Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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May 21, 2013

Getting involved

Bricklayers rebuilding base for flagpole at Judd Plaza

ASHLAND — A group of third-generation bricklayers is more than willing to give back to the Ashland community this week.

Several members of Bricklayers Local 7 are reconstructing the brick base for the flagpole at Judd Plaza. They began the work Tuesday morning and hope to be finished by Friday, said Richard “Willie” Moon, who is on the project with his father, Richard Moon, brother Brian Moon and Brian’s son, Justin Moon.

“Bricklaying has been a family thing for us,” said Willie Moon, whose grandfather was Carmen Moon.

“It all started in the 1950s with my grandfather.”

Willie said he remembers riding around town with his grandfather, who would point out jobs the family of bricklayers had completed.

“We got a phone call from the president and vice president of the union about this project, and it’s something we wanted to do for the community,” Willie Moon said.

“It’s our way of giving back.”

The city of Ashland is providing the materials and the bricklayers are supplying the labor and expertise.

The brick base will be about 5 feet tall upon completion, Willie Moon said. The men are also going to put a seal on it that will protect it from the weather, which led to the deteroration of the previous base.

“Weather makes everything rot,” he said. “We’re going to try and prevent that a little, anyway.”

The flagpole area is a signature part of the Judd Plaza area in downtown Ashland. New Mayor Chuck Charles has a goal of making the downtown area more appealing and eye-catching for residents and visitors. He led a group cleanup of the downtown area on Saturday.

“This is another example of the community coming together,” he said. “Hopefully, it might encourage others to do the same thing.”

Charles said the previous base around the flags was falling apart and presented a danger. He turned to the bricklayers union for help and it was happy to provide the labor at no cost.

“OLBH gave $2,500 for the (flower) baskets and we had some money left over and that bought the brick. They do all the labor, and bingo! You have something the whole community can be proud of. We need more people like that stepping up.”

Charles said last week’s downtown project exceeded his expectations. “Everybody did a fantastic job.

Willie Moon said the bricklayers wanted to be part of such a worthwhile project.

 “We want to help out any way we can,” he said. “The city has been awfully good to us with projects and different things. We’re glad to do something that fits our craft.”

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


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