ADAM FOREMAN/Lake Gaston Gazette-Observer

Brian Goldsworthy, current Lake Gaston Water Safety Council president, addresses the council at its annual end of year pig pickin’ at the Roanoke Rapid Dam. See article on page A10


Announced as a side note at the Lake Gaston Water Safety Council’s end of season pig pickin’ Saturday, Will Miller of Dominion Energy, Inc. informed the crowd of about two dozen LGWSC guests and members, that every buoy from the Roanoke Rapids Dam to Kerr Lake will be replaced, including new lights and anchors. 

Miller said that the contract has been approved, supplies have been ordered, and after the first of the year, a contractor will get started on the project. 

“The new buoys should be in place by March or April,” said Miller. “The project should be done by next boating season.”

The LGWSC hosts its end of season pig pickin’ for members of the council along with their guests every year, for as long as current members remember. The group was formed in 1989.  

Before the food was served, current LGWSC president Brian Goldsworthy led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance and made business announcements about new members and the changing of a few positions going into next year. 

“Regular LGWSC meetings will kick back in sometime in March,” said Jay Koepf, outgoing membership director. “The board will continue to meet through the off season.”

According to Koepf, the LGWSC has trouble recruiting and retaining younger members, despite the organization’s $10-a-year dues. 

The LGWSC provides information about water safety to the Lake Gaston community. For more information about becoming a member, visit