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Southside

Fire Chief: Christopher’s Fire Started In Dining Room

Fire Chief: Christopher’s Blaze

Started In Front Dining Room

Oneonta Assistant Fire Chief Jim Maloney, front, confers with fire investigators, while Don Tubia, left, helps sift through the rubble of the front right corner, where the early-morning fire that destroyed Christopher’s Restaurant is believed to have started. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA – The overnight fire that destroyed Christopher’s Restaurant on Southside started in the front right corner of the building, a dining area, according to Oneonta Fire Chief Patrick Pigeon.

A passerby called the fire in at 2:20 a.m. and crews arrived less than five minutes later to find the fire fully involved. “We started an aggressive attack through the front doors, but after 10 minutes, we realized it wasn’t going to work,” said Pigeon. “The fire was already up in the roof system.”

According to Pigeon, they spent another 20 minutes inside trying to battle the blaze, but with so many rooms, the fire was impossible to contain. “We would douse one room, and the fire would just be pushed to the next,” he said.

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Fire Destroys Christopher’s Restaurant

FIRE DESTROYS

CHRISTOPHER’S

Oneonta Landmark Burns Overnight

The fire that broke out overnight completely destroyed Christopher’s Restaurant on Southside.  The landmark was unique locally:  It was built and decorated as an Adirondack lodge, evident in the trophies (foreground) that decorated the walls. The cause remains under investigation (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA – The Oneonta Fire Department is still on the scene after an early morning blaze destroyed landmark Christopher’s Restaurant on Southside.

The call came into the city fire department at 2:20 a.m. and professional firefighters arrived on the scene to find the restaurant fully engulfed.  “It no longer exists,” said fireman Al Sayers Lutz. “It’s been completely destroyed.”

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McDonalds Manager Named Outstanding Manager

Southside McDonald’s Manager

Wins Top Honors For Restaurant

John Crotts, manager at the Southside McDonald’s, holds his latest (of seven!) Outstanding General Manager award for his work at the restaurant. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

ONEONTA – John Crotts, General Manager of the McDonald’s on Southside, knows that it’s all about service with a smile.

“I enjoy my job,” he said. “We have a good time here.”

And last week, Crotts was once again given the McDonald’s Outstanding Restaurant Managers award for the Philadelphia Region, which spans from Pennsylvania to Watertown, as well as parts of New Jersey and Delaware. “It goes to the top 10 percent of General Managers across 14,000 restaurants nationwide,” he said. “It’s really nice to get.”

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High Winds Take Down Southside Sign

High Winds Take Down

Southside Eatery Sign

Ferocious winds topping as high as 23 miles per hour blew over the Asian Temptations restaurant sign on Southside. Though the wind brought pea-sized hail with it, a few minutes later, all was clear and sunny again. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Holiday Inn Express Unveiled, But Neighbors Voice Concerns

Holiday Inn Express Unveiled,

But Neighbors Voice Concerns

Ed Keplinger, the Landscape Architect with Keplinger Freeman Associates discusses the details of the newly proposed Holiday Inn Express on Southside with neighborsAnn Wallace, Peg Pendrak and Roger Wilms at a Town Hall meeting this evening. Main concerns come focused on effects of a hotel on their well water, light pollution, noise and visibility of the hotel from their property. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Ed Keplinger, the Landscape Architect with Keplinger Freeman Associates discusses the details of the newly proposed Holiday Inn Express on Southside with neighbors Ann Wallace, Peg Pendrak and Roger Wilms, whose properties boarder the project, at a Town Hall meeting this evening. While originally not on the agenda, developer Bill Ahmed asked for public comment from the neighbors, which focused on effects the  hotel would have on their well water, light pollution, noise and visibility of the hotel from their properties. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Somewhere Over The Rainbow…

Somewhere Over The Rainbow…

Erik Johnson of the Oneonta Fire Dept. adjusts the spray on a water flow monitor to make a rainbow over the Southside dam this afternoon. Johnson was one of several firefighters at the site testing the water pump output with 10 and 20 ft hoses to make sure the capacity inside the truck is up to standards. The test is preformed annually. (Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Erik Johnson, Oneonta Fire Department adjusts the spray on a water flow monitor to make a rainbow over the Southside dam this afternoon. Johnson was one of several firefighters at the site testing the water pump output with 10 and 20 ft hoses to make sure the capacity inside the truck is up to standards. The test is preformed annually. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Just In Time For Christmas, UPS Store Opens On Southside

Just In Time For Christmas,

UPS Opens Southside Store

The UPS Store, located across from the Southside Mall officially opened this morning with a ribbon cutting. From left: Chamber vice president Kelly Zack-Decker, assistant Nicole Axtell-Hitchcock, employee Amber Verrelli, Chamber board member Anhony Wahl, Chamber treasurer Anne Debinsky, friend Nick Rizzo, employee Garrett Bonadies, graphic designer Mathia Coughlan, President of the Otsego County Chamber Barbara Ann Heegan, owner Jeff Newman, son and manager Matt, wife Kathy and daughters Morgan and Cassidy.
For all those packages Santa can’t carry, there’s the UPS Store, now open on Southside at the former Neptune Diner location. From left:  Otsego County Chamber of Commerce vice president Kelly Zack-Decker, assistant Nicole Axtell-Hitchcock, employee Amber Verrelli, Chamber board member Anhony Wahl, Chamber treasurer Anne Debinsky, friend Nick Rizzo, employee Garrett Bonadies, graphic designer Mathia Coughlan, Chamber president Barbara Ann Heegan, owner Jeff Newman, son and manager Matt Newman, wife Kathy and daughters Morgan and Cassidy.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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