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Editor’s Note Travels Calendar Crossword Dock Tale Hour

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GARDENING

Best Blooms for Docks & Decks

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A Rustic Refuge in Union Hall The Howletts’ cabin-inspired home is a backwoods oasis on the Blackwater River. By Ferne Hale

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A Hole Lot of Fun 40 For some Lakers, cornhole can get very competitive. By Jerry Hale

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Local surf shop employee Aaric Morgan rides a wave while starting off his 2020 wakesurfing season.

FUN SAFE SUMMER

Surf’s Up! 54 No coast? No problem. How

to carve it up on a wakeboard. By Ashley Kairis

Be Water Wise 60 Rules and reminders for

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We take a sneak peek at the Howlett home, which will be on this year’s Smith Mountain Lake Charity Home Tour. Page 28.

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on the cover Laker Magazine Plants for Docks & Decks • Howlett House • Cornhole • Joint Replacement • Wakesurfing • Fishing & Marina Guide

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Josh mcclure rides the wave created by the wake of a boat on smith mountain lake.

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Alaska Mittie and PD Hamrick of Union Hall took the Laker to Alaska.

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Gardening

An ideal dock plant, the Titan™ Polka Dot Vinca thrives in heat and sun and attracts pollinators, including bees and butterflies. They flower all summer long without deadheading.

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Bonnie and Keith Whitenight transform their lakeside outdoor living spaces into a floral paradise. The decks off their house are adorned with a bounty of planters attached to the railing, and mosslined baskets hanging from hooks on hanger plant stands or from the eaves. These are brimming with ever-blooming choices such as Begonia sempervirens, trailing geraniums and impatiens. Hostas add a diverse foliage interest. Although impatiens have been banished from most gardens due to the downy mildew scourge that rampaged through the country, the Whitenights find the plants don’t succumb to the disease when grown in containers. Anyone going up or down the stairs to the dock also is treated to the experience of walking through an avenue of foliage and blooms growing in planters on the landing rails. The hostas are free from slug and deer damage because they are high above the ground. The red flowers of the begonias and impatiens add further lively interest. There are planters on the dock (last year the Whitenights tried a red-flowering canna lily, which gave a tropical flair to the space), but it is on the deck

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‘Polka Dot’ Vinca • This heat- and humidity-

loving vinca thrives on a sunny dock. Bred to be disease-resistant, they are also drought-tolerant and will forgive you if you forget to water for a few days. The upright, robust plants grow 10 inches to 12 inches tall and wide with glossy foliage. Their large, white blooms are accented with a bright, pink eye that darkens to red in the center. These showy flowers will continue blooming nonstop from early summer until frost. To add to all those positive characteristics, they don’t need deadheading.

Mandevillea/Dipladenia • These tropical

vining plants produce a prolific, nonstop display of large, trumpet-shaped blooms. The flowers come in a variety of colors, including white, pink and red. In frost-free climates where they can grow outside yearround, the vine can reach up to 20 feet tall, but at Smith Mountain Lake where we grow it as an annual, it more likely will reach 5 feet by the end of summer. A member of the mandevilla family, dipladenia is a bushier plant than mandevilla with stems that hang down. For a full patio container or hanging basket that will bloom all summer, opt for dipladenia. Grow either plant in full sun and keep the soil moist, but not wet.

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ivy leaf, trailing or cascading geranium, the plants can spread up to 6 feet and bloom all summer in cascades of vibrant color. You can choose from traditional “ivies,” which have large double- or semi-double flowers with thick, fleshy leaves; cascade or balcony types, which have numerous single flowers with small green or variegated leaves; mini and true dwarf forms that have a tighter, more compact growth habit than the standard; and ivy-zonal hybrids that have the combined flowers and leaves of zonal varieties with the vining habit of the ivies.

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Hostas • A drought-tolerant shade plant (that also thrives in moist areas), hostas come in a wide variety of foliage colors and sizes from dwarf varieties with evocative names such as Blue Mouse Ears, Frosted Mouse Ears, Mighty Mouse, Dixie Chickadee and Baby Bunting to giant specimens, including Sum and Substance and Birchwood Elegance. Those with yellow foliage are more sun-tolerant than blue or green varieties. Variegated hosta with white or yellow highlights can light up a dark garden corner. 22

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A red flowering mandevilla vine climbs up a trellis, screening the view of the neighbor’s dock, while Titan™ Polka Dot Vinca provides a horizontal counterpoint.

Wax begonias • A compact, bushy, mounded plant, wax begonias earn their common name because of their fleshy stems with waxy dark green to bronze leaves. They produce loose clusters (cymes) of single or double flowers in shades of white, pink or red plus mixtures of those colors. Flowers reliably bloom throughout the growing season (May to October). Dwarf varieties grow to 6 inches to 8 inches tall and taller varieties grow to 10 inches to 12 inches tall. Angel and Dragon Wing begonias • These begonias earn their names because of their large, wing-like foliage. The only difference between these two is the colors of the leaves; angels typically are striated with spots or frosted patterns, and the underside often is a striking maroon color. Dragon foliage is an unbroken, glossy deep green. Both the angel and dragon wing types grow about 2 feet tall and produce clusters of flowers in shades of white, pink, orange and red. They thrive with plenty of water and warm temperatures in partial to full shade. If grown outdoors, they will flower nonstop during summer and fall. Bring them indoors before the first frost and give them enough light and they’ll bloom yearlong. Both wax and wing begonias propagate easily. Put a cut stem in a glass of water and wait a few weeks for roots to grow.


above their dock where they have created a veritable floral bower. Here in the sun-intensive spot they opt for droughttolerant, sun-worshiping plants. A white mandevilla spills a cascade of trumpetshaped blossoms over the edge of one corner; red flowering mandevilla climbs up a trellis, creating a sense of privacy from the nearby dock. A long, narrow planter lines the railing along one side. It brims with Polka Dot vinca, a whiteflowering charmer with a saucy pink “eye.” Trailing petunias add more color in other containers, and sun-loving tomatoes grow up a wire support in another pot. The space is a joy to be in, and passing boaters enjoy the floral display that’s visible from the water.

Care and Feeding and planters do require care. The biggest job is in spring when the Whitenights replenish all their pots, All these pots

emptying last year’s planting mix onto the garden beds and refilling the containers with fresh mix. “It’s a big project,” Bonnie said with a hint of understatement. “Keith and I work on it together.” They choose a potting mix that has time-release fertilizer, giving the plants a good start when they’re first transplanted. The slow-release fertilizer lasts about a month. After that, they fertilize weekly with liquid Miracle-Gro, which they apply with a hose sprayer using premeasured doses. To make the ongoing maintenance easy on the dock and upper deck, they keep fertilizer and pest remedy supplies in one of the planter boxes. A hose delivers water directly from the lake to make watering easy. Deadheading is a well-recognized technique for keeping plants groomed and encouraging ongoing flowering. The Whitenights find that the begonias and mandevillas benefit from deadheading. The petunias and vinca take care of

themselves. Learning to garden is a lifelong endeavor, and there is always some trial and error to find the best plants for the situation. The canna lilies the Whitenights grew on the dock last year were a new project. “The flowers kept falling off, and when we’d cut the top of the plant off, it would sprout from there and spread.” When it did flower successfully, they loved the bold, orangey-red color, and the plant’s height, which screened the dock from passing boats. The hardest lesson they learned was the need to wedge the canna lily pots in place with stones or another heavy object. With the canna lilies reaching about 4 feet high, the pots were top heavy, and two of the three were blown into the lake.

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Gardening with the growing mix, you can run the line through the drainage hole up to the soil line so the line is less visible. The length of time and frequency you should run the drip will depend on the size of your pot and the water requirements of the plants.

No Strangers to the Lake first came to the lake 20 years ago in 1999. They lived in Gaithersburg, Maryland, where Bonnie began her career teaching kindergarten and later provided reading academic support for other teachers. Keith managed an engineering consulting firm that specialized in providing impact studies for bridge and road projects. Avid fishermen, Keith and his brother, Vic, belonged to Larry’s Creek Fish and Game Club on the 22.9-mile-long tributary of the West Branch Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania. The two families always wanted to retire on a lake, but hadn’t decided where. A neighbor mentioned Smith Mountain Lake, and they all came down to investigate. The weekend of their first visit, Vic and his wife, Linda, found a lot on North Dam Road and decided to build a house there. “We knew we weren’t going to build,” Bonnie said. “We kept looking for a house that would be near Vic by both land and water.” It took them until 2002 to find a fixer upper that they felt was a good starting point for their ultimate dream retirement home. Keith and Bonnie moved permanently to the lake in May 2015, and began major remodeling projects to enlarge the home and modernize the kitchen. There was a lot of upheaval for some time, but now the house is roomy and comfortable, somewhere both Keith and Bonnie love to be.

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must be more frequent, can be a chore. Many people, including the Whitenights, mix polymer crystals (also known as hydrogels) into their posting mix (or they buy a mix that includes the crystals). These crystals, about the size of coarse salt grains, are touted as being able to absorb and hold up to 600 times their weight in water and then return it to the soil when it goes dry. It sounds great, but surprisingly, studies have found that it makes little to no difference for reducing the frequency you need to water. A professor at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Jeff Gillman tested five brands of hydrogels and explained his findings in his 2008 book, “The Truth About Garden Remedies: What Works, What Doesn’t.” He wrote, “In most cases, hydrogels just don’t work very well. While these products have shown themselves somewhat useful in some tests, they haven’t proven themselves on a consistent basis, and when they have reduced watering frequency, they haven’t The Whitenight’s deck off the house (above reduced it by much.” left) is furnished like a A more surefire way to living room with outdoor keep your pots watered wicker furniture and an without your constant area rug. A bounty of attendance is with drip plants growing in pots makes that living space a irrigation. Attach a drip bower. A white flowering system and timer to your mandevilla vine (right) dock hose outlet and run thrives in the heat and sun the spaghetti lines dis- of the upper dock. By the cretely to each container. end of summer, the vining plant cascades over the If you set up the system railing, providing a visual before you fill the pots treat for passing boaters. 24

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wanted some elbow room,” said Chuck Howlett when he and his wife, Linda, were looking for a property at the lake. He got it with 5 wooded acres perched along the Blackwater River in Union Hall, with nary a neighbor in sight. While the Howletts have their share of woodsy decor throughout the home, they are worldly by any standard. They met at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo and have had duty stations working for the U.S. government in Europe, the Middle East and Australia, so their home has an assortment of items from their years overseas. “Since we had to relocate every 2 to 4 years because of work, we dreamed of finally settling in a log home in the mountains or on a lake,” Linda said.

The kitchen features a stone-fronted peninsula (above). The front of the home includes a wide porch and a breezeway to the garage. Inside, an informal dining area (below) leads to a back deck.

At Smith Mountain Lake, they got both. In addition to hunting and fishing that Chuck and their two grown sons enjoy, his new hobby is beekeeping. Their hives are at the edge of the front yard’s tree line. The home’s primary construction is of D-shaped white pine logs, and there’s wood everywhere — on the walls, doors and ceilings. “There’s not a bit of drywall in this house,” Chuck said. The floors are engineered hardwood, which looks like wood but is made to resist scratch marks of their German shepherd, Oakley. The front porch, which also wraps around the side to provide a covered breezeway between the house and the detached garage, invites visitors to come sit a spell and enjoy the peace and quiet of the surrounding woods. Entering the home, one notices the openness of the living area with the kitchen, dining areas and living room all flowing together and brightly lit by 30

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windows and doors leading to the fulllength deck. Dark-stained, overhead living room beams show off against a lighter pine ceiling. The kitchen’s stone-fronted peninsula is a unique accent, and tobacco-colored cabinets provide a nice contrast to the pine walls. Prominently displayed in the living room are two mounted bucks, along with a wood duck, that Chuck shot. Continuing the rustic theme, the nearby powder room has a mirror decorated with bears. On the living room sofa, an animal hide is revealed by its long, wide tail to be a kangaroo. The international flair continues with a German grandfather clock, a curio cabinet with a collection of timbered houses also from Germany, a dining table and hutch from Holland and all but one of the rugs are from Afghanistan. The lakeside master suite, also on the main floor, is decorated with collectibles, including a wedding chest from

Chuck and Linda Howlett and their German shepherd, Oakley. The home’s kitchen (opposite page, top) features dark cabinets that contrast with pine walls and a stone counter. The home also includes a lake level bar (bottom) with copper sink in a barrel. The bar is surrounded by a repurposed wooden barn wall that Chuck installed.

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Germany and a chest from India. On the home’s lower level there’s a family room, a guest suite and an office that doubles as a guest bedroom with a sofa bed. The wildlife decor continues with bears on lamps, a bedspread, switch plates and a game table, plus another buck mounted on the family room wall. The bathroom has a copper sink in a vanity cabinet and there’s another copper sink mounted on a whiskey barrel in the family room bar. The bar is surrounded by a repurposed barn wood wall that Chuck installed. A barrel coffee table and barrel end tables round out the woodsy theme. Highlighted in the family room is memorabilia from Chuck’s 23 years of service in the Marines. Items from overseas include a large Egyptian bean pot, a

The Howletts’ eclectic decor includes a camel saddle (top) and an Egyptian bean pot. Mounted on the living room wall are two bucks and a wood duck that Chuck shot. Although it looks like an outhouse (below) an outdoor closet Chuck built holds trash cans.

camel saddle and an antique wardrobe armoire. Outside, a large patio with a fire pit allows the Howletts to enjoy nature at its finest in a large wooded setting. Just beyond that, 71 steps lead to the lake, which soon will be reduced to just 17 after a cart path is installed.

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DISCLAIMER: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s stay-at-home order for residents through June 10, many Smith Mountain Lake area events have been canceled or postponed. 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.

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Thursday SHINE RUNNERS PUB RUN A 3-mile run/walk along Boones Mill trails. Leaving from Hammer & Forge Brewery at 6 p.m. Shine Runners on Facebook cruz contreras with stephanie owens Live music

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A rainbow arcs over Smith Mountain Lake after a heavy rain.

at Harvester Performance Center. 8 p.m. $17 general admission, $32 gold section

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cheeseburger in paradise garden party Piedmont Arts, Martinsville. 6 p.m. $20 ($10 for children younger than 12). Tickets at piedmontarts.org

Friday fuzzy logic This month’s Groovin’ for Good to benefit the Franklin County Family YMCA will be at the Early Inn in Rocky Mount. Gates open at 6 p.m., music starts at 7 p.m. $5 online at www.grove. rocks ($7 at the door). free blood pressure screening At Stepping Stone Mission, Rocky Mount. 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. 2nd friday in bedford Explore shops, restaurants and art venues in Centertown. 5:30 to 8 p.m. 2nd Friday on Facebook pure prairie league Live music at Harvester Performance Center. 8 p.m. $32 standing room only (no seat), $47 general admission, $62 gold section

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Saturday spring antique and classic boat show At Bridgewater Pointe Condominiums at Bridgewater Plaza. Hosted by the SML chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., this free 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 starting Sept. 19. woodenboats.net fat tire weekend A weekend of mountain biking and racing at Falling Creek Park, Bedford. All skill levels and ages welcome. Fat Tire Weekend on Facebook Photo Courtesy of ERIC MECCA


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Sunday cherry poppin’ daddies Live music at Harvester Performance Center. 8 p.m. $27 general admission, $42 gold section

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Antique Farm Days

pontoon boat tours At Smith Mountain Lake State Park as part of Virginia State Parks History and Culture Day. Free. Tours are available from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. Reservation required at 540-297-6066

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resented by the Southwest Virginia Antique Power Festival Inc., this annual, three-day event features a working 1915 steam engine, tractor parades, draft horse pull, antique tractor pull, lawn mower pull, chain saw and crosscut competitions, sawmilling, rock crushing, flea market, live music and children’s activities. General admission is $6 (children younger than 12 admitted free). Friday, June 19 through Sunday, June 21. 540-420-4172, svapf.org

Wednesday free blood pressure and glucose health screening At Lake Christian Ministries. 9 to 11 a.m.

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Thursday SHINE RUNNERS PUB RUN A 3-mile run/walk along trails at Brooks Mill Winery. Leaving at 6 p.m. Shine Runners on Facebook

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Friday smac coffeehouse Linda Kay Simmons will present “Lightning Shall Strike.” 7 to 9 p.m. Celebration Room, 1100 Celebration Ave., Suite 101, Downton Moneta. Tickets and information at smac-arts.com southwest virginia antique farm days (Through Sunday, 21st) See above right.

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National Monument, features gospel music, park tours, activities for children, living history demonstrations, food vendors and more. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 540-721-2094, nps.gov/bowa

Saturday martin barre performs classic jethro tull With Dee Palmer and Clive Bunker. Live music at Harvester Performance Center. $57 general admission, $77 gold section juneteenth Juneteenth is a showcase event that commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery. The free event, at Booker T. Washington

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rodriguez Live music at Harvester Performance Center. 8 p.m. $47 standing room only, $67 general admission, $87 gold section

Friday gene watson Live music at Harvester Performance Center. 8 p.m. $32 general admission, $47 gold section

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Saturday after jack Enjoy a folk musical celebration of togetherness at Bower Center for the Arts, Bedford. 7 p.m. $15 ($20 at the door). bowercenter.org

Wednesday lyrics on the lake (Through Sunday, 28th) Eighth annual songwriters music festival featuring songwriters from Virginia and Nashville, Tennessee. Concerts will be at various locations around the lake to raise money for the Central and Southwest Virginia Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. lyricsonthelake.com

Thursday doc Mccabe bluegrass festival at sedalia At Sedalia Center, Big Island. Through June 27. sedaliacenter.org

Sunday national go skate boarding day At Bedford Skate Park, Falling Creek Road, Bedford. Cookout, door prizes, skate classes. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. On Facebook

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Scruggs chicken barbecue At Scruggs Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, 2130 Bluewater Drive (corner of Scruggs Road and Bluewater Drive), Moneta. 3 to 7 p.m. Admission is a voluntary donation. Meal includes chicken dinner, refreshments and dessert.

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HOLE LOT OF FUN A friendly game of cornhole can be serious fun — just ask Lake residents who compete in national tournaments. Story and Photography by jerry HALE

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ost L akers likely have come across cornhole, a game that involves tossing 6-inch square beanbags at a pair of slanted wooden boards, often homemade and decorated with painted schemes and decals. The name likely evolved from the combination of dried corn as a bag-filler option and the 6-inch diameter hole in each board — a 3-point scoring target akin to a ringer in horseshoes. Bags that rest on the board at the end of each round of play — called a frame — score one point each. Cornhole has roots in an 1883 patent for “Parlor Quoits,” which involved bean-filled bags tossed at slanted boards and intended as indoor horseshoes. Rights were later acquired by a Massachusetts toy manufacturer that marketed “Faba Baga,” which used target boards with several different sized holes and different point values. A September, 1974 Popular Mechanics article detailed a game called “Bean-bag Bull’s-eye” in which each player threw two bags in succession at boards somewhat shorter than those used today. Modern cornhole players alternate throwing four bags per inning or frame of play.

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Bonnie Robertson of Union Hall had custom boards made for husband Tony’s birthday 12 years ago. Here Tony throws while neighbor Craig Chappelow watches. Plastic deer netting on the dock railing prevents overthrows from falling into the lake. SMITHMOUNTAINLAKE.COM

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Mike and Karen Schmitz of Effingham, Illinois, use University of Michigan boards made by Karen’s son, Adam, a proud Trojan graduate, on their Union Hall dock. Smaller boards such as the one decorated in Fighting Illini colors are easy to transport.

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“There’s some place [near the Lake] to toss bags with other cornholers nearly every night of the week. Now we can really focus on being retired — and cornhole.” JACK STEVENS

The American Cornhole Organization, established in 2005 and headquartered in Milford, Ohio, claims on its website to be “the governing body for the sport of cornhole.” The American Cornhole League was founded more recently, in 2015, “to promote the sport on every level,” and offers software and apps to manage leagues, tournaments, special events and player development. Lake residents and cornhole aficionados Jack and Paula Stevens compete in area (termed regional) and countrywide ACO tournaments, as well as informal player gatherings that keep

their skills sharp. “There’s some place to toss bags with other cornholers nearly every night of the week,” Jack said. After moving back to Virginia from Houston in 2004, the couple, who retired from Hewlett Packard, had operated Lakeside Embroidery before closing the business a couple of years ago. “Now we can really focus on being retired — and cornhole,” Jack said. While Jack, now 73, has been throwing seriously for more than seven years, Paula caught the bag bug about four years ago when her backyard-honed

technique began consistently winning matches at Friday night gatherings. She earned ACO’s “pro” designation two seasons ago. Again this season, she ranks among America’s top 80 players. Now ranked No. 37, she’s the only female in ACO’s top 40. Rankings are based on matches won at sanctioned, officiated events, Jack said. “Paula is really consistent,” he said. “It’s not unusual for her to throw fourbaggers [all four bags of a frame in the 3-point hole] back to back to back.” But competition is stiff. “If you’re not getting at least three of four through that hole most frames, you’re not really a factor in sanctioned competition,” Jack said. Nonetheless, people of all abilities can enjoy the game. “Local events typically include blinddraw doubles and newbies improve by being teamed up with better players,”

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Cornhole boards (like Tony Robertson’s, right) can range from $250 to $400 depending on what type of customization is needed. Proquality bags filled with resin pellets also can be customized. Top right: Jack Stevens has his gameface on during a tournament.

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Paula said. “Cornhole is a family game that kids to seniors can enjoy. There are some 12-year-olds around here who can thrash adults several times their age.” ACO promotes a family-friendly atmosphere at its tournaments, too. Last season’s world competition in Las Vegas (where Paula received women’s player of the season and women’s world champion recognitions) lasted five days, with many competitors bringing family members to watch and play. “There were 40 sets of boards nearly fully occupied for 12 or 13 hours each day,” Jack said. “Everyone there gets to toss a lot of bags.” Jack, an ACO-certified official, helps organize regional tournaments, including one recently at the Bedford Moose Lodge that attracted 22 single entrants and 14 doubles teams. A major event at The Greenbrier in February 2019 saw more than 150 competitors from nine surrounding states

competing in six divisions. Many recreational cornhole players play on homemade sets, typically made from plans found on the internet. Professionally-made tournament boards are 24 inches wide and 48 inches long, with hefty 5/8-inch or ¾-inch plywood faces, braced so there is no bounce when bags land. Boards are placed exactly 27 feet from front to front, with the holes 33 feet apart. Official bags weigh precisely 1 pound, have a smooth and a sticky side resulting from carefully-chosen fabrics, and are filled with resin pellets (not dried corn or beans), so there is no degradation or moisture absorption to change their weight or sliding/sticking behavior over time. “Today there are approximately 40 manufacturers of pro-quality bags, who sell them for about $40 per set of four,” Jack said. “A pair of quality boards runs $250 to

$400, depending on how fancy or customized the graphics are.” “Airmail” is the official term for thrown bags that swish through the hole rather than sliding or bouncing into it. Throwing an airmail is useful when an opponent’s bag is a blocker lying in front of the 3-point hole destination. Any bag that is touching or has touched the floor or grass on which the boards rest is ruled “dirty” and scores no points, even if it has bounced onto the board’s surface. Tournament games end when one player or team has amassed 21 or more points. In each frame, opponents often cancel out each other’s points leading to a wash (no points added to either score) until the next frame. Games can easily last 15 to 20 minutes. “The more you practice, the better you get,” Paula said. “I’m willing to throw any time, any place, with players of any ability.”

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According to Dr. Stephen Cromer of Carilion Clinic Orthopaedics, Medicare is predicting a five-fold increase in knee replacements over the next five years.

Joint replacement surgeries have become an increasingly common remedy to keep active Lakers on the go. Luckily the techniques — and long-term outcomes — have improved considerably in recent years. Story by JERRY HALE

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Smith Mountain Lake is home to many retirees who have led sporting lifestyles in their younger years and hope to continue enjoying physically active lives well into their golden years. ¶ Aging bodies, however, can frustrate that intent as hobbles, limps, aches, pains and other post-exertion symptoms get harder to ignore. Get a group of retirees together and there’s a good chance the chatter will touch on joint replacement surgery — the need for it, the fact that it is scheduled for someone they know or how recovery from a recent joint repair is progressing. 

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therapy people tell you — that’s the key to getting back to full range of motion,” DeBord said. Brown, who lives in Winding Waters, blames genetic arthritis for her shoulder discomfort. “I’d already had a knee replaced; my brothers have a new hip and two new knees between them, and then came Karen’s shoulder,” she said. Several years ago, while still living in Florida, Brown began having three cortisone shots in each shoulder every few months. “Then the right one quit responding, and my painting, piano playing and even light housework got difficult,” she said. “It was time.” After she consulted with Carilion Clinic Orthopaedics, Dr. Benjamin Coobs performed Brown’s shoulder replacement surgery last December. And Brown said she is pleased with the results. “Recovery pain has been minimal, really phenomenal. Wearing the sling 24/7 is inconvenient, but that ends soon enough. Surgery was the right choice,” she said. Worn-out hips also can be common joint issues. Susan Gring of Waverly was doing fine on hers even through a hike of Crater Lake in Oregon in October, 2018. The pain hit just after she got home. While wearing a sling after her shoulder replacement surgery was inconvenient, Sherry Brown said surgery was the right choice for her.

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“Suddenly I couldn’t walk,” she said. A cortisone shot didn’t help in the least, and then she had to wait three months between the shot and surgery. “That was agony,” Gring said. “Being unable to walk made the preparatory doctor visits, ‘Joint Academy’ patient information class [offered and required by most area surgeons] and other get-ready tasks really hard to manage.” Coobs performed Gring’s anterior right hip replacement about a year ago, and Gring said she feels great. “I was walking a mile one week after the operation, and 2 miles a week later,” she said. “It’s been a godsend — I’m now doing everything I was before the pain set in.” Susan Sowers of Winding Waters had total knee replacement surgery last October. Ten weeks into recovery, Sowers reported that she was getting around comfortably, pleased with how her scar was healing and how she’d regained pain-free bending and extension of her knee. “The physical therapists push you to do some painful exercises, but sticking with them is how you regain joint strength and flexibility,” she said. “Still, my

“Recovery pain has been minimal, really phenomenal. Wearing the sling 24/7 is inconvenient, but that ends soon enough. Surgery was the right choice.” SHERRY BROWN Winding Waters resident had her shoulder replaced

stamina was greatly diminished for quite some time. Working around the house made me very tired. You have to be patient. What seems easy one day will hurt the next, but the discomfort diminishes with time.” Gale Taylor of Union Hall was having enough knee pain that she feared she wouldn’t do well on a trip to Ireland and Scotland. Cromer prescribed a temporary brace to relieve pressure on the outside of her knee, which allowed her to take her trip. “It helped, but I knew it wasn’t a lifelong solution.” Taylor’s knee was replaced last December, and within two hours of surgery, she surprised nurses

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A Carilion nurse tech checks vital signs shortly after a total knee patient is transferred from recovery to his regular room, typically for an overnight stay. The full leg wrap, which temporarily covers a sterile bandage that will remain in place for two weeks, is removed just before the patient’s release.

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by lifting and bending her leg. In only 2½ weeks, she was walking unsupported by a cane or a walker. She had been diligent with the pre-surgery exercises prescribed by the medical group and feels that contributed to her speedy recovery. In the early recovery weeks, Gale was often awakened by knee pain. Sleeping in a recliner helped. And despite textbook healing, she remains frustrated that her stamina hasn’t fully returned. “They tell you that’s not unusual. These surgeries are major operations, and it takes the body up to a year and more to fully recover,” she said. Even the b e s t co m plia n ce with preparation and recovery recommendations can’t completely rule out complications. Les Daenzer had his left knee replaced in May, 2019. Recovery seemed on track for two weeks until a visiting nurse noticed redness and warmth around the incision. Fluid from the swollen area tested positive for staph infection, likely contracted during his hospitalization. Daenzer had to have surgery to remove the implanted knee joint, the infected area

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“The physical therapists push you to do some painful exercises, but sticking with them is how you regain joint strength and flexibility.” S U SAN SO W E R S Winding Waters resident who had her knee replaced

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Tips for Each Stage of the Surgery Process B E F O R E T H E H O S P I TA L • Get ahead on making ice • Consider overnight stay near hospital if surgery time is early.

• Stay on top of your pain. If you wait until you start hurting, it is more difficult to control.

• Stock up on easy-prepare meals and accept friends’

• Take pain meds with food or juice to prevent getting nauseated. Use antibiotics, probiotics and stool softeners as instructed.

offers to drop off meals.

• Get out extra sheets. You must sleep on clean sheets before surgery and a caregiver will need to change bed before the patient returns home. • Arrange a bedside table at home for patient’s paraphernalia: phone, TV remote, water bottle, pills, etc. • Borrow an ice machine for knees, elbows. Works wonders! Remove the labels of eight water bottles to freeze and use in machine. • Borrow a raised commode seat for leg/hip surgeries and a leg-lifter leash for knee surgeries. • Make sure everyone’s prescription refills are up to date to avoid ill-timed trips to pharmacy.

• Borrow a walker and pre-set legs to approx. height. A physical therapist will check it on the first visit. Take it in the car for return trip home. • Carefully follow instructions for pre-surgery cleansing, sleeping on clean sheets, preparatory medications.

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• If you feel something is not right, be an advocate for yourself or have someone advocate for you. Ask questions regarding medications, treatments, any uncertainties. H O M E F R O M T H E H O S P I TA L • Your bed linens must be freshly washed; it’s best for caregiver to do before going to hospital to bring patient home. • If you have a knee replacement the ride home

from the hospital may be more comfortable with leg elevated across the back seat. A plastic garbage bag laid on the seat will help the patient slide across into position easily.

• Make a spreadsheet to track when all meds are

taken, both pre-surgery meds that are continued and meds specific to the surgery. Keeping this straight is a challenge. An AM and PM section (and putting those meds in separate zipper bags) helps keep it straight. Show meds as rows and days of the week as columns, with boxes to check off when pills are taken. You may need several rows for the pain meds and boxes big enough to write in the times narcotics are taken. Don’t trust it to memory.

• Call your doctor, as advised (temperature greater than 101, foul purulent drainage, redness surrounding incision, excessive wound drainage, shortness of breath) • Keep a list of who drops off what food, flowers or helps in some way to facilitate writing of “Thank you!” notes. Again, don’t trust to memory. — Courtesy of Tami Akin Photo GETTY IMAGES


as soon as doctors will allow. While most late-in-life joint replacements will work fine for the life of the recipient, getting one replaced at an early age can risk wearing out. Allane Harris of Hickory Cove had a total knee replacement in 1999 — the result of a fall that crushed her knee cap. Nineteen years later, the pain returned, and Harris said she felt as if the knee might collapse, especially walking downhill. Hoping to get back to her daily Jazzercise sessions, she explored having another replacement. After being told there was some risk of losing her leg if the surgery did not go just right, Harris sought a second opinion from Dr. Thomas Brown of the University of Virginia Medical Center. “My other knee, an arthritis case, was replaced in Lynchburg six years ago, and the recovery was a breeze. I expect this one to be much tougher,” Harris said before her surgery. After the surgery, Harris deemed it a success and has since started therapy to regain flexibility and strength. J o i n t r e pl ace m e n t pat i e n t s

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responsible, tolerant and loving caregiver is critical to both pre-surgery preparation and post-surgery recovery. Most doctors prefer joint replacement candidates to have a live-in caregiver rather than have them stay at an in-patient rehab facility. Caregivers can help gather recovery equipment and supplies and oversee a patient’s prescribed preparatory exercises to build stabilizing tissue strength in the joint that will be replaced. Post-recovery patients typically need help with trips to the bathroom, meal preparation and to administer medications — plus ice packs to relieve swelling and pain. “You need to be really vigilant, especially for the first 24 to 48 hours at home,” said Gale Taylor’s husband, Bill. “Gale got dehydrated and passed out twice while headed to the bathroom. Fortunately, I was right there to ease her to the floor both times.” Doug Pafford helped his wife, Sharon, through two knee replacements about six months apart. “It’s pretty much a full time job, 24/7, for the first few days,” he said.

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Local surf shop employee Aaric Morgan gets some air under his board while starting off his 2020 wakesurfing season.

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ack in the day, surfers would have to find golden shorelines and pounding ocean waves to capture the thrill of surfing. Now wave seekers don’t have to venture more than a few feet from the back of their boats for a similar experience on Smith Mountain Lake. According to Ken Hayes, owner of Smith Mountain Wake Company, wakesurfing has exploded in popularity since 2017.

Helping families like yours isn’t just our job, it’s our commitment.

G e t t i n g S ta r t e d The sport requires just five things — a boat that’s capable

of creating a wave along with a board, a life jacket, a rope and a coachable surfer-in-training. To get in front of the wave, a surfer is pulled out of the water using a short rope at a speed of about 10 mph. Because of the slower speed, wakesurfing is accessible to nearly anyone regardless of age. “It hurts more to jump off a dock than it does to fall off a surfboard,” said Hayes, who has seen surfers ranging in age from 5 to 75 years old. As the rope slowly tightens, and just before takeoff, lie back in the water, allowing the life jacket to keep you afloat while putting your feet on the board. As the boat propels forward, you will need to dig in your heels to pop the board up vertically before letting the boat bring you to your feet in front of the wave. “It hurts more Aaric Morgan, 21, has been wakesurfing to jump off a for about four years after he began working dock than it does to fall off for Hayes at Smith Mountain Wake Co. “My advice for a beginner to wakesurf- a surfboard,” said Ken Hayes, ing would be to relax — it is not a race to owner of Smith get up,” Morgan said. Mountain Wake While the closeness to the boat also Company. 56

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Josh McClure challenges the laws of physics with the advanced maneuver of surfing with his back to the wave.

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of it, it has to be sufficiently larger than an ordinary boat wake. With that in mind, it’s important to stay away from shorelines, avoid small coves and not make repeated passes in the same area. “And turn your music down,” added Hayes, who has been selling wakesurf equipment in his shop since it opened in 2013. His top tip for those starting out is finding the right board. “Too often we see people trying to surf on boards that are either too small or too big leading to frustration and/or bad habits. There is no board that fits everyone,” said Hayes. In addition to finding the proper board, it’s also necessary to wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket.

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might take some getting used to, it allows for realtime coaching from someone inside the boat as opposed to wakeboarding where coaching and corrections happen after falls and in between runs. Standing on the board, you can use your foot position and weight distribution to speed up, slow down, and carve up and down the wave. Starting out, the rope can remain in-hand to keep you in front of the wave. Then, after a few confidencebuilding runs, you can toss the rope aside and use just your balance to stay in the heart of the wave. Once a surfer is up, Hayes said, “Stand tall and have fun.” When he was in middle school, Josh McClure, now 27, first learned to waterski and eventually moved on to wakeboarding and wakesurfing. He’s now the northeast sales manager for Hyperlite and H.O. Sports. “Wakesurfing has quickly and consistently grown every year and is such a huge part of our industry,” McClure said. “Learning to wakesurf is all about technique and requires very little strength. It is worth taking a lesson to get the basics of getting up and staying in the wave.”

Rules and Best Pr ac tices there are a few key rules and regulations to keep everyone safe and responsible. Arguably most important rule, as many SML homeowners would agree, is to be mindful of where you go on the lake to wakesurf. For a wave to be tall enough and powerful enough to keep a surfer in front

A s w i t h a n y ot h e r wate r s p o r t,

Other than the natur al street cred that comes with wakesurfing, there are a handful of reasons why it is a water sport worth trying. Wakesurfing is one of those sports where it’s easy to be having so much fun that you don’t realize the extent of the workout you’re putting your body through. Muscles in the feet have to be fully engaged to maintain balance on the board. Wakesurfing is known to work the core, quads, hamstrings, glutes and calves as well. Wakesurfing falls are significantly lower impact as the sport requires just half the speed of waterskiing, wakeboarding or tubing. Unlike a wakeboard where feet are strapped down to the board, a wakesurf board allows for a more minimalistic approach with just bare feet on the board. This allows for less abrasive falls and flexibility to make adjustments mid-ride, while also being able to make swift motion tricks such as pumping, snapping, riding switch and pulling of full rotations. Wake sports have always served as a classic summer activity to promote family togetherness and learn new skills. Wakesurfing fits perfectly into this category as it connects the mind and body, improving balance and focus along the way. While beginner surfers might find a bit of frustration in the learning curve, the sense of accomplishment and joy that hits when you can carve the wave for the first time is different from any other sport. It’s that feeling that has propelled the sport of wakesurfing to its booming popularity on Smith Mountain Lake and around the world. “Beginners might not get it the first time, but it’s like riding a bike,” Morgan said. “Almost nobody gets it the first time they try — so keep your head above water, and you will fall in love with the sport like I did!”

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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

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Take A Boating Safety Class ď‚Ł 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: $38 and includes a 270-page manual. When: June 13, July 11 and Aug. 15, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Where: SML Water Treatment Facility, 1500 Radford Church Road, Moneta. To register: Visit usps.org/ index.php/sss-home. For questions, contact Randy Stow at 540-588-0270.

Boat Virginia Course What it teaches: Basic boating safe operations and legal requirements. Cost: Free. All materials are provided by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. When: June 20, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Where: Resurrection Catholic Church, 15353 Moneta Road, Moneta. To register: Visit www. register-ed.com/programs/73. For questions, contact Randy Stow at 540-588-0270.

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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. 62

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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.


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.

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 presume someone will take on that role.

Wear Life Jackets Correctly ...     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 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 life jackets on docks, in boats and around the water.

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. Photos getty images, dreamstime

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Go Fish Smith Mountain Lake has plenty of friendly fishing guides to help you land the big one Compiled by laker staff

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Guides & Charters Guide Captain Bert’s Fishing Charters Capt. Dale Wilson’s SML Guide Service Capt. Danny’s Striper Charters Captain’s Quarters Capt. Tom’s Striper Guide Service Cats N’ Stripers Fishing Charters Clint’s Smith Mountain Lake Striper Guide Service Hambrick’s Striper Guide Service Hooked Up Charters SML Kenny’s Striper Guide Service Point Runner’s Striper Guide Service Pullin’ Drag Striper Fishing Guide Rockfish Adventures

Phone/Website 540-521-8235 540-521-1710 captainbert.com 540-297-5650 540-874-4950 captaindalewilson.us 540-556-3170 800-388-9984 540-721-1175 smithmountainlakeboats.com 540-855-4516 capttomsstriperguideservice.com 540-580-3487 catsnstripers.com 540-493-9660 smlstriperguide.com 540-420-6892 540-529-4955 hookedupcarterssml.com 540-493-9541 kennysstriperguideservice.com 540-836-0145 pointrunners.com 540-493-8790 smlfishingguides.com 540-256-2571 rockfishadventures.com

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Daniel Berthiaume

Former NHL goaltender and lifelong fisherman; holds SML striper record — 49.4 lbs

Dale Wilson

Guide service for striped bass, crappie, largemouth and smallmouth bass, specializing in artificial lures

Danny Dudley

Striper guide service

Dewayne Lamb

Guide service for striper and largemouth bass, with tackle shop on site

Tom Connor

Full- and half-day guide service that includes tackle, rods, reels, fuel, electronic equipment and your catch cleaned and packaged

Travis Patsell

Striper guide service

Clint Gray

Providing charters for up to five anglers, 365 days a year

Wiley Hambrick

Striper guide service, specializing in live bait

Robert Dean Wood

Half or full day, striper or bass, two fully equipped boats

Kenny Short

Striper guide service, specializing in live bait. Often fishes upper Blackwater

Travis Fitzgerald

Striper guide service and sport fishing, specializing in live bait; lead instructor of Blackwater School of Sport Fishing

Wendell Dudley

Striper guide service

Erik Fitzgerald

100% fish-on guarantee; kids under 10 free with adult (max 2)

Rock On Professional Fishing Guides

844-347-4682 rockoncharters.net

Fishing guide service for Southwest Virginia and high country of North Carolina

Rodbender Striper Guide Service

Ken Trail, Ben Lucas, Andrew Fenstermaker, Jason Shull

540-246-4375

Steve Fitzgerald

Full-time, year round striper guide

Spike’s Prime Time Fishin’

540-297-5611 540-400-3465 spikesprimetimefishin.com

Spike and Kathy Franceschini

Two fully equipped 22-foot deck boats, 27 years experience

Stone Mountain Guide Service

434-665-6042 540-297-6898

John Goyne

Full time, year round; 100 ton USCG Masters License; specializes in striper, largemouth and smallmouth bass with artificial lures

Terry’s Guide Service

540-309-3087

Captain Matt

Striped bass, largemouth and smallmouth guided tours; artificial baits, casting specialist; day and night charters available

The Shad Taxi

540-797-2528 theshadtaxi.com

Todd Keith

Featured in 2007 Game and Fish magazine

Reel ’Em In: Striper Fishing Striper fishing remains a popular pastime at Smith Mountain Lake for all ages. Anglers use a variety of methods, such as drifting live bait, trolling plugs and bucktail jigs or casting top water lures. The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries limits SML catches to 2 per day in the aggregate. There is no length limit from June 1 to Oct. 31, though no striper between 30 inches and 40 inches may be caught from Nov. 1 to May 31. Photos getty images

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Bay Rock Marina

8360 Hardy Road, Hardy

(540) 890-2194 On Facebook

R87

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Bayside Marina & Yacht Club

500 Shoreline Circle, Moneta

540-721-3664 baysidemarinasml.com

R26

Mon-Fri 8 a.m.- 5 p.m., Sat 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Sun 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Bridgewater Marina & Boat Rentals

16410 Booker T. Washington Hwy., Moneta

540-721-1639 bwmarina.com

R28

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Captain’s Quarters

16525 Booker T. Washington Hwy., Moneta

540-721-1175 smithmountainlakeboats.com

R28

Daily 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Craddock Creek Marina

15826 Smith Mountain Lake Pkwy., Huddleston

540-297-7325 craddockcreekmarina.com

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Crazy Horse Marina

400 Crazy Horse Road, Moneta

540-719-0620 crazyhorse-marina.com

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Crystal Shores Marina

1617 Crystal Shores Drive, Moneta

540-297-1888 crystalshoresmarinaresort. com

R27

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Gills Creek Marina & Lodge

790 Fox Chase Road, Wirtz

540-721-2451 gillscreekmarina.com

G2

Mon-Thurs 9 a.m.-6 p.m., 3 3 3 3 3 Fri-Sun 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

Halesford Harbour Marina

1043 Campers Paradise Trail, Moneta

540-297-9000 halesfordharbour.com bwmarina.com

R28

Daily 8 a.m.-7 p.m.

Hughes Marine Service

3815 U.S. 29 North, Danville

434-836-0052 hughesmarineservice.com

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Lake Haven Marina

15844 Smith Mountain Lake Pkwy., Huddleston

540-297-7347

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Lakeside Marina

629 Lakeside Road, Penhook

434-927-5380 On Facebook

B1

Varies; call for hours

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Lumpkins Marina

19 Lumpkin Drive, Penhook

434-927-5150

B1

Daily 8 a.m.-7 p.m.

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Magnum Boating Inc. at Indian Pointe Marina

2031 Morewood Road, Hardy

540-719-2427 magnumboating.com

R37

Mon-Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Magnum Point Marina

2200 Old Salem School Road, Union Hall

540-576-4486 On Facebook

B37

Sun-Fri 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Mitchell’s Point Marina

3553 Trading Post Road, Huddleston

540-484-3980 mitchellspoint.com

C3

Daily 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Moorman’s Marina

1633 Moorman Road, Goodview

540-890-1656

R77

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16918 Smith Mountain Lake Pkwy., Huddleston

540-297-4412 parkwaymarina.com

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60 Marina Point Lane, Union Hall

540-576-2019 pelicanpointyachtclub.com

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300 Locust Lane, Penhook

540-565-0222 On Facebook

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3619 Airport Road, Moneta

540-297-7100 vadarecruises.com

R21

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1229 Waterwheel Drive Office: 266 Rocky Shore Lane, Moneta

540-721-5668 waterwheelsml.com

R28

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1185 Mills Road, Moneta

540-297-5228 webstermarine.com

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Apart, Together Hankering for a happy hour? Online platforms let us emphasize the “social” despite the “distancing.” monitor appeared the high schoolers I hold so dear: a college professor working to figure out how to virtually get her students to the end of the semester; an economist trying to forecast just how bad things are going to get financially; a housing guru who is concerned about how to build houses when you can’t, well, build houses; a restauranteur who has morphed three thriving businesses into take-out only, while trying to keep as many staff as possible on the payroll; an executive director sheltering at home with her 93-year-old mother. Within minutes of the launch of our teleconference, we came to resemble our high school selves. Among our talk of worry for our parents and children,

there were plenty of “that’s what she said” jokes, much-needed hearty laughs and smiles. These soulmates knew just how to lift each other up, and a call that was planned for one hour extended well past two. We all agreed to link up again in a week. If there’s any silver lining here, perhaps it’s that we’ve been reminded of what’s truly important: family, lifelong friends and a perfectly timed “that’s what she said.” I do hope you and yours are staying safe and healthy. 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. SMITHMOUNTAINLAKE.COM

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