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Carolyn Craig - Sandy Ridge News

I hope everyone is enjoying this snow; I know the kids are. Please be safe and stay warm.

The Men’s Breakfast at Oak Ridge Baptist Church has been rescheduled due to the snow. Please join them on Sunday, January 31 beginning at 7:00 a. m. in the church fellowship hall. The men will be responsible for all services throughout the day.

Delta United Methodist Church is also rescheduling the showing of the movie, “War Room”. The date will be announced sometime in February.

Don’t forget about the Sweetheart Spaghetti Dinner at Riverside Baptist Church which will be Saturday, February 13 from 6:00 to 8:00 p. m. The cost is $7.00, and you may call Carolyn Manuel at 416-5785 to purchase tickets in advance. Dinner will include spaghetti, salad, bread, drink and dessert. They will have several games and door prizes.

Please remember the family and friends of Gerald Hill. He was born in Stokes County and taught school for several years. Many will remember him from North Stokes High School.


Joann Denny was born in 1961 in Westchester County, NY to Betty and Joseph Fatedena. She grew up in the small town of Mamaroneck on Long Island Sound. She has a sister, Paula, who still lives in NY. She had an older brother who is deceased. She attended school in NY and graduated from Rye Neck High School. She then attended trade school and became certified in information technology. She has been a computer programmer and analyst for 30 years.

She moved to NC in 1985 to accept a job with United Guaranty Corp. That is where she met her husband, Michael; they have been married for 23 years. They moved to Stokes County in 1994. They have a son Ethan, age 35, who graduated from North Stokes. He now resides in NY City where he is an attorney for the state of NY. They adopted Kayleigh who was born in China. She is now 18 and a recent graduate of North Stokes. She is interested in pursuing a career in Medical Massage Therapy. They also adopted James, age 12, who was born in Guatemala. He attends Winston-Salem Christian School.

Joann quit her job in 2005, after adopting James, to become a stay-at-home Mom. She is also a board certified biblical counselor with American Association Christian Counselors. It was at this time that she offered private counseling services by referral from local pastors. The AAC helps to support and assist local pastors in family counseling. She is still available on an as needed basis. She is now employed with Beverage Air Corp. in Winston-Salem.

Joann’s hobbies are singing, guitar playing and reading. She sang with The Sundown Bank, a southern rock band, in NY for 2 years. She now sings with the Praise Team at New Vision Fellowship where she is currently a member. JoAnn wrote a song entitled “Bobby” that she wrote for her sister Paula’s husband. Bobby was a firefighter for NY City for 25 years. He lost his life in the North Tower on 09/11. To listen to this song, go to You Tube, Salt Mine Productions, or JoAnn Denny. You can also see the Fox 8 News interview about this song.

Her favorite TV shows are Lake Front Bargains, (she would love to buy a lake house someday, if and when she wins the lottery) and Downton Abbey. Her favorite vacation spot is Blowing Rock and second favorite is Smith Mountain Lake.

I asked her if she likes NC better than NY, and she said, “I love NC. But it’s hard to get the NY completely out of the girl.”

Thank you, JoAnn, for taking the time to let us get to know you better.


“Southern girls are God’s gift to the entire male population. There is absolutely no woman finer than one raised below the Mason-Dixon Line; and once you go southern, may the good Lord help you – you never go back.”

—Kenny Chesney


I know a lot of people can’t wait for Super Bowl Weekend. Go Panthers! I have listed several recipes in the past that would be suitable for that day, such as buffalo chicken dip, bacon wrapped chicken, and “dip”. Below is another one, and I will try to get some more before the long awaited football game.

Chip Dip

Combine an equal amount of Dean’s French Onion Dip with sour cream. Let sit in refrigerator for 2 – 3 hours. Serve with ruffled potato chips.

Peach Cobbler (This is my favorite recipe for cobbler that I found on

2 – 15 ¼ oz. cans sliced peaches, in heavy syrup

¾ cup sugar

½ cup butter

1 cup self-rising flour

1 cup sugar

1 cup milk (You can use ½ cup buttermilk and ½ cup evaporated milk.)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Empty 2 cans of peaches in a saucepan. Add ¾ cup sugar. Heat until sugar melts in with peaches. Melt butter in 9 ½ x 13 glass baking dish. Pour peaches in over butter. Sift flour, add sugar and mix. Add milk (s) and mix well. Pour over peaches. Cook at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Serve with vanilla ice cream.

Contact Carolyn Craig at 341-8707, or e-mail, if you have Sandy Ridge news.

Carolyn Craig

Sandy Ridge News

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