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Area residents take part in annual Polar Bear Jump

2/27/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

NEW FRANKLIN — Milder temperatures welcomed jumpers and spectators to the 11th Portage Lakes Polar Bear Jump at Portage Lakes State Park Feb. 22.

Shown above are both jumpers and supporters at the event that invites area residents to jump into the ice-cold waters of Turkeyfoot Lake to raise funds for various charities.

According to Kelly Pariso, one of the event organizers, a record 900 jumpers helped raise $100,000 for Camp Quality Ohio, located in New Franklin, and the Ronald McDonald House of Akron this year.

Members of the New Franklin Fire Department are shown below suited up and in the water as they watch two jumpers take the plunge in support of the charities.

Another jumper was Mogadore resident Pat Conant, who is pictured at right top reacting after coming out of the frigid water.

Shown at right bottom, from left, is Janelle Brown, Ashley Dario and Cassie Dario, of Akron, also taking the plunge.

— By Maria Lindsay

Photos: Lew Stamp

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