Pat Miller plans to take the Polar Bear Plunge

December 12, 2011|Staci Clipp | Around South Hagerstown

On Jan. 1, more than 300 people will plunge into the icy waters of the Potomac River at River Bottom Park in Williamsport for the annual Polar Bear Plunge to raise funds for the Humane Society of Washington County.

Although she hates the cold almost more than anything, Pat Miller plans to be one of them.

Miller, a certified dog trainer and behavior consultant, is owner/director of the Peaceable Paws training center in Fairplay, just south of Hagerstown.

Her husband, Paul Miller, has been executive director of the Humane Society for the past eight years. During that time, he has watched the Polar Bear Plunge grow from a dozen brave souls to more than 300 participants last year. Several hundred more watched from the banks of the river.

Every year, Paul has plunged. Every year, Pat has steadfastly and adamantly refused.

This year is different. Last spring, Pat succumbed to the suggestion of a trainer-friend to plunge if she could raise a significant amount of pledges. Miller set the bar at $5,000, and is now just a little more than $1,000 away from that goal.

If she succeeds, the animal shelter will likely see its most successful Polar Bear Plunge to date. Last year’s set a record of more than $8,000 raised.

For more information, call 301-582-9420 or go to

Hagerstown Lions Club

Tuesday — Tray Alter, from Dynamark Monitoring, will be the guest speaker.

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