Fun Is Yours To Make At Smith Mountain Lake

1239087_362130577325852_6751284922657722289_oFun Is Yours To Make At Smith Mountain Lake10454443_303144183224492_5533592165923668318_n is a coloring book about the lake.

This coloring book was written and illustrated by Marva Joy Dansberry. It is being sold at area retailers – including Oar Knot (at Bridgewater), Moneta Farm & Home Center (Garden Center),The Virginia Dare Cruises, Smith Mountain Dock and Lodge, Mitchell’s Point Marina, and The Whitehouse Corner Store. This first Smith Mountain Lake Coloring Book is great for children and adults alike. It includes pages about lake activities, challenges and area history.

It is a great commemorative gift for vacationers and local residents alike.And, its out just in time for the Lake’s upcoming series of 50th Anniversary celebrations!

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Smith Mountain Lake Farm

Looking for a fun activity at Smith Mountain Lake for your entire family?  Check out Smith Mountain Lake Farm and the beautiful Alpacas!

Looking for a fun activity at Smith Mountain Lake for your entire family? Check out Smith Mountain Lake Farm and the beautiful Alpacas!

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Impressive Lake Views for Osprey 10K/5K/Walk at Smith Mountain Lake

7af1cbaa-51f1-45b8-a815-9e80d8002e012016 is a significant year for the Friends of Smith Mountain Lake State Park.  They are celebrating their 20th year as a non-profit corporation formed to help the park in its mission.  To celebrate, they decided to hold a race they called the Osprey 10K/5K/Walk to coincide with the annual return of the osprey to their nest at the park.  The race is set for Saturday, April 9th at 9:00 a.m. at the State Park.

Dave Gearhart, President and Co-Organizer said they wanted to hold an event that would attract visitors to the park and continue to grow every year.  Gearhart, who runs in the Boston Marathon, said “Smith Mountain Lake State Park offers a perfect location for a 10K/5K race.  It’s and out and back route entirely within the park.  It has some of the most beautiful sights you’ll find in a race – a wooded route with numerous views of the lake.”  Bernie Tipton, Co-Organizer for the event and also a runner who has run the Virginia 10 Miler in Lynchburg 40 times, said that running is easier than organizing.  He is helping layout the coarse and received help from Run-About Sports in Roanoke.  “It’s probably considered a moderate course, with a couple of slow easy-up hills about ½ mile long.”  

Race organizers say that the turn-around point at the 3.1-mile mark occurs at the Discovery Center.  That location is arguably the best place on land to see Smith Mountain Lake because you can see for miles, both upstream and downstream.  Organizers plan to have a television monitor at the finish line with live feed from the osprey nest, as well as other tables that have information available about the park.  There will also be recovery drinks, fruit, energy bars and awards.

The osprey 10K and 5K races are sanctioned by U.S.A. Track & Field and will be chip-timed by Run Roanoke.  The organizers hope to have a first-class event that runners will want to participate in every year.

For more information about the Friends of Smith Mountain Lake State Park, or the Osprey 10K/5K/Walk, visit www.smlspfriends.com.  Paper and online race registration are available on the website as well.

This is the view at the turnaround in the Osprey 10K/5K races, which is considered one of the lake’s best views on land.

By: Jim Gerhart, Friends of Smith Mountain Lake State Park

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“Color Guard” Will Run The Osprey 10K Race While Carrying Flags

 

6b10320c-fd12-4f3f-8187-c38f119d15c2On April 9, at 9 a.m. the Friends of Smith Mountain Lake State Park will have their inaugural 10 K/5K, walk to celebrate their 20th anniversary as a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to helping the park in its mission.  The “Color Guard” will be running the 10K while carrying flags.  Their goal is to bring honor and awareness to our troops serving and in harm’s way.  They will each carry a flag; United States, Virginia State, Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard.

Steve Bozeman, the organizer of the Color Guard, said that shortly after 9/11, he put out a “Call to Run” to see if there was interest in raising public awareness about the military and their sacrifices.  “We got a great response and just weeks after the 9/11 attack on our homeland we started running the Virginia Ten Miler in Lynchburg.  That was the beginning of a great tradition.”  He said, “We do this to bring awareness that our freedoms are at a cost to those who serve in the five military branches and their families, who have made many sacrifices over the 241 years of being a free nation.  Bozeman said they have about 30 patriotic runners in the group and will have enough volunteers for the Osprey race, to carry the seven flags.  

George Broman, who will be carrying a flag said, “I’ve never served our country in the Armed Forces.  I am a proud American who has travelled and lived overseas as an adult, and have a deep appreciation of just how wonderful this country is and can be.  I carry the flag for two reasons:  It’s a way for me to honor those who have served, and all too often given their lives to secure this country and way of life so many take for granted.  Secondly, to call people to everyday patriotism, to honor and be proud of this country, and to do their part to keep it great.”

To register for the race, go to www.smlspfriends.com, or arrive early and register on the day of the race.

By: Jim Gerhart, Friends of Smith Mountain Lake State Park

 

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Happy Full Pond Day – Smith Mountain Lake – March 7th 1966 – 2016

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Celebrating 50 Years of Full Pond at Smith Mountain Lake

dt_common_streams_StreamServer-300x245March 7th marks the 50th anniversary of “full pond” at Smith Mountain Lake.  The News & Advance has published some great pictures showing the history of the dam and the lake being filled.  Click here to enjoy these photos.

 

 

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Smith Mountain Lake 50-Mile Bike Trail

56c326b5ad93d.imageAs much as recreation is a part of the lake, so, too, are the sweeping water and mountain views. Now all of those elements have been combined into a 50-mile bike trail on the Bedford County side of the lake.

Mike Dittrich, a part-time lake resident, came up with the idea for the trail as another way to celebrate the lake’s 50th anniversary.

“I tried to pick a route that would offer as many scenic vistas of the lake, but would still be part of a contiguous route,” he said.

Beginning at Smith Mountain Lake State Park in Huddleston, the route meanders along several of the county’s less-traveled roads, Dittrich said.

“I’ve ridden every part of the route several times,” he added.

Now, thanks to $7,500 from the 50th anniversary’s steering committee and a matching grant from the Bedford County Board of Supervisors, signs will soon be posted along the route to direct riders.

Jerry Craig, the county’s director of tourism, presented the request to the county supervisors, which was granted Feb. 8.

The money, Craig said, “will cover the cost of 50 signs, the installation of those signs and the maintenance of the signs over a period of time.”

The next step will be reaching out to the Virginia Department of Transportation to determine who will install the signs and where they’ll go, Dittrich said. “The idea is to put up signs pretty much where we can use existing street signs.”

Once the signs are in place, Dittrich said he hopes to host a kick-off group ride.

“I want to get the thing open and running and letting people know about it,” Dittrich said.

The route is ideal for all levels of bicyclists, Dittrich said, and gives riders the option of only doing a portion of the trail or the entire route.

Several times as he was putting the route together, Dittrich said people would stop him to ask about places to ride around the lake.

“I think it’ll be nice for experienced riders, but it’s also going to be nice for beginners,” Dittrich said.

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Cabinet Gallery at Smith Mountain Lake Announces Drab to Fab Kitchen $25K Contest

Smith Mountain Lake, VA (January 26, 2016) – The Cabinet Gallery of Smith Mountain Lake, in collaboration with Smith Mountain Building Supply, invites homeowners to end kitchen envy with a $25,000 grand prize Drab to Fab Kitchen Contest beginning February Outdated-Kitchen-Makeovers-Idea-with-wooden-floor1st through March 31st.

The grand prize winner, who will be announced May 1st, 2016, will receive a full kitchen remodel to include new cabinets, appliances, countertops, floors, backsplash and lighting from the product lines of the contest sponsors: The Cabinet Gallery, Interiors by Kris and Ferguson. All existing kitchen cabinetry in the grand prize winners home will be donated to Habitat for Humanity.

“We are really excited about this contest,” stated Kelly Cass, VP of Operations for Smith Mountain Building Supply, “It not only supports local Habitat for Humanity locations but it gets area residents excited about the possibility of a complete kitchen remodel for free! A major upgrade to your home on us!”

Contest submissions will be accepted from February 1st, 2016 through March 31st, 2016 via the contest website at www.drabtofabkitchen.com. Entries must be in video format. All entries are subject to the rules and regulations outlined on the website and the homeowner must live within 60 miles of Smith Mountain Lake.

From the submissions, three finalists will be chosen on Monday, April 18th and official representatives from the contest will visit each home to look at the kitchen in person. Out of the finalists, a grand prize winner will be selected and announced on May 1st, 2016, via the contest website and other media outlets.

For more information, please contact Morgan Kreutz, Marketing Director for The Willard Companies at 540-721-5288.

About The Cabinet Gallery: The Cabinet Gallery is a full service kitchen and bath located in Hardy, VA at Smith Mountain Lake. Our designs and remodels attract clientele who crave perfections in not only their kitchens and baths but libraries, offices, entertainment centers and game rooms. The Cabinet Gallery’s attention to detail, unique design features, quality products, craftsman style installations and outstanding service sets us apart from the competition. Whether you are building or remodeling we offer choices for every budget.

About Smith Mountain Building Supply: Smith Mountain Building Supply has served the Smith Mountain Lake area since 1986. Our Westlake Store is located at Westlake Corner on Route 122. Smith Mountain Building Supply offers the widest variety of products to retail and contractor sales customers. We are led by a highly qualified team of professionals, and provide our customers with the knowledge they need for that home improvement project or building their dream home. We continue to build our reputation on serving the needs of our customers with quality, integrity, and service.

Morgan Kreutz

Marketing Director

morgan@thewillardcompanies.com

The Willard Companies

540-721-5288 x102

www.thewillardcompanies.com

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Smith Mountain Lake Real Estate Sales Continue to Improve

Third Quarter 2015 Smith Mountain Lake Real Estate Report September 30, 2015

10577043_761377667254917_7137669619268189686_nOverall, our summer was a nice blend of hot and cool weather with a generous amount of rain during the late spring and early summer which kept the lake near full pond. Summer closed with a six week dry spell with lake water levels gradually declining a total of about 3.5’, but beginning September 22nd and through the end of the month, we received frequent rains totaling ~9 inches that restored lake levels back to full pond. Plans are continuing for the 50th Anniversary of Smith Mountain Lake reaching full pond with many special events and marketing activities scheduled during 2016.

Sales volumes steadily improved during the third quarter led by waterfront homes and condo and townhouse sales. Waterfront homes achieved the highest quarterly sales volume (72 homes) since 2005 and we expect to exceed 2014 sales volume in 2015 by at least 15-20% or a total of 225 -235 homes. Unfortunately, average waterfront home sales prices remain flat. This is reinforced by our sales price versus tax assessment analysis (attached) which continues to indicate that homes are selling, on average, for only slightly more than their current tax assessment. The higher sales volume has succeeded in moving some older inventory off the market, but that inventory has been replaced by many new listings. The IIIQ Quarter ended with over 350 waterfront homes in current inventory. We hope sales continue at higher volumes to reduce the inventory, which ideally should be around a one year supply. When we achieve that inventory level, we expect home prices will gradually begin to increase. The average sales price of waterfront homes sold during 2015 year-to-date declined slightly again with over ~54% of all sales less than $500,000.

Year-to-date condo and townhouse sales have improved and are equivalent to volumes we experienced for the full years of 2013 and 2014. The year-end sales volume should be the best we have seen since 2006, but average sales prices continue to be flat for this market segment. The volume of waterfront lot sales remains low, but average sale prices have increased and are the highest we have seen since 2009. As we indicated previously, this may signal that buyers who are interested in designing and building their own, personalized lake home may be coming back into our market. We also continue to see a modest increase in average sales prices of water access homes which is a good sign for our market.

Most Franklin and Bedford County property owners have now received their 2015 real estate tax bills. These tax bills are due and payable to the respective Counties by December 5, 2015. We expect the new reassessment notices will be forthcoming within the next few weeks. From initial indications, we expect Franklin County reassessments to be in line with the assessments conducted four years ago in 2011. We are in the process of capturing 2015 waterfront home sales data versus current tax assessments for Franklin County to compare with the new 2016 assessment results when they are available. Overall, sales prices for the 158 waterfront homes sold in Bedford and Franklin Counties during the first three quarters of 2015 averaged 2.5% above their current county tax assessments.

Team Fansler continues to focus on meeting the needs of every client with our unmatched services, knowledge of the lake real estate market and attention to detail that we provide on every transaction. We look forward to working with you soon!

Tom Fansler, Realtor, ABR, GRI Eric Fansler, Realtor, GRI

Luxury Home Collection Specialists

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

Smith Mountain Lake Real Estate

Tom’s Cell # 1-540-871-8355, Email – numb1hokie@aol.com

Eric’s Cell # 1-540-871-8655, Email – efans@aol.com

Toll Free @ 1-800-858-4653

www.TEAMFANSLER.com

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Fall Festival at Bridgewater Plaza – Oct. 3

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