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 Friday, April 18, 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

Judges chosen for John Faber Memorial Photo Contest
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The Smith Mountain Arts Council has announced the judges for the 19th annual John Faber Memorial Photo Contest and Show.

The judges will be Bob Brown, senior photographer at The Richmond Times-Dispatch, and Siobhan Byrns, assistant professor of photography and graphic design at Lynchburg College.

Brown, a Rockbridge County native, joined the Times-Dispatch photo staff in 1968 after working in television for the previous 10 years. He has been honored as Virginia News Photographer of the Year three times, won various local, regional and national awards for photography and is the first photojournalist inducted into the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame.

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Safety notes from SML Water Safety Council
Dock address signs important at lake
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By PETE LEWIS - SML Water Safety Council

If you live on Smith Mountain Lake, one of the best things you can do for your family is to install a reflective home address sign in a highly visible location on your dock.

This will make it easier for visiting friends to find you from the water. More importantly, the sign will act as a beacon for the Smith Mountain lake Marine Fire and Rescue teams in case of an emergency.

George Tawes, chief of the Smith Mountain Lake Marine Fire Department, said, "Many times we are out on the lake at night searching with a flashlight for a particular location. In an emergency situation, when every second, every minute is critical to a favorable outcome, wasting time looking for the correct dock is a very frustrating experience for fire and rescue crews. I can only imagine how upsetting it must be for those waiting for our help."  

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Lions Club Golf Winners

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The Moneta Lions Club held its 14th annual Golf Outing on April 14 at Mariners Landing Golf and Country Club. Above are members of the winning team: Steve Kendrick, Mary Lou McDonald and Floyd Bryant. David Gray is not pictured. The team finished its round of play with a score of 50 net. The winning team members received a prize of four tickets covering greens fees and carts, donated by the Ivy Hill Golf Club.

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Animal Fundraiser Nets $3,495

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An entertaining time was had by all supporters of area animal rescue groups who attended the Spay-ghetti fundraiser last Sunday at Casa D' Amici in Downtown Moneta. Sandy Cranston, a long-time supporter of the Bedford Humane Society, poses with Mrs. Cat and Mr. Dog.

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Chamber to host business roundtables

The Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce's Visions Committee will be launching several business roundtables for local businesses.

Anyone interested in sharing and learning about economic issues, marketing your business, and attaining success collectively should plan to attend one of the roundtable events.

The first business roundtable will be a free lunch meeting at Jake's Place on Tuesday, May 6 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided by No Bologna.

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SMAAUW hosts state conference
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The Smith Mountain American Association of University Women hosted the AAUW of Virginia State Conference "Charting Your Future -- Full Speed Ahead" April 4-6 at W.E.Skelton Educational Conference Center. 

The weekend began with a reception, called Moonshine and Poppycock, that also included local entertainment. 

Saturday's welcome was given by Vicki Gardner, executive director of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce. The keynote speaker was Rebecca Norlander, AAUW board of directors. 

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SML Expo set for April 26

More than 120 businesses and vendors are expected on Friday, April 26 to promote their products when the 11th annual Smith Mountain Lake Expo gets under way in Downtown Moneta.

The expo will be on the southwest side of Route 122 and Route 608 across from Mayberry Hills.

The expo will run from noon to 5 p.m.

The event will take place under four big-top tents in the parking lot, as well as other outside exhibits.

The expo is sponsored by the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce.

The one day event gives businesses in the lake area exposure to residents in the region, as well as other businesses with which they can network.

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


A basic pistol training course will be held at the Skelton 4-H Center. For more information or to sign up, call 540-400-1070.


The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 1 to 6 p.m. at Resurrection Catholic Church. Walk-ins welcome or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.


Special Needs Advocates and Parents of the Lake (SNAPL) will meet at 3 p.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish.

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