February
2

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Officials of the Army Corps of Engineers urge boaters, dock owners and visitors at its White River Basin lakes to take extra safety measures because of low lake levels.  Cold weather has fueled demand for hydroelectricity from five Corps dams in the basin.  Below normal rainfall has reduced inflow into the lakes which has led to low lake levels.

Beaver, Table Rock, Greers Ferry, Bull Shoals and Norfork lakes are five to 10 feet below the tops of their conservation pools.  Levels are expected to continue to decline until there is sufficient rainfall to begin replenishing the lakes.

There is plenty of water for boating and other activities.  However, officials urge extra precautions.  Dock owners should monitor their docks closely and move them as needed to prevent them from being grounded.

For boaters, some launch ramps may be impaired.  Stay in main river channels, and give the shoreline a wide berth.  Some areas may harbor obstacles just below the surface such as land points, rock formations, tree stumps or other hazards and shallow spots that are usually deep under water.

Slow down, wear life jackets and use depth finders.  Check with local marinas about trouble spots.  Be especially careful at night.  Boaters are encouraged to stay on the side of the lake with bluffs since water is usually deeper there.  Gradually sloping shorelines can indicate shallow water depth.  A change in water color can indicate a change in depth.  Lighter color often indicates shallower water.

For more information about lake levels, log onto the Internet at www.swl.usace.army.mil and click “Water Levels.”

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August
28

BRANSON, Mo. – The Army Corps of Engineers, Table Rock Project Office announces the reopening of Moonshine Beach Sept. 2. The beach will be open from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. daily and will remain open until Sept. 15. The beach has been closed because of high water.

“Since the lake level has receded we’ve been able to clean up and make needed repairs to the beach, said Chief Park Ranger for Recreation Jeff Farquhar. “We hope folks will come out and spend the last of their summer beach time with us.”

For more information about recreation areas on Table Rock Lake call the Table Rock Project Office at 501-340-1950, daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., excluding federal holidays.

Little Rock District news and recreational information can be found at www.about.me/usacelittlerock.

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July
21

National champions from multiple major youth baseball organizations will be coming to Branson this summer to compete in a tournament of champions. The 2015 12U Champions from AABC, AAU, CABA, Dizzy Dean and NABF will be competing in the Youth Baseball Network (YBN) National Championship. The tournament will be held August 19-22.

The inaugural YBN Championship will be played at the Branson RecPlex, with future Championships played annually at the new Ballparks of America in Branson.

In addition to the participating champions, a host Branson-area All-Star team will round-out the six team tournament. Youth Baseball Network is planning for additional major youth baseball organizations to join the YBN Championship in 2016.

Youth Baseball Network, a marketing and online media company, developed its YBN National Championship by partnering with many of the largest youth baseball organizations in America. This invitational tournament promises to become the preeminent national youth baseball championship in the country.

“We’re excited to have Branson as the host city of our very prestigious National Championship,” stated Gil Vieira, Founder and CEO of Youth Baseball Network. “Between the City of Branson, Branson CVB, Branson Tourism Center and Ballparks of America, we’ve been able to build partnerships that will help develop Branson into the new ‘capital’ of youth baseball.”

“We are delighted to welcome these teams from across the nation, and their families, to the inaugural YBN National Championship,” said Jeff Seifried, President/CEO, Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and Convention & Visitors Bureau. “We look forward to hosting the National Championship for many years to come.”

Branson Landing Hosts Special Opening Ceremony

The YBN Championship begins Wednesday morning, August 19, at 9:00 AM. A special Opening Ceremony will take place that day at 6:30 PM at Branson Landing. The ceremony will feature Missouri State University Head Baseball Coach Keith Guttin as Guest Speaker. Coach Guttin, a member of the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, was recently named the 2015 Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year – an award he has won five times. Coach Guttin will host a question and answer segment and discuss his experiences in baseball.

Additional entertainment at the ceremony will be provided by Branson’s popular ‘Buckets N Boards.’ Matt Levingston and Gareth Sever have crafted a hilarious and high-energy show chock-full of precise percussion, ridiculous songs, spectacular tap dancing, inventive instrumentation and unique musical talent.

The teams will arrive at the Landing via Branson’s famous amphibious craft that resemble the WWII DUKW, courtesy of Ride The Ducks.

Games continue at the RecPlex Thursday and Friday afternoon, with the YBN Championship Finals scheduled for Saturday at 3:00 PM. The Finals will be preceded by a Home Run Derby contest at 1:30 PM.

The full YBN Championship schedule can be seen at www.youthbaseballnetwork.com.

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March
21

Join us April 4th for the 15th Annual Table Rock Lake Shoreline Cleanup. The cleanup takes place anywhere along the more than 700 miles of shoreline. Trash bags, gloves, water, granola bars and tarps (if needed) are provided. Form a team with family members, home owners associations, work groups, church groups, student groups or scouts. All volunteers receive a t-shirt and a coupon for a free night of camping at any Table Rock Lake Corps of Engineers Campground. For sign-up, tracking sheets and dumpster maps, or for more information, go to trlwq.org.

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September
24

Photo Courtesy of Missouri Department of Conservation


ASH GROVE, Mo. – On Sept. 27, area residents of all ages will be able to find out what’s great about the Ozarks outdoors.

People can get information on a variety of outdoor activities at the 20th annual Great Outdoors Day. This day-long event, sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Bois D’Arc Conservation Area northwest of Springfield near Ash Grove. It is the local celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day, a federally designated day which is the fourth Saturday of each September.

The event will include shooting (rifle, trap and skeet) and archery demonstrations at MDC’s Andy Dalton Shooting Range and Outdoors Education Center, which is on the Bois D’Arc Conservation Area. Fishing programs, including two free public fishing sessions (8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.-3 p.m.), will be at the Bois D’Arc Conservation Area’s urban fishing pond. Anglers who to take part in the free fishing sessions need to bring their own fishing equipment and bait. At the shooting range, all firearms will be provided by Dalton Range staff. No personal firearms will be allowed. There will also be chances to learn more about forestry programs, camping, fly-tying and hiking.

For more information about Great Outdoors Day, call MDC’s Southwest Regional Office in Springfield at 417-895-6880 or the Andy Dalton Range and Outdoors Education Center, 417-742-4361.

Information about this event and others at the Dalton Range can also be found at mdc.mo.gov/node/288.

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June
27


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April
15
logo Chris Burgess
burgess@cofo.edu
The Keeter Center
417-690-2122
www.keetercenter.edu
One Opportunity Ave.
Point Lookout, MO   65726

Join us at The Keeter Center for another delightful “Afternoon Tea”. There will be
a tour of the Landscape Department after
tea and an opportunity to buy beautiful potted plants.

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April
9

Reeds Spring, MO – April 9, 2013 – The EarthWise Recycling Center, a community-supported non-profit organization located on the Reeds Spring High School campus, will celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 20 by expanding their standard recycling services to include electronic waste and rechargeable battery disposal, as well as glass recycling.

EarthWise—which was started last fall by the Ozark Mountain Legacy Catalyst team in Stone County—is a single-stream recycling facility, which means that all common recyclables—mixed paper, magazines and phone books, steel/tin/aluminum cans, and plastics #1-7—can be co-mingled in one container. Conveniently, recyclers do not have to sort these items prior to donation. Donated cardboard and paperboard (like cereal boxes) are baled separately and sold to help fund the operation. EarthWise is open every Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until noon.

“Over the past six months, EarthWise has diverted over two tons of recyclable material from our landfill – and that is only being open on Saturday mornings,” said Sue Noel, Legacy Catalyst Team member. “The community has definitely shown its enthusiasm for recycling! We are growing fast and are thrilled that we are able to expand our collection services starting on Earth Day.”

Starting April 20, EarthWise will begin accepting the following recyclable items: electronic waste such as TVs, cell phones, iPods, tape players, radios, computers, copy machines, digital cameras, etc.; media items such as DVDs, CDs, VHS, and cassette tapes; rechargeable batteries (lead-acid batteries not accepted); glass used as food or beverage containers (please rinse). These items must be sorted separately, as they are not accepted in single-stream recycling. Donations are appreciated for handling and recycling rechargeable batteries and electronic waste.

In celebration of Earth Day, all Stone County residents are invited to visit EarthWise on April 20 from 8:00 a.m. until noon and are encouraged to bring their recyclable items. EarthWise volunteers will be on hand to give tours of the facility, and local businesses and student groups will have booths set up for visitors to enjoy.

“Earth Day is a great reminder of the importance of taking care of our planet, and recycling is a simple way that each person can make a difference in our community,” said Korina Branson, Legacy Catalyst Team member. “We hope that this Earth Day, Stone County businesses, schools, city / county offices, not-for-profit organizations, and residents will bring their unwanted electronic or media waste, and other recyclables, to EarthWise Recycling Center. It’s a win-win for the community.”

EarthWise would like to thank their generous sponsors: Brokate Janitorial, GreenStick, Greenway Recycling, Republic Services, Reeds Spring High School, and Silver Dollar City. Please contact Sue Noel at 338-8108 for sponsorship opportunities or exhibitor space at the Earth Day celebration on April 20, or for more information on how to get involved with EarthWise Recycling Center.

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October
4

Gift of Hope, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, will host the first annual “Run for Hope” 5k fun run/walk on October 13 at the Branson Landing.
The event is a fundraiser in support of the Gift of Hope programs.
“We want this event to be a good time for everyone,” said Meghan Connell, director of Gift of Hope. “If you want to take it more seriously, we will have a timing company present, or if you want to take a leisurely walk with your friends and family, go for it. We will be giving away prizes for the silliest dressed group and individual because it’s all about having fun and coming out in support of a good cause.”
The event will start and end at the Branson Landing fountain. The post-race awards party will be held at Ernie Biggs Dueling Piano Bar and Grill on the Branson Landing at 9am. The $5,000 “split the pot” with Gift of Hope number will be drawn and announced. Only 200 tickets will sold for $50.00 each, call 417-546-8062 to purchase prior to the event.
Top three male and female runners will receive $100 for 1st place, $75 for 2nd place and $50 for 3rd place. There will be awards for first in each age group and door prizes.
The first 200 pre-registered participants will receive a commemorative t-shirt and “goodie bag”.
Registration will begin at 6:45am the day of the event with the 5k fun run/walk and 1 mile walk starting at 8am.
For more information call 417-546-8062 or register online at www.actnowracing.com or visit www.giftofhopeinc.org.
Two Gift of Hope programs will benefit from this fundraiser; the “Backpack Club” which provides supplemental food to 750 children each weekend during the school year because they have shown signs of hunger, especially on Monday mornings. And the “Christmas Share” program which provides assistance to families in need of propane, electric, warm clothes and food through the winter months.

See link below with additional details and registration form. (pdf file)

Gift of Hope 5K Registration Form and Details

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July
2
Tammy Scholten
tamara.scholten@am.jll.com
Branson Landing
417-239-3002
www.bransonlanding.com
100 Branson Landing
Branson, MO   65616

BRANSON, MO, JUNE 29, 2012 – America’s independence will be celebrated a day early on Tuesday, July 3rd at Branson Landing—Branson’s premiere shopping, dining and entertainment destination located in Historic Downtown Branson on Lake Taneycomo.

Everyone is invited to “Light Up” their Independence Day celebration on Tuesday evening, July 3rd with a fantastic outdoor concert extravaganza, featuring “A Tribute to Journey” starring the ever talented and unforgettable band, Chain-Reaction. Back by popular demand, Chain-Reaction takes the stage at 8PM and promises to delight audiences of all ages as their famous melodies take listeners on a spectacular journey back to the ‘80’s with performances of timeless Journey hits like “Separate Ways,” “Don’t Stop Believin,” “Faithfully,” “Open Arms” and so many more.
“After the concert, the night skies will “Light Up” with an extraordinary fireworks event produced by Gateway Fireworks Displays from St. Louis,” stated Tammy Scholten, Director of Marketing. “We’re very proud that Branson Landing’s Liberty Light Up fireworks display was named in the past as a “Top Pick of the American Pyrotechnic Association” and this year’s show promises to be even better!”

The “Liberty Light Up” display will be held near the Landing’s signature Fountains and this one-of-a-kind, up close, choreographed spectacle promises to amaze all ages, as it builds to an awe inspiring Gateway Fireworks Signature Grand Finale – not soon to be forgotten,” concluded Scholten.
Branson Landing’s Liberty Light Up celebration not only honors America’s independence and Branson’s Centennial Celebration this year, but also serves as the official kick-off to Branson Landing’s Summer Concert Series—featuring LIVE performances in front of the $7.5 million Water & Fire Spectacular Fountain Show in Branson Landing’s Town Square.

For more information on the 2012 Summer Concert Series and Special Events, visit www.bransonlanding.com.

Note: Scheduled Concerts and Special Events are subject to change due to weather and unforeseen circumstances.

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