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September 21, 2023

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Page 16 - Rutherford Weekly 828-248-1408 Thursday, September 21-September 27, 2023 293 S Broadway St., Forest City 828-245-0434 Monday & Tuesday 8AM-5PM Thursday & Friday 8AM-5PM Sat. 8AM-12PM • Closed Wed. Not Just Oil, Pennzoil FAST FAST FAST FAST WAY WAY WAY WAY LET US DO YOUR DIRTY WORK! KIDS' CORNER BROUGHT TO YOU BY: Rutherford Weekly's publisher and its advertisers are not responsible or liable for misprints, typographical errors, misinforma- tion herein contained. We reserve the right to edit, reject or accept any articles, advertisements, or infor- mation to be printed in this publication. We will provide ad proofs for pre-paid ads or ads that are placed by established clients. No proofs may leave our premises without payment and permission and are copyright by Rutherford Weekly. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form without permission from the publisher. 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FIRST MEDIA, INC FIRST MEDIA, INC "Creating Business For People" ® Proud Member of: Association of Community Publishers CIRCULATION C O U N C I L VERIFICATION Audit by Circulation Verification Council Display Advertising: Mayra Littman • Editorial & Announcements: For Classified Ads Call 828-248-1408 or email: Creative Director: Jan B. Cook Distribution: Tommy Sims • Greg Grimes RUTHERFORD WEEKLY 157 West Main Street, Forest City, NC 28043 Phone 828-248-1408 Visit us online at: When the October issue of "Our State" magazine arrived in my mailbox this week, I had an immediate "ah wow" moment and my mind went back to the place I love so much - The Smokies. To add icing on the cake, the Annual Mountain issue featured my favorite season - Autumn in the Smokies. I say Autumn is my favorite season and it probably is, however, I love all seasons and living in a place where they are noticeable. Offi cially saying good- bye to the Summer of 2023 this Saturday isn't sad for me. It's been hot, maybe the hottest in a few years. I'd rather be outside than inside, but this summer has certainly offered its challenges. Volunteering at the Washburn Outreach Community Center's food pantry each Thursday and Friday morning was proof to me it was extremely hot. Leaving the food pantry at 12 noon after packing boxes for about fi ve hours, I was often dripping with sweat and my hair looked like I'd been in a river. My clothes were wet. Although the warehouse is air-conditioned, I preferred leaving the large doors open to see the light. Some folks love the fall season because of the colors - orange, yellow, gold, red splashed leaves and the assortment of pumpkins, football, fairs and Thanksgiving. Me too. I don't often visit the Smokies in the fall, unless it's to go to Dollywood for a special event, but the writers of Our State said: "The Great Smokies. A wonderland of wilderness spread among majestic, misty mountains. Land rich with ancient folk traditions, teaming with wildlife. The Great Smoky Mountains are North Carolina's sanctuary." There are so many photographs in the magazine telling the story of the Smokies, including one of iconic Mingo Falls near Cherokee. I was there at least 45 years ago with a good friend from Raleigh, my older sister and her daughters. The rest of the family was catching fresh mountain trout for supper. Arriving at the bottom of the falls, after the steep hike, I nearly met my Maker. While standing on a foot log over the river and talking a mile a minute, I lost my footing and fell into the river at least six or eight feet below. It was a rocky river and of course, it was a painful fall. I broke my nose and bruised my hip terribly, as I hit the rocks. I thought I'd knocked all my teeth out due to the bloody mess from my nose. My sister climbed down the banks to the river with my nieces' thick white socks in her hands, wet them in the icy river and put them on my face. We made it back to the campground and Mama doctored me. Now that's a story. A trip to the hospital was for the next day. I mended pretty well. I have so many fond memories of our family trips to the Smokies — the most visited National Park in the United States is at our doorstep. Unplug and head out with a picnic lunch and enjoy life. A long time ago now it seems, I would travel toward Bill's Creek in the fall for molasses making feature stories. The sounds of sugar cane being ground and then the taste of the fi rst drips of the molasses are memorable. This time of year, I can't help but remember the days as a child walking through the woods near our house and picking wild muscadines that had crept up into trees at the edge of the forest. What a scent. What fl avor. So with this wonderful cool, new season at our fi ngertips, get ready to get outdoors and enjoy all that's around you. Head out to Lake Lure and Chimney Rock, Bills Creek and Golden Valley to see the wonders of leaf color. Head up to the Blue Ridge Parkway, about an hour away, and capture another beauty and treasure of living where we do. I'm fond of the slower ride, roadside stands, picnic tables, mountain streams and the feeling of touching the blue sky and the mountain tops. The parkway, by the way, is America's longest linear park running 469 miles through 29 counties in Virginia and North Carolina and was a family favorite for Sunday drives and long picnics. The fall season also brings the Hilltop Festival to Rutherfordton; outdoor music and the Colfax Free Fair & Ellenboro School Carnival. Check out the Community Calendar if you're looking for something to do. Fall is here. Get out and enjoy the fall festivals, the long drives across the mountains, the country ham suppers, chicken pie suppers, high school football and all that goes along with this fabulous season in the foothills of North Carolina. Drive a little slower and take time to smell the aromas of this fabulous season. And if you see me with a leaf rake in my hand in my yard, stop by. I'll have one for you. Contact Jean: gordonjean211@gmail.coms A FALL AT MINGO FALLS - REMEMBERING THE BEAUTY OF MOUNTAINS AND WELCOMING AUTUMN By: Jean Gordon

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