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The scoop on the ice cream truck at Sachem North homecoming

Nick Forman serves ice cream from his Jolly

Nick Forman serves ice cream from his Jolly Jeff's Ice Cream truck at Sachem North varsity football games. He's also the parent of a Sachem North student. (Oct. 4, 2015) Credit: Ian J. Stark

Sachem High School North football was the main event at the school's 2015 homecoming game Sunday, but Jolly Jeff's Ice Cream truck also "served" as a draw.

According to vehicle's proprietors, Nick and Lisa Forman, this is the norm for the truck, the sole source of sweets during home games.

"This is our third year here," says Lisa of the football concession. Decorated in pictures of ice cream, the vehicle also sports "Sachem Pride" decals and school symbols (arrowheads with an "S").

She takes the orders and cash while Nick furiously spools soft ice cream into cones for a line that at times extends almost back to the playing field, situated uphill about 100 feet from the truck.

"It's become really special for us," Lisa says. "We see so many of the same people, a lot of the time we can greet them by name."

However, there is more to the Formans' relationship with Sachem than just selling frozen treats.Their son, Nick Jr., is a 14-year-old freshman who finds himself with unfettered access to the stock.

"My friends know that I can get them free ice cream, so it makes things kind of cool for me," says Nick Jr. Mom agrees with a nod and a smile.

It works out for Sachem North to have Jolly Jeff onsite, and not just for the food. A portion of their revenues goes to the Touchdown Club to supoort the football team.

Lisa doesn't know offhand how much they donate but says her husband does before yelling "Nick!" in a voice clearly meant to go from spouse to a spouse. "Thirty percent!" Nick bellows as he juggles a cone covered in rainbow sprinkles to a waiting customer.

Serving ice cream at Sachem North football games is clearly a two-person operation.

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