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Gym membership cost lowered

Cedar Baptist Church, 3932 Bell Road in Dillwyn, invites everyone to a Christmas Eve service at 6 p.m.

There will also be a Christmas Eve service at First Baptist Church in Dillwyn beginning at 7 p.m. On Christmas day, Sunday school will be at 10:15 a.m., with the worship service at 11 a.m.

Absentee voting for the Jan. 20 special election for the Virginia State Senate in the 22nd District is now underway. If you are unable to go to the polls on Election Day, you may now vote by absentee ballot during office hours at the Buckingham Elections Office through Saturday, Jan. 7. You may also vote absentee by mail. For further details, or to apply to vote by absentee ballot, visit the website of the Virginia Department of Elections, www.elections.virginia.gov, or call the Buckingham Elections Office at (434) 969-4304.

The Beulah M. Wiley Wellness Center of the Central VA Community Health Center, 25892 N. James Madison Hwy., New Canton, has recently lowered the cost of gym memberships to make them more affordable. A full-service fitness facility for patients and employees of Central VA Health Services as well as the general public, it offers state of the art equipment including treadmills, cross trainers, bikes, strength equipment and a nutritional learning kitchen. Members are also entitled to specialty group classes free of charge. Locker rooms are equipped with showers and changing rooms. Hours of operation are 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; Friday, 6 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 8:00 a.m.-1 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Members receive one-on-one personal guidance by certified instructors and free fitness tracking. As an example, a one-year contract for an individual is $20 per month; the cost for a family is $40 per month. There are many other options from which to choose. For more information, contact Deborah Tyson at (434) 581-3271, extension 10601 or email debbietyson@cvhsinc.org.

The Buckingham Parks and Recreation Department is currently seeking players, age 17 and older, and teams for its corn hole league beginning in January. The first 12 teams are guaranteed. League games are played after noon on Sundays. Call Todd Shumaker at (434) 969-4242 for more information and to enter a team.

Given the recent very cold weather, this is a good time to review some basic things that can help us be prepared for driving in winter. For example, you can prepare your car for winter conditions by checking such things as the brakes, battery, spark plugs and tires. Your owner’s manual has recommendations for tune-ups and measures to keep your car running smoothly. Be prepared for emergency situations on the road by having a winter survival kit in the vehicle. This should include things such as a working flashlight, extra batteries, reflective triangles, compass, first aid kit, exterior windshield cleaner, ice scraper, snow brush, wooden stick matches in waterproof container and non-perishable, high energy foods such as unsalted canned nuts, dried fruits and hard candy. No one wants to be stuck on the side of the road in winter, but we can take measures that can help us get home safely.

Janet Miller is a writer, painter and retired educator. Her email is janet.miller@farmvilleherald.com