Krieger is a registered dietitian, nutritionist and author who hosts public television’s “Ellie’s Real Good Food.” She blogs and offers a weekly newsletter at She also writes weekly Nourish recipes in The Washington Post’s Food section.

This article is courtesy of the Washington Post. Read the original here.

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April 15, 2019

Easter Events 2019

Easter is coming up fast! Are you ready for a weekend of eggs, rabbits, and family time? If not, take a look at this quick list to get an idea or two! Items compiled from Click here for more info.

Sonlight Christian Fellowship Easter Egg Hunt

Apr. 20, 2019, 10 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.

Sonlight Christian Fellowship, 808 Old South 5, Camdenton, MO 65020

Tap into your desire to dig for treasure! Come search for over 2,000 Easter eggs that are buried in the sand! Play peep dodgeball, enter a coloring contest, make some crafts, and shoot down the 25ft inflatable slide! Can you dig it?

4th Annual Egg Drop

Apr. 20, 2019, 10 a.m. - Noon

Camdenton 1st Assembly, 1086 S. Bus. Rte. 5, Camdenton, MO
Head to the 4th Annual Egg Drop where 5,000 eggs will be dropped from the sky! There will be free popcorn, hot dogs, prizes, an inflatable slide, games, a fire truck, and a water patrol boat. Eggs drop at 11 a.m.!

Osage Beach Easter Egg Hunt

Apr. 20, 2019, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Osage Beach City Park

The 5th Annual Osage Beach Easter Egg Hunt will be held on April 20th at the Osage Beach City Park! 50,000 candy filled Easter eggs spread across the ball fields at Osage Beach City Park. Kids are divided into four age groups for a crazy fun shotgun start egg hunt! Get your picture taken with the Easter bunny, win golden ticket prizes, enjoy balloon animals, face painting, bounces houses, and a free hotdog lunch provided by First Family Church makes for a fun filled day.

Easter Egg Hunt - Laurie Fairgrounds

Apr. 20, 2019 @ 1:30 p.m.

Laurie Fairgrounds

On the Saturday before Easter, the Laurie Easter egg hunt attracts children from tots to pre-teens to find 14,000 eggs "hidden" throughout the fair grounds. Kids are broken up into four age groups, and there's a prize for every child! The Easter Bunny always makes an appearance to the delight of everyone. The Easter Bunny will make his appearance at 1:30, with the egg hunt beginning at 2.

Linn Creek Easter Egg Hunt

Apr. 20, 2019, 3 - 5 p.m.

Linn Creek City Park

Easter Egg Hunt for children of all ages, start time 3:00 pm everyone is welcome.

Bouncy house

Easter Bunny

Police presence with vehicles

Firefighter presence with trucks

Easter Brunch At Ozark Yacht Club

Apr. 21, 2019, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Ozark Yacht Club (OYC), 500 Yacht Club Landing Dr, Lake Ozark, MO

Celebrate Easter with Ozark Yacht Club's Easter Brunch Buffet! The kids can meet the Easter bunny, get their faces painted, and take pictures in the photo booth!

Reservations required for groups of 15 or more. 

Call 573-552-8401 or visit for more information.

Captain Ron's Easter Brunch & Easter Egg Hunt

April 21, 2019, 9 a.m. -  1 p.m (Easter egg hunt @ Noon)

Captain Ron's

Enjoy Easter brunch at Captain Ron's and don't let the kids miss the Easter Bunny and enjoy the Easter egg hunt at noon.

Easter Buffet at Old Kinderhook

Apr. 21, 2019, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Old Kinderhook

Easter Buffet at Old Kinderhook

Adults = $37 | Seniors 62+ = $28 | Children 5-10 = $12 | 4 and Under = FREE

Reservations required at 573-317-3560

Visit to see full menu.

Easter Brunch At Redhead Lakeside Grill

Apr. 21, 2019, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Redheads Lakeside Grill

Redhead's Easter Buffet is their most extravagant!

Buffet Includes: salads, shrimp cocktail, smoked salmon, a charcuterie display and cheese tray, fruit tray, Eggs Benedict, biscuits and gravy, quiche, Steak Diane, and Seafood Paella w/shrimp, mussels, and clam, a waffle station, omelette station, and carving station w/ham and lamb.

For the Kids: mac and cheese, chicken strips, and pizza bites

Desserts: fried doughnuts, Chocolate and Peanut Butter Mousse Napoleon, carrot cake, profiteroles, bread pudding, fresh fruit, pound cake and whipped cream.

For reservations call: 573-693-1525

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April 11, 2019

2019 First Quarter Review

First quarter sales numbers are out.  Here are a few takeaways from the Lake of the Ozarks market.  So far home and condo sales are down for 2019. Is the market slowing down or is it more weather related? The jury is still out but I can tell you February and March were not pleasant months to visit.  Commercial action is up slightly, which is a good sign. However, homes over a million were down from 2018, which was down from 2017. Total volume is below both 2017 and 2018 heights, with a drop of nearly ten million in total sales from last year.  I hope you find that attached information useful.  Let me know if I can be of real estate assistance here at Lake of the Ozarks.

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Feb. 5, 2019

Central Ozarks Medical Facility Opening Soon

After years of planning and construction, the new facility is set to open near the end of March. Combining all services currently offered by Central Ozark Medical in Camdenton in one location off of Business Route 5, the $3.5 million investment will be a great addition to the community.

Todd Bailey, Director of Operations at Central Ozark Medical, says the new building will house medical, dental and behavioral health all under one roof.

With two locations in Camdenton already, the building will see all operations brought together, with the other existing locations being shut down. However, this location will increase employee numbers in Camdenton with eight newly staffed dentists.

Bailey says, among the many new features, the building will house eight dental operatories, state of the art medical equipment, a new digital x-ray machine and more. Construction on the project has been taken care of by Bales Construction.

One aspect of construction that Bailey says was a top priority was to make the building as “green” as possible. To achieve this, he says the interior will have large, open space filled with massive amounts of natural lighting. He says this is intended to promote an “open and healthy environment” for the patients.

Bailey says that the main benefit of building this new location was to condense all of Central Ozark Medicals services to the same building and allow for patients to receive multiple areas of care without having to travel between needs. With services also located in Osage Beach, Bailey says Central Ozark Medical will be only increasing their care availability to lake residents with this addition.

“It will be nice for folks to come to one clinic and get all their needs taken care of,” Bailey said.

March 25 sits as a hard opening, when public will be allowed in the facility and able to schedule appointments. March 22 will mark the date of closure for the other existing facilities. Employees will utilize a soft opening for a week to training on equipment before officially taking appointments with the new equipment. Information for scheduling appointments will come soon as the grand opening comes into view.

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Picture and information courtesy of Mitch Prentice and Lake News Online. See the full story here.

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Jan. 16, 2019

2019 Overland Park Boat Show

The Overland Park Boat Show is coming up next week! From January 24 to January 27, see the latest and greatest in boating!

Your Lake of the Ozarks Marine Dealers Association welcomes you to the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks. This boater’s paradise here in the Midwest is perfect for any type of recreational boating.

The Marine Dealers Association is made up of over 40 Lake of the Ozarks area marine dealers. They represent all the top lines of boatsmarine accessoriesdockspersonal watercraft and everything else to promote fun on our waters. At out Association website you will find a complete list of our member dealers and also a listing of upcoming boat shows in our area that are promoted by LOMDA. To access our Association website, simply click on the picture logo above.

Information and picture courtesy of See the original article here.

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Jan. 11, 2019

2018 MLS Yearly Comparison Report

People are always curious and asking "How is the Real Estate Market at Lake of the Ozarks"?  Thankfully it is strong and looks to be continuing that trend.  The Bagnell Dam Association of Realtors recently released the 2018 MLS Yearly Comparison Report and I wanted to share it with you.  Overall you notice there was a slight overall increase in total sales and total volume from 2017. See the chart for a full breakdown of the statistics for each sector. The Schrimpf Real Estate Group is looking forward to 2019 and being a huge part of these sales!

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Jan. 4, 2019

Welcoming the New Year

The lake is going to be buzzing in 2019! Plans abound for the coming year, with projects taking off all over the place. But before we get into that, here's a heads-up about the Winter Draw Down hitting this weekend. The Draw Down is when Ameren lower lake levels for the winter in anticipation of precipitation that could raise lake levels above the safe maximum. Levels are anticipated to drop as much as 8 1/2 feet, so make sure you prepare your dock! Here are a few hints, courtesy of Lake Expo:

In order to avoid damage, dock owners are advised to follow a number of basic tips to winterize their structure:

  1. All docks should be tested to ensure that they can safely rise and fall with the water levels: residents should check to make sure the dock isn't pinned or hampered by any stumps or objects, and inspect all dock cables and bolts for loose parts or rust. Water lines should be drained, and boat lifts should be raised to ensure they are holding air.
  2. Cables should be lengthened to allow docks to drop as the Lake or river levels drop. Hinges, pins and other connections linking any remaining docks to seawalls or piers have the flexibility to follow water level fluctuations.
  3. Dock owners should make sure that they have a proper deicer and that the machine is working properly. For example, agitators are typically meant for deeper waters, as they are designed to bring up warmer water from the depths to prevent ice from forming. In contrast, bubblers are made for shallower waters, because they use compressed air to disturb the water, preventing ice from forming in areas that lack a warm undercurrent.
  4. Below the dam, dock owners should remove their docks from the Osage River before cold weather hits.

Now, on to the upcoming projects!

First thing to look at is a major sewer expansion along Highway 5 in Sunrise Beach. This expansion is funded by over $3 million in grants, and is anticipated to be a major boon for businesses and residents alike. The city is hoping to improve residential life for many, while encouraging major growth in business. The project is anticipated to go out for bid this Fall.

The final project to look at is a series of new Trail Runs that will hit the State Park this year! The first, a 25K along the Trail of Four Winds, will happen in May. Two more will follow; one on Honey Run Trail at an unspecified date, and another that has not been finalized. There are only 350 slots for the first race, so make sure you register if you're interested! You can find more details here.

Aside from these fantastic developments, there will be plenty more coming to the lake in 2019, so keep an eye out and your ears open!


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Dec. 28, 2018

One Last Holiday Treat

Laurie's Enchanted Village of Lights will be packing up soon! This weekend is your last chance to catch one of the lake's main Christmas attractions. The Hillbilly Fairgrounds are truly a sight to see during the holiday season, and the recently refurbished fixtures have only added to the charm! The show will be going away after the New Year, so make sure to visit before it's gone! There is no charge to see the Enchanted Village, but donations are appreciated.

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