Buckingham News

Published 2:29 pm Thursday, December 20, 2012

BUCKINGHAM – Saturday's Dillwyn Christmas Parade was a wonderful event that offered a huge serving of Christmas spirit. A big thank you goes out to the parade committee and Dillwyn Town Council along with all those who participated.

There is not doubt that some of the floats were the product of lots of creativity and hours of work.

Award winners included the Slate River Veterinary Clinic for Most Creative; Mt. Nebo Baptist Church, Most Spirit; and Ellis Acres Memorial Park, Best Use of Theme.

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Best of Show went to the BCHS Chapter of Health Occupations Students of America, HOSA. This great float included energetic students enrolled in the Health Occupations curriculum at the Buckingham Career and Technical Education Center.

Christmas with the Youth

On Saturday, December 22, at 3 p.m., Mourners Valley Baptist Church, on Route 20 north of Dillwyn, will host Christmas with the Youth. The afternoon will include a Christmas Service followed by refreshments.

Pastor Charles E. Simms and the Mourners Valley Baptist Church family invite everyone to join with them for this special afternoon.

Christmas Cantata at Maysville Presbyterian

The Maysville Presbyterian Church Choir will present its Christmas Cantata during the worship service on Sunday, December 23, beginning at 11:15 a.m.

Sunday Evening Candlelight Service at Bethel

Bethel United Methodist Church will host a Christmas Candlelight Service on Sunday, December 23, at 6 p.m.

“Please join us as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,” invited Pastor Billy Swan.

Bethel UMC is located on Route 640, Andersonville Road.

Cedar Baptist Hosts Christmas Eve Service

Cedar Baptist Church, located at 3932 Bell Road in Dillwyn, invites everyone to join them on Monday, December 24, for a Christmas Eve service at 6 p.m.

Christmas Eve Service at Centenary UMC

Centenary United Methodist Church will host its annual Christmas Eve candlelight service at 10 p.m., Dec. 24.

The service will include scripture readings, music, communion, and wonderful fellowship.

The Centenary UMC family hopes you will come and share in this joyous occasion of the Lord's birth.

The church is located on Route 20 at 12247 S Constitution Route. For more information, call (434) 286-3812.

Christmas Eve at First Baptist Church

First Baptist Church of Dillwyn welcomes you to join with them as they celebrate the Nativity with a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service on Monday, December 24, at 7 p.m.

First Baptist Church is located on Route 15 in the Town of Dillwyn.

Christmas Eve at Emmanuel Episcopal Church

Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Glenmore is hosting its Christmas Eve service at 2 p.m. on Monday, December 24.

The Reverend Halley Willcox and the Emmanuel Episcopal Church family invite you to join with them for this afternoon of reflection, preparation, and worship.

Emmanuel Episcopal Church is located near the intersection of Routes 602 and 655, at 7825 Howardsville Road.

Maysville Presbyterian Church

On Christmas Eve, Maysville will continue its tradition of a time of Carols and Readings during its Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 7 p.m.

Everyone is welcome. Maysville Presbyterian Church is located on Route 60 in Buckingham Court House.

Christmas Day Mass

Nativity Catholic Church will offer a Christmas Day Mass at 8 a.m. on December 25.

The church is located on Route 60, across from Buckingham County High School. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 969-4647.

Spay and Neuter Services

Controlling the animal population is one way to ensure that animals are properly cared for and have good homes. To help with that initiative, the Central Virginia Humane Society and SPCA, and Transport Buddies proudly announce that they are on the receiving end of a grant from the Jessica Beath Foundation to help provides spay and neuter services for dogs and cats at $10 each through February 28.

Yep, you read it right. Ten dollars-you can hardly buy a sack of dog food for that amount.

According to Sandra Everson Jones, they are currently scheduling appointments for this service. Once the appointment is made, which usually occurs within two weeks, CVHS and SPCA will advise participants so that they can bring their animals to the Beath Animal Shelter the night before the procedure.

On the next morning, volunteers, using a recently donated van, will transport the animals to an Ashland area clinic for the surgery. Later that day, those same volunteers will transport the animals back to the shelter for pick-up by their owners, who will receive post-surgery care instructions for their animals at that time.

“Call now to have your space reserved at this great price,” shared Jones. “We will not be able to offer this low cost again, so we want to get as many animals spayed and neutered as possible while we are subsidized.”

To schedule your pet or pets for this procedure at this subsidized rate, please call (434)983-7387.

Likewise, if you would like to volunteer to help with this effort, please call Sandra. Volunteers are needed to help care for the animals the night before their surgery; assist with transporting the animals to the clinic, and helping with the post-op care upon their return.

With efforts such as this spay and neuter program, the Central Virginia Humane Society and SPCA hopes to make it more affordable for pet owners to provide their animals with the care they need.

In addition to the spay and neuter program, Dr. Powell Anderson, a member of the CVHS board of directors, is at the shelter from 12 noon to 2 p.m. every Tuesday and Wednesday to administer vaccinations to animals.

DHPP vaccinations for puppies and DHLPPC for adult dogs are available at the shelter for $5; and FVRCP shots for kittens and FVRCPC for cats are available for $8. Rabies vaccinations for cats and dogs are $8.

Another project the organization has initiated is a food bank for dog food. Contributions may be placed in the dog food box located at Farmer's Food in Dillwyn.

Although the Central Virginia Humane Society and SPCA is unable to accept animals at the shelter at this time, they are welcoming volunteers, including those willing to foster rescued animals at their homes. Of course, monetary donations are also greatly appreciated.

The Central Virginia Humane Society is located off Route 20 at the Beath Animal Shelter, 899 Buffalo Road, Route 631.

Department of Recreation

The Buckingham County Department of Recreation is gearing up for the New Year with some great programs.

Men's Basketball: Registration is underway and will be open through early January for anyone interested in playing in the men's basketball league. Contact Todd Shumaker at 969-4242 for more information.

Adult Co-Ed Volleyball will begin in early January. For registration and/or more information call the Buckingham Department of Recreation at 969-4242.

Children's Gymnastics: The Buckingham County Recreation Department is offering gymnastic classes for children ages three through 14. Although the classes will not begin until February, the class days and times will be determined by the number of participants interested in the program. So, if you are interested in enrolling your child or children in these classes, please contact the Department of Recreation at 969-4242 to express your interest.

Getting Ready for the Piedmont Area Jr. Livestock Show

Now is a good time for youth ages nine to 18 interested in showing livestock at the Piedmont Junior Livestock Show and Sale in May to find out what they need to do to participate.

Livestock include market lamb, ewe lamb, market hog, steer, and heifer or feeder cafe.

By calling the Buckingham Extension Office at 969-4261, or emailing rclaboug@vt.edu, you'll be able to find out what is involved, when to get the animal, and how to become part of the Buckingham 4-H Livestock Club.