Francisco News

Sylvia Burton - Special for The Stokes News

April showers will bring May flowers. Let’s hope it also washes down the pollen in the air. It seems everywhere I go, everyone is sneezing and coughing. I even noticed it in the dogs and cats as well.

The Francisco community is excited about the opening of our newest facility, Francisco Operations (formerly Francisco Elementary School). After months of planning, preparing and totally renovating the old school, Mark Black and his team are ready to open the doors. Open house is scheduled for Friday, April 27, from 1:00-3:00 pm. Come by and look at what hard work, determination and a plan of action can accomplish. Francisco Operations is ready for business!

The Genealogy Society of Rockingham and Stokes Counties will have their Swap Meeting Saturday, April 28, at the Francisco Community Building. The meeting is from 9:00 am-4:00 pm and refreshments will be available or you may bring a lunch. A copier will be on site for you to use for a minimal fee. Everyone is invited to attend.

Please don’t forget the Candidates Forum scheduled for Sunday afternoon, April 29, from 3:00-5:00 pm, at the Francisco Community Building. This is such a wonderful way to meet the candidates before making your decision on Primary Election Day on May 8. By inviting the candidates to the northern part of the county, we can convey our concerns and ideas, which may be totally different from someone in the King area. Stokes County is important to all of us. Making an informed decision on Election Day is not only wise it is necessary. All of the candidates that are running feel that they can make a difference. If they didn’t they wouldn’t waste their time. Thank Heavens that we have so many to choose from. My hope is that all the candidates feel that we, in the northern part of the county, matter and that they will show up at the Candidates Forum. We respectfully welcome them all.

Finishing touches are being placed on the Francisco Fire Department as the 50th Anniversary Celebration draws near. Can’t help but notice those red doors! Looks awesome! The celebration will be Saturday, May 5, at the Francisco Community Building, starting at 10:00 am. The video presentation about the history of the fire department complete with interviews with some of the charter members as well as current members will be shown at 12 noon, with lunch to follow. They will have activities and games for the kids as well as exhibits for the adults. Come out, enjoy the day and help us celebrate our wonderful Francisco Fire Department Anniversary.

Our once a month “how to” classes have been so successful at the Francisco Community Building, we need more ideas. If there is anything that you would be interested in learning, just let Texie Jessup at 336-351-4142 or Kathy Blue at 336-351-3254 know. You’re never too old to learn something new.

Congratulations to Paul Blue on his retirement! Has your wife, Kathy, got her “honey-do” list ready?

A graveside memorial service for David Eric Baker, husband of Amy Flippin Baker and son of Rex and Helen Baker will be held Sunday, May 6, at 2:00 pm at Mountain View Baptist Church near King, NC. David was also the son-in-law of Wayne and Laura Flippin of the Collinstown community. Although originally from King, David and Amy had lived in Wilmington, NC for the last several years. Friends and neighbors are invited to attend this celebration of life and in case of bad weather, the service will be held at the picnic shelter at the church. Continued prayers for this precious family.

Prayers also for the family of Dora Lee Goad Nelson of the Francisco community. Dora Lee passed away April 14 at her home. To be honest, I don’t think I ever saw her without a smile on her face. She will be missed. Continued prayers for her precious family.

Sylvia Burton

Special for The Stokes News