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 Friday, September 19, 2014
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The Franklin News-Post
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
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‘Ben Gunn’ takes People’s Choice award at boat show
Over 1,200 visitors attended the annual event
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Ian Ablett's "Ben Gunn," a 34-foot steam launch, was chosen from among 57 entries as the People's Choice winner at the Smith Mountain Lake Antique and Classic Boat Show and Festival last Saturday.

Despite the rain, more than 1,200 people visited the annual show at Mariners Landing.

Proceeds from this year's show will be donated to local charities at the end of 2014.

Other winners at the show included:

•Best Chris Craft - "Miss Hallie"- Jim Denning- 1954 22-foot Chris Craft Utility

•Best Century - "Timeless"-Bob Lubrick-1957 21-foot Century Coronado

•ACBS Best Preserved -- "Sashay"- John Vorhies- 1939 22-foot Chris Craft Custom Runabout

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Community Prayer Lunch at BUMC

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Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Moneta hosted a community ecumenical 9-11 Prayer Lunch last week with featured speaker, Col. James S. Park (Retired Chaplain at VMI). His rousing presentation riveted the audience.

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Alzheimer’s Walk

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Jill Hunt and her parents, Lions Jim and Sarah Hunt, and Lion Rob Senoski represented the membership of the Moneta Lions Club in the annual "Walk to End Alzheimer's Disease." The fundraising event was staged this year at the Elmwood Park Amphitheater in Roanoke.

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Lake ‘Y’ to host Casino Night

The Smith Mountain Lake YMCA will host a casino night, Ties and Tennis Shoes, on Saturday, Sept. 20 from 6 to 10 p.m.

Wear your favorite cocktail attire with your comfortable tennis shoes to play blackjack, craps and roulette at professional casino tables with professional dealers.

The event will also include a live auction and a silent auction for one-of-a-kind artwork, jewelry, furniture and more.

The evening will include heavy hors d'oeuvres and a selection of beer and wine for purchase, along with a dessert table, donated by the Jersey Girls.

Purchase or reserve tickets for $30 at all Franklin County YMCA locations or call 540-721-9622. Ticket price includes hors d'oeuvres, $2,000 in casino vouchers, auctions and dessert bar.

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SML Wine Festival t-shirts on sale
New design for 2014
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T-shirts for the 26th annual Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival are now on sale at the SML Chamber visitors' center.

This year's festival is set for Sept. 27 and 28 at LakeWatch Plantation in Moneta.

First introduced as an appreciation gift to volunteers and sponsors who made the SML Wine Festival possible, the commemorative t-shirt has become a collector's item promoting the lake and the event year round.

The limited edition t-shirt was designed this year by Brandt Harrell, co-owner of Next Generation Designs.

"This year's shirt captures the essence of the wine festival in an attractive and truly creative design," said Chamber Executive Director Vicki Gardner. "A special 'thank you' goes to our commemorative t-shirt sponsors, Bridgewater Marina and Boat Rentals, and Moser Electric."

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


The Westlake Library will hold a book sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


The Westlake Library will hold a book sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.


A presentation on ankle fusions and replacements, plantar fascilitis and bunions by Dr. Mark Hagy with Virginia Orthopedics will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Resurrection Catholic Church. There is no cost. Register with Tami Akin at 721-4330.


The Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival will be held today and tomorrow at LakeWatch Plantation. Tickets are available online at or from 28 area ticket outlets. Visit the chamber website for a complete list and location of outlets.

The Skelton 4-H Center will hold a painting with Bob Ross course from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call 721-2759, ext. 264.

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