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BUCKINGHAM – It's Free Family Movie Night this Friday, August 27, 6:30 p.m., in the multi-purpose center at Maysville Baptist Church. This month's feature offers its sequel, Wilderness Family, Part 2.

Admission is free and so is the popcorn and lemonade.

Maysville Baptist Church is located on Route 60 in Buckingham Court House.

Softball Fundraiser

On Saturday, August 28, the Dillwyn Rescue Squad will take on the Dillwyn Fire Department in a fundraising softball game.

The game begins at 5 p.m., at Gene Dixon Memorial Park. Admission is a donation of $2 per person. Food and drinks will be available.

This promises to be a great game so come on out and cheer for your favorite EMS volunteers.

Friends and Family Day

Mourners Valley Baptist Church is hosting Family and Friends Day on Saturday, August 28, beginning at 12 noon at the Frances Redwood Educational Center, located on Route 15 in New Canton. Everyone is invited.

Chicken BBQ at AVFD

The Arvonia Volunteer Fire Department will be grilling up some of its delicious barbecued chicken on Sunday, September 5. Chicken will be ready at 2 p.m.

Along with one-half BBQ chicken, dinners will include Cole slaw, baked beans, roll, dessert, and beverage for $8 a plate.

You'll be able to dine at the firehouse or have your meals packed for take-out.

Proceeds benefit the Arvonia Volunteer Fire Department, which makes this a must-do for Sunday dinner on September 5.

Detecting Alzheimer's

On Wednesday, September 8, 10 a.m., at the Arts Center, Buckingham County TRIAD is hosting a program on the early detection of Alzheimer's disease. The presentation is open to everyone interested in learning more about this disease.

This interactive workshop offers ten signs to help with early detection. An early diagnosis of Alzheimer's offers an opportunity to begin drug therapy, enroll in clinical studies, and plan for the future.

Buckingham Arts Center is located on Route 60 in Buckingham Court House, next to the Agricultural Center and the County Administration Building.

Best Grandpa and Grandma

Buckingham Chamber of Commerce is continuing its tradition of sponsoring the Best Grandpa and Grandma Contest.

Although the contestants must be residents of Buckingham, the grandchild nominating the grandparent does not.

Separate entries are required for each grandparent-grandma and grandpa. Entries should include a short (one-page) essay by the grandchild about the special attributes of the grandparent and why they are deserving of the award.

Deadline for entries is September 8 by 5 p.m. Entries may be mailed to the Chamber of Commerce, P. O. Box 951, Dillwyn, VA 23936; or faxed to (434)983-4891. Please include the name and contact information of the grandchild and the name and contact information of the grandparent.

Winners will be announced on September 12, Grandparents Day, at Heritage Hall during their annual Gospel Gala. The announcement is scheduled for 4 p.m.

Farmers Market

Featuring meats, fresh produce, plants, crafts, and baked goods, the Buckingham Farmers Market operates each Friday from 3 to 7 p.m., adjacent the Buckingham Community Park, located on Route 1003, near the Industrial Park. For more information, call Sam Goin at (434)983-2867.

Golden History

Members of the Central Virginia Gold Prospectors are searching for more than gold in these hills. They are looking for information about the history of gold prospecting in Virginia, with special emphasis on Buckingham.

According to Jack Wyatt, president of CVGP, the organization is seeking help in researching and preserving the history of gold prospecting and mining operations that existed in and around Buckingham.

CVGP is a non-profit organization dedicated to the hobby and recreation of gold prospecting. The organization also strives to make gold prospecting more enjoyable and rewarding for those already involved.

CGVP member Tim Morris offered, “Many of us feel that there may be even more to learn by way of public contribution of information.”

The organization is seeking documents and photos as well as stories handed down through the generations about area gold mining and prospecting.

“Records of this era are vague at best and we hope to expand on what is already known,” explained Morris. “We are asking for those with information to allow us to copy or photograph what they have and we will honor any request for anonymity.”

Anyone with information on gold mining and prospecting in the area is asked to contact Jack Wyatt at 434-728-2108, jackgold61@yahoo.com; Lynne Shaw, shawshouse3@aol.com, 804-556-6523; or Tim Morris at tmorris@hughes.net; 983-5775

Meetings of the Central Virginia Gold Prospectors are open to all those interested in prospecting. The organization meets of the third Saturday of the month and welcomes newcomers and prospective prospectors of all ages. To find out more about CVGP and its activities, visit www.cvgp.net.

(This is an abbreviated version of The Buckingham News weekly column by Tana Knott. For the full and complete Buckingham News, please see Friday's edition of The Farmville Herald).