Northern Forest Heritage Thank You
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On Oct. 3, 2010 Northern Forest Heritage Park held the 11th Annual Lumberjack Competition and Festival. It was an awesome turnout and a great success. It was a beautiful autumn day, a truly gorgeous day in many ways. Northern Forest Heritage Park is an excellent place to pass the time of day with family, friends and neighbors! Competitors from Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and Canada came to compete and have some fun. The Lumberjack competitions were very exciting and entertaining. The winners of each event are as follows: Two person Log Rolling, Chris Cicora of Springwater, N.Y., and Matt Galambos of Biddeford, Maine; Two man Cross Cut, Jerry Gingras of Errol, N.H., and Mike Eash of Coatsville, Pa.; Jack and Jill Crosscut, Andy and Erica Schreiner of Fulton, N.Y.; Open Chainsaw, Jerry Gingras; Men’s Underhand Chop, Donald Lambert of St. Gilles, QC; Women’s Underhand Chop, Irene Harvey of East Hardwick, Vt. Mike Eash won the Axe Throw. The winner of the men’s Bow Saw was Donald Lambert. Irene Harvey won the women’s Bow Saw. The overall winners of this year’s Lumberjack Competition were Jerry Gingras for the men and Irene Harvey for the women. Overall runner up for the men is Donald Lambert and Erica Schreiner for the women.
Donald Quigley, professor of Forestry at UNH did a great job as emcee of all events and we thank him very much for being here for us once again. He is truly a special person and his love of the sport is obvious. The log throwing for men and boys along with the fry pan toss for the women and girls appealed to all ages. The competition was friendly but determined. Great prizes were given away and all winners were very happy. The Androscoggin River Boat Tours were a hit once again. The October tour offered pristine views of the fall foliage reflecting on the beautiful and historic Androscoggin River.
Children especially enjoyed the action and competition in the Burling (log rolling) Pool. Burling demonstrations and coaching were put on by Eileen Kelly of Berlin, Rich Hallett of UNH and Tina Sheer of the World Champion Lumberjills. The Burling Pool also serves as our Fishing Pond. The Fishing Derby is a hit every time. While there are a few “special” prizes, every child who participates wins something. The excitement, evident in their expressions as they land their fish is priceless. In addition, there were displays, demonstrations and children’s games. There were many vendors and all said they will be back.
There is no way to measure the value of our volunteers that helped with the success of the festival. Their help is priceless! We sincerely want to let them know they are dearly appreciated. The following were on hand for the Lumberjack Festival; Dona Larsen, Shawn Costello, Jim Wagner, Barbara Couture, Rachel Couture, Bob Moody, Paula, Brad and Ally Huot, Chantal Delisle, Eric Grenier, Christine Lamirande, Alice Gagnon and Joan Merrill. Timers who volunteered their day were, Jay Johnson, Jason Coggins, Sue and Ricky Coy, Chris and Karen Robarge Steve Laroche, Jamie Sargent Jr. and Breck Loyd. I also want to say thank you to RSVP volunteers Roland and Jean Daigle, Jackie and Pete Gagne, Fred Smith, Jeannette Morrissette, Cecile Poulin and Sally Lane. Your help was greatly appreciated. Thank you also to Kathy McKenna and Nancy Malone for organizing the RSVP volunteers. As always, Janice Gingras, a special person to the Lumberjack Festival, consulted with us, provided her wisdom of the event and worked hard on her own time making many phone calls and sending emails for the Lumberjack Festival and we all appreciate her effort. Dick Merrill, Jean Boucher and William “Bear” Britton thank you so much for all of your help. Thanks to all of you the Lumberjack Festival was a huge success!
All of the staff and volunteers want to thank all of you who attended the Lumberjack Festival. We appreciate the great turnout. At one point it seemed there wasn’t a seat available in the amphitheater. Thank you for your enthusiasm and support. We hope you all enjoyed the competition and the Food Fair but most of all we hope you all had a wonderful day!
We extend a huge thank you to all the sponsors of the 11th Annual Lumberjack Festival. They are Auto North, Brookfield Renewable Power, Caron Building Center, Chapman Scrap Metal and Recycling, City of Berlin, Clean Power Development LLC, Cooper Cargill Chant Attorneys at Law, Davis and Towle Insurance Group Inc., Farnham Scale Systems, Great North Woods Container Service, Greetings Jewelers, H.E. Bergeron Engineers Inc., Isaacson Structural Steel Inc., JM Champeau Inc., Jericho Motorsports, Kel-Log Inc., Labonville Inc., Laidlaw Berlin BioPower LLC, Magic 104/98.1 FM, Mountain View Grand, NCIA, NITCO, Northway Bank, Plum Creek Timber Co., Public Service of NH, SAPPI Corporation, T.R. Dillon Logging, TNR Trucking, Town and Country Motor Inn, Town of Dummer, Town of Gorham, Tri-County Community Action Program Inc., Wagner Forest Management LTD and White Mountain Lumber Co. Inc. Your support is critical in assisting Northern Forest Heritage Park to continue its dedicated mission of; “preserving and perpetuating the rich heritage of the Northern White Mountains and to share it with visitors and generations to come. The park will preserve, interpret and celebrate the history of the working forest; convey its importance to this region and the nation and honor the multicultural heritage of the Northern White Mountains.” Thank you for your continued interest and support.
Mark your calendars for the 12th Annual Lumberjack Competition and Festival. It will be held Oct 2, 2011.