Francisco News

Sylvia Burton - Special for The Stokes News

Community…the dictionary defines this word as a group of people who live in the same area, or the area in which they live. My definition is a group of people that live in the same area that share the values and the same principles of life. A community is a group of people that see a need, addresses that need, and is not afraid to make a dream a reality. Fifty years ago, the Francisco community saw the need for a volunteer fire department. By working together, using whatever means it took, whether it was wagon trains, tobacco crops, fiddler’s conventions, womanless beauty pageants, just whatever, that could bring in the crowds and the money, and they made the Francisco Volunteer Fire Department a reality. Last Saturday, over 300 people came to celebrate the fire department’s 50th Anniversary. Some of the same people that were there in the beginning were also there help to celebrate this wonderful milestone. Their roots run deep in the community soil. We’ve had some that have moved into the area and although maybe not born and raised here, they are willing to roll up their sleeves and work alongside their neighbor. While I was there at the celebration, I couldn’t help but notice the smiles and the laughter of the young and the old; the young, while they rode the train that meandered through the parking lot, the older ones as they reminisced looking at photos that chronicled the early days of the fire department. And there, for just a short period of time, we celebrated history and the future and the outside world didn’t matter. It was just our community. We are blessed. As Texie Jessup said, “Here’s to 50 more!”

Orders are still being taken for the Francisco Fire Department’s 50th Anniversary Pocketknife designed by Case. These orders will only be taken until Friday, May 11. To obtain an order form, please call the fire department at 336-351-2696.

The Dan River Disciples Youth Group will have a Pancake Breakfast Saturday, May 12, from 7:00am-10:00 am. The Breakfast will be in the fellowship building of the church which is located on Highway 704 in Francisco. The cost is donations only. Treat Mom to an early Mother’s Day breakfast!

There will be a Cash Bingo night Saturday, May 19, 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. All proceeds go to the upkeep of the community building. Everyone is invited to come out and enjoy the evening.

Get ready to “Raise the Roof!” The Francisco Fire Department, Francisco Auxiliary, Ruritans, Our Communities, and the Francisco Community Building are all working together to host a Country Breakfast Saturday, June 2 from 7:00-10:00 am. This breakfast has everything you could possibly want for breakfast. If they don’t have it, you don’t need to eat it. All proceeds will go towards a new roof for the community building. Everyone come out and support this worthy cause.

In case you haven’t seen it, the May issue of Southern Living Magazine has an article which listed “The South’s Best State Parks.” And guess what?? Hanging Rock was second on the list. It mentioned the Sauratown Mountains and the Dan River. It’s definitely worth looking at.

Please keep the following people on your prayer list, Jennifer Overby, Betty Stevens, Lester Overby and Ruth Jefferson.

Also remember the families of Ron Creel, Jonah Slawter and Donald Mabe. Please pray for comfort and strength for all these precious families.

Sylvia Burton

Special for The Stokes News