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Sylvia Burton - Special for The Stokes News



We received some wonderful rains Sunday and Monday, although driving in it Monday evening was quite stressful. I was coming through Westfield and the rain was coming down in sheets along with some hail, no fun. But, I made it home safely. Molly, my lab, was just about to go into “conniptions”. Does anyone else have problems with their dogs during storms? Molly, breathing heavily and shaking, finally settled in the shower stall. I felt so sorry for her. I can’t imagine being that scared. Spring showers, I need to get used to it.

The Ruritan Club will sponsor Bingo FRIDAY, March 31, 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 a cover-all is $5. All proceeds go to the Relay for Life. This is such a wonderful cause and I hope all will come out to support this.

We had a community meeting last Sunday at the Francisco Community Building to discuss the repurposing of the Francisco Elementary School and the Francisco Community Market Day scheduled for April 29. Anyone who has agreed to “champion” an idea needs to get the completed Champion Form to Paul Blue, Bill Hart or Jay Tallmon as soon as possible. Time is ticking and a viable, sustainable plan must be submitted to the County Commissioners by the end of June if we want this thing to work. It’s not too late to submit an idea. Forms may be obtained by going to our website www.ocnwstokes.org, or you can call me 336-351-3216. I’ll be glad to get a form to you.

More plans are being made for our Francisco Community Market Day to be held Saturday, April 29, at the Francisco School Playground. Area vendors are encouraged to come and rent a 10’ by 10’ space for $20 to sell your products or crafts. We will also have a Farmer’s Market that day, so come out and support your local farmers. Area churches: if you would like to have a bake sale, that’s fine too. Check out our table at the Farmer’s Appreciation Dinner at South Stokes on April 6. We will have vendor forms there or contact Ruth Harden at 336-351-3151.

Prayers for the Gary Gray family. Gary passed away this past Sunday after years of declining health. There will be a memorial service for Wayne King at the Vintage Rose in Pilot Mountain Saturday, April 1 at 11:00 am. Lois Overby returned home after being a patient at Forsyth Hospital. Jennifer Overby finished her 28 radiation treatments Monday. She said she’s glad not to have to drive to Greensboro everyday now!

There is still a lot of sickness in the neighborhood. Please check on your elderly neighbors to make sure they are all right. Take them a hot meal or volunteer to stay a few hours with them so a caregiver can get some time off. So often we forget about the people who take care of family members. It helps to get away, even for an hour or two. It really can make a difference when you are a blessing to someone else, both in your life and theirs.

Sylvia Burton

Special for The Stokes News

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