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Cool treats for wet days

Bill Harring didn't plan a career in ice cream.

But when his work in construction slowed down this year, Harring let his love of the lake take him a different direction.

An avid fisherman, he said it was a no-brainer to start Lake Ala Mode, a business he's been using to supplement his income.

"There's not too many people who can carry ice cream on the lake," said Harring, who stores the ice cream in a freezer he runs off a portable generator.

His ice cream boat is distinctive, too, for its call music to boaters and sunbathers - tunes like "Pop Goes the Weasel" and "Yakety Sax."

He carries 19 different items, including bars shaped like cartoon characters Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob and Spider Man.

He recalls his busiest days were July 4 and a weekend when he spent nearly 3 1/2 hours in "Hurricane Hole," selling ice cream to a stream of boats lined up for a cool treat.

While the start of school and football season tend to mark the end of summer fun on the lake, Harring said he'll keep on selling for at least a few more weeks.

And, he hopes to bring the business back to Lake Murray next year.

"Any day out there selling ice cream is a good day."

- Tracy Glantz