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Thursday, October 9, 2014
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2014 Paul Bunyan Show – A Welcome Success
The 2014 Paul Bunyan Show is now in the past. This was the 58th year in a row that the Paul Bunyan Show has taken place, and as hard as it is to believe, the 9th consecutive year that it has been held at the Guernsey County Fairgrounds. How time flies. The show was just completed a couple days ago so it will take a little time to get all the post-show details cleaned up and information gathered together. We’ll have a more detailed report later. Certainly, one of our clear goals is to run a quality trade show and present it in as "friendly” and accessible manner as possible. There are multiple measures of success, and one of them is the number of people who attend the show. In spite of some difficult weather that started on Friday and continued through most of the weekend, more than 10,000 people were in attendance (10,368). This was an increase of almost 6.5% from 2013 and the fifth consecutive year attendance has increased. It is also the second highest total since the show moved to Guernsey County. Anecdotal information from a number of exhibitors indicated good equipment sales and/or good contacts, a reflection that stronger market and forest products economic conditions may be the basis for stronger sales. We’re grateful for a good show and are already talking about plans for 2015!
…And Many Thanks are in Order for This Year’s Show
Those who are close to the show are well aware that OFA relies heavily on dozens of volunteers to make everything work, and not just at the show itself. Planning throughout the year and then significant activity for the week before the show require a huge number of volunteers to complete numerous tasks including preparing the fairgrounds for staging the show, acquiring numerous truckloads of logs and wood to supply exhibitor equipment demonstrations before and during the show, arranging for and coordination numerous educational sessions throughout the show, assisting with promotion and outreach and a host of smaller but no less important activities for day-to-day operations. And once the show is over, it takes a lot to "shut-down”. It’s a heavy workload and OFA appreciates all the people who make it work. First and foremost, many thanks to PBS planning committee co-chairman Emmett Conway and Jim Doll who contribute a tremendous amount of their own time, resources, staff and equipment. Since moving the show to Guernsey County 9 years ago, their vision, commitment, and on-the-ground "marshalling” of each show has helped produce what we have today. Jason Good does an incredible job every year securing and getting delivered more than 20 truckloads of wood needed for exhibitors and wood processing demonstrations, and even more he manages the wood distribution before and during the show which is a huge responsibility. And we can’t forget Walt Lange who for 15 years has worked incredibly hard as the Education Coordinator to arrange an annual slate of outstanding educational sessions throughout the weekend of the show. This year was Walt’s last as the Education Coordinator. He has announced he is handing over duties so he and Donna can take some well-deserved time to enjoy life a little more. Beyond these folks, there are dozens of volunteers who will be appropriately recognized in the near future for their many contributions to the show, some of which involve multiple days of assistance. To all of these individuals, OFA is especially grateful for the amazing work and help.
New Leadership at Glatfelter
Last week, Glatfelter announced a replacement for recently retired Steve Brown, Director – Fiber Supply at the Chillicothe Mill.The new Director is Roger Weaver who was promoted from his position as Wood Fiber Analyst at the mill. Roger started at the Chillicothe mill in 1998 in his position as Wood Fiber Analyst. He was appointed as interim Director upon Steve’s retirement. Before joining Glatfelter (at the time Mead Corporation), Roger obtained a B.S. in Industrial Forest Operations from Virginia Tech and an MBA from Georgia Southern University. Congratulations on the appointment, Roger.
Former OFA Executive Director Ron Cornell to be Recognized as "Friend of the Forest”
Former OFA Executive Director Ron Cornell, who served OFA from 1987 – 1998, will be one of two recipients of the "Friends of the Forest” Award from the ODNR, Division of Forestry in a ceremony at Zaleski State Forest. The Division recently announced that he and Dr. Jack Vimmerstedt, Professor Emeritus from OSU in Natural Resources are the 2014 award recipients. They will be recognized at a ceremony on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at the Forest of Honor on near the town of Zaleski on the state forest.
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