Friday, July 3, 2015


(An update from Keith Patton:)

After checking weekend weather forecasts and consulting with our paving contractor we have determined that there is no chance of having a dry road On Monday 7/6. With this being the case our paving date has been moved to Monday 7/13.

Happy July 4th to everyone!  Have a fun and safe holiday weekend.


Monday, June 29, 2015


View from the end of Staymon Road last month
The following note is from our president Keith Patton per the upcoming paving on Apple Creek Road.  As you may remember, we got locked out of any paving in 2014 due to consistent weather delays and then the calendar as the plant shut down late fall.  All that to say a good chunk of paving will be done this year, from 211 Apple Creek and above in various places.

The best paving job I've seen here was in that time, the HOA requested there be no traffic trying to go around the paving crew, as it helps prematurely break down the paved edges. It worked very very well for what was a limited inconvenience for residents.  For this large amount of paving, the board is requesting drivers to plan ahead around the upcoming work, knowing the road will be closed most of one day.

(From Keith Patton)
The tentative dates for our paving work are July 6 or 7. Due to the extensive amount of work to be done we can expect a long road closure on one of these days. The closure will be from 211 Apple Creek Rd. up. I will be in contact as this plan solidifies.

Please check back here as I'll be posting information ASAP when I hear further details.  Weather will be the only but potentially big player, FYI.


Monday, June 8, 2015


(Posting this to all ACA owners, a message from our President Keith Patton -  Bob)

I know everyone is wanting to know about the delay in getting our road work done. On Friday 6/5, WNC Paving, whom we had contracted with to grade and pack our side roads, failed to show up for the fourth time they had scheduled to do the work. They have been notified that we are moving on to the next lowest bidding company to do our work. I will let you know of the new schedule for road work. 

Thanks for your patience,

Monday, June 1, 2015


ACA President Keith Patton asked me to pass along the following information.  It is time once again to start thinking about next year's ACA Board.  Anyone who is interested in serving on the 5 person nominating committee, or as a member of the new board, please contact Keith directly.

Throwing in our rain for the past two months (recorded at the end of Staymon):

APRIL    6.36"
MAY      3.11"


Thursday, May 7, 2015



(From Keith Patton, President ACAHOA)

1. The ACAHA has taken legal action against the 5 property owners delinquent in their association dues.

2. The contractor is scheduled to begin work on the side roads within the next 2 weeks.

3. Paving work will follow completion of the work on side roads.

4. Many of the association ditches and culverts have been cleared by volunteers with part of the work being hired out. If you would like to help please contact a board member.


Thursday, April 23, 2015


A Freeze Warning is in effect for ACA for Friday morning with temps falling into the mid and upper 20s.  If you have some fragile blooming plants around your house, it would be wise to cover them up.

Yesterday I posted a bunch of photos from ACA...and I'm adding one more here from yesterday afternoon.  One normally thinks of a rainbow arcing high in the sky, but a bright one developed below my view from the end of Staymon.

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Rainbow 4-22-15 late afternoon


Wednesday, April 22, 2015


What a gorgeous day (albeit cool) we had Monday and yesterday!  This view from home at the end of Staymon Road Monday after a stormy start (to follow):


In the pre-dawn hours Monday 4-20, an expansive line of rain and embedded thunderstorms rumbled into western NC.  However, the cloud deck didn't quite cover the eastern horizon, allowing the sun to shine underneath the deck for a very brief time.  The misty orange glow lasted less than 2 minutes, but made for an unusual picture. 

We continue to green mightily in Apple Creek Acres, so posting some of the newer blooms.  So far this month we've had just under 5" of rain, so lush is an understatement!

Carolina Spring Beauty
Squirrel Corn
White varietal of Wake Robin Trillium

Canadian Violet
Large flowering bellwort
Dwarf Larkspur just opening
False Solomon's Seal
Remember all the Asplundh powerline clearing last summer?  Keith Patton smartly had them dump a boatload of the free chips on a needy steep slope just below the upper hairpin curve.  It's now home to a massive mushroom display at the moment!