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 Monday, January 26, 2015
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Chamber announces executive committee and board of directors
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The Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce has announced the members of its 2015 executive committee, as well as its board of directors.

"We're excited to work with our new 2015 executive committee and board," said Vicki Gardner, chamber executive director. "This team of professionals cuts across a multitude of industries and brings to the table extraordinary experience and enthusiasm. We're looking forward to a great year."

The Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber Executive Committee includes Pastor Troy Keaton, Eastlake Community Church, chairman; Lee Willard, The Willard Companies, chairman-elect; Jessica Gauldin, Poe & Cronk, vice chairman; Cheryl Ward, Bank of Botetourt, treasurer; Lindsey Coley, Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore, secretary; and Roy Enslow, Bridgewater Marina, ex-officio.

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Johnathan Dillon & Friends to perform on Jan. 31

Bluegrass prodigy Johnathan Dillon and friends will present an evening of toe-tapping music on Saturday, Jan. 31 at the Red Valley Community Center.

Dillon, who plays mandolin with acclaimed bluegrass band Junior Sisk and Ramblers' Choice, is now in the "off season" for the bluegrass festivals and other nationwide performances to which that band travels.

So he's assembled a group of his talented friends to present an evening of bluegrass for hometown fans.

Included in this performing group will be Tim Newcomb on banjo and Patrick Robertson on guitar, both of whom were Dillon's band mates when he played with Michelle Nixon. Barry Collins of Floyd, bassist with Upland Express, will round out the foursome.

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Lions clubs seek contestants for music scholarship contest

The Lions clubs of Franklin County are looking for musicians to compete in the James A. Bland Memorial Music Scholarship Contest on Sunday, March 1 at Rocky Mount United Methodist Church at 2 p.m.

Both vocal and instrumental students, from elementary to high school age, are invited to participate.

This is an annual contest, started in 1948 by the Lions Clubs of Virginia. The contest is named after Mr. Bland, a popular African-American composer of the 1800s who wrote our former state song "Carry Me Back to Old Virginny."  

One vocalist and one instrumentalist from the local contest will advance to the regional contest at Ferrum College. Those winners will then compete in the district contest in Roanoke.

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Singing valentines provides scholarships to local youth
Special gift for your sweetheart is available on Feb. 12, 13 and 14
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Many years ago, the Smith Mountain Lake Harmeneers barbershop chorus began a scholarship program to aid area high school graduates who intend to continue their interest in music and performance.

From a modest beginning of a single monetary award, the program has grown considerably. This scholarship program, financed by all those who purchase one "singing valentines," now provides awards to graduates of five area high schools. To date, the program has awarded over $30,000 in scholarships.

Singing valentines are being offered this year on Feb. 12, 13 and 14. For $50, a barbershop quartet in fancy dress will show up anywhere your "sweetie" happens to be, serenade your "sweetie" with two or more songs and present a rose and a card.

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SML 50th Anniversary t-shirt design contest under way
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The steering team for the 2016 celebration of "50 Years of Making Memories at the Jewel of the Blue Ridge" will host a competition to design the official celebration t-shirt for the event.

Artists, designers and others who wish to enter ideas for a t-shirt are encouraged to submit their suggestion for evaluation by the steering team.

All entries received at the SML Regional Chamber of Commerce office by March 1 will be eligible for a $250 prize.

T-shirts bearing the winning design are expected to be on sale at selected locations around the lake by this Memorial Day weekend. Profits from the sale of the shirts will be used to help fund celebration activities during 2016.

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‘Warm Hearts, Happy Feet’ keeps families warm
The Agape Center provided gifts that included coats and boots
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December was a Christmas wonderland for over 800 families, comprised of nearly 2,600 individuals at the Agape Center.

The facility was decorated by Santa's elves, and the gift shop was stocked to overflowing. Every client received gifts for themselves and their family members, along with a cookie and cup of hot cider.

In addition, all children who were part of the Agape Angels program, "Warm Hearts, Happy Feet," received either a warm coat, shoes or boots, along with their stockings stuffed with toys, school supplies or other treats specific to their ages.

"Our hearts are filled with thanks to the 20-plus churches, businesses and individuals who were behind this outpouring of love to our community," said Sue Lipscomb, executive director of the Agape Center.

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Civil War history on tap for lecture series
Patrick A. Schroeder will speak on Feb. 1
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Appomattox Court House National Park Historian Patrick A. Schroeder will speak at the Smith Mountain Lake State Park on Sunday, Feb. 1 as part of the Winter Lecture Series.

Schroeder's presentation will begin at 3 p.m. in the park Discovery Center.

Journey back in time with the former sheriff and county clerk of Appomattox Court House, George T. Peers, in a visit to old Appomattox. Attendees will experience a first-person, living history program taking them to Appomattox Court House in the summer of 1867 with Mr. Peers, who was born and raised in the county.

He perhaps knew more than anyone about the area from his clerking duties, and he became known as the "Ambassador of Appomattox" as he liked to show visitors and curiosity seekers the sites and tell of the events connected with Lee's surrender.

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What's Coming Up on Lake and Land
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A gluten free meeting will be held at 10 a.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish.


SML State Parks Friends will hold a winter lecture series "A visit to Old Appomattox with County Clerk George Peers" from 3 to 4 pm. at the Discovery Center. Cost is $7. For more information, call 540-297-6066.


An alzheimer/dementia caregiver support group will meet at 2 p.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish.

Life for One will be held at 11 a.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish. Dick West will be sharing videos of Iceland. Bring a bagged lunch and drink.

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