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 Wednesday, April 16, 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

Lake clean-up event gets a new look
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The lake clean-up day on May 3 -- known as Take Pride in Smith Mountain Lake -- has a new look.

Hundreds of lake residents who join forces to spruce up the lake prior to the boating season are sporting a new logo on their t-shirts.

To generate fresh enthusiasm for the event, the 2014 committee reviewed ideas on revising the original, dated logo.

Will Nocera, who spent his career as a graphic designer in the defense industry, accepted the challenge and created an updated version of the Take Pride logo.

"A successful logo design never stops evolving," Nocera said. "The goal here was to revisit an existing logo design and rejuvenate it."

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Morrison sets reading of ‘Class of 1940’
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Smith Mountain Lake resident James W. Morrison will give a presentation and reading of his recently published novel on Thursday, April 17 at 4 p.m. at the Westlake Library.

The novel, "Class of 1940: Coming of Age in World War II," is a story of adventure, service, heroism, sacrifice and love.

The novel is set in a fictional county adjacent to Virginia's Bedford County and at military bases in America and Great Britain and battle areas in France, Belgium, and Germany. The story follows graduates -- both young men and women -- of the high school class of 1940 as they pursue careers and then get caught up in the war.

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Can FCHS graduates afford a four-year college?

By JODY BROWN - Special to the News-Post

Median family income in Franklin County is about $62,764 (FY 2010, Community Profile: Franklin County). The last US Census reveals that 2.59 people live in that typical household. In that typical, if mythical, family, their student can probably attend any Virginia university or college through savings, grants from the institution, work while in college, and student loans.

But what about the FCHS graduate who is the child of a single parent? Or the one whose mom is a teaching assistant ($19,997.71 median salary) and whose dad is a security guard ($21,207.56 median salary)? Or the one who has a brother, a sister, maybe a twin in college? Those situations and many more make college scholarships necessary.

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Pilots to host Arctic explorer

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The SML Pilots club will host Art Mortvedt on Saturday, April 12 at 7 p.m. at the Moneta Community Room.  Originally from North Dakota, pilot Art Mortvedt moved to Alaska in January 1974. He was a teacher in the village of Shungnak, Alaska, living a subsistence lifestyle in a remote location in the Brooks Range, north of the Arctic Circle.

He has been a pilot, guide, trapper and dog musher, and ran the Peace of Selby Wilderness Lodge at Selby Lake in the Brooks Range. He met his wife, Demaris "Dee," while working at Jewel Cave National Monument in South Dakota, when she was on her way to be a teacher in Alaska.

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Osprey eggs laid at SML Park
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By JIM GERHART - Friends of SML State Park

The eggs are arriving! The first egg appeared on March 31. The second egg was laid on April 2. A third egg is anticipated and possibly a fourth.

The osprey nest is atop a pole and platform near the R-16 channel marker, behind the Discovery Center at Smith Mountain Lake State Park.

From the time the male osprey arrived on March 12, a week later than the female, until the first egg appeared was 19 days. This is a short time for the ospreys to produce an egg, which could range from 10 to 39 days. This indicates the ospreys are probably an older experienced pair.

They arrived and immediately claimed their old nest site. The female was quick to pick her suitor based on his good track record of providing food for the brood in the past.

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


The Booker T. Washington National Monument will launch a new program, "Healthy Parks/Healthy People, Walk and Talk with Carilion," from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Trinity Preschool will hold a yard sale next to The General Store on Scruggs Road from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


A breast cancer support group meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Discover Shop.


The deadline to register for a pistol shooting course that will be held on Monday, April 21 at the Franklin County 4-H Center is today. To register or for more information, call Peter Fisette at 540-400-1070.

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