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Flat Rock history via a road

Travelling back in time on a Flat Rock roadby Rob Neufeld             If you walk the one mile length of North Highland Lake Road in Flat Rock, you step nearly 200 years into the past.            At the east end, the 21st century reigns.  Fronting six-lane Spartanburg Highway, a super-Ingles sits above a bog; and a CVS store faces an Octopus Garden smoke shop, a chiropractor, a cell phone provider, and a six-lane avenue to I-26 a mile away .            Neither Ingles nor CVS carries the big…See More
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Some of ya’ll might have heard about the bear that staged a break-in at the WNC

Nature Center in Asheville awhile back. Accordin’ to media reports a yearling black

bear scaled a ten foot fence and dropped in to do a little visitin’ with the center’s

herd of deer. Bob Fay, the nature center’s critter curator, said the deer “didn’t much

appreciate the visitor.” Why wouldn’t Bambi welcome a friendly visit with his ole buddy

Smokey the Bear?

Speakin’ of visitin’ that reminds me of the time brother bear visited my Aunt

Lucille. Aunt Lucille was a nurse up at C.J. Harris hospital and a lot of times she’d

work over-time and get back to the house pretty late. Her husband Rufus would leave the

back door unlocked when he left to go to work at the mill in Sylva ‘cause sometimes

Aunt Lucille would forget her key to the house. The bolt on the back door didn’t catch

too well and Aunt Lucille had been pestern’ Uncle Rufus to fix it for the longest time.

You know how us men-folks can be with those honey-do’s though.

It had been a cool spring with a late freeze and most of the berries and such that

bears and other critters in the woods ate just weren’t coming out. A big ‘ole black boar

bear happened to be huntin’ up some garbage cans close to town and scented Aunt

Lucille’s pot roast simmerin’ on the back of the stove. He peered into the house

and spotted a plate of cookies settin’ on the kitchen table like they was just waiting for

him! Well it weren’t long ‘fore brother bear just happened to nose up to the back door

and give it a little push. The pearly gates opened up and brother bear was in heaven!

First, brother bear devoured the oatmeal-raisin cookies on the kitchen table.

Like a lot of us folks brother bear’s motto was dessert first main course later.

Next he attacked the pot roast on the back of the stove—sliding it frontwards and spilling

the juicy meat and vegetables all over the kitchen floor. A perfect mess!

After devouring the tasty pot roast off the kitchen floor, brother bear smelled a

strange scent coming from the pantry. He ambled over to the pantry door pushing it

open. There sittin’ in the corner was Uncle Rufus’ beer crock plum full of strong bubbly

brew. After chowing down on the cookies and the pot roast brother bear had a powerful

thirst. He knocked the heavy clay top off and commenced to slurpin’ up Uncle Rufus’

best homebrew.

When ‘ole brother bear was done he belched contentedly and feeling a little

sleepy padded up the stairs wobbling from side-to-side. Nosing the bedroom door open

brother bear saw Lucille and Rufus’ bed which looked just fine for a post-feast nap.

Aunt Lucille came home to find the back door wide open to the world. She

took one look at the hog wallow in her kitchen and just about had a hissy fit.

“That man,” she thought, “he’s a gonna get my broom on his backside” as she

commenced to cleanin’ up.

When Aunt Lucille got done cleaning up the mess she was plum wore

Out. As she started to the head of the stairs she could hear the snorin’ and thought to

herself, “Rufe ate all that pot roast, cleaned out the brewin’ crock of homemade beer

and now it sounds like he’s logging the whole forest. Can’t I ever get any rest?”

The light was burnt out in the hallway and Aunt Lucille felt her way up the stairs

to the bedroom that she and Uncle Rufus shared. As she opened the door the snoring

from brother bear sounded like hogs tussling over the feeding trough. Aunt Lucille got

into her night gown and slippin’ into bed gave brother bear a poke with her elbow and

said “Rufe quiet down so’s I can get a little sleep.” Brother bear grunted and shifted in

his home brew induced stupor.

When brother bear wouldn’t quit snoring Aunt Lucille gave the bruin a little

nudge with her hip. Well brother bear didn’t like that too much and gave out a little

growl that made Lucille sit up and take notice. She took one look at who her bed partner

was and sprang out of bed like she’d seen the Booger man himself!

Aunt Lucille grabbed the broom settin’ in the corner and commenced to chasin’

brother bear ‘round the room. Just when she was gainin’ on him the bear would give a

little jump and get away. Finally, Aunt Lucille cornered the poor drunken bruin by the

dresser and gave him a good whop with the broom. Brother bear saw his chance and

leaped towards the window like one of them gold medal winnin’ Olympic high jumpers

and crashed right through it. Aunt Lucille rushed to the window and all she could see

was brother bear high-tailin’ it for the woods like a thirsty man headed for his still.

After that little incident Aunt Lucille made sure Uncle Rufus fixed that bolt on the

back door. So the next time you see brother bear pokin’ ‘round the backyard of your

‘little house in the big woods’ just remember he’s hungry and it’s his front yard!

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