Newsletter July 2019

July-September, 2019 Edition

Summer is here and on Leesville Lake that means being outside. Summer lake water is warm, clean, refreshing and totally delightful.

The residents of Leesville Lake include a diverse group of delightful people who hail from all over the United States and bring a vast amount of talent to our lake communities. Resident professions and career experience include: business owners; gardeners; government workers; attorneys; scientists; production workers; plumbers and electricians; homemakers; realtors; MDs and PHds; engineers, I.T. experts; educators; musicians; artists; a landscape architect, a recording artist/storyteller, and more.

This quarterly digital Emagazine,“Living the Dream at Leesville Lake” is published by the Leesville Lake Association and offers an update of current events, activities and lifestyle at Leesville Lake. 

Leesville Lake Members can expect to find the latest edition in their Email in-boxes at the beginning of each quarter: January-March; April-June; July-September; and October-December.
  Inside This Issue:
  • A Message from Dave Rives, LLA President: “Summer on the Blue Jewel Near the Blue Ridge Mountains” 
  • 2019 Leesville Lake Calendar of Events
  • An Invitation to LLA Members and Their Families to the LLA Annual Picnic and Membership Meeting
  • Two Wonderful Leesville Lake Marinas: Tri County Marina, Camp Ground and Grill & Leesville Lake Marina, Pool and Grill
  • Learn what the LLA Does & How You can Become a Member
  • LLA Treasurer’s Report from Mary Loiselle
  • Water Quality Committee Report from Chair, Tony Capuco
  • Debris Committee Report from LLA President, Dave Rives
  • Navigation Committee Report from Chair, Joe Humphrey
  • Safety Committee Report from Chair, Gerry Caprario
  • Beautification Day Committee Report from Chair, Dannie Smith
  • Consider Becoming the New LLA Membership Committee Chair
  • Complete List of 2019 LLA Board of Directors & Chairs
  • Introducing Bandit: Featured Photo of “Me and My Pet Living the Dream” at Leesville Lake
  • Photo Submissions Requested for the 2020 Leesville Lake Calendar
  • LLA Website Archives: LLA Meeting Minutes & LLA Newsletters
  • Thank you to Leesville Lake Service Provider Members
  • A Note From the LLA EMagazine Editor, Randy Weiss: “Strawberry Iced Tea-A Refreshing Summer Drink”
This EMagazine is brought to you by:
The Leesville Lake Association
P.O. Box 68, Altavista, VA 24517

Photo: These photos tell a story of “summer fun, recreation, and relaxation at Leesville Lake


                       A Message from Dave Rives, LLA President:                                 “Summer on the ‘Blue Jewel Near the Blue Ridge Mountains’ “

I’d like to thank all involved with the 2019 Beautification Day(s).
For the first time in 16 years, weather got the best of us on June 8.  However many of you were resilient and helpful and showed up on the 15th and/or the 22nd, our make-up days.


Beautification Day is recognized in APCo’s FERC operating license as the Leesville Lake Association’s part of the debris management plan.  It is critical that we all support this effort and again, thanks to those who did.  If you were not able to help this year, please be ready in 2020.

Associated with that, our Annual Meeting and Appreciation Picnic will be held July 13 at the Leesville Lake Marina at 1:00pm.  It is a catered event and all members and prospective members are invited to attend.  If attending, please bring a dessert to share.  We ask that everyone attending please sign-up via the website at so we will have a good count for the caterer.  I told the Directors that the Board members had to eat after the members and guests, just in case there wasn’t enough food. That idea didn’t go over well, so you’ll be doing me a big favor by signing up :).

During the meal we do have some business to attend to.  All members are asked to check-in upon arrival so we have a count for the meeting.  You’ll hear from all committees, approve the budget for the upcoming year, vote on new and returning Directors and learn about Bylaw changes made by the Board this year. Just as importantly you’ll have the chance to meet new folks and enjoy the afternoon.

As you know from previous newsletters, safety and environmental concerns continue be the main focus of the Association.  Debris continues to be the most significant issue facing every lake, including ours. It creates an aesthetic challenge, but more importantly a safety issue and one that  we are working diligently and continuously on.  Your Debris and Water Quality Committees, along with the Board, continue to achieve progress as we work with APCo/AEP on this issue.

Currently APCo is working a dedicated crew on the lake, six days a week to remove debris.  They also have a contract crew working part time. The Pigg River continues to be a big concern.  We are focusing on this issue with AEP and have expanded our water quality monitoring to include the Pigg River. As you will read below in Tony Capuco’s report, the Pigg River has not degraded the health of the water in Leesville Lake. If these are areas of concern to you, please consider joining one of the committees.  If interested, visit the “Join” tab on our website.

Finally, as we are in “the lazy days of summer,” please keep safety frontmost in your mind around the lake.  The history of our lake shows very few safety related events and that’s wonderful.  Let’s keep it that way. In my old job, we had a saying about safety: “Not on My Watch”-the message being that I’m not only going to make sure I’m safe, but I’m going to watch out for others also.  That’s a great attitude to have.
Have fun and be safe,

                                                                        Dave Rives


                                Photo: A boat ride with Papa is always a special occasion

                          2019-20 Leesville Lake Calendar of Events

 Mark your calendar for a year full of activities. Here is the complete list of events for the 2019 LLA year.

                                                           Board Meetings:
The LLA Board Meetings are open to all LLA members (please see note below)
February 14: Leesville Lake Marina 6:30 PM *
March 14:  Leesville Lake Marina 6:30 PM
May 9:  Staunton River Library, Altavista 6:30 PM 
June 13:  Staunton River Library, Altavista 6:30 PM
August 8:  Staunton River Library, Altavista 6:30 PM
Sept 12:  Staunton River Library, Altavista 6:30 PM
Nov 14:  Staunton River Library, Altavista 6:30 PM
Dec 12:  Staunton River Library, Altavista 6:30 PM

                                                         Membership Meetings 
The LLA Board Meetings are open to all LLA members (please see note below)
Jan 12: Altavista Train Station 10:30 AM * 
Apr 13:  Altavista Train Station 10:30 AM * Speaker: Rob Gallimore, AEP Plant Manager for Hydro Generation 

July 13:  Annual Membership Meeting/Picnic at the Leesville Lake Marina  1:00 PM   Oct 12:  Altavista Train Station 10:30 AM * Speaker(s): Ben Farmer, Pittsylvania County Supervisor and Matt Rowe, Pittsylvania County Economic Development Director 
Note: All LLA members may attend Board Meetings since they are open meetings. However, only Board Members may vote on actions being taken as these meetings are formatted for participation by Board Members only. General Membership Meetings are designed to give all LLA members an opportunity to more actively participate.
                                                          Beautification Day
June 8: 
Please save the date to join friends, neighbors and AEP to clean the Leesville Lake Shorelines
June 22: Rain Date for Beautification Day                
 2019 Boating Safety Class(s) Dates
March 16, April 20, May 18: Altavista Train Station (Please click this link for more information)
Leesville Lake Marina – 2736 Marina Drive, Gretna, 24557 * 434.324.8500 
* Staunton River Library – 500 Washington St, Altavista, 24517 * 434.369.5140

* Altavista Train Station – Washington St, 24517 (Adjacent parking with the Staunton River Library) 

               Photo: Be sure to mark your calendar with July, August and September LLA events 

       2019 Annual Membership Meeting: Beautification Day and Picnic

        An Invitation to all LLA Members, Prospective Members and Their Families

 What: An annual event to celebrate a cleaner-than-ever lake due to volunteers who contributed their time and skills on Beautification Day, and to thank all the Leesville Lake Association volunteers who serve the board, committees and protect the good and welfare of our precious lake throughout the year.  Prospective LLA members are also cordially invited.
The Leesville Lake Marina (see below for location information)

 When: 1:00 PM
 What Else:  A scrumptious lunch, catered by acclaimed Jimmy Wise will be served.  The menu includes grilled chicken, BBQ pork, potato salad, green beans, and pasta salad. 

 Cost: It’s in your honor so there is no cost. Please bring a dessert to share.
 How: Please register you, your family and prospective members by July 6th


Photo:  The LLA Membership meetings are informative and a great way to meet your neighbors. Pictured here is Rob Gallimore, AEP Plant Manager for Hydro Generation
who discussed pertinent issues to LLA members at the April, 2019 Membership Meeting. 

       Two Wonderful Leesville Lake Marinas: Gas, Food, Entertainment

     Tri County Marina, Campground & Grill  &   Leesville Lake Marina, Pool & Grill

Tri County Marina, Campground & Grill

Thomas Bradner, General Manager * 434.369.5126  * * Facebook  
1261 Sunrise Loop, Lynch Station, VA 24571 * Mile Marker 5
Weds & Thursday: 9 AM-5 PM; Friday: 9 AM-7 PM; Saturday: 9 AM-11 PM; Sunday: 9 AM-6 PM.  
Closed: Monday and Tuesday  *  24-Hour Call Service (for lake emergency or gas) 434.369.5126
Entertainment: Friday Movie Night  *  Saturday Kerioke/Music Night (See Facebook Page for Event Details)
Food: Burgers, Fries, Sandwiches, Fabulous Pizza, and More
July 6, 2019-All-Day Independence Day Event begins at 8:00 AM and ends with a “Spectacular Firework Display” just after dark. (See Facebook Page for Event Details)

                                                  Leesville Lake Marina, Pool & Grill                                                          Chip and Lisa Zimmerman, Owners * 434.324.8500  *  2736 Marina Drive, Gretna, VA 24557
Monday-Thursday: 11 AM-7 PM; Friday: 11 AM-9 PM; Saturday: 10 AM-8PM; Sunday: 9 AM-6 PM.
Pool: Monday-Friday: 11 AM-7 PM; Saturday:10 AM-6 PM; Sunday 1 PM-6 PM 
Entertainment: Friday Night Fish Fry  *  Saturday Night Music (See Facebook Page for Event Details)
Food: Burgers, Fries, Sandwiches, Fish and Chips, and More
Other: Gas, Watercraft Rentals, Private Event Venue

                Leesville Lake Marina                                                                    Tri County Marina              

            Learn What the LLA Does & How You Can Become a Member

The Leesville Lake Association is intent on welcoming all lake residents and recreational lake users as members of the LLA. Please reach out to your friendand neighbors who enjoy Leesville Lake in any capacity to join the Leesville Lake Association.
The Leesville Lake Association is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation that was formed in August 2003 to promote stewardship of Leesville Lake by:
  • Monitoring and protecting water quality 
  • Assisting clean-up of waters and shorelines
  • Assisting in safe recreational use such as creating and maintaining mile markers and navigational aids, including a detailed map of the lake in conjunction with AEP 
  • Assisting in economic development 
  • Fostering optimum water levels.
Additionally, the LLA board members and committee chairs maintain consistent, on-going relationships with essential agencies such as TLAC (Tri-County Lakes Administrative Commission) and AEP (Appalachian Electric Power).  These relationships are critical in protecting the safety and overall high quality of Leesville Lake. Board members and committee chairs and their teams are all volunteers who need the support of a solid membership backing their efforts. Please consider yourself as part of the team and become a LLA member
The annual membership dues are $25 and they are tax deductible.
To join, please visit and choose one of these two options:
1.) Print and Mail the Membership Application with your check for $25                                                   to Leesville Lake Association P.O. Box 68, Altavista, VA  24517
2.) Pay On-line with a credit card via the Membership Application 
The Leesville Lake Association encourages  recreational users of the lake as well as community members to support the work of our association along with lake residents. If you are already a member, the LLA thanks you. If you are not yet a member, please join today.
* If you or your HOA would like Membership Application Flyers for distribution to your community, please contact Randy Weiss at

                       LLA Treasurer’s Report from Mary Loiselle

As I write this, it is raining and gloomy out.  However, we need the rain and this follows a glorious Memorial Day weekend on the lake where it was hot and sunny!  I am confident that when you read this in July, the weather will be Leesville-Lake-Perfect.

All is well in the treasury of the Leesville Lake Association.  We continue to receive funds annually from AEP for the University of Lynchburg to assist us in monitoring the water quality of Leesville Lake.  We are spending some of the funds that we received more than a few years ago for Navigational Aids.  And we continue to have generous sponsors for Beautification Day who provide funds or in-kind services to help us clean up debris from the lake and dispose of it.  I’ll have the complete list of sponsors and providers in the October-December LLA EMagazine.

Invoices for dues will be ready for members to pick up at the Beautification Day Appreciation Picnic and Annual Meeting in July 13th.  Those that aren’t personally delivered at the picnic will be mailed shortly thereafter.  As a reminder, we are mailing invoices one time per year instead of e-mail reminders or mailing them to members quarterly.  Dues are due by August 31 for the fiscal year of September 1, 2019 through August 31, 2020.  You can return the bottom part of the invoice with a check or pay online through the association website.

Thank you for your continued support and membership!
                                                                    Mary Loiseile

                     Photo: Mary definitely knows how to “live the dream at Leesville Lake”

           Water Quality Committee Report from Chair, Tony Capuco

We have now begun our 2019 season and Tom Shahady’s group at the University of Lynchburg has been monitoring the quality of water in our lake since April.  Your water quality committee volunteers will be on the lake collecting samples in the next few days and monthly thereafter.  

Our June sampling will occur after the large rain events that have occurred thus far this month.  It is likely that changing weather patterns are bringing increased rain and storms to our area, which makes monitoring lake conditions increasingly important.

This season we will again be investigating water quality issues on the Pigg River.  Last year’s investigations identified regions of concern and showed that the water treatment plant was operating in compliance. This situation has not degraded the health of LVL, but has impacted water quality near the mouth of the Pigg River. We hope to more closely identify areas of concern on the river with regard to nutrient and bacterial contamination.  Armed with that information, we plan to have a commercial laboratory analyze selected samples to identify the animal hosts that are the major contributors.  We can then develop a strategy to improve the health of the river.

In the offseason, our committee and officers of the Leesville Lake Association have submitted multiple grant/funding requests to support water quality, debris management and other efforts on the lake.  These have born fruit and the increased funding will provide the resources needed for these efforts.  In the next EMagazine article we will provide an update of these efforts.

We are all looking forward to an enjoyable season on Leesville Lake.  Ensuring the continued health of the lake requires continued vigilance by our Association and its members. Please consider volunteering at Beautification Day activities as they occur, and otherwise actively participating in our Association.

Results from our water monitoring efforts for 2018 have been summarized in the annual report that is posted on our Association Website (  As summarized in previous communications, the water quality issues that we faced on Leesville Lake (LVL) in 2017 have been resolved. 

Tony Capuco

 Above Photo: Tony Capuco diligently takes monthly water samples on Leesville Lake

        Debris Committee Report from LLA President, Dave Rives

In 2017, the Leesville Lake Debris Committee was renewed under the leadership of Jim and Randy Weiss.  We thank them for their leadership in getting this very important committee up and running again.  Current Committee Members are Gary and Pam McMillan, Jim and Wanda Riccione, Frank and Barb Podrebarac and Ex-Officio Members, Dave Rives and Tracy Pauly.

We are a very active committee, dedicated to the safety and health of Leesville Lake. Our purpose is to address debris on Leesville Lake, including (aka AEP) ongoing participation in keeping the lake clear of debris that potentially poses a safety hazard for public use, and the overall aesthetics and enjoyment of our beautiful lake.

We continue to strive for a productive working relationship with AEP. 

  • Members of our Debris Committee have been invited to accompany the APCo crew on monthly inspections of Leesville Lake, and our committee has been asked to recommend where the crew will work the next month.
  • The committee submitted written comments to APCo’s Annual Report to FERC.  In it we reiterated our concerns for the safety issues associated with debris and the need for APCo to step up to their highest standard and activity in fulfilling their operating license, including the Pigg River issues. APCo has responded by assigning a full-time crew to our lake working six, ten hour days per week.  APCo’s contractor is also working part-time on the lake.
  • From April-May, APCo concentrated efforts from the Leesville dam to MM6.  
  • Currently (mid-June), APCo is concentrating all efforts around MM7 and higher as a result of the high level event which occurred on the Pigg River in mid-June.  High level AEP leadership is aware of the situation.
  • Currently APCo is working a dedicated crew on the lake, six days a week to remove debris. They also have a contract crew working part time.
  • The Pigg River continues to be a big concern.  We are focusing on this issue with AEP and have expanded our water quality monitoring to include the Pigg River. 

It is important to note that our Committee’s work on Leesville Lake is an on-going work-in-progress. Our continued success greatly increases with involvement of lake residents and recreational users. Please contact us with your comments, concerns and suggestions–and above all, please report debris on the lake, as directed below. 

                              It is more essential than ever to report lake debris sightings.

We strongly request that all residents and boaters of Leesville Lake to Email complaints and STILL-photos regarding lake debris to both of these on-line addresses:

* (TLAC-Tri-County Lakes Administrative Commission)                              (LLA Debris Committee)                  
  • Your address, phone number and/or Email (if Email, include a statement as follows: “I give TLAC/AEP permission to contact me by Email”). This information is critical because AEP historically has, and should respond to you regarding your complaint, so we wish to assure that they have your correct contact information.
  • Mile Marker Number of debris locale or a landmark or address that would describe the area. 
  • Still-photos only are accepted (Do not send videos or other formats)
  • Please send only one complaint per specific incident, per family

Your participation is greatly needed and we urge you to alert our committee and TLAC every time you recognize unsightly debris in your locale. 

If you have any comments, suggestions or questions, (other than photos/complaints which should be sent to the g-mail address above), please contact us.
         Leesville Lake Association Debris Committee

Photo: The AEP crew hard at work at keeping Leesville Lake safe and clean. Here you see debris being loaded onto the barge while another crew member chops debris from a previous load. If you see the barge in your neck of the woods, be sure to thank the crew for their excellent work.

             Navigation Committee Report from Chair, Joe Humphrey

We are pleased to announce that the first three Shoal-Hazard Markers have been installed in the locations approved by TLAC and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

The markers are in the form of basic USCG approved buoys which identify the hazard as a shoal or rocks.  The locations of these initial markers are all on the Pittsylvania County side of the lake as follows: Shoal across from the northern point of land of Heron Landing Rocky point across from the north end of Goat Island (southern point of Heron Landing) Old Woman’s Shoal adjacent to Leesville Lake Marina.

We will monitor the effectiveness of the installation considering the variable lake levels, weather events and the considerable debris the markers will experience. Should the initial installations prove to be suitable, the Navigation Committee plans to obtain approval for a second set of hazard markers. Again, there are approximately 12 hazard locations which have previously been identified as needing markers to alert mariners of potential dangers.

For all of us using Leesville Lake we recognize the floating debris certainly remains the most significant safety hazard.  However, those locations identified as needing hazard markers are certainly a safety concern and identifying them with these markers (buoys) will benefit all who navigate Leesville Lake.

If anyone is interested in assisting with the efforts to make our lake a safer place to play and would like to join our Navigation Committee please contact me or the Leesville Lake Association.  We’d be pleased to have your help.
                                                                      Joe Humphrey

Photo: Joe Humphrey and the LLA Navigation Committee strives to secure recreational safety for all at Leesville Lake
Above Right Photo: One of the first three Shoal-Hazard Markers installed on Leesville Lake thanks to the hard work of the LLA Navigation Committee

                Safety Committee Report from Chair, Gerry Caprario

The Importance of Sunglasses by Darin K. Bowers, MD, Piedmont Eye Center 

Most people understand the link between ultraviolet (UV) radiation and skin cancer, buy many don’t consider the connection between UV radiation and damage to the eye. The same UV light rays that can cause skin cancer can also severely affect our eyes and the sensitive skin that surrounds them. And these harmful effects increase over time. For water enthusiasts, reflected light can add to the problem.

What is Ultraviolet (UV) Light?
Ultraviolet light is a form of radiation that is not visible to the eye. Many light sources (tanning beds, welding machines) can emit small amounts but the sun is the most common source. While catching some of the sun’s rays is good for you (to help metabolize Vitamin D for example), too much exposure can have harmful effects.

How Does UV Light Affect Your Eyes?
Exposure to UV light can cause many eye diseases and conditions, including macular degeneration, cataracts, pterygium (growths on the front of the eye, skin cancer around the eye, and snow blindness (photokeratitis). Age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a disease associated with a damaged retina, is the leading cause of age-related blindness. Extended exposure to UV light increases your risk of developing this condition. Young people spending a lot of time outdoors need to begin protecting their eyes more as the effects can accumulate over time.

How Do You Protect Your Eyes?
Even on an overcast day, UV light can reach your eyes. The right pair of sunglasses, with the proper UV blocking properties, can help to protect your eyes. Ideally, your sunglasses should block out 99% to 100% of both UV-A and UV-B light radiation. Polarized UV-blocking sunglasses are particularly beneficial for time on the water to limit the additive effects of reflected light and glare. Of course, everyone should also have regular eye exams to monitor for any potential problems.
                                                            Gerry Caprario

Photo: Gerry Caprario’s excellent advice is an asset to all who enjoy Leesville Lake

     LLA Beautification Day Committee Report from Chair, Dannie Smith

Due to the weather, The 16th Annual Beautification Day turned into three days: June 8th (rained out by noon), June 15th and June 22nd. Yet, LLA members know how to work with Mother Nature and we happy to say that all three events were tremendously successful due to a healthy turn-out of enthusiastic, dedicated volunteer workers including children and even pets. 

The 16th Annual LLA Beautification Day(s) was a huge success despite the rainy weather throwing us two strikes.  One was the rainy and soggy conditions on June 8th that kept most of our boats, people and equipment from the task (or on the bench). Strike two was the Pigg River cresting at 15 feet above normal that same weekend, contributing a worthy collection of logs and debris into our beautiful lake.

We hit back with two rain-make-up days. On the 15th, Sam Skillman and his crew regrouped at the Runaway Bay drop-off site to fill two of those huge dumpsters.

On the 22nd, both Leesville Lake Marina and Tri-county Marina, went to bat and might finish strong with about twice the quantity as last year’s Beautification Day. It looks like four dumpsters each will be scored.

And get this, the AEP barge crew worked all three Saturdays at the Brumfield drop-off site area. With some help from Gary and Pam McMillan’s boat crew and others, AEP filled their barge several times. Hats off in thanking all the crews for going above and beyond to sacrifice their Saturdays to help keep our Lake safe and beautiful.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to our Beautification Day Sponsors for their generous monetary and in-kind giving.

We’ll have the final score with stats at the Leesville Lake Association’s picnic July 13th at Leesville Lake Marina.  It will be catered to thank the Beautification Day workers and to feed the attendees of our Leesville Lake Association’s annual membership meeting. I’ll bet the caterer will do better than hotdogs 🙂

 Dannie Smith


Left Photo: As Beautification Chair, Dannie Smith leads the residents/LLA members team as they work together to keep Leesville Lake clean, safe and beautiful 
Top Photo: Rudder McMillan assists volunteers by retrieving sticks from the lake
Middle Photo: LLA members are all smiles as they pose for a 2019 Beautification Day picture
Bottom Right Photo: Boats lined up at Runaway Bay Site to Unload Debris
Bottom Left Photo: Dannie’s grandchildren are colorful Beautification Day participants

        Consider Becoming the New LLA Membership Committee Chair

                           Leesville Lake Association Membership Committee Description

Currently, the LLA maintains a list of about 300 members which represents only a portion of Leesville Lake property owners. Our goal is to have all who live, swim, boat and work at Leesville Lake to become Leesville Lake Association Members.

Goal: Increase and maintain membership within the following categories:

  • Full-Time Residents on Leesville Lake
  • Part-Time Residents on Leesville
  • LakeOwners of Undeveloped Property on Leesville Lake 
  • Non-Resident Recreational Users of Leesville Lake
  • Local and Out-of-Town Realtors
  • Community Leaders/Associations/Businesses

Create: An Annual Campaign to increase and maintain LLA Membership
A flyer/sell-piece, incentives, membership drives, etc.

Maintain: An Accurate Membership List and an expanded Email/mailing list in Conjunction with the LLA Treasurer, EMagazine Editor and Communications Committee Chair

Mailing Sources: USPS (Post-Card Mailing) * LLA Website * LLA Quarterly EMagazine

Committee Chair: Coordinates all the above with the support of the entire Board of Directors and an enthusiastic committee*

* Committee Members are standing by ready to work with the new Membership Chair

Please contact President, Dave Rives for more information

Photo: Working with great people for a great purpose is a rewarding and fulfilling experience

Complete List of 2018-19 LLA Board of Directors & Committee Chairs

David Rives – Director/President, Executive Committee Chair & TLAC Rep * 804.921.2621

Tracy Pauley – Director/Vice–President, Nominating Committee Chair * 434.509.5401

Phyllis Garlick – Director/Secretary * 434.944-0632

Mary Loiselle – Director/Treasurer * 434.324.6125

Tony Capuco – Director/Water Quality Committee Chair * 240.994.8931

Gerry Caprario – Director/Water, Safety & Education Committee Chair * 434.656.9082 

Dannie Smith – Director/Beautification Day Committee Chair * 434.841.9313

J W Burton – Director *434-610-2107

Richard Beaton – Director * 434.656.3302

Frank Podrebarac – Director * 434.324.7690  

Chip Zimmerman – Director * 559.970.2479

Joe Humphrey – Navigation Committee Chair

Dave Waterman – Webmaster

Julie Moore – Finance Committee Co-Chair

Anne Waterman – Finance Committee Co-Chair

Randy Weiss – LLA Newsletter Editor

Ready-to-be-Filled – Membership Chair

Photo: Our LLA board and chairs are dedicated to excellence when it comes to the welfare of Leesville Lake

Featured Photo of “Me and My Pet Living the Dream at Leesville Lake”

    Leesville Lake has many lake-loving furry residents.
Adorable and fluffy, 14-year old Bandit loves to go boating with mom and dad,
Phyllis and Larry Garlick
Please send your photos of you and your pets to to be published in future issues of “Living the Dream at Leesville Lake.”

Photo: Bandit clearly guides the way on Leesville Lake

     Photo Submissions Requested for the 2020 Leesville Lake Calendar

We are happy to announce that the 2020 Calendar is up and running for production later this year. Pictures are a necessity and we are asking that everyone submit your photos.  We need fun, seasonal, wildlife, scenery, skyline, anything you like and want to share with everyone.
Please follow the points below in order for your photos to be eligible for the calendar.

  1. If using your phone, please turn the phone as if you are watching TV.  This will allow the picture to be wider and doesn’t take as much work to make it fit on the page.
  2. All pictures should be submitted by as soon as possible
  3. Include the name of the person who took the photo.
  4. For uploading photos:  Go to * Go to Contacts*  Choose “Photo Upload” from the dropdown menu * Follow the prompts.

Please contact Phyllis Garlick at for any questions regarding the calendar.

Photo: The Leesville Lake Calendar is a great way to welcome 2020. Experience the delight of seeing one of your very own photos in print.

        LLA Newsletter Archives: LLA Meeting Minutes & LLA Newsletters

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 Photo: Summer rain often brings a brilliant rainbow to Leesville Lake

              Thank you to Leesville Lake Service Provider Members

There are so many stellar people who can be depended on to assist Leesville Lake residents in all sorts of ways. Thank you to the service providers below for becoming LLA members as well as providing valuable services to our lake communities. 
  • REG ANDERSON, ABR, GRI Long & Foster Realtors, 16869 Moneta Rd., Moneta, VA 24121 * * 540.580.6960                         “Selling 2 Lakes, 2 Lake-Lifestyles: “Smith Mountain & Leesville Lakes”   
  • Robyn Flint, Realtor 540.588.0243 * 
  • Brian Miller, Miller’s Catering 434.942.1466  “Nothing Too Big, Nothing Too Small”
  • Shawn Harter, Construction, Dock Builder, Power-Washing, and more                                      540.750.0909 * “You Name It-I Can Probably Do It”     
The LLA is happy to supply this on-going list. If you are looking for a recommendation or reference, please contact the service provider directly.
                     Photo: Happy customers admire dock builder’s work

 “Why Leesville Lake from the LLA EMagazine Editor, Randy Weiss

                “Strawberry Iced Tea-A Refreshing Summer Drink”

Why Leesville Lake? The answer is simple and eloquent: Serene, Friendly, Intelligent, Clean, Beautiful, and so  much more. Whether one lives on the lake or in the beautiful woods surrounding Leesville Lake, food and drink is a huge part of lake-living all year round. Here is a great summer beverage that is one of our family’s favorites.

My husband loves sweet tea but all that “sweetness” found in super-market versions was unforgivingly unhealthy. So in the best interest of my husband, I began making it myself. My Capresso Iced Tea maker allows me to create healthier, refreshing summer drinks. While this recipe works with or without a tea-maker, I have to say that I love this machine and I too, have become a lover of sweet (but not too sweet) tea.


* 8 Green Tea Bags;1 black tea bag; 6 Large Strawberries, coarsely mashed**; 1/2 Cup of Blue Agave Syrup (or to taste); Juice from 1/2 Fresh Lemon; Heat/Cold-Sensitive Pitcher Filled to the Brim with Ice

* Brew the tea

* Put the mashed strawberries* at the bottom of the pitcher. Add Agave and lemon juice. Fill the pitcher with ice. Slowly add the hot tea.

* You can even add a splash of lemonade for a special summer zest

**You can use peaches, raspberries, blueberries, etc. in place of strawberries

* Stir and Enjoy

On Another Note: Please send me your “Ahhhh” stories about living at Leesville Lake be it on the lake or on dry ground. Please submit stories of how ones’ neighbors have brought joy into your life; upcoming community/neighborhood events that you’d like advertised; a favorite recipe; a special photo that tells a story, and/or testimonials about what you love about Leesville Lake, etc.

This EMagazine is all about you, me, and everybody who is a member of the Leesville Lake Association whether they live on the lake full/part-time, or come on the weekends from neighboring communities to fish, boat, or swim. I so look forward to hearing from you.

Photo: Randy Weiss, Editor of “Living the Dream at Leesville Lake” EMagazine
Above Right  Photo:  Beautiful, delicious, sweet tea is a southern treat

Your October-December, 2019 Issue of
“Living the Dream at Leesville Lake” will be Sent in Early October

Our October-December issue will include:
Information about lifestyle, current events, resident members, board members and many more features regarding our beautiful lake…
Stay tuned.
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Thanks so much for being part of our Leesville Lake Community-The Leesville Lake Association


                     Photo: Leesville Lake’s resident heron spends some quality time on a dock

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