Once again, our Francisco community was disappointed by the elected Stokes County Board of Commissioners Monday night when they voted against the community’s use of the Francisco School’s gym, agriculture building and concession stand. In a 3-2 vote, commissioners Ernest Lankford, Ronnie Mendenhall and Jimmy Walker dampened our hopes for using parts of our closed elementary school for community events and fund raisers. Commissioners James Booth and Ronda Jones were both in favor of our use. Thank you to both of these people who supported our cause. As they had done in previous meetings, Jones and Booth spoke of when a community such as Francisco loses its school, it also loses its identity. My personal opinion is that we are trying so hard to take the loss of our school and turn it around to make something good for our community as well as the county. The sad part is that we are continually being knocked back down by our elected officials.
But on a lighter note, we can still use the grounds, so we will. Plans are now in the works for an April 29th event we are calling Francisco Community Market Day. When life gives you lemons, make lemonade, so we will! And sell it at our Community Market Day!! This celebration of the “handmade and homegrown” promises to be a fun event filled with crafts, farmer’s market, music and food. It will be held in conjunction with our annual Francisco Community Day which is always a big success. Make a note on your calendar for April 29. I will have more in the coming weeks.