Sunday, August 14, 2016

QUICK UPDATE: MEETING, BEARS

It takes a quorum of 64 lots to hold our annual HOA meeting and we had exactly that Saturday morning.  I volunteered to be secretary, so once I type up minutes and have them looked over and approved, I'll pass them along here.  Too, you will get a hard copy with your dues later this year.  As well, it was good to meet and greet some new full-time residents on our mountain at the meeting!  Thanks to all that turned out (or turned in proxies).

One area of discussion that affects us in ACA (read "especially those with bird feeders") was about the bear or bears currently hanging around ACA. As Keith Patton reminded us, "A fed bear is a dead bear" and he provided a video link that drives home the point: minimizing opportunities for bears to get food at houses, be it bird seed, pet food, unsecured garbage, etc. They'll move on naturally, hopefully sooner as opposed to later.  (NOTE: The video link was designed for WY residentsl; while it's over the top for here, the basic principles are the same for all bear-human contact.)


And apologies to any neighbors of mine within earshot that hear an air horn go off in the dark of night (like last night).  I've found it to be the most effective way to get one to move away from the house if it doesn't do so on its own.


Bob


Saturday, August 13, 2016

HOA ANNUAL MEETING REMINDER

8-13-16 Sunrise from the end of Staymon Rd.
(click to enlarge)

I apologize for not posting this in advance...slipped through my swiss cheese brain!

2016 Annual HOA Meeting
Saturday August 13
9:30am - until
The Vine, Depot Street, Waynesville

I will post official minutes once they become available and sent to me.


Bob

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

CLEVER BEAR...

Molly by cantilevered deck support (read "bear ladder")
Goodbye, trusted feeders...
It wasn't too long before dawn that a sudden noise had the pups in an uproar.  I looked out the window to the closed deck gate and the un-tripped booby-traps I set up....a railing climbing bear would have knocked over some loud items coming onto the deck and retreated.

Alas, I went on the deck around 630am and for the first time for me here (heard it done lots before), the bear climbed up a cantilevered deck support and in one fell swoop pulled a two-feeder solid metal pole over almost 180 degrees. It's a feeder damaged a couple of years ago by another bear, and I remember trying to straighten a far more modest bend using a large vise and my 250 pound weight...and it took a serious amount of effort on my part.

So the moral of this story is if a passing bear wants something, they will try many ways to get it.  I didn't expect a climbing attack so left the feeders out given the prior successes of my noisy traps.  Note to self: feeders go in at night.



Bob

Sunday, July 31, 2016

HEADS UP FOR BEARS


Bull Elk #16 from the Cataloochee herd
This is really more for visitors and new residents in Apple Creek.  Bear sightings are a part of life here, and the majority come and go, moving on.  While I've not laid eyes on the most recent activity, some residents have passed on they've seen a mama bear and twin cubs, which explains my dogs' behaviors the past few days.  Protect any feeders you have out, pets, etc., and please make sure you don't provide them any food sources to hang around.

I hope everyone is having a good summer!


Bob

HEADS UP FOR BEARS


Bull Elk #16 from the Cataloochee herd
This is really more for visitors and new residents in Apple Creek.  Bear sightings are a part of life here, and the majority come and go, moving on.  While I've not laid eyes on the most recent activity, some residents have passed on they've seen a mama bear and twin cubs, which explains my dogs' behaviors the past few days.  Protect any feeders you have out, pets, etc., and please make sure you don't provide them any food sources to hang around.

I hope everyone is having a good summer!


Bob

Sunday, July 17, 2016

JUST TOUCHING BASE...

At least here at the end of Staymon, all has been quiet this summer, insofar as ACA news or information.  I was just driving up from an early morning run to town when I thought I'd at least post some pictures from dawns and sunrises that I've take the past couple of months.  Haven't been able to do much since my surgery, but that will soon change as I'm getting pretty doggone mobile, all things considered.

Upon pulling up to park at home, there was a sudden sizable coyote yip-howl way down around the big farm for sale on Mauney Cove Road.  Got out to listen and kept my pups in the car...and then much to my surprise a second large pack started a yip-howl in response, the latter somewhere far to the NW end of ACA or the upper Mauney Cove dead-end area.  I've never heard dual packs going at it here, especially at 1030am...and enough to say to our newer residents/visitors that coyotes are always around, and to just keep a heads up if you have pets that are out and about.

Back to serenity.  Click to enlarge these pics I snapped in early mornings the past couple of months. I have no ACA news to pass along, per paving and otherwise, but when I do I'll post it here.  Hope everyone is having a great summer!











Bob

Friday, May 20, 2016

ROAD WORK DATES!!!

The following is important information from Jeff Hintzman for all ACA residents:
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Dates and times for culvert replacement work NEXT WEEK:

The culvert on Burnt Fork Monday 5/23 between 8:00 and 12:00 AM

The culvert on Camry Monday 5/23 between 12:00 and 4:00 PM. 

The culvert at the end of Trambley Dr. will be replaced on Wednesday 5/25 between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM. 

The last culvert at the bottom of the hill will be replaced on Thursday 5/26 between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM.

A sign will be put up at the entrance as well when needed.

KEEP IN MIND this is all "weather permitting."


Bob