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 Friday, October 31, 2014
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Chili festival set for Saturday at Bridgewater Plaza
12th annual event features 15 teams
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The 12th annual SML Fall Chili and Craft Festival is set for Saturday, Nov. 1 at Bridgewater Plaza.

Free shuttle service from LakeWatch Plantation will be provided by TNT Auto Body Repair, and numerous boat slips are available for those visiting by boat.

Admission is $5 and allows for tasting chili from 15 teams in the competition, including returning champions Full Blown Chili.

The event will also feature 35 craft vendors and on-site entertainment, including Jennifer Rose, the face painter for the New England Patriots football team.

Collectible 2014 Chili Festival t-shirts will also be available for purchase. This year's logo was designed by Lisa Floyd of Floyds' Artworks.

Gates open at 11 a.m. Chili tasting begins at noon. The awards ceremony takes place at 4 p.m. 

Vote for your favorite chili and the "Showmanship" award.

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Halloween Dress Up

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The Moneta Lions Club members recently declared a "Dress Down Meeting," favoring their more comfortable garb in place of regular club attire. Seated are Lions Mary Bo Peep and Ol' Guy Rob. Standing are, from left, Uncle Sam Del, Burlap Gloria, Cat Pat B., Hiker Chuck, Ol' Jim, Nuclear Tim, Hula Gal Pat M., Farmer Jerry, Texan Farris, Pumpkin JoAnn, Marti Gras Fred, Witch Barbara and Panama Bart.

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ACBS Fall Cruise on SML

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Members of the Smith Mountain Lake Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society held their annual fall cruise last Saturday on Smith Mountain Lake. Nine boats and 28 chapter members and their guests participated in the cruise during some of the best weather on record for the lake area. After the cruise, the group stopped at Bridgewater Plaza for lunch at Chop Sticks Restaurant.

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Best in Show

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Midge Ovenshire was awarded Best-in-Show during the Smith Mountain Arts Council's (SMAC) art show last weekend at Resurrection Catholic Church. Above, she proudly shows off her entry in mixed media entitled "Nesting," which was also awarded First Place in that category. Artist Judy Cain served as juror for the event, which drew over 100 entries.

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The History of SML

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Westlake Library hosted a Smith Mountain Lake History Open House on Oct. 24. The overflow crowd showed enthusiasm for learning more about the history of the lake. A group of former AEP employees attended the event. Above, from left, are Abner Jacobs, Diane Arrington, Betty Robinson, Joyce Crider, Georgia Anne Snyder-Falkinham, Donald Dudley, Bobby Daniel, Kenny Hern, J.D. Butler and Joe Divers.

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SML Chamber announces legislative agenda
Tourism funding, lake preservation tops priorities

Tourism funding tops the legislative agenda for the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce for 2015.

During an October meeting attended by local elected representatives, the chamber released its legislative priorities for the year, which include protecting the lake, transportation and infrastructure.

"The legislative agenda is a way for the local business community to communicate its priorities and positions to government policymakers. It's a 'road map' for improving the local business environment that we would hope our elected officials would use as a reference when they build their goals and objectives for the next legislative session, which convenes in January," said Chamber Executive Director Vicki Gardner. "The agenda also provides a framework for collaboration and cooperation between legislators and the business community."

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


The Skelton 4-H Center will host a "Painting with the Bob Ross Method" course from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration fee is $60. To register, call 721-2759, ext. 264.

The 12th annual Smith Mountain Lake Fall Chili & Craft Festival will be held at Bridgewater Plaza from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Chili-tasting begins at noon.

The Chorus of the Blue Ridge will return to Smith Mountain Lake for a concert today at 3 p.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish.


An alzheimer/dementia caregiver support group will meet at 2 p.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish.


Former Franklin County School Superintendent Leonard A. Gereau will present and sign copies of his new book at 2 p.m. at the Westlake Library.

A multiple sclerosis support group will meet at Resurrection Catholic Church at 12 p.m. Bring a bagged lunch and drink.

A men's cancer support group will meet at 6 p.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish.

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