I wish to publicly thank the management and staff of Dogwood Creek Retirement Center for their dedication in going the second and third miles in helpfully and professionally caring for all the residents in their care during these tragic days of stormy weather, extreme difficulties and destruction.

The staff is to be commended for their willingness to camp out days and nights in their place of service in order to fulfill the needs of the residents.

I especially appreciate their assistance to my mother, Mildred Livingston, 99, and a longtime resident of Muskogee. Last month, she celebrated her 100th Christmas and this year she will celebrate her 100th birthday. She was co-owner and operator of Livingston Hardware, which is now Hoope’s Hardware.

I also thank the Phoenix for making it possible for me to read the Muskogee news online at my home in Sugar Land, Texas.

It brings back memories of the newsboy on Okmulgee Street downtown in the 1940s, singing, “Phoenix paper — Muskogee Times Democrat paper.”

Best wishes to all Muskogee residents.

Jack E. Livingston

Central High School Class of 1949

Sugar Land, Texas

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