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Sylvia Burton - Special for The Stokes News

I hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. Please don’t forget exactly what this day represents. Memorial Day is the time we reflect on the ones in our armed services that have fought and died for our freedoms that we enjoy every day in our country. Although now it seems that Memorial Day is just a kickoff to the summer vacations, backyard barbeques and department store sales. We must not forget that freedom isn’t free and some gave the ultimate sacrifice. We need to give this somber day the respect that it truly deserves.

Members of the Francisco Volunteer Fire and Rescue are expected to go to Maryland to bring back our newly acquired emergency vehicle. Final touches are now being applied and it should be ready in early June.

We will have a community meeting Sunday, June 11, at the Francisco Community Building. I’m not sure about the time, but they are usually at 3:00 pm. Everyone is invited to attend.

Bingo is set for Saturday, June 17, at the Francisco Community Building. Hot dogs will be ready at 6:00 pm and the games start at 7:00 pm. The cost is $20 for 20 games. This event is sponsored by the Francisco Ruritan Club and all proceeds go to the Our Communities Group of NW Stokes.

Please put Junior Rogers, Robin Gray and Lois Overby on your prayer list this week. All of these wonderful people are experiencing some health issues. Also remember the family of Hattie Pack. She passed away May 18 after battling cancer.

Also, remember the ones that were in the path of the tornadoes last Wednesday. Thank the Lord, no one was hurt. Our local weather reporters did an excellent job in keeping everyone up to speed on exactly where the storms were. You know it’s serious when the Weather Channel says, “People in the Aaron’s Corner Church section should expect the storm to come through in 25 minutes!” My sister called me and said “Get home NOW!!” Without hesitation, I did. It rained buckets but we didn’t have the wind like others did. It could have been so much worse. Welcome to summer!

Sylvia Burton

Special for The Stokes News