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Sylvia Burton - Special for The Stokes News

Don’t know about you, but I’m glad the election is over. I had the privilege of working at the Francisco precinct on Tuesday and had a ball with Kathy Francis, Kaylene Shelton, Pete George and Carrol Dalton. I met some really nice people and saw ones that I hadn’t seen in years. The turnout at Francisco was wonderful. Now let’s hope the newly elected will roll up their sleeves and get to work, both local and national.

Many people have asked how the First Annual Francisco Farmfest went. It was fantastic! And since the Our Communities Foundation was the recipient of the proceeds from the Martin Haunted Hayride also, a total of $9102 was collected after expenses to fund the Francisco School Project. Thanks to our sponsors, volunteers, friends and neighbors who attended the events, Our Communities of Northwest Stokes, Francisco Presbyterian Church, and Mike and Amy Martin. The funds collected are crucial to the repurposing and developing a feasible and sustainable plan for our Francisco School. Thanks also for the much needed food contributions for the Northern Stokes Food Pantry. A more detailed report can be seen at .

The Francisco volunteer Fire Department had their annual Family Night Sunday, Nov. 6. Awards were given for outstanding services to our community. They are as follows: Deputy Chief – Preston George, Assistant Chief – Earl Wright, Captain – Alfred Dunkley, Rookie of the Year – Tim Layton, Daytime Staff of the Year – Matthew Hutchens, Firefighter of the Year – Atherton Jessup, Rescue Member of the Year – Captain Alfred Dunkley, Ladies Auxiliary Member of the Year – President Brenda George, and Ruritan of the Year – Melvin George. Thank you to all who serve our community. We are blessed!

The Francisco Ruritans will have a Bingo event Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Francisco Community Building. Hot dogs will be available at 6:00 pm and the games start at 7:00 pm. This is a cash prize bingo and the cost is $20 for 20 games.

Our Communities of NW Stokes is currently taking names for possible candidates for new board members. The new board will take effect Jan. 1, 2017. We are looking for people with experience, time and enthusiasm. Experience and knowledge in areas of real estate, facility management, data management, board of director experience, finance/CPA and administration would be helpful and also candidates with fundraising, community outreach and grant writing skills are a must. Any community recommendations for these board members will be greatly appreciated. We are accepting names via email to BEFORE Nov. 30. For more information, please visit our website at .

And… speaking of our website. If you haven’t visited the Our Communities website, I encourage you to do so. Thanks to the generosity of Nvision, Inc’s owner and Stokes County’s own Frank Lawson, his wonderful web designer, Patrick Fry, and OC’s Broadband/Web Slingers Team, the Our Communities site is up and running. Visit for news of community events and happenings and also learn how you can be a part of the team that takes our community not only to outside of the county but to the world.

Due to upcoming holidays and the extra need for food, the Northern Food Pantry is asking for our help. Tracey Collins, director of the Food Pantry, says that they are feeding approximately 90 families on the first and third week of every month. That’s a lot of food! Make the Food Pantry a holiday project for your family, church or organization. They are in need of nonperishable food items or any monetary donation would be greatly appreciated. This is the season of giving. Please give to this worthy cause!!

Sylvia Burton

Special for The Stokes News

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