Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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April 9, 2014

Mark Maynard: Brick House (South Ashland Florist) brings in $13K so far: 04/10/14

ASHLAND — Here’s a 14-name salute coming your way:

If you haven’t purchased a brick from Putnam Stadium, it’s not too late.

Donna Suttle (1), who has been the push behind the project, reports she is still taking orders. So far, the beautifully painted bricks have led to $13,000 in donations to the Putnam Stadium Restoration Project.

Many have renamed South Ashland Florist, where Donna and her sister, Mary Gifford (2), work every day, as the Brick House. No wonder. We don’t have a count on how many bricks have been taken and painted.

Steve Conley (3) has been the workhorse of the project. The stadium groundskeeper has taken tons of bricks to the greenhouse.

Local artists Denise Spaulding (4) and Melanie Osborne (5) make the bricks a true one-of-a-kind treasure that would make anyone with any Ashland Tomcat history — former player, band member, cheerleader or just a fan — the perfect Christmas gift.

Spaulding and Osborne have shown amazing artistic talent on the pieces of Tomcat history. You almost have to see it to believe it.

If you’re interested in getting one, call Donna at (606) 325-4691.

Was that a ghost?

I took a couple of laps around Central Park on Wednesday afternoon and did some people-watching.

While on the long stretch near the baseball diamond, I encountered some regular walkers — Bert Frazier (6) and Johnny Mullins (7) — who are back in the groove. It was great to see them both out there. Mullins, who overcame life-threatening illnesses in the fall, looked fantastic. He said when people see them walking they’ll say, “‘Hey Bert!’ And then look at me and say ‘I thought you died!’”

Well, I’m here to tell you Johnny Mullins is alive and well. He looked good enough to beat out an infield single (OK, maybe on a Little League diamond).

I asked Bert what he did while Johnny was sick, and he said, “Just sat in the hospital with Lynn (Johnny’s wife) (8) waiting for him to get better.”

If you want more from those two, go to the McDonald’s on Winchester Avenue some morning and hear some Tomcat tales. The latest to join the group is Tony Hogsten (9), a 1969 grad who recently moved back to town.

Sports Day

The 40th Elks Sports Day is scheduled for June 20 and 21; tickets are on sale.

The honoree is former Cincinnati Reds great Don Gullett (10), the fireballing left-hander who began pitching in the big leagues at age 19.

Gullett is a legend in these parts, and in my estimation, the greatest athlete in the modern era in northeastern Kentucky history.

He was a three-sport star for McKell High School long before he was a star for the Reds.

This is a Sports Day you won’t want to miss.

Tickets are $30 and include the reception and banquet. Purchase them at the Elks Lodge, Ashland Sporting Goods and The Frame Up Gallery.

They are going to go as fast as one of Gullett’s heaters.

Touting our own

Congratulations to our sports editor, Aaron Snyder (11), for recently being named the CNHI Sports Writer of the Year.

Aaron was in competition with nearly 100 other newspapers in the CNHI family and he came out No. 1. He is a 2007 UK graduate who joined us part time not long after graduation. He became full time as a sports writer in 2009 and has been our sports editor since March 2012.

Aaron, a 2003 graduate of Lakota East High School in West Chester, Ohio, also has several Kentucky Press Association Awards to his credit.

He and his wife, Kayla (12), have two children, 3-year-old Tinsley (13) and 2-year-old Brevin (14).

MARK MAYNARD can be reached at mmaynard@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2648.

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