Junior Boat Safety Program – May 17th


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Scott’s Strawberry Festival – May 8th – 11th


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Promoting Water Safety at Smith Mountain Lake

By PETE LEWIS – SML Water Safety Council

Water_Safety_logoIf you live on Smith Mountain Lake, one of the best things you can do for your family is to install a reflective home address sign in a highly visible location on your dock.

This will make it easier for visiting friends to find you from the water. More importantly, the sign will act as a beacon for the Smith Mountain lake Marine Fire and Rescue teams in case of an emergency.

George Tawes, chief of the Smith Mountain Lake Marine Fire Department, said, “Many times we are out on the lake at night searching with a flashlight for a particular location. In an emergency situation, when every second, every minute is critical to a favorable outcome, wasting time looking for the correct dock is a very frustrating experience for fire and rescue crews. I can only imagine how upsetting it must be for those waiting for our help.”

Smith Mountain Lake is one of the few lakes in the country that has several ISO (Insurance Services Organization) certified fire fighting and paramedic-equipped rescue boats. These volunteer-operated vessels are positioned around the lake to respond to an emergency, especially one that occurs on or near the water, more quickly than land-based vehicles.

Since these teams are dispatched to street addresses, it can be difficult to identify the correct location from the water.

Both the fire and rescue teams and the Smith Mountain Lake Water Safety Council emphasize that reflective dock address signs are a tremendous help in locating an emergency in a hurry.

The SML Rotary Club has placed over 550 dock address signs on the lake, making it easier for rescue personnel to locate the site of an emergency, but more are needed.

This spring, RadioShack at Westlake has donated a $50 gift certificate for one resident who purchases a dock address sign. All who submit an application by May 30 will be entered into a drawing for the gift certificate.

Order forms for dock address signs are available at RadioShack in Westlake and online at SMLRotary.com.  The signs cost $25 or $40 if you want them installed by Rotary volunteers. Contact RadioShack owner Steve Miller at 540-721-0336 or smiller801@embarqmail.com with questions.

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Chug for the Jug 5K Race


In Memory of Larry Heaton

July 25, 1957-December 9, 2012

The 7th Annual Franklin Community Bank Chug for the Jug 5k Road Race, Carilion Health Walk and the Kid’s Fun Run are brought to you by Franklin County Parks & Recreation. We are excited to present another great race in the wonderful town of Rocky Mount!

Join us Saturday, April 27th to watch your kids run through downtown, then line up for the 5k race for a chance to win a unique moonshine jug trophy, handmade finishers medals or join a team for the health walk and try for the coveted team trophy!

Race Day Itinerary:

Race Day Registration Until 8:30am

Kid’s Fun Run Start 8:30am

5k & Health Walk Start 9:00am

Post Race Awards (Follows Race)

Click Here for Race Registration Form (pdf document).

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LakEvents by Jessica at Smith Mountain Lake

1782563_625288744207987_945396135_oLakEvents by Jessica  located at 130 Scruggs Road, Suite 102, Moneta, VA is a space for the community to use for marketing their business, special events and other gatherings.

Mission Statement: To provide an outlet for small business owners and artisans to market their product and to also offer an affordable community center for special events and gatherings.

1977455_634751839928344_700694387_nLakEvents is an affordable space for the community. Whether you need a location to market your product or services, to raise funds for a charity you are passionate about, or to celebrate a special occasion we are here.

Available by appointment only, just call 540.296.4684 and let Jessica help you plan your next birthday party, bridal shower, baby shower, team banquet, business meeting, club meeting, direct sales party, fundraiser, reunion, and more! You can also hop on over this weekend for a sneak peak at the facilites at The Easter Egg Hunt and Vendor Market.  See you there!


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Osprey Lay Eggs at Smith Mountain Lake State Park

By JIM GERHART – Friends of SML State Park

osprey_egg_1The eggs are arriving! The first egg appeared on March 31. The second egg was laid on April 2. A third egg is anticipated and possibly a fourth. The osprey nest is atop a pole and platform near the R-16 channel marker, behind the Discovery Center at Smith Mountain Lake State Park.

From the time the male osprey arrived on March 12, a week later than the female, until the first egg appeared was 19 days. This is a short time for the ospreys to produce an egg, which could range from 10 to 39 days. This indicates the ospreys are probably an older experienced pair. They arrived and immediately claimed their old nest site. The female was quick to pick her suitor based on his good track record of providing food for the brood in the past.

What is interesting about the osprey pairing process is that well-fed females are less likely to beg for food as is customary, or copulate with other males. This indicates that the courtship feeding ritual may be one way that ospreys guarantee long-lasting mate relationships. The male not only feeds his chosen mate, which keeps her close to the nest, but he also defends her and the nest site from other males.

The eggs on the nest are about the size of chicken eggs but are not white. They have a mottled appearance, which acts as a camouflage so they are not easily seen by other raptors.

The eggs are incubated for about 30 days before they hatch. During this time, the female osprey develops a brood patch, which is a temporary gap in the feathers on her belly. The skin is bare and has a lot of blood vessels on the surface to increase the heating ability to optimize the temperature to 100 degrees. The male osprey is the primary food provider but sometimes sits on the eggs. As the embryo nears 30 days in the egg, it begins to breathe from an air pocket inside the egg. It chirps to its mother who responds and encourages the chick to peck at the shell. It takes about a day for the chick to peck a hole big enough to exit.

This is the second in a six-part series of articles about Ospreys returning to Smith Mountain Lake for the summer.)

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Captain’s Quarters Boat Rental Rates – 2014

Here are your boat rental rates for Captain’s Quarters for 2014:

Address is:  16525 Booker T Washington Highway, Moneta, VA  24121

Phone:  800-388-9984


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The Cry of Christ Easter Drama at Halesford Baptist Church

“The Cry of Christ” Easter drama is offered free to the community for the sixth year with a chilling yet uplifting story

crySix and one half years have passed since the greatest disaster the world has even known has occurred. There is complete chaos and pandemonium around every corner. Loved ones have disappeared, while others are persecuted. Join us as we follow one fictional, modern day family among the persecuted and how they find peace through the biblical story of Jesus Christ in this year’s “The Cry of Christ” Easter drama.

children 2013HalesfordBaptistChurch in Wirtz, VA will be offering to the community the sixth annual “The Cry of Christ”, a fully staged and costumed drama. Each year, over two hundred HBC members come together to produce the area’s only fully staged Easter drama. Last year it was met with enthusiastic response, with over 2500 attendees across seven showings. Some groups in attendance even traveled from out of state to watch this community production. The production is a continuous year long work in progress at Halesford Baptist with the desire to present this unique drama to our local community.

blind begger 2013Due to high demand, two weekends of performances are offered. Performance times are as follows: Friday, April 11th at 7 p.m., and Saturday, April 12th at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 13th at 3pm. The following weekend performances are for Thursday, April 17th at 7pm, Friday, April 18th at 7pm and Saturday, April 19th at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. FREE ADMISSION with seating reservations strongly suggested. The seating reservations and other information will be available beginning March 20th at www.halesford.com. Those without Internet access may call 855-529-9797.

ascension 2013Please join us for this captivating and remarkable recount of Christ’s story.

For further information contact

Rhonda Ellis – 540-537-0893

Sherrill Dunn – 540-890-1192




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8 Ways to Get Your Lake Home Ready for Spring

p1010723Tackle these small tasks (with big impact) and give your lake house a mini-facelift for spring.

1.  Clean all light fixtures, and replace burnt-out bulbs with energy-saving bulbs.

2.  Restore the luster of your door by polishing the hinges and knobs. Paint or stain the door with a color that stands out, yet also complements the trim and siding. Put out a clean, new welcome mat — and make sure the doorbell works.

3.  Snow and cold can wreak havoc on your walkway. With warmer weather approaching, take this time to patch cracks and replace loose bricks and pavers. Rent a power washer or purchase a chemical treatment to clean up embedded stains in concrete, stone or asphalt.

4.  Strategically placed plants can conceal unattractive aspects of your house or yard. Place large pots or hanging baskets around the stoop or porch. Bushes or hedges can hide air-conditioning units or propane tanks, and flower beds and window boxes will stylize a stark facade.

5.  Prune dead branches, trim back overgrown shrubbery and remove any obstructive plantings. Spread mulch or bark around trees, shrubs and flowers for a weed-free, well-kept look.

6.  Spray a fresh coat of paint on furniture and replace the cushions. Fill an empty spot on the porch or stoop with a modern bench or porch swing.

7.  Sweep the sidewalk and stoop, clear away cobwebs, tighten wobbly railings, and repaint posts and supports.

8.  Inspect your downspouts and gutters just before the spring rains start to be sure they’re clear of leaves, tree limbs and other debris that might cause problems later on. Clogging usually occurs at the elbow in a drainage system, where the downspout connects to the gutter. Since this elbow is relatively easy to remove, take it off and inspect for clogging.



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LakEvents Easter Egg Hunt – April 19th


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