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It’s time to “fall back” one hour in observance of Daylight Saving Time. Rejoice, as this means you’re going to get that extra hour of sleep you’ve been mentally begging for over the last few months.

DST ends at 2am on November 2nd, so you’ll need to turn your clock back before you fall asleep on Saturday night (or risk arriving at church an hour before you had planned.)

Interesting fact: Arizona and Hawaii are the only two states that do not observe daylight saving time. Other states are proposing bills to get rid of DST altogether. Why? One reason is safety. Parents are concerned about their kids waiting roadside for school buses in the dark.

So why exactly do we observe Daylight Savings Time? According to an article on USA Today entitled, “Daylight Saving Time: What You Need To Know,” President Lyndon Johnson signed the “Uniform Time Act” into law in 1966 in an attempt to take advantage of daylight hours in hopes of cutting energy costs. However, the verdict is still out as to whether or not we see significant changes via DST.

In the interim we’ll all snuggle up in our cozy beds for that extra hour sleep on Sunday, leaving this conversation to snooze in the shadows until springtime…or until we try to figure out how to change the time on our car stereos.

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Residents are putting the final touches on their recipes and gearing up for the 2014 Fall Chili and Craft Festival slated for this Saturday, November 1st at Bridgewater Plaza.

Gaining in popularity each year, the Fall Chili and Craft Festival gives area businesses the chance to show off their culinary skills in a five-hour taste-testing event. Visitors vote for their favorite in one of three categories: Best Chili, People’s Choice, and Showmanship.

Admission is five dollars and gates open at 11am. Judging takes place at 3pm.

For more information on the Smith Mountain Lake Fall Chili and Craft Festival, check out the SML Regional Chamber of Commerce website at

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If you’re visiting Smith Mountain Lake during the weekend of July 18th-July 20th, then you might notice some strange characters wandering about the area in search of buried treasure. Fear not, for you’ve just discovered a fun event that’s quickly becoming one of SML’s most anticipated events…Smith Mountain Lake Pirate Days.

Beginning July 18th, participating businesses will outfit their staff in their best pirate garb and embark on a fun-filled adventure of treasure hunts and special pirate events including the Blimey Battle of Bridgewater which takes place on Saturday, July 19th at 2pm.

So how do you know which businesses are participating? Simply look for the Jolly Roger flag (skull and crossbones) flying high above the doorway and enter for some pirate-themed entertainment!

For more information on SML Pirate Weekend, check out the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce website at Here you’ll find information on Pirate Weekend as well as many other scheduled events that you’ll want to make plans to attend.

Interested in exploring the lay of the land? Then call John and Charlene Jones of Remax Lakefront Realty. Whether by car or by boat, John and Charlene will help you discover Smith Mountain Lake and show you which properties suit your lifestyle needs. 

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There are so many reasons why people fall in love with Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia. With over 500 miles of shoreline to discover, families of all sizes become enamored with the area’s southern hospitality and charm.

If you’ve decided to relocate to the area, you’ve probably started the process of looking for that perfect property to call home. First things first: you need to have an experienced realtor on your side; one who has your best interest at heart. John and Charlene Jones have the knowledge and expertise to help you find the home that best suits your needs and desires. With over 22 years of experience, John and Charlene know the Smith Mountain Lake market and are skilled at connecting motivated buyers and sellers.

There are some basic questions that you should ask yourself as you search for homes that are for sale in and around the Smith Mountain Lake area. Is this your primary residence or your vacation home? How much space do you need? Would a condo or townhome have enough space? Do you have your heart set on a waterfront home, or is water access sufficient?

It’s also important to become familiar with the different areas that surround Smith Mountain Lake so that you can narrow your search. Smith Mountain Lake touches three different counties: Franklin, Bedford and Pittsylvania. Each area of the lake has its own distinct personality, so explore each location to see which one fits your needs.

To begin your journey to Smith Mountain Lake, contact John and Charlene Jones of Remax Lake Front Realty at 540.874.7002.

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