“Green Friday” Hike – Nov 27 – Anne Springs Close Greenway

Let’s make it a “Green Friday” with a morning hike at Anne Springs Close Greenway in nearby Fort Mill.  Get some post-Thanksgiving exercise!

Here are the details:

Anne Springs Close Greenway – Friday November 27, 2015

Fort Mill, SC


Start: 9:00 AM  End: About 12:00 Noon
Sierra Club Hike Leader: Steve Copulsky
Cost: $5 fee per person paid to Greenway at entrance (property is run as a non-profit).
Please bring exact amount in cash – you might have to stuff it in a drop box.

Hike Details: This hike is a nice 6 mile loop through the woods of this 2,100 acre
nature preserve in nearby Fort Mill. We’ll cross 3 swinging bridges and pass by two
19th century log cabins, including one that belonged to Billy Graham’s grandfather. The land is fairly level, but it’s a trail through the woods, not a flat paved greenway such as those in Mecklenburg County.

Hike Level: Easy to Moderate

What to Bring: It can get muddy in a few spots if there has been any rain, so hiking
boots are recommended. Shoes with good treads are okay, but no smooth soles. Bring water. Bring a rain jacket if there’s a chance of rain.

Limit 20 hikers.  People-friendly dogs are okay, but the Greenway requires that they must remain on a leash at all times.

To sign up and get details about our meeting location, email Steve Copulsky at scopulsky@mindspring.com or call 704-458-6651.

Participants on Sierra Club outings are required to sign a standard liability waiver which will be available at the trailhead.

Meet U.S. Senator Kay Hagan

I’m going to be in Charlotte this Tuesday to meet with grassroots supporters at the local Campaign Office. I want you to be there with me.

Click here to RSVP if you’re interested in joining us at the Charlotte Campaign Office this Tuesday, August 19.

I’m the only candidate in this race with a record of fighting for the middle class — always putting North Carolina families first.

My opponent, Speaker Thom Tillis, passed a divisive agenda in Raleigh that hurts middle class families and looks like a special interest wish-list. So it’s no surprise that the Koch brothers and Karl Rove have made me their No. 1 target for defeat.

Election Day is right around the corner. The momentum in this race is on our side.

But with so much special interest spending against me, our grassroots network needs to come together and organize over these next few critical months.

This will be a great opportunity to connect with fellow supporters and volunteers in your area. There are incredible conversations happening across this state — neighbors talking to neighbors about our commonsense priorities.

I’m looking forward to getting our supporters fired up to make sure we win in 2014.  Can you join me at the Campaign Office in Charlotte this Tuesday?

I hope to see you there!


Catawba Wildflower Glen Service Outing

Saturday May 31, 9:00 a.m.-noon
Located in northwest Charlotte, NC
Join us at this Catawba Lands Conservancy preserve to help Mary Stauble, Land Stewardship Volunteer, remove invasive plants and contribute to protecting this important natural landscape. The Wildflower Glen is one of the conservancy’s crown jewels due to its rich ecological diversity and proximity to Charlotte.
We’ll meet at the property at 9 a.m. for an orientation where we’ll learn about the history and importance of the preserve. Then we’ll spend time pulling out invasive plants! Afterwards, Mary will lead us on a hike of the glen. Mary frequently visits the Glen and she is very knowledgeable about the local flora.
Please bring work gloves, clippers (optional), water, and a hat. Limit 10 participants.
You can learn more about why and how to control non-native invasive plants here:


All participants on Sierra Club outings are required to sign a standard liability waiver.
Please contact Linda Alley for more information and to register.

Observer Endorses Elaine Powell for County Commissioner

Environmentalist and Sierra Club member Elaine Powell has been endorsed by The Charlotte Observer in the Democratic primary for Mecklenburg County Commissioner At-Large! Primary day is Tuesday, May 6th.

The Charlotte Observer
Old, new faces for Meck at-large
Posted: Thursday, May. 01, 2014

If voters go just on name recognition, Elaine Powell is in trouble. If they go on the candidate’s quality, she’ll be running for Mecklenburg County commissioner in November.

Powell is one of five Democrats – and the least well-known – running in the May 6 primary for a shot at serving on the Mecklenburg board of commissioners.

The five are competing for three spots on the November ballot. Only two Republicans are running at-large, so they have no primary.

The three one-term incumbents – Trevor Fuller, Pat Cotham and Kim Ratliff – all seek re-election. They are challenged by former City Council member Ella Scarborough and by Powell, a long-time volunteer making her first run for office.

Fuller, Cotham and Powell are the strongest candidates.

Fuller took over as board chairman in December after commissioners ousted Cotham from that role. His collegiality and steady demeanor was just what the board needed, and he quickly became a stabilizing force on a fractured body. He leads his fellow commissioners effectively and brings a thoughtful approach to issues. Among his early accomplishments: Helping lead the board in naming Dena Diorio as new county manager. The county and commissioners are beginning to put some of their most tumultuous issues behind them, which is in part a testament to Fuller’s (and Diorio’s) leadership.

Cotham is one of the more polarizing forces on the board, but she brings never-ending dedication to the work and an outsider’s fresh perspective and tough questions. She orchestrated the effort to fire then-County Manager Harry Jones, a move that was needed. She alienated her fellow Democrats too much to remain an effective chairman. But her voice on behalf of citizens and her willingness not to accept the way things have always been done are valuable.

Voters know less about Powell, but she knows Mecklenburg government well, serving the past 25 years as a volunteer in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and on county advisory panels, including waste management and the Parks and Recreation commission. She has demonstrated an impressive work ethic and an open mind, slow to jump to conclusions and eager to hear all perspectives, including, importantly, from rank-and-file citizens. Reluctant to just go along with the majority, she does her homework and asks tough questions. Others describe her as a collaborator; she describes herself as a “deescalator.” Formerly a clinical nutritionist, she says health and stewardship of green spaces are her biggest passions. Mecklenburg needs people like her willing to serve in public office; she would be an asset to the board.

Crowders Mt Hike Sat May 3

The weather will be nice on Saturday, so I’ve made a late decision to start May off by leading a Sierra Club hike at nearby Crowders Mt. State Park. We’ll hike the Kings Pinnacle Trail, about 4 miles roundtrip, with a few steep sections. Hike starts at 9AM and we should be done by noon. If you’ve never been there, you’re missing a great local hike! The park is near Gastonia about 50 minutes from Charlotte. To sign up, contact Steve Copulsky (704-543-7493 or scopulsky@mindspring.com).

April 23 – Monthly Meeting – Kayaking in Florida

Two Local Guys Kayak Adventure Around Florida: Join the Central Piedmont Group of the Sierra Club Wednesday April 23rd to hear the tale. Marc Delucca and Jim Windle pushed their kayaks into the Gulf of Mexico in November 2013. They completed their final takeout on the Atlantic coast near the Georgia Florida border in March of 2014. Marc and Jim’s route, The Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Trail, covered over 1500 miles, included various National Parks and seashores, and had them experience many types of wildlife. Come and meet these modern explorers. Free pizza is served at 6:30 pm and the program begins at 7:00 pm at the Mahlon Adams Pavilion in Freedom Park.

Friday Night 3/28 Reception – The Danger of Plastics

Sustain Me Baby Opening Reception
March 28, 2014 – 6:00 PM
Center City Gallery

The Projective Eye Gallery presents Sustain Me Baby, March 28-June 26. Sustain Me Baby combines the work of two artists, portraying the danger of plastics we cannot recycle. Joyce Dallal’s “The Other Toy Story” is a 10-foot baby that is fed during the opening reception with plastic toys. While the giant baby evokes a sense of play, it also illustrates through scale that the waste we leave behind today will be a massive problem for the next generation.

Surrounding this centerpiece sculpture will be photographs from Chris Jordan’s Midway series. These powerful images are a sobering document of dead baby albatrosses, whose stomachs bear the remains of plastics fed to them by their parents, who mistake the trash for food.

The opening reception on March 28 includes original choreography by Mark Diamond, performed by North Carolina Dance Theatre 2.

Reception Location: UNCC Center City Building
320 E. 9TH St.

This exhibition is part of the Keeping Watch Initiative and is supported in part by a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.