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Marcellus library friends learn about

Welcome to Pucker Street. While it's not really the name of a street in Marcellus, the name is captivating, like the small village's history.

Marcellus resident John Curtin delves deep into that history and brings it alive in his most recent book, "The New Pucker Street, Since 1953," which shares with its reader Marcellus' past from 1953 to 2006.

Hosted by the Friends of the Marcellus Free Library, Curtin spoke to and took the roomful of listeners in the Community Room through the integral parts of his newest publication -- economic, population and political changes as well as construction, infrastructure and the future of Marcellus. The Sept. 24 meeting of the Friends was their first for the year.

Gracing the cover of the paperback text is a photo of the Steadman House, home to the Marcellus Historical Society and "an enduring symbol of the village," Curtin said. Local photographer Robert Mescavage spent an entire day trying to capture the essence of the house and village through an artistic lens.

According to Curtin, the publication is a companion book to his first text published in April 2003, "Pucker Street: The first 100 years," and both focus on the history of the village.

"I think I hit a home run this morning," said Paulette Quinn, vice president of the Friends. "I, being new in town, am very eager to learn about Pucker Street."

Curtin's presentation focused primarily on what has changed and what has remained the same, all of which add to the rich roots of the village.

"A number of things have changed in Marcellus. There is no longer a light at Main and South Street," Curtin said. "A number of businesses have changed hands."

Economic changes came from rising costs of doing business while building changes came following the village's centennial when buildings and homes "would fall to the wrecking ball."

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