Buckingham News

Published 3:30 pm Thursday, March 14, 2013

BUCKINGHAM – Sheriff William G. Kidd and the Buckingham County Sheriff's Office are offering a FREE Self Defense Class for Women on Thursday, March 21, from 7 to 9 p.m., in the gym at Buckingham County Middle School.

This class will not only include information about avoiding confrontation but also offer actual hands-on self-defense techniques.

Okay ladies, here's a great opportunity to arm yourself with the knowledge and skills to help prevent becoming a victim of assault.

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Due to safety issues and time constraints, the class is limited to 24 students so preregistration is required by calling the Buckingham County Sheriff's Office at (434)969-1772. And, yes, space is still available.

Please note that although all necessary safety precautions will be taken, participants will be required to sign a release form. Moreover, participants are encouraged to wear athletic-type shoes and comfortable clothing.

Relay for Life Bake Sale

On Saturday, March 16, the Relay for Life-Buckingham is sponsoring a Bake Sale at Farmer's Foods, on Route 15 in Dillwyn.

All proceeds will benefit Buckingham's Relay for Life efforts for the American Cancer Society.

Straight Street Fundraiser

On Saturday, March 16, at 6 p.m., Straight Street will host its annual banquet, which is the organization's major fundraiser for its building fund. The event will be held at First Baptist Church of Dillwyn.

The evening features music by the Jones Family, food catered by Dale Wright and Nancy Eagle, and great door prizes.

Tickets are $20 per person. For ticket information, contact Kathy at 983-2403.

Pancake Supper

In conjunction with its White Cane Project, the Buckingham County Lions Club is hosting a Pancake Supper on Thursday, March 21, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Dillwyn Rescue Squad Building.

Cost for a plate of delicious pancakes served with link sausage, applesauce, and beverage is a donation.

In turn, those donations will be used specifically for assisting the visually impaired in Buckingham County, including eyeglasses and/or eye exams to residents who cannot afford them and meet the club's assistance criteria.

This would also be a good time to gather up any used eyeglasses you have around the house and bring them with you. The glasses will be sent to the Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center in Roanoke where they are cleaned, typed, and prepared for distribution to those in need around the world.

Willow Branch at Sharon Baptist Church

Willow Branch Bluegrass Band will perform in concert at Sharon Baptist Church on Saturday, March 23.

The evening will begin with a Soup Supper from 6 to 7 p.m., and the concert from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

This evening of high-spirited bluegrass and gospel music offers a great opportunity for music lovers to hear why Willow Branch has twice been named Best Bluegrass Band by the Virginia Folk Music Association.

The concert features toe-tapping bluegrass favorites, original compositions, and soul-stirring gospel music with outstanding harmony vocals complimented by banjo, fiddle, guitar, mandolin, bass fiddle, and Dobro.

Although there is no admission fee, donations will be gratefully accepted to support the Sharon Baptist Church Fellowship Hall Building Fund.

Sharon Baptist Church, is located in Buckingham County, off Route 20, on Route 622 at 1627 Sharon Church Road, which is listed as a Scottsville address. Call (434)983-3320 for more information about this fundraiser.

For more on Willow Branch, www.willowbranchbluegrass.com

Spring Cleaning

As you gear-up for that spring cleaning, keep in mind that Arvonia Volunteer Fire Department is eagerly accepting items for its Spring Auction, which will be held in April

Items may be dropped off at the Arvonia Firehouse. Please place items in the storage building next to the main truck building or call any Arvonia firefighter to arrange for pickup. Don't know one? Then, call Steve Toney at 581-3002.

4-H Learn by Doing

On Fridays March 15, 22, and April 12 and 19, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., youth ages five through 13 have the opportunity to Learn by Doing at the Buckingham Agricultural Center.

Learn by Doing is a hands-on program affording youth an opportunity to develop self-discipline while making various take-home projects. The Learn by Doing projects include basket weaving, making art with paper, creating a tote, and other fun activities.

Cost is $20 and registration is available by contacting the Buckingham Extension Office at 969-4261; or email rclaboug@vt.edu.

Easter Break Field Day

Here's a great way for kids ages five through 13 to spend a day of their Easter Break. Buckingham 4-H and the Buckingham Extension Office are hosting an Easter Break Field Day on Tuesday, April 2, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Plans call for a fun-filled day of winning prizes and making sports-like crafts with activities both inside and outside. Cost is $15 per child. Please note that participants must bring their lunch. For more information and registration call (434)969-4261, or email rclaboug@vt.edu.

Pre-School Between the Pages

If you are the parent of a child who will be entering kindergarten in the fall, here's a great opportunity to help with that transition.

On Thursdays, March 28, April 11 and 18, after school, the Buckingham Extension Office is offering Pre-School between the Pages at Buckingham Preschool.

4-H between the Pages includes story-time along with a craft and game related to the book that is read, and a snack. Participants will also receive a take-home book each session to add to their home library. Cost for the three sessions is $10.

For more information and registration, call the Buckingham Extension Office at 969-4261.

Spay and Neuter Services

The Central Virginia Humane Society-SPCA is on the receiving end of a grant from the Beath Foundation to help provide spay and neutering for dogs and cats at $10 each. Please note that if the animal does not have certification of a current rabies vaccination, there will be an additional $10 fee for that vaccination.

Due to the overwhelming response, the Beath Foundation has extended its grant funding through the end of March. To schedule pets at this subsidized rate, call Sandra Everson-Jones at (434)983-7387.

The animals must be brought to the CVAHS-SPCA Center the night before their scheduled appointment. Then, on the morning of the procedure, the animals are transported to the Jessica Beath Clinic, a spay/neuter clinic located at the Farrington Firehouse in Ashland. Later in the afternoon, they are picked up and brought back to the CVAHS-SPCA Center.

Fencing Workshop

The Buckingham Extension Office is hosting Fencing for Controlled Grazing on Wednesday, March 27, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Buckingham Agricultural Center, located next to the County Administration Complex on Route 60.

Topics will include fence economics, fence types and needs for different species. Cost is $30 per person. Call 969-4261 or email jligon@vt.edu for more information and registration.

Beekeeping Workshop Series

The next Beekeeping Workshop, which is scheduled for March 20, focuses on Environmental and Seasonal Changes for Bee Hives. Meetings are held on the third Wednesday, 7 p.m., at the Buckingham Agricultural Center.

If interested, call 969-4261 or email rclabough@vt.edu.

Woman's Retreat

Here's an opportunity to enjoy a weekend get-a-way filled with activities and workshops at the Holiday Lake 4-H Center, March 22 through 24.

Cost is $95 if spending the night or $65 if commuting. Classes include cooking, beginning canning and jelly making. Local vendors will be on hand to offer shopping and demonstrations. And, fun-filled activities are also on the schedule.

For reservation information visit www.holidaylake4h.com, or call Tamara Arrington at the Holiday Lake 4-H Center, (434)248-5444.

Wills, Living Trusts, Estate and Long-Term Care Planning

On Tuesday, March 26, a program on Wills, Living Trusts, Estate and Long-Term Care Planning will be offered at the Buckingham Extension Office.

Featured speakers include James P. Seidl, Estate and Tax Planning Attorney; and David Wise, Licensed Insurance Broker, CLTC (Certified Long Term Care).

To better accommodate schedules, two sessions are available. The first session is from 3 to 5 p.m., and the second from 7 to 9 p.m.

Register by March 20 by calling David Wise's office at (434)983-8780, ext. 1; or, the Buckingham Extension Office at 969-4261. Please note your choice of seminar times.

Centenary UMC Easter Activities

On March 29, at 7 p.m., Centenary United Methodist Church will hold a Good Friday Service.

Then, on Saturday, March 30, at 2 p.m., right after the Easter Bunny makes a trial run, the church will host its annual Easter Egg Hunt. After the hunt, refreshments will be served

Easter Sunday Service will be at 11 a.m. on March 31.

The Centenary UMC family welcomes you to join with them for the observance of Good Friday; a hopping good time hunting Easter eggs on Saturday; and rejoicing in the Resurrection on Easter Sunday.

Centenary UMC is located on Route 20, at 12247 S Constitution Route. For additional information, please call (434) 286-3379.

Super Bake Sale

Just in time for your Easter Dinner, the Dillwyn Committee of the Buckingham Chamber of Commerce is having its Super Bake Sale on Saturday, March 30, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at Farmer's Foods.

The inventory will feature rolls, cakes, pies and other delicious treats for the Easter Holiday.

Proceeds will be used in the Town of Dillwyn for beautification efforts and improvements.

Sunrise Service at Mourners Valley

Mourners Valley Baptist Church is hosting an Easter Sunrise Service at the church on Sunday, March 31, at 6 a.m.

The church's pastor, the Reverend Charles E. Simms will share God's Word and the church's combined choir ministry will serve.

After worship, breakfast will be served.

Everyone is invited. Mourners Valley Baptist Church is located on Route 20 at 5341 South Constitution Route.

FOL Book and Bake Sale

Here's a fundraiser that offers something for everyone because we all like to eat and/or read, don't we?

Members of the Buckingham County Friends of the Library are gearing up for their spring Book and Bake Sale, scheduled for Saturday, April 6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the VFW Hall on Route 60.

Not only is this a great time to purchase books and chow down on some delicious baked goods, but it's also a perfect time to purge your bookshelves.

Donations of books, CDs and DVDs may be dropped-off at the VFW Hall on Friday, April 5, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. If you have questions or need more information, call Linda at (434)983-7026.