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Great chainsaw carving benefits a great cause

Mike Thurlow and his wife Elaine's granddaughter Becca Davis display his chainsaw carving.

Mike Thurlow and his wife Elaine’s granddaughter Becca Davis display his chainsaw carving.

It wouldn’t be Forest Heritage Days in Greenville without a great chainsaw carving to benefit a great cause — the Children’s Miracle Network. Mike Thurlow, a self employed logger from Lee, has generously donated a number of carvings over the years, including n outstanding carving of three bears, which will be raffled off on August 9, just before the last tree is felled in the Game of Logging (GOL) competition.

“This year, Mike has once again outdone himself,” said Andy Wood, MEMIC safety management specialist. “While I’d like to think I can run a chainsaw, artistic creativity and sculpting ability are two skills I don’t have. Mike once again shows he has ample quantities of both.”

Forest Heritage Days and the Game of Logging are free and open to the public, but contributions are needed from individuals, businesses and organizations. Please consider becoming a sponsor or exhibitor (both indoor and outdoor space is available). This is a great opportunity to show your support for our forest products industry and sustainable natural resources. More information.

The chainsaw carving/chainsaw raffle has been one of the most popular fundraisers and the winner will have his or her choice of carved bears or a Dolmar 420 chainsaw, with the second winner getting the prize that is left. Tickets will be sold at all Forest Heritage Days events, August 8-9.

The Game of Logging is a nationwide training program for conventional loggers. Any conventional loggers in the Certified Logging Professional (CLP) program attend Game of Logging training.

forest heritage daysThe GOL competition is open to loggers who have completed the GOL training and are proficient with the skills promoted by the program. First place for the GOL competition is $1,000 and second is a new chainsaw.

Mike Thurlow, a CLP logger, is a past GOL competitor and has won the regional GOL Competition in Greenville as well as the GOL National Finals, where he took home $10,000 and several new chainsaws. He now helps with judging the regional event, donates a chainsaw sculpture for our Log-A-Load fund raiser and will do a chainsaw carving demo at Forest Heritage Days.

“One of the many benefits of our GOL program in Greenville is that it gives us the opportunity to raise awareness and funds for a very good cause – Log-A-Load for kids,” Wood said.  “Log-A-Load for Kids is a nation wide, forest products industry fundraising program, which donates all money generated to the Children’s Miracle Network.”

Maine has seven hospitals affiliated with the Children’s Miracle Network, he said, including the C. A. Dean Hospital in Greenville.

“Let’s hope for a good turnout and exceeding our goal of $ 1,000,” Wood said. “See you all in Greenville.”

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