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IN THIS ISSUE

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Editor’s Note 9

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Calendar 56

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Crossword 59

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Map 62-63

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Dock Tale Hour 65

GARDENING

Adding Whimsy to the Garden 14 | Mix up your mainstays with a few playful plants. By Catriona Tudor Erler

L AKE HOMES

A Grown-Up Treehouse 22 | Look inside a timber-hewn home right out of the rockies. By Ferne Hale

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Housing Heats Up at the Lake 28 | Amid the pandemic, more visitors are deciding to stay. By Reed Dillon

PROFILE

Giving the Lake A Checkup 34 | A group of volunteers regularly test the lake to make sure it’s healthy. By Jerry Hale

OUTDOORS

Our Natural Neighbors 40 | Get to know the wildlife around — and in — the lake. By Ashley Kairis

Curbside Cuisine Villa nova combines fine-dining ingredients With a food truck experience By Jerry Hale

ON THE WATER

Essential Lake Water Safety 52 | What to know before you jump in this summer. By Laker Staff

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U M M E R I S h ere ! Now that we’ve managed to navigate one of the most unusual years ever, let’s hope that this summer will return to some semblance of normalcy! In this issue, we’ll take a peek inside one of the eight homes that will be on this year’s Smith Mountain Lake Charity Home Tour. After a one-year hiatus, the tour is scheduled for Oct. 8 through 10. Also, we explore what the latest trends are in new home construction and home remodels. Plus, we’ll take a walk on the wild side and check out what the neighbors are up to in your community. If you happen to take a trip this summer, take the Laker along with you, snap a photo and send it to us at letters@smith mountainlaker.com. It might be featured in an upcoming issue of our Travels section.

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• One of our most popular features, Travels, is absent from this issue because we have run out of wonderful photos! Whether across the state or around the world, we love to showcase your trips. Please send photos to letters@smithmountainlaker.com and you might be featured soon!

our contributors Bald eagles are one of the many incredible animals that call the lake home. Read all about our natural neighbors on the land, air and in the water starting on Page 40. Photo courtesy of Lynda Richardson

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SNOWY WEEKEND AT SML Snow covered the walkway and docks behind Bridgewater Pointe Condominiums early on Sunday. The first substantial snow of the year hit Smith Mountain Lake over the weekend, dropping more than 5 inches of snow in some areas. Snowfall started late Saturday evening and continued into Sunday before mixing into sleet and freezing rain in some areas. The weekend storm caused slick conditions on several of the area roads which led to multiple cancellations on Monday including both Franklin and Bedford county schools. The Virginia Department of Transportation crews spent most of Friday pretreating roads in preparation for the snow storm. Most primary and secondary roads were cleared by VDOT by Monday.

eatery called Chubby’s. The Silvas’ plans also include opening a wine shop and gourmet market called Bottles & Bites. “The wine shop will be open to the public and will feature wine and craft beer, a gourmet market with grab-and-go food items, and gifts,” said Tiffany T. Silva Silva, noting that she’s also working to organize a weekly farmer’s market starting in the spring. “Bruno and I have cherished our time as part of the Bernard’s Landing community, but are excited about expanding our brand and our business offerings significantly by moving to Mariners Landing,” she said. “We are thrilled with the new direction the resort is heading, and this is an exciting opportunity for us, our family and our staff.” Perrow said discussions began earlier this year to move The Landing to Mariners Landing. He said he keeps in touch with the Silvas and what started as casual conversations became a reality very quickly. “Bruno and Tiffany are uniquely qualified to direct the

“At the new location, customers can expect the same level of service and dining experience they’re accustomed to,” Silva said. “We look forward to seeing many familiar faces, and we’re also excited about getting to know the Mariners Landing community, and sharing our unique culinary experiences with them. Providing dining and retail options to the more than 500,000 people who visit the nearby Smith Mountain Lake State Park each year is something Please see LANDING, Page R2

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The Landing Restaurant will be moving to the ground level of Building 1 at Mariners Landing overlooking The Pointe. The Landing Love Project will occupy the catering and event kitchen in the ground level of Building 3. current and future food and beverage offerings at Mariners Landing,” Perrow said. “They are experienced, professional, and have a comprehensive knowledge of the Smith Mountain Lake market in terms of dining, catering and overall coordination of special events such as weddings and conferences. We couldn’t be more excited about the partnership.” Initially, while Virginia’s COVID-19 restrictions remain in place, Silva said service will be limited to takeout and dockside delivery.

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A bill to regulate wakesurfing at Smith Mountain Lake wiped out in the House of Delegates last week. Del. Kathy Byron, R-Bedford, sponsored a bill in response to numerous homeowners surrounding Smith Mountain Lake agitated with wakesurfing boats — which create waves big enough for people to surf without the need of a tow rope — zooming around in the coves. The bill prompted passion-

ate feedback from wakesurfers and homeowners, who are divided on the issue. Wakesurfing has been an increasingly popular water sport at the lake. Homeowners said the wakesurfers are sending large waves crashing into the shorelines, preventing them from enjoying the water and damaging their docks. Wakesurfers said they’ve been largely courteous and aren’t responsible for dock damage. “This is creating big problems, and as you might imagine, a lot of division,” Byron said. Byron’s bill would have kept wakesurfing 200 feet from the shoreline. She was going to try and change it to 150 feet from the

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The Landing Restaurant, a longtime fine-dining establishment at Bernard’s Landing, will relocate to Mariners Landing in Huddleston later this year following an announcement last week. Lake residents Bruno and Tiffany Silva, owners of The Landing Restaurant, will move to a waterfront location at The Pointe at Mariners Landing. The restaurant will be open to the public and accessible by boat or car. An opening date has not been set, but Tiffany Silva said they hope to be operational by May 1. This will be the most recent change at Mariners Landing following its purchase last year by real estate developer Waller Perrow and business partner Tom Branch. The two have spent the past few months reshaping the golf and lake community with several improvements and additions. In addition to relocating The Landing, Perrow said the Silvas will oversee all catering and special events at the resort, will establish a private restaurant at the golf clubhouse called Bruno’s and operate a seasonal poolside

Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Christopher Finley announced his resignation effective Feb. 26 after having served in the role since late 2019. Finley will leave the chamber’s top job to take a position as director of marketing and public relations at LewisGale Regional Health System, a part of HCA H e a l t h c a r e ’s Capital Division, based in Salem. Finley The chamber’s

executive board has appointed a search committee led by Chairman Zach Wimmer to conduct a search for the organization’s next executive director. The board of directors has appointed Cheryl Ward to serve as interim executive director during the transition period. Finley will also continue to support the organization as needed to ensure a seamless transition. “On behalf of the board, and the community, while we’re disappointed to see Chris step down, we wish him continued success,” Wimmer said. “Chris assumed his role at a time of transition and has done a great job leading our organization during a difficult year.” Despite the challenges of 2020, Finley helped start the SML Leadership Academy with 14 participants in its inaugural class and secured $30,000 in grant marketing funds from Virginia Tourism Corporation. With that funding, the chamber launched tourism initiatives, including a monthly consumer e-newsletter, a destination travel blog, a new brochure and a commercial to market Smith Mountain Lake. Additionally, Finley achieved enrolled the most-ever participants in the 2021 Chamber Champions program. He also developed the framework for two new tourism initiatives to launch this spring, including SML Restaurant Week and a SML Getaway Sweepstakes campaign. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to have served as executive director and I’m proud of the accomplishments and new initiatives we’ve executed during my tenure,” Finley said. “Backed by a

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carnival colors are zippy, but in addition to these and other garden mainstays, consider adding a few plants to your garden to express your sense of playful fun. Here are suggestions for a few unusual, whimsical plants that are fun talking points and reflect a delightful, unexpected, capricious sense of humor in the plant world.

‘Hot Lips’ Sage Salvia microphylla

If you you’re looking for a little sass in your gardening life, look no further than ‘Hot Lips’ sage. This saucy little number with its white flowers tipped with vivid red lives up to its hybrid name. A longblooming sage, its eye-catching, spurred flowers continue coming all summer long, even during the hottest periods. The flower form and color attracts human notice while the nectar attracts hummingbirds and other pollinators, bringing the small shrubs alive. A small plant in a 4-inch container will quickly grow to a compact shrub about 3 feet tall and wide. It’s a durable plant that needs little care, doing perfectly well in a dry garden, but also tolerating our

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wetter summers. Give it full sun and good drainage, and you will be amply rewarded.

Cat’s Whiskers Orthosiphon stamineus AKA O. aristatus

The aptly named cat’s whiskers sport dramatic, showy white or lavender flower spikes that have long, elegant stamens that really do look like white cat whiskers. It grows up to 4 feet tall and wide, and flowers from May through November — or until damaged by cold. Butterflies and hummingbirds flock to the flowers, adding to the lively scene. Although technically perennials, these are tender plants that should be grown as annuals in Virginia. Unfortunately, cat’s whiskers are hard to find, and hence can be expensive. Starter Flower Plant on the Etsy site offers a 4-inch rooted cutting for $29.99. It’s an outrageous price to pay, but consider it an investment in garden joy, and take cuttings once the plant is established (you may want to trim them back anyway to keep them in bounds). They’re a member of the mint family, and like mint, will root easily. Before long, you’ll have enough to share with your friends and family. What a great gift for a special occasion.

The eye-catching flowers on Hot Lips sage continue coming all summer long, even during the hottest periods. The flower form and color attracts human notice while the nectar attracts hummingbirds and other pollinators, bringing the small shrubs alive.


The plants grow in full sun to light shade, and prefer an evenly moist soil. Mulch the plants to retain moisture and water every three to four days during hot dry spells. A general garden fertilizer (20-20-20) applied semi-monthly from March through October will encourage plant vigor and bloom. If your soil is alkaline, add extra iron to prevent leaf yellowing. For best flower display, deadhead spent blossoms. Cluster cat’s whiskers along paths, tuck some into a flower border or grow them in containers. You’ll be glad you did as they really are the “cat’s meow” in the garden.

Red Spider Lily Lycoris radiata

Add fireworks to your garden with the red spider lily. Originating in Japan, in that country lycoris is believed to be the flower of the afterlife, and it is planted at the tombs of

ancestors to help guide souls into their next incarnation. The poisonous bulbs also are planted around rice paddies and homes to discourage mice. Red spider lily enjoys a number of monikers that reflect various properties of the plant. Among them are corpse flower (perhaps because of the toxic bulbs), equinox flower, resurrection lily (it’s perennial and will flower annually if the bulbs are left undisturbed), hurricane lily (heavy autumn rainfall triggers the bloom), and red magic lily (they are magical to behold). Like naked lady lilies (Amaryllis belladonna), lycoris flowers before the leaves appear, adding to their drama. Large orange-red orbs comprised of a cluster or umbel of individual flowers that have narrow, wavy, recurved petals and long projecting stamens grow atop the bare, sturdy stem. They look like exploding chrysanthemum fireworks. The display lasts for about two weeks as the flowers

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fade from brilliant fluorescent red to a deep pink. The plant was first introduced into the United States in 1854, when Japanese ports were opened for U.S. trade. According to tradition, it was a Captain William Roberts who brought back only three lycoris bulbs as a gift for his gardenloving wife Lavinia. Since then, those bulbs have naturalized by bulb division in North Carolina, Texas, Oklahoma and many other southern states of the U.S. In Virginia, the bulbs are hardy down to 0°F. Lower temperatures than that are rare in our area, but to be on the safe side, mulch them in the fall and grow them in a protected area. One or two degrees warmth can make a big difference. Grow them in full sun in well-drained soil buried 8 inches deep, and spaced 6 inches to 12 inches apart. Left undisturbed, they’ll flower annually in late summer or early fall, with stems around 24 inches to 28 inches tall. The strappy

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Gardening worldwide. In Japan it is sometimes known as “Clock-faced Plant” and it has recently been adopted as a symbol for homosexual Japanese youths. Passiflora was first classified by Linnaeus in 1745 when he recognized 22 species. Today botanists believe there are more than 600 species, although many are under threat in their natural rainforest habitat. Of these the most common passion flower grown in our region is the native maypop or purple passionflower vine (Passiflora incarnata). It is a vigorous vine that grows up to 25 feet, climbing with axillary tendrils if it can find nearby support or sprawling along the ground. Grow it up a trellis, along a fence or over an arbor for a showy vine with a fun story. The edible yellow fruit, which varies from sweet to sour, is also enjoyed by birds. Butterflies flock to the flowers, and it is a larvae host to a number of butterfly species.

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A Japanese plant first introduced to the U.S. in 1854, lycoris radiata, commonly known as red spider lily, looks like exploding chrysanthemum fireworks. The display lasts for about two weeks as the flowers fade from brilliant fluorescent red to a deep pink.

leaves follow the flowers, remaining through the winter and disappearing in early summer. The red spider lily is a trouble-free plant that is virtually disease-free. Because the plant is poisonous, deer and other pests keep a wide berth; however, lycoris nectar is an important late season food for nectar loving insects. As long as you don’t overwater it during its dormant period in summer, risking rotting the bulb (one reason for insuring it has well-drained soil), lycoris should bring you years of delight, multiplying over time to form a dense colony.

Bottom right: Gloriosa lily grows on vines of up to 8 feet and blossom with yellow and red flowers with petals that curl backward to resemble a flash of brilliant flames.

Passion Flower Passiflora

The history of Passiflora or passion flower (Flos passionis) is fascinating. Discovered in South America in the early 17th century (known then as New Spain), drawings and dried parts of the plant were sent back to Rome where Giacomo Bosio, a churchman and historian (1609), interpreted the flower parts as representing various elements of the crucifixion (also referred to as Christ’s passon). Thus the plant became known as “La Flor de las Cinco Llagas” — “The Flower With The Five Wounds.” The five petals and five sepals are understood to represent the 10 disciples less Judas and Peter. The corona filaments are the crown of thorns, the five stamen with anthers match the five sacred wounds, and the the three stigma symbolize the nails used to attach Christ’s two hands and his feet to the cross. This western interpretation is not recognized

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Gloriosa Lily Gloriosa superba

The botanical name says it all. This lily really is gloriously superb. Also known as flame lilies because of their fiery spiked petals, and cat’s claws (another way of seeing the pointy, recurved petals) these outstanding plants thrive in fertile, well-drained soil in full to partial sun. Perennials in USDA hardiness zones 10 and 11, here they should be lifted and stored for the winter. They’re definitely worth that trouble. The 8-foot vines grow nicely on trellises, fences and walls. Their long, narrow leaves turn into tendrils at the tips, enabling it to climb or cling to other plants or structures. The vines blossom with yellow and red flowers with petals that curl backward to resemble a flash of brilliant flames. These flowers begin in

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mid-summer and continue blooming until the season’s end. The ideal time to the plant gloriosa lily tubers is in spring after the soil has warmed and all danger of frost has passed. Bury them 2 inches to 4 inches deep and 3 inches to 4 inches from the trellis, fence or other support. Lay the tuber in the hole on its side. For a rich floral display and to provide optimal growing room for the mature plants, space them at 6-inch to 8-inch intervals. Water well immediately after planting and keep the soil evenly moist for the first 2 to 3 weeks until the shoots appear. Once you see active growth, reduce watering to once or twice a week or whenever the soil feels dry. The vines should cling to the support on their own, but they may need a little help in the beginning. Soft plant ties will do the trick. To promote healthy and vigorous flowering, fertilize your gloriosas every two weeks with water-soluble fertilizer designed for flowering plants. Before the first frost, lift the tubers to dry and store over the winter in a cool location. Be careful handling them because the tubers are brittle. Many people find it easier to leave the tubers in containers year-round, sinking the pots to the rim in the garden in the late spring and digging the whole thing in the fall to bring indoors. If you bring them indoors in pots, force them into dormancy after they stop blooming by tapering off watering and then allowing them to dry out over the winter. In addition to the species flower with its flaming orange and yellow coloration, there are numerous named hybrids, including ‘Citrina’ (yellow tepals with maroon stripes), ‘Grandiflora’ (has large golden yellow flowers), ‘Lutea’ (yellow flowers), ‘Simplex’ (deep orange and yellow flowers), and a dwarf form called ‘Nana’ that is well-suited for growing in containers on a deck or patio.

Amorphophallus The name alone is a conversation starter, although it may induce blushes among your more sensitive friends and family

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Amaze and amuse your friends with Amorphophallus konjac. Amorpho is from the ancient Greek meaning without form or misshapen.

members. The botanical moniker, Amorphophallus is from the ancient Greek amorphos, meaning without form or misshapen and phallos, (you can guess the meaning). The name is inspired by the shape of the prominent spadix (a spike of minute flowers), typical of plants in the Arum family. There are a number of species that are all garden worthy. Plant Delights Nursery in Raleigh, North Carolina carries a good selection, including the yellow speckled love lily (A. lacourii ‘Hot Night Spot’), A. kiusianus, which is one one of the most durable and hardy of the Amorphophallus species, the rare A. titanium (there are only several hundred specimens of this species known in cultivation; it wows people by producing the largest flower in the world with an inflorescence that can be up to 8 feet tall), several named varieties of A. konjac, and the closely related dragon arum, Dracunculus vulgaris. Tony Avent, owner of Plant Delights Nursery, has written a vivid description of A.konjac: “When old enough, the tuber produces a fascinating 5-foot flower (early May, before the leaf emerges) resembling a giant vase made from the purple vinyl used for cheap ‘70s car seats.

The vase (spathe) is home to a 3-foot purple spadix that sits atop a 2-foot speckled petiole ... gather your neighbors for the fragrant flowering ritual. “After flowering, the plant may rest for months before the leaf emerges. The mother tuber will form offsets, eventually making a giant clump ... very exotic and unusual! “Amorphophallus konjac has long been prized medically for its weight loss properties and is now used in many weight loss products. As we can attest, if you’ve ever eaten Amorphophallus konjac you can easily understand why it would make you lose weight.” Dracunculus vulgaris is another X-rated plant. Avent describes the 18-inch flower, writing, “Picture a fleshy, purple, ruffled vase, from the center of which emerges a fleshy appendage resembling an upside-down purple carrot ... call the botanical artists in your neighborhood for this special treat. Just tell them to hold their noses for the first day.” The plant kingdom is filled with weird and wonderful plants. Choose a few for your garden and then throw a garden party to show them off, amazing and amusing your friends.

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which will be featured on the 30th annual Smith Mountain Lake Charity Home Tour from Oct. 8 through 10, is full of superlatives. The mission-style, timber frame home features impressive stone pillars, massive wood trusses and windows filled with lake views. The modern, rustic-looking home, which, in addition to wood beams, stone and glass, has poplar bark on the exterior, took a crew from Robert R. Bauer Building Contractors three years to build. It is super-sized, encompassing 10,000 square feet under a roof made of zinc. After purchasing the lot in 2015, homeowner David Walker began researching timber frame companies. He chose New Energy Work of Rochester, New York to provide the architectural drawings and the Douglas fir timber, which was all responsibly harvested from northern California and western Canada. After working with the NEW architect for more than seven months and selecting Robert

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Bauer as his general contractor, they broke ground in January 2016. The construction of the home was accomplished in phases. All the timber frame construction was performed by NEW, while everything else was done by Bauer and his crew. The first step was to prepare the site and pour the gigantic concrete pad. This was followed by NEW delivering and installing the basement level timbers. Although all the timbers are CNC (computer numerical control) cut at the factory according to plan, timber craftsmen are required to put them together on site. Once the basement timbers were installed and secured with hickory pegs by the NEW crew, Bauer’s crew added the basement walls and first floor trusses. This process continued until all three levels had been completed. Most of the exterior walls were prefabricated by NEW, delivered to the site and then installed by Bauer. At least five times giant cranes came to work on different house parts,

Dinner guests can take in breathtaking views of the lake from a custom 24foot table made of black walnut. Right: The wrought iron tree branch design continues on the main staircase. Page 26: A stone, wood-burning fire place anchors the family room. The kitchen features double-thick, rough-edge granite countertops. Page 27: A bathroom on the main floor features a vessel sink atop a burled tree root.


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groove Douglas fir. On the lake level, a family room features another big wood-burning stone fireplace. A kitchenette below the main kitchen has a door to another covered patio, roofed by the patio deck above. Situated near the kitchen are a theater room and a wine room. The floors on this level are stone. Back on the main level, in a hall between kitchen and three-car garage, visitors will encounter an unusual spiral back stairway made from hewn log steps cleverly wedged into a full-diameter tree trunk core. The stairs lead up to a huge bunk room, configured to sleep up to 12. The room has a unique keyhole entrance and a really fun way out via a curved, custom-built slide that lands guests back on the main floor near the base of the staircase. A glassed-in elevator and the main stairway, a hefty structure made of Tennessee field stone with a most creative wrought iron railing structure that resembles tree branches, are near the front door. The home features five bedrooms, including two master suites, with lovely lake views — one on

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the main level and one upstairs. These are supplemented by several other rooms for keeping books, musical instruments and overnight guests. This home is built for having company — complete with six full and two-half baths, all of which are impeccably decorated. A main floor powder room is a special eye catcher with a vessel sink sitting atop a burled tree root. The home is full of unexpected rustic touches like interior doors made of knotty alder, a master bath sink of hammered nickel, rough-edge bathroom countertops with flat pebble shower floors, reclaimed wood vanities in most bathrooms and, outside, a rain chain in place of a gutter. The Walker home is a visual treat both inside and out. Visitors who travel to the home by water will be wowed by its hillside presence and commanding views of the lower Roanoke River arm of the lake with mountains in the distance, while those who come by land will marvel at the front entry.

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trip to the grocery store, you are seeing more people. Since last year when the COVID-19 pandemic began, there has been an influx of visitors and new residents moving to the lake. Real estate agents have reported existing houses and land are selling at a premium. “It’s a great sellers’ market but not so much if you’re a buyer,” said Ricky Smith, a realtor for MKB Realtors at the Lake and an 18-year veteran of the real estate industry, when asked about the status of the real estate market. “Housing inventory is very low, but interest rates are still great, so that has a lot to do with why you are seeing people buying.” Local builders, remodelers and interior designers have all reported an increase in business. John Brock of BrockWorks LLC is a Class A contractor who has been building at the lake for nearly 30 years. He described the building environment as “crazy busy.”

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John Brock, Brock Works LLC • “People are realizing that they can work from anywhere because of COVID-19, so why not Smith Mountain Lake,” says Brock, who described the building market as “crazy busy.”

“People are realizing that they can work from anywhere because of COVID-19, so why not Smith Mountain Lake,” he said. Brock described his market as mostly 50-plus active retirees. Active retirees are those who are still active in their work but are gearing down for their retirement. He reported that the average square footage of new homes is in the 4,000-square-foot range with home styles that include modern farmhouse and craftsman-style homes. In terms of floorplans, open concept living with lots of windows to maximize lake views is still the norm. Large kitchen islands with quartz countertops,

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dennis cooper, Cooper Contracting • Cooper says the lake was already experiencing a boom, but the pandemic accelerated it. Some of his clients have come from as far as Texas and California to live here.

luxury vinyl plank flooring, timber frame architectural elements, board and batten siding with shake accents are among the most-requested amenities. Brock added that he recently has started receiving requests to install Tesla charging stations. Miranda Dudley, owner of Designer Solutions, has been sharing her interior design skills to lake residents for more than 15 years. In addition to being a licensed realtor, Dudley also is a Class A contractor. In the building world Dudley focuses on renovations, and recently described the current state of construction at the lake as a “great kind of busy.”

Like Brock, Dudley also sees the increased demand in housing as a result of people fleeing urban areas for less populated ones as a result of COVID-19, as well as the ability to work remotely. She said people are moving to the lake either permanently or temporarily until the pandemic subsides. With those moves come inadvertent changes to homes, usually in kitchens and baths. Decorating or making updates, Dudley said, definitely have been gravitating to the “modern country look,” which usually entails white Shakerstyle cabinetry, oversized islands with quartz or granite countertops, large range hoods, champagne-colored

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Miranda dudley, Designer Solutions • Dudley says clients have been gravitating toward the “modern country look,” which includes white Shaker-style cabinets and freestanding tubs, among other features.

plumbing fixtures, bidets, tiled showers and sometimes freestanding tubs. Dudley added that the trends she is seeing in new homes include timber frame architectural elements, board and batten siding, black windows and accent metal roofing. Dennis Cooper of Cooper Contracting is a Class A new home contractor with 30 years of experience. “Building was already booming at the lake before the COVID thing,” but Cooper conceded that the pandemic has definitely increased interest around lake living. Cooper said the majority of people he is seeing are in their 60s and semi-retired. Many, he added, are coming from the medical

Jay Gauldin, TBS Construction • “Sticker shock” has been an issue for some of Gauldin’s clients as the pandemic has hurt availability of some building materials and driven up costs.

field and from all areas of the country, from Northern Virginia and Ohio to Texas and even California. Cooper said the range of home requests include country, Californian, Mediterranean and craftsman, mostly averaging around 6,000 square feet. Due to the complexity of the homes Cooper builds, it can typically take one to two years to fully complete a home with many customizations, such as vaulted and cathedral ceilings, wooden beams, rock and metal work. Jay Gauldin, owner of TBS Construction, has been remodeling and building in the lake area for 10 of his 22 years in the construction industry. Primarily a remodeler, Gauldin,

a Class A contractor, has a Graduate Remodeler certification from the National Association of Home Builders and a master’s degree in architecture and building construction from Virginia Tech. When asked about the current state of remodeling at the lake, Gauldin said it was “busy, but we are always busy.” With six full-time crews, TBS has about a four-month backlog. As a result of COVID, currently, the biggest impact has been “sticker shock” for both he and his customers, he said. Material costs and the availability building materials have increased due to supply chain issues. Because of rising prices, he said keeping stable pricing has been a challenge.

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Because of a short supply of appliances, windows and composite decking material, Gauldin said he can only offer “limited products” at the moment until production lines return to more normal rates. A majority of Gauldin’s clients are age 50 and older and are migrating to the lake from Northern Virginia. Similarly, they are looking to add more space to existing homes through additions, converting unfinished basements to additional bedrooms and home offices and updating kitchens and baths, he said. Many, he added, are looking to take advantage

of those mountain and water views by creating open concept floor plans and bringing the outdoors in. While the pandemic has created a scary uncertainty, it also has created a new work/life balance in America as many are opting to move to work in less populated, rural areas such as the Smith Mountain Lake area. And with the influx of new neighbors, it is likely that the secret is out that the Jewel of the Blue Ridge offers the most scenic option of living through a pandemic.

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ho can cross Hales Ford Bridge without glancing up and down river to marvel at the expanses of sparkling blue water? How comforting it is to know that there are volunteers working to help ensure that our treasured waterway stays pristine and inviting. For more than 35 years, a crew of Smith Mountain Lake Association volunteers has been doing the observation and sampling necessary to track the health of the lake. There are currently 84 water quality monitoring sites stretching from above Hardy Bridge to the upper reaches of the Blackwater River and into the major creeks and larger coves and tributaries. Each site is assigned to a team of volunteers, a few of whom — like Daphne and Ron Jamison — have helped since the program's inception. Daphne, in fact, received special recognition from SMLA at her 30-year participation mark five years ago.

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Ron Jamison fills a sampling bottle with water collected from the lake. The water will be frozen and sent to Ferrum College for analysis. Left: The paper filter is carefully removed with tweezers to avoid contamination by deposits on the volunteer’s hands. (Even well washed hands may contain enough phosphorous from hand soap to affect the lab results.)

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at Smith Mountain lake is monitored by volunteers with the Smith Mountain Lake Association. Analysts at Ferrum College (who analyze water samples) say the overall health of the lake is good, but levels of phosphorus and chlorophyll-a have been slowly rising. Increased phosphorus, from fertilizer runoff, can lead to eutrophication, a phenomenon wherein higher levels of nutrients cause a boom in plant life, which depletes oxygen levels for fish and other animals.

“We've always enjoyed supporting this important work and still do,” Daphne said. “It's a good reason to get out on the water at least once every couple of weeks during the sampling season,” Ron added. “I run the boat and clean the equipment we use; Daphne does most of the actual sample collection, and I help her package the samples for pick up by students from Ferrum Col-

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lege's Natural Sciences Division.” Ferrum College has been a key part of the SML's water quality monitoring since the beginning, analyzing collected samples and providing data on levels of impurities the samples contain. The sampling process begins with measuring the clarity of the water through the use of a Secchi disk — a saucer-sized black and white painted disk suspended on a light rope that

is marked at ¼-meter intervals. The weighted disk is lowered slowly into the water and the exact depth where the disk disappears from view is recorded. At SML, that will typically range from 1 to 3½ meters, depending on location of the sampling site. Water is noticeably clearer closer to the dam where sediment from upstream runoff has had more time to settle out. Amount and intensity of recent rainfall affects runoff, and thus sedimentation. Next, a length of hose is used to capture a column of water about twice the depth of the Secchi reading and to drain it into a small bucket. A 100 ml sample is carefully transferred to a vacuum container where it is drawn through a piece of filter paper. Daphne folds the soiled filter twice to protect the collected impurities, labels the paper with the collection site designation, slips it into a sun-proof bag and then into a cooler for transfer to Ferrum. A separate bottle is filled with water from the bucket, capped and placed in the cooler. Ferrum will test for chlorophyll and organisms captured on the filter paper and phosphorus in the liquid sample. Results appear on the SMLA Facebook page, and monitor volunteers also get a data summary from each collection cycle. At the end of the year the cumulative results are incorporated into SMLA's annual report. The Jamisons' three sampling locations are all in the vicinity of markers B22 through B28, just a short cruise from their home in Franklin County near Gills Creek. A sampling excursion takes between one and two hours. Some sites require only Secchi readings. Sites deep in coves can provide an early warning of algae and nutrient concentrations working their way downstream. (Monitoring is also being done at 22 tributaries that feed the lake by a separate group of 40 volunteers who are part of the Virginia Save Our Streams Program. This group studies critters that live on stream beds as an indicator of the quality of the water that is flowing into the lake from these streams.)

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Profile Get Involved with SMLA The Smith Mountain Lake Association welcomes volunteers. To get involved, contact: Online: smlassociation.org Phone: 540-719-0690 Office address: 400 Scruggs Road, Suite 2100, Moneta, VA 24121

Right: Daphne Jamison lowers a Secchi dish to measure the water’s clarity.

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“The water clarity trend line suggests the lake is experiencing sedimentation from waterfront development, increased boat traffic (wakes eroding the shoreline) and the frequency of heavy rainfall.” TOM HARDY Chairman, SMLA water quality monitoring program

“We minimize the run times for our volunteers by matching them to locations as near to their homes as we can,” said Tom Hardy, who, after joining the SMLA board last year, took over chairmanship of SMLA's water quality monitoring program in January. Hardy had served as a sampling volunteer for three years, so he's familiar with that activity. “The monitors all have a genuine interest in keeping SML healthy for everyone to enjoy,” he said. “We're all here because of the lake, and we need to share the task of keeping it pristine,” said Rob Sanders, a res-

ident of Betty's Creek who teams with wife Maureen to collect samples near R39 and R42. “Our work gives Ferrum, Virginia Department of Health, DEQ (Department of Environmental Quality) and DWR (Department of Wildlife Resources) insights into what's going on with these waters.” Hardy said, “The water clarity trend line suggests the lake is experiencing sedimentation from waterfront development, increased boat traffic (wakes eroding the shoreline) and the frequency of heavy rainfall. Average depth of Secchi readings in 2020 —

a year with more heavy storms than usual — was almost a meter less than 20 years ago. Chlorophyll-A and phosphorus levels, which indicate amounts of algae and nutrients present in SML waters, have trended upward slightly, but not alarmingly.” Delia Heck, director of Ferrum College’s water quality management program, said overall the lake is in good health. “It's common for water quality in reservoirs to deteriorate over time, but that's not happening here. Much credit goes to the 'citizen scientists' who are encouraging all residents to treat the watershed with respect,” she said. “The SMLA's lake stewardship depends on members and volunteers,” Hardy said. “A membership is an inexpensive investment in keeping the lake we love lovable, protecting our enjoyment and property values.”

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OSPREY • When: March through October • Where: In nests atop buoys or in treetops on the shore • Did you know? Ospreys mate for life and return to the same nest each year. They come to the lake to breed and then winter in central America.

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BLACK BEAR • When: Year-round • Where: All around the lake • Did you know? Sightings increase in spring when bears come out of their dens looking for food.

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GRAY FOX (EASTERN) • When: Year-round • Where: All around the lake • Did you know? Gray foxes are one of only two canines that can climb trees. They have shorter legs than their red cousins and their tail is edged in black fur instead of white.

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It’s time to get to know the neighbors a bit better. No, not those neighbors — the wild creatures that swim the waters, run the shoreline and soar above Smith Mountain Lake. These co-habitants of Bedford, Franklin and Pittsylvania counties range from common fulltime residents like white-tail deer and largemouth bass to more elusive tenants such as bobcats and migrating loons. With its water supply, diverse habitat and bounty of open spaces, the SML area has enough wildlife to fill an entire book. This, with the help of an experienced Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources District Biologist, Dan Lovelace, is a snapshot of the wildlife you may see or hear at the lake throughout the year.

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Wildlife on Land White-Tailed Deer • Most lake dwellers are all too familiar with the white-tailed deer. These fourlegged driving hazards can be beautiful to observe and also garner high interest for hunters. As for their eating habits, these mammals are the largest herbivore in the commonwealth. This helps explain their interest in many of the gardens and landscaping around the lake.

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WHITETAILED DEER • When: Year-round • Where: All around the lake • Did you know? Deer are most active during their breeding season, between October and December. Native Virginia deer were nearly hunted to extinction by 1900; most of the deer you see today are the descendants of deer brought in from other areas of the country.

Keep in mind as you drive around the lake, white-tailed deer tend to be the most active during their breeding season from October to December. Red and Eastern Gray Fox • Two other common mammals a bit more on the predatory side are the red and eastern gray foxes. On initial sighting, these sly hunters appear to be of similar build to small dogs, but a closer look gives away their pointy ears and bushy tail. Fox breeding season is December through February with about four to seven pups born into each new litter around late March or early April. Generally, these animals are known to be monogamous, non-migratory and nocturnal in nature. Foxes also have a sophisticated bag of tricks to lose larger predators like backtracking and running along fence posts to not produce tracks. Bobcats, Coyotes and Bears (Oh My!) • Virginia is also home to some large, predatory and more rare-to-spot wildlife such as bobcats, coyotes and bears. In recent years, Lovelace says the bear population across the state has been rising. “Occasionally, you’ll have bears swimming out in the middle of the lake,” Lovelace said. “They are good swimmers, and you may see them trying to get from one side to the other.” The number of bears spotted near lake houses tends to escalate in the spring as bears come

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out of their dens in search of easy food. They like to forage in cornfields, find bee hives and livestock pens, and are even attracted to bird feeders for an easy meal. Lovelace recommends taking down these feeders around early April to avoid these uninvited guests and the potential of returning visits to trash bins. As a general rule, give bears their space and never feed them. No matter how cute they appear, these furry hibernators can cause some serious damage in their pursuit of a meal.

• Where: Largemouth: Generally north of Hales Ford Bridge; smallmouth and striper, generally south • Did you know? Largemouth bass (above left) far outnumber smallmouth and striped bass (below left) in the lake. The lake is stocked with striped bass since the fish don’t spawn well here.

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Wildlife On & In the Water While paddling the coves or trolling the main channel for a catch, boaters may catch a glimpse of the various fish species and surface-swimming critters like muskrats and beavers. Black and Striped Bass • As a premier fishery of Virginia, the lake has a healthy variety of species with the most sought after by anglers being black bass. Largemouth bass are the most common and far outnumber the smallmouth bass. Most bass are found in 10 to 20 feet of water when the fish are not near the shorelines during their spawning season. According to DWR, smallmouth bass are more prevalent in the lower portion of the reservoir, and the highest densities of largemouth bass are found as you head away from the dam. Commonly known simply as “stripers,” the striped bass population is the

second most popular sport fish at the lake. Stripers tend to travel in schools and feed in open water on smaller schooling fish, such as gizzard shad. Common Species • Sitting at any lakeside restaurant, it’s all but guaranteed that you’ll spot carp. These are large, bottom-feeding fish with a naturally omnivorous diet, though many lake visitors tend to push that definition with popcorn and restaurant grub. There’s also a good population of yellow perch, known for their striking golden yellow and green bodies with orangetinted fins and about six to eight dark, vertical bands down their sides. More common creatures you may hook into around the lake are catfish or black crappie. Rare Fishing Finds • While they are a much less frequent catch, some musky and walleye also populate the waters.

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“Our fisheries biologists have worked really hard to establish and maintain the fish populations in Smith Mountain Lake. Walleye is one that they’ve been trying to introduce and people might figure out how to catch them,” Lovelace said. As for musky, the lake is stocked with fingerlings yearly but is not known to produce large numbers of them. Otter, Muskrat, Beaver • Other swimmers that don’t require fishing gear to spot are the fairly common beavers, otters and muskrats, though they can get a bad rep for being nuisances. According to DWR, beavers are North America’s largest rodent, and the damage caused by them in the Southeast is estimated in the millions of dollars annually. Beavers typically weigh 30 to 40 pounds and have 10-inch-long tails. Muskrats can look similar to beavers while swimming but are actually much

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BALD EAGLE • When: Year-round; more often in winter • Where: All around the lake • Did you know? Eagles nearly went exctinct in Virginia in the 1960s, mainly because the fish they ate were tainted with the pesticide DDT. Fewer than 20 known nests existed in the state. Since DDT was banned in 1972, however, the population has rebounded. Most eagles you spot are old — their classic coloring doesn’t occur until age 5.

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smaller at about 2 to 4 pounds with a rat-like tail and a less than appealing odor. Otters are almost entirely aquatic animals, and they are most abundant in the lower parts of streams and rivers. Their secretive and mostlynocturnal nature makes them elusive and difficult to observe, but you may catch them while searching for food. Fishermen particularly like otters as they prey on non-game fish, slow-moving fish and the bottom-dwelling rough fish.

Wildlife in the Sky Given that about 75% of all birds in North America migrate each year, they present the largest variety of wildlife that can be seen at SML. Osprey and Eagles • The sizeable nests spotted in trees and atop buoys around the lake mostly belong to ospreys and eagles, both bald and golden. Ospreys in particular have piqued birdwatching interest with their live camera appearances from the Smith Mountain Lake State Park nest cam. These are frequent-fliers to SML, often staying from about March to October. In the winter months, a great majority migrate to the West Indies or Central and South America. Eagle sightings are also frequently reported around the lake, particularly in winter. These

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birds mate for life, returning to their nest year after year. Little eaglets usually appear in the area around April as their breeding season is early, starting in February. Great Blue Heron and Shorebirds • Living up to their reputation of the most graceful birds to spot around the lake are ones in the heron family. Commonly seen is the great blue heron, but you may also spot a couple of egrets and some feathered friends that fly in from the coast like seagulls. Songbirds • Even without a bird feeder in the yard, lake residents can get a front-row seat to an amazing variety of songbirds. One of the most vibrant is the Virginia state bird, the northern cardinal. Outside of their appearance, cardinals are known for their variety of chirping patterns. Other easy-to-find songbirds in the area are crows, doves, wrens, chickadees, robins, eastern bluebirds and blue jays. Woodpeckers • One bird that’s just about impossible to miss is the area’s woodpeckers. While eight different members of the woodpecker family can be spotted across the state, the most common around SML are the redbellied and red-headed kind. These full-time area residents are known for their outgoing personality, often producing loud enough vocals to be heard through the

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COMMON LOON • When: Winter, when loons from Canada are migrating to the southern coasts • Where: All around the lake

Uncommon Owls and Loon Spottings • A rarer find that Lovelace has seen himself but doesn’t often get reports of is the common loon, a bird that is known to primarily live in Canada, Alaska and a few northern states. Lovelace recalls spotting a few common loons on the eastern shore of the lake. It’s highly uncommon to see, but on occasion, birds like loons will stop to take in the sights of Smith Mountain Lake. Owls might also qualify as an elusive species to spot, particularly the smaller ones such as the eastern screech owl or northern saw-whet owl.

• Did you know? Loons need a “runway” to fly. Loons need to run between 30 yards and a quarter-mile before they can take off, depending on the wind. They are also agile swimmers that dive totally underwater to fish.

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neighborhood. These state-protected, non-game birds can be a nuisance when drilling into trees, but it’s quite interesting why they do it. Turns out, they make rows of small storage spots to create caches of food where they might wedge a single nut or seed into each one.

Keeping Smith Mountain Lake a welcoming and safe environment for all — well, maybe most — wildlife is certainly a community effort. A great start is to think of the species that are and are not welcomed on a property, then take steps to enforce it. Lovelace says intentional property management and landscaping can go a long way to make yards more attractive for different species that are of interest to landowners. Typically, this would be to encourage butterflies and songbirds, but those wanting to could also create an environment conducive to rabbits and deer. Natural cover and using native plants and shrubs is more beneficial for the wildlife versus exotic and ornamental options. Going with native vegetation surely helps the pollinators, birds and butterflies. As for the shorelines, it’s important to keep those protected and cleaned as well so that all of the lake’s wildlife can not only survive, but flourish and thrive.

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WOODPECKERS • When: Year-round • Where: On tree trunks and branches about halfway off the ground • Did you know? The red-bellied woodpecker (left) can stick out its tongue 2 inches past its beak. They also store food for winter, most often in cracks in tree bark or fence posts.

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weddings and other special events around Palmyra. In 2018, the Salanovas moved their business to Smith Mountain Lake. They set up shop in the Burnt Chimney Business Center on Virginia 122 across from Homestead Creamery. “Here it stays in one place, with electric and drainage hook ups and an extra propane tank to accommodate the complete on board kitchen,” Alison said of their customized, 30-foot pizzeria on wheels. Attracted to the area to be near their daughter, Rachel,


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Walter Salanova’s background includes years with a high-end food service company. “Everything we use is top-of-theline: real cheeses, hand-sliced sausages, sauce from Stanishlaus tomatoes, real butter, no margarine,” he said. “We get our lettuce and basil locally from Four Oaks — the lettuce is hydroponically grown to be bacteria-free.”

who lives in Roanoke, the Salanovas purchased a 20-acre mini horse ranch in Boones Mill with intent to use their restaurant experience as the foundation for a retirement side business. Walter’s background also includes years with a high-end food service company, so he knows about acquiring quality ingredients. “Everything we use is top-of-the-line: real cheeses, hand-sliced sausages, sauce from Stanishlaus tomatoes, real butter, no margarine,” he said. “We get our lettuce and basil locally from Four Oaks — the lettuce is hydroponically grown to be bacteria-free.” The most popular item on Villa Nova’s menu is pizza, Alison said. “But we sell a bunch of jumbo cheese steaks and entree-sized salads, waffle fries, very large portions of lasagna and ziti that easily serve two,”

she said. “A large home-baked dinner roll comes with many items — we bake those in the pizza oven every morning. Some customers stop just for the fresh bread.” The Salanovas rave about their relationship with their neighbor Homestead Creamery. “It’s where we send our customers for dessert or a post-lunch treat,” Alison said, “and Homestead employees often come here for a change-of-pace lunch. The whole crew is a wonderful family that’s always ready to help when needs arise.” The couple said they also are delighted with the location of their restaurant. “The owners had never leased a parking spot before, but it has turned into a win-win,” Alison said. “The center is now fully occupied, and we’re reachable for customers from Wirtz, Moneta, Burnt Chimney, Boones Mill and even Roanoke. Alison and Walter said they feel right at home working from a food truck since they had used one for event catering back in Palmyra. “But there, lots of the prep was done in the restaurant kitchen,” Walter said. “Here, we needed a complete kitchen on-scene. We found the right truck in Nashville and had the interior designed and outfitted for the menu we intended to offer.” The retirement side business, Walter said, is a busy one. “We typically log 72 hours or more over our five business days — plus ordering and bookkeeping.” The couple typically arrives an hour before their 11 a.m. opening and spends an hour closing down after 7 p.m. “A compact kitchen like this is relatively easy to keep clean,” Walter said. “I’m proud to say our health inspector typically drops by just to have lunch at least once a week.” Reflecting on their steady business growth, Alison said, “This has been a perfect restaurant for COVID times. Being all open-air and carry-out, we never had to shut down. We have no serving dishes to clean and reuse and only three part-time employees to keep safe.” “Our only real concern is the ability to continue getting quality ingredients at a reasonable cost,” Walter added. “We are really picky about what we use, and we’ve yet to see what long-term effect the pandemic will have on availability and prices.” Villa Nova’s Curbside Cucina is located at 7195 Booker T. Washington Hwy. in Wirtz. Operating hours are typically Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The couple offers a standard 20% discount for all active and retired military customers. A complete menu can be found on Facebook.

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WaterWise Follow these tips from the Smith Mountain Lake Water Safety Council for a fun, safe summer on the lake! courtesy of the Smith Mountain Lake Water Safety Council

Life Jackets are a must, especially for children

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Take A Boating Safety Class  All personal watercraft and boat operators must complete a NASBLA-certified boater education course. Virginia law requires that any person, regardless of age must comply. Educated and aware boaters are safer boaters. The following courses have been scheduled in the coming months:

About these tips The Smith Mountain Lake Water Safety Council is an advocacy organization whose mission is to improve the safety practices and results on and around the waters of Smith Mountain Lake. The following is a compilation of tips to ensure a summer of safe boating and swimming.

U.S. Power Squadron's America's Boating Course What it teaches: Information on basic boating, safety, rules of the road and safety requirements. Cost: $40 and includes a 270-page manual. When: May 4, 7 p.m. Where: Virtual classroom To register: Visit usps.org/index. php/sss-home. For questions, contact Randy Stow at 540-5880270.

Boat Virginia Course What it teaches: Basic boating safe operations and legal requirements. Cost: Free. All materials are provided by the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources. There are a variety of ways that you can take a boating safety course, including classroom, home study and online. Some have an associated cost, while others are free — find the one that suits you to ensure you are safe on the water! Once you complete the course, the course completion certificate or card that is provided by the course provider is what is required to operate a vessel. For more information: Visit dwr. virginia.gov/boating/boatingsafety.

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Maintain a Proper Lookout   This tip is so important that it’s stated 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 of the U.S. Power Squadron or U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. Your inspector will review key safe boating reminders with the skipper and crew. While there are no vessel checks currently scheduled, you can always visit cgaux.org to arrange a boat or personal watercraft inspection nearby or at your own dock. It’s free, and it can provide you with peace of mind.

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.

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Wear the Cutoff Switch   Boaters are now required to wear an engine cutoff device when operating a recreational boat. Commonly referred to as engine cutoff switches, the devices are designed to prevent a boat-strike injury if an operator is thrown overboard while underway. Engine cutoff devices can be found at the helm of the boat or on the tiller or body of an outboard engine and typically connect a boat’s operator to the cutoff switch with a lanyard. Some devices rely on wireless proximity devices to shut down an engine if the operator goes overboard. Boaters should check the U.S. Coast Guard website for additional information on this new use requirement.


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.

Wear Life Jackets Correctly ... 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.

Never Swim Alone

    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   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 lifethreatening. A fall that includes a head injury and submersion in water can be catastrophic, according to the American Red Cross. Make sure children wear life jackets on docks, in boats and around the water.

  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 presume someone will take on that role.

Be Properly Equipped   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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In May &  June Disclaimer: The following events have been scheduled; however, it is best to confirm the date and time of these events with the specific venues before venturing out.

May Virtual Freedom Walk: A fundraiser by Friends of Booker T. Washington National Monument to support its scholarship program. Awards given for individuals or a team for the most donations. www.friendsofbookertw.org/ freedomwalk2021

Take Pride in SML Clean-up: Annual clean-up event, sponsored by Tri-County Lakes Administrative Commission, SML Regional Chamber of Commerce and Smith Mountain Lake Association, that lasts throughout the

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month to encourage the community to spruce up the lake and shoreline. Work as an individual or group. www. takepridesml.com

6 | Thursday Shine Runners Pub Run: A 3- or 5-mile run/walk. Free. 6 p.m. Chaos Mountain Brewing. Shine Runners on Facebook

7 | Friday Business Expo: The 17th annual

1 | Saturday

event will feature more than 100

Smith Mountain Lake Triathlon:

and services. Free and open to the

At Smith Mountain Lake State Park in Huddleston. Participate or cheer on your favorite athlete or team. Participants swim 750 meters, bike 20 kilometers and run 5 kilometers through the park. 9 a.m. commonwealthgames. org/special-events/triathlon

public. Noon to 4 p.m. Location to be

Tate Tuck: Live music at Drifter’s, 1617

music at Drifter’s 1617 Crystal Shores

area businesses showcsing products

determined. visitsmithmountainlake. com, 540-721-1203

8 | Saturday Jodie Davis & Dave Owens: Live

Crystal Shores Drive, Moneta. 2 to 5 p.m.

Drive, Moneta. 2 to 5 p.m.

2 | Sunday

9 | Sunday

Karlee Ray: Live music at Drifter’s, 1617 Crystal Shores Drive, Moneta. 2 to 5 p.m.

Drifter’s 1617 Crystal Shores Drive,

Annalyse Hasty: Live music at Moneta. 2 to 5 p.m.

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13 | Thursday Shine Runners Pub Run: A 3-mile run/walk on trails. Leaving from Hammer & Forge Brewing. Free. 6 p.m. Shine Runners on Facebook.

14-16 | Thurs.-Sat. Armed Forces Day 5K Virtual Race: Support the armed forces and the National D-Day Memorial by participating in a patriotic-themed 5K run/walk. dday.org/armed-forces-day-5k

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Chris Suter: Live music at Drifter’s, 1617 Crystal Shores Drive, Moneta. 2 to 5 p.m. National Kids to Parks Day: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Smith Mountain Lake State Park in Huddleston. All activities are free with fee for parking. 540-297-6066

20 | Thursday Shine Runners Pub Run: A 3-mile trail run/walk. Free. 6 p.m. Brooks Mill Winery, Wirtz. Shine Runners on Facebook

21 | Friday Expressions Opening Reception: At Piedmont Arts, Martinsville. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Complimentary wine and light refreshments served. Limited capacity. Registration required by May 18. piedmontarts.org, 276-632-3221

22 | Saturday Agape Open Golf Tournament: A golf fundraiser for the Agape Center. Captain’s choice, shotgun start. 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Copper Cove Golf Club (formerly The Westlake). $75 per person. www.agapecentersml.org

Tate Tuck: Live music at Drifter’s, 1617 Crystal Shores Drive, Moneta. 2 to 5 p.m.

23 | Sunday DDT’s: Live music at Drifter’s, 1617 Crystal Shores Drive, Moneta. 2 to 6 p.m.

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Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder: Live music at The Coves at

Semi-formal attire suggested. Tickets at piedmontarts.org

Smith Mountain Lake, 301 Ivy Lane, Union Hall. 7 p.m. Tickets $42.50 plus fees. seetickets.us/05232021

12 | Saturday

29 | Saturday

Virginia State Parks History & Culture Day: At Smith Mountain Lake

Marie Anderson: Live music at Drifter’s, 1617 Crystal Shores Drive, Moneta. 2 to 5 p.m.

30 | Sunday Tate Tuck: Live music at Drifter’s, 1617

State Park in Huddleston. Meet Parker Redfox, the Virginia State Parks mascot, and learn the history of Virginia State Parks. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free with parking fee. 540-297-6066

13 | Sunday

Crystal Shores Drive, Moneta. 2 to 5 p.m.

Jodie Davis & Dave Owens: Live music at Drifter’s, 1617 Crystal Shores Drive, Moneta. 2 to 5 p.m.

June

17 | Thursday

3 | Thursday

Shine Runners Pub Run: A 3-mile

Shine Runners Pub Run: A 3- to

trail run/walk. Free. 6 p.m. Brooks Mill Winery, Wirtz. Shine Runners on Facebook

5-mile run/walk. Leaving from Chaos Mountain Brewing. Free. 6 p.m. Shine Runners on Facebook

19 | Saturday

5 | Saturday The Porch Dogs: Live music at Drifter’s, 1617 Crystal Shores Drive, Moneta. 2 to 5 p.m.

Travis Reigh: Live music at Drifter’s, 1617 Crystal Shores Drive, Moneta. 2 to 5 p.m.

20 | Sunday Tate Tuck: Live music at Drifter’s, 1617

National Trails Day - Owl Prowl Night Hike: At Smith Mountain Lake

Crystal Shores Drive, Moneta. 2 to 5 p.m.

State Park in Huddleston. 8 to 9:15 p.m. Bring a flashlight and wear close-toed shoes. Registration required. Free. 540297-6066

22 | Tuesday

6 | Sunday Keith McFadden: Live music at Drifter’s, 1617 Crystal Shores Drive, Moneta. 2 to 5 p.m.

10 | Thursday Shine Runners Pub Run: A 3-mile run/walk on trails. Leaving from Hammer & Forge Brewing. Free. 6 p.m. Shine Runners on Facebook

11 | Friday 60th Anniversary Jubilee: At Piedmont Arts, Martinsville. $60 general admission, includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, complimentary bar.

60th Anniversary Luncheon: At Piedmont Arts, Martinsville featuring speakers on the history of Piedmont Arts. Noon. Tickets at piedmontarts.org

26 | Saturday Marie Anderson: Live music at Drifter’s, 1617 Crystal Shores Drive, Moneta. 2 to 5 p.m.

Bluegrass at Sedalia: From 1 to 5 p.m. at Sedalia Center, Big Island. $10 in advance, $15 at the gate. sedaliacenter. org

27 | Sunday Annalyse Hasty: Live music at Drifter’s 1617 Crystal Shores Drive, Moneta. 2 to 5 p.m.

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Having spent my first 30 years on Earth in the sunny, funny state of Florida, I possess a strong affinity for warmer weather, even as it brings along humidity and sweat. I’ve been dreaming of a post-COVID summer with gatherings of friends and family on the dock, surrounded by rafts bobbing in the lake, rock ’n’ roll tunes playing in the background, and the cooler packed with iced down adult beverages. I long to fill the house with the summer smells of fried chicken, greens, biscuits and peach cobbler, and to cover the dock table with a picnic banquet to be leisurely enjoyed in the sunshine. The very idea of a picnic brings a smile to most faces. Picnics, simply defined as “a meal eaten outdoors,” have been around for quite some time. I recently discovered that after the French Revolution all the royal parks were open to the public, and picnicking in these parks by the commoners was viewed as a celebration of the successful revolt. That’s certainly a fun way to thumb your nose at the establishment. Whereas we Southerners might not have invented the picnic, we certainly have perfected the concept! There is one Southern picnic staple that you will never see served at a Kimba get-together. I don’t care how passionately you may wax poetic about the virtues of this particular Southern delicacy, you will never change my mind regarding my disdain for what I consider a truly gross food. This is, of course, the deviled egg.

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One Devil of a Food Why a southern staple won’t be found at my picnic. Oh, I know the hate mail will start with gusto. How can you not like eggs?! ... Everyone likes eggs! ... It’s downright un-American to not like eggs. … You just need to try all the various ways that eggs are prepared, and you’ll surely land on at least one way you like. Folks, I’ve heard it all and I promise you, I’m stubbornly resolute in my exclamation: I. Do. Not. Like. Eggs. I’ve noted others sharing their dislike for various foods, such as eggplant or okra or even strawberries (I’m looking at you, Tom Brady), and I’m perplexed that no one seems to question their preferences. Interestingly, my bestie does not like cold chicken — she doesn’t like the texture. She can happily have her egg salad sandwich while I munch on my chicken salad and there’s no talk of

who’s right or wrong because that’s how besties roll. And, before you ask how do I bake without eggs, of course I cook WITH them, just as long as I can’t taste them. Egg custard is out, and flan walks a fine line of acceptability. Potato salad, a Southern picnic must-have, contains no eggs at my gatherings, which for many of you is downright blasphemous. That’s OK, I’m perfectly open to BYOE — bring your own eggs. You won’t insult me one bit. But, if it’s not too much trouble, please eat your yucky eggs on the other side of the dock, okey dokey? Kimberly Dalferes is the author of I Was In Love With a Short Man Once and Magic Fishing Panties. Her humor blog, “The Middle-Aged Cheap Seats,” is online at kimdalferes.com.

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