100+ Women Who Care SML will celebrate its second anniversary this month. The organization of local women has donated more than $60,000 to area nonprofits since 2016. The anniversary impact meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Sept. 20, at Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Moneta. Guests are welcome.

Halesford United Methodist Church is hosting its annual String Beans, Corn and Peas concert Sept. 22 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the church (1601 Lakewood Forest Road, Moneta).

A last-minute change in direction spared the lake from the worst of Hurricane Florence. While no longer directly in its path, the area still received heavy rain and flooding.

The Smith Mountain Arts Council will continue its Coffeehouse Series with a presentation of Lake Pitch at Downtown Moneta on Oct. 5 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

The Rotary Club of SML will host its ninth annual Nite at the Races fundraiser at the W.E. Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center in Wirtz on Oct. 20 from 5:30 to 10 p.m.

Bedford Get Together, an annual event that celebrates Bedford’s shared values, will be Oct. 13 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Edmund Street Park in Bedford.

Smith Mountain Lake Harmeneers Barbershop Chorus will present a free concert at Smith Mountain Lake State Park in Huddleston on Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. The performance will feature old favorites and quartets from the chorus.

Organizers of the first More Than Pink Drinks & Links event presented a check for $30,000 to the Susan G. Komen Virginia Blue Ridge Affiliate on Sept. 11 at The Waterfront Country Club in Scruggs.

Irene Cassell of Bedford couldn’t resist dancing to island music by the SML Island Pan Steel Drum Band, directed by Richard Rudolph, during a performance Sept. 8 at Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Moneta. The event supported Food for Kids Weekend Pack-a-Sack program that supplies meals …

Bob and Hilda Lindell of Huddleston (left) and Lars and Janis Hagen of Scruggs both celebrated their 60th wedding anniversaries on Sept. 6 and 7 at The Greenbrier in West Virginia.

An 83-year-old Moneta man was found dead at a waterfront home in the 900 block of Lakemount Drive after it caught fire in the early morning of Sept. 14.

Smith Mountain Lake Association and SML Water Safety Council released the following recommendations for lake residents ahead of the inclement weather, which includes heavy rain and wind, that is expected later this week from Hurricane Florence. 

A $1.9 million plan to connect the National D-Day Memorial and Bedford Welcome Center to downtown Bedford will be the latest in a series of projects to promote walkability throughout Bedford, town officials said.

The staff of Booker T. Washington National Monument recently hosted an appreciation potluck dinner for park volunteers and former students of the former Booker T. Washington Elementary School. The school, which is located on park grounds, also is a part of the monument. “Our volunteers are t…

The SML Lions Club recently held its annual awards event. Among those honored were Bill Telford (from left), Special Recognition Award; Susan Wolf, President’s Appreciation Award; Cindy Decker, Lion of the Year Award; Bill Ohlerich, Special Recognition Award; and Tom Merriman, Special Recogn…

The Smith Mountain Lake region is thought by most as a place of beauty and tranquility. Unfortunately, our region is also a place of poverty. Over the past decade census data indicates that the poverty rate for the counties in the SML area continues to increase while the national poverty rat…

The Smith Mountain branch of the American Association of University Women, which is made up of 66 women who enjoy continual learning and service opportunities, kicks off its 2018-19 season Sept. 15 from 4 to 6 p.m., with a president’s reception at Ramulose Ridge Vineyards.

It has been another successful year for bluebirds, according to Dick Hendrix, coordinator of the Friends of Smith Mountain Lake State Park’s bluebird nesting box monitoring program.

Kathy Graham’s yoga class recently collected donations of dog food and treats in celebration of National Dog Day. Donors, who also are members of Graham’s yoga class at Patmos Church, included Sue Coryell (from left), Karen Campbell and her dog, Quin, Jan Kellstrom, Nancy Trotter, Patti Gerh…

Several children in the region go home to empty houses after school. Some do not have enough to eat. Others in single-parent homes might not get the guidance they need because their parents work long hours. These are the children that Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Virginia aims to help.

More road improvements could be coming to the Westlake area. Turning lanes are being proposed for the intersection of Virginia 122 and Lost Mountain Road, as well as adding a walking path.

Over the past few years, John Reith has worked to restore a 1955 Century Coronado he purchased more than 20 years ago. This will be the second time he has restored the boat that has become a part of the family.

Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., and Democratic candidate for Virginia’s 5th District Leslie Cockburn visited the lake on Aug. 26. They attended a cookout held by the SML Democrats at its office in Halesford Center. Kaine later attended a local fundraiser at a home in Scruggs.

The Jefferson Choral Society will hold its first rehearsal of the new season on Sept. 10 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the sanctuary of Timberlake United Methodist Church.

SML Lions Club incoming president, David Weiss (left), and outgoing president, Konrad Crist (right) recognize Cindy Decker as this year’s Lion of the Year award winner. This year, Decker logged hundreds of service hours on projects and programs, including the scholarship trust, vision screen…

Final preparations are underway for this year’s SML Walk to End Poverty on Sept. 15 at Smith Mountain Lake State Park in Huddleston.

A team of Franklin County officers and first responders took first place in the 12th Annual Fallen Officers Softball Tournament in Christiansburg recently. Team members included Brandon Nichols (from left, back row), Eric Ingram, Randy Whorley, Mark Sweeney, J.P. Nolen, Chad Huston, Terry Da…

About four years ago, Karen DeBord and Jack Phillips, owners of Bedford Landings Bed & Breakfast, were invited to an annual Tuck family reunion, which started as a quest of sorts.

Konrad Crist (left), SML Lions Club president, welcomed new member Jay Furick during a recent meeting. Furick formerly was a member of the Lions Club in Great Falls, where he served three terms as president and was a Melvin Jones Award recipient. He was sponsored for membership by Ron Jamiso…

Fishing has been good the past several weeks. Largemouth bass fishing has been good. Water temperature will be in the upper 70s to lower 80s. The best times to fish will be early morning and late afternoon. September is a good month to fish for stripers.