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Ladders donated to 933 mural project

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Two weeks ago, ladders were stolen from artists working on a mural on SR- 933, holding up the progress of the artwork.

Fortunately, a local business stepped in to help.  J.J. White Construction donated ladders to the group painting the mural and, on Wednesday, the group was back to work on the mural.

When the ladders were stolen though, it was a bad day for the artists.  Chris Stackowicz, the mural designer says, "I get the phone call that somebody had climbed up onto our scissor lift in the middle of the night and had stolen all of our ladders."

A pretty important piece of equipment when you're painting something 33 feet high.  "The ladders are sort of our means of safety from the ground to get to some of these higher up spots," explains Stackowicz.  "Otherwise, it just is gray walls again."

Without ladders, the project would have stalled or Stackowicz would have to shell out hundreds of dollars of his own money to replace them.

Luckily he didn't have to worry for long. Within a day of hearing about the stolen ladders, J.J. White Construction donated new ones.

"The J.J. White guy drove by and saw, and said he had heard about it, and immediately dropped off four ladders for us," said Stackowicz.

Tony Bogard is the manager of operations at J.J. White Construction. He says they're happy to help their community, "We feel privileged to offer some relief there."

He says, to them, the crime was unthinkable.  "Something that sounded unnecessary I guess," said Bogard.  "Why anybody in their right mind would do that from a group of volunteers is beyond me."

Being a construction company, Bogard says they understand the value of a ladder.  "We do a lot of high reach work and ladders are essential," said Bogard. "Without the ladders in place it'd make it virtually impossible to do their work."

Which is exactly why Stackowicz and the other artists are so grateful for them, "It was the most gracious gift we could ask for."

The folks at J.J. White Construction weren't the only people in the community willing to step in and help. Stackowicz says a lot of people offered ladders to borrow as long as they needed.

J.J.White Construction actually bought brand new ladders and gave them to the artists. The company says they are so busy right now they don't have any extra ladders just lying around.

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