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Staci Clipp | Around South Hagerstown | December 12, 2011
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.
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Paula Green Shupp | Around Williamsport | December 25, 2012
The community is invited to the annual Polar Bear Plunge, beginning at noon on New Year's Day at River Bottom Park. All proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Washington County. Registration can be done online at www.hsw cmd.org until Friday, or by contacting the shelter at 301-733-2060. Participants can also sign up at the event on New Year's Day. Spectators are welcome. Leo Club completes first service project The newly formed Leo Club at Springfield Middle School completed its first community service project.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | January 8, 2013
About 400 people rushed into the Potomac River for the Polar Bear Plunge in Williamsport on Tuesday and then rushed back out, shrieking and shivering. Though dripping wet in a white polar bear costume, Dusty Hancock of Hagerstown, was still smiling. “Actually, I'm feeling better now - I'm numb,” Hancock said. The river water temperature  at snow-covered River Bottom Park was about 33 degrees. The air temperature was a little warmer. Hancock said he and his wife, Torri, who dressed as an Eskimo for the annual New Year's Day rite, wanted to do something for the New Year, so they decided to join in the revelry at the boat ramp.
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January 9, 2013
The 2013 Polar Bear Plunge generated more than $11,000 for the Humane Society of Washington County, officials announced Tuesday. The event, which is held in cooperation with the Town of Williamsport, attracted 369 people who took a quick dip in the Potomac River on New Year's Day at the town's River Bottom Park. “It seemed compassion was the operative word for the first day of the New Year with so many dedicated polar bears, spectators and supporters raising over $11,000 for the shelter,” Humane Society president Shannon Cianelli said in a news release.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | December 23, 2009
WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Changes are afoot for the Polar Bear Plunge, which has grown from a small event to a popular tradition. A committee is looking at ways to keep up with the increasing number of participants and spectators for the event, which is held each year at Williamsport's River Bottom Park. On New Year's Day, people gather to walk, wade and frolic in the Potomac River. At least 100 people went in the water on Jan. 1, 2009. Williamsport Councilman Tim Fraker said the committee is trying to "make it into something bigger and better.
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By MARLO BARNHART | January 15, 2008
The 114 registered polar bears who took the plunge into the Potomac River on New Year's Day can warm up to the news that their efforts raised $6,000 for the Humane Society of Washington County. This year's winner for the most pledges was Glen Senkowski, a former Floridian who raised $340 for the event. Bert Kramer of Annapaca Farm/The Alpaca Shop awarded the prize to Senkowski. Kramer also donated an alpaca polar bear. Other prizes included coffee mugs and cocktail glasses donated by Lenox Distribution; four movie passes from Regal Valley Mall Stadium 16; four skate passes from the Ice and Sports complex; and a $50 gift certificate for a pet portrait by Keely Neubauer.
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December 26, 2009
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January 9, 2013
The 2013 Polar Bear Plunge generated more than $11,000 for the Humane Society of Washington County, officials announced Tuesday. The event, which is held in cooperation with the Town of Williamsport, attracted 369 people who took a quick dip in the Potomac River on New Year's Day at the town's River Bottom Park. “It seemed compassion was the operative word for the first day of the New Year with so many dedicated polar bears, spectators and supporters raising over $11,000 for the shelter,” Humane Society president Shannon Cianelli said in a news release.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | January 8, 2013
About 400 people rushed into the Potomac River for the Polar Bear Plunge in Williamsport on Tuesday and then rushed back out, shrieking and shivering. Though dripping wet in a white polar bear costume, Dusty Hancock of Hagerstown, was still smiling. “Actually, I'm feeling better now - I'm numb,” Hancock said. The river water temperature  at snow-covered River Bottom Park was about 33 degrees. The air temperature was a little warmer. Hancock said he and his wife, Torri, who dressed as an Eskimo for the annual New Year's Day rite, wanted to do something for the New Year, so they decided to join in the revelry at the boat ramp.
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By MEG TULLY | Special to The Herald-Mail | December 26, 2012
For those who want to start the New Year with the shock of icy-cold water, two polar bear plunges are planned in Washington County. “You'll say either that was the stupidest thing you've done in your life or else you're hooked and you know you will be there for every New Year's Day at noon,” said Dr. Ed Beachley, a Hagerstown dentist who said he has done the plunge in Williamsport for more than 10 years. In a polar bear plunge, participants raise money for charity by pledging to donors they will plunge into cold water during winter.
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Paula Green Shupp | Around Williamsport | December 25, 2012
The community is invited to the annual Polar Bear Plunge, beginning at noon on New Year's Day at River Bottom Park. All proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Washington County. Registration can be done online at www.hsw cmd.org until Friday, or by contacting the shelter at 301-733-2060. Participants can also sign up at the event on New Year's Day. Spectators are welcome. Leo Club completes first service project The newly formed Leo Club at Springfield Middle School completed its first community service project.
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December 19, 2012
Members of the Williamsport Polar Bear Club, the board of directors and staff at the Humane Society of Washington County, and the town of Williamsport invite the community to the 10th annual Polar Bear Plunge on Jan. 1.   The event will take place at noon at the boat ramp in Williamsport. All proceeds benefit the animal shelter.  Participants will become official members of the Williamsport Polar Bear Club. Registration costs $20 per person and includes a custom-designed Polar Bear zipper pull, window decal and an official Williamsport Polar Bear Club certificate.
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Staci Clipp | Around South Hagerstown | December 9, 2012
Rodney Martin, retired planetarium educator, will present “The Christmas Star” at Discovery Station on Saturday at 2 p.m. as part of its Saturday Plus program. There is no charge for the Saturday Plus presentation. There is an admission charge for the full museum tour of two floors of hands-on exhibits. The Treasure Gift Shoppe is open Tuesday through Saturday from  10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with gifts from 50 cents to $50. Annual family memberships and gift certificates are available.
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Cheryl Weaver | Around Clear Spring | January 23, 2012
There will be a Polar Bear Plunge in coordination with the Special Olympics of Maryland to help raise money and awareness.  The Special Olympics has provided funds for the high school's unified sports teams. The 2010-11 bocce team won the state championship.   The high school has about 40 students who have taken the commitment to take the plunge Saturday at Sandy Point State Park near Annapolis. Due to this commitment, school Principal James Aleshire has agreed to take the plunge with them.  If anyone in the community would like to donate to the cause, send in money to the school or with a student (checks can be made out to Special Olympics Maryland)
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | January 1, 2012
A crowd of at least 3,000 turned out Sunday for the Polar Bear Plunge in the Potomac River in Williamsport, officials estimated. The colorful New Year's Day tradition, which has been a fundraiser for the Humane Society of Washington County for nine years, attracted possibly the largest turnout ever, said humane society spokesperson Katherine Cooker. “I've never seen a crowd like this, ever,” said Cooker after a cheering throng of more than 360 “polar bears” took a quick dip in the chilly water before making haste back to the north bank of the Potomac.
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Jamie Shekels | Around Halfway | December 22, 2011
Photos with Santa will be available at Valley Mall today from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday (Christmas Eve) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 301-582-0700. Hickory Elementary to hold spirit day Students at Hickory Elementary School are encouraged to wear red and green attire today for spirit day. Polar Bear Plunge set for Jan. 1   The annual Polar Bear Plunge is planned Sunday, Jan. 1, at River Bottom Park in Williamsport.
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