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LakeAnnaLifeTimesOctoberNovember2015 23 lake anna monsterPAGE Volunteers from the Louisa Humane Society and Louisa Adult Community Education became Beer Captains for the Lake Anna Grapes Grains Festival October 10. Lake Anna Business Partnership Uniting LKA The opinions expressed in this column do not reflect those of this publication. They are those of the writer and meant to elicit a response from our readers. If youd like to submit an essay for publication please email it to us at lkalifeearthlink.net For over 15 years now the Lake Anna Business Partnership has worked to promote Lake Anna as a destination and a place to live while connecting member businesses with more customers. Theyve done all this while striving to be a good steward for the lake because whats good for the lake is good for lake businesses right Its not always easy to remain objective and sometimes even neutral on certain topics but this philosophy has paid long term dividends to the LABP. Now at 101 member businesses and trend- ing upward this Virginia Chamber of Commerce certified group functions as an effective bridge be- tween Lake Anna players on all sides of the aisles. Activities theyve administered or fostered include a Town Hall style meeting with Louisa County Su- pervisor Stephanie Koren and representatives of the Virginia Department of Transportation monthly Business After Hours networking meetings at local restaurants that feature speakers a Casino Night to benefit the Louisa Humane Society signage directing travelers from I-64 to the lake and much more. LABP members and guests recently gathered at Tavern on the Rail Tuesday October 20 for their monthly Business After Hours meeting and demon- strated this bridging effect. The evening will began at 630 pm with drinks and a light meal provided by Tavern owners Melody and Kenny Bowers. What made this meeting so special besides the fine hospitality was those who attended. There were businesses members of Louisa County government and administration and citizens there all present to be a part of the dynamic groups evening of speakers. Louisa County Parks Recreation Tourism LCPRT Director Jane Shelhorse told those present about the county-wide Hometown Holiday Shopping promotion. This shop-local marketing effort brings lake re- gion and county merchants together with cash and prize incentives for shoppers to keep their dollars local. It will begin in mid-November and culminate in early January with a drawings for dozens of prizes and 500 cash provided by participating businesses LCPRT the LABP and the Louisa Chamber of Commerce. For more information visitwww.lcpr.infoHometownHoliday.asp. Cuckoo District Louisa Supervisor Willie Gentry was on hand to present a brief informational over- view of issuesprojects coming to the lake region in the near future and kindly answered questions. He also called Mineral District Supervisor Stephanie Koren up to join him and urged LKAers to get to know ALL the Louisa County Supervisors espe- cially as the lake gets busier in the coming years. Also that evening the Citizens For New Bridge FireRescueMarine Station gave their first public presentation on a plan to build a firehouse and bring emergency service to the mid lake area. They told the crowd this much-needed service requires an expanded grassroots support group in order for it to move forward. At the end of the meeting I told those gathered to look around and note who was in the room and remember it was LABP that brought them together. Its a group of people who care greatly about the future of Lake Anna and have demon- strated an intense volunteerism spirit to make our community the best it can be. The next LABP Business After Hours will be held at Lake Anna Winery 630 pm November 17.Guests are welcome at Business After Hours with a sponsoring member and will be recog- nized at the meeting. A three-month test-drive membership card is available for those interested in trying out LABP. Member benefits include the Lake Anna Information Center at Dickinsons Store the annual Spring Festival free to mem- bers ribbon-cutting grand opening ceremonies Vitos was the most recent Billikens BBQ before that the monthly Business After Hours and much more. Remember the Lake Anna Sunset Concert Series Thats LABP too. Its no secret LABP is the nicest bunch of business-minded folks you will find anywhere. Its no secret that their mission is to help your small business be successful. Its no secret that joining LAPB is easy smart and a wise business strategy. It will be no secret if you join the LAPB member- ship the word will go out via events publications and the greater Lake Anna Louisa County net- work. Its no secret that LAPB wants you to join our membership family. Give your business an early Christmas gift of LAPB membership. Social membership for those just wanting to be part of the group are also available. For info go to www. visitlakeanna.org. I am proud to be serving and be a founding member with this group and want to recognize my fellow board members for their support and dedication. I hope to see you at one or both of our upcoming After Hours. C.C. McCotter 2015 LABP President Publisher of Lake Anna Life Times OPINION LAKE ANNA GLITTERATI MikeHigginsphoto The Louisa Arts Center held a Silver Tie Gala fundraising event on October 3 that drew over 150 guests and featured a silent and live auction and performance by the New Stylistics. Susan Vandervliet and Tavern on the Rail owners Melody and Kenny Bowers enjoying a pumpkin martini at the October 20 Lake Anna Business Partnership After Hours event.