Jay Leahy didn't let a rainy Monday stop him from carving a Pandora-Gilboa rocket in the Pandora Community park. (Putnam Sentinel/Nancy Kline)
Jay Leahy didn't let a rainy Monday stop him from carving a Pandora-Gilboa rocket in the Pandora Community park. (Putnam Sentinel/Nancy Kline)

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 great bear.

“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 tree.
“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.