Buckingham News

Published 2:52 pm Thursday, January 3, 2013

BUCKINGHAM – Okay, so picnicking may be out of the question in January but spring is not far off so why not start planning now to develop or improve that picnic area?

As a fundraiser for the construction of its Youth Play Zone, Ellis Acres Memorial Park is offering sturdy and well-built picnic tables. The cost is $250 per table.

Each table comes with a two-year warranty covering materials and workmanship. Table specifications include a family-size table, 96 by 35 inches, constructed with treated lumber and galvanized hardware.

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Sample tables may be viewed at Ellis Acres Memorial Park, 245 Camden Street in Dillwyn.

These tables are wonderful accessories for any yard or lawn, whether it's residential or business. They would be ideal to place by that favorite pond or stream. So why not order one for yourself or as a gift for a relative or friend, your church, or a worthy organization?

Place your orders at ellisacres201@gmail.com, or by calling Wil Dean at (434)547-4900. And, remember, by purchasing one of these great picnic tables, you will be helping fund a recreational and educational Youth Play Zone for all Buckingham children. This is definitely one of those win-win propositions.

A Wonderful Christmas Gift

On a personal note, I want to express my gratitude to the students and staff of the Central Virginia Christian School for a great Christmas gift.

During the week before Christmas, which was filled with the hustle and bustle of the season, the hubby and I attended their Christmas program, Christmas at Fort Faithful, which was held in Jarman Auditorium at Longwood University. .

The students were fantastic, the costumes fabulous, and the music grand. Oh, and the witty lines were expertly delivered.

However, the story behind the story that focused on the true meaning of Christmas was just what this audience member needed-giving gifts to those less fortunate while receiving the most precious gift of God's love, His Son.

Of course, as a military mom, I truly appreciated and enjoyed the military theme. And, wow, did the main cast really get into their roles.

Thank all of you for a great evening that not only entertained but also reframed and reinforced the Reason for the Season.

4-H Dog Obedience Club

Buckingham 4-H is forming a 4-H Dog Obedience Club.

Although a date for the first meeting has not been set at this time, the Buckingham Extension Office is trying to determine when those interested in this club would like to meet.

Plans include a component for Cloverbuds, ages five through eight, and 4-H'ers nine through 18.

If you are a parent of a prospective 4-H'er or a 4-H'er interested in participating, please contact the Buckingham Extension Office at (434)969-4261; or email rclaboug@vt.educ to indicate your interest.

Beekeeping Workshop Series

Have you heard the latest buzz? Buckingham has residents who are enjoying the benefits of raising bees and producing honey. Sweet, huh?

Anyone interested in learning about beekeeping or those who are currently working on their own to raise bees but would like to be on the receiving end of more information are invited to participate in an upcoming Beekeeping Workshop Series held on the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m., in the Buckingham Agricultural Auditorium.

On January 16, there will be an introduction to Beekeeping and Building a Hive. On February 20, the focus will be on Establishing Hives for Proper Honey Flow; and on March 20, the workshop will provide information about the Environmental and Seasonal Changes for Bee Hives.

For April, plans include a hands-on workshop about Working a Hive.

If you are interested in attending, please contact the Buckingham Extension Office at 969-4261, by January 4. Cost is $15.

4-H Chemistry Challenge

All Buckingham students in third through fifth grades are invited to participate in the 4-H Chemistry Challenge, planned for Fridays, January 18 and 25, and February 1 and 8, at Central Virginia Christian School, located in the county's industrial park.

The 4-H Chemistry Challenge offers a series of sessions designed to engage students in the science of chemistry.

During the sessions, students will conduct experiments like the Great Ketchup Caper, Goofy Putty, and Fountain of Soda.

Cost is $10. Please contact the Buckingham Extension Office at 969-4261 to register; or email rclaboug@vt.educ.

Winter Cloverbud Mini Camp

Here's one for the youngest 4-H'ers, ages five through eight.

Winter Cloverbud Mini-Camp at the Holiday Lake 4-H Center is scheduled for February 23 and 24. For more information and/or registration contact the Buckingham Extension Office at 969-4832; or email rclaboug@vt.educ. Cost for Early Bird Registration (prior to January25) is $55; regular registration is $65.

This is a great way to introduce youngsters to 4-H camp and activities.

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.

Spay and Neuter Services

Here's some good news for anyone who may have welcomed a dog or cat into their home over the holidays or anyone who has been considering having their dog spayed or neutered but could not afford to do so.

The Central Virginia Humane Society-SPCA and Transport Buddies 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.

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-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.

“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,” shared Sandra.

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

Likewise, if you would like to volunteer to help with this effort, give her a call. 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-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, which are tax-deductible, are also greatly appreciated. Donations may be sent to Sandra Everson-Jones, CVAHS-SPCA, and P. O. Box 429, Dillwyn, VA. 23936.

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