Monday, January 15, 2018

The Meaning Behind Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a relatively new federal holiday. It is a day that celebrates the life and achievements of this great American Civil Rights Leader. He brought hope and healing to our nation and his timeless values, those of courage, truth, compassion, and justice, are forever remembered. In the words of Coretta Scott King, “on this holiday, we commemorate the universal, unconditional love, forgiveness and nonviolence that empowered his revolutionary spirt”.

When it came down to it, Dr. King didn’t just talk the talk. He truly walked the walk and that’s what makes his words so credible. He fought racial injustice and he fought for equality. He dreamed of a color-blind society and put his life on the line each day for this movement he truly believed in.


His most famous address was the “I Have A Dream” speech. He advocated for non-violent protests and he became the youngest man to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Unfortunately, in 1968 Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated.

Shortly after Dr. King died in 1968, a campaign was started for his birthday to become a holiday to honor him. After the first bill had been introduced, trade unions lead the campaign for the federal holiday. The bill was endorsed in 1976. With the support of Stevie Wonder and a petition with six million signatures, the bill became a law in 1983. The holiday was first observed in 1986, but wasn’t observed in all states until 2000.

Today, this great holiday is celebrated in U.S. installations and is observed by local groups in more than 100 other nations. The King holiday should be about remembrance and celebration. It should also encourage people everywhere to take time and reflect on the principles of nonviolent social change. It should be a day that is dedicated to both community and humanitarian service. O’Donnell Law Center will be closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, January 16th.


We Carry Your Burden ~ You Carry On With Life.


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Phone: (573) 552-0317

O'Donnell Law Center, LLC
1026 Palisades Blvd. Suite 3


Osage Beach, MO  65065

Friday, January 5, 2018

2018 Lake of the Ozarks Eagle Days

Don’t have plans this weekend? No problem! The 18th Annual Eagle Days is taking place this Saturday, January 6th, and Sunday, January 7th. This event is one of the most popular winter events at the Lake of the Ozarks and O’Donnell Law Center has all the information you need.


This is the 18th year that Eagle Days has been at the Lake of the Ozarks. The first live eagle program was held in 1999 and had attracted 651 participants. Last year, there were over 3,700 people that had attended the event which made it one of the most successful Eagle Days. Visitors are urged to bring binoculars and cameras for optimal viewing and photo opportunities of wild eagles at Willmore Lodge and below the Bagnell Dam on the Osage River.

This event is FREE and open to the public. It will take place from 9 am to 5:30 pm on Saturday, January 6th and from 10 am until 4:30 pm on Sunday, January 7th.

Eagle Days Schedule


School of the Osage Heritage Elementary
Coloring and photo contest | Face painting |Ameren Missouri |Jim Rathert Photography & Mugs | Missouri Department of Conservation | Master Naturalist, Lake of the Ozarks Chapter | MO State Parks | Adair’s Animal Nuisance Trapping | MO State Highway Patrol/Water Patrol | Lake Area Camera Club | Dickerson Park Zoo presents three shows (rotating hourly)


Saturday, January 6


9:30 am – Eagles of North America
10:30 am – Owls of Missouri
11:30 am – Eagles of North America
12:30 pm – Owls of Missouri
1:30 pm – Eagles of North America
2:30 pm – Owls of Missouri
3:30 pm – Eagles of North America
4:30 pm – Owls of Missouri

 Sunday, June 7


10:30 am – Eagles of North America
11:30 am – Owls of Missouri
12:30 pm – Eagles of North America
1:30 pm – Owls of Missouri
2:30 pm – Eagles of North America
3:30 pm – Owls of Missouri

Willmore Lodge
Wild Eagle Viewing | Saturday 9:00 am – 5:30 pm; Sunday 10 am – 4:30 pm

Bagnell Dam Access
Wild Eagle Viewing | Free Hot Chocolate | Eagle Nest Building by the Mater Naturalists | Boy Scout Activities | Saturday 9 am – 5:30 pm; Sunday 10 am – 4:30 pm

Osage National Golf Resort
Live Eagle Programs presented by World Bird Sanctuary | Hourly: Saturday 9 am – 4 pm; Sunday 10 am – 3 pm

Eagle Fun Fact

An interesting fact is on tv and the movies, you always hear a red-tailed hawk call used for a bald eagle. This is because the hawk call is cool and a bald eagle call isn't quite as cool. Hear it for yourself! Check out this link to the Audubon site that has a sample of the bird's call:  
http://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/bald-eagle 

Here at O’Donnell Law Center, we are looking forward to Eagle Days this year and we hope you are too. Luckily, the weather will be warmer this weekend which will allow for a more enjoyable time viewing these amazing birds. We hope you have a great weekend and enjoy the 18th Annual Eagle Days at the Lake of the Ozarks. 


We Carry Your Burden ~ You Carry On With Life.



Disclaimer: No attorney-client relationship is created by the publication of this blog.


The choice of a lawyer is an important decision and should not be based solely on advertising.

Phone: (573) 552-0317

O'Donnell Law Center, LLC
1026 Palisades Blvd. Suite 3

Osage Beach, MO  65065

Friday, December 29, 2017

Safety Tips for New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve is an exciting time that is meant for celebrations of all kinds. Whether that’s a family get together or a party with friends, New Year’s Eve is fun for everyone. While it’s a time that is meant for bringing in the new year with celebration, it’s also a time when safety isn’t always a priority.


New Year’s Even Dangers


The combination of people out celebrating and the prominent role that drinking often plays at events makes New Year’s Even one of the most common nights of the year for both injuries and accidents. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), roughly one out of ten accidents that occur in December and January happen over the New Year holiday. The hours that lead up to midnight and the early morning of January 1 are the most dangerous. Some common types of accidents that occur during New Year’s Eve include:
  • Car accidents
  • Slips and falls
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Accidental fires and fireworks injuries

Safety Tips for New Year’s Eve


State Farm Insurance offers these New Year’s Eve safety tips to help protect yourself and those around you.

Avoid drinking and driving – if you are going out for a New Year’s Eve celebration, make plans in advance for how you will get home. Taxis and Ubers will be in high demand, so if you can, make a reservation to avoid being stuck. If you are entertaining at your house, avoid over serving your guests and be prepared for people to stay overnight if they’ve had too much.
Be careful walking – walking may seem like a better alternative than driving, but pedestrian accidents are a serious concern over the New Year. If you do plan on walking, you should avoid drinking too much, wear bright colored clothing, stick to sidewalks and lighted streets, and wear appropriate shoes to help prevent any trips and falls.
Use caution with fires and fireworks – bonfires and fireworks are a great way to celebrate the new year, but you should make sure there is always a water source nearby. You should also keep small children away from the fire and any fireworks and keep them from getting too close.

O’Donnell Law Center would like to wish everyone a fun and safe New Year’s celebration. Hopefully with these safety tips, you can enjoy the night of celebration safely.


We Carry Your Burden ~ You Carry On With Life.



Disclaimer: No attorney-client relationship is created by the publication of this blog.


The choice of a lawyer is an important decision and should not be based solely on advertising.

Phone: (573) 552-0317

O'Donnell Law Center, LLC
1026 Palisades Blvd. Suite 3
Osage Beach, MO  65065