Parker, Davis, Brown to be honored

Published 8:38 am Friday, November 19, 2010

Franklin Sportman’s Association will recognize Franklin High School Football Coach Darren Parker, Franklin Parks and Recreation Director Frank Davis and retired teacher Randolph Brown during its 31st Hayden High School Reunion Honors Breakfast.

Ed Canada, left, Rusty Lowe, George Atkins, Mo Cananda, and in front, Grayson Canada, put on a bluegrass event at East Pavilion nusring home.

The breakfast will be held at 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 26, at the Sportsman’s Building, 1423 South St., Franklin. The cost is a donation of $8 per person. See members of the association for tickets.

Parker has led the Broncos to two state titles and is prepared to lead this year’s Tri-Rivers District champions to a 2010 state title.

When Davis isn’t involved with his full-time job as City Parks and Recreation Director, he’s taking photos for The Tidewater News. He’s considered the official photographer for Bronco athletics.

Brown graduated from Hayden High School in 1959 and is retired from Philadelphia Public Schools. He operates a limousine service in Philadelphia.

The Hayden Reunion Dance also will be held that evening at the same location. Admission is $15. The bring-your-own-bottle dance begins at 10 p.m. with music by disc jockey Peter Paul. Dress to impress.

• The Casino Night held on Nov. 6 at the American Legion in Franklin to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association was a success.

Among those sponsoring tables for the semi-formal event were Care Advantage, Prime Media, Smith’s Jewelers, Richwood Graphics, Fraternal Order of Police in Courtland, AFLAC and Fred’s restaurant.

Prizes donated by businesses were raffled, and top winners for gaming tables won certificates and gift cards.

• East Pavilion resident Steve Edwards reported that about 30 residents attended a bluegrass event at the Franklin nursing home on Nov. 13.

Resident Carol Lowe organized the show with her cousin and band member Rusty Lowe.

Ed Canada played the banjo, Rusty Lowe was on the bass, George Atkins played the mandolin, Mo Canada played the guitar and Grayson Canada was on the fiddle.

Four members of the band started the show off with some classic blue grass tunes like “Mountain Dew” and “Down Yonder.”

Then the youngest member of the band, Grayson Canada, who is Mo Canada’s 2½-year-old son and Ed Canada’s grandson, slowly joined the group on stage carrying his fiddle case. He had just finished his afternoon nap. Little Grayson put on a show for about 30 minutes, and everyone really enjoyed it.

After the toddler finished, he put his fiddle back in the case and wandered back to his mom sitting in the audience and snuggled back in her lap with his “sippy” cup.

At the end of the show, the crowd talked Grayson into doing another song, so he slid down from mom’s lap and opened his fiddle case to finish the show with “Uncle Ben” and “Shuckin Corn.”