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Sunken City Brewing Company tapped into the craft beer trend at just the right time. Since Smith Mountain Lake's microbrewery opened in late spring, it has more than doubled its production, will soon release a holiday beer, recently expanded to Virginia Beach and is considering rolling out a third canned option. Jerome Parnell, founder and president, said when he launched his craft beer company, he didn't expect it would have caught on the way it has. "We often say that it feels like it's been years. I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing," he said while holding a glass of Dam Lager, the brewery's flagship beer.
The Smith Mountain branch of the American Association of University Women held its seventh annual scholarship fundraiser and fashion show Nov. 20 at The Waterfront Country Club. Chico's of Roanoke provided the clothing, and store manager Susan Guerreiro emceed the show.
A group of seven students from Smith Mountain Lake Christian Academy in Wirtz took first place in research at the first Lego League competition in Lynchburg on Nov. 9. The team, comprised of students 13-15 years old, competed against 15 teams in research, robotic missions, robot design and teamwork. The SMLCA team also placed third overall. Team members are Brian Miller, Dylan McCloy, Jonathan Sicher, Shalei Hiltz, Chris Gauthier, Micailah
The Sound of Music” opens at Mill Mountain Theatre on December 4 and the cast includes Jackie Peale of Hardy. The show runs through Dec. 22. For details, see millmountain.org. Submitted by Mill Mountain Theatre
Spectators crowded the top of the parking garage at Bridgewater Pointe and along the docks near Hales Ford Bridge on Saturday for a chance to see the Flotilla for Toys Boat Parade of Lights. It was a chilly night, but many came prepared with blankets and warm clothing to wait for the Virginia Dare and other decorated boats to make their way to the bridge. At just after 8 p.m.
Santa arrived by boat Saturday at Bridgewater Plaza to crowds of families with young children. People lined up outside Bridgewater Marina and along the decks for a chance to snap photos of Santa with their little ones. “He’s a great Santa!” said Mary Rae Carter of Penhook after her grandchildren visited the booth. “This is a real treat for kids in this area.” Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer nearly stole the
Today Santa Visits the Library Holiday music, refreshments, stories, crafts and games for the whole family. Where: Moneta/SML Library, 13641 Moneta Road, Moneta When: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Cost: Free; a donation of a non-perishable food item, a new toy or a new item of children’s clothing for the Bedford Community Christmas Station will be appreciated. Contact: 425-7004 Come Home to a Franklin County Christmas With live music, dancing, photos
Black Friday is over, but that doesn’t mean the same for holiday shopping. Smith Mountain Lake has numerous businesses to help shoppers finish off their lists. When you buy from a local business, you are getting much more than a present or a meal — you are pouring money back into the community. For example, a study by the Maine Center for Economic Policy showed that for every $100 spent
Bedford County Cheryl T. and William J. Davis Jr. to Timothy Courville and Anita Joy Hilliard, Lot 4, 4.607 acres near Virginia 734, Oct. 8, Lakes District, $725,000. Robert H. Ihde to Judith L. and Robert Lee Finch Jr., Lots 31 and 37, Section 2, Mountain View Shores, Oct. 17, Lakes District, $625,000. Beneficial Financial I Inc. to Richard Pettit, Lot 3, Block 1, Section 1, Cherry Hill Estates, Oct. 21,
The Lakeside Singers performed “Gospel Music Through the Year” at Trinity Ecumenical Parish in Moneta before packed houses on Nov. 22-23. Velshera Johnson directed . Photo by Charlie Walker
The number of accidents and injuries continue to decline on Smith Mountain Lake. This hasn’t happened without a concerted effort by many people who have devoted their time to help improve experiences on and around the lake while reducing the hazards. The Smith Mountain Lake Water Safety Council annually recognizes an individual, business or organization for outstanding contributions to advancing safety on and around the water. To that end, nominations
Third-, fourth- and fifth-graders in Burnt Chimney Elementary’s Track Club ran or walked more than 1,265 miles during the fall track club session. The club is an eight-week program offered to students in the fall and spring .Photo submitted by Parent Coordinator Submitted by Mary-Evelyn Sellars
Overview: Fishing will be better this month; November was slow with a mix of poor and fair fishing days. The majority of the lake is clear, and the water temperature will be in the upper 40s to the low 50s. Largemouth bass: Fishing will be fair. Best lures will be rattle traps, spinner baits, Carolina rigs, shaky heads, crawfish-colored medium diving-crank baits, Texas-rigged plastic worms and football head jigs. Most
A Child’s Christmas holiday recipe for happiness: Take 500-plus children from low-income families in the Smith Mountain Lake area. Assess their clothing needs; list the toys that they would like to have. Turn those needs and wants into angel cards and display them on trees at local businesses and churches. Sprinkle around town several toy drop boxes promoting the Virginia Dare Flotilla For Toys and Lake Christian Ministries and collect
Suzy Barta of Moneta has an eye for aesthetics, or as she said, “I just like to make things pretty.” That’s one reason she opened Southern Roots in the Plaza Shopping Center on Scruggs Road last month, often working 12-hour shifts on her custom projects, which recently included decorating a deer’s head for a gift and making plans to decorate the Ronald McDonald House in Roanoke for the holidays. At
The date of the Miss Smith Mountain Lake Scholarship Pageant, which was scheduled to be held this month, has been changed. It will be held Jan. 4 at 7 p.m. at Northside Middle School in Roanoke. Competitions will include Miss SML, Teen and Preteen, as well as princess crowning. The pageant will be a one-day event with interviews in the morning and rehearsal in the afternoon. It will end with
Blackwater Yacht Racing Association completed the 2013 season with its annual awards banquet on Nov. 16 at The Waterfront Country Club. The event capped a year in which more than 35 boats participated in BYRA-sponsored sailboat racing. They included the 8 race Spring Series, the 8 race Fall Series, The Mary Lou McDonald Spring Regatta, the BYRA Fall Regatta, The Race to the Pub, Match Race Tournament (held in Laser
Biggins loves being a couch potato. He gets along well with other dogs. He also has been neutered and vaccinated.
Keep American Beautiful and The Coca-Cola Foundation have awarded 50 recycling bins for the collection of plastic bottles and aluminum to Ferrum College. Ferrum received the bins through a grant program made possible by a partnership between KAB and The Coca-Cola Foundation, who in turn partnered with the College & University Recycling Coalition, of which Ferrum College is a member. Many of the new bins have been placed around campus
Tom Huhn’s model train layout is every boy’s dream. OK, every grown-up boy’s dream. Today’s kids, including his own grandson, are more interested in entertainment with game controls at their fingertips and a flurry of action, said Tom, a former high school music teacher and band director. But even the most discerning kid surely would be impressed by the layout’s bells and whistles and the amount of effort put into
With the arrival of the holiday season, many think of their favorite traditions. For the past several years, one of the traditions of the Moneta Lions Club has been to donate four complete Thanksgiving dinners to area families who are experiencing unforeseen financial problems. All items, including turkey, cooking pan and all the trimmings, which are purchased by club members, were packaged in brightly colored boxes, with oven mitt and
Bedford County James E. and Mary Louise Gaffney to Brent D. and Jodi A. Robling, Lot 105, Section 4, Mountain View Shores, Oct. 7, Lakes District, $1,700,000. Harvey M. and Janet U. Mays to Ryan H. and Joanna S. Laramore and Mark G. and Heather B. Laramore, Lot 9, Pebble Brook, Oct. 1, Lakes District, $475,000. Robert Martin Deel Sr. to Darin W. and Courtney E. Rickman, Lot 5, Creeks Edge,
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