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The Truck Brings Treats to Reis Park in Somers

SOMERS, N.Y. - No one is quite sure just how long "The Truck" has been selling refreshments in the parking lot at Reis Park but the consensus is "forever," or "as long as I can remember."

“It’s always been here and it’s always been the same truck,” said John Devaney as he purchased a soft drink. “We’ve been playing ball here for over 12 years and it’s been here every time.”

The truck without a name is owned by Brian and Deb Hopkins, owners of the King Kone Ice Cream stand on Route 100. The man behind the counter is Jackson Vanderbilt of Katonah. He has been working there summers for three years and is headed for college at SUNY Potsdam in the fall.

The biggest seller, said Vanderbilt, is the Cookies and Cream Popsicle. “We sell a lot of water, and a ton of french fries.” The truck is there seven days a week, “from about 10 a.m. to the end of the last Little League game. Sometimes it’s as late as 11 p.m.” The season starts in mid-April and runs to the end of October.

“It seems like it’s here in rain, snow, sleet and hail,” said Terry Pires. “It’s really great because if the kids forget something they can always pick it up at the truck. And if they don’t have money they can always pay later.”

Terry’s son, Scott, added, “It’s got a great selection of hotdogs and cheese fries.”

Other items on the truck’s menu are corn dogs, hamburgers, nachos and cheese, deep dish pizza, jumbo pretzels and grilled chicken sandwiches.

“Everything is made to order,” said Vanderbilt. “And we get thousands of people a day.”

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