ONEONTA – The city and town of Oneonta yesterday applied for an $8.7 million state DOT grant to make Lettis Highway safer and more attractive and to build sidewalks between Home Depot and Lowes on Southside.
The grant application was approved at a special common council meeting Wednesday night to meet the deadline. Mayor Gary Herzig said he expects to hear on the application by January.
ONEONTA – Route 23 near WalMart was shut down to traffic and residents were evacuated from the Lantern Hill trailer park after workers hit a 6–inch gas line that supplies Southside, Angel Heights and Davenport.
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.
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.”
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.”