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Sylvia Burton - Special for The Stokes News

It feels like summertime is here. Temperatures are high, vacation planning is in full swing and farmers are busy cutting and baling hay. Congratulations to all the young people that graduated from high school this past week. I know you’re looking forward to what lies ahead.

Speaking of what’s ahead, we have Summertime Bingo Saturday, June 17, at the Francisco Community Building. Hosted by the Our Communities Group, this Bingo event features “summer themed” prizes. Hot dogs will be ready at 6 p.m. and the games start at 7 p.m. The cost is $20 for 20 games and all proceeds go to the Francisco Community Building. This event is sponsored by the Ruritan Club. Hope to see everyone come out and enjoy this fun filled evening.

Since the kids are on summer vacation from school, the Northern Stokes Food Pantry is in need of extra help this time of year. They are currently helping approximately 90 families in our area. The Food Pantry is open on the first and third Thursday of every month and is in need of volunteers to help those days but also need drivers who can go pick up the food at the Winston Salem Second Harvest Food Bank on Wednesday. Donations of nonperishable food items as well as monetary donations are very much appreciated. For more information, contact Sandy Hooker at 336-351-5103.

Don’t forget Father’s Day on Sunday. Give Dad some extra time this weekend. Time means a lot more than anything you can buy at Walmart.

Lois Overby of the Aaron’s Corner Church area came home from the hospital last week. Her daughter, Charlene Doss, says Mom is feeling much better since she got the pacemaker put in. Pray that she continues to get stronger. Also, Jim Collins is on the sick list this week. Say an extra prayer for him and his family.

Francisco is saddened by the loss of one of its oldest and most treasured friends, Alma Dunkley. Alma, 95 years young, died peacefully at her home surrounded by her loving family Saturday night. She was everyone’s adopted grandma, including mine. Her hands told the story of the hard work she had done all her life but they also stitched beautiful quilts and crocheted afghans, many of which are in homes today, including mine. She taught me how to can green beans and she always saved me some fried apple pies when she and her daughter-in-law Anna made them for the Ladies Auxiliary Christmas Bazaar. They were always sold out early. Alma Dunkley was from a generation where you helped your neighbor and if you had some extra from the garden, you gave it away. I know she is in a better place, but I, like her family, grieve for us. Francisco will no longer be the same, but oh, how we were blessed by just being Alma’s adopted grandchildren. Please lift up her family, Alfred, Anna, Allan, Abby, Jane and Nellie in prayer.

Sylvia Burton

Special for The Stokes News