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Icy day for polar bears taking plunge in Yarmouth

Participants in the 2018 polar bear dip braved frigid conditions for the Jan. 1 event in Yarmouth's Lake Milo. ERIC BOURQUE PHOTO
Participants in the 2018 polar bear event braved frigid conditions for the Jan. 1 event in Yarmouth's Lake Milo. ERIC BOURQUE PHOTO

Annual New Year's Day event draws 11 participants, benefits Yarmouth Fire Department

Well before the polar bear dippers took their annual New Year’s Day plunge in Lake Milo, it was the temperature that had dipped, but the early-winter cold spell didn’t stop 11 people from taking part in this year’s event.

With a temperature of about minus-10 and the wind chill making it feel closer to minus-20 or worse, this year’s dip – a fundraiser for the Yarmouth Fire Department – was among the coldest.

Considering the conditions, fire department spokesman Stewart Deveau said they were happy with the number of participants.

“You’ve got to have guts to do something like that,” he said, referring to the dippers.

 Just watching the event was a challenge, given the conditions, and Deveau said he was impressed with the turnout of spectators.

Contacted the morning after this year’s event, Deveau said the unofficial fundraising total for this year was about $2,000.

Prior to this year, the annual polar bear event was said to have raised over $15,000 for the Yarmouth Fire Department since 2007.

The Yarmouth event is sponsored by Boston Pizza.

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