Sheltonites get chainsaw tips from the pros at Stihl

Stihl representative Andrew Krenz discusses how a chainsaw works during the class in Shelton.


A Stihl chainsaw training class for all users took place April 11 at the Shelton Farmer’s Market Building downtown.

Art Botsford, left, checks out a chainsaw with Joe Puopolo during a break in the session. Botsford and Puopolo both work for the Shelton Parks and Recreation Department.

Stihl representatives offered advice on how to use chainsaws, with a focus on safety.

The training session was organized for Shelton Trails Committee members but also was open to the public at no charge.

“Since the recent major storms and hurricane, we’ve been talking about the need for more safety awareness,” said Sheryl Dutkanicz, a member of the Conservation Commission as well as the Trails Committee.

The session was sponsored by the Trails Committee and Stihl, which operates a distribution warehouse on Forest Parkway in Shelton

Jim Tate, a Conservation member, said he appreciated the guidance. “This is great,” Tate said. “It will help all the volunteers know how to operate the equipment.”

Trails Committee member Sandie Kopac, right, gets advice on how to properly operate a chainsaw from Stihl representative Andrew Krenz on the plaza outside the Farmer’s Market Building.
Chris Pawlowski, 17, left, of Shelton talks to Kelly Chapman, Stihl technical sales specialist, during the chainsaw training class at the Shelton Farmer’s Market Building.