The Franklin News-Post|
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
|SML Park Beach opens Saturday
By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer|
The Smith Mountain Lake Community Beach will open on Saturday, May 23.
The beach will be open every day from May 23 through Aug. 9, except for May 26 and 27, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
From Aug. 15 to Sept. 7, the beach will continue to open on weekends only.
The cost for using the beach and swimming area is $2 per person and free for children 3 and under. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Wrist bands will be provided by the lifeguard when entering through the center gate.
The beach is open only when lifeguards are on duty, and swimming is permitted in the designated area.
New this summer are family fun nights, which include swimming, movies, paddleboarding and volleyball.
|Scruggs public boating ramp reopens
Appalachian Power has reopened the Scruggs public boating access facility on Smith Mountain Lake after extensive updating and expansion.
The facility, located at 1755 Dudley Amos Road in Moneta and at the B12 navigation marker on the water, is one of nine public access facilities created by Appalachian Power on Smith Mountain and Leesville lakes.
Work began on the existing Scruggs location in early 2015, shortly after the company dedicated its most recent new facility, the $1-million 10-acre Oak Grove location.
Scruggs reopened to the public after passing Franklin County construction inspections on May 12. The total cost for the project was about $350,000.
Work at the site includes an increase in the number of parking spaces to accommodate 22 vehicles, updated restroom facilities, new dusk-to-dawn lighting, a new fishing pier and additional bank fishing areas, and a repositioned paved boat ramp and courtesy pier.
ACBS Charity Donations
The SML Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society recently made its annual contributions to charitable organizations with proceeds generated from the groups 2014 Antique and Classic Boat Show.
Poker Run 2015
It was a beautiful day last Saturday as numerous boats and crew turned out for the 18th annual Poker Run at the lake. Among the beneficiaries were the SML Marine Fire and Rescue Department and the SML Sail and Power Squadron. This crew awaits the starting signal for departing from Mariners Landing.
|VDH offers tips for recreational water use |
|Prevent illness and injury this summer|
The weekend before Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer and the beginning of visits to swimming pools, water parks, lakes and local beaches.
As warm days arrive, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) reminds Virginians to take precautions to keep you and your family healthy and safe while enjoying the water this summer.
"Children are especially vulnerable to illness and injury in and around recreational water," said State Health Commissioner Marissa J. Levine. "In large part, this information is being provided specifically for parents of young children to raise their awareness and assist them in their efforts to keep their children healthy and safe all summer long. "
Although drowning and swimming-related injuries are often preventable, deaths still occur each year and the consequences of injury leave people struggling with memory problems, learning disabilities and permanent loss of basic functioning. VDH provides the following recommendations to reduce the risk of drowning and injuries:
|‘Joyous Junque’ set for June 6,7 |
|Proceeds benefit local charities|
Preparations are under way for the 29th annual Joyous Junque Sale, scheduled for June 6 and 7, at Resurrection Catholic Church in Moneta.
The sale will take place from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.
Volunteers work all year collecting, sorting and storing items for the upcoming sale. The "Junkers," as they call themselves, pick up furniture and large items every Tuesday. Smaller donations are left in a shed at the church.
A group of women go through the boxes and sort items according to categories. Boxes are marked and stored in appropriate areas. Another group works on boats, lawn mowers and appliances.
|Pete Kaufman donates seedlings to the Giving Garden |
Franklin County Master Gardener Pete Kaufman started and cared for over 325 tomato and pepper seedlings, which were recently planted by volunteers in the Giving Garden at Booker T. Washington National Monument.
Kaufman is just one of the many volunteers who make the Giving Garden such a success.
The garden, now in its sixth year, was started by the Rotary Club of Smith Mountain Lake in collaboration with the Franklin County Master Gardeners and the Booker T. Washington National Monument, Lake Christian Ministries and Hot Shots Entertainment Center and with help from many dedicated volunteers.
All produce grown in the garden's 44 raised beds is donated to the food pantry at Lake Christian Ministries.
Last year this totaled over 2,700 pounds. The garden also serves as an educational site for organic square-foot gardening in collaboration with the Franklin County Master Gardener Association.
|What’s Coming Up on Lake and Land |
|Smith Mountain Lake Community Calendar|
MONDAY, MAY 25
The celiac disease foundation SML support group meeting (sharing new gluten free products) will meet at 10 a.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish.
SATURDAY, MAY 30
The Booker T. Washington National Monument will hold a meditative walk at 10 a.m.
FRIDAY, JUNE 5
The Lakeside Singers will present "A Night at the Academy" at 7 p.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish. Tickets are $10 in advance or $11 at the door. To order tickets, call 721-1841.
SATURDAY, JUNE 6
The Lakeside Singers will present "A Night at the Academy" at 2 p.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish. Tickets are $10 in advance or $11 at the door. To order tickets, call 721-1841.
SATURDAY, JUNE 13
The 2nd annual Fly-In at the SML Airport will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Event will feature $30/person plane rides, model plane and drone demonstrations, flight simulation and a BBQ lunch. Call 540-355-2089.