MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

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May 2, 2013

Downtown gets clock for Rotary centennial

It will also perform lunchtime serenades

— Muskogee motorists will see — and, at times, hear — a new addition to the downtown area just outside the Civic Center.

An antique-style clock, installed Wednesday afternoon, is the result of a three-year effort by the Rotary Club. It commemorates the club’s 100th year.

“We began thinking of plans, what we could do for the centennial, about three years ago,” said Dr. Ted Hine, a Rotary Club member for 60 years.

Hine was the project chairman for the centennial planning.

“We wanted to do something lasting, something nice for Muskogee, something that would spruce things up,” Hine said.

The group kicked around a number of ideas, including a downtown park, he said. When they couldn’t secure funding for a park, they looked into clocks.

Funding for the $40,000 clock was raised by club members, who are commemorated on the clock as well as on bricks that will be placed nearby.

Cook Construction of Fort Gibson and Troy Williams of The Verdin Co. installed the clock. Williams said the clock can be programmed “just about any  way you want.”

Rotary Club members at the installation agreed to have a brief song play at noon and 5 p.m., as well as chimes every hour beginning at 8 a.m. and ending at 8 p.m.

Reach Dylan Goforth at (918) 684-2903 or dgoforth@muskogeephoenix.com.

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