Buckingham News

Published 3:01 pm Thursday, May 23, 2013

BUCKINGHAM – Hanes Chapel United Methodist Church is hosting an Ice Cream Auction on Friday, May 24, beginning at 7 p.m., at the church.

Featuring delicious sundaes and ice cream desserts, this auction is sure to be a super delight for dessert lovers and ice cream fans. And, the auction promises to be lots of fun, too.

Proceeds will help raise money for a mission trip to Taiwan. One of the church's members, Ashley Goodwin will be participating in that trip.

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Hanes Chapel is located off Route 20, on Route 617, Copper Mine Road. Everyone is welcome.

Disaster Relief

Beginning May 23 through May 30, Central Virginia Christian School will be a drop off site for disaster relief supplies for Oklahoma tornado victims.

You'll be able to drop off supplies between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the school's parking lot. CVCS is located off Route 15 in the Buckingham Industrial Park.

Gleaning for the World, in Concord, VA., will be distributing the supplies. According to the GFTW website, Gleaning for the World was selected by Forbes Magazine as the most efficient charity in the United States.

Supplies that will be accepted include bottled water, baby diapers, wipes, formula, bottles, pet food and supplies; cleaning supplies; personal care items such as toothbrushes and toothpaste, soap and other toiletries; and shelter supplies including tarps, work gloves, and sunscreen. For a complete list, visit www.gftw.org.

BBQ Chicken

The Arvonia Volunteer Fire Department will be grilling up some of its delicious barbecued chicken on Sunday, May 26.

Menu features one-half chicken, Cole slaw, baked beans, roll, dessert, and beverage for $8 per meal.

Chicken will be ready at 2 p.m. and you'll be able to dine on the premises or have your meals packaged for take-out.

Of course, if you decide to eat at the firehouse, along with that great meal you'll also get a huge helping of Arvonia-style fellowship.

Okay, so there will be great barbecued chicken and all the fixings served in a friendly atmosphere .AND, it's for a worthy cause-supporting the AVFD, which is located off Route 15 at 341 Arvon Road.

Memorial Day Observance

On Monday, May 27, at 10 a.m., the Buckingham County Ruritan Club will continue its tradition of hosting the annual Memorial Day Observance at Buckingham County Courthouse.

Students from Buckingham County High School will be presenting more biographies for those listed on the War Memorial, which is engraved with the names of Buckingham residents who died while serving in the military during WWI, WWII, Korean War, and the Vietnam Conflict.

This community-spirited research project began in 2003 and each year students select five or six of the names on the monument and compile biographies on those individuals. Once all the biographies are completed, they will be compiled in a book.

This year's observance will also feature the Buckingham County High School JROTC, patriotic music by Ruritan Charles Lewis, and the ceremonial placement of a wreath at the War Memorial.

Red Cross Blood Drive

The American Red Cross will be in Buckingham for a Blood Drive on Wednesday, May 29, from 12 noon to 6 p.m. at Heritage Hall Nursing Home, at 9 Brickyard Drive in Dillwyn.

This visit is being sponsored by the Masonic Lodges of the 17th District.

Please note that the names of donors will automatically be entered into a drawing to win a $1,000 gift card. For more information, visit www.redcrossblood.org.

International Children's Choir Performance

Buckingham and the surrounding area have a unique opportunity coming up on Wednesday, May 29, at 6 p.m.

The Rescue Tour of the Children of the World International Children's Choir will be will be performing at Maysville Baptist Church, located on Route 60, at 13327 W. James Anderson Highway, in Buckingham Court House.

Sponsored by the WMU of Concord Baptist Church and the Maysville Baptist Church, this amazing performance by the COTW International Children's Choir not only offers an opportunity for some great music but also raises awareness and funding to help rescue babies from poverty and malnutrition.

The choir, which includes orphaned and disadvantaged children from several different countries, represents a rich and culturally diverse set of backgrounds and experiences.

This year's Rescue Tour calls attention to the staggering impact that poverty, malnutrition, and dirty water have on millions of children around the world.

The children have performed in such venues as Focus on the Family, Brooklyn Tabernacle, Crystal Cathedral, and Disney World. Through the powerful medium of song, dance, spoken word, and creative media, these children offer a compelling message of hope and opportunity.

For the WMU at Concord Baptist, this visit offers an amazing opportunity for its members to meet a child they have been sponsoring through the World Help Organization for the last five years. Now tell me that's not a faith builder.

There is no admission charge but a love offering will be accepted for the World Help rescue effort.

Last Call for Clean Yard Contest

This year, the Town of Dillwyn is taking a different approach to its annual Clean Yard Contest, which will focus on residential properties in the Town.

If you are a town resident, all you need to do is spruce up that yard and wave at those council members when they walk or ride by looking for this year's winning yards.

From now through May 31, the committee will be looking for those winners so it's a great time to trim the shrubs, make sure your yard is debris free, and freshen-up the overall appearance of your property.

Four winning properties will be selected and awarded cash prizes of $25 each. There will also be certificates of appreciation awarded to yards deserving honorable mention.

Baseball Sign-Ups

The Buckingham County Youth League is now accepting registrations for players 13 and older for baseball. Cost is $55 per player. Registration forms are available at the concession stand at Gene Dixon Memorial Park.

Practices will begin soon. For more information or if you have any questions, please contact the Commissioner, Sherron Eldridge, at 983-3504 or 607-0145; or Jack Stearrett at 390-1299.

June Jubilee

Historic Buckingham and the Buckingham Chamber of Commerce are hosting June Jubilee on Saturday, June 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Historic Village at Lee Wayside. Admission for adults is a donation of $3. Children 12 years of age and under will be admitted free.

This event will feature local arts and crafts, games and activities for the kids, rides on the Mule Team Wagon and pony rides, and antique cars and trucks. Local non-profit organizations will be selling food and beverages.

The new Village Stage will offer a great venue for performances by local bands including Dixie Hill Grass, More Than Blessed, and Red Clay.

Throughout the Historic Village, there will be exhibits and demonstrations. And, the Blacksmith Shop will be open with working blacksmiths demonstrating their craft.

WWII re-enactors portraying the 29th INF Div LHG in Normandy will also be on-hand. This group of young soldiers became widely known as the Bedford Boys.

Parking will be available at Buckingham County High School with free shuttle service to the Historic Village.

Please note that no food or coolers can be brought into the park. However, you are encouraged to bring along those camp/lawn chairs and/or blankets to sit on while you listen to the great music.

For more information, call David Wise at 983-8780 or Martha Louis at 969-4355. Email them at david@davidwise.com or Marthalouis60@gmail.com.

Blooming Delights

When the Buckingham Chamber of Commerce and Historic Buckingham host the June Jubilee, on Saturday, June 1, at the Historic Village at Lee Wayside, the Buckingham-Dillwyn Garden Club will be selling locally grown and nurtured plants.

If you are in the market for annuals, perennials, shrubs, trees, or houseplants, you'll want to stop by this display.

Not only are all the plants from the gardens of the club's members but the prices are reasonable. And, for those of you who may be as inept as I am when it comes to really going green, club members are ready, willing, and able to offer advice on planting and caring for your purchase.

Family Field Trips

The Buckingham Unit of the Virginia Cooperative Extension and Buckingham's Safe and Stable Families Board is sponsoring three Family Field Trips this summer.

Family Field Trips offer parents/guardians an opportunity to accompany their school-age children to strengthen family bonding and communication skills while engaging in educational trips that support the Virginia Standards of Learning.

Each family pre-pays for the selected trip at least four weeks in advance to accommodate pre-planning and arrangements. Buses will be filled on first come, first served basis. And, unless there are unfilled spaces, there is a limit of one trip per family.

Families are responsible for packing picnic meals, snacks, cameras, rain gear, and other essentials used when traveling and sight-seeing.

Cost is $17 per person per trip. This fee, thanks to supplemental grant funding, will cover bus transportation and admissions. Although the fee is non-refundable, it can be transferred to another person for the specified trip. Please note that you'll want to bring extra money for meal stops, special features and/or souvenirs.

The first trip is to Washington, D. C. on Thursday, July 18, with plans to visit National Memorials and Monuments, the Old Post Office Tower, and Smithsonian Museums.

On Tuesday, August 6, the bus will head to Norfolk with plans to visit the Casemate Museum at Fort Monroe in Hampton, and Nauticus in Norfolk.

The last trip, planned for Tuesday, August 13, features Petersburg with tours of City Point, Petersburg National Battlefield, and the Siege Museum.

For more information and/or registration, call the Buckingham Extension Office at (434)969-4261.

Help Wanted

For those who haven't heard, I'm retiring. We'll talk more about that later but yes, it's time. Along with filling my position as staff reporter, The Farmville Herald is also looking for someone to serve as a community correspondent to take over the Buckingham News column.

I figured this column would be a great venue to use to launch the search for that community-spirited individual who wants to help keep all of us informed on the many activities and events happening here in Buckingham. For more information, contact Steve Wall at 392-4151.