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Last updated 7/1/2020 at 5:07pm

his map of the community households was created for the first Dunn's Rock Community Center scrapbook in 1955.

Calling All Neighbors

Keith Parker recently sent me a hand-illustrated map of the Dunn's Rock Community from 1955. It noted the locations of community home places, and an accompanying typed page listed the heads of household. The map, which was used as an illustration in the Dunn's Rock Community Center's first scrapbook, also indicated those who were involved in the part-time farmer program. Keith's father, Earl Parker, was among those recognized.

If a map of the Dunn's Rock Community were drawn today, it would contain hundreds more families. Thinking about the composition of our community is especially timely as we face an accounting of our own – the 2020 Census. Alarms are being raised as the October deadline nears, with too few Transylvanians being counted. The county stands to lose up to a quarter of a million dollars in federal funding for vital community programs if the response rate does not improve.

Terri Wells, of WNC Communities, shared a map showing the response rate for various parts of our county. Blue indicates a good response, and red, a poor response. While the City of Brevard is shaded a light blue color, Dunn's Rock is a pale yellow. Western areas of the county are even darker shades of orange. We've got work to do.

The Dunn's Rock Community Center is seeking volunteers to help call neighbors to see if they have completed their census information, and to provide assistance in doing so if needed. A couple of young volunteers already have been recruited to begin these important calls. If you'd like to join them, please contact me at [email protected] com. We'll provide a list of names to contact and information about assisting with the process.

If you've not completed your census information, it can be submitted online at, by calling (844) 330-2020 or by completing the census questionnaire received in the mail. This quick and easy process helps determine how much funding communities receive for key public services and how many seats each state gets in Congress. Census information is also use to draw congressional and state legislative districts.

Let's get every head counted. The next 10 years depend on it.

A Berry Good Year

For weeks we've been harvesting loads of lettuce in the Dodson garden. Now it's all about the crookneck squash and zucchini, which are neck to neck in a race to see which can produce the most fruit. There's a concurrent contest between the plants to see which can best hide vegetables behind foliage in an effort to produce squash of gargantuan proportions. Zucchini bread, anyone?

Heads of Dunn's Rock households are listed on this map legend, along with those involved in the part-time farmer program.

This year's clear winners, however, are the berry bushes, which have been able to keep up with the demands of the birds, the humans and the dog. Over breakfast, we watch blue jays darting to and from the blueberry bushes. Later in the day, we find hens doing a high jump to get a few tasty raspberries. When we're picking berries at dusk, the dog often joins us, showing off by picking berries off the lower limbs with his bare teeth.

Who needs the summer Olympics when the garden Olympics games are so exciting?

Community Center News

Folks interested in renting the Dunn's Rock Community Center can contact Janet Robertson at (828) 883-2678. Renters will be required to conform to state COVID-19 recommendations and will need to disinfect the center after use. Let me know how your garden is growing at [email protected]


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