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 Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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The Franklin News-Post
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Fax: 540-483-8013

24th annual antique and classic boat festival and show is Sept. 13
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The 24th annual Antique and Classic Boat Show and Festival, a major Eastern U.S. gathering of antique motorboats, will be held Saturday, Sept. 13 at Mariners Landing Resort and Conference Center on Smith Mountain Lake from 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The boat show includes lots of antique boats in the water and on-shore displays of early boating and nautical artifacts.

There will be on-water boat demonstrations, food and a variety of craft and collectible vendors.

This year's show will again feature a youth judging event for children. There will also be a display of antique cars.

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‘Our Ship Has Come In’
Friends of Smith Mountain Lake State Park get new tour boat
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By JIM GERHART - Special to the News-Post

A dream has become a reality for members of the Friends of Smith Mountain Lake State Park and park staff. A custom built tour boat recently arrived at the park.

The boat will offer educational opportunities to inform the public about the park, along with interpretive boat tours to enhance riders understanding of the lake, nature and the environment.

Since the Friends incorporated in 1996, they and Park Manager Brian Heft recognized the need for a tour boat to get people out on the water. Many park visitors did not have the means to rent or operate a boat, so Friends members would help by taking groups of children out with a park interpreter for educational trips.

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A review of ‘Opera 101’
Opera plots depict the gamut of human experience
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By DON FINK - Special to the News-Post

More than 200 music lovers attended Opera Roanoke's performance Friday night at Trinity Ecumenical Parish.

"OPERA 101 -- Think You Don't Know Opera?" featured world class performances of well-known operatic arias, solos and duets that prompted several standing ovations and enthusiastic calls for encores.

Scott Williamson, general and artistic director of Opera Roanoke and acclaimed tenor, led the program which featured renowned soprano, Amy Cofield Williamson, and three Opera Roanoke Apprentice Artists, sopranos Asherah Capellaro, Taerra Pence and Brynn Scozzari. Pianist and conductor Taylor Baldwin performed as accompanist.

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SML Lions conduct vision screening for students
New tool allows testing on younger children
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Members of the Smith Mountain Lake Lions Club conducted spot vision screening on Aug. 12 at Burnt Chimney Elementary School for 75 preschool, kindergarten and special education students.

The screening was conducted using a newly purchased PediaVision VS 100 vision screener, also known as Spot. Spot screening does not require verbal communication from the child and is intended for vision screening of children 6 months and older.

The Spot machine was jointly purchased by the Lions club with a matching grant from the Lions of Virginia Foundation.

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Free Clinic of Franklin County is changing lives
2014 Charity Home Tour Profile
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By SUSAN PHILLIPS - Special to the News-Post

"He ain't heavy, he's my brother..." These lyrics came to mind as I listened to Dr. Tiffany Powell talk about why she became a doctor and has volunteered at the Franklin County Free Clinic for 13 years.

The Free Clinic is one of the local charities selected to benefit from the 2014 Smith Mountain Lake Charity Home Tour.

Powell says she feels called to help people, and she wants to help alleviate suffering where she can. She strongly believes that, as the Bible tells us, we should help our neighbor.

With an engaging smile and a forthright manner, Powell gets along well with staff and patients at the clinic, according to Alise Culbertson, the executive director of the clinic.

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What's Coming Up on Lake and Land
Smith Mountain Lake Community Calendar


The 24th annual Smith Mountain Lake Antique and Classic Boat Festival will be held a Mariners Landing Conference Center today and Saturday, Sept. 13.


The Smith Mountain American Association of University Women's luncheon will be held at 10:30 a.m. at Waterfront Country Club. For more information, call 721-1011.


Life for One will meet at Trinity Ecumenical Parish at 11 a.m. Bring a bagged lunch and drink.


New Beginnings will meet at 12 p.m. at Liberty Station Restaurant.


The Westlake Library will hold a book sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


The Westlake Library will hold a book sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


The Westlake Library will hold a book sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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