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December 08, 2016
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Taking the plunge in icy waters; Hardy dippers support dive teams

Organizers were still tabulating donations on Tuesday, but indicated that this year’s Paupack Plunge broke last year’s $6,000 total.
Photos by Billy Templeton

Waves of goose-bumped dippers continued to make their way through the snowstorm so they could take their turn in the water. Each person paid an initial $25 registration fee and many sought additional sponsorships from local businesses. Prizes were awarded to plungers who raised the most money. After their ice bath, people were invited into the marina to warm up next to heaters, where they could munch on hot dogs and listen to local musicians play live music.

Toward the end of the day a group of giddy young people dressed in super-hero costumes made their way down the hill toward the lake, their excitement palpable and capes flapping in the wind. Though certainly braver than most on that day, the true heroes, those deserving our ongoing respect and gratitude, were the 15 volunteers wearing dry suits, waiting on the edge of the ice, prepared to risk their lives for anyone who may need it, just as they do every other day of the year.