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Contents July 2019

departments 11 Editor’s Note 15 Love The Lake 18 Travels 54 Calendar 62 Out & About 65 Just For Fun 66 Shore Story 73 Dock Tale Hour

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walk the plank? A: Because they’ll just wash up on shore later. This year’s Pirate Days are going to be bigger than ever. Check out the calendar listings that start on page 54 for all the details. You have probably heard the adage: “Everybody has a story.” And lake resident Doug Miller certainly has one! He shares his lifelong love of motorcycle riding, plus talks about how he adapted his bikes to suit his needs. Also in this issue, meet a couple who transformed their Boxwood Green home from dark and drab to light and airy. Be sure to check out the before-and-after photos, too. Plus, our gardening columnist touts the benefits of aramanth, an amazing plant that’s not only beautiful, but is considered to be a superfood as well. Thank you for continuing to share your travel photos with the Laker. Don’t forget you can send them to us anytime via email at letters@smithmountainlake.com.

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our contributors Marita and Eric Cheney’s home in Boxwood Green features a peaceful place to sit and take in the views of the lake. Once Eric Cheney saw the home’s dock, he was instantly hooked on buying this home in 2014.

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Travels S M I T H M O U N TA I N L A K E R

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This month, Gloria Urias took a tour of Cambodia, a distance of about 9,000 miles from Smith Mountain Lake!

1. cambodia Gloria Urias took the Laker when she visited the 12th century Bayon Temple with its massive grinning heads that symbolize the spirit of King Jayavarman VII. 2. dominican republic Robin and Victor Clarke took the January/February Laker with them to Punta Cana in February.

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3. africa Doug and Valerie Rohr made a friend at a giraffe sanctuary in Kenya. The couple, who took the August 2018 issue of Laker with them, were part of a mission trip serving The Well of Hope International. 4. norway Kathy and John Coulahan took a Baltic cruise in May 2018, where they enjoyed the history and culture of eight countries, including this scenic spot overlooking the city of Bergen in Norway. 5. FLORIDA Carol Clement (from left), Don Clement, Cindy Okeson, Lars Okeson, Rosalie Cournoyer, Art Cournoyer, Jeanie Miller and Steve Miller, members of the SML Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society, took the Laker with them to The Villages in Florida, a popular winter retreat for lake residents.

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6. FLORIDA Jim and Janet Collins and Jim and Debbie Mould and Butch and Rosemary Traylor also took the Laker to The Villages. 7. st. kitts William and Donna Ross took the September/October issue of Laker magazine with them to the island of St. Kitts.

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SHORELINES Lake Homes Story by FERNE HALE Photography by HEATHER TURNER SPACE TO CREATE

Natural light fills Marita Cheney’s home studio, which displays several of her works.

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TRUE BLUE

A cool blue tone mixes with warm browns and white to create a tranquil palette throughout the inside of the Cheneys’ home. Marita Cheney said the simple update from the home’s original olive was “transforming” for the space. Tall windows wash a dining space in natural light (top). A side porch (above) offers space for potted plants and views of the lake. Marita and her husband, Eric (above right), hadn’t planned to buy a home at the lake initially, but couldn’t help falling in love with this one in Boxwood Green.

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e weren’t planning to buy a house. We were just looking while spending time at my sister’s lake house,” recalled recently retired Navy captain and aviator Eric Cheney. Eric and his wife, Marita, initially had mixed feelings about the Boxwood Green home that they had seen online. “But when we got out of the car, an EA-6 — one of the military jets that makes runs down the Blackwater toward the dam — flew over the house,” Marita added. “That was Eric’s old airplane. We thought that must be a sign.” At first glance, Marita found the home’s interior too dark for her liking. “But despite all its dark wood cabinets, moldings and doors, I could see that the house had good bones,” she said. Eric’s reaction? “I walked in, saw the lake, checked out the dock and said, ‘This is it,’” he recalled. That was 2014. Since then, the Cheneys have spent time, effort and money brightening up the 15-year-old home before moving into it full time in April. Because the Cheneys were living in a condo in Virginia Beach — Eric’s last post of his 37-year Navy

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career — they had the luxury of not having to live in the house while it was being updated. Marita made trips back and forth to oversee work on the house. “This is our 14th house,” Marita said, “so maybe the project gets easier after you’ve done a house 13 times before.” They hired painters to redo the olive green walls to a pleasant blue — which Sherwin Williams calls “graphite gray.” “I tried eight color samples on one wall before deciding on the color,” Marita said. And all of the home’s dark moldings, as well as the kitchen cabinets, got a fresh coat of white paint. “It was transforming! What a difference,” Marita recalled. “I had the painter leave the toe molding dark to match the newly refinished floors, but when I saw how it looked, I decided it, too, should be white.” Marita took care of it with primer and two white topcoats of paint one rainy weekend. She also brightened the stairs leading to the home’s lower level with two coats of blue and white “deck and stair” paint. Marita then tackled the stone fireplace. She transformed the tan, orange and brown stones to a grayish white with watereddown Annie Sloan chalk paint often used for painting furniture. It took her three days to do the project, in part because the orange from the stone kept ruinously infecting her paint supply. She also painted the grout.

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In addition, she has chalk-painted several pieces of furniture, including tables, chairs and a rocker. She re-batted and recovered the rocker with a nautical material that matches the inserts she installed on a built-in entertainment unit. The only beige-colored room is Eric’s office, which includes his desk, along with military awards, his Navy scabbard and his son’s West Point scabbard. When they purchased the home, the lower level was unfinished, so they hired a contractor to put up wallboard and create a fireplace, an entertaining area and an art studio. All of the paintings in the home were done by Marita, who happened upon an oil painting class at a Hobby Lobby craft store in Tennessee nine years ago. Since then she has continued to take lessons. “All the moving around has afforded me a wonderful opportunity to take lessons from phenomenal artists,” she said. She even sold one of her paintings at The Little Gallery when it was located at

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Marita took an oil painting class nine years ago and was hooked. Since then she’s honed her craft, even selling a work at The Little Gallery.

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after Bridgewater Plaza. “Make each day your masterpiece” is written on the wall of an upstairs bedroom that is occupied by frames and canvasses awaiting her attention. With the transformation complete, the house now feels light, airy and beachy. The Cheneys have made outdoor improvements as well. Visitors are greeted by fragrant pink roses that climb their home’s front porch railing. There are colorful flowers in planters along the side porch and a brilliant line of shocking pink creeping phlox that blooms in springtime and edges along the riprap on the lakefront side of their home. Although still relative newcomers to the lake, Eric and Marita, who have three grown children, have made many friends as they’re often seen walking their English cream golden retriever Scotty or kayaking along the nearby shoreline. And now that the house is finished, “We look forward to having our distant friends come and share this wonderful place with us,” Eric said.

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Cosmetic updates transformed the look of the kitchen. The Cheneys painted the cabinets and added crown molding, as well as repainted the walls. No more window covering allows for more natural light to brighten the space.

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amaranthus A ma z in g

Named for its mythic qualities, the dramatic flower is certainly more than just a pretty peculiarity Story and photography by Catriona Tudor Erler

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SHORELINES Home & Garden RED ALL OVER

Giant amaranthus (Amaranthus hybridus var. erythrostachys)

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If you were sent on a scavenger hunt to find amaranth, tampala, tassel flower, flaming fountain, fountain plant, Joseph’s Coat, love-liesbleeding, molten flower, prince’s feather, pigweed and summer poinsettia, how many plants would you need to find? Answer: One. These are all common names for Amaranthus. The name Amaranth derives from Greek amárantos, which means “unfading,” combined with ánthos, the Greek word for “flower.” The name refers to an imaginary flower that never fades or dies. Certainly anyone who has the pleasure of seeing a dramatic amaranth flower in full bloom will have an unfading memory of the image.

Not Just a Pretty Face but the annual amaranth plants offer far more than just pretty flowers. Their tasty seeds are nutrient-rich, packed with protein, which food experts estimate to be up to 30% more than true grains such as corn, rice and wheat. Because of the abundance of the essential amino acid lysine, the seed is considered to be a complete protein. The gluten-free seeds can be ground into flour, popped like popcorn, sprouted, toasted, added to soups or stews for thickening and made into candies. They have three times the fiber content and five times the iron of wheat. They also have twice the calcium of milk and are low in both saturated fat and cholesterol. In fact, the oil in the seeds has been shown to lower bad

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cholesterol levels in humans. Young, tender amaranth leaves, which are related to spinach, are a rich source of niacin, folate, iron, magnesium and phosphorus, and a good source of dietary fiber, protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, thiamine, riboflavin, vitamin B6, calcium, potassium, copper and manganese, among others. For centuries amaranth has been valued for its edible seeds, leaves and stems in countries around the world, including Africa, China, Greece, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Tibet. The ancient Aztecs used amaranth, known as huauhtli, as an important, nutritious part of their diet, as well as a key feature in their rituals and celebrations. During the Aztec month dedicated to Huitzilopochtli, their god of war, sun and human sacrifice, the citizens would craft a giant statue of this god out of amaranth seeds and honey. Between their celebratory dates of Dec. 7 and 26, people held ritual races, staged proces-

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For centuries amaranth has been valued for its edible seeds (top right), leaves and stems. The ancient Aztecs used amaranth, known as huauhtli, as an important, nutritious part of their diet.


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sions, dances, songs, prayers, and finally human sacrifices that, in addition to the ritual manslaughter, involved mixing the human blood with amaranth seeds. At the end of the festival, the tasty seed and honey statue was cut into small pieces so everybody could eat a little piece of the god. Modern Mexicans make a treat similar to the Huitzilopochtli god statue by mixing popped amaranth seeds with pumpkin and sesame seeds and cooking them with sugar and blackstrap molasses. Some cooks flavor the sweet bars with lime and cinnamon. Called alegría, which means joy in Spanish, the candy normally is cut into bars, but during the Day of the Dead celebrations, the sweets are molded into shapes such as skulls, flowers and animals. In India the stems of Joseph’s Coat (Amaranthus tricolor) are eaten like asparagus. The leaves of Amaranthus viridis are the basis of the Caribbean dish callaloo. In the Northeastern Indian state of Manipur, the same plant is known as cheng-kruk; in South India, especially Kerala, it is called kuppacheera. Common in Bengali cuisine, it goes by note shak, which means leafy vegetable. Africans and Maldivians have been eating A. viridis for centuries. Writing in Australia in 1889, botanist Joseph Maiden wrote that A. viridis “is an excellent substitute for spinach, being far superior to much of the leaves of the white beet sold … [as a substitute for] spinach in Sydney [Australia]. Next to spinach it seems to be most like boiled nettle leaves, which when young are used in England, and are excellent. This amarantus should be cooked like spinach, and as it becomes more widely known, it is sure to be popular, except amongst persons who may consider it beneath their dignity to have anything to do with so common a weed.” Amaranth was “rediscovered” in the United States in the 1970s. A 1977 article in Science magazine described amaranth as “the crop of the future.”

Not Just a Superfood in the garden, various amaranth species and hybrids add drama to the landscape.

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Amaranth was “rediscovered” in the United States in the 1970s. A 1977 article in Science magazine described amaranth as “the crop of the future.” Shown here is Amaranthus tricolor ‘Molten Fire’. RIGHT

Amaranthus tricolor ‘Joseph’s Coat’.

Readily available from seed companies is the old-fashioned flower called by the evocative name love-lies-bleeding (A. caudatus). Clusters of long tassels of flower heads made up of hundreds of tiny bright red to pink blooms droop “bleeding” from the 3-foot to 8-foot-tall plants. The long-lasting flowers can be used either fresh or dried in arrangements. This ancient species is native to the American tropics, where it was known to be edible, as well as beautiful. Another striking species of Amaranthus is Joseph’s Coat (A. tricolor). It is grown for the eye-catching red, orangered and green leaves that adorn the tip of

each stalk, which resemble a multi-colored poinsettia. An heirloom plant, it is featured in Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello gardens. It loves heat and humidity, making it ideal for our climate. ‘Molten Fire’ is an A. tricolor hybrid that lives up to its name. In midsummer the foliage at the top of each stem turns a dazzling red-maroon. Each red rippled leaf points downward, creating the effect of a brilliant lava flow. The vivid color display lasts into the fall. Like Joseph’s Coat, it thrives in hot, humid weather. Another highly ornamental amaranth is A. cruentus x A powellii ‘Hopi Red Dye’. Reaching 4 feet to 6 feet tall, the plant is


an eye-catching feature in any garden. The outstanding magenta flower plumes have earned it the common name Prince’s Feather. Even before the show stopping flowers bloom, the dark maroon foliage and burgundy stems provide plenty of visual interest. Like many other Amaranthus species, the red seedlings are a beautiful addition to a microgreen collection, the colorful baby leaves enliven salads, and the flowers are stunning in bouquets. Allow some flowers to go to seed. They’re delicious and make a good substitute for poppy seeds in recipes. Eat them raw, sprouted, toasted, roasted or ground into flour for baking. The plants attract butterflies, hummingbirds and bees.

Growing Amaranth amaranth is an undemanding plant, thriving well in part to full sun. For the most vibrant flowers, it is best that the soil not be too rich. Otherwise the plants will pour their energy into growing tall instead

of producing flowers. In spring, wait until the soil temperature is 65 degrees to 75 degrees Fahrenheit before direct sowing the seeds in prepared beds. Either space the seeds 18 inches to 24 inches apart, placing four seeds in each hole and later thinning to the strongest plant, or scatter seeds over loosened soil, rake to bury them and then walk over the bed to tamp them down. Keep the ground moist until the seeds have germinated, which should happen in 10 to 21 days. If you want an early jump on the growing season, next spring start them indoors in mid-March, which is about six weeks before the last expected frost at the lake. Keep the plants moist throughout the growing season. Each amaranth plant produces thousands of seeds, and they’re easy to harvest. Save what you need for next year’s display in the garden — or let them self-sow — and then use the rest in kitchen. You’ll find plenty of interesting recipes online for using both the plant’s leaves and seeds.

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Searching for Story by ANNE REYNOLDs Photography by karen dillon PASTORAL POPULATION

Farming has dominated the Wirtz and Burnt Chimney areas for more than a century.

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t’s definitely a question for a “come here” who might, if she lives at Smith Mountain Lake, find that Wirtz is her mailing address. This same newcomer might become confused, though, as a search for a Wirtz post office leads instead to the area known as Burnt Chimney, near the intersection of Virginia 122 and 116. So where is Wirtz? A GPS search leads down Wirtz Road (Virginia 697), where, just off the railroad tracks, one can spy a small green “Wirtz” sign, but the only other sign of any community is the large building that houses the business called Gary’s Antiques. “Wirtz has spread a lot over the last few years,” said Linda Webb, a lifelong resident of the area. “It used to be very, very contained, but now it’s a long way, almost to the lake.” *

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Looking Back

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WERTZ OR WIRTZ?

Confederate veteran Samuel E. Wertz sheltered laborers working on the railroad near his property. In gratitude, railroad officials named the local train station for him, but misspelled his name. ABOVE

Originally James Sloan’s Mill (circa 1887), later Piedmont Mill, and then Clements Mill sits along Maggodee Creek in the Alean community of Wirtz.

Webb recalled growing up in the area along Wirtz Road, surrounded by family, including grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. “We were farmers, of course,” she said. “We would raise hay and oats and wheat … we raised everything we ate, had cows, chickens and pigs. We canned everything, we even canned the meat.” She added, “I can remember when there were very few houses on this road. I can remember the road when it was a dirt road, before it was paved.” A trip to the Franklin County Historical Society in Rocky Mount yielded more clues. Committed to collecting, preserving and sharing history, the society offers extensive genealogical resources, a wealth of information on the history of the county and an opportunity to speak with Doris Eames, a historian and a Franklin County native. At one time there was more to the town of Wirtz. “Do you recall the underpass under the railroad?” Eames asked. “The store and the post office were right there, that building that’s still sitting there.” In fact, the post office and the railroad combined to create the Wirtz community. In the late 1800s, the Norfolk & Western Railway was building its route from Roanoke to Rocky Mount, and Samuel Wertz (1841 – 1928), a Confederate veteran and owner of

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The building that is now Gary’s Antiques was once a cannery. The steps to the Wirtz train station are directly across Rock Lily Road from this building.

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The plaque reads: “Nannie Starkey Turner built a store near this site in 1885. Later it burned leaving the chimney standing. It also served as a post office named Reverie and was operated by Stephen C. Kennett. It ceased operating in 1891. Later the location became known as Burnt Chimney by many Franklin County natives and is now a landmark.”

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a lot of the land in the area, offered shelter to the men who were working near his property. In his honor, the railroad officials named the local train station after him. However, they misspelled his name, and the area is known as Wirtz to this day. A drive on Wirtz Road in the direction of Rocky Mount leads underneath the railroad bridge embellished with the Norfolk & Western emblem. According to information at the historical society, three tomato canneries operated near Wirtz at one time, and the village included a post office and a store. Eames noted that a few reminders of the village still stand. Across Rock Lily Road at Gary’s Antiques is where the train station once stood. “You can see steps if you look closely when you’re in his parking lot,” Eames

t the corner of Virginia 122 and 116, a plaque marks the site where a stone chimney that had been a part of the Kennett Store once stood. The store, built by Nannie Starkey Turner in 1885, also served as a post office and was believed to have burned in 1895. The store’s chimney lived on for another 15 years, according to local lore. Burned black and standing around 15 feet tall, it became an easily noted landmark for travelers, who, coming north on Virginia 122, could head toward Roanoke on Virginia 116 by simply turning left “at the burnt chimney.” In the early 1960s, the name Burnt Chimney began to appear in official highway signs and maps produced by the Virginia Department of Highways (today known as Virginia Department of Transportation). The area hosted a variety of stores over the years, including Old Cooks Grocery Store, and even a false chimney on the wrong corner. A 1964 Lynchburg newspaper account attempted to set the record straight with a photograph of the faux chimney captioned, “This Is Wrong Chimney.” In 1991, a First Virginia Bank branch stood near the spot of the original charred chimney, and the Franklin County Historical Society erected a marker that still stands before the building that now houses the Windy Gap Outdoor Power Equipment business. Elsie and William Turner, descendants of Nannie Starkey Turner, attended the 1991 ceremony, contributing a piece of the original chimney, which was embedded into the ground near the current marker.


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A drive on Wirtz Road in the direction of Rocky Mount leads underneath the railroad bridge embellished with the Norfolk & Western emblem.

Where History Lives

“We were farmers, of course. … We raised everything we ate, had cows, chickens and pigs. We canned everything, we even canned the meat.”

he Franklin County Historical Society, located on Main Street in Rocky Mount, resides in a 1925 home that has been lovingly preserved. It is a veritable trove of genealogical information and memorabilia, a window into Franklin County’s long history, and an invaluable source of information on the history of Wirtz. Carved from Bedford and Henry counties in 1786 (with a portion later added from Patrick County), Franklin County took its name from Benjamin Franklin, and welcomed its residents from Pennsylvania via the Old Wagon Road, as well as from the Tidewater region of Virginia. Its first settlers came originally from Germany, England, France, Scotland and Africa. The main floor of the society houses its library, with hundreds of research books, family records for thousands of surnames, as well as a staff of volunteers who are devoted to Franklin County, its people and its history. The home also hosts hundreds of veterans, in the form of photographs and biographical information, of the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812 and the War Between the States. With a wink toward more modern Franklin County history, the society offers items for sale that commemorate the extralegal spirits industry for which the county is sometimes known. Its Moonshine Express tour just celebrated its 15th running this spring, and its Coke & Shine Exhibition opened last month in the society’s Annex building. The Historical Society is open daily except Wednesdays and Sundays, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Even with the decrease in manufacturing and farming, the growth of traffic in the area around Wirtz is notable, as Wirtz Road is a popular shortcut from the lake to destinations closer to Roanoke. Growing up, Holley said, “My brother and I would ride bicycles on [Wirtz Road] to Route 122, and never think twice about it.” However, he added, “You couldn’t pay me to get on a bicycle to get on this road now!” The increase in traffic happened in the mid-1960s as Smith Mountain Lake began to attract newcomers to the area, but Holley noted that the growth has not been confined to the lake itself. “A lot of what used to be wooded area and farmland, I guess the next generation didn’t want to farm it, so they sold it,” he said. “Contractors came in, divided it into lots. The entire county’s getting more crowded.” A drive along Wirtz Road still offers beautiful vistas and a convenient route to Boones Mill and Roanoke. But even a newcomer can appreciate how this busy road and old community are, to many people, so much more: it is home.

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said. The train stopped there, and a lot of folks that lived in that area worked for the railroad.” Eames also recalled that her mother had worked in the tomato canning factory that had occupied the Gary’s Antiques building in the mid-1930s. Following World War II, she described how younger people began moving from farming and into local manufacturing. In particular, Eames’ father worked for U.S. Steel in Roanoke. Many local men worked at the Vinton Weaving Mill while several local women worked at Kenrose Sewing Factory, Eames recalled. “There was a work bus that came through every morning,” she said. “Dad would drive up, he and a neighbor, and they’d get on the bus every day. And the bus would go into Roanoke and drop the Kenrose ladies first.” Earl Holley, who has lived most of his life in Wirtz, also described the influence of manufacturing in Franklin County and Roanoke, as well as the impact of its decline. People worked in factories in Rocky Mount, he said. “Furniture, windows, and there were several sewing plants in Rocky Mount and Franklin County … but they’ve all since shut down.”

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Doug Miller, whose youthful looks belie his 62 years, is full of surprises.

Story by jerry hale Photography courtesy of doug miller

Despite lower body paralysis from a workplace shooting that also took half his eyesight 38 years ago, Doug has led a full life that has included rocketing high-performance motorcycles through tight corners and down irresistible straightaways. “I’ve never been without at least one motorcycle since age 11 when my older brother, Mike, bought me a Kawasaki Coyote minibike for Christmas,” Doug recalled. In his youth, Doug built a tool collection and excelled at maintaining and repairing two-wheeled machines. By age 21 he’d become a respected force on the “Hare Scramble” and Enduro dirt bike racing circuits, often driving through the night after work on Saturday to a Sunday race, then drive back to work on Monday. With determination and talent, he soon was racking up point totals fellow riders could only envy. Frustrated with the confines of a six-day-a-week managerial position, Doug, who was living in Florida at the time, left it for a typesetter’s job where the schedule allowed him to take weekend trips to races — then his top priority. One fateful Monday morning in 1981, his employer’s husband showed up, pistol in hand, to wreak havoc. Doug was shot twice — once in his lower spine and another in his neck.

Making a Comeback years earlier, while at a race in Pensacola, Doug visited a bike shop and saw a 1960s era classic BMW with Steib sidecar on display. At the time, he was fascinated by it, but little did he know that a sidecar rig would one day keep him riding. Following his initial recovery from the shooting, Doug’s racing buddies organized a benefit race, intent on buying him a Suzuki Quad Sport four-wheel, allterrain vehicle so he could once again ride off-road. At that point, Doug had already built his first sidecar from scratch and attached it to a Kawasaki KZ650. That rig had him riding the roads of Tallahassee and beyond. “But the four-wheeler was an amazing gift that got me back riding the woods with friends and occasionally racing in the ATV class,” Doug said. Over the years, Doug has either built from scratch or purchased several sidecars and mated them to various motorcycles. The sidecar not only provides riding stability, but it also can stow Doug’s wheelchair when

he’s riding solo. The three most recent sidecars have been sophisticated, high-performance ones from a manufacturer in France that were assembled in his garage and attached to a Suzuki Hayabusa racing bike. These kits replace the front fork with a center hub front end, wide performance tires all around and a linkage that steers the sidecar’s wheel. “Definitely not ‘your grandfather’s sidecar,’” Doug said dryly. Configuring a two-wheeled bike to accept a sidecar and be operated by hand controls instead of foot controls is no small endeavor, especially when working from a wheelchair. “It basically doubles the time

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required for each task,” Doug said. Doug has overlaid his garage concrete with interlocking plastic tiles that ease his frequent need to transfer between chair and floor as he moves from bike to tool chests to workbench and back. “My shoulders complain about the strain of getting from floor to chair so many times,” he said. “But I love it.”

Finding a riding and life companion seven years ago, Doug married Bea, a Presbyterian minister. In 2016, they moved to the lake when Bea accepted an appointment as co-pastor at Trinity Ecumenical Parish. Since then they’ve enjoyed riding scenic roads around Southwest and Central Virginia. “There are twists and hills that make for challenging riding and beautiful vistas galore,” Doug said. Bea frequently joins Doug on those rides, sitting beside him in the sidecar. When she does come along, Doug stows his wheelchair in a small towable trailer

pulled behind the bike. “She had never been on a motorcycle before getting into my sidecar but took to it right away,” Doug said. The couple shared West Coast riding during Doug’s 12,639-mile excursion in 2015. “I soloed the southern route to California, then rode up to Seattle to visit my dad,” Doug recalled. “Bea flew out to join me there, and we backtracked along the Pacific Coast Highway to San Francisco and then returned through Yosemite, Lake Tahoe and Lassen Volcanic Park.” After Bea returned home to Florida where they were living at the time, Doug rode the northern route east, enjoying Pikes Peak, Garden of the Gods and mountain roads in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Colorado. “Only on a motorcycle can you truly experience everything through all your senses,” Doug wrote on a blog he once used to keep his family and friends informed of his travels. “Your field of vision is unlimited, you feel the warmth of the sun, the slight cooling

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The key to Miller’s ability to ride a twowheeled bike is his selfdesigned and built “landing gear” that lowers on either side of the rear wheel to keep the bike upright. “I can’t put a foot out at stop signs, so a push of the down button drops small side wheels into place as I come to a full stop. Think of it as an electrically deployed set of training wheels.”

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as you drop into a canyon, the first drop of rain, the cold of a mountain pass and the smells — sometimes great, sometimes not so — that greet you at every mile.” For this cross country trip, Doug’s motorcycle pulled a miniature camper trailer that he designed and built. “It holds my gear and cuts down on motel expense,” he said. He chooses twisty and scenic backroads that can sometimes double or triple the mileage rather than straight-line interstates. “Less cars, fewer buildings, more turns and inclines,” he said. In 2017 Doug and Bea took a three-week eastern route that included riding the Cabot Trail on Cape Beton Island, Nova Scotia. “It’s a lot like riding the Pacific Coast Highway,” he said.

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doug, who is retired from Whitmyer Biomechanix, which offers head support systems, wheelchairs and assistive technology products, is self-taught in welding, pipe bending and motorcycle hand-control conversions. He’s currently using his expertise to modify a 2006 KTM 950 Supermoto that he found on eBay and retrieved from Florida. He’s installed control buttons for a thumb-activated electric gear shift near the left-

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hand grip and added a lever just under the clutch that engages the rear brake. (As on most motorcycles, the front-wheel brake is already applied using a right-hand squeeze lever.) But the key to Doug’s ability to ride a two-wheeled motorcycle is his self-designed and built “landing gear” that lowers on either side of the rear wheel to keep the bike upright. “I can’t put a foot out at stop signs, so a push of the down button drops small side wheels into place as I come to a full stop. Think of it as an electrically deployed set of training wheels.” Doug referred to the two-wheeler as his “late-in-life splurge.” “It’s not practical because I can’t bring my wheelchair along,” he said. “I’ll only use this bike for three- to four-hour joy rides in the countryside.” When asked what the most challenging aspect of mobility-impaired cycling is, Doug answered, “Just the time it takes to get on and off.” He added, “Beyond that, it’s the expense. Equipping a bike with a sidecar, an electric shifter and brake modifications costs more than the motorcycle itself, even when you do it yourself.” Currently, no American manufacturers build handsonly controlled bikes, nor do they offer factory-installed sidecars. With his DIY skills, Doug can continue to make the sport accessible to him financially.

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2019 Calendar Find more events in Laker Weekly and online at smithmountainlake.com

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sml photo club meeting

The club is dedicated to improving the photography skills of its members and is open to any skill level. 7 to 9 p.m. Moneta/ SML Library. Free

craft labs Drop in for “make and take” crafts suitable for all ages. 1 to 3 p.m. Franklin County Public Library’s Westlake Branch amy helm band Live music

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from Harvester Performance Center. 8 p.m. $41

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jerry wimmer Live music at

bringing ted talks to you A screening of the most popular TED talks of 2018 and 2019. For ages 18 and older. Noon. Free. Franklin County Public Library’s Westlake Branch

mended fences Live music at Mango’s Bar & Grill. 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.

free blood pressure screening At Stepping Stone

shine runners pub run At Chaos Mountain Brewing. 3- and 5-mile options available. Free. 6 p.m. Shine Runners on Facebook

Mission, Rocky Mount. 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Free

girls pint out: red, white & Beale’s Girls Pint Out is a

national craft beer organization for women whose mission is to build a community of women who love craft beer and who are an active, contributing part of the greater craft beer community. Beale’s Brewery, Bedford. 6 to 10 p.m. 540-583-5113, bealesbeer. com

(Through July 6) Presentations and discussions about the founding of Tuskegee. The program is for all ages; no registration required. 540-7212094, www.nps.gov/bowa

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ryan perry band Live music at Mango’s Bar & Grill. 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.

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tom and dave Live music at

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petting zoo, touch a truck, face

highway south Live music at Hot Shots Bar & Grille. 7 to 11 p.m.

the founding of tuskegee at booker T. washington national monument

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4th of july independence festival Now in its 36th year,

this annual event, presented by the Rocky Mount Rotary Club, begins at 5 p.m. on the football field at Franklin County High School. Features live music, food, inflatables, children’s activities, games and more. Fireworks begin after dark

painting, food trucks and more. $1 admission or donation. Liberty Lake Park, Bedford. 5 p.m. Hot Shots Bar & Grille. 7 to 10 p.m.

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Mitchell’s Restaurant & Pizzeria. 7 to 10 p.m.

sml and fireman’s fundraiser fireworks show At Parkway Marina. 5 to

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junior ranger month JULY 10 At Booker T. Washington National Monument. Free programs offered on Wednesdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. throughout July for children ages 6 to 12. Registration required. 540-721-2094, www.nps.gov/bowa

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bedford christmas station sale All proceeds are

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from Harvester Performance Center. 8 p.m. $62 general admission, $74 gold section

used to purchase new clothing, toys and gifts for those in need. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 510 Blue Ridge Ave., Bedford

summer sunset saturday Every Saturday in July at Hickory Hill Vineyards & Winery and includes music, conversation and dancing fireflies. 7 to 10 p.m. 540-296-1393, smlwine.com

michelle motley Live music at Mitchell’s Restaurant & Pizzeria. 7 to 10 p.m. dead reckoning family campout Featuring music

by The Dead Reckoning, Chupacabras and Kendall Street Company, food and craft vendors, craft beer and camping. Music starts at 3 p.m. (gates open at noon). Kids younger than 12 admitted free. Sedalia Center, Big Island

steve guidus Live music at

Waller’s. 2 to 6 p.m.

growing up hollywood A question-and-answer panel with Jeremy Miller (“Growing Pains”) and Claudia Wells (“Back to the Future”) discussing children growing up in the entertainment business. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Peaks of Otter Lodge, Bedford. $15. Tickets at www.eventbrite.com marie anderson Live music

at Mango’s Bar & Grill. 2 to 6 p.m.

michelle motley Live music at Mitchell’s Restaurant & Pizzeria. 2 to 5 p.m. ricky & the banjo mites

Live music at Waller’s. 2 to 6 p.m.

bedford international film festival award ceremony Walk the red

carpet at Virginia’s first Film Festival Award Ceremony. This black tie event includes dinner and dancing with some of the proceeds donated to the Lynchburg Lupus Society, Roanoke Veterans Administration

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three dog night Live music

and local artists and film makers. 6 to 10 p.m. Peaks of Otter Lodge, Bedford. Ticket prices: $100 (single ticket), $150 (couple), $750 (group of 10). www.eventbrite.com

book club plus featuring “echo” by pam munoz ryan In this new series,

combining reading and music, participants will read and discuss “Echo” and learn to play harmonica. Also July 22 and 29. Free. Ages 10 to 14. 10 a.m. to noon. Franklin County Public Library’s Main Branch. Registration required by calling 540-483-3098, option 0

junior ranger camp: reconnecting with nature

(Through July 11) This camp is offered for free to participants ages 6 to 12 thanks to the Friends of SML State Park. Children who complete the full camp (eight hours of programming) will graduate as a junior ranger. Graduation is July 11 from 4 to 4:30 p.m. Space is limited to 12 participants. Registration is required by July 5. Call 540-2975998 or email jeanette.lawler@ dcr.virginia.gov SMITHMOUNTAINLAKE.COM

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volleyball camp (Through July 12) Learn volleyball skills, rotations and strategies. Essig Center. $35. Ages 10 to 13 from 6 to 7:30 p.m., ages 13 to 18 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Registration deadline: July 1 brown bag bingo Bring

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a bagged lunch and drink and enjoy a fun-filled game of bingo the second Tuesday of each month. Prizes awarded for each game. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Essig Center. Free

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stitches and a basic bind off. Ages 15 and older. $20. Essig Center. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Registration deadline is one week before class

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intro to sup mini classes An introduction to stand-up paddleboarding. For ages 14 and older. $10. SML Community Park. Registration deadline is three days before event at 540-230-2023 or michael@ mountain2island.com

tuesday evening social sup Join Mountain 2 Island

for summer social stand-up paddleboarding. All equipment provided. Ages 14 and older. $20. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Registration deadline is three days before event at 540-230-2023 or michael@mountain2island.com

10 the embers Live music at

Mango’s Bar & Grill. 7 to 10 p.m.

mug recipes in this four-week cooking class. Ages 9 to 13. $50. 9 to 11 a.m. Essig Center, Rocky Mount. www.playfranklincounty. com

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from Harvester Performance Center. 8 p.m. $36.50 general admission, $51.50 gold section

shine runners pub run

At Hammer & Forge Brewing in Boones Mill. 3-mile trail run/walk. Free. 6 p.m. Shine Runners on Facebook

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JULY 12 Live music from Harvester Performance Center. 8 p.m. $25.50 general admission, $39.50 gold section

rain barrel workshop

lunch trip To Wildflour Cafe, Roanoke. Depart from Westgate Shopping Center, Bedford, at 11 a.m. Your seat is confirmed when $5 payment is received. Sponsored by Bedford County Parks and Recreation. To register, call 540-586-7682

Make your own rain barrel. Approximately 53 gallons measuring 42 inches in height and 24 inches in diameter. $50. Essig Center. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Registration deadline is one week before class

double knit loom class

Double knitting creates a finished front, as well as back, and is easy to learn. For ages 15 and older. 5:30 to 8 p.m. Essig Center. $25. Registration deadline is one week before class

painting with ed gowen: cloudscape over lake

Adult painting class. $85 ($75 members). Piedmont Arts, Martinsville. 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. piedmontarts.org

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the dundies Live music at Mango’s Bar & Grill. 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. franklin county fridays

Held the second Friday of each month at the Early Inn. This month features music by Fuzzy Logic. $5 per person (kids 10 and younger admitted free). 540-5242525, tickets.earlyinn.com

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2nd friday in bedford

Performance Center. 8 p.m. $49.50 general admission, $64.50 gold section, $117 meet and greet (must also purchase ticket)

ballroom dancing Each month is a ballroom dance lesson with dress theme. Lessons start with the basics for beginners and end with a few challenging steps for the seasoned dancers. 7 to 10:30 p.m. New London Ruritan, 12311 East Lynchburg Salem Turnpike, Forest. $12 per person. 540-586-7675, forestvanewlondonruritan.org

jodie davis Live music at

Explore shops, restaurants and art venues in Centertown. 5:30 to 8 p.m. facebook.com/2ndfriday

Bar & Grille. 7 to 10 p.m.

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Neighbors Inc. 8 a.m. Rocky Mount. www.smlgoodneighbors. org

eco camp Each Saturday in July (July 13, 20 and 27) with hands-on learning activities for children ages 6 to 12. Booker T. Washington National Monument. Registration required. 540-7212094, nps.gov/bowa seven mile ford Live music

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full moon pontoon boat tour Ride with a ranger to

explore the shores of SML State Park while looking for wildlife. Life jackets will be provided. Free. Registration required. SML State Park Visitor Center. 8:15 to 9:30 p.m. 540-297-6066, smlake@dcr. virginia.gov

play with your food putting ag together

(Through June 17) For ages 8 to 12. Join local farmers for three days of playing with food. Experience wildlife, conservation, orchards, vegetable gardens and a dairy in Franklin County over three days. Bring a lunch

tap dance camps (Through

July 19) Students will learn the basic skills of tap dancing and more. $30. Essig Center. Ages 3 to 6 from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. and ages 6 and older from 6:15 to 7 p.m. Registration deadline is one week before camp

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run for your neighbor 5K Fundraiser for SML Good

Waller’s. 2 to 6 p.m.

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bo-zac Live music at Hot Shots

(afternoon snack provided). Sponsored by the Franklin County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee, Franklin County Cooperative Extension and the Franklin County Farm Bureau Young Farmers. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. $45. Registration deadline: July 8. Essig Center, Rocky Mount

jason bonham’s led zeppelin evening Live music from Harvester Performance Center. 8 p.m. $107 general admission, $129.50 gold section

pirate Days JULY 18-21 Dozens of Smith Mountain Lake-area businesses offer pirate-themed events throughout the weekend.

at Mango’s Bar & Grill. 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.

horse & hound wine festival Wine tasting, live

music and arts, crafts and food vendors. Events throughout the day incorporate horses and dogs. Johnson’s Orchards, Bedford. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 540-586-3707, peaksofotterwinery.com

michelle motley Live music at Mitchell’s Restaurant & Pizzeria. 7 to 10 p.m. the chilly brothers Live music at Waller’s. 2 to 6 p.m. 14

sean bera Live music at

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keith mcfaden Live music at Mitchell’s Restaurant & Pizzeria. 2 to 5 p.m.

Mango’s Bar & Grill. 2 to 6 p.m.

max weinberg’s jukebox Live music from Harvester

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visit The Country Barn for food, fun and fellowship. Group meets at 11:30 a.m. 540-483-9238

explore the shores of SML State Park while looking for wildlife. Life jackets will be provided. Free. Registration required. SML State Park Visitor Center. 8:15 to 9:30 p.m. 540-297-6066, smlake@dcr. virginia.gov

shine runners pub run At

Brooks Mill Winery in Wirtz. 3-mile trail run/walk. Free. 6 p.m. Shine Runners on Facebook

the Virginia Dare and learn from a SML State Park interpreter about the wildlife that call the lake home. Reservations required. 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. 540-2977100, vadarecruises.com

Park Picnic Shelter and watch the full moon rise on this 4-mile familyfriendly hike. Bring a flashlight and water. $7. 8 to 10 p.m. Registration deadline: July 12

art at happy hour: expressions 2019 At

Piedmont Arts, Martinsville. Free. 5 to 7 p.m.

jerry wimmer Live music at Hot Shots Bar & Grille. 7 to 10 p.m.

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Gallery at Bower Center for the Arts, Bedford. 7 to 9 p.m. bowercenter.org

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Harvester Performance Center. 8 p.m. $37 general admission, $47 gold section

manage arthritis, including food interactions, supplements, basic exercise and relaxation techniques

wildlife wednesday cruise Take a cruise aboard

sunset/moonrise night hike Meet at sunset at the Waid

with messer & alien atmosphere Live music from

managing arthritis seminar Learn ways to

lunch bunch Join others to

full moon pontoon boat tour Ride with a ranger to

book talk John J. Jessop, author of “Pleasuria: Take As Directed,” will be hosting a discussion about his book. Moneta/SML Library. Free. 7 p.m.

of one of the most fun events at the lake. 6:30 p.m. with Out of Spite performing from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Costume contest is open to all ages and will begin around 8:30. $15 in advance ($20 at the door if still available). Pirate costumes are not required but are encouraged. Mango’s Bar and Grill

five mile mountain road Live music at Harvester

Performance Center. 8 p.m. $12

out of spite Live music at Mango’s Bar & Grill. 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.

concerts by canoe at philpott lake JULY 19 Sponsored by Franklin County Parks & Recreation. Bring a canoe,

ragtop Live music at Mitchell’s Restaurant & Pizzeria. 7 to 10 p.m.

kayak, SUP, tube or float to Philpott Lake to enjoy music by the Harwell Grice Band. Food truck on site at 5 p.m. Music begins at 6:30 p.m. Life jackets are required. 540-483-9293, www.playfranklincounty.com

black collar Live music at Hot Shots Bar & Grille. 7 to 10 p.m. birthday bonanza potluck Bring a dish and enjoy a variety of birthday activities plus a treat for the seniors born in July. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Essig Center. Free

franks+dranks Live music, hot dogs, craft beer and cash bar. $20 ($5 ages 12 and younger). Piedmont Arts, Martinsville. piedmontarts.org 20 pizazz Live music at Mango’s Bar & Grill. 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.

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marie anderson Live music at Mitchell’s Restaurant & Pizzeria. 7 to 10 p.m.

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the drifters, the platters, coasters Live music from

Harvester Performance Center. 8 p.m. $70 general admission, $82 gold section

cliff beach Live music at Waller’s. 2 to 6 p.m.

pirate festival Craft and food vendors, live music and pirates. Free. Crazy Horse Marina. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

music in the park

pirate cruise Aboard the

JULY 27 SML State Park beach pavilion. Music by The Wildfire Band.

The Old Dominion Cloggers also will entertain. 8 to 10 p.m. $7 per person (children 12 and younger admitted free). Food available for purchase. Bring a chair. www.smlspfriends.com

Virginia Dare. $40 for adults, $25 for children. 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. 540-297-7100, vadarecruises.com

1940s homefront festival

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percy abell Live music at

Mango’s Bar & Grill. $8 for ages 13 and older, $7 for ages 4 to 12 and children 3 and younger admitted free. 8 to 10 a.m.

Marina. $20 (half of proceeds support Southwest Virginia Child Advocacy Center) 9 a.m. to noon 540-719-0620 by Bedford Presbyterian Church at Falling Creek Park, Bedford. 2 to 7 p.m. www.bedfordpresbyva. org/175th-celebration.html

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tumbler style compost workshop Construct your

own tumbler-style composter using a 53- to 55-gallon food grade barrel. $90. Essig Center, Rocky Mount. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Registration deadline is one week before class

Mitchell’s Restaurant & Pizzeria. 7 to 10 p.m.

movies on the move At SML Community Park Beach. Featuring games, swimming, concessions and fun before the showing of “Incredibles 2.” Bring a chair, blanket, swimming attire, towel and flashlight. Free. 6:30 p.m.

learn to loom knit class 2 A comprehensive overview of

loom knitting. Covers four cast ons, four cast offs and more. For ages 15 and older. 5:30 to 8 p.m. $25. Essig Center. Registration deadline is one week before class

Live music at Mango’s Bar & Grill. 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.

five dollar shake Live music at Hot Shots Bar & Grille. 7 to 10 p.m.

making lifestyle changes health talk Learn if you or

and 5-mile options available. Run/ walk in Rocky Mount. Free. 6 p.m. Shine Runners on Facebook

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Carilion Clinic. Franklin County Family YMCA, Rocky Mount. 9 to 10 a.m.

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pirates & pancakes At

tom and dave rockin’ acoustic music Live music at

someone you know could be at risk for one of the three biggest killers: heart attack, diabetes or cancer. Free. 10 to 11 a.m. Registration required by July 18 at 540-489-9622

music at Mango’s Bar & Grill. 2 to 6 p.m.

Mitchell’s Restaurant & Pizzeria. 2 to 5 p.m.

free blood pressure screening Provided by

matt boswell & the hbb

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painting cruise Aboard the Virginia Dare. $55 per person. 2 to 4 p.m. 540-297-7100, vadarecruises.com

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Meet World War II veterans, view artifacts, talk with living historians, listen to 1940s music performances, learn about Victory Gardens, browse a market with local farm and craft vendors and more. $10, $8 for veterans, free for students 18 and younger and active duty military and military reserve service members. National D-Day Memorial, Bedford. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 540586-3329, www.dday.org

fuzzy logic Live music at Mango’s Bar & Grill. 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. bo-zac Live music at Mitchell’s Restaurant & Pizzeria. 7 to 10 p.m.

taste of the trails 5K run and mountain bike race at Montvale Park. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Register at www.bikereg.com/ taste-of-the-trails bicycle rodeo Bring your

bike to practice skills, ride a challenge course, discuss safety and go on a ride. Sontag Recreation Park. Free. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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30 dmv connect DMV Connect TUES.

is an outreach service that can conduct all DMV transactions except vital records and testing. No registration required. Franklin County Public Library’s Westlake Branch. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

31 band of oz Live music at

Mango’s Bar & Grill. 7 to 10 p.m.

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the glenn miller orchestra JULY 28 Live music from Harvester Performance Center. 6 p.m. matinee performance $30

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two for the road Live music at Mitchell’s Restaurant & Pizzeria. 2 to 5 p.m.

free music concert series At Abbott Lake at Peaks

of Otter, sponsored by Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Featuring The McKenzies. 2 to 4 p.m.

One Great Lake, Three Great Wineries!

jerry wimmer Live music at Hot Shots Bar & Grille. 7 to 10 p.m.

sunset cruise Ride with a ranger to explore the shores of SML State Park while looking for wildlife. Life jackets will be provided. Free. Registration required. SML State Park Visitor Center. 7:45 to 8:45 p.m. 540297-6066, smlake@dcr.virginia. gov

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Anne-Marie Hancock (from left) of Moneta, Dennis Zirkle of Goodview and Ann Marie Childress of Wirtz were the first in line. Zirkle arrived at 5:09 a.m.

3. Claude and Cindy Boitnott of Boones Mill 4. Crystal Hofawger (from left), Peggy Waldron of Hardy, Troy Gillespie of Covington and Sandy Garrison of Bedford

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Spotlighting Local Authors And Reviews From The Community

Keeping Vietnam Relevant In his new book, John Ketwig tries to make sense of the war for future generations. Meet John Ketwig Ketwig will read from and sign “Vietnam Reconsidered” on July 6 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Reclaimed LLC, 14190 Booker T. Washington Hwy., Moneta.

Vietnam Reconsidered: The War, the Times, and Why They Matter By John Ketwig Trine Day. 480 pages. Paperback. $16.34

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fter reading hundreds of books about the Vietnam War, Bedford resident John Ketwig set out to write one that he felt fully addressed what future generations should know about it. “There was no clear, one book that stood out, that if kids would read it they would get a pretty good idea of what it was about,” said Ketwig, who served for a year in Vietnam as a mechanic and a repairman. Published by Trine Day Publishing, Ketwig’s “Vietnam Reconsidered: The War, the Times and Why They Matter,” was released last month. Ketwig’s journey to make sense of the war and what he endured began more than three decades earlier when his memoir, “…and a hard rain fell: A GI’s true story of the War in Vietnam,” was published in 1982. It originally was intended to be a letter to his wife, Carolynn, and their children as a way to record his experiences of the war and begin the process of emotional healing. “The first book was like squeezing the pus out of an infection,” Ketwig said. “That was hugely, hugely personal.” The success of that book led to invitations for Ketwig to speak to high school and college students around the country. “Vietnam gets about 10 minutes of discussion at most in a high school classroom,” Ketwig said. Out of those discussions with students came more questions. “Younger people today tell me, ‘We know it’s important but we don’t know why,’” Ketwig recalled. The books that Ketwig had read about the war didn’t entirely cover everything he thought the younger generation should know about the era and the military’s approach to the conflict.

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“The basic military strategy is to wage a war of attrition,” Ketwig said. “If we do enough damage to the enemy’s population then they will change their mind. It didn’t work in Vietnam, and it certainly hasn’t worked in Iraq and Afghanistan.” Many Vietnam veterans returned home with feelings of guilt and remorse about what they experienced there. “We knew the excuse for the war was baloney,” Ketwig said. “The horror of war really changes people when you see it.” Like others, Ketwig suffers from what he calls severe post-traumatic stress “damage.” “I saw a little boy terribly, horribly burned by napalm,” he said. “PTSD, to a very large degree, is this guilt thing that is happening.” Ketwig also addresses veteran suicides, and the need for more support and mental health services. “Experts say well over 300,000 Vietnam veterans have taken their own lives since coming home,” he said. “To me, something’s wrong and not talking about it doesn’t make it better.” Personal loss is front and center, too, as Ketwig believes that exposure to the chemical Agent Orange was responsible for his firstborn son’s death at 14 days old. Ketwig insisted that his books aren’t anti-American, although he acknowledged that some will think otherwise. “I have nothing negative to say about Vietnam veterans,” he said. “I am one.” In “Vietnam Reconsidered,” Ketwig wrote, “My experiences, the things I have seen with my own eyes, and the many things I have learned from my studies have resulted in my convictions and opinions. “This book is guided by the belief that war is the most abhorrent and despicable behavior of all human endeavors, and it should not be glorified. America’s war in Vietnam and Southeast Asia was a travesty and a tragedy, and the purpose of this book is to explain how and why I came to that conclusion.” Laker Editor KAREN DILLON

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evidence that Vause set the fire; others believe Felix was involved, since he and his father argued bitterly about his future at the company. The controversies create a number of rifts and result in a diminished reputation and lifestyle for the once influential Romeyns. Her assignment is to compile a hisJottie struggles to regain community tory of Macedonia as part of a larger state respect for the girls’ sake, but complicatguide. ing matters is the fact that she was in love She arrives full of resentment and diswith Vause when he died. She secretly dain but dutifully sets about her task. mourns him still, reminiscing about and Her interest in the subject picks up even having conversations considerably when she with him about their relameets Felix, a known ladies’ tionship, the fire and her curman who has broken many rent responsibilities. a Macedonian heart. Layla Putting her own needs finds his charm and repuaside to help raise the girls, tation irresistible and she she rejects a potential suitor broadens the scope of her since Felix and he are at odds, investigations to include though why is not made clear what makes Felix tick. until late in the story. On the cusp of adolesThere is much to recomcence and the discovery that mend this book: The characothers seem to know famters are engaging, the historiily secrets that have flown The Truth cal details appear thorough completely under her radar According to Us and accurate and there are screen, Willa decides she’s old By Annie Barrows sufficient conflicts and plot enough to get some answers, The Dial Press. 512 twists to render a compelling in particular about what her pages. $28. story. Barrows’ experience father does on his “business” as a children’s book author trips. shows in the strength of Willa’s voice, but When she is frustrated by dismissive the adult characters are less credibly porand evasive adults, she decides to do a trayed. Often the energy ebbs more often little research herself. than it flows, though perhaps the languid Most of the secrets center upon the pace is appropriate to the sweltering hot town’s major employer, a textile manusetting. facturer founded by Willa’s grandfather. While all the elements are here for a Felix had been slated to take over his worthy successor to “Guernsey,” they do father’s position, but that was before a not come together quite as neatly or satisbizarre factory fire occurred in which fyingly as in the earlier book. Nonetheless, Felix’s best friend, Vause Hamilton, was it is a pleasant summer read. killed. Details about the fire’s origin were never resolved. Half the town accepts circumstantial Reader ellen aiken

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eaders fond of the whimsical 2008 best-seller “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” will no doubt be eager to check out the 2015 release by one of its co-authors, Annie Barrows. The earlier work featured eccentric characters coping with the aftermath of German occupation on their English Channel island during World War II. This novel takes place in fictional Macedonia, West Virginia, during the Great Depression, and though its residents face entirely different challenges, the small-town setting and whimsical characters will likely feel familiar to fans of the previous book. During a sweltering June in 1938, 12-year-old Willa Romeyn and her younger sister are already hot and bored with their summer vacation. They reside at their paternal aunt Jottie’s boarding house, along with their father, Felix, who moved the girls there after a divorce. We never meet the mother, and Felix comes and goes frequently as he conducts mysteriously dubious dealings out of town. Word on the streets of Macedonia is that he’s a bootlegger. Enter Layla Beck, the attractive but spoiled daughter of a wealthy Delaware senator who kicks her out of the house for refusing to marry her parents’ preferred future son-in-law. The senator cuts her off financially and uses his political pull to land her a job with the New Deal’s Federal Writer’s Project in West Virginia.

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