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October 31, 2013

Step Back in Time: Oct. 31

25 years ago

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Danny and Georgia Lazaris will lay down the coffee pot today for the last time at the Laskaris Restaurant in downtown Oneonta. The Greek immigrant couple is retiring 25 years to the day after they took over the diner at Chestnut and Main streets.

They’ll go back to Greece for a vacation, but will come back to Oneonta to live, the couple said.

The Lazarises are selling the restaurant to Bradd Barken and Ron Cianciolli from New York City. The new owners will maintain the Greek and American menu and plan to add bagels next year, Lazaris said. They also plan to stay open later at night, he said.

Danny and Georgia Lazaris are the picture of an immigrant family that found the American dream. Both came to the United States penniless in the 1950s to live with family members who were already here. He landed in Texas, where he learned his first English word — water — with a Texas accent.

She came to Oneonta where her sister and father’s relatives lived.

They met later in Chicago where Lazaris worked in a restaurant for seven years. They ended up in Oneonta, after they visited her relatives here and decided to buy the restaurant from her uncle.

 

50 years ago

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In order to better understand the Arab, Turkish, Persian and Jewish speaking world, we must know the basic concerns of the people living there, Dr. Hassan Saab, Lebanese diplomatic officer, asserted Wednesday night in Hartwick College.

He listed the four major concerns of these peoples as “freedom, development, security and spiritual revival.”

“The people of the Middle East are mainly concerned with freedom. Since World War I they have all won independence,” he reported.

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