Lyrics on the Lake Songwriters Festival

Accidental Success

Songwriters’ festival leads to career Last year’s Lyrics on the Lake Open-Mic Contest changed the lives of the members of Back Creek, the winning band. The three-member group  had never performed in public before last ...

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Ronald McDonald House

It Takes a Village

Ronald McDonald House offers Comfort Nothing weakens a parent more than having a sick child. The illness alone will stress the family; add to that long hospital stays far away from home and it may ...

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aviation 1941 Piper J4

Flying old school

A passion for aviation Jason Grieff is passionate about aviation. As a child he loved hanging out at what he calls “grass-roots” airports, small airports such as the Smith Mountain Lake Airport in Moneta. It ...

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Alpaca fashions hit the runway

Robbin Martinelli’s co-workers do not whistle while they work. They hum. She describes them as sweet, shy and rare. These co-workers are alpacas. Martinelli and her husband, Jay, own Smith Mountain Lake Farm and Alpacas ...

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Thank you, Madam

A woman to celebrate in any month As Black History Month ends, and Women’s History Month begins, I want to tell you about a woman who has inspired me for years. I first learned about ...

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