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Sylvia Burton - Special for The Stokes News

Wasn’t the weekend gorgeous? Judging by the temperatures, you would never think that it is February. It was so nice to see lots of folks, young and old, at our community park over the weekend taking advantage of the beautiful weather. I only hope the fruit trees do not get a cold surprise in the days to come. It could go either way.

The Ruritan Club will be sponsoring Bingo Saturday, February 18, 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 and all prizes are “winter” related. All proceeds go toward the upkeep of the community building. Hope to see everyone there!

The Francisco Volunteer Fire Department is still taking orders for chicken stew. Orders will be taken until February 28 and the stew can be picked up March 11. This is takeout only so you must order ahead of time. Any member of the fire department can take your order or call 336-351-2696. All proceeds go to the fire department.

Our Francisco Task Force will be meeting Sunday, February 26, 3 pm, at the Francisco Community Building. This meeting is for anyone interested in playing a vital role in the repurposing of the Francisco Elementary School. If you or your group is interested in championing an idea for the school, please come. We want to hear from you! The Task Force is asking for a completed form that includes: your proposed project, benefits to the community and number that could participate, anticipated revenue to support your project (rent per month, event charges), frequency of use (daily, once a week, monthly), building modifications that may need to be made, any needed permits or special requirements. I know this may sound complicated, but it’s not. We need the community’s input and passion to make this happen. Please do not assume that someone else will do this. We need your ideas. In order to build a feasible and sustainable plan for the school, we need you. To obtain a Champion Idea Form, please call Paul Blue at 336-351-3254, or me 336-351-3216 and leave me a message. I’ll be happy to send you one or go to the Our Communities website to learn more at, click on “get involved” then “projects”. A repurposed Francisco Elementary School would not only be important to the revitalization of our community but surrounding communities and the county as well.

Although she was no longer a resident of Francisco, several members of the community attended the funeral for Octavia Edwards last Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church in Mount Airy. Mrs. Edwards, teacher at Blue Ridge and longtime librarian at North Stokes High School, passed away Saturday February 4. She was a world traveler, an avid story teller and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She was 95 years young. Please keep her family in your prayers.

Sylvia Burton

Special for The Stokes News

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