August 2017 NEWSLETTER

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Open Swim Every Wednesday in August

Twin Lakes will sponsor open swim every Wednesday in August. Come picnic, hike, splash, swim and enjoy this great community resource. A volunteer will greet you and answer any questions. Be aware there is no life guard on duty and all swim at their own risk. Adults must remain with their children. Hours are from 11-4 each Wednesday for the month of August. Donations toward the up keep of Twin Lakes are greatly appreciated.

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Walks in the Woods

August 6 – Saluda Mountain Passage This is a moderate 3.5 mile, 2-3 hour hike with a drop-off on Heatherly Heights Road and pick up at Talisman Camp on NC 25. Map available at

August 20 – Grandma's Mountain This is an easy to moderate hike of 1-2 hours on private land protected by a conservation easement held by the Saluda Community Land Trust. It's a hike suitable for grandmas and grandchildren.

September 3 – Twin Lakes This is an Open Swim invitation 11:00 – 4:00. Swimming and hiking. Bring your own picnic. Enjoy a guided walk on the trails of Twin Lakes, one which leads to a meditation platform. Leave Fido at home, please. The Walk will take place at 2:15 pm at Twin Lakes 255 Linda Lane.

Walkers meet 2 pm at the parking lot of the Saluda Library. A SCLT member will keep you aware of the terrain of the trail and share their insights about the history, flora, and fauna of the area as they lead each walk.

Prepare for each walk with comfortable shoes, a walking stick, water, and a snack. Please provide any pertinent medical history to your guide. Many of these hikes will access private property.

For more information contact Chuck Hearon at (828) 817-0364 or

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Thanks for the Swimming Lessons

Thanks to the Polk County Community Foundation and the Saluda Fund for helping to fund The Aqua Child Swim Lessons. Every day for the three week program, 50 to 70 children received individual 10 minute lessons from the two instructors. This ranged from basic survival water skills to stroke lessons. What a great success and treasure for the community. Scroll to the bottom of this newsletter to see a video of a confident swimmer.

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Twin Lakes Reservations

Come have a fun time doing something good for the environment, playing and working in the water while your children slide down a small waterside or take a hike, and then be rewarded with hamburgers or hot dogs and a beverage of your choice for lunch afterwards. The place is Todd Kolb's home on Pearson Falls Rd. (first driveway on the right past the tunnel), the day is July Saturday 15th, and the time is 10 am until after lunch. The more the merrier! Come join us. Call 828-749-1560 or email the SCLT office for details.


Kudzu and Other Invasives

We at SCLT are still working on removing kudzu. Our prime site is Judd’s Peak Lookout. We are slowly working our way down the hill. The area where we cleared the kudzu has become a milkweed garden. When the kudzu is removed many native plants spring up.

In the past we have sprayed this area with kudzu specific herbicide and now we are removing the crown from the root of the plant. This can be done anytime of the year. If you are interested in learning to decrown or just want to help us, please call the office and we will get back to you.

Weather permitting work days will be 8 am the first and third Thursdays of the month. In July we will meet the 3rd and the 17th.

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Moody Property

The break will continue at the Moody Property. There are no volunteer work days in August. Stay tuned for information about September's work days. If you have time to offer other than these dates, please call John Savage, 828-749-3906.

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Consider Judd's Peak and Twin Lakes

Please keep SCLT in mind when planning events in the coming year. SCLT has Twin Lakes and Judd’s Peak which are both amazing venues to reserve for birthdays, weddings, and other special events.


Join us on the first Wednesday of each month, this month August 2nd, at 3:00 pm at our office in the Saluda Presbyterian Church fellowship building and find out more about our on-going projects and how you can get involved.

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Please feel free to contact us about any of our projects by calling our office at 828-749-1560 and leaving a message. We will return your call promptly. Or send an email to Be sure to check out our website We look forward to your comments and suggestions.