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Wow! Words cannot express our appreciation for the overwhelming support Lake Christian Ministries received during the RVG Day on March 10. A record high was set for funds donated to LCM through this event. During this difficult time, it is so heartwarming to see the lake community rally in s…

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Each year in early March, the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources (formerly DGIF) publishes its Boating Incident Report for the previous year. An “incident” qualifies for inclusion by involving more than $2,000 damage to a vessel or its equipment, at least one injury requiring more tha…

The Smith Mountain Lake Association (SMLA) is a steward of the lake with many programs designed to protect water quality and promote safety. One SMLA goal is to provide information to those who live and recreate at SML, making them aware of what they can do to help keep the beautiful waters …

The final week of the General Assembly’s first special session of 2021 had finally concluded on Monday, March 1, as we adjourned “Sine Die.” And after 46 mostly contentious days, I can tell you that the Democrats were able to craft numerous pieces of legislation that fits the radical left ag…

Following a marathon day of legislating until near midnight on Feb. 27, the Virginia General Assembly met again on March 1 to adjourn sine die. On Saturday, the budget and several of the most controversial bills were pushed through against fierce Republican opposition by the Democrat control…

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Calls for help that come off-season and after dark are nothing new to Rick and Nancy Ellett, owner/operators of the Sea Tow SML franchise. A recent call, however, resulted in a rather harrowing assist that lasted through the night.

As we wind down the 2021 General Assembly session and enter our final week, I must say that the Northern Virginia (“NoVa”) Democrats have demonstrated that when it comes to the needs of the rest of Virginia (“RoVa”), they just don’t care. The liberal legislative agenda that they have put for…

The last full week of the Special Session ended with the House completing its consideration of Senate bills and visa-versa. Many of the Senate bills were amended and, thus, put into a ‘conference’ posture, meaning conferees from each body meet and try to resolve differences on each bill. The…

“The Samaritan woman said to him, ‘How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?’ (Jews do not share things in common with Samaritans.) Jesus answered her, ‘If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, “Give me a drink,” you would have asked him, and …

As the COVID-19 crisis continued to smother families struggling to make ends meet, there came a 20 percent increase in requests for Christmas gifts this year through Lake Christian Ministries’ A Child’s Christmas. Over 430 children, ages newborn to 16 years old, were enrolled in the program,…

Nevertheless the gloom will not be upon her who is distressed …

Everyone has heard the saying, “’Tis better to give than receive.” Recently a group of Smith Mountain Lake (SML) residents and representatives of local churches had the opportunity to test the “giving” theory; it proved to be true! Call it luck, or better yet, divine intervention, but we rec…

I was a Volunteer Citizen Member for six years of the now dissolved Broadband Technical Advisory Committee; several of our prior members had been on the committee since it was created over 11 years ago. The function of the committee with its several broadband industry experienced personnel w…

“For thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not.

Thanksgiving of 2020 comes with its own set of challenges beyond the normal excitement of organizing a feast and juggling guests — especially for those who are trying to stay home and mitigate contact with the world due to coronavirus concerns. 

Election season is upon us, and division may seem more pervasive than the things that can bring us together. No matter your political views, however, there is a common threat that remains very real to our community: COVID-19. And we must team up to address it.

Saint Macarius wrote that “The signs accompanying grace are much joy, peace, love and truth. Such truth impels man to seek truth. But the signs of sin are accompanied by turmoil, not joy and love toward God.”

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For all who shop for groceries at Smith Mt. Lake, I want you to understand something: My husband and I are senior citizens, and I check off every box for death by COVID-19 except for male smoker. Therefore, he does the grocery shopping; I have not been shopping since March.

The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the lives of all Americans right now, especially those with underlying chronic conditions. This includes people living with dementia.

The last three months have been difficult for all and extremely difficult for some. As board chair of Lake Christian Ministries, I have seen firsthand the rapidly growing need for food and emergency services in our community. As much as we wish for this health crisis to end, it will most lik…

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The Feast of Pentecost, celebrated on May 31 this year, commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles, the preaching of Peter and the other apostles to those in Jerusalem, and the baptism and addition of some 3,000 persons into the Christian community. The word “Pentecost” is…

Lately in the news, there has been discussion of voting by mail in future elections as voting in person may be hazardous to your health during the current pandemic.

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Distracted as the media is by all the latest news relating to our current pandemic, coverage of legislative actions important to Virginia citizens has been ignored.

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Boating at SML is a great family activity. Towing the children around on a tube, beaching the boat for an afternoon picnic or pulling into the guest docks at one of the local waterfront restaurants — all make for a fun day on the lake. Keeping children safe while boating is your responsibili…

We were heartened to hear that Gov. Ralph Northam has decided to allow Virginia to enter Phase One of reopening by May 15, barring an unanticipated spike of COVID-19 over the next week and a half. This is good news and represents hope for all Virginians. However, it’s too little and too slow.

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The Virginia General Assembly’s 2020 Session finally concluded April 29. Also known as Reconvene Day, this session is required to address the governor’s proposed amendments and vetoes.

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Each spring, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) publishes the Boating Incident Report from the previous season. To get included, mishaps must meet one or more of four qualifying characteristics: (1) Damages of over $2000 by or to the vessel or its equipment; (2) An …

The United States Postal Service is committed to delivering your mail and packages throughout the current pandemic. We are proud of our role in providing an essential service to every community. The one constant throughout this crisis has been our commitment to fulfilling the vital mission o…

Spring is here! Flowers are in bloom—pollen season is upon us—lake activities appear to be ramping up. But something doesn’t seem right. Many of us are still holed up like hermits wondering when we’ll be able to actively socialize, accept visitors and conduct volunteer activities with Smith …

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Many of you have reached out for more details about how Carilion is responding to the COVID-19 situation, and I wanted to update you on our guidelines and preparations.  Let me start by thanking you for your partnership and support. At times like this, it is important for all of us - healthc…