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 Friday, April 24, 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

SML Business Expo set for Friday
12th annual event staged in Downtown Moneta
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The 12th annual Smith Mountain Lake Business Expo is set for Friday, April 24 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Banners are in place, booths have been assigned, tents are raised and participating companies are anticipating the event, to be held under big-top-tents in the parking lot by the gazebo in downtown Moneta on Route 122.

Over 120 businesses will represent Bedford, Franklin, Pittsylvania and surrounding counties.

The event is free to the public.

A crowd of more than 1,100 people is expected at this year's expo.

A "business connection" booth will be provided with the goal of helping chamber members with the process of hiring personnel, posting jobs and providing business start-up information, along with materials and small business assistance.

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Rockin’ Brews set for Saturday
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Rockin' Brews & BBQs will be held Saturday, April 25 from 1 to 7 p.m. in downtown Moneta on Route 122.

A variety of barbecue will be served from North Carolina to Kansas City and everywhere in between.

The event will also feature live music by Tim Martin and Barefoot West.

Activities for children will include Dave's Moon Walk and an obstacle course.

Admission is $5. Children 6 and under get in free. 

Gate admission can be applied toward food and beverage. No coolers will be allowed.

For more information, call the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce at (540) 721-1203 or visit

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Golf Outing Raffle Prize Winner

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Harold Reedy, a member of the Salem Lions Club, accepts his grand raffle prize from Moneta Lions Club President Pat Bailey. The presentation was made following a morning of golf at Mariners Landing Golf Club. The grand prize, a Titleist API Iron Set, True Temper Shafts, #4-Gap Wedge valued at nearly $800, was purchased by the Moneta Lions.

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Brainstorming of '60s Weekend' Celebration scheduled

A "brainstorming" session to explore ideas for a 60s weekend, to be held in May of 2016 as a kickoff to the summer celebration of SML's 50th anniversary will be held Thursday, May 7 at Phil Hager insurance on Route 122.

Open to all children of the 60s -- and anyone else who grooves on 60s music, cars, fashion and tradition -- the discussion will explore ways to make the entire weekend of May 13-15, 2016 "sixties special."

This is an easy way for anyone with a bit of 60s in their blood to get involved with staging SML's 50th Anniversary Celebration and meet others who wish to help as well.

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SML Charity Home Tour kicks off community campaign with $20,000 gift

The 2015 Smith Mountain Lake Charity Home Tour recently received an anonymous individual donation of $20,000 to kick-off its community campaign to raise funds for eight participating local charities.

Tour organizers hope to raise $80,000 in individual donations this year in addition to contributions from area businesses.

"We have already had tremendous participation from the business community, and now we are beginning our outreach program to individual donors," said Jim Laseter, fundraising chair for the 2015 home tour. "This generous $20,000 donation gets us off to a great start."

As the community fund drive to support critical services for those in need in the Smith Mountain Lake region, the charity home tour partners with volunteers, charities, businesses and individuals to raise money that positively impacts peoples' lives.

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SML State Park osprey watch
The birds are back with three eggs
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By JIM GERHART - Special to the News-Post

Friends of Smith Mountain Lake State Park, I have good news! One of the early signs of spring is the return of the ospreys. On March 23, a pair of ospreys were seen on the nest at the park. They left the lake last September and spent the winter on the coast of South America or the Caribbean Islands. They have returned to the nest built on a platform resting on a pole, near the R-16 channel marker behind the Discovery Center.

The platform was completed in time for the 2004 nesting season, and since that time, many broods have been successfully raised. It is equipped with a live feed video camera above the nest.

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


The SML Chamber's Business Expo will be held in downtown Moneta at noon.


Rockin' Brews and BBQ will be held in Downtown Moneta from 1 to 7 p.m.


The SML Democrats will hold a general meeting at noon at the Smokehouse Restaurant.


The celiac disease foundation SML support group meeting will be held at 10 a.m. at the Westlake Kroger.


Author Sue Coryell will sign copies of her book, "Beneath the Stones," from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Southern Roots.

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