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If you missed the television premier of "Lake Effects" previously shown on the Hallmark Movie Channel during the month of May, don’t worry! The DVD will be available to retailers on Aug. 14th and has a suggested retail price of $19.98. "Lake Effects" features several area businesses and homes. The film's producer, Sara Elizabeth Timmins, owner of Life Out Loud Films, lives in Moneta.

“Lake Effects” is a family drama set and filmed at SML last year, and follows a big-city lawyer who travels home to SML for the funeral of her father and reconnects with her mother and sister, while learning what makes life at Smith Mountain Lake so special.

The cast of "Lake Effects" includes Emmy award-winner and two-time Golden Globe award-winner, Jane Seymour and Scottie Thompson, Madeline Zima, Casper Van Dien, Jeff Fahey, Ben Savage, Eyal Podell, Sean Patrick Flanery and Mary Beth McDonough. Visit www.lakeeffectsthemovie.com for more information.

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The fourth-annual PWC Poker Run, hosted by the SML Power boating Association, features six card stops and a $1,700 purse and will be held on June 23rd. (All participants must be on  personal watercraft to participate.) PWCs will be launching Waller's Waterfront at the Crystal Shores Marina and then returning. The card stops include: Indian Point Marina, Bernard's Landing, Gills Creek Marina, Jake's Place and the Penhook Boat Dock. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Scruggs Dive Team.

Participants ski out at 11 a.m. after a 30-minute captain's meeting. All players must have returned by 3 p.m. to be eligible for cash prizes. The top 5 hands will be awarded $750, $500, $250, $150 and $75 respectively. Registration fees are $75 per PWC operator and $75 per rider (The event has a one-rider limit). Fees include a poker hand and food during the awards presentation. (Rider who do not wish to play can register for $15, which also includes food at Waller's).

Registrations will be accepted online at smlpba.com through June 16. Registrations will also be taken June 22 from 4 to 7 p.m. and on June 23 from 8 to 10 a.m. at Waller's. For more information about the PWC Poker Run, call Kyle Enslow at 597-5329 or visit smlpba.com.

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SML residents take pride in the beauty of the natural world that surrounds us here at home. Few places in the state offer such exquisite views without the isolation that usually goes hand in hand with rural living. That's why each year lake residents work together in a mass cleanup effort of the lake and its shorelines.

This year's Take Pride in Smith Mountain Lake Cleanup day will take place on May 5 from 8am to 4pm. All participants are given work gloves and heavyduty plastic bags, as well as a map of debris drop off points. Volunteers with barges and pontoon boats are needed for the cleanup as well, in order to remove debris from the lake itself. Participants are eligible for great door prizes, and winners will be announced on May 7.

For more information on volunteering to clean up or beautiful lake, contact the Smith Mountain Lake Chamber of Commerce.

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It's no secret that a diet consisting of mostly fresh local whole foods will lead to a healthy life with a reduced risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and so on. And while it may seem expensive and too time consuming to adopt a healthier lifestyle, this simply isn't the case.Smith Mountain Lake's rural Virginia location makes eating fresh produce, meat, and dairy straight from the source easy.

In fact, the folks at Homestead Creamery have paired up with Good Food Good People to take the guesswork out of adopting healthy eating habits.Contact the folks at the creamery by calling (540) 721-2045.


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The 9th annual Smith Mountain Lake Business Expo went off with out a hitch last Friday, with over 4,000 attending. With perfect weather and a great turnout, the event was definitely a success. At least 120 local businesses were represented at the expo, as well as"Your Business Connection," an initiative to connect local job seekers with employers.

For those considering a move to Smith Mountain Lake, the annual expo is a great way to see all that this community has to offer, and to network with business owners from Franklin, Bedford, and Pittsylvania counties.

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On May 18 and 19 at 7pm, New Crusty Minstrels will host a “Good Times at Margaritaville” sing-along at the SML YMCA. Song lyrics (by artists like Jimmy Buffett and the Beach Boys) will be projected on a big screen so guests can join in the fun.

All are encouraged to wear a Hawaiian shirt or beachwear, and flip flops (no high heeled shoes, please). Guests may bring food/beverages (including alcohol), and Hot Shots will be dishing up “Cheeseburgers in Paradise!”

Tickets are $15, and are available at The General Store, Radio Shack, SML Visitor’s Center, and ShopRite. Revenue from ticket sales will be split between Lake Christian Ministries and SML Good Neighbors. All additional donations will be matched on LCM’s behalf by an anonymous patron and on SML Good Neighbors behalf by New York Times bestselling author and part time lake resident David Baldacci!

To reserve a table for eight to 10 people, call Connie Canova at 297-6680. For more information, call Nancy Woolley at 297-1199 or Jerry and Ferne Hale, 721-7222.

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Alzheimer’s is a cruel disease that robs its victims of their memories and personality. And as anyone who has ever cared for a loved suffering from this disease will tell you, its effects are heartwrenching.

Annette Carter of Blue Ridge, VA can attest to that. Her companion of 27 years and husband of 12 passed last January after a battle with the disease. And now, in honor or her husband, she will host a fundraising event for Alzheimer’s Research on June 9th at the Vinton War Memorial.

For more information on the event as well as a little bit more about Annette and Jim Carter, check out this article from The Laker Magazine.

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Spring—with its warm-but-not-too-warm-temperatures and extra hours of sunlight – is here, and if you need more of an excuse than that to get out and enjoy all the gifts of this gorgeous season…well, here’s one for you: Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello is host to a Spring Wildflower Walk on two consecutive Saturdays in April (the 7th and the 14th).

The hike is known to be exceptionally beautiful and exceptionally strenuous, with lots of uphill climbs and muddy slopes, as well as intimate views of the wilds of Monticello, so wear sturdy shoes! The hike kicks off at 9am at the Thomas Jefferson Visitor’s Center.

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Thanks in part to its farm-friendly setting and proximity to the well established “green scene” in Roanoke, residents of Smith Mountain Lake are finding it simple and convenient to adopt a more natural lifestyle.

The first step to a more holistic lifestyle is dropping bad eating habits and adopting new, healthy ones. Start by cleaning out those cupboards! Remove any processed foods and donate them to your local food bank or church. You will replace these items with fresh, unprocessed fruits, vegetables, whole grains, meat, and fish.

Read on for a list of local resources for fresh produce, meat, and other goods and services for the eco-friendly lifestyle. 

CSA Shares

  • Riverstone Farm offers full CSA shares (will feed a family of four) or half shares (will feed a couple) with delivery to Roanoke. Call Bret Nichols at 540-577- 8218 for more information
  • Good Food Good People is comprised of a few local farms that work together to provide year round CSA shares as well as an online a la carte option. They also manintain a presence at a number of local farmer's markets. More information is available via the group's website.
  • Mountain Run Farm in Bedford offers grassfed beef, pastured poultry, and pork. Their animlas are never fed biosolids or GMO grains/corn. Those interested are encouraged to visit the farm, though more popular cuts of meat may be purchased at The Well in Bedford.
  • Eco Friendly Foods also located in Bedford has really set the bar for humane meat processing. Sold mainly in the farmer's markets of Northern, VA and Washington, D.C., and to award winning restaurants in New York (Momofuku, for one), those of us living here at SML are truly lucky to have this rockstar of the culinary world right down the street!

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The Oakley Blue Ridge Big Bass Classic will return to Smith Mountain Lake April 21 & 22, 2012! Single day entry is $100 per angler;oakley_big_bass two day entry is $150. Registration will be held at Bridgewater Marina on Friday April 20, from noon to 8pm. Get there early because the first 100 entrants will receive a FREE custom Quantum rod!

The Grand Prize is a 2012 Nitro Z7 with Mercury 150 HP Pro XS motor with a tandem trailer and dual console. Value: $28,500.00!

Check the event website for more information about start time and hourly prize payouts.

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Looking for something to do at Smith Mountain Lake for St. Patrick’s Day?

Start your day at Peaks of Otter Winery, where wearing green will get you extra discounts on their award winning wines. The free event goes from noon to 5pm!

After that, head to Mango’s Bar & Grill for specials on corned beef and cabbage, Reuben sandwiches, and draft pints.

Be safe, have fun, and remember: everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day!

Peaks of Otter Winery
2122 Sheep Creek Road
Bedford, VA 24523

Mango’s Bar & Grill
16430 Booker T. Washington Highway
Moneta, VA 24121

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If you have ever taken a drive behind the Downtown Moneta development, you undoubtedly noticed the rough shape of Old Moneta Road: the run-downs buildings, overgrowth of weeds, etc.

It is always a shame to see real estate gone to waste, especially when it has such inherent potential. Fortunately for Old Moneta Road, its fate is no longer one of further deterioration and waste, thanks to a few local artisans looking to bring some life back into the community.

Christopher Lynch and Jonathan Falls, both 26 and residents of Moneta, have opened a blacksmith shop on Old Moneta Road. Falls’ brother, Jeremy will open a welding shop in an adjacent building, and a good friend, Josh Ritchey, will open a leather shop located within the blacksmith shop.

It is the hope of Lynch and Falls to attract local artists and artisans interested in bringing a sense of vibrancy and bustle back to Old Moneta Road.

Click here for the original article from Smithmountainlake.com

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VitaZen, Smith Mountain Lake’s premier vitamin and supplement store will be hosting a Free Bone Scan event on Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24 from noon until 6pm. The scan uses ultrasound technology to read your fracture risk through your heel, and you will receive a print-out to share with your doctor. It is quick, easy, and painless. Better yet, there is no x-ray/radiation exposure.

Space is limited, so set your appointment now by calling Brett of Vitazen at 721-9635. Be sure to ask about other upcoming events and yoga classes!

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Spring is fast approaching, and with it come the Appalachian Power Smith Mountain Lake Triathlon. The event will be held at Smith Mountain Lake State Park on Saturday, May 5, 2012 beginning at 9am. Click here for event and registration information.

The Smith Mountain Lake Triathlon is a well established, beginner friendly race. It’s also features an open water swim (the first of the season in Western Virginia). Historically the water temperature at Smith Mountain Lake has been in the upper 60’s, so wetsuits are recommended, but not mandatory for the 750 meter swim. The bike portion of the race is 20k over a rolling course, and the run (5k, all inside the park) is out and back and ranges from flat to rolling. This is a really great race, and a great way to break into triathlons.

If you’re a beginner interested in training for this race, beginnertriathlete.com is a great resource full of expert training tips and tools.

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Virginia has long been known for its fine wines, and now Pittsylvania County has joined as a viticultural star in its own right.

White Oak Meadery in Shockoe will debut its local honey wine at this month's SoVa Wine Fest, as the county's third commerical winery to open in the past two years.

Husband and wife co-owners Rusty and Betsy East are passionate about their product, and excited to introduce festival goers to the diversity and depth of flavor that mead has to offer.


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Dust off those trail running shoes everyone, and get ready for the 2012 Blossom to Bottle 5k, at Peaks of Otter Winery and Johnson's Orchard. Traverse the hills and valleys or the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, while taking in the sights and sounds of Spring. You will cross bridges, streams and pastures full of blossoms and farm animals with their precious new born babies.And then of course, kick back and enjoy a glass (or a bottle) at the Peaks of Otter Winery.

For more information on the race, click here. And for more information of getting into great shape for the race, check out the Couch to 5k training program.

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Forget flowers and chocolate, and forget shopping online. This Valentine’s Day, surprise your sweetie with a DIY gift box, bag, or basket sourced from businesses here at Smith Mountain Lake. Your Valentine will love it, and you’ll be supporting our local economy. Read on for a mix-and-match guide to a perfectly romantic Smith Mountain Lake Valenstine’s treat.

First, pick your Valentine’s poison and head over to Laker Beverage and Tobacco. Their selection of wine and beer can’t be beat in Franklin or Bedford counties, and the knowledgeable staff will set you up with the perfect bottle or craft brew. This is a great place to start because you can begin building your gift basket here in-store.

Then, try The Cottage Gate for some eclectic extras that will really make your gift basket (or bag or box) pop. There is much to see at The Cottage Gate, so take your time and let the perfect gift find you. Maybe a bookshelf-edition board game for two?

Next, check out what VitaZen has to offer your Valentine. With a huge selection of Bean Pod soy candles, Aura Cacia massage oils, and soothing bath salts, you can really up the romance factor here. Through Valentine’s Day take advantage of “The Little Green Bag” package, which includes a candle, massage oil; and a your choice of a sweet, salty, or spicy granola treat all for $20. Another idea is to purchase a package of Yoga classes for two. There are few things more romantic than experiencing the gift of mind and body wellness as a couple. And it just so happens that VitaZen is offering 25% off of all yoga accessories with ticket purchase through 3/31/12. You’ll find everything you need to begin your practice here, from mats and mat bags to blocks and straps.

Finally, let local photographer Christi Austin capture the perfect image of your romance. Consider a gift certificate for a photo session with your Valentine, or book a "boudoir" session featuring just you.

Put it all together and you’ve got a one-of-a-kind gift that’s sure to impress your better half this Valentine’s day.


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There are few things more interesting than tracing one's family history back to its roots. However, the research process may prove daunting without the proper tools and know-how. Luckily for residents of Smith Mountain Lake and nearby areas, the Bedford Genealogical Society will be hosting a class for those interested in mapping out their family tree.

Each course is four weeks long, with Part A geared toward those interested in the basics of getting their research off the ground, and Part B about Internet research techniques. Part A will be held on consecutive Saturdays, February 11 through March 3, 2012; from 9am to noon. Part B will be held on Monday March, 12; Friday March, 16; Monday March, 19 and Friday March, 23 from 7pm to 9pm.

For pricing or more information, visit the Bedford Genealogical Society's website.

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Come by the Westlake Library at 84 Westlake Road, near Kroger, on Saturday, January 21 to meet local author Joe Dye. He will discuss his book, “From Appalachia to the White House: My Life in the Secret Service,” at 2:30 p.m.

Mr. Dye grew up in Russell County, and his memoir chronicles his time working for the FBI, Metro Police Department, and the U.S. Secret Service White House Police. He tells of protecting presidents, heads of state, royalty, and religious leaders; plus personal trials and tribulations along the way.

For more information, call the Westlake Library at 483-3098, extension 3.

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For those interested in something a little different in the way of healing and pain management, Ellen Ravis will be hosting a seminar on “Reconnective Healing” at VitaZen, a supplement store/yoga studio at Smith Mountain Lake. The seminar is a free introduction to the practice of Reconnective Healing, and it will be held on Saturday, January 21, at 2p.m. For more information on the seminar, call Brett Keister at 540-721-9365. For more information about Reconnective healing, visit www.thereconnection.com.

And while you’re there, be sure to talk with Brett and Glenda about the yoga classes they offer!

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Leslie Becker, AIA, AIPP, FIABCI, NAR
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