PANDORA — Two trees in Pandora Village
Park are taking on new life. An elm tree on the east side of the park
is being carved into a Pandora-Gilboa Rocket. On the west side of the
park the remains of an ash tree awaits it turn to become a bear,
The idea for the carvings started when
Tree Tech was cutting down the two trees. The elm tree had a disease.
On the second day of cutting Pandora village employees Scott Stant,
Lee Eisenbach and Rick Morrison saw the potential for the over
20-foot high stump to become a carving. Morrison suggested a bear
carving, something he has always wanted for the park. Stant
questioned if a PG Rocket may be more appropriate since the tree sits
near the former P-G school.
Stant approached Mayor John Schlumbohm
about the idea and got the nod of approval. Schlumbohm also garnered
a donation from the Pandora-Gilboa Rocket Boosters to help fund the
carving. Also agreeing to pay for part of the cost was the Pandora
Chamber of Commerce and Ted's Market.
The carver, Jay Leahy, has agreed to
have the carving completed for Ted Fest on Sept. 13.
“Leahy gave us a great price on the
rocket and the bear,” Stant said
The Pandora-Gilboa High School Art
Class has agreed to paint the carving the appropriate colors.
When Leahy saw the ash tree on the west
side of the park he suggested this 10-foot high stump would make a
“It has two outreaching limbs that
will be perfect for arms,' Leahy said.
Morrison said in a short time they had
individuals and a business also donate toward the carving of this
“We plan to give this carving a more natural look,”
Morrison said. “It will be stained.
Leahy said he doubted if this carving
would be done by Ted Fest.
Leahy, who is employed at Ice Creations
in Napoleon said he does ice carvings for a living. “I do these
wood carvings on the side,” he said.