Hotdogs, Soda, and Opportunities at Lake St. Catherine
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Catherine Concession Stand
It all started six summers ago, when Jonas, who also runs an extensive summer recreation program for youth, heard alot of complaints from kids about wanting to work, but unable to find jobs. A request for proposal (RFP) came up for the concession stand and Jonas applied with the angle of a youth employment program. The selectboard approved with the stipulation that he could run the program as long as he didn't lose any money.
|Paddleboating at Lake St. Catherine|
What has helped make hiring new staff each year much easier has been Colleen Neger. Colleen put together a booklet for training the staff on how to work and run a concession stand. Jonas couldn't say enough about how much work and organizing Colleen has done over the past six years. She's been instrumental in getting this project off the ground and keeping it a float! Each year, to run the concession costs around $76,000. Despite all the work and expenses, they keep scraping by. Without grants, the stand's profits over the past six seasons total $590.89.
|Some of goodies sold at the stand|
The next time you are enjoying the cool waters, great hiking, or fabulous camping at Lake St. Caterine State Park, stop by the concession stand and grab a bite to eat, a drink, or something else!