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Marcellus: Love at first sight on Route 174

Kim Wright and two of her daughters watched with a combination of pride and excitement as the huge crane swung the 3000 pound footbridge over the creek, settling it on the edges of the old mill race that once provided power to the mill that many years later was to become their home.

"We aren't quite sure about the dates or what the kind of mill, but these falls were a source of power to a business here over a century ago", Wright commented. Wright and her daughters stood on the spit of land, on the northeast side of the Nine Mile Creek that is part of their property that includes the falls, the mill pond behind it and the old house that hugs the hill immediately adjacent to Glover Road.

Eric and Kim Wright, and their four daughters Noelle, Nicole, Amanda and Sara, are long time residents of Beef Street. Eric is the owner of Advanced Cyclery and Kim works in the Emergency room at St. Joseph's hospital. The elder Wrights will tell you of the day a short time ago, that, returning from a car buying expedition, they took a different road home, saw the For Sale sign and, without entering the house, they had a purchase offer on the table within four hours.

"It was love at first sight.", says Eric Wright. "Kim and I don't agree on a lot of things, but this was something that spoke to us. We were hooked."

Since that fateful day, their house and its property have become a labor of love with an accent on labor. Clearing the land on the northeast portion that borders Route 174, they used a weed whacker and lawn mower to move untold pounds of brush, grasses and debris to open a field where they could, with the help of brother-in-law Dan, build the footbridge that will enable the family to park their vehicles and access their house from that area. The old entrance, dangerously behind the curve at Glover Road will be dedicated for deliveries and emergency vehicles should the need arise. On the other side of the creek, the house, originally built in 1890, is under renovation.

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