Shawnee National Forest recently recognized Eric Stead as Employee of the Quarter for his woodworking skills in making wooden plaques for employees departing the forest in either retirement or other employment.

"His efforts, done on personal time, gave these employee recognitions a special touch," stated a press release from the USDA. 

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— The Southern