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2008-10-04 03:00:10

One conclusion is clear in this year's drought-intensified dispute over water releases at Smith Mountain Lake: Appalachian Power Co. is right to look for a more flexible formula that can take into account historical trends and current conditions. The plan that Virginia's Department of Environmental Quality put forward this week would meet that end. What it does not resolve is whether lake dwellers and the people who live downstream will see the proposal as a fair solution to their...

2008-10-04 03:00:10

Smith Mountain Lake residents have one last chance to have their voices heard on Appalachian Power's water release protocol. The State Water Control Board will meet Oct. 16 in Richmond to hear citizen input and to make a decision on Department of Environmental Quality's water release proposal. The meeting is part of Appalachian's relicensing process to operate Smith Mountain and Leesville dams. Bob Camicia, president of Smith Mountain Lake Association, said the organization was planning...

2008-10-03 03:00:15

By Courtney Cutright courtney.cutright@roanoke.com 981-3345 Officials from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality released two reports Wednesday summarizing public comments and suggesting its own changes to a contentious requested water release proposal at Smith Mountain Lake. The DEQ proposed the following changes to the initially proposed permit based on about 600 written public comments received: n Modify a worst-case water level scenario to activate whenever Smith Mountain...

2008-10-01 09:00:22

Former Western Branch landmark Cosmos Diner is at its new home in Moneta at Smith Mountain Lake in western Virginia. Soon to be the diner part of Mayberry Drive-In and Diner, the structure was trucked across the state from Chesapeake. The project is the brainchild of Bob Craig and Kathy Gentry, who moved from the Winston-Salem, N.C., area a year ago after buying a second home at Smith Mountain Lake. They saw the need for commercial growth, especially on the Bedford County side of the lake,...

2008-09-20 12:00:47

Appalachian Power has received an extended variance to release less water from the Smith Mountain Project into the Staunton River. The variance, granted by Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, allows Appalachian to release a minimum average outlfow of 400 cfs, rather than 650 cfs. The outflow will be increased beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturdays through 8 p.m. on Sundays to 650 cfs. If the water level at Smith Mountain Lake drops below 792 feet, the recreational release will only take place...

2008-09-20 12:00:23

The Smith Mountain Lake Chamber of Commerce will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the SML Wine Festival on Saturday, Sept. 27 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 28 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. This year's festival will include 28 wineries, more than 95 food and craft vendors and four bands. On Sept. 27, Part-Time Party Time Band and Domino will play; Sept. 28 will feature BackStreet Band and The Embers. This year's festival will take place at the proposed site for LakeWatch Spa and...

2008-09-13 03:00:15

The discussion over how water is released from the Smith Mountain Project into the Staunton River continues on Wednesday when Tri- County Relicensing Commission and Smith Mountain Lake Association will host a town hall meeting to present TCRC's water-release proposal. TCRC presented it last week during a closed meeting between upstream and downstream representatives as Department of Environmental Quality considers Appalachian Power's water-release proposal as part of its relicensing...


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  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
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This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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