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21LEGACY21alittlebenchareax1dDennyadds.x1cOvertheyearstheparkhasbeenprimarilydedicatedto4shing.Wex19retryingtoreachouttomorepeoplewiththesefamilyeventstogetthelocalpeopletousethepark.Itx19stheirparktheyshoulduseit.x1dClintalsohasplansforthecampgroundatLakeShabbona.x1cWewanttoexpanditandaddmoreactivitiesandwewanttomovethecampingstoretoamorecentrallocation.x1dClinthopesthesechangeswillmakecampingatLakeShabbonaevenmoreappealing.Managingtheconcessionsattheparkisnosmallundertaking.x1cItx19sactuallythreebusinessesinonex1dsaysDenny.x1cTherestaurantemploysabout15peoplethebaitshopemploysanothertenandthecampingstoreemploysanotherfouror4ve.Sooverthesummerwex19veprobablygotabout25peopleworkingforus.Theyx19reallpart-timeemployees.Itx19sgreatforthehighschoolkids.x1dx1cMostofthemstartwhentheyx19re14andtheystaywithusawhilex1dsaysKathy.Dennyaddsx1cTheybecomepartofthefamily.Weadoptthemall.x1dHeatherSandsactuallydidbecomeafamilymember.ShemetClintwhenshewasateenagerworkingatthePokanokacaf.x1cIwas14whenI4rststartedherex1dsaysHeatherwhosemotherandsisterwerealsoemployedbytheSandsfamilyatonetime.LongbeforeDennybecametheownerandmanagerofthebusinessesatLakeShabbonaheplayedakeyroleintheparkx19spreservationduringtroubledtimes.x1cIgrewupinShabbonaandwhentheparkopenedupin1978Icameouthere4shingallthetime.In1982thestatewasinabad4nancialcrisisandtheyweregoingtoclosedownalltheparksinIllinoisincludingShabbonaLakeStatePark.TheParkSuperintendentJimSandineaskedmetohelpformasportsmanx19sclubtokeeptheparkgoing.WestartedtheShabbonaLakeSportsmanClubin1982andwedidwhateverweneededtodotokeeptheparkopenx1dsaysDenny.TheShabbonaLakeSportsmanClubwasalsobehindeffortstorestockthe4shpopulationattheparkwhichincludedthebuildingofrearingponds.x1cAlotoftheirprogramswerecopiedbyothersportsmanx19sclubsthroughoutthestatex1dsaysKathy.Todaytheclubplaysalargepartinthelakex19scontinuingreputationasanexcellent4shingdestination.