Digging Out, Giving Back


As the lake effect storm was winding down Wednesday night, some people were using the cleanup as an opportunity to give back to the community.

Watertown was still getting pounded with snow and city workers had been at it around the clock trying to get the city back to normal.

"It's an old fashion winter, just like living in the north country," said Jonathan Eyles, a crew chief with the city's Department of Public Works.

Not everyone was optimistic about the storm. Cindi Sole  has had to shovel for three days straight and she's not happy.

"I hate it," she said. "It's pretty, but I'm over it now. It can go away."

In Adams, Keith Schillinger, owner of Hometown Pizzeria, and his son Corey were helping to dig out businesses in downtown Adams.

He says the village is only allowed to dig out on village property, so business owners have to do it themselves. Schillinger wanted to help out.

"We just do it as a service to the businesses downtown," he said. "I'm a business owner downtown and we're just trying to keep everybody on an equal playing ground and everyone can be open."

This wasn't Schillinger's first time. He says he started digging businesses out in December and plans to continue through the winter.

This isn't the only good deed for Hometown Pizzeria. The store gave about 70 pizzas to the Adams Fire Department on Tuesday while the department was providing shelter to people stranded in the storm.

Thursday, December 8, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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