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A Place We Call Home: Wares Creek

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Early settlers arrived on the shores of this creek in the 1800s.

"There was actually a family named Wares. They came here, they were early pioneers. I believe the husband was killed by Indians so they moved away

Many of the homes were built in the 1920's. But when Patrick Roff and his wife moved here in the 80s, the homes were pretty rundown.

"We would spend countless hours sitting here on the corner saying someone needs to do something, someone needs to do something and one day I said I think its us."

So they got the neighbors together.

"We had our first meeting in my living room, I think there were eight families. We told everyone to go home and paint your house, plant some shrubbery and flowers and we're going to just start reclaiming our neighborhood."

First they cleaned up the creek.

"Our first clean up, we pulled about 20,000 pounds of trash out of the creek."

They got state money for flood control and brought the neighborhood back.

"We've gotten more people to come in and rehab these beautiful homes."