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departments 11 Editor’s Note 13 Love The Lake 16 Take The Laker 82 Calendar

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Just For Fun Out & About Now Read This Dock Tale Hour

LAKE & GARDEN

Return Of The Roses Gardening columnist Catriona Tudor Erler on growing beautiful roses without harsh chemicals. 22

SUMMER FUN

HOME RENOVATION

Summer By The Dozen Continues Our summer series rolls into June with 12 new ideas for what to do and where to go around SML. 66

A Star Turn A house in The Waterfront community that had a brush with Hollywood gets its own stylish makeover. 32

ON THE WATER

Bad Boat Cables Can Ruin Summer In A Snap 60

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Safe, Smart Tips When swimming or boating on the lake, staying safe always makes for a better summer. 54

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Answering The Call Our series focusing on first responders continues with the Scruggs and Cool Branch departments. 74

ON THE WATER

Diving Deep College friends are hoping to build up a business that goes underwater. 44

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ow that we are in the throes of summer, there’s a plethora of activities in and around the Smith Mountain Lake area. Like music? You’re in luck as there is no shortage of events and styles that you’ll find here. If you’re into history, check out the Juneteenth celebration at Booker T. Washington National Monument. If you’re a classic boat aficionado, stop by Bridgewater Plaza and take a gander at some antique boats that have been lovingly restored by their owners. All these events and more can be found in our calendar starting on page 82.

creative Designer

Shawn C. Garrett shawn.garrett@roanoke.com

Also in this issue we feature a home renovation that went from drab to wow, with before and after photos. Plus, our gardening columnist will share some good news for those who love to grow roses. Since safety around the water is paramount to having a relaxing, enjoyable summer, we have included some helpful hints you can share with your houseguests. And if they get bored, check out the next installment of Summer by the Dozen.

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As always, if you have ideas for future stories, be sure to email them to us at editor@smithmountainlaker.com.

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Summer Smart, Safe Top tips for swimming and boating on the lake

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Roses Return

Exploring Deep

A Star Turn

How to grow them without chemicals

Young entrepreneurs look under the waves

Renovating a home with a Hollywood past

our contributors Now that summer has arrived, boats of all sizes, including sailboats such as Carl Perdue’s O’Day 25 “Debra Ann,” can be seen exploring the open water at Smith Mountain Lake. Photography by Jennifer Chaconas, JollyJen Photography

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take the  laker READERS SHARE THEIR VOYAGES beyond THE LAKE

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Frank and Nancy Robbins shared this photo they took with the Laker on a Viking River Criuse to Imperial Cities of Europe that included Prague, Berlin, Wittenberg, Dresden, Nuremberg, Main Danube Canal Regensburg, Passau, Krems, Vienna, Budapest, Munich and Toronto.

Tammy and Phil Brimer took the Laker to St. Petersburg, Russia, on a cruise with Norwegian Cruise Lines. They stopped for a photo in front of Mariinsky Palace, which was completed in 1844 for Grand Duchess Maria, daughter of Emperor Nicholas I. According to Phil, “In 1884 the Mariinsky Palace was bought by the government and became the seat of the State Council, the State Chancellor’s office and the Committee of Ministers (later the Council of Ministers). Since 1945 the palace has belonged to the city council and local

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Lee and Beverly Fusco celebrated both of their 65th birthdays with a trip to Aruba, staying at the Tamarijn Resort.

Mike Lewis of Smith Mountain Lake, daughter Michelle Dunham of Midlothian, and grandkids Madison and Parker took the Laker with them to the Dairy Queen convention at Disneyland in Anaheim.

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This month, Tammy and Phil Brimer set the record with a trip to St. Petersburg, Russia, a distance of about 4,662 miles from Smith Mountain Lake.

arizona In late September Ron and Sharen Cordell of Huddleston took the Laker and visited friends in Tucson, followed by eight days on a Road Scholar tour of Sedona, the south and north rims of the Grand Canyon and Flagstaff.

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Esperanzo Forero and her family took a cruise to Cuba in October. “We were amazed of the architecture and the culture,” she said.

Jeff Wetter, Scott Sayre, Sue Ruple and George Ruple took the Laker to the Mayan Ruins on their visit to Belize.

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take the  laker READERS SHARE THEIR VOYAGES BEyOND THE LAKE

WASHINGTON state While

spending Thanksgiving with their daughter and her family in Seattle, Joel and Christy Nichols of Penhook took the Laker to a Seattle Seahawks game.

costa rica cuba Jim Gilbert and Kay Mills stop for a photo in front of the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba, on Nov. 7.

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Traveling to Peninsula Papagayo, Costa Rica, in January were lakers Joe and Patricia Barta, David (holding the January/February issue of Laker magazine) and Mary Stevens and David and Tracey Cox. David Stevens said, “The fourth couple owns on Lake Anna, but we allowed them to join despite their poor selection of lakes.”


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What Should I Plant? This rose, ‘The Fairy’ is a low-maintenance polyanthus rose that does well in our region. See a ranking of roses best suited for our region on Page 26

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The Rose Guide Catriona Tudor Erler recommends “Roses Without Chemicals: 150 Disease-free Varieties that Will Change the Way You Grow Roses,” by Peter E. Kukielski. Available from Amazon. $19.95

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t is no longer an impossible dream to have disease-resistant roses that don’t need chemicals to stay healthy. Since the turn of the 21st century, rose breeders have responded to homeowners’ desire for sustainable roses that resist pests and diseases without outside help, and their work has paid off. Today, gardeners have a wide choice of gorgeous roses that meet the desired criteria of disease resistance, repeat blooming and fragrance. It’s time to welcome roses back into your landscape. To help gardeners find the best modern roses and grow them organically, rosarian Peter E. Kukielski has written an indispensable reference and guidebook called “Roses Without Chemicals: 150 Disease-free Varieties that Will Change the Way You Grow Roses.” Kukielski knows whereof he speaks, and he delivers on the title’s promise. He was curator of the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden at the New York Botanical Garden for 11 years. Under his leadership, the sustainable rose garden received many awards, notably the 2012 Award of Excellence from the World Federation of Rose Societies, recognizing the Rockefeller garden as one of the best rose gardens in the world. A lavishly illustrated directory in the book lists 150 disease-resistant roses, with a helpful description of each plant’s growth and flowering habit and suggestions for how to use in the landscape. It is an excellent reference to get you on the right road for selecting easycare roses for the 21st century. Equally valuable is the “Growing Roses Sustainably” chapter. Here, readers get expert tips on buying roses, planting them, providing the conditions they need to thrive, pruning, feeding the soil and coping with diseases and pests.

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Rose requirements Roses are sun lovers, needing at least six hours of direct sun daily. The more sun they get, the better they’ll bloom. They also need good air circulation, although when Kukielski grows the “new millennial roses” bred for disease-resistance, he plants them much closer together than traditionally recommended. “In the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden, I have packed roses together very tightly,” Kukielski wrote. “Not only does this give you the opportunity to really play off different colors and flower shapes in your planting scheme, but you can grow more roses! With roses that have been bred to resist disease, leaving room for air circulation is less of a necessity than with older varieties.” Roses also thrive in good soil, ideally at a pH between 6.0 and 6.5. Before you plant, it’s a good idea to have a soil test. When you send in the samples, indicate that

you are planning to grow roses. The resulting recommendations will help you correct any soil deficiencies. Roses require good drainage, something many gardens at the lake lack. To test your soil’s draining rate, dig a foot-deep hole where you’ll be planting your roses and fill it with water. If the water remains in the hole for longer than 30 minutes, you’ll need to improve the soil texture to enhance the drainage. Rather than bringing in bags of garden soil or sand, add organic material to the native soil, such as chopped leaves, well-rotted manure or compost. This humus works wonders for both the soil and the plants. As the organic matter breaks down, it releases nutrients that feed the beneficial microbes and bacteria in the soil. At the same time, it separates the fine particles in heavy clay soil, improving drainage, and it fills

When you grow roses bred for disease resistance, you can plant them closer together than traditionally recommended.

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the large pore spaces in sandy soil, improving its water retention. There is no soil type that doesn’t benefit from adding organic material. As a basic preparation, Kukielski recommends digging 3 inches of compost into the top few inches of soil. The nutrients in the compost will be sufficient to feed the plants for the first year, saving you from having to regularly apply fertilizers. Kukielski confesses that in the old days, he’d always added fertilizer when he planted a new rose. He no longer does that. “I have learned that soils are incredibly dynamic and alive,” he said. “Mother Nature has much more experience than I’ll ever bring with my bags of stuff, and I now think that the best thing I can do when it comes to preparing soil is to test the soil for any deficiencies and add as much organic material as I can.”

“Mother Nature has much more experience than I’ll ever bring with my bags of stuff, and I now think that the best thing I can do when it comes to preparing soil is to test the soil for any deficiencies and add as much organic material as I can.” Peter Kukielski, author of “Roses Without Chemicals”

The first year they’re planted, roses need supplementary water to help them get established. Drip irrigation is ideal because it soaks in slowly, penetrating deep into the soil, thus encouraging the plant’s root system to grow deeper. Deeply rooted plants are more drought tolerant than shallow-rooted ones. If you don’t have drip, create a basin for the plant with high sides so the water can seep in, rather than running off. Avoid getting water on the leaves, as that can encourage disease. The other essential for providing an environment for your roses to thrive is mulch. It helps preserve the soil moisture and discourages weeds. The ideal mulch depth in our area is about 3 inches. Top it up when decomposition reduces the depth. Shredded or chipped hardwood, which is easy to get in our area, is an excellent mulch. In his 15 years of research at Earth-Kind organic garden products, Kukielski has found that, “a mulch of raw wood chips [no smaller than 3/8-inch], preferably with

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Roses for our Region In “Roses Without Chemicals,” author Peter Kukielski ranks 150 roses for disease resistance, bloom and fragrance, giving them an overall rating that combines the three categories. The following is a selection of the highest ranked roses best-suited to our region. Score

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‘Dark Desire’ is a hybrid tea with a busy, upright

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‘Alister Stella Gray’ is a tall, arching or spreading rose that extends to 8 feet. It has light buttery, yellow blossoms that fade to creamy white.

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‘Mandarin Ice’ is a bushy floribunda that reaches 4 feet high. Flowers, which are prolific, have red petals with silvery white undersides.

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‘Blush Noisette’ is a white to light pink rose with

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‘Lion’s Rose’ is a bushy floribunda that grows 4

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a bushy, upright form growing to 5 feet to 7 feet. feet to 5 feet with creamy pink double flowers.

‘Marie-Luise Marjan’ is an upright hybrid tea

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‘Kardinal Kolorscape’ is a small, 3-foot shrub

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‘Pink Pet’ is a compact plant (3 feet) that produces small, pale pink flowers with ruffled petals.

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‘Mutabilis’ is a centuries-old heritage variety with silky single blossoms that open a pale yellow, change to pink and finally turn crimson.

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‘Peggy Martin Survivor’ is a large-flowered climber (15 feet to 18 feet), which bears clusters of fragrant, frilly pink blooms.

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rose with pure red flowers.

‘Belinda’s Dream’ is a shrub rose with medium-

‘Marie Daly’ is a short, 3-foot polyantha that covers itself in clusters of fragrant, white flowers tinged with pink. ‘Innocencia Vigorosa’ is a compact floribunda that reaches about 3 feet tall and wide with clusters of 2-inch, pure white flowers with prominent yellow stamens. ‘Ducher’ is a white-flowering China rose with bushy

growth from 3 feet to 5 feet.

‘Climbing Pinkie’ grows 10 feet to 15 feet tall

with pliable canes with few thorns that you can wrap around a pillar or arbor. ‘Nastarana’ is a 5-foot to 6-foot tall noisette with clusters pink buds that open to white.

‘Caramella’ is an upright, spreading shrub rose

with old-fashioned flowers in caramel colors blending yellow, gold and amber. ‘La Perla’ is a stout, upright to 4 feet hybrid tea rose

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‘Mutabilis’, an heirloom China rose variety that repeat blooms throughout the summer, is well suited to our region.

some leaf tissue included as well, that remains on the surface and is not mixed into the soil, works very well on roses and a wide range of other ornamentals. However, it’s critical that the mulch remains on the surface and is not mixed into the soil.” Traditionally, rose experts recommended frequent fertilizing to keep the plants blooming. Instead, Kukielski recommends feeding the soil. “If the soil is not healthy,” he wrote, “then your roses cannot be healthy. Maintaining a 3-inch layer of mulch will slowly decompose over time provides humus (food) continuously to your soil and in return to your plants.” Kukielski stresses that choosing the right rose for your region is important for growing roses sustainably. Thus, the book’s brief section on choosing roses that will perform best in various regions is helpful. His list for the Southeast includes 23 high-scoring varieties. With the new disease-resistant roses now on the market and Kukielski’s book as a guide, you can have a sustainable, chemical-free (or nearly so) rose garden — and still have time left over to enjoy the lake.

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filming the movie. Neighbors who still live nearby have said this home, on Becky’s Creek, was the site of many rollicking parties during production. So, to say, “Richard Dreyfuss slept here,” would be accurate. However, Dreyfuss BUILT: 1986 RENOVATED: 2017-18 slept and lounged on different furniture since the home was sold in March 2017. And not unlike aging movie stars, this house has had a facelift, too. New owners Mike and Lynn Hoots recently wrapped up a year’s worth of renovations. Built in 1986, most of the work on the 3,194-square-foot space was cosmetic. Everything was repainted — the exterior siding, the trim and interior walls, including a new reddish accent wall in the great room that made the color of the fireplace stone pop. Flat, wooden interior doors were replaced by white paneled ones. Glass patio doors were replaced. Three jazzy sliding barn doors replaced doors in the entryway

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and in the master suite. New wrought iron replaced the former wooden interior stairway railings. All window and door moldings were painted white from their original natural wood color. New wooden planks and beams were added to the ceiling in the great room. Carpeting was replaced in the home’s upstairs area, and new engineered hardwood flooring was installed on the main level. Three bathrooms were updated, and a new kitchen was added that featured rustic pine-stained cabinets and white galaxy granite on the countertops and bar. When asked where she got her ideas for the renovation, Lynn credited Cindy Hall at Capps Home Building Center for helping her pull together the colors and textures into a harmonious look. Mike added that Capps’

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EXPLORING THE

DEEP Inspired by Smith Mountain Lake, a pair of young entrepreneurs are working to build a business discovering what lies beneath Story by JERRY HALE Photography by NATALEE WATERS

College friends Aron Motta and Nelson Vo have developed the SyFish, a torpedo-shaped vessel that explores underwater areas autonomously.


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Humans have long wanted to see what’s underwater. The first explorers used diving bell helmets, then bathyspheres, which evolved to miniature submarines. Jacques Cousteau’s self-contained underwater breathing apparatus (scuba) made prolonged exploring in reasonable depths practical for anyone who got the proper training to learn how to use it safely. While attending Widener University, Aron Motta, 22, joined forces with a fellow mechanical engineering student to create an autonomous underwater vehicle — or AUV — that could possibly make remote underwater

inspection accessible to most anyone. As a kid, Motta grew up around Smith Mountain Lake at the Huddleston summer home of his parents, Joe and Susanne. As a curious tinkerer, Motta also played with radio-controlled airplanes, boats and cars. After graduating from high school in Coatsville, Pennsylvania, Motta chose nearby Widener University for its mechanical engineering program. There, he became friends with Nalson Vo and discovered they shared a determination to “do something that will let us work for ourselves after graduation,” Motta said. Motta’s father also is an entrepreneur. “Aron got the entrepreneurial spirit from his dad,” Susanne said. The two aspiring student engineers ended up on the same senior project team, and Vo became another member of the family, Susanne said, referring to him as a “second son.” It was while Motta and Vo were at the lake that the idea for an underwater vehicle came to them. “We decided to develop it as a senior project and

Aron Motta (left) and Nalson Vo met while studying mechanical engineering at Widener University. They saw a business opportunity in their senior project: An autonomous underwater vehicle that can explore underwater areas.

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The torpedoshaped vehicle, named SyFish, weighs about 50 pounds and has an outer shell of 12-inch diameter, ½-inch thick PVC pipe. It’s easily transported and can reach depths of nearly 250 feet.

“I see a lot of senior projects ... But what Aron and Nalson have developed is unique in having real potential to be built and sold.” Dr. Anthony Bellezza Widener University

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The SyFish currently houses a single GoPro video camera in its clear nose cone, but Motta and Vo plan to add more cameras for 360-degree recording capability. Docks, dams, fish habitats and bottom mapping are among the intended applications, the pair said.

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The rudderless submersible is not radio-controlled by an on-the-surface operator. Instead, it will be programmed to negotiate an “out, scout and return” pattern using code created on Arduino computer software specific to the chosen microcontroller, Motta said. A series of sensors and accelerometers make up the rest of the internal guidance system. As Vo and Motta took the SyFish on that test-run at the Motta home in Huddleston earlier this year, Motta’s father talked about his role in the project. “Mostly I’ve been the ‘Hey, dad, come check this out’ guy,” Joe said. “But Sue and I are really proud of the boys’ determination and are confident they’ll make something of this.” Now that they’ve graduated, both Motta and Vo are working jobs that will allow them to continue working on the SyFish. They also partnered to form Stozon LLC, which resells products for various American companies on Amazon. Dr. Anthony Bellezza was the faculty advisor for the SyFish project at Widener. “I see a lot of senior projects — every engineering student must develop and test an original idea,” he said.

“But what Aron and Nalson have developed is unique in having real potential to be built and sold. SyFish has required its creators to combine aspects of mechanical and electrical engineering — plus computer science — into one application that has relevance outside the classroom. The way Aron and Nalson have gone about this suggests they will one day be very successful entrepreneurs.”

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Wondering how to have a relaxing, exciting, happy, safe & smart

summer? It’s easy! Just follow these tips from the Smith Mountain Lake Water Safety Council for safe boating and swimming Compiled by LAKER MAGAZINE STAFF


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Know the Rules of the Road   Boats being overtaken and boats ahead crossing from the starboard quarter (right front) have the right of way. When it’s dark, foggy or raining, you should reduce your speed and use running lights. Keep to the right in channels, leave plenty of space when overtaking and don’t fall in line with boats that are towing skiers or tubers.

Get Educated

Maintain a Proper Lookout

  All personal watercraft

  This tip is so important that it’s stated

and boat operators must complete a NASBLAcertified boater education course. Enacted in July 2016, the law requires that any person, regardless of age, must comply, and statistics show that since the law has been phased in, the accident rate has plummeted. There’s no doubt that educated and aware boaters are safer boaters. The course will be offered in the Smith Mountain Lake area at Westlake Baptist Church, 2075 Scruggs Road, Moneta, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 23, July 21 and Aug. 18. To register, visit www.dgif.virginia. gov/boating.

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in both the International and Inland Rules of Navigation. Just as in driving, operator distraction is a major contributor to boating incidents. If your boat has an attentive lookout, you have a chance of avoiding a collision with a boat that doesn’t. Every operator is obligated to take action to avoid a collision with another boat. Scan the waterway, anticipate potential dangers, clearly indicate your intended course and stay clear of other vessels, obstacles, navigation aids, docks and swimmers. Skippers of bow-riders should make sure passengers riding forward don’t block their view ahead.

Be Alert for Floating Debris in the Lake   Boaters who encounter debris

that could be a hazard to other boaters should tow the debris to undeveloped shoreline, secure it if possible and report the location to Appalachian Power Company at www. smithmtn.com or 1-800-956-4237. Appalachian routinely removes debris from Smith Mountain and Leesville lakes from April through October and as needed at other times during the year. Debris in the lake is most likely to occur after heavy rains.

Understand and Maintain Your Boat & Equipment  Arrange for a vessel safety check of equipment and systems every year by a member

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Follow The Rules   Never allow passengers to ride on the

gunwales, seat backs or outside of protective railings, including the front of a pontoon boat. A sudden turn, stop or start could cause a fall overboard. After leaving a boat launch or marina, maintain a slow, no-wake speed for a safe and legal distance. Learn and follow the navigation rules.

Create and Maintain Trim   On watercraft, such as paddleboards, canoes

and kayaks, it’s important to distribute weight evenly for level floating, both fore and aft and port to starboard. This requires proper placement of people and items aboard for optimum balance. Power boats also should be trimmed, which involves seating passengers evenly side-to-side and more forward than aft, which minimizes loss of visibility as a boat comes on plane. Strategic observer placement and use of motor trim and/ or trim tabs also helps keep the bow down when pulling skiers out of the water. Boaters should keep their craft level … and remain levelheaded, too.

  The U.S. Coast Guard designates use of life jackets based on weight and chest size and sometimes age. Equipment should be sized and worn correctly with all straps connected. Children should have the lower crotch strap between their legs connected on their life jacket. It is important to realize that without this strap children could slide out of their jacket. Falling from a dock or boat significantly increases the pressure and chances of the life jacket separating from a child.

... Even When Working on Docks

Never Swim Alone   Whether from shore, off the dock or off the

boat, use the buddy system to ensure someone is paying attention to every swimmer. And designate a responsible adult to watch youth swimmers at all times. Don’t just presume someone will take on that role.

Be Properly Equipped

Wear Life Jackets Correctly ...

  During the boating season, many people find themselves around

a dock. Consider wearing a life jacket when loading, unloading or working on or around a boat. A fall from more than 6 feet can be life-threatening. A fall that includes a head injury and submersion in water can be catastrophic, according to the American Red Cross. Make sure children wear personal flotation devices on docks, in boats and around the water.

  Whether heading out on the water for a day or for an hour, take along

a fully charged phone, a phone charger, a lake map, sunscreen and sufficient hydration for everyone aboard.

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Boat lift cables should be lubricated once per year to ensure smooth operation.

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BY THE DOZEN 1 2 W AY S T O H AV E F U N I N J U N E There’s never been a better time to be at Smith Mountain Lake. Whether it’s taking a boat ride on a quiet, moonlit evening, having a cookout with family and friends or learning to standup paddleboard, there is always something to do during the summer months. Check out our latest list of activities in “Summer By the Dozen.”


Catch a concert There’s rarely a weekend that you won’t find live music around at SML’s hotspots, including Mango’s, Waller’s and Hot Shots. Also, check out the annual Lyrics on the Lake Songwriters Festival, June 13 through 17, that benefits Children’s Miracle Network hospitals.


See a show

The Lakeside Singers, SML Coffeehouse Series and Little Town Players all have performances this month in the area. Check out smac-arts.com for details.

Embrace history

Commemorate the announcement of the abolition of slavery during the Juneteenth celebration at Booker T. Washington National Monument. The free event features gospel music, park tours, living history demonstrations, food vendors and more.

Check out classic boats If you enjoy looking at the sleek, classic wooden boats of yesteryear, there are two opportunities to see them up close — at the Spring Boat Show at Bridgewater Plaza in June and at Mariners Landing Resort Community and Conference Center in Huddleston in September. These oneof-a-kind vessels have been lovingly restored by their owners who love sharing their stories.

Hire a fishing guide

The lake is home to several fishing guides who can help you find that big catch. Many offer half-day or full-day fishing tours.

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Climb Smith Mountain Feeling adventurous? If you’ve ever wondered what the lake looks like from above, a trek up Smith Mountain is definitely worth the view.

Ride a pontoon Grab your sunscreen and join a ranger at Smith Mountain Lake State Park for a ride around the shoreline in the park’s pontoon boat. There are several stops to take in the scenery. The ride is free, although parking fees apply.

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Imagine there are cool island breezes blowing all around you as you enjoy performances by the area’s steel drum bands. There’s a Father’s Day concert June 17 at 3 p.m. at the W.E. Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center.

Visit Poplar Forest Take a tour of where our third president, Thomas Jefferson, spent his summers in Bedford County. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Go fishing The lake’s two parks as well as several of the area’s public boating access facilities offer amenities for shoreline fishing. Don’t forget your Virginia fishing license! Virginia’s Fresh Water Fishing Days are June 1 through 3.


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their laker years a summer series on couples who retired at smith mountain lake

FROM PENTAGON TO PEACE & QUIET Jim and Edie Morrison traded frenetic Northern Virginia for lakeside serenity Interview and Photography by Jerry Hale “I am surprised at how busy we quickly became and have stayed. There are always tons of things to note on the next month’s calendar page. If people are bored here, they haven’t looked around for their niche,” said Jim Morrison.

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im and Edie Morrison came to Smith Mountain Lake 23 years ago, after Jim retired from 27 years with the Pentagon’s Office of the Secretary of Defense working on national security policy. They purchased a home in Weatherwood, along the shores of Betty’s Creek, and have lived there since. “The big stone fireplace sold us,” Jim said of their home. “We liked the established neighborhood with lots of trees,” Edie added. “We didn’t know to look for deep water ... or shelter from afternoon sun, and there was no hint then that nearby Westlake Corner would develop into a convenient shopping area. But we lucked into what we consider a near-perfect location.” Q. How did you two meet? Edie: I was living in Baltimore, where I worked for a publisher. Jim, who had just begun three years as an Army officer, came to the Army Intelligence School in the Baltimore area. There was this young professionals’ dance party for civilian and military. Jim: I was rooming with four other officers, and we all went to the dance. I was the one who was lucky enough to meet my future bride and lifelong companion! Q. Tell us a bit about life before SML. Jim: Working at the Pentagon was long and intense. My days were typically 11 to 12 hours, and things were always a rush. Edie: After marrying Jim and settling in Northern Virginia, I worked at the Pentagon for both the Army and Navy for about two years. After our son and daughter were born, I took care of them, volunteered with the schools, and then took a job for 10 years as a clinic aide with the Arlington County school health system. Q. How did you discover SML? Jim: We had owned a weekend getaway place on

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Lake Louisa, near Charlottesville, and really liked lakefront living. Our son was working in Roanoke, as I neared retirement, and said, “Dad, there’s a big lake not far from here.” So we came down to have a look. Edie: We drove across Hales Ford Bridge, saw the lake for the first time, and said, “Wow! This feels like it could be home.” Q. Tell us more about the attraction of SML. Jim: Life in Northern Virginia was a pressure cooker, and the lake’s serenity had real appeal. That hasn’t changed! We still find the sunrises and the views of the lake and mountains incredibly relaxing. Edie: This has been a great place for family to gather. We saw a lot of our son’s family when they lived in the Roanoke area. Now both our son and our daughter and their families live in the Washington, D.C., area. It’s a fairly long drive, but they love coming here to relax. Jim and I don’t get down to the dock as often as we once did, but we still find joy in looking out on the lake every day. Jim: This is an incredible community. I had hoped to write in retirement and I’ve found all kinds of literary opportunities here. Our book clubs have been fantastic, and working with the area school reading and writing programs has been very rewarding. Edie: We’ve so enjoyed our church connection with Trinity Ecumenical Parish. I was hospitality team coleader for 10 years and am now a Stephen Minister. We’ve both helped with VBS (Vacation Bible School) and served on numerous other ministry teams and committees, including Jim’s years as a member of the church council. Q. Any other especially memorable retirement experiences? Jim: We both attended the first Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Citizens Academy — very enlightening. After graduation, we tried traffic duty ... that was really hot! Edie has helped with civilian fingerprinting and


handled nonemergency calls at the sheriff’s office. I sat on interviewing panels for hiring and promotions for a while. I’ve also enjoyed working with Bedford American Legion Post 54 since 2004, and we both enjoy being volunteer drivers with Neighbors Helping Neighbors. Edie: There is something here — actually many things — for everyone, activities that are very satisfying and fulfilling. Yet it is always so peaceful. When we come home from whatever we’ve been doing, the lake is a sanctuary. We have all the opportunities we want, wonderful friends and neighbors. The people of Franklin County make life very special here. And only three or four stoplights within 20 miles. That’s hard to find

these days. Jim: I am surprised at how busy we quickly became and have stayed. There are always tons of things to note on the next month’s calendar page. If people are bored here, they haven’t looked around for their niche. Q. So you plan to stay at SML until … ? Jim: Until they carry us out feet first! Edie has had knee and hip surgeries, but we’ve rearranged the house so everything we need is on the main level to minimize the need for doing stairs. Edie: I can’t think of a better place for us to live. Just look at that view.

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From one side of Smith Mountain Lake to the other, volunteers work as one collective team to help area residents in need

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sk any volunteer first responder why he joined a fire or rescue squad, and the answer you’re most likely to get is a desire to help others while giving back to the community. But volunteers also readily admit that training and ongoing continuing education can be time-consuming, in addition to spending time answering calls for help. In the second of a four-part series, Smith Mountain Laker magazine is highlighting these agencies and finding out what their greatest challenges are.

Scruggs Volunteer Fire and Rescue and Dive Team Slim Crawford reminisces about what life was like at the lake in the early 1970s in the Scruggs area. “There was nothing here. There were a lot of campgrounds,” he said. “That changed from trailers and tent camping to multimillion dollar houses.” In 1972, Crawford and several others formed what was then Burnt Chimney Fire Department, Scruggs division. “I kept a truck here as a division of Burnt Chimney,” he said. It was a painted yellow Dodge 1,200-gallon gasoline tanker that had been converted to pump out water. Not long after that, the rescue squad was formed. “Fire morphed into rescue. We were one of the first in the county to have a joint fire and rescue department,” Crawford recalled. “At that time we were working more wrecks and boating accidents.” Several years after that, the dive division was formed as a fire specialty team. Collectively, the department has 48 members, but is always in search of more. “Retention is the big thing,” said Dempsey Moore, who has served as fire chief for the past five years. Crawford’s wife, Jane, is the captain. A recruitment drive is now underway not only for fire and EMS volunteers, but also for drivers and adminis-

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trative support volunteers. Moore admitted that the amount of training can be hard on new recruits, especially younger volunteers. “They work and they’ve got to have their social time,” he said. “It’s time-consuming.” William Hoyt is one of the department’s newest, and younger, volunteers. “We encouraged him to go to class,” said Moore of Hoyt. “He’s a good kid.” Hoyt is helping to lead the department’s recruiting effort for more volunteers and said no role is too big or too small. “There’s a job here for everybody.” Last year, Moore said the department answered approximately 258 fire calls, 167 rescue calls and 13 calls for the dive team.“In 10½ years, we have never missed a call,” Moore said. As the lake’s population has increased, volunteer agencies can sometimes be overworked. Moore credited paid EMS staff with Franklin County Public Safety nearby (at Westlake Corner) with helping alleviate the number of calls the all-volunteer squad answers. “They have really helped us out in our rescue situations,” he said. Over the years, the department has worked to reduce its response time to emergencies, too. That included adding a utility truck to its rescue fleet in 2014, Moore said. Known as Utility 10, the truck is equipped with extrication equipment and other items a first responder

The Scruggs Volunteer Fire and Rescue and Dive Team has 48 members, but is always in search of more. Last year, Fire Chief Dempsey Moore said the department answered approximately 258 fire calls, 167 rescue calls and 13 calls for the dive team. “In 10½ years, we have never missed a call,” Moore said.

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Borders aren’t an issue for the Cool Branch Fire and Rescue Squad. The first responders answer emergency calls in Franklin and Pittsylvania counties. Cool Branch’s fire department answers more than 100 calls a year, while 22 rescue squad members run about 300 calls annually.

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might need at the scene of a vehicle accident or other emergency. “That allows us to pretty much get started on anything we need to do until help arrives,” Moore said. Later this fall, the department will put a new ladder truck into service that was purchased by Franklin County Public Safety. An attack truck also will be ordered by the department to replace three aging vehicles in its fleet: a 1991 engine, a 2001 brush truck and a 1995 crash track, Moore said. “We consolidated to one [vehicle] to eliminate pieces on the roads,” he added. Equipment, including a fully electrical lift stretcher that can lift up to 700 pounds and a Lucas device, which delivers chest compressions for CPR, has helped in responding to emergencies as well, Moore said. But all the state-of-the-art equipment, as well as the department’s headquarters, which is at Scruggs Road and Bluewater Drive, wouldn’t be possible without community support. “We’re just really lucky because of the community,” Moore said. Each year to express gratitude for that support, the department hosts a community-wide barbecue. This year’s event is scheduled for June 23 from 3 to 7 p.m. with entertainment by Wound Tight, a bluegrass and

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gospel band. While there is no charge to attend, freewill donations will be accepted. And later this fall, when the ladder truck has been placed in service, Moore said the department will have an open house to invite the community to see the new truck. “This is the community’s building, and we invite everyone to come see it,” Moore said.

Cool Branch Volunteer Fire and Rescue CompanIES When it comes to responding to emergencies, borders don’t matter. If there’s a call for help, the companies of Cool Branch Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad are ready to answer, whether it’s an emergency in areas of Pittsylvania County such as Climax, Gretna or Callands, or just down the road in the Franklin County communities of Union Hall or Glade Hill. “We are stretched out sometimes,” said Donnie Williams, Cool Branch’s assistant fire chief. “It depends on what’s going on.” Since the departments’ founding — the rescue squad in 1987 and the fire department a year later — members have worked with other agencies to ensure the Southlake area around Smith Mountain Lake is protected.

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While some funding comes from the county, both the fire company and the rescue squad rely on community fundraisers to meet their annual budgets.

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In the early days, Williams recalled one of the fire department’s first tanker trucks was nicknamed “Pig Farm” because that’s where it had come from. “The Boy Scouts painted it red with paint brushes,” he said. Since that time, the departments have worked regularly to ensure they have newer vehicles outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment to readily respond to any emergency. While some funding comes from the county, both departments rely on community fundraisers to meet their annual budgets. Each year, in addition to The Water’s Edge hosting a golf tournament, the departments conduct raffles — one by the fire department for an all-terrain vehicle (the raffle is July 21) and another by the rescue squad for a new truck (in September). With those proceeds, the departments purchase their own equipment, gear and response vehicles and pay for training for crew members. “We do a lot of fundraising,” said Dennis Benhoff, who joined the rescue squad with wife Melanie two years ago. “And we try to get grants when we can.” Along with funding, support volunteers are in demand, too. “We need people to fix meals during our raffles; we need people to do the accounting, mechanical or electrical and ground maintenance … things that aren’t actually going out on the runs,” Benhoff said. “We don’t need everybody to go into a burning building.” With 16 active firefighters and nine additional support personnel, Cool Branch’s fire department answers more than 100 calls a year, while 22 rescue squad mem-

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bers run about 300 calls annually. With the fluctuation of the population around the lake in the busier summer months, that number can certainly increase. “You never know how busy it’s going to get,” Benhoff said. And the calls can vary depending on what’s going on. For example, Capt. Scottie Adams said the fire department answered more calls in one day in early March due to extremely high winds than it did the entire month of February. Adams, who came on board in 1991, recalls when fire and rescue shared the same building. In 2003, the rescue squad moved into its own building next door to the fire department, but each entity still shares meeting space and members. Although each has its own budget and crew members (with some crossover), there is a synergy among the departments, Adams said. “The two organizations work quite well together,” he said. “We are separate organizations, but at the end of the day we work together, and it’s for a common purpose.”

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LAKESIDE SINGERS CONCERT Under new direction, this year’s theme is rock ‘n’ roll. Come laugh, sing and dance. 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday. Trinity Ecumenical Parish, Moneta. smacarts.com

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(beverages and dessert provided) and listen to a discussion. Noon. Franklin County Public Library, Westlake Branch. Free

THE BACON BROTHERS Live music at Harvester Performance Center. 8 p.m. $57 general admission, $72 gold section

ELDER YOUNG BAND Live music at Hot Shots Bar & Grille. 7 p.m. $35 music passes (good through August)

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ARTISAN FAIR Music, food and more than 50 local and regional artisans. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $5 (children 12 and younger free). sedaliacenter.org

TIM PFEIFFER Live music at Waller’s Bar & Grill. 2 to 6 p.m. FUNKY BONE Live music at Mango’s Bar & Grill. 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. JAKES EVENT Kids ages 17 and younger can try out archery, fishing, canoeing, shooting and more. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Franklin County Parks and Recreation Department. Sponsored by the National Wild Turkey Federation local chapter Franklin County Longbeards. 540483-4992 NATIONAL TRAILS DAY: OWL PROWL NIGHT HIKE Explore

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Smith Mountain Lake State Park in Huddleston at night in search of owls. 8 p.m. Campfire Amphitheater. Free, but space is limited. Register at the Visitor Center. 540-297-6066

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JOYOUS JUNQUE Yard sale at Resurrection Catholic Church in Moneta with proceeds going to local nonprofits. Saturday 7 a.m.to 4 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. CATFISH TOURNAMENT Hosted by SML Marine Volunteer Fire Department, the event starts at noon June 2 and ends at noon June 3 from Virginia Dare Marina. On-water weigh-in available at fireboats around the lake. $50. Cash prizes for first through third place. www.smlmfr.com.

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Waller’s Bar & Grill. 2 to 6 p.m.

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Mango’s Bar & Grill. 2 to 6 p.m.

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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

BODY BASICS A weekly low

impact exercise class focusing on strength training and balance. 10 to 11 a.m. Essig Center, Rocky Mount. $10 (registration deadline is June 1). playfranklincounty.com

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world war ii in film conference Hosted by

the National D-Day Memorial Foundation and Liberty University History Department to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the film “Saving Private Ryan.” Keynote speaker: Dr. Donald Miller of Lafayette College. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Liberty University Montview Alumni Ballroom/Demoss Hall, Lynchburg. dday.org

SAVING PRIVATE RYAN SCREENIng Free and open to

the public, but tickets are required. 6:45 to 10 p.m. Liberty University. 540-586-3329, dday.org

Take a bike ride at Waid Park, Rocky Mount with Carilion Clinic. 8:30 to 10 a.m. Free. carilionclinic.org

songwriters will play their own songs, an eclectic collection of songs and musical styles. McKelvey Community Center, 14917 Moneta Road, Moneta. 7 to 9:30 p.m. $15 ($10 for Smith Mountain Arts Council or Southwest Virginia Songwriters Association members). smac-arts.com

CREEK FREAKS KIDS FLOAT

Annual kids float down the Blackwater River. 6 to 8 p.m. Pizza served before the float. Adults are welcome. Paddlers must have life jacket, their own boat and paddle. Free. 540-483-9293, playfranklincounty.com

AGING IN PLACE SEMINAR

A discussion about ways to stay in your home as you age. Other options such as assisted living, nursing home and adult daycare will be covered. Free. 10 a.m. to noon. Essig Center, Rocky Mount. Register by June 1. 540-483-9238

OUT OF SPITE Live music at Mango’s Bar & Grill. 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. MINISTERS OF SOUL Live music at Hot Shots Bar & Grille. 7 p.m. $35 music passes (good through August)

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SPRING ANTIQUE AND CLASSIC BOAT SHOW At Bridgewater

Pointe Condominiums at Hales Ford Bridge and hosted by the Smith Mountain Lake chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society. This event features a collection of vintage vessels from the 1920s to 1960s era and is a preview of the annual Antique and Classic Boat Festival Weekend on Sept. 15. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. woodenboats. net

shine runners pub run JUNE 7 3-5 mile run/walk. Sponsored by Franklin County Parks and

Recreation. Free. 6 p.m. Chaos Mountain Brewing Co. playfranklincounty.com

ONE SHEET WONDER Make

multiple cards using one sheet of paper. 6 to 8 p.m. Essig Center, Rocky Mount. $15 (registration deadline is June 1). playfranklincounty.com

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74th anniversary of d-day

A tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice in Normandy and in honor of those who lived to fight on. 11 a.m. Music by the 29th Division Band, speakers, a plaque dedication and recognition of vets. National D-Day Memorial, Bedford. Free. 540-586-3329, dday.org

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steel drum concert JUNE 17 Music from the islands with performances by the lake’s three steel drum bands at the pavilion at W.E. Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center, Wirtz. Rain or shine. $10 at the door. 540-721-7222, skelton4h.org

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HILLCATS FUNDRAISER FOR SML GOOD NEIGHBORS INC. Fundraiser for SML Good

Neighbors Inc. during Lynchburg Hillcats baseball game. 6 to 11 p.m. www.smlgoodneighbors.org

JUBAL EARLY BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL This third annual event

features bluegrass bands, including Five Mile Mountain Road, Wound Tight, Harwell-Grice Band and Barry Collins and Friends along with barbecue, hot dogs and beverages. Bring a chair or blanket. 1 to 9 p.m. Tickets at the gate. $12. Crazy Horse Marina. 540-719-0620, www.crazyhorse-marina.com

TOMMY COX Live music at Waller’s Bar & Grill. 2 to 6 p.m. UPTOWN BAND Live music at Mango’s Bar & Grill. 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. RARE EARTH Live music at Harvester Performance Center. 9 p.m.

COURT DAYS Traditional music, games and activities, food and craft vendors. Free. Downtown Rocky Mount. 3 to 9 p.m. 2nd SATURDAY PHOTOGRAPHY SKILLS Learn specific techniques

for varying subject matter to help you get the shot. SML Community Park Beach. 9 to 11 a.m. $12. Register by June 2. playfranklincounty.com

CARILION WALK AND TALK

Guided walk along the 1.5-mile trail at Booker T. Washington National Monument. Free. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing and bring water. 9:30 a.m. to noon. 540-484-8569, carilionclinic.org

WORLD HUNGER BIKE RIDE Choose from courses

5 to 50 miles through Floyd and Franklin counties. Antioch Church of the Brethren. 8 a.m. registration. 540-488-4630, www. worldhungerauction.org

FRANKLIN COUNTY OPEN YOUTH LIVESTOCK SHOW

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Adventure Farm Livestock Club. 9 a.m. Franklin County Recreation Park, Rocky Mount. 540-483-5161

10 RODNEY CROWELL TRIO Live

music at Harvester Performance Center. 8 p.m. $38 general admission, $58 gold section

THE SURFERIFIC DUDES Live

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

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

12 HIGHLAND TRAVELERS

Presented by Mountains of Music. Live music at Harvester Performance Center. 8 p.m. $20 advance tickets, $12 for children. 276-492-2409, thecrookedroad.org

13 LYRICS ON THE LAKE The kickoff to the lake’s annual five-day music festival starts at 5:30 p.m. with music by a local band, followed by the finale of the open mic competition. Mango’s Bar & Grill, Bridgewater Plaza. Free. Donations accepted for Children’s Miracle Network. www.lyricsonthelake.com

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night at the lake’s annual five-day music festival. At Mango’s Bar & Grill, Bridgewater Plaza. 5:30 to 11:30 p.m. Free. Donations accepted for Children’s Miracle Network. www.lyricsonthelake.com

AMERICAN AQUARIUM WITH CORY BRANNAN Live music at

Harvester Performance Center. 8 p.m. $18

U.S. ARMY’S 243rd BIRTHDAY

All U.S. Army veterans and active duty personnel receive free admission to the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. dday.org

15 LYRICS ON THE LAKE The lake’s

five-day music festival continues at Portside Grill & Bar with music from 2 to 5 p.m., JJ’s Meat Shak from 5 to 9 p.m. and Blind Bill’s Restaurant from 7 to 10 p.m. Free. Donations accepted for Children’s Miracle Network. www.lyricsonthelake.com

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FARM DAYS This 15th annual

16 event will be at the Franklin County Recreation Park in Rocky Mount.

17 Admission is $6 (children 11 and

younger admitted free). 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. 540-493-5652, www. svapf.org

16 JUNETEENTH A celebration at

Booker T. Washington National Monument commemorating the announcement of the abolition of slavery, featuring gospel music, park tours, activities for children, living history demonstrations and more. Free. 11 a.m. 540-721-2094, nps. gov/bowa

LYRICS ON THE LAKE The lake’s five-day music festival continues at Portside Grill & Bar with music from 2 to 5 p.m. and Blind Bill’s Restaurant from 7 to 10 p.m. Free. Donations accepted for Children’s Miracle Network. www. lyricsonthelake.com

ELKS FLAG DAY CEREMONY

At National D-Day Memorial in Bedford. 11 a.m. to noon. Members of the Bedford Elks Lodge celebrate Old Glory in a special commemoration. dday.org

RICK RIZZI Live music at Waller’s Bar & Grill. 2 to 6 p.m. ADAM RUTLEDGE Live music at Mango’s Bar & Grill. 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. 17 LYRICS ON THE LAKE The lake’s five-day music festival continues with Worship on the Water at Mango’s Bar & Grill from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. followed by the festival finale from noon to 6 p.m. Free. Donations accepted for Children’s Miracle Network. www. lyricsonthelake.com

LONG STORY SHORT Live music at Hot Shots Bar & Grille. 7 p.m. $35 music passes (good through August)

SUNSET SATURDAY

NIKKI HILL Live music at Harvester Performance Center. 8 p.m. $18

JUNE 23 At Hickory Hill Vineyards & Winery. 7 to 10 p.m. 540-296-1393, smlwine.com

VIRGINIA STATE PARKS HISTORY AND CULTURE DAY: HISTORICAL PONTOON BOAT TOURS At Smith Mountain Lake

State Park in Huddleston. Ride with a ranger and learn how the lake was created and the park’s origin. Tours available 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. Free. Registration required by June 14 by calling 540-297-6066

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

MEET RANGER PARKER REDFOX Virginia State Parks’

mascot will be at Smith Mountain Lake State Park in Huddleston. 10 a.m. to noon at the park’s Visitor Center. Free. 540-297-6066

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Learn the basics of stand-up paddleboarding from an instructor. SML Community Park. All equipment provided. $29. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Register by June 15. 540-2302033 or michael@mountain2island. com

MONETA FIREWORX FEST JUNE 30 An Independence Day celebration with fireworks, food, an adult beverage garden, kids’ activities and live music by The Worx. Music runs from 6 to 10 p.m., followed by fireworks. Admission is $10 (kids 10 and younger admitted free) with proceeds benefiting the Moneta Volunteer Fire Department. 540-297-7281, info@monetafire.com

SOCIAL SUP Meet new friends while trying stand-up paddleboarding. SML Community Park. All equipment provided. $20. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Register by June 15. 540-230-2033 or michael@ mountain2island.com 20

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SHINE RUNNERS PUB RUN

Have lunch aboard the Virginia Dare while a SML State Park interpreter discusses wildlife that call Smith Mountain Lake home. 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reservations required. 540297-7100, vadarecruises.com 3-mile run/walk. Sponsored by Franklin County Parks and Recreation. Free. 6 p.m. Brooks Mill Winery, Wirtz. playfranklincounty. com

HORS D’OEUVRES CRUISE

Enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres during a cruise aboard the Virginia Dare. Noon to 2 p.m. Reservations required. 540-297-7100, vadarecruises.com

TUMBLER STYLE COMPOST WORKSHOP Bring your own

Jefferson’s Poplar Forest. Free admission for fathers. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. poplarforest.org

meets every third Tuesday for lunch, fun and fellowship. Dutch treat. B-Sides, Rocky Mount. Register a week prior with Aging Services.

power drill, drill bits and a Phillips head drill bit for wood screws. The composter will measure 3.5 feet deep by 31 feet wide by 4.6 inches high. Coopers Cove Community Center. $90. Register by June 14. playfranklincounty.com

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FATHER’S DAY AT POPLAR FOREST Guided tours of Thomas

COWBOY STYLE COOKOUT

At Reba Farm Inn and Saddle Soar Equitainment, Bedford. 1 to 5:30 p.m. $60. 540-586-1906 or 540583-1906

FATHER’S DAY CRUISE Treat Dad to a cruise and Sunday brunch aboard the Virginia Dare. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Reservations required. 540297-7100, vadarecruises.com THE PORCH DOGS Live music at

LUNCH BUNCH A group that

Playing a 21-string, gourdbottomed harp, Sean Gaskell will entertain with music and storytelling. Seating is first come, first served. Free. Franklin County Public Library Main Branch. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

MAKE AND TAKE Participate in a

variety of “make and take projects.” 1 to 3 p.m. Franklin County Public Library, Westlake Branch. Free

Playing a 21-string, gourdbottomed harp, Sean Gaskell will entertain with music and storytelling. Seating is first come, first served. Free. Moneta/SML Library. 6 p.m.

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REV. BILLY C. WIRTZ WITH LITTLE RODGER AND THE CHEAP THRILLS Live music at

Harvester Performance Center. 8 p.m. $20 general admission, $30 gold section

Waller’s Bar & Grill. 2 to 6 p.m.

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great American campout JUNE 24 Test your fire-making skills at the

campground at Smith Mountain Lake State Park in Huddleston. Children 15 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Also, meet a park interpreter who will share tricks on cooking over an open campfire and a ranger who has logged more than 1,000 miles, including 700 miles solo on the Appalachian Trail and South Carolina’s Foothills Trail.

22 DRUG DISPOSAL WORKSHOP

Learn how you can safely dispose of your outdated and unused medications. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Free. Register by June 15. 540-4839238

EIGHTY PROOF Live music at Hot Shots Bar & Grille. 7 p.m. $35 music passes (good through August) RYAN PERRY BAND Live music at Mango’s Bar & Grill. 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.

MUSIC ON THE DECK Live music by family bluegrass band Mountain Highway. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Familyfriendly event at Diamond Hill General Store. 540-297-9309 PIEDMONT ARTS GARDEN PARTY WITH SLICK JR. & THE REACTORS Live music by blues/

roots/jam band Slick Jr. & The Reactors along with beer, wine, snacks and games. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Gravely-Lester Art Garden. $15. piedmontarts.org

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BLACK MOUNTAIN REVIVAL Live music at Waller’s Bar & Grill. 2 to 6 p.m. PIZAZZ Live music at Mango’s Bar & Grill. 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.

JAREKUS SINGLETON Live music at Harvester Performance Center. 8 p.m. $22 general admission, $32 gold section

GREAT AMERICAN CAMPOUT: LIGHT YOUR FIRE Test your fire-

making skills at the campground at Smith Mountain Lake State Park in Huddleston. Children 15 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

GREAT AMERICAN CAMPOUT: CAMPFIRE COOKING Meet a

PICKLEBALL CLINIC Learn brief

park interpreter at the campground at Smith Mountain Lake State Park in Huddleston who will share tricks on cooking over an open campfire. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

AMERICA’S BOATING COURSE

WWII IN MINIATURE One-ofa-kind display featuring miniature World War II model planes, tanks, ships, jeeps, historic figures and more. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. National D-Day Memorial. 540-586-3329, dday.org

rules and play instruction, drills and games for different levels of play. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Essig Center, Rocky Mount. $15 (registration deadline is June 21). playfranklincounty.com

Taught by SML Sail and Power Squadron-certified instructors. All student materials included with $38 tuition. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Westlake Baptist Church, 2075 Scruggs Road, Moneta. Registration: 540-3308301, www.register-ed.com/73

24 GREAT AMERICAN CAMPOUT:

JOY OF BACKPACKING Meet

a ranger at the campground at Smith Mountain Lake State Park in Huddleston who has logged more than 1,000 miles, including 700 miles solo on the Appalachian Trail and South Carolina’s Foothills Trail. Free. 3 to 4 p.m.

BEALE’S ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY At Beale’s Brewery,

510 Grove St., Bedford. Noon to 10 p.m. with music by Low Low Chariot 4 to 7 p.m. 540-583-5113, bealesbeer.com

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KEITH McFADEN Live music at Waller’s Bar & Grill. 2 to 6 p.m. BARRY YOUNG DUO Live music at Mango’s Bar & Grill. 2 to 6 p.m.

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TACO TUESDAY

Enjoy a taco bar aboard the Virginia Dare. Noon to 2 p.m. 540-297-7100, vadarecruises. com

ROBERT EARL KEEN

Live music at Harvester Performance Center. 8 p.m. $45.50 general admission, $59.50 gold section

27 THE WORX Summer concert series

by Sherman Edwards and Peter Stone based on events leading up to the drafting and signing of the Declaration of Independence. 7:30 p.m. $17.76, $13 students (ages 6-college), $4 children (ages 5 and younger). poplarforest.org

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Live music at Harvester Performance Center. 8 p.m. $27 general admission, $37 gold section

BAREFOOT WEST Live music at Hot Shots Bar & Grille. 7 p.m. $35 music passes (good through August) SUMMER CONCERT WITH SAM AUSTIN & SILVERLINE

with live music at Mango’s Bar & Grill. Tickets at eventbrite.com

Live music at Sedalia Center. sedaliacenter.org

1776, THE CONCERT MUSICAL AT POPLAR FOREST Tony

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

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The annual fundraiser, hosted by Smith Mountain Lake Lions Club, was held at the W.E. Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center in Wirtz. The event supports the club’s scholarship trust and other community activities. This year, five winners split the grand prize of $5,000. 1. The Moores of Rocky Mount: Darnell (from left), Tressa, Shannon and Brian 2. Walt Flindt (from left), Susan Perry, Linda Flindt, Shirley Holt, Virginia and Ted Futscher, Gary Slusher and Margie McGuire 3. Lori Hurt (from left), Jacqueline Oliver, Carol Noesner, Gary Noesner and Earl Mannoia 4. Kathleen Osborne and Gene Willis

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Search & Rescue SML features prominently in poems by a Franklin County native

Search & Rescue By Michael Chitwood • LSU Press • 82 Pages • $15.46 on Amazon (paperback)

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ichael Chitwood returns to his Franklin County roots every chance he gets, so it’s no wonder that his latest published book of poetry, “Search and Rescue,” features a prominent landmark — Smith Mountain Lake. “A lot of that poem was written at my house at the lake,” Chitwood said of the book’s title poem. “The lake and I are about the same age. I remember watching it fill in.” Chitwood grew up in Franklin County and attended Franklin County High School where he met his wife, Jean. Although he and Jean live full-time in North Carolina, where Chitwood teaches poetry at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, he

and Jean steal away to their lake home in the Scruggs community as often as possible. Each of the poems in the 88-page book has been organized in chapters with titles such as “Scenes from the Knee-High Gospel,” “Water Ways” and “Strange and Flashing Lights.” Through his clever wording and use of imagery, Chitwood paints a different perspective of ordinary, everyday objects and ideas. “I guess I see what’s there in everyday life in a new light,” he said. Many of the themes in the book involve childhood memories, religion, farming and of course, the lake. As a child, Chitwood recalled that he and his family would hop in their boat and motor around the lake for a while before they ever saw another boat.

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toria had died in 1901. As England moved into a new century, “Victorianism” was literally disappearing from the scene. More progressive, even iconoclastic, ideas began to take shape. Vanessa and her sister Virginia found themselves at the epicenter of social change. The novel begins in 1905 as the Stephen children, defying convention, move together from their family home to set up a joint household at 47 Gordon Square, Bloomsbury, not far from the British Museum. Thoby suggests that they establish Thursday evening gatherings to discuss the latest ideas in art, literature and culture. He invites his friends from Cambridge, including the art critic Clive Bell, who would marry Vanessa; the novelist E.M. Forster; the economist John Maynard Keynes; and the biographer Lytton Strachey, among others. Thus begins the Bloomsbury Group. Parmar solves the principal narrative challenge of describing this divergent and yet intersecting group by first having Vanessa tell the story through fictional diary entries. The first, in fact, seems to echo the opening of Virginia Woolf’s novel “Mrs. Dalloway:” “I

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irginia Woolf provocatively stated in her essay “Mr. Bennett and Mrs. Brown” (1923) that “on or about December 1910 human character changed.” She allows that this date may be arbitrary, but that there was during this period an important cultural shift in England. Priya Parmar’s new historical novel, “Vanessa and Her Sister,” captures the nature of this transformation during the Edwardian period. She focuses on the stormy relationship between Woolf and her older sister Vanessa, a talented painter, and their respective roles in the emergence of what became known as the Bloomsbury Group. Leslie Stephen, the quintessential Victorian intellectual and father of Vanessa, Virginia, and their brothers Thoby and Adrian, died in 1904. Queen Vic-

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“I like to reminisce about the way the lake has changed the area,” he said. “Nobody really understood the impact it would have on the community.” Published by LSU Press, “Search and Rescue” is Chitwood’s ninth book. Earlier this year, it received the 2018 L.E. Phillabaum Poetry Award given by LSU Press in honor of its director emeritus, Les Phillabaum, and his commitment to publishing poetry. “I was delighted that it was selected,” said Chitwood, noting that there are at least two winners of this award who also are Pulitzer Prize winners. While readers may find themselves looking for lengthier works from him, that’s unlikely, Chitwood said. “I think you’re either born a sprinter or a distance

runner,” he said of his writing style. “I was a sprinter. I don’t do plot really well in longer pieces.” That’s not to say Chitwood isn’t an avid storyteller. The book’s chapter “Differently” features “hybrid genre, a cross between poetry and prose,” Chitwood said. “It packs a whole impact of a story into a small space.” Now that “Search and Rescue” has been published, Chitwood will attend readings and signings (he attended one in April at Ferrum College) and continue writing. “It always takes me a little while to get into the next thing,” he said. “But I’m always working on something.”

opened the great sash window onto the morning pink of the square and made a decision.” Vanessa’s evolving sense of individuality, artistic identity and emotional separation from her unstable but brilliant younger sister prove to be the central concerns of the novel. The diary genre serves these developments well. We experience directly Vanessa’s musings and emergent sense of self. Parmar enriches Vanessa’s narration with imagined letters, postcards and telegrams from other members of the group. Roger Fry writes to his mother and mentally ill wife from New York where he was curator of paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Lytton Strachey writes to Leonard Woolf in Ceylon where he served in the British Civil Service. Strachey throughout this period encourages Woolf to return home and propose marriage to Virginia, whom Woolf had met only briefly before leaving England. Virginia writes to her close friends Violet Dickinson as well as to Clive Bell and Vanessa. Through these various narratives, the novel evokes the developing Bloomsbury aesthetic, the independence of thought and open sexuality of the group, and

the importance of these various figures to cultural events, the most important of which for Vanessa were the two art exhibitions organized by Roger Fry. In November 1910, Fry organized the first of his post-impressionist exhibitions. The second was held in 1912 and included a painting by Vanessa Bell. Perhaps Woolf’s date was not arbitrary. These shows shocked the British art world and introduced the term “post-impressionism,” invented by Fry. Artists such as Cezanne and Van Gogh revealed the underlying structure rather than surface impression. Parmar’s novel should attract readers familiar with Bloomsbury as well as those who are introduced to the group for the first time. When the story ends in 1912, Woolf has not yet published her first novel but is married to Leonard. E.M. Forster has published several novels, including “A Room with a View” and “Howard’s End.” Vanessa has become an important artist and Roger Fry’s lover. The creative nexus is in place and will continue for years to come.

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— KAREN DILLON

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Old Kitchen Conundrum

By Kimberly Dalferes

When “new” isn’t on his menu

“H

ey Hon, I’ve been thinking.” Hubs raised his right eyebrow and responded warily, “Uh-oh.” “Wait, it’s all good,” I answered gently. “I believe it’s time to renovate the kitchen.” Rolling his eyes, Hubs dismissively went back to reviewing Laker Weekly. “The kitchen is fine. It’s been fine for 20 years. It’s a perfectly fine kitchen.” Coffee cup in hand, I padded across the yellowing vinyl floor and sat down on the stool next to Hubs at the chipped laminate kitchen counter. I knew my approach needed to be delicate, similar to how an attorney might advance upon a reluctant witness before the court. “The fridge is on the fritz again,” I stated in a matterof-fact cadence so as to not activate his anti-spending radar. “The carrots in the crisper are frozen and the Cherry Garcia ice cream in the freezer is melted.” “Well then, I’ll give handyman Gary a call.” “Gary gave the fridge last rites during his repair visit last month,” I responded. “Remember? Gary told us that old Bessie was long past her prime.” Putting down the paper, Hubs hesitantly replied, “Yeah, I guess I kinda remember that.” “If we replace the fridge, I’d like stainless steel,” I noted cautiously. “I love the French door style, with an icemaker on the outside of the door. Imagine: a real icemaker, not those crappy plastic trays anymore.” “I’ll admit, it would be nice to have ice right out of the fridge door.” “Here’s the thing: if we buy appliances in a package we can get them at a great discount.”

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“Whoa! Who said anything about appliances? I thought we were talking about a fridge; a single fridge.” Damn, I advanced too quickly and overshot my approach. “Yes, but everything is as old as the fridge, so they’ll start to give out soon, too. We should be thinking strategically. You want to save money, don’t you?” “Is this your we-have-to-spend-money-to-savemoney speech again?” “You’re not being reasonable.” “OK,” Hubs retorted defiantly as he folded his arms across his chest. “Explain to me why we need to replace more than just the fridge.” “The clock on the microwave stopped working years ago.” “Why do we need a clock on the microwave? There’s a clock in the living room.” “The dishwasher groans during the final rinse cycle – I honestly thought it was trying to give birth yesterday.” “Geez, half our stuff isn’t even dishwasher safe anyway. I mean, all your Pyrex...” “Do not bring my Pyrex into this,” I quipped. “The Pyrex is not up for discussion.” “Whoops, sorry, I forgot, the Pyrex is sacred.” “The garbage disposal can’t chew up applesauce on a good day.” “Why are you putting applesauce down the garbage disposal?” I was losing the battle. “Almost all the kitchen drawers are stuck shut.” “We just need to clean them out.” “And, the cabinets are oak. Oak is SO dated!” “What do you have against oak?” Sigh. “Hon, it’s time to remodel the kitchen.” “OK, but just let me give Gary a quick call about the fridge.” Kimberly Dalferes is the author of I Was In Love With a Short Man Once and Magic Fishing Panties. Her humor blog, “The MiddleAged Cheap Seats,” is online at kimdalferes.com.

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Van Casteel Daniel 540.493.8659

Eric Fansler 540.871.8655

Tom Fansler 540.871.8355

Amelia Gerner 540.580.3510

Jane Sullivan Horne 540.493.1690

Adam Lynch 540.420.8657

Tim Massey 540.420.6964

Jan McGraw 540.400.9882

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Sylvia McDowell-Kent 540.529.7631

Dana Montgomery 540.314.1798

Carolyn Pruett 540.493.1919

Pete Roberts 540.525.4510

Brian Rust 540.529.3576

Genie Rust 540.529.3575

Debbie Shelton 540.797.3177

Jada Turner 540.263.0202

Michelle Turner 540.309.1265

Jeannie Villwock 540.529.0212

Kimberly Willard Waters 540.798.3151

Parker Waters 540.400.2681

As a part of the Smith Mountain Lake community for more than 30 years, our agents’ mastery of the local market will surely find you the home of your dreams. Call or visit us today and work with a company you can trust.

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PLUS!

Summer BY THE

Dozen

Our season of fun moves into June

Summer Smart, Safe Top tips for swimming and boating on the lake

June 2018

Alice Newbill 540.263.3555

Laker Magazine • Gardening • Summer By The Dozen • Tips For Staying Safe On The Water

Cathie Daniel 540.721.8659

SMITH MOUNTAIN

Roses Return

Exploring Deep

A Star Turn

How to grow them without chemicals

Young entrepreneurs look under the waves

Renovating a home with a Hollywood past

June 2018 Smith Mountain Laker magazine  
June 2018 Smith Mountain Laker magazine  
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