Tak­ing the plunge

Pine Creek Po­lar Bear Plunge set for Sun­day

The Republican Herald - This Weekend - - Front Page - BY ERIC PED­DI­GREE COPY ED­I­TOR eped­di­gree@ re­pub­li­can­her­ald. com

Hours af­ter ush­er­ing in 2017, peo­ple will be tak­ing a chilly dip in Pine Creek for char­ity.

The eighth an­nual Pine Creek Po­lar Bear Plunge will be held at 1 p. m. Sun­day at Val­ley ViewPark. Regis­tra­tion be­gins at noon atVal­leyViewGun Club, with a $ 20 fee that in­cludes the event T- shirt fea­tur­ing mas­cot Pine Creek Pete, pork and sauer­kraut din­ner, and en­ter­tain­ment by Remy St. Martin from Par­rot Beach, a Jimmy Buf­fet trib­ute band. Par­tic­i­pants un­der the age of 18 must have a sig­na­ture froma par­ent or guardian.

Jim Reed, or­ga­nizer, said they usu­ally get about 100 peo­ple, along with spec­ta­tors and pets, to at­tend the event. He said they raise be­tween $ 3,000 and $ 5,000, which goes to ben­e­fit the Pine Creek Trout Nurs­ery.

Each year, the nurs­ery raises more than 6,000 trout fin­ger­lings. The adult trout are used to stock area streams. More than 2,000 trout are stocked for the an­nual Kids Trout Rodeo, which is an­nu­ally held the first Satur­day in June.

Reed said the po­lar plunge is the big­gest fundraiser for the nurs­ery.

The plunge will be held in­what­ever theweather may be. The last two years have shown the ex­tremes, and howweather af­fects the event.

In 2015, the wa­ter tem­per­a­ture the morn­ing of the plunge was 34 de­grees. Ice had formed overnight on the creek and had to be bro­ken. About 100 peo­ple made the plunge and the event raised more than $ 5,000.

Last year, the wa­ter tem­per­a­ture was 44 de­grees and no ice formed on the creek. About 60 peo­ple made the dive. Reed thought the warmer weather may have played a role in the lower turnout, ac­cord­ing to news­pa­per ar­chives.

“In the past, the colder the bet­ter,” Reed said.

Sun­day’s fore­cast looks to be sim­i­lar to last year’s. Ac­cord­ing to the Na­tion­alWeather Ser­vice, tem­per­a­tures are ex­pected to be in the low40s un­der partly sunny skies.

De­spite last year’s fig­ure, Reed said the event is gain­ing pop­u­lar­ity mostly be­cause of so­cial me­dia, specif­i­cally Face­book. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit the Face­book page at Pine Creek Po­lar Bear Club or call Reed at 570- 682- 3707.

JACQUELINE DOR­MER/ STAFF PHOTO

Pam Ulicny, Val­ley View, left, makes her way through the 44- de­gree wa­ter back to land dur­ing last year’s Pine Creek Po­lar Bear Plunge. This year’s event, which ben­e­fits Pine Creek Trout Nurs­ery, will be held at 1 p. m. Sun­day at Val­ley View Park, Val­ley View.

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