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Organizers cancel Take Pride in SML Cleanup Days


Organizers of Take Pride in Smith Mountain Lake, SML's annual spring cleanup initiative, announced today organized events have been cancelled amid concerns related to coronavirus (COVID-19).

“We extend our sincere thanks to volunteers, committee members and sponsors who were primed to help with this important community event,” said John Rupnik, president of the Smith Mountain Lake Association (SMLA), which organizes the campaign in collaboration with the Tri-County Lakes Administrative Commission (TLAC) and the SML Regional Chamber of Commerce (SMLRCC).


“However, in light of the recent progression of COVID-19 and CDC recommendations, representatives of all three organizing bodies were in agreement this is the necessary course of action.”


Organized events were scheduled for the first three Saturdays in May at multiple locations around the lake, said TLAC Executive Director Paula Shoffner. 


“Obviously, having to cancel is disappointing, but ultimately, the committee felt this was the best decision for 2020. In the coming weeks, we’ll assess options for other ways we can achieve the goals of Take Pride in SML without placing volunteers at risk,” Shoffner said.


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