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 Friday, March 6, 2015
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The Franklin News-Post
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Fax: 540-483-8013

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WinterFest 10-Miler set for Saturday

The second annual WinterFest 10-Miler and Snowball 5K is set for Saturday, March 7.

The 10-mile run will start at 10 a.m. from Bernard's Landing at 775 Ashmeade Road in Moneta.

The race fee is $35, plus a $3 sign-up fee. Registration ends March 6 at midnight.

The 5-K will begin at Bernard's Landing at 10:15 a.m.

The race fee is $30, plus a $2.50 sign-up fee. Registration ends midnight on March 6.

The afterparty will include music, food and a kid's station. Admission for attendees who are not running is $5, and children under 13 will be admitted free.

The party will be held rain or shine.

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Pilots Host Holasek

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The Smith Mountain Lake Pilots Club hosted Vietnam veteran Ron Holasek at its last monthly meeting. Holasek recounted his experiences flying fixed and rotary wing aircraft during his military service and then his subsequent duties as a test pilot for Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation. Above, club President Lorraine Judd thanks Holasek for his presentation.

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Lions ‘Read Across America’

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Smith Mountain Lake Lions participating in "Read Across America Day" on March 2 received their Dr. Seuss "Cat in the Hat" hats during their last monthly meeting. Read Across America Day promotes reading, particularly for children and young adults. Many schools, libraries and community centers across the U.S. participate by bringing people together to read to children. The SML Lions will be reading at seven area schools. Above, from left, are Don Prinzbach, Bill Telford, Tom Merriman, Marge Epps, Lowell Skelton, Mandy Martin, Tom Scott, Tom Hamlin and Bill Smith. Not pictured is Kirk Sampson.

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SML Chamber to host networking opportunities

The Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce will host a networking event on Tuesday, March 10 at the Smith Mountain Lake Association office on Scruggs Road.

Connect SML: Plug into Powerful Networking will be held from 8 to 9:30 a.m. to provide an appropriate environment to share contacts and receive referrals from other chamber members.

Coffee will be provided by Carilion Clinic.

Admission is free but limited to 25 individuals.

For more information, contact Annette Stamus at 540-721-1203.

The satellite chamber office in Rocky Mount will host a Franklin County Connects meeting on Wednesday, March 11 from 9 to 10 a.m. at its location at 335 South Main Street.

For more information, call 540-420-8657.

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Text alerts available from APCo during outages

Appalachian Power is introducing a new outage alerts system to allow customers the option to be notified by text message or email when their home or business is affected by a power outage.

Customers enrolled in outage alerts will receive a notification when outages have been reported in their area and will continue to get updates as Appalachian crews determine the outage cause and predict when power is expected to be restored.

By visiting and logging into their account, customers can enroll in power outage alerts and modify their specific notification preferences.

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


World Day of Prayer will be held at 11 a.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish. Light refreshments will follow.


A breast cancer support group will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Discovery Shop.


The Blue Ridge Foothills and Lakes Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalists will have guest speaker Robert Jennings from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the BTW monument auditorium.

The Moneta Ruritan Club will hold a spaghetti supper at Moneta Elementary School with the Witcher Creek Band from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Freewill offering.


New beginnings will meet at 12 p.m. at Liberty Station Restaurant.


The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 1 to 6 p.m. at Cool Branch Rescue.

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