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 Friday, October 24, 2014
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Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
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12th annual Chili Fest set for Nov. 1
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The 12th annual Smith Mountain Lake Fall Chili & Craft Festival is slated for Saturday, Nov. 1 at Bridgewater Plaza.

Admission to the festival is $5 per person. Children 6 and under will be admitted free when accompanied by an adult.

The festival, sponsored by the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce, will be open to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Chili-tasting begins at noon.

Last year, more than 2,000 festival-goers enjoyed the chilies in the competition, shopped for a variety of crafts and enjoyed the on-site entertainment.

This year promises even more crafts and entertainment, including Jennifer Rose, the face painter for the New England Patriots football team.

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Oktoberfest proceeds presented to SML YMCA
Some of the money will support Safe Swim program
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The Smith Mountain Lake YMCA received $7,701 last week from the second annual Oktoberfest and 5K Trail Race/Walk earlier this month.

Several event sponsors were on hand during a check presentation to the Y last week.

"We experienced an increase of 22 percent in attendance this year. The event committee is already hard at work planning next year's festival, which will officially take place on first Saturday in October each year moving forward," said Christopher Finley, director of marketing and communications for The Willard Companies.

The third annual Oktoberfest and 5K Trail Race/Walk will be held on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015.

"These funds are greatly appreciated and will go towards supporting our overall mission with the community and important programs, such as the Safe Swim program," said Andrea Fansler, director of the SML YMCA.

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ACBS Fall Workshop

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Members of the Smith Mountain Lake Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society recently held their annual fall workshop at the home of Alan and Jean Frederick. Twenty-two members and their guests were treated to presentations on varnishing wooden boats, along with the fine points of winterizing a boat in preparation for the coming winter temperatures at Smith Mountain Lake.

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Craft Fair Held at Resurrection Catholic Church

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The annual craft fair at Resurrection Catholic Church in Moneta drew quite a crowd last Saturday. Above, this trio of women look happy with their finds.

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Sponsors needed to provide Thanksgiving meals

The Agape Center is seeking sponsors to provide Thanksgiving dinner for over 800 families in Franklin and Bedford counties.

A Thanksgiving dinner is $25 per family and includes turkey, green beans, corn, potatoes and stuffing.

To sponsor a family, make checks payable to The Agape Center, P.O. Box 573, Moneta, VA 24121.

The Agape Center not only helps with food, but volunteers help provide clothing, toys, furniture and appliances to families in need.

Each family is assigned a mentor to talk with them concerning their physical, emotional and spiritual needs and about God's love for them.

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Harmeneers set shows in Moneta, Lynchburg
‘Gospel Harmony’ will include a medley of old favorites
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SML Harmeneers barbershop chorus is ready to present its popular annual show.

"Gospel Harmony" will treat the audience to a medley of rarely heard old gospel favorites and several performances of good old songs by the chorus quartets. The guest quartet this year will be the award-winning Four Faces For Radio.

In Lynchburg, the Harmeneers' performance will be presented at Timberlake United Methodist Church on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m.

In Moneta, two performances will be offered on Friday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 8 at 2 p.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish.

Advance tickets are available in Moneta at Radioshack, Smith Mountain Lake Visitors Center and at The General Store; in Bedford at Bedford Welcome Center, in Lynchburg at Givens Books, Basket Case and the Harmony Homes & Land Office on WaterLick Road.

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Gereau to introduce book at Westlake Library
Former school superintendent writes about his hometown in New York
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Former Franklin County School Superintendent Leonard A. Gereau will present and sign copies of his new book, "Tahawus Memories 1941 - 1963," Wednesday, Nov. 5 at 2 p.m. at the Westlake Library. Learn about the story of Tahawus, New York, a unique Adirondack community that existed for only 22 years.

Created by the urgency of World War II demands, Tahawus was at one time the site of the world's largest titanium mine.

Gereau gathered information from numerous sources to provide a glimpse into his very special hometown.

Books will be available for purchase and signing after the presentation. Profits will be directed to the Tahawus Legacy Education Fund for scholarships.

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Library capital campaign tops $200,000 goal
Money buys books, DVDs, equipment
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The Westlake Library Capital Campaign Committee has topped its $200,000 fundraising goal.

The campaign committee with the Franklin County Library Foundation was established in 2007 to raise funds to help fill the shelves of the Westlake Library.

The committee has solicited funds from individual donors, clubs, businesses and foundations and has organized many books sales and other events to raise money for the branch library.

Funds have been used to buy books, DVDs and other materials and to purchase selected items of furniture and equipment.

Operating funds for the library come from the governments of Franklin County and the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the capital campaign supplements these government efforts.

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


A gluten free support group meeting will be held at 10 a.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish.

The SML Democrats will hold a general meeting at 7 p.m. at the Bedford - Moneta Library. Members of the public are invited.


A lyme disease support group meeting will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish.


The Westlake Branch Library will host local residents who have traveled the globe with their impressions of far flung destinations at 3 p.m. There will be slide presentations and discussion. The event is free and open to all. For more information, call the library at 483-3098, opt. 3.

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