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Sylvia Burton - Special for The Stokes News

There was such a wonderful turnout at the Francisco Community Building Sunday, September 3, to celebrate Alma Dunkley’s 95th birthday. Family, friends and neighbors gathered to wish Alma the best. She is such a wonderful treasure in our community and everyone loves her. I wish I had a dollar for every quilt square she has put together! The family had some of her quilts on display at the party. Just beautiful!

Volunteers from the Francisco Fire Department are still busy visiting residents of our community on Thursday evenings. Don’t be alarmed when one of the vehicles from the fire department pulls in your driveway. They just need to make sure of circumstances that may hinder them in case you have an emergency. Things like trees that may interfere with the firetrucks and equipment, vicious dogs or be aware of any bedridden patients that may be in the home. This is for our safety as well as theirs.

Volunteers are needed for Thursday, September 15, Friday, September 16 and Saturday, September 17 to work at our Francisco Community Park and Agricultural Building. We will be busy cleaning, painting and just generally “sprucing up the place” for our Francisco Farmfest on October 1. The work schedule starts at 8 a.m. and will go until dusk so that anyone who has extra time can come. We appreciate any and all help.

There will be Bingo at the Francisco Community Building Saturday, September 17. Hot dogs will be available at 6 p.m. and the games start at 7 p.m. The cost is $20 for 20 games and all proceeds go toward the community building.

Let’s make Mondays Library Days! Francisco will be visited by the Bookmobile Monday, September 19. Hours will be 10:00 am to 12 noon at the Francisco School grounds. This is such a great opportunity for our community. Please come out and support our library on wheels!

I hope everyone who is planning on going to the North Stokes ‘60s Reunion got their check in on time. This promises to be a fun-filled event for anyone who went to North Stokes during the ‘60s. This will be Saturday, September 24, at North Stokes starting at 2:00 pm. The meal should be around 3:00 pm with Little Richard’s Barbeque catering the event. If you attended North in the ‘60s or if you were a member of the faculty or staff during this time, you are invited.

Another reunion planned is the Annual Francisco School Reunion which will be held at the Francisco Community Building Saturday, October 1. Anyone who attended Francisco School at any time is invited to attend. Please bring your favorite covered dish and enjoy lunch at 12:30. Afterward, just walk across the road to our First Annual Francisco Farmfest.

Plans are “full steam ahead” on our Francisco Farmfest Saturday, October 1, at our Francisco Community Park (formerly Francisco School playground). We will have games and activities for the kids and live music for your listening pleasure. If you want to get up and “shake a leg,” you can do that too! Our Farmfest has something for everyone! We will have molasses making demonstrations as well as quilting and old fashioned tobacco tying. So many of our younger generations have no idea what these things entail. So, we’re going to show them! Our beautiful Walking Trail will be dedicated and we plan to honor those who have made our part of “God’s country” what it is today. Let’s not forget the food and plenty of it. We will have hot dogs with all the fixins, barbeque sandwiches and plates and introducing “Que in a Cup!” That’s a surprise! All demonstrations and activities are free but we will have a minimal charge for the food. Come on our in enjoy an action packed Saturday at our Francisco Farmfest!

And… our Francisco Farmfest has made it to social media! If you haven’t seen the video posted by Friends of Francisco on Facebook, it’s worth a look. Absolutely wonderful!

Please keep R.W. Goins and his wife, Alice, and Sara Lou Rogers and husband, Junior in your prayers. R.W. and Sara Lou are currently dealing with some serious health issues.

Please keep Ivadene Overby Johnson in your prayers also. Ivadene resides in Mount Airy now but used to live in Francisco. She is scheduled to have open heart surgery September 28.

Also, please keep the family of Paul Ray Hampton in your prayers. Mr. Hampton passed away August 19, at Duke University Hospital, with his family nearby. He will be greatly missed by his family and by the High Point Elks, of which he was a member for 61 years. He also was very active with the Disabled Veterans of America. Mr. Hampton was a member of Peters Creek Baptist Church.

Sylvia Burton

Special for The Stokes News

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