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S ta n d i n g

Tall Amputee overcomes obstacles in his quest to get back on the board

Summer Events

Veggies in Vogue

Taking Stock in the Dock

Restaurant Roundup

Luxury Tritoons


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Contents July/August 2014

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Editor’s Note

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lake homes Vintage charm defines the Contentment Island home of Bob and Pat Wetherel

Love the Lake

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Take the Laker With You

lake & GaRDeN Local gardeners share their secrets for homegrown vegetable success

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FIT & healThY Community garden sows the seeds of better health at Smith Mountain Lake

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DoCk TReNDs Dock specialists offer observations on the latest in construction and renovation

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pRoFIle After a series of medical setbacks as a teen, Justin Caskey has spent the past few years working to return to wakeboarding

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aRT & CulTuRe Laker turns old skis into functional works of art Musicians unite to form a steel drum band SML’s first symphony orchestra and chorus set to debut in July

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oN The waTeR Luxury tritoons making a splash at SML

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Contents July/august 2014

Savor

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restaurants A look at Heath’s Waterfront Grill at Mariners Landing, as well as six other area restaurants that have recently opened or relocated

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sPIrIts When it comes to selecting wine or craft beer, Lakers turn to local expert Lonnie Bryant

features

Social Seen

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calendar Best bets for events in July and August

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out & about Photos from area events and activities

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Laker book page, crossword puzzle and advertiser index

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laKe MaP Handy for getting around on-water and off

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docK tale hour Columnist Kimberly Dalferes’ lighthearted look at life at the lake

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gifts ahoy Gifts for all occasions. Vera Bradley, Yankee Candle, Spartina 449, Crabtree and Evelyn, Jewelry, Trollbeads, Toys, Greeting Cards, Chocolate Truffles, Homemade Fudge, SML Souvenirs and much more! 540.721.5303 bridgewaterplaza.com/giftsahoy.html

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Over 1000 hand poured ceramic molds for you to choose from. Come in, relax, and cool off. Get in touch with your creative side while painting your masterpiece. 540.400.2712 www.allfiredupsml.com

mango’s bar & grill

Inside & outside dining in a family-friendly atmosphere, offering an extensive menu and a full bar. The best place to hear live entertainment with karaoke every Thursday night and live bands Friday & Saturday nights. It is the tropical place to be at Smith Mountain Lake. 540.721.1632 mangosbarandgrill.com

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Sizzling Summer Market

Warm weather and longer days mean just one thing at Smith Mountain Lake – more time for outdoor fun on the lake, golf course or whatever you take pleasure in. It also signifies some sizzling summer real estate deals. On a national level, the Northeast and Midwest are currently seeing an increase in pending home sales compared to lower sales volumes across the rest of the nation. The Case-Schiller home price index shows prices increasing, realizing a double digit rate of appreciation over the past 12 months. Mortgage rates are at the lowest level yet for 2014, with many industry insiders predicting that they will reach 5.5% by this time next year.

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Waterfront Lots Vacant property is a sizzling good deal at the lake due to a reduction in the days on market and a high level of inventory. From January through May, properties spent just 249 days on market as compared to 374 last year. With nearly 4 years worth of inventory and a short time on the market, purchasing a waterfront lot this summer is a sound investment.

“Higher inventory levels are giving buyers more choices, and a slight decline in mortgage interest rates this spring is raising prospective homebuyers’ confidence,” said Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the NAR.

BUYERS The market is full of available properties and great prices. Here are two quick tips to remember when navigating a buyer’s market. 1) Look for the best combination of lot and house. Homes can be updated repaired, or even replaced but the lot cannot. Find the location and view you want first. 2) Be specific in your search. Fresh inventory enters the market daily and the large selection can often be overwhelming if you don’t know exactly what want in your new home. SELLERS Many rank summer as the best time to sell a home. With the condition of our local market it is important to work with a Realtor® to set your property apart from the competition. Remember these two real estate truths when selling in a buyer’s market. 1) Price it right. Buyer’s are shopping for the best deal and won’t look twice at a property that is priced over the competition. 2) Sweeten the deal. You can get a leg up on the competition by selling the home furnished, paying community dues or club memberships, or paying buyer closing costs.

Everyone wants their real estate transaction to be as easy and stress-free as possible. As local residents and realtors with over 30 years of combined experience in the SML market, Vicki and Debbie can make a difference in your next real estate sale or purchase.

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George & Brenda Huggins 540-537-4123

Beautiful 2 story home with a partial finished basement. 4 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths. Located in Bedford County in Goode. Convenient to Bedford and Lynchburg. View of Peaks. Beautiful large fenced in back yard. #803102

Kay DeGiorgi 540-400-9055 Wouldn’t you love to live or vacation in a home that is beautifully updated, has an open floor plan (room for plenty of family and friends), a sunroom, gentle lot to the lake, room to garage at least 4 cars and 4 BRs and 3.5BAs? Look no further. Call me today to see this 3500+ square foot home! $669,000.

Duff Eckstein 540-798-4027

Great location with golf course views, area of nice homes & close to shopping & dining. Walk to club house, pool & tennis. Owner will consider all offers. $48,000. #780654.

Dexter Rakes 540-580-9007 This lakefront property features two fireplaces, wet bar, 2 are master suites, a finished walkout lower level that could be a 3rd bedroom or den, assigned boat dock with party deck, patio and rear deck overlooking the lake. Minutes away from area shopping and restaurants. Westlake Golf & Country Club within walking distance! $264,900. #793275.

Brian Rust 540-529-3576

Panoramic views from this main channel lot. 150’ of riprapped waterfront - 4 BR drainfield and water already in perfect location. Convenient to Westlake shopping and restaurants. $379,900. MLS #802764.

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2 acres with privacy, in-ground pool, 192’ deep WF w/ single lift dock plus beautiful broad lake and sunset views! Master suite on main level w/ 2 spacious upper level BR each with a private BA. Formal DR plus LR with brick hearth FP. Sunroom w/ marble floor, gas stove and full view windows provides year round enjoyment! Lower level walk out with family room, wet bar and separate game room. 20 minutes to Roanoke. Offered at $519,000. #797849.

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Dexter Rakes 540-580-9007 Enjoy the beautiful wide water views from this lake home. Features of this 3 BR, 3 BA home include 2 fireplaces, covered porch, deck, spacious boat dock with party deck and 175 feet of waterfrontage! Lots of opportunities for separate living quarters...the main house has 3 floors and the garage has a bonus area that houses a large finished room and half bath! Gorgeous Sunrises too! $549,900.

Brian Rust 540-529-3576 featuring 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, with an in ground pool on Smith Mountain Lake. Short term rentals allowed. New roof and skylights in 2013. New composite decking around pool area. Boat dock with hoist new in 2011. Sold turn-key except a few pictures and personal items. 1.55 acres. Great location by land and water. 207’ waterfront. $349,900. MLS #803333.

This beautiful lake access home features gorgeous hardwood floors, main level master suite, great room with gas fireplace, cathedral ceilings, spacious kitchen with breakfast nook, finished lower level & large workshop, central vac & intercom system, large deck, paved drive and double garage as well as single garage suitable for your RV or boat...too many features to list! Must See! #801094. $329,000.

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Beautiful open floor plan with 3 BR & 2 BA. Features include hardwood flooring, large yard with mature trees, circular drive, new decks and conveniently located to area shopping and restaurants! Won’t last long! #790414. $95,000.

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Editor’s Note

July/August 2014 Published by Laker Media 272 Westlake road, suite 1, hardy, Va 24101 Phone: 540.721.4675 • Fax: 540.721.4627 smithmountainlake.com

I’m not a huge water sports enthusiast. I don’t wakeboard or water ski. A few years ago, I determined my days of tubing were over and my role in the boat should be confined to snack distributer and drink filler-upper. But you don’t have to be a big fan of water sports to enjoy our profile on Justin Caskey, the young man pictured on the cover. I don’t want to reveal too much of the story, but perhaps you noticed Justin is wakeboarding with one leg? Turn to Page 62 to read the inspirational story of how, with the support of family and a good buddy, Justin overcame a series of obstacles to get back on the board.

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This issue also includes a look inside a 9,000-square-foot home that will be featured on this fall’s SML Charity Home Tour (Page 24); a primer on growing your own vegetables at SML (Page 36); and a story on luxury tritoons (84), a type of boat local dealers say has become particulalry popular in our area. A feature on Heath’s Waterfront Grill, new this season at Mariners Landing, starts on Page 90, followed by a roundup of other recent restaurant news and a profile on Lonnie Bryant, Kroger wine and craft beer consultant.

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Finally, I’d like to welcome Carol Craighead to Laker Media as an advertising sales executive. A Baltimore native, Carol and her husband, Don, have lived at SML for five years and enjoy exploring the area both on and off the water and relaxing at home with their two beagles.

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Tall Amputee overcomes obstacles in his quest to get back on the board

Summer Events

Veggies in Vogue

Taking Stock in the Dock

Restaurant Roundup

Luxury Tritoons

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Beautifully updated 1 bedroom condo! The nicest unit at Fairway Bay! Remodeled in summer 2013. Bamboo wood flooring, new kitchen w/ silestone counters, carpet, blinds, lighting fixtures, new doors to deck, HVAC w/air purifier, hotwater heater & appliances except washer/dryer. Top floor end unit! Mountain & lake views! Lake access w/ lakeside picnic pavilion & beach area, boat ramp, day docks. $139,900 MLS# 803563

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Ukraine Diane and Wayne Hyatt of Roanoke and Hardy traveled last July to France, Scotland and England, including Stonhenge, a prehistoric monument archaeologists believe dates back from 3,000 B.C. to 2,000 B.C. Diane said other highlights of the trip included a nighttime boat ride down the Seine River to enjoy the lights of Paris, a visit to Windsor Castle in London, and attending the British Open golf tournament while in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Arturo Araya of Cincinnati poses at the Boryspil International Airport near Kiev, Ukraine, with newly adopted daughter, Shanti, before departing for home last October. This photo was taken by Shanti’s mom, Jennifer Araya, daughter of Phyllis and Dave Brown of Moneta.

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Devin and Caitlin Rippner display the Laker and the Virginia Tech (VT) symbol while visiting Kennedy Tailing Wheels Park, part of the former Kennedy Gold Mine, in Jackson, Calif. Ben Weigand of Moneta, Caitlin’s dad, snapped this photo in March while visiting the couple, Tech graduates who were married at Smith Mountain Lake in 2012 and now reside in Davis, Calif.

Trampest and Tina MacDermott of Moneta traveled with daughters Emily and Amber in January to Tina’s native Vietnam to celebrate the country’s new year. In the backround of their photo with the Laker is the Tam Quan Gate, once the entry into Rach Gia, the capital of the Kien Giang province.

In February, Jim and Janet Collins of Moneta took the Laker along on a trip to Australia. The couple visited the states Victoria and New South Wales, where they made a stop in Sydney, the most populous city in Australia, to pose for this photo with the Harbour Bridge in the background.

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John and Ann Yearick of Christiansburg and Smith Mountain Lake traveled in February to Hawaii. Escaping the cold winter weather, the couple visited the islands of Oahu, Maui and the Big Island. They stopped to take this photo with the Laker along the rim of Haleakala, a massive volcano that forms more than 75 percent of Maui. The depression is approximately seven miles wide and 2,600 feet deep.

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Bob and Hilda Lindell of Huddleston took the Laker to Paris last October where they posed for this photo in front of the Eiffel Tower. The Lindells, who were celebrating their 55th wedding anniversary, have traveled together to 59 countries..

Butch and Rosemary Traylor, John and Charlene Maresca and Becky and Charlie Rowe took the Laker in March to Xblanque Resort Hotel in Roatan, Honduras. The SML friends enjoyed scuba diving, snorkeling, zip lines, swimming with dolphins and quality time together on the beach and at the resort’s pools.

Brenda Mack of Rocky Mount traveled last September to San Francisco and Palm Springs, Calif., where she took this photo with the Laker and a bronze statue of Sonny Bono. Following fame as a singer with wife Cher, Bono was mayor of Palm Springs from 1988-1992.

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hen Bob and Pat Wetherel were searching for a home on Smith Mountain Lake, they were surprised to find one they considered truly unique – a house that felt old and new at the same time. The home, located in Contentment Island, was modern and well planned, but finished with vintage touches – the kind of architectural salvage items made popular by shows such as DIY Network’s “Salvage Dawgs,” a reality series featuring Roanokebased Black Dog Salvage. The Wetherel’s home, which will be open for the SML Charity Home Tour in October, includes plastered ceiling medallions, antique hallway lights, vintage brick porch pavers, as well as reclaimed doors, some with transoms and stained glass, trimmed with dark moldings. Pat said the design – particularly in the parlor, dining room, kitchen and family room – reflects the home’s 1920s feel. “It looks old-fashioned, charming and full of character, and it makes me feel welcome every time I walk through those rooms,” she said, noting the house is only 13 years old. “[It’s] a fact I have to remind myself of frequently.”

LEFT Bob and Pat Wetherel will open their home Oct. 10-12 to raise money for eight area charities as part of the SML Charity Home Tour. ABOVE Clockwise from top left, the remodeled kitchen includes ample counter space, new appliances and a fireplace; an exotic azalea blooms in spring; in the master bathroom, hexagonal tile and a stand-alone tub provide a vintage feel; the home’s entry doors were repurposed from an old home in Roanoke that was torn down to make room for a hospital parking lot.

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Even some new parts of the house, such as the master bath, look vintage with retro-style hexagonal tile and a stand-alone tub. The 9-foot celings give rooms a stately, Old-World feel. And the home’s exterior is constructed of weathered cedar shakes, which appealed to long-time Connecticut residents Pat, a retired dentist, and Bob, who retired from electronics engineering. Both said they were instantly attracted to a home that looked as though it had been transported from Nantucket. The couple were splitting time between residences in Florida and Vermont, but the trip between the two was long, and a few years ago they decided to find a spot that offered a moderate climate and a lake. The Wetherels considered North Carolina’s Lake Norman, but ultimately opted for Smith Mountain Lake. “It was less busy, less built up and offered four distinct seasons,” Pat said.

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ABOVE The theater room was designed by homeowner Bob Wetherel, a retired engineer, who also installed the electronics equipment. LEFT The boat house complemements the main home. BELOW A medallion on the ceiling provides a vintage touch in the dining room.

The couple moved into their new home in April 2013. In the short time since, they’ve remodeled the main-floor kitchen and had the 3,600-squarefoot lower level completely walled in, trimmed and painted to create a game/family room and bar area. There’s also a roomy theater room where Bob, using his engineering know-how, installed the electronics equipment. “I just went to a website called Houzz [houzz.com] to help me design the bar and the theater room. It was a great source of ideas and tips,” said Bob, who plans to finish an additional lower-level room later this year to house his collection of model trains.

The Wetherels have definitely put their mark on the house, but they liked the many special features already in place. The former owners had an affinity for antique doors, which they cataloged on a list: the front door from an old Roanoke home that was destroyed to make room for a hospital parking lot; nine interior doors from an old home in Covington; and a side exterior door from an old Boston home. In one hallway, there is a wall of adjoining rich, dark wood closet doors repurposed from a bowling alley in Rocky Mount. Despite the dark wood, the home is bright and airy. Light pours in through large windows SMITHMOUNTAINLAKE.COM

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ABOVE A small seating area on one of the home’s many porches offers a long water view. NEAR RIGHT Columns on the lakeside exterior provide architectural interest. FAR RIGHT A copper farmhouse sink in the kitchen reflects the Old World-style design of the Wetherel home.

that also provide views of the lake and the mature landscaping. Plantings include azaleas, rhododendron, lilac, firethorn, hydrangeas and a variety of flowering trees. With deciduous trees in full leaf complemented by large evergreens, the home is completely secluded from the neighbors. Bringing the outside inside, there are private balconies off several bedrooms where one might expect to find Juliette enjoying her Romeo’s serenade. The bright master suite on the main level opens to a large deck of its own. 30 July • August 2014 |

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With the lower level finished, Pat said the home has become an 8,800-square-foot jewel with plenty of room for living, relaxing, housing guests, seeing movies and enjoying the outdoors on the screened porch or spacious main deck. There are four generoussized bedrooms, including three that comprise the upstairs guest quarters with two bathrooms and a central sitting area. “Some have commented that our house seems large for only two people, and there is a lot of room in it,” Pat said. “But it doesn’t have big spaces and has an almost cozy feel, I think. We like its rambling style, except for the times that we can’t find each other!”


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Spectacular Waterfront Home nestled on 2.23 acres Great home for Entertaining w/5065 sq ft 4 Bedrooms 4.5 Baths, soaring windows overlooking the lake. Fabulous Gourmet Kitchen Formal DiningRM,Sunroom & Lrg Office.14x14 Octagon Gazebo, Covered Double Slip Boat Dock, 226’ of shoreline-perfect for floating, swimming, kayaking. 8 mins to shopping & dining. A MUST SEE!

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Totally Remodeled-Like New with Beautiful New Kitchen, Maple Glazed Custom Cabinets and Granite Counter Tops, New SS appliances, New Wood Floors, New Master Bath with Tiled Shower, Large Family room with New Wet Bar, Double Covered Porches overlooking Lake MLS 802394 $739,500

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LEFT Celeste Helling works in the vegetable garden she started after moving to the lake 5½ years ago. She grows enough produce in her four raised beds to feed her family and share with friends and neighbors. ABOVE Lettuce and onions are just a few of the crops that flourish in Don and Karin Mullendore’s caged vegetable garden.

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Fellow Lakers Bill and Anne Piatt and Don and Karin Mullendore, whose techniques for keeping critters out of their gardens were featured in the May/June issue of Laker Magazine, agreed that good soil is the basis of successful gardening, whether for growing vegetables or almost any other plant. When it was time to add soil to their raised planting beds, both couples purchased truckloads of certified organic topsoil from Royal Oak Farm in Evington. In addition, in the late fall each year, the Mullendores sow hairy vetch as a cover crop. A legume, vetch absorbs nitrogen from the atmosphere and transfers it into the soil. It also provides additional nutrients when it is plowed into the earth each spring. Composting is another important component of the Piatt’s and Mullendore’s vegetable garden success. The Piatts have a plastic barrel composter that rotates to mix up the material, as well as a threesection compost bin – one for fresh material, one holding partially composted matter and the third ready for use.

Tips for Choosing and growing VegeTables „ Choose vegetables you like to eat. „ Grow produce that’s expensive to buy in the stores such as heirloom tomatoes. „ Grow varieties that are unlikely to be available in the stores. „ Keep a notebook or calendar with data on what and when you planted and the estimated harvest date. Two weeks before harvest, plant more of the seeds for a steady supply all season. „ Keep notes on pests or diseases your plants may experience, including the date the problem appeared and what you did to solve it. These notes will be valuable resources for future years. „ Grow your plants in the best soil you can. The better your soil, the healthier your plants will be.

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„ Practice companion planting (broccoli requires lots of calcium, beets don’t, so they grow well together). Check out “Carrots Love Tomatoes” by Louis Riotte for details. „ To maximize space, put fast-growers such as lettuce and radishes around crops that ripen later such as tomatoes. Once the slower-growing crops are large, the lettuces and radishes will be harvested and gone. „ Plant flowers that attract insects that control pests. Umbrella-shaped flowers such as dill, caraway, coriander, yarrow and Queen Anne’s lace, and daisy-like flowers such as golden marguerite, sunflower and aster all are effective. Anne Piatt and grandaughter Ava display the fruit of their labors. Throughout the summer, the duo harvests more than enough tomatoes for the family to enjoy with extra available to share with friends.

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GARDENING GUIDE “The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast” by Ira Wallace is a valuable reference for Smith Mountain Laker vegetable gardeners. The regionally focused book includes the expected – but very well done – basic gardening information and vegetable encyclopedia (with recommended varieties) as well as a month-by-month guide for what needs to be done in a southeastern vegetable garden. Additional fascinating features include information on phenology, the study of recurring plant and animal life cycles and their relationship to weather, and a sidebar on use of natural gardening signals such as knowing to sow beets and carrots when the dandelions begin to bloom. If you want to learn about vegetable gardening in our part of the country, this book is an excellent place to begin.

The Mullendores shred plant material from the rest of the garden in addition to composting kitchen waste. All these nutrient-rich materials are incorporated into the vegetable beds when they are tilled in the spring.

Lake-area gardener Rich Flanders said he makes his own soil for his raised beds, mixing together composted leaves and grass clippings and adding well-rotted chicken manure. By starting with excellent soil and amending it with organic material each year,

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these gardeners promote the health of their plants, increasing their ability to fight pests and disease. When fungal diseases strike, Flanders said he responds with a homemade, organic fungicide made from molasses, liquid soap and grain alcohol, which he alternates with a commercial organic spray. “It’s best not to use one thing all the time,” he explained. “Otherwise, a resistance builds up.” With winning soil, the vegetables in these gardens flourish. In her 120 square feet of growing space, Helling grows crops such as green onions, a variety of lettuces, radishes, peas, peppers and Derby snap beans, a dependable, heavy-yielding bean that flowers and produces all summer long. She has grown carrots and beets, but decided they weren’t worth the space they demanded. Broccoli and cauliflower are two other crops she tried once but did not plant again. “They took up a lot of room, and I didn’t get much harvest from them,” she said, noting she did try sweet potatoes last year with great success. In addition to readily available vegetable hybrids, Karin Mullendore also grows an exotic variety of lettuce, seeds for which husband Don brings back from business trips to China.

Arugula A very hardy green that loves to be harvested; the more you cut, the more it keeps on growing. Beets Some of the greens will look withered, but the root is still good. Can handle temperatures between 28-32 degrees F. Bok Choy Can handle temperatures between 28-32 degrees F. The beautiful little heads are delicious. Broccoli Can tolerate hard frosts below 28 degrees F. Brussels sprouts Can endure temperatures as low as 3 degrees F. Cabbage Can tolerate hard frosts below 28 degrees F. Carrots Can handle temperatures between 28-32 degrees F. Cauliflower Can handle temperatures between 28-32 degrees F. Celery Can handle temperatures between 28-32 degrees F. Chinese cabbage Can handle temperatures between 28-32 degrees F. Kale Can tolerate hard frosts below 28 degrees F. Lettuce Can handle temperatures between 28-32 degrees F.

Robert Helling built this vegetable cage, which is large enough to accommodate four 5-by-6-foot raised beds and a wide path down the center. There is plenty of room to work inside, and enough bed space for ample crop yields. A sprinkler system on timers makes watering easy.

Mesclun greens This mix of assorted small, young salad leaves originated in Provence, France, and the name, mescla in French, means mixture. The traditional mix includes chervil, arugula, leafy lettuces and endive in equal proportions, but in modern iterations may include an undetermined mix of fresh and available lettuces, spinach, arugula, Swiss chard, mustard greens, endive, dandelion, frisée, mizuna, mâche, radicchio, sorrel and other leafy vegetables. Spinach Can tolerate hard frosts below 28 degrees F. Be sure to remove the flowers to prevent it running to seed. Swiss chard Don’t harvest when temperatures go below 32 degrees. Pick in the middle of the day when the sun’s up. SMITHMOUNTAINLAKE.COM

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“I don’t know for sure what type of lettuce it is because the seed package is written in Chinese,” said Karin, “but it’s a Bibb lettuce type that grows all season, never bolts, and stays tender. We love it!” Another favorite in the Mullendore household is the dwarf French ‘Velour’ bean. A purple variety, they are easy to see on the plants, making harvesting a breeze, and they stay tender on the vine for a long time. Vegetable gardening is a trend that keeps growing as Lakers look for high-quality, chemicalfree produce and a greater selection of varieties. As Rich Flanders said, “We prefer to grow and eat our own produce so we don’t have to worry about food that’s been sprayed with poison. A little spray might not hurt you, but it’s cumulative, and it’s hard on your body.” In addition, these gardeners have discovered the satisfaction of providing ingredients for their meals that come straight from their land. “It’s been enormously rewarding to use our garden’s fresh herbs and vegetables when preparing my favorite recipes,” said Celeste Helling.

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RIGHT Swiss chard (left) and mint grow in the garden of Bill and Alba Papa. BELOW Alba Papa loosens roots on a plant before placing it in a container on the deck of her SML home.

“The herb garden is open to anyone with a desire to eat healthier yet not sacrifice taste. Gardening, in general, also helps us stay physically active, and can help reduce stress.” Gail Nordhaus CarilioN CliNiC CommuNity outreaCh CoordiNator

“After living in many other parts of the country and traveling to many different places all over the world, I’m particularly concerned about the amount of diabetes in this part of the country,” said Alba Papa. “A lot of it has to do with how people here are eating.” When the Papas moved to Smith Mountain Lake in 1996, they took the Franklin County Master Gardeners course through the Virginia Cooperative Extension. In addition to training other Master Gardeners, working with the Smith Mountain Lake Association on buffergarden projects and helping on projects with the Moneta Garden Club, the Papas keep a full calendar of teaching commitments all over the region. “We have about 15 PowerPoint presentations that we present all over on topics such as how to use eggplant as a meat substitute and how to take good care of your lawn,” she said. The Papas are gardening enthusiasts with extensive horticulture experience. He grew up on a farm in Italy. Both have chemistry backgrounds and come from families with a special interest in horticulture. They say their curiosity about plants and knowledge of chemistry gives them an advantage in understanding and communicating healthy culinary methods that can be applied both in the garden and in the kitchen. 46 July • August 2014 |

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“We are really interested in promoting good gardening practices and teaching people how to eat better using herbs to replace fat, sugar and salt,” said Alba Papa. “For example, you can put basil in blueberry muffins or make lemon thyme bars or lemon poundcake with thyme or lavender. The herbs add another dimension of flavor and it helps you cut down on some of the unhealthy ingredients you don’t need.” Bill Papa said teaching people how to grow their own herbs can be just as important as teaching their culinary uses. “Herbs are very nice-looking plants, and when people grow their own, they’ll appreciate the fact that they are beautiful, and they will use them more,” he said. “Herbs are very easy to grow. They don’t need fancy soil, just six hours of sun, water when they’re thirsty, a little fertilizer when first planted and a little picking to keep them full and bushy.” Nordhaus said classes on herb basics and other gardening-based programs will continue to be scheduled at the community garden, which is located at Carilion’s Westlake facility (behind Kroger). For a schedule, visit carilionclinic.org/calendar/month. RIGHT Quiche flavored with herbs from the Papas’ garden

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16451 Booker T. Washington Hwy, Moneta, VA 24121

THE MOST SPECTACULAR DOCK ON SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE

STUNNING LAKE CHALET

The perfect lake home for entertaining w/ approx. 4786 Sq. Ft., 4 bedrooms, 3 ½ baths, Open Great Room with cath. Ceiling, Wetbar & fireplace, 2 Master Suites, Family Room w/ Fireplace, Screened Porch, Double Carport, 2 Car Garage, Paved Drive, The boat dock Has 3 covered slips which( one is for a houseboat), Gazebo, Cabana and Florida Room. $1,199,900.

With every conceivable amenity. Wonderful large lot with 243 ft. of shoreline, 2 master suties, gated community with amenities. Perfect views from every room!

LOCATED IN BEAUTIFUL PARK PLACE SUBDIVISION

Nice and bright lake home with 4 BR, 4 ½ baths, nicely decorated and being sold fully furnished. Lake views from every room, covered lakeside deck with outdoor shower below. Gentle lot and privacy from the street on 1.22 acres, situated just steps to the water, boat dock & sandy beach. Granite countertops & stainless appliances in kitchen, wood floors, 2 car garage, paved drive and stacked stone accents on exterior. MLS 796933, $750,000

4 BEDROOM LAKE HOME W/ TRIPLE CAR GARAGE & 1.60 ACRES & ONLY $495,000

Enjoy this 4 bedroom lake home w/ 1.6 acres and 115’ of waterfront, terrific wide water views, oversized 3 car garage, screened porch, great room w/ cathedral ceiling open to dining area & kitchen. Seller has remodeled with new HVAC, hot water heater & pressure tank only 1 year old. new windows approx 2 years old, new roof approx 3 years old. Covered dock. MLS #800503

ISLAND LIVING AT SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE! Own your own island with 2 beautiful homes, huge Boathouses, a beach area and a Par-3 Golf Hole. Also, included in this magnificent property is a mainland home and lot with a garage, boat dock and private ramp. The homes are fully furnished and boast incredible views. Call Tim Basham at 540-537-4556 For a personal appointment!

INCREDIBLE ONE-OF-A-KIND POINT LOT W/ 2.4 AC & 840’ OF WATERFRONT Build your dream house on this gentle lakefront lot. Gorgeous wide water views. $750,000. MLS#788128

JUST MOVE IN THIS LAKEFRONT HOME SOLD COMPLETELY FURNISHED!

MAINTENACE FREE LAKE HOME W/IN-LAW QUARTERS $499,900

BEAUTIFUL MOUNTAIN VIEWS ONLY $229,900

Enjoy the peace and privacy of this lake home with 4 bedrooms and 3 1/2 baths, Great Room w/Fireplace, bamboo flooring & cathedral ceiling, Game & Family Room,Gentle lot with 110’ of Waterfront and Terrific view! Main level living and 2 Car Garage, MLS #804812 $669,900.00

Maintenance free spacious lake front brick home w/6 bedrooms, 4 full baths & downstairs suitable for in-law suite with a small 2nd kitchen. Formal dining room overlooking lake, home is completely handicap accessibl. Covered dock w/hoist, carport 28’x28’ workshop. New security system, gentle lakefront lot w/140’ of waterfront, florida room.

Convenient to Rocky Mt. and Smith Mountain Lake, 3 bedrooms, 2 bath ranch with garage. Great Room w/cathedral ceiling & fireplace. Full Basement, covered front porch, 2 car garage on main level & 1 car garage under. $229,900. MLS #793179

MINI FARM WITH 15 ACRES CONVENIENT TO ROCKY MOUNT & ROANOKE

IMMACULATE LAKE ACCESS HOME SITUATED ON CORNER LOT CONTAINING TWO LOTS TOTALING 1.34 ACRES W/ BEAUTIFUL LANDSCAPING Large Kitchen w/nice Pantry, Great Room w/trey ceiling, stone fireplace & cathedral ceiling, Irrigation System ,New Roof, New Siding, New Paint on main level, New Paint outside, Covered Back Porch, Paved Drive, Heated Workshop with 220 & 210 Amp service. $329,900.00 MLS #798881

HUGE WATERFRONT POINT LOT THAT CAN BE SUBDIVIDED INTO 2 LOTS AND HAS INCREDIBLE MAIN CHANNEL & MOUNTAIN VIEWS! This is a rare find to have a mini farm with 15 acres with a great location. This beautiful home was built in 2012 w/3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, office, master bedroom w/trey ceiling & huge walk-in closet, great room w/stone fireplace, barn, old log cabin on property, zoned A1 & unrestricted w/pasture land & gorgeouse hardwoods. Only $269,900 MLS #802559

Large point lot that can be subdivided into 2 lots with 1.20 acres with 339’ of waterfront. $425,000. MLS#798993

LAKE ACCESS HOME ONLY $247,000 This home offers 3 large bedrooms, great room with fireplace, game/office & approx 2,966 sq. ft., full walk out basement, 2 car garage, paved driveway, terrific amenities – pool, tennis and ramp. MLS#792844

LAKE ACCESS RANCH-$269,900 5 MINUTES TO WESTLAKE AREA Great Room w/Cathedral Ceiling & wood floors, Kitchen has granite countertops, 4 Bedrooms, 3 Full Baths, Huge Family Room w/fireplace & wetbar, Double Car Garage, Paved Driveway, MLS# 798587.


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FRENCH COUNTRY LAKEFRONT ESTATE RARE INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY Majestic & Timeless French Country lakefront estate located at beautiful Smith Mountain Lake. The LoveStone Inn is the main home & the PebbleStone Cottage was built with Peaks of Otter & Blue Ridge Mountain stone. This exceptional property is perfect as an investment property (short & long term rentals allowed), F/T residence, Approved as a Bed & Breakfast. The main home features 4 unique theme bedrooms (2 master suites), 4 full bathrooms, study or use as a 5th bedroom, gourmet kitchen, living room, dining room, family room, recreation room, 2 fireplaces, foyer, laundry room, 2 car garage, and 3705 sq. ft. All rooms updated and in pristine condition. Enjoy breathtaking lake, mountain, & sunrise views from the decks and porches. The guest house includes 1368 sq. ft., 14’ ceilings, kitchen, great room, fabulous bedroom, custom French doors with antique glass insert accents, full basement. $849,000 MLS# 805022

SPACIOUS LAKE HOME IN CONTENTMENT ISLAND WITH 3 MASTER SUITES

UNIQUE LAKE HOME W/ EUROPEAN KITCHEN

OWNER OFFERING LEASE TO PURCHASE OR OWNER FINANCING ON THIS LAKE HOME!

This beautiful lake home is located in the Prestigious Contentment Island Sub. w/ 4 bedrooms, 4 1/2 baths, granite countertops, great room w/ wetbar, cath ceiling, 2 fireplaces, family room w/ fireplace & bookshelves, 2 car garage, double boathouse, beautiful landscaping! Gentle lot!! Reduced over $100,000 MLS #794191

Contemporary ranch, open area floor plan w/ complete main level living, this home is a must for anyone enjoying a maintenance-free existence and the outdoors. Expansive windows and glass, hand-planed distinctive wood floors, granite countertops & high profile SS appliances. Perfect for entertaining or a peaceful day on the deck. Large master suite, family room w/ FP, 2 car oversize garage & covered boathouse. $639,900. MLS#792992

This spacious lakefront home offers 5 bedrooms, 4 baths, great room w/ fireplace and log walls, open floor plan, family room w/ fireplace, gentle lot and nice views. Great location on Craddock Creek area of the lake. Priced at only $449,900. MLS# 801281

LAKE HOME SPACIOUS ENOUGH FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY FOR ONLY $549,900

CONVENIENT LAKE HOME WITH LOG CABIN FEEL FOR ONLY $429,900

LAKE HOME WITH FLAT LOT ONLY $439,900

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Newly remodeled lake home w/4 bedrooms, 3 full baths, 2 wood burning fireplaces, wrap-around covered decks, new carpet, vinyl and paint, roof and heat pump only 2 years old, Anderson windows, beautiful lake views, gentle lot with 183’ of waterfront. Covered dock with hoist, paved drive terrific subdivision, short term rentals allowed! MLS #803793

FIXER UPPER LAKE HOME WITH 21 1/2 ACRES

Beautiful Lake Retreat or Horse Farm w/ 21.53 Acres Approx 374/ft Waterfront, Floater Dock w/ Poles for Covered Dock, Large Barn & Bold Stream. Horses Permitted. 15x11 Storage Shed w/Electric & Water: Nice for Gardening! Existing Home needs TLC & Remodeling. Large Kitchen w/Island & Walk-In Pantry. Spacious Rooms & Hardwood Floors, Huge FlorIda Room. MLS #804515 $339,900

Enjoy this 4 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath lake home with beautiful main channel views! Conveniently located to Hales Fored & Westlake areas for all shopping & restaurants. Great family vacation home or year round living, log cabin feel with gas fireplace, covered porch on front and lakesiede of the house. Covered boathouse, new survey, MLS 3801060

MAGNIFICENT LAKE HOME ON INCREDIBLE POINT LOT!

This Elegant and Spacious Lake Home has 6735 Sq Ft. With 6 bedrooms and 5 1/2 baths on an Incredible Point Lot with 550 ft of Waterfront! A true Private point lot! Terrific Open Floor Plan, Privacy Gate at Entrance, professionally Decorated by Interior Designer, Double Car Garage, Double-covered boat dock with lots of room to entertain. $1,599,900.00 MLS #804698

This lakefront home has 3 bedrooms (one w/trey ceiling), 3 full baths, mast bath has jacuzzi tub, living room w/trey ceiling, family room with gas fireplace, screened porch, 2 car garage, paved driveway always to your own, private boat ramp, huge covered dock & storage building, level lakefront lot & views!! MLS #800049

LAKE ACCESS HOME WITH 2.55 ACRES 4 GARAGES & BOAT SLIP

Immaluclate Lake Access with 3 Bedrooms, 3 baths, 4 Garages, on 2.55 acres with a brook. Lake access w/ a Deeded Dock with Electricity included on Smith Mtn Lake, Large Kitchen w/Corian Countertops, Living Room, Dining Area w/Built-In Hutch, Sunroom, In House Stereo System, Family Room w/Gas Fireplace, Beautifully Landscaped, New Roof in 2012, Paved Driveway, $284,900.00 MLS #804215


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Turner said other popular dock spruce-ups often include adding wireless remotes to lift motor controls, as well as a dock’s main lighting circuits. Being able to turn lights off after arriving at the house — or light the dock as you walk the path toward the water — is both a safety and convenience feature, he said. Wireless off/on/dimmer systems begin at about $300 and should be considered for new construction, Turner said, because using them is considerably less expensive than running underground wiring for the conventional threeway circuits required to turn dock lights on and off from the house.

Jason Turner (above), president of Union Hall-based Turner’s Dock Building, says the boathouse pictured above was built to complement the main home (inset). The dock was expanded in the spring with the its decking resurfaced to provide a seamless appearance. Located on Craddock Creek, the home and boathouse were featured on the 2013 Smith Mountain Lake Charity Home Tour.

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ABOVE A boat hangs in one of the 79 slips at Crazy Horse Marina that Dock Solutions renovated in the spring. RIGHT Twenty boats and two PWCs make their home in this new dock built by Plyler Homes & Docks in 2013 as part of a large remodeling project at Gills Creek Marina. The structure includes a metal hip roof, treated wood decking and security cameras.

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“Cement siding is close in cost to cedar boards, but requires considerably less upkeep. Azek now sells a white trim board that looks perfectly painted and never needs a repaint.” Bill Nissen, Dock Solutions

Jason Turner, Turner’s Dock BuilDing

Eric Plyler, president of Plyler Homes & Docks, agrees that the demand for maintenance-free composite decking and railings is high, and said he often uses EverGrain or Trex Transcend brands in those applications. Plyer also recommends high-quality plywood or vinyl beadboard for finished ceilings – great for hiding lift mechanisms, keeping them from leaking grease onto boat upholstery and rugs and discouraging bird and bee nests in the rafters. Another popular idea he shared is to install pull-down stairs that provide above-ceiling storage for boating gear, swim toys and other dock equipment, leaving the 72-square-foot dock house enclosures allowed by AEP free for entertaining. “Don’t forget that a cupola Eric Plyler, on the roof can be a nice design Plyler Homes accent,” Plyler added. & Docks

Bill Nissen, president and CEO of Dock Solutions, Inc., said his employees have spent considerable time on lift installations, having completed 79 in the spring as part of renovations at Crazy Horse Marina. All are now remote ready. The company also specializes in floating docks, which Nissen said can be more economical than traditional ones found at some of SML’s remaining building lots, because only anchoring pilings must be driven. Both wood and aluminum floating dock installations are available and, though usually offering less covered entertaining space than traditionally constructed docks, can provide an effective boat-keeping alternative for exceptionally deep or rocky waterfronts. “We experienced a strong resurgence in demand for dock work this spring,” said Nissen, who has been in the business at SML since 2000. “Apparently, confidence in real estate is improving, and many of our ... customers are coming back for lift maintenance, installation of remotes and new decking.”

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Quality You Can See Experience You Can Trust! Serving Smith Mountain Lake for over 35 years,Turner’s Building has grown into the largest, most well-know dock builder on thelake. Fromsimpleadditionstothedock of your dreams, Turners Building has the experience you need. Now offering fullservice deck construction and renovation services,as well. Ourqualityandcustomer servicearesecondtonone.

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Michael Dillon Custom Docks, Inc., has seen its business shift from predominantly new construction to about 70 percent renovations and upgrades. According to designer Oscar Smith, dock owners who have the once-popular above-slip sundecks are finding them difficult to maintain and too hot to use comfortably during much of the summer. “Adding a peaked roof with a ceiling and pull-down attic access stairs creates valuable storage space,” he said. “Then we put a bar top and counter in the dock house and it becomes a center for entertaining.” While Key Lakewood property owners Patrick and Michelle Agee haven’t yet sprung for the ceiling, they did have Dillon Docks drive seven new pilings and expand a minimal one-slip dock into a family gathering space with a view of Lucky Island. The new boathouse features an L-shaped bar surfaced in Restore, a roll-on coating from RustOleum that looks and feels like granite at a fraction of the price. “We went with low-maintenance composite materials and put in recessed lights and several ceiling fans,” Patrick Agee said. “We’re looking forward to lots of comfortable waterfront fun and relaxation with the boys [sons Ben and James] in 2014.”

ABOVE A dock and boathouse built by Michael Dillon Custom Docks features a peaked roof with attic storage space. LEFT Dillon Docks included enclosed storage, ample entertaining space and covered boat and PWC lifts to this boathouse design.

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“Standing Tall: When the rider is about to pop off the wake, he wants to stand tall, which means extending at the hips and knees so he doesn’t absorb the energy created by the impact of the wake.” – Wakeboarder.com glossary

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magine your favorite activity at Smith Mountain Lake. Perhaps you are an avid golfer, never missing an opportunity to hit the links. Maybe you are a passionate fisherman who awakens early each morning with plans to catch that elusive 10-pounder. Or, perhaps your ideal afternoon at the lake is spent curled up in a hammock devouring a new novel. Now imagine, in an instant, your passion is taken away. You can no longer walk the course, cast a line or read your favorite book. If your life was turned upside down, how would you cope?

Just a Normal, EvEryday Kid

Justin Caskey was, by most accounts, a likeable, adventurous and outgoing kid. Perhaps a bit of a daredevil, in the summer of 2004 Caskey was doing what most middle-schoolers do in summer: swimming, wakeboarding, going to camp and playing sports. Water sports were his particular obsession; if you couldn’t find Caskey all you had to do was look out on the water. It would be a fateful neighborhood game of touch football that would change his life suddenly and without warning. SMITHMOUNTAINLAKE.COM

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SHORELINES | pROfILE LEFT Justin Caskey, who had his left leg amputated after a bout with bone cancer, prepares to go wakeboarding on Smith Mountain Lake. BELOW Caskey uses his left arm to prop up his body on a modified pole bolted onto the wakeboard.

in my hospital room, and family who never left my side, especially my parents. My mom and dad took shifts so that one of them was with me at all times. I noticed that a lot of other kids in the hospital didn’t always have that luxury, so when it came down to it, even though I had cancer, I really didn’t have a whole lot to be negative about.”

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“I had a lot of support from my friends who would visit me and play games in my hospital room, and family who never left my side, especially my parents.” Justin Caskey

“There must have been over 100 kids in my friend’s front yard, many playing football,” Caskey recalled. “I joined in the game and was almost immediately tackled. Even though my femur broke quickly and easily, it was probably the worst pain I’ve ever encountered. People who were there told me they could hear the break from several feet away.” At the hospital, X-rays and tests revealed a surprising complication: doctors found a tumor – Malignant Fibrous Histiocytoma (MFH) – on Caskey’s femur. The tumor, a form of bone cancer, had significantly weakened the bone in Caskey’s left leg, contributing to the break. MFH is relatively rare in children; according to the National Cancer Institute, between 1975 and 1995, about 65 children a year were diagnosed with childhood MFH.

Living With CanCer and treatment

For the next four years doctors would treat Caskey for cancer while simultaneously trying to save his leg. As a result of chemotherapy, his body healed slower than usual. Metal rods were used to reinforce the leg – “You know, like Wolverine!,” Caskey joked. A complication prevented his knee from bending and his left leg became a self-described weight upon his body and his life. However, through it all Caskey remained optimistic, crediting much of his recovery drive and determination to family and friends. “It wasn’t all me,” he said. “I had a lot of support from my friends who would visit me and play games

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In 2008, at the start of his senior year of high school, another setback would require a grim choice: The cancer had returned, this time in Caskey’s left hip. Ultimately, the decision was made to remove his left leg at the hip joint. The four-year ordeal took a turn as Caskey became an amputee. “Honestly, it was if a weight had been lifted,” said Caskey, who rejected the advice of doctors to take a year off to recover, graduating on time with his classmates at Richmond’s Mills E. Godwin High School.


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RetuRning to the WateR

Though Caskey would adapt well to his new life – which included attending Virginia Tech – he just couldn’t get past not being able to resume involvement in the water sports he loved so much. Wakeboarding, in particular, was something to which he yearned to return. “The summers I wasn’t wakeboarding, I was teaching my friends how to wakeboard. It started getting more and more difficult to watch without doing it myself. I had a brand new wakeboard – I got it right before breaking my leg – that was calling my name,” Caskey said. “One morning, Chris [Harris, a close and steadfast friend], my dad and I were going for an early run. I was watching Chris ride and decided I wanted to try to see what I could do. I got out on the board, put one foot in the binding and my hand on the other and just tried getting on top of the water. Sure enough, after one or two tries, I got up!” So began Caskey’s resolute return to wakeboarding. His dad helped him design the first

prototype of a modified board that would allow Caskey to lock his right foot into the board boot, hold onto the tow rope with his right hand, and then use his left arm to prop up his body on a modified pole bolted onto the board. His parents and his sisters, supportive of the effort and determined to see Caskey succeed, were nonetheless a bit worried about his safety. “Mom did use the word ‘impale’ quite often,” Caskey noted with a wry smile. As Caskey explained the evolution of his modified wakeboard, his eyes flickered with excitement as he described the process. “I came up with the idea of the modified wakeboard when I was first trying to get back on the board. I thought to myself, ‘How can I make a crutch for my wakeboard and not have to alter the board itself?’ So we basically made a pole for the

Caskey says his wakeboard has gone thorugh at least six modifications to allow him to participate in watersports with use of just one leg.

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board so I could stand up straight. The pole had a T-bar at the top so I could put downward force on it, but also pull up on it to cut and carve across the water. We also welded the pole to a metal plate that had holes in it that lined up with the binding holes on the wakeboard.” The adapted wakeboard design has now gone through at least six modifications in attempts to improve its durability. Caskey noted he would be thrilled if someone could design the next board iteration out of a lighter material – perhaps titanium, which he said is too expensive for him to personally use for experimenting – noting that the current weight of the board sometimes makes maneuvering out on the wake not as graceful as he would like. Chris Harris, the friend who had seen Caskey’s initial attempts at getting back up on the wakeboard, would become instrumental in Caskey’s full return to the water. Harris, whose parents own a home at Smith Mountain Lake, is also a Virginia Tech graduate and shares Caskey’s passion for wakeboarding. Harris has spent years documenting Caskey’s triumphs and has developed a documentary entitled, “No Matter What.” “I created the documentary because filming Justin’s progress motivated me through a difficult period in my life,” Harris said. “Learning to tell his story gave me a sense of purpose and responsibility. My hope is that it helps anyone going through hard times, whether physically, mentally or spiritually.”

“I came up with the idea of the modified wakeboard when I was first trying to get back on the board. I thought to myself, ‘How can I make a crutch for my wakeboard and not have to alter the board itself?’ Chris Harris (right) created a short film, “No Matter What,” that documents friend Justin Caskey’s return to wakeboarding.

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GettinG ‘Super Gnarly’

On a recent sunny afternoon, Caskey took to the waters of Smith Mountain Lake for a run. The bright yellow tow line drew taunt and Caskey ascended out of the wake. There was the briefest of delays as he rose up, body hunched a bit as he secured his position and then, there he was, standing tall on his modified board, moving swiftly and elegantly back and forth behind the boat. As Caskey’s confidence grew, one could see the determination on his face as he winged out, quickly drew the board back across the water and then took it up high out of the surf, landing back down on the opposite side of the wake. “I can’t believe you did that!” shouted Harris, as the boat circled back to retrieve Caskey after he had released the rope. “That was incredible. Next time, you need to get super gnarly.” The broad smile on Caskey’s wet face was a contagious affirmation that this young man is destined to live a joyous, adventurous life.

“I can’t believe I did that. That’s the biggest air I’ve ever gotten!” Caskey exclaimed. “Let’s go again.” For the next two hours, Caskey and Harris took turns blissfully putting on a wakeboarding display that seemed jubilantly playful, yet required a tremendous amount of effort and determination.

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Caskey’s future seems wide open with youthful possibilities. Now 24 and working in sales in Charlotte, N.C., he considers himself a bit of a renaissance man with an appetite for stage and screen production. He worked on the set of the film “Lincoln;” recently starred in a commercial for Discover Boating, a public awareness effort funded by the North American recreational boating industry; and gave stand-up comedy a try. He possesses a strong interest in writing and considers a screenplay adaption of his life a distinct possibility. There is no doubt that Caskey will continue to make his mark on this world, stand tall, and, as he phrased it, “shred the gnar.”

Friends Justin Caskey and Chris Harris return to Smith Mountain Wake Company at Bridgewater Plaza following an afternoon of wakeboarding on Smith Mountain Lake. SMITHMOUNTAINLAKE.COM

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water skis. “Look how cute these are, Tom,” Sherrill Smith said. “I’ll bet you could make one of these for a whole lot less than they’re asking.” A handy craftsman and woodworker who worked as a high school shop teacher before an extensive career in the auto industry, Smith decided to give it a go, crafting an Adirondack-style chair like the ones often seen on lakefront beaches, patios, decks and docks. “It did take me a few tries to find the best angle for comfortable sitting,” said Smith, whose original creation resides in the den on his home’s lake level, one of a few special pieces he’s kept for posterity. “Demand took off after I donated my third chair to

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the SML Charity Home Tour to be auctioned at a benefit [event].” Lakers Bo and Nancy King bought that chair – part art, part functional furniture – and display it in the recreation room of their Montego Bay home. Additional chairs have found their way to other SML homes, as well as residences in Vermont, Minnesota, Ohio, Alabama, North Carolina and Indiana. Over the years, Smith’s “line” has evolved to include rockers, bar stools, billiard room chairs, end tables, decorative frames from ski binding parts, child-size chairs, benches from wakeboards and the occasional chair from snow skis. Water-ski chairs, however, remain his mainstay and have the strongest appeal in water sports communities such as Smith Mountain Lake. ABOVE A trio of chairs and a table made of discarded water skis, snow skis and a wakeboard are at home on creator Tom Smith’s dock.


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Clockwise from left, the first chair Tom Smith crafted out of vintage water skis occupies a corner of his den; original graphics and carvings are preserved in whenever possible; seven old snow skis were used to craft this Adirondack-style chair; a gameroom table features a base made from skis; Tom and Sherrill Smith

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The primary design hasn’t changed much over the years, said Smith, who especially enjoys working with the old wooden skis that often can be found at garage sales in Midwestern lake regions. His brother-in-law once stumbled onto 32 pairs of retired jump skis at SeaWorld Ohio. Several of those wide, laminated teak boards still await Smith’s repurposing, just part of a materials inventory that he draws from to start a new chair whenever the spirit moves him. Smith said he welcomes custom orders and gladly will incorporate Lakers’ heirloom skis into made-toorder pieces of furniture. “I try to save the graphics whenever I can,” he noted. “It brings out the antique-ness of the materials.” Smith builds about 15-20 major pieces a year and has created 132 total. His primary shop occupies a two-bay garage where he’s crafted a clever jig to ensure the proper alignment of each chair’s parts. Much of the framing is cut from composite decking material, which is sturdy and impervious to rot, and he uses all stainless steel decking screws to hold the parts together. Chairs destined for indoor use get two coats of clear polyurethane to protect paint and

“Demand took off after I donated my third chair to the SML Charity Home Tour to be auctioned at a benefit [event].” Tom SmiTh

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“I just connect with the rhythm. I really welcomed the opportunity to help create the music. It’s great fun.” Bill Taylor, ParroT Pan STeel Band memBer

LEFT Clockwise from left, David Shea (left) and Ken Hurt concentrate on tapping the right notes at the right times during a recent Parrot Pan Band practice; band director Richard Rudolph uses a standard drum kit to establish a rhythm for the ensemble’s 25 players; Jeff Parker (front) and Gary Fisher practice on sets of bass drums, which are made from full-sized oil drums. RIGHT Notes are labeled on a steel drum to help players strike the proper spots. SMITHMOUNTAINLAKE.COM

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Johnny Bender has established SML’s first symphony orchestra

LEFT Johnny Bender, who moved with wife Luna to the area last year, relaxes on the deck of his SML home. RIGHT The Smith Mountain Lake Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will perform its first concert on July 26.

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which will perform its inaugural concert on July 26 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at Franklin County High School. Tickets range from $8.95 to $64.95. “It’s entitled ‘Bluegrass & Beethoven’ and will feature Randy Cook & Commonwealth Bluegrass Band of Richmond to open the show,” said Bender, noting the symphony and chorus will follow with a performance of Bach’s Cantata 140, “Sleepers Awake,” featuring soloists and lake residents Philip and Tara Bouknight. The orchestra will then play Beethoven’s “Fifth Symphony.”

Bender, who moved with his wife, Luna, to the lake from Bethesda, Md., last year, is a former Washington, D.C.-area management consultant and software engineer. He earned a bachelor’s degree with a music major and computer science concentration from Cornell University in 2000, and a Master of Music in conducting from Central Michigan University School of Music in 2011. “I’ve had a lot of experience putting on shows,” said Bender. “For someone who’s never put on a show, it looks like a big


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Junior Sisk (center), the 2013 International Bluegrass Music Association’s male vocalist of the year, will perform with his band Ramblers Choice on Aug. 9 at the W.E. Skelton 4-H Center in Wirtz. From left are Jason Davis, Billy Hawks, Sisk, Johnathan Dillon and Jason Tomlin.

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W.E. Skelton 4-H Center’s outdoor pavilion and make it more of a festival atmosphere,” said DeGiorgi. “We thought Junior Sisk and Rambler’s Choice would be a nice show to have – and appropriate because bluegrass bands are comfortable playing in outdoor venues.” The headliner of this year’s Summerfest has earned several awards, including a recent International Bluegrass Music Association Male Vocalist of the Year pick for front man Junior Sisk. The group’s musicians are from either Virginia or North Carolina and festival attendees may recognize mandolin player Johnathan Dillon, a Smith Mountain Lake native. Sisk is from nearby Ferrum, but the singer said this will be his first concert at SML.

“I always love to play close to home, so I am looking forward to it and seeing all the folks who come out to hear our music,” said Sisk. “And though I’ve traveled all over the world, there is no place more beautiful to me than Southwest Virginia.” The festival will begin at 2 p.m., and because the pavilion is covered, it will go on rain or shine. DeGiorgi said he recommends arriving early to secure a picnic table. The event will also include activities for children. Tickets are $15 for SMAC members; $18 for non-members; $8 for kids under age 12. For more details, visit smithmountainartscouncil.com or contact DeGiorgi at (540) 719-0686 or mikedegi@aol.com. — Lindsey Wagnon


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their nimble MasterCraft ski boat. The pontoon’s flat-decked, walk-around floor plan was better suited to leisurely outings with family and guests aboard, but its V8 inboard/outboard power plant “burned a ton of gas,” Charlie said. Last summer, the couple decided to upgrade. An online search turned up a 25-foot South Bay 925E in Michigan that had been used just 14 hours. The owner was behind on the payments and eager to sell, so Charlie cut a deal and had the boat shipped to SML. “The ‘E’ [in 925E] stands for ‘Entertainer,’ and it does that really well,” said Karen, a gourmet cook with a penchant for presentation. LEFT Charlie and Karen Cromwell “You can actually cook and serve entertain friends Eric and Andrea a lovely meal right on board. We Fansler aboard the tritoon they just did dinner for 10 people – purchased last summer. steak for the adults and fajitas for the kids. It made for a beautiful ABOVE Karen Cromwell (right) and Andrea Fansler prepare appetizers. evening on the lake.” SMITHMOUNTAINLAKE.COM

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The boat includes a stainless steel propane grill, roomy solid-surface prep counter, four-stool bar and ample storage for kitchen gear and supplies. Upscale upholstered lounge seating makes for a comfortable ride on the way to a cookout site. “The four-stroke outboard [a Yamaha 150] is really quiet and smooth,” Charlie said, “and a whole lot better on the gas.” While the Cromwells located their dream tritoon in the Midwest, Lakers can access the entire South Bay line at Magnum Boating at Indian Point Marine, which sells and services the boats.

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Ron Rodgers of Lynchburg and Penhook bought his luxurious new tritoon last fall, replacing a 28foot Sea Ray overnight-capable cruiser he’d enjoyed throughout his seven years on SML. “I told Jim [Mills, owner of Webster Marine Service] I wanted a boat that would seat 10-12 guests comfortably and still be able to scoot from one lake location to another in good time,” Rodgers said. The Webster team came through with a 25-foot Bennington R-25, powered by a 250-hp Yamaha four-stroke outboard and tricked out with pillowtop upholstery, ottoman-type foot rest in the forward lounge area and LED mood lighting sprinkled from bimini top to cup holders and on down to the decks.

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Clockwise from top right, Ron Rodgers takes his 28-foot Bennington tritoon out for a spin on SML; the boat’s roomy interior easily accommodates 10-12 guests; a 250-hp engine powers the vessel; moveable drink holders are among the boat’s perks.

Stem to stern, there’s nothing flimsy, fragile or routinely finished on the boat. Even the moveable drink holders that are found wherever guests are seated have a hefty, quality look to them. “The boat has plenty of go-power,” Rodgers said. “It’ll top out close to 50 mph. It runs on what Bennington calls ‘STS elliptical tubes with strakes.’ They plane out at about 20 [mph], and it’s smooth sailing from there on up. The rougher the water, the better it gets.” Ron’s wife, Nancy, said she enjoys the relax-onthe-water feeling she gets aboard such a stable boat. Ron likens it to a luxury auto and said he considers the Bennington among his best purchase decisions. “There’s absolutely nothing wrong with this boat,” he said. “And the tremendous service provided by the people at Webster is just icing on the cake.” SMITHMOUNTAINLAKE.COM

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Mark and Eloise Elliott of Princeton, W.Va., also recently traded up from the traditional two-tube pontoon they had used for 20 years of weekend and vacation fun at their Bernard’s Landing condo. “A boat only lasts so long,” Eloise said. “It was time for a change. Plus, that boat only had a 90-hp outboard. That was considered big when we bought it, but it struggled to pull skiers and tubers when we had guests aboard.” In February, the Elliots headed to the Southwest Virginia Boat Show in search of a tritoon with enough seating to accommodate their large family, as well as visiting friends. “We knew the show was the way to see several

dealers and the brands they offer without driving all over the place,” Eloise said. The couple chose a black and tan Aqua Patio 24-footer, powered with a 250-hp Yamaha outboard, from Hughes Marine. “We wanted something nicely appointed, but not over-the-top expensive,” Mark Elliott said. “This one has very comfortable raised captain’s and companion chairs, power steering, bluetooth sound system, depth finder and a great hide-away trash compartment.” Eloise added, “The Hughes people were tremendously accommodating and offered a nice extended warranty. We liked their reputation for coming right to an owner’s dock to handle any service issues without us even having to be there.”

“We just did dinner for 10 people – steak for the adults and fajitas for the kids. It made for a beautiful evening on the lake.” Karen Cromwell, tritoon owner

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DECADES OF FAMILY FUN. Bryant offers numerous size and interior layout choices at Webster Marine. Choose from 19-footers to 27-footers; from deckboars to Bow Riders, walk throughs and much more. All come with ample leg room, plenty of wet/ dry storage, bucket seats, and an abundance of deluxe features that are standard on a Bryant. No matter what you choose, you get the handcrafted, 100% Wood Free Bryant quality.

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Clockwise from right, steak and shrimp, calamari and blackened salmon are among the menu items freshly prepared by Antonio Vieira, chef at Heath’s Waterfront Grill.

Try ThiS Catch of the Day Blackened salmon (or other fresh seafood selection) filleted on site and served with fried red potatoes and vegetables for $18.95. Calamari Hand-battered calamari made-to-order for $8.95. Surf & Turf 12-ounce ribeye steak with five jumbo shrimp, red potatoes and vegetables for $26.95.

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“We do a little bit of everything,” he said. “We have steaks, chicken parmesan, fresh calamari, chicken wings, pizza and burgers.” Heath’s also serves salads, sandwiches, an assortment of pasta selections, a kid’s menu with meals under $5 and homemade desserts such as cheesecake and peanut butter pie. Scott Heath said the hand-battered calamari appetizer is a hit with customers, but his favorite dish is whatever is featured as the “catch of the day” – fresh seafood made to order. Daily specials are another draw, including halfpriced burgers every Tuesday, 50-cent wings on Wednesday and prime rib on Thursday. A daily happy hour takes place from 3-6 p.m. with drink specials. The restaurant’s breakfast buffet, with items such as southern-style biscuits, eggs, bacon, hash browns and fried apples, is available on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. until noon.


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“We do a little bit of everything. We have steaks, chicken parmesan, fresh calamari, chicken wings, pizza and burgers.” Scott HeatH, HeatH’S Waterfront Grill

Patrons enjoy lunch in the main dining room at Heath’s (above) and on the outdoor patio (left) that overlooks the lake and the pool at Mariners Landing.

“Everything is fresh and made-to-order, and the prices are reasonable. We fillet our fish right in the kitchen,” said Heath. “And you really can’t beat the location. The facility is spacious and beautiful. The views are amazing. We have 72 boat slips for boaters, and there are even hotel rooms available if you don’t feel like leaving after a fun night.” Patrons can relax at the full-service bar and take in a televised sporting event or enjoy live music by local bands on Saturdays and some Fridays in season. Heath’s also caters special events held at the resort and offers a large banquet room for rehearsal dinners, weddings, reunions and other gatherings. While Scott is managing the responsibilities of Heath’s, Hannah is making sure things run smoothly at Mitchell’s. It’s a lot of long hours, but the ambitious couple said they wouldn’t have it any other way, especially when they get positive feedback from customers. “People have told me they just love it,” Scott Heath said of the new endeavor. “The community is so thankful there is a place open here at Mariners Landing again. Its residents are our biggest supporters for sure.”

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RestauRant Roundup In addition to Heath’s Waterfront Grill at Mariners Landing, a number of other restaurants have opened or relocated at Smith Mountain Lake in recent months. Following are details on of some of the changes. Laker Media

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Karen Burks displays an assortment of gourmet cupcakes available at her new business, Sugar & Slice Cupcakery and Confections.

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aren Burks has traded banking for baking, but the 27 years she worked in the financial industry surely will come in handy running her new business. Sugar & Slice Cupcakery and Confections opened in June at Westlake in the former SML Coffee Shop location. When the bank she worked for downsized, Burks made the decision to try and cash in on a hobby she loved and that had provided supplemental income. “I just decided to go for it,” she said. “I’ve always loved doing it, always loved baking.” Burks doesn’t have a culinary degree, but she’s taken a number of cooking classes. Most of her expertise, however, comes from experience. She’s been selling baked goods out of her home for several years.

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Cupcakes are the main focus of Sugar & Slice, but a variety of cakes, breads and bagels also are available. The store offers 15 varieties of fresh-baked cupcakes, which rotate daily, including a Snickers cupcake, the Lemon Drop and an Oreo Blast cupcake. The treats come in three sizes and range in price from $1 to $15 (the “Colossal”). Customers can order custom cakes, including tiered, sheet and wedding cakes. Gourmet coffees, cappuccinos, lattes and espressos also are available for sale. The shop is open Tuesday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m., and Saturdays from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. On Saturday’s after 5 p.m., cupcakes are sold two for the price of one. For more information, visit facebook.com/sugarandslicesml or call (540) 721-2253.


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MICHAEL’S Michael’s, located just north of Hales Ford Bridge in Moneta, opened in March with a menu that includes pasta, pizza, burgers, salads, appetizers, soups and gyros. Owner Fadi Aziz Melki, a former teacher, is a Roanoke native who recently relocated to Smith Mountain Lake from Charlotte, N.C. Melki’s brother-in-law, Miled Sleiman, who has previous restaurant ownership experience, has helped get the business off the ground. Michaels is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Sunday. For more information, call (540) 297-0000.

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BENNY ADELINA’S Benny Adelina’s opened June 11 near Sweet Frog Frozen Yogurt at Westlake Towne Center. The business is part of a regional chain of pizza restaurants that includes two locations in Blacksburg, as well as spots in Roanoke, Harrisonburg and Radford. The only item on the menu is pizza, made with homemade dough and sauce, which is available in a monster 28-inch whole pie or 14inch slice. “We like to say the slice is approximately the size of a small pizza,” said Chase Young, who manages Benny Marconi’s, the company’s Roanoke location. A cheese slice is $4 and a whole pizza is $28 (all taxes included). For one topping, the prices increase to $5 and $35. Toppings are limited, Young said. Pepperoni and mild Italian sausage are always on the menu, and two additional topping options change monthly. Examples include bacon cheeseburger, Buffalo chicken, ricotta mushroom, Southwest Chicken and grilled peppers, onions and mushrooms. “One is for vegetarians, and one is for carnivores,” Young explained. Beer and wine also are available at Benny Adelina’s, which offers indoor and outdoor seating, as well as takeout. The restaurant is open daily 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. If demand is high, hours may expand to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, according to owner Kristen Toth. For more information, call (540) 346-2120.

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In April, Mei Chen opened Teriyaki House, a Japanese-Asian fusion restaurant at Westlake Towne Center that offers indoor seating, take-out and catering services. Located near Westlake Library, Chen said the eatery’s focus is on healthy fare that can be prepared quickly. She emphasizes low-fat, low-calorie dishes with high protein and no monosodium glutamate, a flavor enhancer often added to Chinese food. The menu includes soups, salads, appetizers, traditional Asian entrees, chef’s specials and vegetarian selections. Teriyaki House opens daily at 11 a.m. It closes at 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and on Sunday. On Friday and Saturday, hours are extended to 10:30 p.m. For more information, call (540) 346-2110.

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In May, Subway moved from the former Food Lion shopping center at the corner of Scruggs Road and Virginia 122 to Westlake Towne Center. The restaurant, which is 20 percent larger than the previous location, has a completely new look with floor-to-ceiling wall tile, stacked stone accents and bench seating. Denis Girard, who for nine years has owned the restaurant with wife Lynn, said the move was predicated on a desire to increase visibility. “Our long-time customers and year-round customers knew where to find us. What we were missing was the drive-by traffic, people going down 122 to Bedford or Rocky Mount,” he said. “[The move] has increased visibility tremendously, and it has had a very strong impact on our business so far.” The Girards also own two other Subway franchises – at the Food Lion shopping center in Eastlake and in downtown Roanoke. The Westlake and Eastlake restaurants are open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, call (540) 721-7827.

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I cruised out to visit with Bryant on a bright, sun-washed day, passing bucolic farm scenes with verdant green hills and old rustic barns on my way. When I arrived, the wine department was a hubbub of activity with customers peppering Bryant with questions, distributor reps restocking wine shelves and straightening large displays of wine and beer. With neat gray hair and a friendly smile, Bryant is a congenial fellow, always prepared to respond to customer questions and requests. A native of Rocky Mount, N.C., he graduated from N.C. State with a degree in textile engineering. He went on to enjoy a


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successful career with Allied Signal Corporation and then Honeywell, working in the company’s carpet fibers division. Bryant later earned a real estate license and worked in the Midlothian area before moving to SML in 2002. A few years later, he spotted a job posting for the wine consultant position at the newly constructed Kroger and, thinking it would be a good way to make local contacts, applied. Nine years later, Bryant is still managing the grocery store’s wine and beer department. Among his duties is maintaining a special-order program, so if any customer asks for a wine that is not available

in the store’s extensive selection, he can make every effort to order it. Bryant is something of a local celebrity and the go-to person when shoppers need help selecting a wine. “Some people know what they want,” he said, “and then some others want to learn more about wine and try new and different things. I encourage them to take notes so I can steer them in the right direction. ABOVE Lonnie Bryant has managed the extensive collection of wine and craft beer at Kroger’s Westlake store for the past nine years. SMITHMOUNTAINLAKE.COM

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Tell me what you liked and what you didn’t, then I can point you in the right direction.” When asked what he prefers to drink, Bryant’s response was red wines blended from different varieties of grapes or from different vineyards. “It gives the winemaker an opportunity to make up for Mother Nature,” he said. “One stock of wine might have aggressive tannins or be harsh, but something soft and juicy can be blended with it to round things out.” Bryant should know. To celebrate their 40th anniversary, he and wife Donna visited California wine country last year. They toured and tasted at Napa Valley’s Raymond Vineyards and participated in the “Winemaker for a Day” program. Participants are taught the essentials of blending before creating their own blend, which they name and take home.

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Bryant said he named his blend “Time to Chill” and it is a mélange of the Bordeaux varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, with bold and firm flavors. Donna Bryant, who named her wine “Memories,” opted for a smoother and softer blend. “We were out there for a week, and I made connections and contacts in the wine business which I still use here in the wine department,” he explained. Bryant also is responsible for Kroger’s extensive selection of craft brews, including varieties produced at nearby Sunken City Brewing Company, which he said are quite popular. Gordon Kendall has more than 25 years of experience in the wine business and is the wine, beer and spirits columnist for The Roanoke Times. He teaches wine classes and enjoys educating people on all things related to the industry. If you have a question or an idea for a future column, please email editor@smithmountainlaker.com.

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SUMMERTIME SUGGESTIONS Lonnie Bryant, wine consultant at the Westlake Kroger, offered these recommendations for summer grilling season: Red meats Try a red Zinfandel or Shiraz because their signature spice notes complement the smoky notes of the grill. Those seeking a more fruit-forward wine can try Merlot or even Cabernet Sauvignon if they want a bolder finish.

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Chicken or fish Consider the softer style of the Pinot Noir. If you prefer white wine, he recommends the crisp and clean Spanish Albarino or a rich and buttery California Chardonnay. For chips and salsa, fruity Sangria would be nice or even a Riesling. Bryant

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Salads with vinegar-based dressings Try a crisp and dry Sauvignon Blanc. And if the salad contains meat such as ham or bacon, a Pinot Grigio would pair nicely. Temperature Words of caution to those who believe red wine always should be served at room temperature: “When summertime weather heats things up, red wine might need to be put into the refrigerator or ice for about 30 minutes prior to serving. Room temperature means about 70 degrees, not 90 like you might experience in the summertime around here.”

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FIREWORKS CRUISE | View the SML fireworks celebration at Parkway Marina aboard the Virginia Dare and enjoy a barbeque dinner. 8-11 p.m. Reservations required. (540) 297-7100, vadarecruises.com SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE FIREWORKS | A family-oriented holiday tradition at Parkway Marina in Huddleston featuring food vendors, live music, rides for the kids and displays of fire, rescue and military equipment. Gates open at 3 p.m. Fireworks launch at 10 p.m. No coolers, alcohol or pets permitted. Admission is free, but the event is a fundraiser for Saunders Volunteer Fire Company and donations will be accepted. A $10 percar parking fee applies. The SML Water Safety Council has declared the primary viewing area a no-wake zone for the evening, so those who plan to go by boat are encouraged to consult Laker Map for details on the boundary. The maps are available for

STEVE GUIDUS| Live music at Waller’s, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. DANCING CHICKEN BAND | Live music at Ole School Sports Pub, 9 p.m.-midnight

5 YOUTH PAINTING CLASS | Donna Coleman presents a children’s painting class at The Little Gallery, Bridgewater Plaza. 1-3 p.m. (540) 721-1593, thelittlegallerysml.com MONETA FIRE-WORX FEST | Independence celebration with live music by The Worx, food, adult beverage garden, kids’ activities and fireworks at Downtown Moneta. Music runs 6 to 10 p.m. followed by fireworks. Cost is $5 per person with children 10 and under admitted free. Proceeds benefit Moneta Volunteer Fire Department. downtownmoneta.com WHISKEY MEYERS| Live music at Sunken City Brewery, 1-5 p.m.


SUNSET SATURDAYS | July 5, 19, 26 | Acoustic music, family activities and wine tasting at Hickory Hill Vineyards & Winery, Moneta. 7-10 p.m. $10 fee includes souvenir wine glass. Children admitted free. (540) 296-1393, smlwine.com SIDESHOW | Live music at Mango’s Bar & Grill, 7-11 p.m.

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The following businesses schedule live music on a regular basis BuSineSS throughout the summer. Schedules do change, so it’s best to call in expo advance or check their websites to confirm show dates and times. WHEN l April 26, noon-6 p.m.

TBA| Live music at Waller’s, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. TBA | Live music at Ole School Sports Pub, 9 p.m.-midnight

6 TIM MARTIN | Live music at Mango’s Bar & Grill, 2-6 p.m. ALMA HESSON | Live music at Waller’s, 3-7p.m.

9 JUNIOR RANGERS | July 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, | Join the rangers a Booker T. Washington National Monument in Hardy on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10 a.m. for outdoor activities for children ages 6-12. Preregistration required. (540) 721-2094, nps.gov/bowa

10 SWEET TEAZ | Live music at Mango’s Bar & Grill, 5-9 p.m.

11 SUZY BOGGUSS | Live music at the Harvester. $20. 8 p.m.

THe BLACKWATeR CAFe WHErE l Downtown Moneta 4730 Scruggs Road, Moneta | (540) 721-4333 | theblackwatercafe.com WHAT l representatives HARveSTeR peRFoRMAnCe CenTeR from more than 100 area 450 Franklin St., Rocky Mount | (540) 483-0907 | harvester-music.com businesses will answer questions about their HeATH’S WATeRFRonT GRiLL services, demonstrate 1217 Graves Harbor Trail, Huddleston | (540) 632-0163 products and hand out heathswaterfrontgrill.com literature, samples and promotional items. The HoT SHoTS event,| which is free and open 13360 B.T. Washington Hwy., Moneta (540) 719-1547 to the public, is organized by smlhotshots.com the SML regional Chamber of Commerce. Food and JAKe’S pLACe drink will be available for 1041 Harbour Inn Lane, Moneta | (540) 297-4732 purchase and visitors may jakesplacesml.com register for door prizes to be awarded KinG’S poinT puB hourly. 15844 Smith Mountain Lake Parkway, Huddleston | (540) 297-7347 IF YOU GO l Parking is but if you’d like MAnGo’S BAR plentiful, & GRiLL door-to-door service, the 16430 B T. Washington Hwy., Moneta | (540) 721-1632 Chamber runs golf-cart mangosbarandgrill.com shuttles from outlying parking areas. The event MiTCHeLL’S ReSTAuRAnT takes|place 3553 Trading Post Road, Huddleston (540) completely 297-4829 outdoors under large tents, mitchellspoint.com rain or shine.

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11 LAZY MAN DUB BAND| Live music at Sunken City Brewery, 5-9 p.m.

THE STEVE FREEMAN DUO | Live music at Waller’s, 3-7 p.m.

STEVE GUIDUS | Live music at Waller’s, 5-9 p.m.

STEVE GUIDUS | Live music at Waller’s, 5-9 p.m.

FAT DADDY BAND | Live music at Ole School Sports Pub, 9 p.m.-midnight

FUZZY LOGIC | Live music at Mango’s Bar & Grill, 7-11 p.m.

BAREFOOT WEST | Live music at Jake’s Place, 7-10 p.m. POLYCHROME | Live music at Mango’s Bar & Grill, 7-11 p.m. RICH & ANDY | Live music at Ole School Sports Pub, 8:30-11:30 p.m.

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12 COMMUNITY WALK & TALK| Carilion Clinic and Booker T. Washington National Monument in Hardy team up for a brief health-related talk, followed by a social 1.5-mile hike. 10 a.m. Free. (540) 721-2094, nps.gov/bowa HORSE AND HOUND WINE FESTIVAL | Wine tasting, live music, events; arts, crafts and food vendors. Johnson’s Orchards, Bedford. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (540) 586-3707, bedfordwine.com JEWELRY TRUNK SHOW | The work of Eileen McIntyre and featured artist Robert Shepherd at The Little Gallery, Bridgewater Plaza. 1-3 p.m. (540) 721-1593, thelittlegallerysml.com RICH & ANDY| Live music at Sunken City Brewery, 1-5 p.m. SOUTHPAW | Live music at Mango’s Bar & Grill, 7-11 p.m.

13 DOUG AND ROBIN | Live music at Mango’s Bar & Grill, 2-6 p.m. RICK RIZZI | Live music at Waller’s, 3-7 p.m.

16 WILDLIFE WEDNESDAY | Enjoy a cruise and lunch aboard the Virginia Dare while a ranger from SML State Park discusses wildlife at the lake. Noon-2 p.m. (540) 297-7100, vadarecruises.com WOLFE BROS. STRING BAND | Live music at the Harvester. $10. 7:30 p.m.

17 JIM QUICK & COASTLINE | Live music at the Harvester. $10. 7 p.m. SWEET TEAZ | Live music at Mango’s Bar & Grill, 5-9 p.m. LIVE JAZZ | At The Blackwater Café, 6-9 p.m.

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19 JEWELRY SHOW | July 19-20 | The work of Ann Vaughan at The Little Gallery, Bridgewater Plaza. (540) 7211593, thelittlegallerysml.com CARBON LEAF | Live music at the Harvester. $18. 8 p.m. JONESVILLE| Live music at Sunken City Brewery, 1-5 p.m. KEITH & KOMPANY | Live music at Waller’s, 3-7 p.m. ROBOTIC JIVE | Live music at Jake’s Place, 7-10 p.m. FUZZY LOGIC | Live music at Mango’s Bar & Grill, 7-11 p.m. BAREFOOT WEST | Live music at Ole School Sports Pub, 9 p.m.-midnight

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FAT TUESDAYS | Live music at Jake’s Place, 7-10 p.m.

THE MILK CARTON KIDS | Live music at the Harvester. $20. 7:30 p.m.

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THE RENEE RUTH DUO | Live music at Waller’s, 3-7 p.m.

LONESOME RIVER BAND | Live music at the Harvester. $18. 8 p.m. MARK BRISSON BAND| Live music at Sunken City Brewery, 5-9 p.m.

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TBA | Live music at Ole School Sports Pub, 9 p.m.-midnight

TBA | Live music at Mango’s Bar & Grill, 7-11 p.m.


21 ANDREW HALEY MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT | July 21-22 | Open to boys and girls ages 11-18. At The Waterfront Country Club on Monday and Mariner’s Landing on Tuesday. Registration required. (540) 721-2361, haleylionsjrgolf.com

24 TY HERNDON | Live music at the Harvester. $18. 8 p.m. SWEET TEAZ | Live music at Mango’s Bar & Grill, 5-9 p.m.

25 ART SHOW & DEMO | July 25-27 | The work of Greg Cartmell and Mike French at The Little Gallery, Bridgewater Plaza. Portraits available by appointment. (540) 721-1593, thelittlegallerysml.com THE BACON BROTHERS | Live music at the Harvester. $50. 8 p.m.

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JULY 18-20 | Lake-area stores and restaurants offer pirate-themed events, specials and sales at various locations around the region. Log on to visitsmithmountainlake. com or call (540) 721-1203 for more information.

26 JEWELRY SHOW | The work of Anna Savenko at The Little Gallery. 1 p.m. (540) 721-1593, thelittlegallerysml.com RON SWANN | Live music at Sunken City Brewery, 1-5 p.m. LEW TAYLOR | Live music at Waller’s, 3-7 p.m.

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DRAGONFLY | July 26-27 | Live music at Mango’s Bar & Grill, 7-11 p.m.

STEVE GUIDUS | Live music at Waller’s, 5-9 p.m.

OUT OF SPITE | Live music at Jake’s Place, 7-10 p.m.

FIRECRACKER JAM BAND| Live music at Sunken City, 5-9 p.m.

TBA | Live music at Ole School Sports Pub, 9 p.m.-midnight

OUT OF SPITE | Live music at Mango’s Bar & Grill, 7-11 p.m.

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26 ORCHESTRA CONCERT | The SML Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will perform at 7 p.m in the auditorium at Franklin County High School, Rocky Mount. See Page 78 for details. smlsymphony.com

27 KEITH & KOMPANY | Live music at Waller’s, 3-7 p.m.

DENIS THORNE & STEVE HOKE | Live music at Ole School Sports Pub, 9 p.m.-midnight

2 ART SHOW & DEMO | View the work of Greg Osterhaus and visit with the artist at The Little Gallery, Bridgewater Plaza. 1-3 p.m. (540) 721-1593, thelittlegallerysml.com

SWEET TEAZ | Live music at Mango’s Bar & Grill, 5-9 p.m.

SUNSET SATURDAYS | Aug. 2, 9, 30 | Acoustic music, family activities and wine tasting at Hickory Hill Vineyards & Winery, Moneta. 7-10 p.m. $10 fee includes souvenir wine glass. Children admitted free. (540) 296-1393, smlwine.com

BRB | Live music at Jake’s Place, 7-10 p.m.

SHAPOW | Live music at Sunken City Brewery, 1-5 p.m.

PAN JAMMERS BAND | Live music at Mango’s Bar & Grill, 2-6 p.m.

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AUG. 1 JEWELRY SHOW | Aug. 1-3 | The work of Jill Duzan at The Little Gallery. 1 p.m. (540) 721-1593, thelittlegallerysml.com LAKE PLAYERS | Aug. 1-3 | Dixie Swim Club at Bernard’s Landing Conference Center, Moneta. $10. smithmountainartscouncil.com

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ALMA HESSON | Live music at Waller’s, 3-7 p.m. THE KINGS | Live music at Mango’s Bar & Grill, 7-11 p.m. TBA | Live music at Ole School Sports Pub, 9 p.m.-midnight

3 TBD | Live music at Mango’s Bar & Grill, 2-6 p.m. MARIE ANDERSON | Live music at Waller’s, 3-7 p.m.

6 THE MAVERICKS | Live music at the Harvester. $45. 8 p.m.

7 SWEET TEAZ | Live music at Mango’s Bar & Grill, 5-9 p.m. ROBOTIC JIVE | Live music at Jake’s Place, 7-10 p.m.

8 JEWELRY SHOW | Aug. 8-10 | The work of Mia Katrin at The Little Gallery. 1 p.m. (540) 721-1593, thelittlegallerysml.com THE CRAIG WOOLARD BAND | Live music at the Harvester. $10. 7 p.m. MARK BRISSON BAND| Live music at Sunken City, 5-9 p.m. ROBOTIC JIVE | Live music at Mango’s Bar & Grill, 7:30-11 p.m. STEVE GUIDUS | Live music at Waller’s, 5-9 p.m. THOMAS THURMAN | Live music at Ole School Sports Pub, 9 p.m.midnight


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9 COMMUNITY WALK & TALK| Carilion Clinic and Booker T. Washington National Monument in Hardy team up for a brief health-related talk, followed by a social 1.5-mile hike. 10 a.m. Free. (540) 721-2094, nps.gov/bowa ART SHOW & DEMO | View the work of Robert Sarsony and visit with the artist at The Little Gallery, Bridgewater Plaza. 1-3 p.m. (540) 721-1593, thelittlegallerysml.com

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SUMMERFEST | Junior Sisk and Rambler’s Choice perform bluegrass music at the W.E. Skelton 4-H Center. See Page 80 for more details. smithmountainartscouncil.com LET’S DANCE | Live big-band music at the National D-Day Memorial, Bedford. 7 p.m. smithmountainartscouncil.com RICH & ANDY| Live music at Sunken City Brewery, 1-5 p.m. LEW TAYLOR | Live music at Waller’s, 3-7 p.m. DIAMONDBACK | Live music at Mango’s Bar & Grill, 7-11 p.m.

9 116 SOUTH | Live music at Ole School Sports Pub, 9 p.m.-midnight

10 FIREFALL | Live music at the Harvester. $28.50. 7:30 p.m. SEAN BERA | Live music at Mango’s Bar & Grill, 2-6 p.m.

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THE RENEE RUTH DUO | Live music at Waller’s, 3-7 p.m.

BAREFOOT WEST | Live music at Jake’s Place, 7-10 p.m.

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THE STEVE FREEMAN DUO | Live music at Waller’s, 3-7p.m.

TAB BENOIT | Live music at the Harvester. $23. 8 p.m.

15 DESERT ROSE BAND | Live music at the Harvester. $35. 8 p.m. BAREFOOT WEST| Live music at Sunken City Brewery, 5-9 p.m. DRAGONFLY | Aug. 15-16 | Live music at Mango’s Bar & Grill, 7-11 p.m. STEVE GUIDUS | Live music at Waller’s, 5-9 p.m. DANCING CHICKEN BAND | Live music at Ole School Sports Pub, 9 p.m.-midnight

16 ART SHOW & DEMO | View the work of Bonnie Mason at The Little Gallery, Bridgewater Plaza. 1-3 p.m. (540) 7211593, thelittlegallerysml.com AFTER JACK | Live music at the Bower Center for the Arts, Bedford. 7:30 p.m. $10 in advance, $12 at door, $7 under 18. bowercenter.org, smithmountainartscouncil.com LOST AND FOUND | Live music at the Harvester. $12. 8 p.m. JONESVILLE| Live music at Sunken City Brewery, 1-5 p.m.

FAT DADDY BAND | Live music at Ole School Sports Pub, 9 p.m.-midnight

17 LEW TAYLOR | Live music at Mango’s Bar & Grill, 2-6 p.m. KEITH & KOMPANY | Live music at Waller’s, 3-7 p.m.

20 WILDLIFE WEDNESDAY | Enjoy a cruise and lunch aboard the Virginia Dare while a ranger from SML State Park discusses wildlife at the lake. Noon-2 p.m. (540) 297-7100, vadarecruises.com CROOKED ROAD RAMBLERS | Live music at the Harvester. $10. 7:30 p.m.

21 NORTH TOWER | Live music at the Harvester. $10. 7 p.m. LIVE JAZZ | At The Blackwater Café, 6-9 p.m. SWEET TEAZ | Live music at Mango’s Bar & Grill, 5-9 p.m.

22 LES MOORE BAND TRIO | Live music at Sunken City Brewery, 5-9 p.m. STEVE GUIDUS | Live music at Waller’s, 5-9 p.m.


OUT OF SPITE | Live music at Jake’s Place, 7-10 p.m.

POLYCHROME | Live music at Mango’s Bar & Grill, 7-11 p.m.

STEVE GUIDUS | Live music at Waller’s, 5-9 p.m.

LAZY MAN DUB BAND | Live music at Mango’s Bar & Grill, 7-11 p.m.

TBA | Live music at Waller’s, 9-11 p.m.

PHAT BOYZ BAND | Live music at Mango’s Bar & Grill, 7-11 p.m.

RICH & ANDY | Live music at Ole School Sports Pub, 9 p.m.-midnight

MARIE ANDERSON | Live music at Ole School Sports Pub, 8-11 p.m.

SOUTHERN SHINE | Live music at Ole School Sports Pub, 9 p.m.midnight

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ART SHOW & DEMO | The work of Robert Crum and “Alvin Hawk” woodblock prints. Printmaking demo. The Little Gallery, Bridgewater Plaza. 1-3 p.m. (540) 721-1593, thelittlegallerysml.com

TBA | Live music at Mango’s Bar & Grill, 2-6 p.m.

LENNY MARCUS JAZZ TRIO | Live music at the Bower Center for the Arts, Bedford. 7:30 p.m. bowercenter.org, smithmountainartscouncil.com

SWEET TEAZ | Live music at Mango’s Bar & Grill, 5-9 p.m.

THE ROCKAFELLAS | Live music at Waller’s, 3-7 p.m.

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29 7EVENTH TIME DOWN | Live music at the Harvester. $10. 8 p.m. ROBOTIC JIVE| Live music at Sunken City Brewery, 5-9 p.m.

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SML INVITATIONAL The Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual SML Invitational Golf Tournament on June 6 at The Westlake Golf & Country Club. Photos by Andie Gibson. 1. Joe Sellers, Danny Waters, Chad Practor and Ryan Waters 2. Brian Musselwhite and Adam Lynch 3. Billy McBride III 4. Troy Keaton and Curtis Cornell 5. Mark Brewer, Justin Henderson, Dave Marple and Jeff Eames 6. Brian Muelenaer and Parker Waters II

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advertiser index BUSINESS NAME

July/August 2014

PAGE

MAP ID*

Absolute Collision of SML

17

E7

ADA Specialties

109

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Arrington Construction

70

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Atlantic Bay Mortgage

69

E7

Automatic Boat Covers

58

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Bayside Marina & Yacht Club

65

E8

Bedford Memorial Hospital

49

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Blackwater Café, The

93

F9

Bob Riddick Roofing

31

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Bridgewater Plaza

9

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Southern Roots

117

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Sunken City Brewing Company/ Sunken City Tavern

105

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Teriyaki House

97

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The Little Gallery

79

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TopNotch Lawncare

31

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Turner's Building, Inc.

60

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Virginia Dare Cruises & Marina

97

E10

Virginia Tech Center for Arts

14

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VitaZen

45

E7

Capps Home Building Center

6

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Waller’s

103

C8

Carilion Clinic

47

E7

Webster Marine Center

89

C8

Centra Health

16, 129

A9

Westlake Dental Office

4

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Clear Pools

126

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Westlake Towne Center

132

E7

Clear View Railing

65

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Westlake Wash

121

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Corridor Mortgage

74

E7

Franklin Community Bank

65

E7

Emerson Creek Pottery

102

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Ferguson Enterprises

28

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Gastroenterology Associates of Central Virginia

45

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Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore

3

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Grand Home Furnishings Outlet

66

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Haywood's Jewelers, Westlake

75

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Hickory Hill Vineyards and Winery

102

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Homestead Creamery

99

G4

Hughes Marine

86

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Interiors by Kris

43

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Jake’s Place

93

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Joe’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria

98

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Jonathan's Restaurant

105

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King's Grant

121

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REAL ESTATE Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Smith Mountain Lake Real Estate

131

E7

Horne, Jane Sullivan Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Smith Mountain Lake Real Estate

5, 130

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Johnson, Phyllis and Basham, Tim RE/MAX Lakefront Realty, Inc.

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Johnson, Tricia and Manley Wainwright & Co. - REALTORS

20

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Jordan, Cameron & Angie SML Sales, Inc.

124

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Lake & Land Realty

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Lake Retreat Properties, Inc.

70

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Fit & Healthy | Art & Culture

Long & Foster REALTORS

117

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Crossword | Books

McDaniel, Glenda Long & Foster REALTORS

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McDonald, Mary Lou ML Realty

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McGreevey, John and Pat Long & Foster REALTORS

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Millehan, Vicki and Shelton, Debbie Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Smith Mountain Lake Real Estate

10-11

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Montgomery, Dana Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Smith Mountain Lake Real Estate

18

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Kroger

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Lake Inn

98

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Lakescapes Nursery

38

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LewisGale

69

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Lynchburg Roofing

117

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M.H. Eades, Inc.

81

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Martinsville DuPont Credit Union

66

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Mexico Viejo

95

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Meridian Wealth Management

122

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Michael Dillon Custom Docks

58

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Moneta Dentistry

79

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National Pools

28

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Watermark Realty

42

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Nationwide Insurance

70

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Weichert Realtors, Bridges & Co.

17

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Ole School Sports Pub and Grill

105

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Plyler Homes & Docks

61

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Westlake Village / Moneta Commons

111

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RSI Rentals

69

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Seven Oaks Landscape/Hardscape

40

J5

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66

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82-83

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48

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Southern Landscape Group

September/October 2014

smithmountainlake.com

Kemmerer Cabinet Co., Inc

SML Regional Chamber of Comm.

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want to be a fulltimer. Right now, in the throes of summertime bliss, I long to be a permanent resident of the SML community. Alas, hubby and I are, for the foreseeable future, part-timers. We are relegated each week to the mad dash from Northern Virginia to SML, motivated by our dreams of sunny lakeside paradise. When we purchased our little slice of SML heaven, we had visions of hopping into the car, unencumbered, peacefully arriving at the lake with all the work-week stress having mystically left our poor, tired bones. Vision, meet reality. The Personal Prep. Providing absolute proof that there is no justice in the universe, hubby’s full extent of personal prep includes throwing on his board shorts and packing a couple of T-shirts (also remembering underwear is a good day). On the flipside, my preparation for “Mission: Lake House” includes, but is not limited to, shaving above the knee, all forms of waxing, bathing suit assessment, haircut, mani-pedi and packing a vast array of dockside outfits. The Car Packing. I have high hopes that there will come a day when we do not resemble the Beverly Hillbillies rambling southward. We have yet to make the trip to the lake when our car hasn’t seemed to contain every earthly possession we have ever owned. Luckily, hubby is a master packer. Go ahead, ask him about his technique. But let me get a drink first. The Additional Get-Away Items. Before we leave house No. 1, there is the monster list of “DO 128 July • August 2014 |

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NOT FORGET” priorities: holding the mail, stopping the paper, paying the lawn guy in advance, setting the timer for the lights, turning up the thermostat, etc. Note to self: Check and make sure I packed the tequila. The Traffic. I don’t like to gender stereotype, but seriously dudes, what is your deal regarding miles per hour, avoiding traffic, changing routes and all the other driving craziness? Dealing with trafficobsessed hubby for the four-hour drive is about as peaceful as a jackhammer at the break of dawn. Maybe we should stop for a drink. The Arrival. Unpacking the car is immediately followed by a trip to Kroger or Food Lion and the ABC store. Lofty plans to spend the weekend eating healthy are usually upended by feasting on a diet of Oreos, chips and fried chicken. After food and liquor purchases, it’s back to the lake house to make the beds, inflate the rafts, uncover the lawn furniture and put out the kayak. Then there’s the whole getting-the-boat-into-the-water process. The Ahhh Moment. Finally, miraculously, we are down at the dock, watching the sunset with cocktails in hand. “Honey, did we remember to set the alarm at house No. 1? “ “No idea, dear. Cheers, and pass the Cheetos.” Kimberly Dalferes is the author of “I Was in Love with a Short Man Once: And Other Tales from a Crazy Southern Irish Gal.” Her humor blog, “The Middle-Aged Cheap Seats,” is online at kimdalferes.com.


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