July 4 Fireworks on Display over GertonOn the night of July 4, we had about a hundred people pull off the road, stop by, get out of their cars to enjoy Gerton's show of fireworks. No UHNGCC-sponsored activity this year, but that didn't stop our neighbors from continuing to put on the kind of show we have come to enjoy so much on America's birthday! Thanks to all who provided this display.
Gifts to Hickory Nut Gorge Outreach
As our Community closes out the summer of 2020 and enters into another season, I wanted to say Thank You for your continued support of the UHNGCC and the few projects we have focused on during this year. We have done a tremendous job of supporting our neighbors at the Hickory Nut Gorge Outreach, kept up with our Highway Pick up commitments, worked to support the 2020 Census and continued work on a Gerton History Project.
The Hickory Nut Gorge Outreach continues to need our help with food donations, school supplies and funds for assistance with utilities for our local families in need. We are collecting donations at the Post Office and delivering supplies to the Outreach on a regular basis – Thank You for your continued support! We will be sponsoring our next Highway pickup in early September; please join us to support a clean community and hopefully meet some new neighbors. Several members of our Board of Directors are continuing to work on a Gerton History project that we look forward to sharing with the overall community sometime in 2021. You may be contacted by one of our members about contributing some type of pictures, documents or information about the history of this wonderful place we call home. If you feel you have something about the History of Gerton that you would like to share, please feel free to reach out to us at email@example.com and we will be happy to work with you.
On a final note there are two big opportunities to make sure you are counted and to support Gerton. The first is making sure you have completed your Census form; our compliance makes sure that our Community receives all available funds for a safe and thriving community. Please visit 2020census.org for a full explanation of the importance of the census and how your participation makes a difference in our region. The second opportunity is about Voting, please make sure you registered to vote, know all of the options for voting and exercise your right to be counted.
I wish each of you a safe and happy Fall and look forward to meeting together again as a community once we have this Pandemic under control.
End of Summer Litter Sweep: Friday, September 11, 10 a.m.
What Is the 2020 Census?
The 2020 Census counts every person living in the United States and five U.S. territories.
The count is mandated by the Constitution and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency. The 2020 Census counts the population in the United States and five U.S. territories (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands). Each home will receive an invitation to respond to a short questionnaire—online, by phone, or by mail—between March 12-20. Look for information below if you have not received your documents or if you need assistance completing the forms.
The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for you and your community. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data.
The results of the census also determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, and they are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.
It's also in the Constitution: Article 1, Section 2, mandates that the country conduct a count of its population once every 10 years. The 2020 Census will mark the 24th time that the country has counted its population since 1790.
Participating in the census is required by law, even if you recently completed another survey from the Census Bureau. A complete and accurate count is critical for you and your community, because the results of the 2020 Census will affect community funding, congressional representation, and more.
You can find all necessary details on how to complete your Census Forms on their website 2020census.gov or you can utilize a phone option at 1-844-330-2020 to participate in the Census.
The Upper Hickory Nut Gorge Community Club is working to support efforts so all of our Neighbors and Community Members are accurately counted. If you or someone you know needs some type of assistance with their Census Documents an e-mail can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and help will be provided.
We’re excited to announce the opening of Bearwallow Provision Company this fall in Gerton, NC! This will be a spot for tourists and locals alike, providing a spot to stop for drinks, snacks, and gear after hitting the trails.
Bear Pro Co. was brought to life by Erik Julian, a local to the area who is also a volunteer at the Gerton Fire Department. With so many hiking trails, fishing holes, and rock climbs around the Hickory Nut Gorge, we knew this would be the perfect opportunity to bring something new into the area.
We’re looking to open in early September stocked up with local goods and will be adding more and more gear to help continue your adventure. Eventually we’ll look to grow into a taproom and event space – we’re pumped for what we’ll be able to provide in the community.
Come in and see us! In the meantime, follow us on Facebook and Instagram at @BearProCo to stay up to date on everything going on. We’re located at 4612 Gerton Hwy, Gerton, NC 28735, We can’t wait to meet you all!