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Last updated 1/9/2019 at 3:26pm

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Mike Somers and Dewey Aiken saw pieces of plywood for the community center's kitchen walls.

Inside Work

There have been a lot of busy beavers at the Dunn's Rock Community Center this week. Dewey Aiken, his grandson, Reese Ratcliff, and Janet Robertson cleaned out the contents of the kitchen to make way for new flooring and a paint job.

Dewey and Mike Somers also began some carpentry work in the kitchen, including removing the room's drop ceiling. They had the happy surprise of finding the original beadboard ceiling in remarkably good condition. It still bears the yellow and green paint used when the building was Dunn's Rock School. The ceiling will be cleaned and coated with polyurethane to preserve its beauty. The walls of the main room have been cleaned and are receiving a coat of primer over the faux wood paneling. After priming, the walls will be painted a room-brightening white.

Future plans call for removing the main room's drop ceiling, too. This project will involve reconfiguring light fixtures, an expense the center was not able to take on in this year's renovations.

Another item on the community center's wish list is a large flat screen television to mount on the wall. If anyone is interested in donating one to the center, which is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization, contact Dewey Aiken at 553-7694.

If you're handy with a paint brush, come by to help. You can also stop by if you'd like to take a look at the progress.

Outside Work

Chain saws have been buzzing around Dunn's Rock as folks begin to deal with the damage caused by December's heavy snow. Between rain showers, neighbors have worked to bring order back to their yards.

Husband John bought a small electric chain saw that attaches to an extension bar. It has been handy in dealing with high broken branches. A cherry tree took revenge on the saw, holding firmly to its chain. Undeterred, John dismantled the saw, returned to the store for another chain, and got right back to it.

While he was hacking away at storm debris, we heard a chain saw up the mountain. Ruth Jones said her husband, Bud, was in their backyard further down Island Ford Road, dealing with downed branches, too.

One thing is sure, no one is likely to be short of kindling or firewood this winter.

Let The Programs Begin

Last year, the community center hosted nine interesting programs, most in conjunction with meals. The board is in the process of lining up this year's slate. If you have suggestions for program topics or speakers, let us know by contacting me at the email below. Community history, storytelling, music, nature topics – let us know what you'd like to hear at a program this year.

You're Never Too Old

I spent the holidays getting better acquainted with my new playground ball. It was an early birthday gift from a friend, who heard me say that I'd always wanted one. Though I received it in April, I never got around to celebrating its inaugural use in a game of four square, as I had planned.

Instead, the ball was put into action on Thanksgiving Day after the mid-day meal at John's brother's house in Haywood County. Players included elementary, middle and high school-aged children, our college-aged niece and her German swim teammate, a soccer coach, a cross country coach, and other adults of varying athletic ability. In kickball, enthusiasm goes a long way.

Dewey Aiken works near the original beadboard ceiling of the community center kitchen, which was exposed after removing a drop ceiling.

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Dewey Aiken works near the original beadboard ceiling of the community center kitchen, which was exposed after removing a drop ceiling.

We had a great time as kickers sent the ball rocketing along the ground and soaring into the air, while players rounded the bases. Team members yelled encouragement and trash-talked the other side, until the pie we had forsaken after our lunch began calling our names.

The ball came in handy on another beautiful afternoon, the day after Christmas. In a county park near my sister's home in Huntersville, we found the perfect place to play bam ball, one of Nancy's and my favorite childhood games.

We taught our spouses and children how to play, and in no time the adult team was getting the better of the kids. John and I were both sore the next day, but we judged our aches to be worth it.

As I was leaving the Dunn's Rock Community Center recently, I noticed the large paved area near the swing set. I may have found the next place to bring my ball. Four square anyone?

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Dewey Aiken works near the original beadboard ceiling of the community center kitchen, which was exposed after removing a drop ceiling.


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