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Canastota: Legion honors couple

In following a tradition that began in 1982, the Charles Miller American Legion Post 140 announces the recipient of the Distinguished Citizen of the year for 2008.

Because of their extensive community involvement, the post has decided to honor Rick and Penny Stevens this year.

Together, the couple own and operate Rick's Rags, Zem's Ice Cream and Visions of Canastota.

Rick has been a long time member of the Canastota Rotary Club and served as its president. He also has been a long time member of the Canastota Chamber of Commerce and serves as its president.

Penny sits on the board of directors for the Opportunity Shop and serves as vice president. She co-chairs the annual Harvest Dinner.

More recently, Penny has become a volunteer for Donate Life.

The Stevens' also support many village, town and county organizations as well as the Canastota School District's music department.

The two are active in the Whitelaw Presbyterian Church, where Rick is an elder and sits on the board of trustees.

Penny has been a Sunday school teacher in the past and still substitutes when needed.

Rick and Penny are past recipients of the Canastota Rotary Club's Roses to the Living award. Penrick Enterprises received the Canastota Chamber of Commerce's Distinguished Service Award in 2002 and Rick's Rags is a past recipient of Madison-Cortland ARC's Contractor of the Year award.

The Stevens have been married 28 years. They are the parents of three children, Zachary, Erick and Meghan and have one granddaughter, Mackenzie.

They reside in Whitelaw.

The public is invited to honor Rick and Penny at the Rusty Rail on Saturday Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. Tickets for the buffet dinner sell for $17 and can be purchased at the American Legion social quarters or by calling 697-3210 after 3 p.m. on weekdays or noon on Saturdays and Sundays.

Sena Clark will serve as master of ceremonies. A cocktail hour will precede the dinner.

The deadline to purchase tickets or to reserve tickets is Nov. 12.

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