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Buckingham News

BUCKINGHAM — With the NCAA Tournament in full swing, it's a basketball kind of weekend. And, in keeping with that theme, here's a great LIVE game you won't want to miss.

On Saturday, March 19, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., a Women's Alumni Basketball Game will take place in the gym at Buckingham County High School gym of BCHS.

This game promises to be a classic contest of the 80s versus the 90s. You'll be able to watch your favorite players from the good old days battle it out while cheered on by former cheerleaders-also from the days of yore.

Admission is $3 at the door. There will also be a 50/50 and other contests-with tickets going for $1 each. Of course, concessions will be available.

Along with a great time, you'll have the satisfaction of knowing all proceeds benefit the BCHS Prom Club and the BCHS Athletic Department. That's a SLAM DUNK for sure.

Sharon Baptist Church Hosts Willow Branch Concert

Sharon Baptist Church is hosting an evening of family entertainment on Saturday, March 19. The program features bluegrass and bluegrass gospel music by Willow Branch.

The Virginia Folk Music Association has twice named this band the “Best Bluegrass Band.”

Featuring a high-energy show appropriate for all age groups, Willow Branch offers rich harmony and superb instrumentation.

The concert will start promptly at 7 p.m. After the concert, a time of fellowship and light refreshments is planned.

Sharon Baptist Church is located off Route 20 on Route 622 at 1627 Sharon Church Road. There is no charge for this event.

First Liberty Ushers Program

On Sunday, March 20, at 3 p.m., the Ushers of First Liberty Baptist Church will host a special service featuring guest speaker Sam Scarboro, associate minister of Fork Union Baptist Church, and music by the Buckingham Youth Community Choir.

The Reverend J. W. Steed, pastor of First Liberty, and the First Liberty Baptist Church family invite everyone to join with them for this special service.

First Liberty Baptist Church is located off Andersonville Road on Rt. 633, Rock Mill Road.

Parliamentary Procedure Workshop

The Buckingham County Friends of the Library, Inc. Executive Board meeting will be held at the Buckingham County Branch Library on Monday, March 21, at 1 p.m. The meeting will feature a workshop on parliamentary procedure according to Robert's Rules of Order conducted by Ms. Marlene Wine, one of the lead trainers for the Virginia State Association of Parliamentarians.

Anyone interested in the use of parliamentary procedure is invited to attend.

Red Cross Bloodmobile

The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be in Buckingham on Wednesday, March 23, from 12 noon to 6 p.m., at Heritage Hall in Dillwyn.

Masonic Lodges of the 17th District are sponsoring this visit.

Although walk-ins are always welcome, you may visit www.redcrossblood.org to schedule an appointment or for more information on becoming a donor.

Gain the satisfaction of being able to say, “I helped save a life today…I gave blood today.” As the Red Cross reminds, “The need is constant. The gratification is instant. Give Blood.”

SKYWARN CLASS

If you've taken the SKYWARN Spotter Class, here's an opportunity to further your knowledge.

A SKYWARN class will be taught at the Dillwyn Rescue Squad building on March 23, beginning at 6:30 p.m. This is an advanced class for those who have completed the initial spotter class.

For more information, visit http://www.erh.noaa.gov/rnk/SkywarnMainMenu/SKYWARNFAQ.htm. This is a link to the frequently asked questions page for the spotter class.

To register, call Kevin Flippen, Buckingham's E-911 coordinator, at (434)969-7734.

Straight Street's Symphony of Hearts Banquet

Straight Street, Buckingham, Incorporated will host its annual Symphony of Hearts Banquet on Saturday, March 26, at First Baptist Church of Dillwyn.

Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. Catered by Nancy Eagle and Dale Wright, the menu features heavy hors d'oeuvres'.

Just Us Country Gospel, an eight-member band from Powhatan, will provide the entertainment.

Tickets are $20 per person. For tickets or more information, contact Michelle Wright at 434-983-1745.

Historic Village at

Lee Wayside

The Historic Village at Lee Wayside will host its annual Civil War Camp on March 26 and 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Featuring re-enactors, encampments, cannons, horses and more, the weekend offers a living history for visitors of all ages. Admission is free.

Library of Virginia's Civil War 150 Legacy Project

This year marks the 150th Anniversary of the start of the American Civil War. In order to preserve the history of this period, the Library of Virginia has launched its Civil War 150 Legacy Project. This is a multi-year initiative to locate, digitize, and provide access to the private documentary heritage of the Civil War era throughout Virginia.

The Library of Virginia is encouraging all citizens who may have family-owned original material related to the Civil War, or from the time period of the Civil War, to help preserve history.

To facilitate this preservation effort, a team from the Library of Virginia has partnered with Historic Buckingham and will be in Buckingham on Saturday, March 26. The team will be set-up at the Agricultural Center (next to the county administration building) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., to scan documents, letters, photographs, ledgers, diaries, and any other original material that you may have from the years 1859-1870.

The digital images of the items scanned will be stored by the Library of Virginia, and you keep your original. Scanned materials will be made available on the web via the Library of Virginia web site. For more information, visit the Legacy 150 website for ore information at www.virginiacivilwar.org/legacy

There is no charge for this service. Appointments are encouraged, and a limited number of walk-ins will be accommodated. To make an appointment, call (434)969-4304 or (434)492-9334.

Buckingham's 250th Birthday Party

On April 2, at 2 p.m., Buckingham County will begin its 250th Anniversary celebration with a birthday party-and everyone is invited.

The celebration will be held at Buckingham Courthouse and will feature two very special guests-Peter Francisco and Patrick Henry.

Festivities include music by the Fort Lee Army Band, Buckingham Community Choir, and the first and second grade chorus from Central Virginia Christian School.

Mark the date on your calendar now. You won't want to miss this one.

Hunt for History

Next year, Dillwyn will be celebrating its 100th anniversary. The committee working on the anniversary celebration is searching for historical pictures and information on the Town and surrounding area.

To help with that search, Dillwyn is sponsoring a Hunt for History on Saturday, April 9, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Dillwyn Town Hall.

Those with photos featuring Dillwyn in days gone by as well as historic photos of Dillwyn families are encouraged to bring them to the Town Hall on April 9. The photos and documents will be scanned on site and immediately given back to their owners.

While your documents are being scanned, you'll be able to enjoy free coffee and donuts.

Buckingham County Day

Buckingham County Lions Club is gearing up for Buckingham County Day. Planned for Saturday, May 14, festivities will once again take place at the park-like site adjacent Buckingham Primary School.

This year's theme, Celebrating 250 Years, promotes and commemorates the county's 250th Anniversary; and, the Lions are working with the county's 250th Anniversary Committee to make this day a very special one.

For applications and/or information about vendor and exhibit space, email buckinghamcountyday2011@gmail.com

(please note there is no hyphen or space in buckingham) or call Judy Grigg at (434)315-3446 and leave your name and number. Information about sponsorships and parade entries is available by contacting Frank Knott at 969-4832.

Speaking of the parade, during Buckingham's 200th Anniversary celebration, the parade featured a great portrayal of Buckingham's history, including one float that offered a replica of Buckingham's historic courthouse.

The Lions are confident that area schools, civic, service and youth organizations, churches, and businesses will come up with some great floats to celebrate and commemorate Buckingham's illustrious history from 1761 to 2011.

For more information about Buckingham County Day and the Buckingham County Lions visit www.e-clubhouse.org/sites /buckinghamcounty/.

(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).