Lions Club snack bar approved

Health Department clears way to do business at fair

August 02, 2002|By Tricia Bishop | Tricia Bishop,SUN STAFF

After a tense, two-hour Howard County Health Department inspection yesterday morning, during which agents had to dodge workers delivering appliances, the Glenwood Lions Club got the news it had been praying for: Its new snack bar is cleared to open for business at the Howard County Fair tomorrow.

"We still have things to do," said Larry Sames, who is overseeing construction of a restaurant-quality concession stand. "But everything is basically operational."

Lions members have spent the past five weeks feverishly outfitting the $120,000 structure with central air conditioning, plumbing, an exhaust system, lighting, appliances and everything else needed to create a kitchen capable of churning out pizzas, breakfast sandwiches, hot dogs, snow cones and ice cream.

If Lions Club members did not get construction finished and Health Department approval by this weekend, they would not be able to serve food at the fair. That would have cost the club an estimated $20,000 in fund-raising revenue, which they donate throughout the year to those with sight or hearing disabilities.

Clearance from the Health Department was a big worry. A poor report last year was the reason the club decided to start fresh this year.

Members got the green light, but they were given warnings about small things such as using caulk to seal areas around the new oven's ventilation system.

"We put it together so fast, there's little gaps in things," said Ed Pelsinsky, who was putting the finishing touches on the booth's wall menu yesterday. "But we passed, and that's all that matters."

The department gave them two weeks to do the caulking.

Yesterday, the 1,024-square- foot building was missing a window, and some equipment had yet to find its place. But the atmosphere was one of victory.

"I'm thankful," said Lions President Herb Coss. "It's still last-minute, but we're going to be ready to go."

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