Congratulations to Doug and Carol Stewart-High for their property being selected as Franklinville’s Yard of the Month for September! This amazing space has a spa like ambiance and is often called “the tree house.” Beautiful geraniums greet the eye as one walks up to the lovely front porch. An eclectic group of shade and sun plants adds a burst of color throughout the yard. Around back, a stucco walled garden contains a variety of vegetables and herbs and has a Mediterranean flair! Espaliers hang on the walls with lush, green vines. In a front flower bed, a curious little turtle suns on a rock among an abundance of succulents trying to figure out what the new sign says! Thank you to Doug and Carol for the beautiful place they have created in our small town! Visit our facebook page to see all the photos of this beautiful yard.
Yard of the Month for August 2021 goes to Joe and Linda Rivera! Every inch of this property is filled with colorful flowers, large shade trees and lush, green grass! Mr. and Mrs. Rivera work many hard hours in their yard to keep it looking spectacular. Their house is beautifully decorated in red, white and blue bunting for Independence Day! Congratulations to the Rivera’s for making their yard a beautiful space in our small town! Visit our facebook page to view all the photos of their home.
You now have a safe, secure and easy online payment option. Make a payment at night, early in the morning or on weekends. To make a payment, go to our online payment portal, enter your account number (listed on the bill) and type in your credit or debit card number. Payment is quick, convenient, and the bill is immediately paid!
We also have automatic bank drafting available for those that prefer this method. The customer will just need to come into Town Hall with a voided personal check and sign the form for permission to draft from their account.
Congratulations to Franklinville residents, Craig and Penny Smith, on being awarded the Yard of the Month for July! All of their hard work has created a gorgeous yard. The grouping of flowers draws your eye and adds a pop of color everywhere you look. Lovely garden flags add just the right amount of movement and color. The base of the flagpole is covered with beautiful flowers, that lifts your gaze up to the American flag waving proudly for all to see. How fitting that their yard is selected for this award during the month of July! An angel has been placed at the flagpole as a tribute to Mrs. Smith’s mother. What a sweet way to honor a loved one! Thank you to the Smiths for the hard work that you do to make your yard so beautiful for yourselves and your community! Visit our facebook page for more photos of Craig and Penny’s beautiful yard.
If you know of a yard that is deserving of this award, please contract Franklinville Town Hall. Call: 336-824-2604, text: 336-953-5129 or email: [email protected]. Keep those yards looking beautiful!
Parents as Teachers (PAT) is an early childhood parent education and family support program, which also promotes and encourages early literacy. Personal home visits and virtual visits are at the heart of the Parents as Teachers program. The PAT program started in Franklinville in 2002. This program was formed by a committee of Franklinville citizens concerned about the high percentage of children entering Franklinville Elementary School unprepared for kindergarten.
Parent educators provide age-appropriate information, address parenting and caregiver needs and concerns, and engage the whole family in fun, nurturing activities. There are also group meetings for participating families; free developmental, health, vision, and hearing screenings for the children; and connections to area resources that support parents and caregivers on their demanding journey as their children’s first and most important teachers.
Director, Amanda Ratliff shares the successful Parents as Teachers (PAT) story of Jose’s graduation from Randolph Early College.
“Last Friday, Jose graduated from Randolph Early College with honors. He will enter the workforce as an electrician once he completes his licensure through RCC. Raquel, Jose’s mother, stopped me one day and wanted to know more about the PAT program. She had heard about the program from a neighbor and was VERY eager to do whatever possible to make sure that her son Jose had the best start possible in life. Jose was around 2 years old at the time and spoke no English. During home visits, Raquel would always scoot back the family’s coffee table in the living room to make space for us to sit together on the floor. She soaked up anything that she could to help Jose and always told me that one day she would see him graduate from college That day is here! Through the years, I have kept in close contact with Jose and Raquel as Jose has become almost like a son to me. I have watched him earn award after award from elementary school to middle school to now early college. Raquel texted me pictures a few years ago of Jose working on his homework with a flashlight because the family had lost power due to a storm that night. Raquel read to him throughout his early childhood years as well as did her very best to prepare him for school. The “odds” were stacked against Jose since the family struggled with economic resources as well as language and educational barriers. Raquel always told me that her children would be better than her and not have to work in hard labor jobs like her and her husband work. Watching Jose’s graduation last week was probably the most beautiful gift I have been given in my years of serving families. Jose will be 20 this Fall, and I could not be prouder of him and the man he is growing to be. His family sacrificed SO much for him to graduate and they never gave up. They taught me far more than I could ever hope to teach them and gave me the beautiful gift of inviting me into their parenting journey and story. Our children are worth it all!! Jose was the FIRST in his family to graduate high school and college!”
The Yard of the Month for June goes to Mrs. Kay Brady’s yard. Mrs. Brady works tirelessly in her yard planting flowers and mowing the lawn. It is a lovely place to sit and enjoy being outside! Mrs. Brady received a certificate and the Yard of the Month sign placed in her yard. Thank you to everyone that sent in a nomination! We had six nominations this month! The names will remain on the list for next month. If you know of a yard that is deserving of this award, please send in the address by July 31st. Call: 336-824-2604, text: 336-953-5129 or email: [email protected]. Keep those yards looking beautiful!
Congratulations to Martha Matthews for being the first resident of 2021 to be honored with Franklinville’s Yard of the Month! She was nominated by one of her neighbors. Mrs. Matthews enjoys working long hours in her expansive yard, mowing and tending to her beautiful flowers. She received a certificate, the “Yard of the Month” sign placed in her yard for the month of May and recognition on our Facebook page. Thank you Mrs. Matthews for beautifying your yard to make our Town a lovely place to live! Nominations for June are open now until May 31st. Please nominate a deserving yard/citizen by contacting Franklinville Town Hall. [email protected]
Our Yard of the Month begins on May 1st and ends in October. We are asking our Franklinville residents to nominate someone with a beautiful yard, by calling, or emailing the Town Hall before the last day of the month. The chosen Yard of the Month will be featured on our Town Facebook page and have the Yard of the Month sign posted in their yard for the month. We hope this will encourage everyone to get out and beautify their yards, which will then add to the landscape of our Town. This will be an annual event running from late spring through mid fall.