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 Friday, July 25, 2014
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310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Fax: 540-483-8013

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Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice to headline 2nd annual Summerfest
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Junior Sisk and the Ramblers Choice will be the headliner during the second annual Summerfest on Aug. 9 at 2 p.m. at the W.E. Skelton 4-H Educational and Conference Center at Smith Mountain Lake.

The event is sponsored by the Smith Mountain Arts Council (SMAC).

Sisk and the Ramblers were recently named Top Bluegrass Band in the U.S.

Those attending Summerfest will be in an area of the 4-H center that features a covered pavilion, so that rain will not cause a cancellation.

There are a limited number of picnic tables and chairs where attendees may bring a picnic lunch. Beer and wine are permitted.

Tickets are $15 for SMAC members, $18 for non-members and $8 for kids under age 12.

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Pirate Days at SML set

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Several businesses around Smith Mountain Lake participated in Pirate Days last week.

At right, Crazy Horse Marina gets caught up in the theme with this crew posing before their "pirate ship." From left are Gary Hall, Pat Bechtler, Chris Bechtler and Keith Bechtler.

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Bald Knob Artists to hold ‘Best Pick’ show

Bald Knob Artists will hold their annual Best Pick Art Show from Aug. 1 to Aug. 29 at the Westlake Library.

A total of 43 pieces have been submitted in various media, including oil, watercolor, pastel acrylic, drawing, mixed media and others.

Artist Reveille Hamilton from Bedford will be the judge.

Prizes will be awarded in each category, culminating in Best in Show at the opening reception on Tuesday, Aug. 1 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The public is invited.

Balloting for People's Choice Award will take place that evening and continue through Aug. 8.

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Pump-out program available to boaters

The Royal Flush Pump-out Program is available to boaters on Smith Mountain Lake through Labor Day, according to the Tri-County Lake Administrative Commission (TLAC).

The last day of operation will be Sept. 1.

Pump-out services will be provided by two sanitation trucks every Saturday and Sunday. Boaters are encouraged to call and schedule their vessel pump-outs in advance at (540) 493-5874 Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The crew will try to work in other pump-out requests by boaters who call Friday through Sunday.

Arrangements can also be made for boats to meet the pump-out crew at a convenient marina.

The program, now in its 13th year, has been a cooperative effort of the Smith Mountain Lake Association (SMLA) and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) for the past 11 years.

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Three organizations manage aquatic vegetation

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF), Appalachian Power Company (Appalachian) and the Tri-County Lakes Administrative Commission (TLAC) continue to work cooperatively in the management of aquatic vegetation at Smith Mountain Lake.

Representatives from the organizations met in the spring and reviewed their shared goals, including the need to manage and control non-native, aggressive vegetation in the lake to minimize impacts to fish, wildlife, habitats, and recreation, and to enhance native aquatic vegetation growth for the overall health of the lake and its fish population.

TLAC will continue to manage the treatment for invasive aquatic vegetation in the lake. Prior to 2013, herbicides were used to control invasive weeds, such as Hydrilla. However, last year TLAC stocked 6,000 sterile grass carp in the lake to manage the Hydrilla in consideration of environmental, safety, recreation and cost factors.

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What's Coming Up on Lake and Land
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The Friends of SML State Park will present Music in the Park with Friday Nite Bluegrass Band at 8 p.m. at the beach pavilion. Admission is $5 per person.

The Booker T. Washington Monument will hold a Booker Character Camp from 10 to 11:30 a.m. There is no fee, but registration is required by calling 721-2094.

The Skelton 4-H Center will host a Bob Ross Painting course from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To register, call 721-2759, ext. 264.


A gluten free support group will meet at 10 a.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish.


A kids fit health fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish.

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