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 Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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The Franklin News-Post
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Fax: 540-483-8013

Wine Festival bringing more music, unique food and craft vendors
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The Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce organizers are pulling out all the stops to celebrate the 26th anniversary of the Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 27 and 28.

The lake's wine festival provides a grand platform for Smith Mountain Lake residents and visitors to enjoy great music, wine tasting and crafts.

Every corner of Virginia will be represented with 28 wineries pouring a variety of their finest products. Also an assembly of some of the best regional crafts, a superb variety of foods and live music provided by top bands will be featured.

The wine festival will be held at LakeWatch Plantation on Route 122 in Moneta. The site is about 2 miles south of the Hales Ford Bridge and across from Bojangle's Restaurant.

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The AGAPE Center: Channeling God's love to mentor and help people
Home Tour Charity Profile
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By FRAN BURNS - Special to the News-Post

By definition, agape is selfless, unconditional love, the highest of the four types of love in the Bible.

The AGAPE Center is a charity with nine member churches: Bedrock Community Church; Covenant Fellowship; Dwelling Place; Eastlake Community Church; Flint Hill Baptist; Morgan's Baptist Church; Palestine Baptist Church, Radford Baptist Church; and Staunton Baptist Church.

The center is located on Promised Land Road in Moneta.

Reflecting God's agape love to those in our community who are in need, the center's goal is to address the needs of the whole person -- including spiritual, emotional and physical aspects. Each family who comes to the organization for help is assigned a mentor, who works with them each time they visit.

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Volunteers still needed for 2014 SML Charity Home Tour

Volunteers are still needed to be room hostesses, ticket takers, parking helpers and dock helpers for the 2014 Charity Home Tour. 

Volunteers may choose one of five shifts in the eight featured homes on Friday, Oct. 10, Saturday, Oct. 11 or Sunday, Oct. 12.

To sign up online, visit, and scroll over "Get Involved!" at the top of the page. Then, choose "Volunteer" on the drop-down menu. This will take you to our "ezSignUp" page, where you can enter your contact information.

A member of the home tour team will contact you to discuss the most convenient home and shift for you. 

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‘Night at the Races’ ready to run
SML Rotary Club fundraiser will benefit community

The Rotary Club of Smith Mountain Lake is bringing back "A Night at the Races" on Saturday, Oct. 18 from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the W.E. Skelton 4-H Conference Center in Wirtz.

One of the most popular fundraisers in the lake region, the event features video-simulated horse racing, dozens of valuable prizes and the popular Kentucky Derby Women's Hat Parade.

"This is our most important fundraiser of the year," said George Morrison, SML Rotary Club president. "The proceeds go right back into the community and help provide critical services to those in need."

Activities start at 5:30 p.m. with a cash bar, featuring beer, wine, liquor and Mint Juleps.

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Record-setting aviator to visit SML Pilots Club
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Pilot Art Mortvedt is returning for a repeat visit with the SML Pilots club on Sunday, Sept. 28 at the Moneta Community Room.

Mortvedt, who resides in the Yukon, addressed the club last spring following his solo flight in a single-engine aircraft to the North Pole.

His noteworthy plane, christened the "Polar Pumpkin," is presently resting in a hangar at the Smith Mountain airport, awaiting his next exciting journey.

His video presentation and narration this time will recount his just completed round-the-world trip focused on Russia and Mongolia. His Russian visit was to attend the "Worldrounders" Convention in St. Petersburg, Russia -- a club for those folks flying small aircraft around the world.

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Oktoberfest set for Oct. 4 at SML
Festival will include live entertainment, authentic German food, special beer
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The second annual Oktoberfest and 5K Trail Race/Walk will be held in Westlake Towne Center at Smith Mountain Lake on Saturday, Oct. 4.

The festival, hosted by The Willard Companies and the Smith Mountain Lake YMCA, will feature live entertainment, German food and a special beer from Sunken City Brewery.

The 5K Trail Race/Walk will start at 10:30 a.m. The Oktoberfest festival will be held from 12 to 5 p.m. Gates open at 11 a.m.

The entertainment includes the Harbour Towne Fest Band, a full size authentic Oktoberfest Blaskapelle band from Wilmington, N.C., along with special appearances by SML Saengerbund and The Commandeers from Durham, N.C.

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Smith Mountain Lake Chamber receives grant for tourism marketing

The Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce will receive a $9,878 grant from the Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) Marketing Leverage Program.

The chamber will receive funds for its "Smith Mountain Lake Online Marketing and Responsive Website Campaign."

The chamber partnered with the Franklin County Office of Economic Development and Bedford Tourism and Welcome Center to supply $9,878 in matching funds for the project.

The website campaign digitally heightens awareness of Smith Mountain Lake as an affordable, easy-access vacation and recreation destination. With continued high gas prices, time constraints and economic challenges, many travelers are seeking affordable get-away options, according to the chamber. This campaign maximizes the central location of Smith

Mountain Lake as an easy drive from all points in Virginia and the surrounding states.

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What's Coming Up on Lake and Land
Smith Mountain Lake Community Calendar


The Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival will be held today and tomorrow at LakeWatch Plantation. Tickets are available online at or from 28 area ticket outlets. Visit the chamber website for a complete list and location of outlets.

The Skelton 4-H Center will hold a painting with Bob Ross course from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call 721-2759, ext. 264.


Art Mortvedt will recount a recent trip to Russia and Mongolia at the SML Pilots Club meeting at 7 p.m. in the Moneta Community Room.


A gluten free support group will meet at 10 a.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish.


A multiple sclerosis support group will meet at 12 p.m. at Resurrection Catholic Church. Bring a bagged lunch and a drink.

A men's cancer support group will meet at 6 p.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish.

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