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Where Did the Easter Bunny Come From?

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Traditionally, Easter was a religious holiday. While many people still celebrate it this way, the holiday has become highly commercialized. People around the world celebrate with Easter egg hunts and lots of candy. Where did the whole idea of the Easter Bunny actually come from though? Keep reading to find out.

History of the Easter Bunny
While the exact origins of the "Easter Bunny" remain somewhat of a mystery, rabbits are an ancient symbol of fertility and new life. Many pagan cultures across Europe held spring festivals to celebrate the renewal of life and promote fertility. One of the festivals was in honor of Eostre or Eastre, the goddess of dawn, spring and fertility. The festival was closely linked to the hare and eggs because of their fertility symbolism. Since the Eostre festival occurred around the same time as the Christian's celebration of Christ's resurrection, so the two celebrations became one. In German writings from the 1600s, the pagan rabbit image…

The Pros and Cons of Asphalt Roofing

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Of all the possible roofing materials out there, asphalt shingles are the most common among homeowners, especially here in the Midwest. In today's blog, your favorite Lake of the Ozarks roofing company presents a list of the pros and cons of asphalt roofs.

Pros of Asphalt Roofs
1. Less Expensive - The biggest pro to choosing asphalt for your roofing material is that it is the least expensive option. The fact that they are the most affordable is why many homeowners choose asphalt shingles. Asphalt is the most economically viable options when it comes to roofing material.

2. Easy Installation - Asphalt roofing shingles are easier to install than other types of roofing materials. This saves both on time and labor costs for the installation. In fact, Above & Beyond Roofing can turn the average roofing job in just one day!

3. Variety of Color Options - The other great thing about asphalt shingles is that they come in a wide variety of colors and styles. You can find the perfect option…

St. Patrick's Day Trivia to Share

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Tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day, the Irish holiday full of luck and everything green! How are you celebrating the holiday this weekend? Are you headed out with family and friends? To add to the entertainment, share some of these fun trivia questions with them and see who knows the most about St. Patrick's Day and the Irish!

1. What does Erin go Bragh translate to? 
A. Happy St. Patrick's Day
B. Ireland Forever
C. Good Luck
D. Go Ireland

2. The very first St. Patrick's Day Parade was not held in Ireland. Where was it held? 
A. Boston
B. Philadelphia
C. New York City
D. Savannah

3. The traditional color of St. Patrick's time was not green, but what color? 
A. Orange
B. White
C. Blue
D. Gold

4. Ireland's national symbol is what? 
A. The Shamrock
B. The Celtic Harp
C. The Celtic Cross
D. The Leprechaun

5. St. Patrick was not actually born in Ireland, but kidnapped and taken there. Where was he born? 
A. England
B. Germany
C. Belgium
D. Wales

6. Why is St. Patrick's …

Repairing Your Gutters Before Spring

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The official start of spring is less than two weeks away! The winter season can take a toll on your gutters. Ice dams are a major cause of gutter damage. Make sure you're gutters are properly installed and repairs are made if needed before the spring rains roll in. Keep reading to learn more about the importance of properly maintained gutters from your favorite roofing company at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Importance of Gutters
The proper installation and maintenance of a home gutter system cannot be stressed enough. It's a part of your home that often gets overlooked until major problems arise. Spring rains can wreck havoc on your home if not properly controlled by rain gutters. Gutters provide many benefits to homeowners including: avoiding foundation problems, preventing flooding under the house and in basements, preventing erosion around the home, preservation of landscaping and turf, preventing water damage to siding, preventing water staining on brick and stone masonry, pre…

Finding the Right Roofer for the Job

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When it comes to your roof, you want to make sure the job is being handled by a professional, who is knowledgeable and experienced. You want someone you can trust. Today's blog from your Lake of the Ozarks roofing company offers a list of questions you want to ask a roofer before hiring them.

Question #1: Do you have the necessary licenses and insurance required for a roofing contractor in this area?
Roofing can be a dangerous job, that requires the proper training, licenses and insurance. You want to make sure they have a current license, general liability insurance and workman's comp insurance. Be sure to ask for the relevant paperwork as proof. At Above & Beyond Roofing, we carry $2 million in insurance and workman's comp for all employees.

Question #2: How long have you been in the roofing business? How much experience do your employees have? 
Your roof is the part of your home that protects everything else and the home's contents. You want to make sure that wh…