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Pay It Forward Event Underway At Legion

Play It Forward Event

Underway At Legion

Oneonta’s Mark Spaziani, Rick Rogers and Ross Rogers – The Roundhouse Rockers – gave an evening of live music started this afternoon at the second annual Play It Forward event at the Oneonta Vets Club. This seven-hour jam session features live music, a chicken BBQ and raffles, with 100 percent of all funds donated to the American Legion Legacy Run. At right, Oneonta native Sandy Ross shares a kiss on the dance floor with her new husband Robb; the two married this morning. The couple, who flew up from Florida, co-created the event with Sandy’s sister Carla Balnis, and in lieu of a reception, decided to invite family and friends to attend the event and donate to the cause. Musicians from Florida, NYC, Utica and Oneonta will keep you rocking until 10 p.m. (Ian Austin/


Legacy Riders Are Off!

Legacy Riders Are Off!

Rob Martinez, American Legion Riders’ president, and passenger Angela Apostalakis, Oneonta, lead nearly 200 motorcycles on the Legion’s annual Legacy Run. The bikes are travel the region, with stops in Richfield Springs, Waterville, Norwich and Sidney before returning to the American Legion in Oneonta at 3 p.m., where the public is invited for live music, chicken BBQ and a Chinese auction. Proceeds from the ride benefit the Legacy Scholarship Fund, earmarked for college tuition of children of killed or injured servicemen. Last year, the Oneonta American Legion raised $10,000 towards the national total of $1 million. (Ian Austin/


Legion, Kiwanis Club Host Christmas Party

Legion, Kiwanis Club

Host Christmas Party

The American Legion and Kiwanis Club held their second annual Christmas Party this afternoon in the ballroom of the American Legion in Oneonta. Children and their families were treated lunch, cookies, and of course free photos with Santa Claus by Jamie Novick Photography. Above, Santa made sure each child he met with received a present. Here, Zachary Stall, Oneonta, receives his gift, while Cindy Cecil, Oneonta keeps a grip on her grandson Michael Phillips, who is enamored with the jolly old Elf upon his arrival. (Ian Austin/

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