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Sylvia Burton - Special for The Stokes News

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I know I did. I ate too much but that’s all part of the Thanksgiving experience! But it is a time when we need to truly appreciate our blessings. We, as a nation, are blessed beyond measure. We need to treat every day as Thanksgiving, (except for the eating too much part)! But if you did eat too much…new fitness classes will be starting at Piney Grove Middle School Thursday, December 1, at 6:15 pm. For more information, please call Sharon McGeeney at 336-325-0497.

The North Stokes Tennis doubles team of Brittney Brown and Abby Williams won their conference championship recently in Mount Airy. They then placed third at regional competition and qualified to play in the State Tournament. There, they finished third in the State. (I see possible scholarships in the making!!) Brittney is the daughter of Ben and Paige Brown and granddaughter of Wayne and Laura Flippin of the Collinstown community and Abby is the daughter of Mike and Kim Williams. Congratulations to both of these hard working, young ladies. You make us proud!!!

The Francisco Ladies Auxiliary will have their annual Christmas Bazaar Saturday, December 3, at the Francisco Community Building. Breakfast will be ready by 7:30 am. If you have never attended this, I strongly urge you to go this Saturday. This breakfast is one of the best!! It has everything; gravy, biscuits, eggs, sausage, country ham. Vendors will be set up, so you can do some Christmas shopping while you are there. Food and shopping, need I say more??

After you visit the Christmas Bazaar at Francisco, come on down to 2304 Weldon Smith Road in Lawsonville. I will be having an Estate Tag Sale for the personal property of Doris Mabe. This sale includes, antique glassware and collectibles, furniture, cookware, linens, and many other items. It also has some of the most beautiful hand embroidered table scarves, runners and cloths I have ever seen. The sale starts at 8:00 am, so come early. I don’t think these items will last long. For any information, just call me 336-351-3216. If I’m not home, please leave a message.

We are planning a workday, Saturday, December 10, at Francisco School, to clean the school gym. We will eventually be using the gym for meetings and events, though we will be limited due to the current septic system. But we can work with that. Anyone who would be willing to roll up their sleeves and get to work is invited to help. For more information go to Get involved and then CALENDAR EVENTS-Dec 10.

The Our Community of NW Stokes is now collecting names for consideration for nonprofit board members for next year. We are looking for people who may be experienced and knowledgeable in real estate, facility and /or data management, board of director experience or finance/CPA and administration. People with fundraising, community outreach and grant writing skills are a must. If you are interested or you know of anyone you would want us to consider, please send their names via email to before December 2. The new board is scheduled to start in January.

For the latest information on the progress of the Francisco School repurposing project, please visit our website There you will find a one page report from the Our Communities/Stokes County Working Group to the Board of County Commissioners. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the outgoing Board of Commissioners and the County Staff for their collaboration in moving this challenging opportunity forward. We look forward to working with the new Board and Staff in our efforts to make our Francisco School the center point of our community that benefits not only Francisco but surrounding areas as well.

Sylvia Burton

Special for The Stokes News

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