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Bettsville takes Polar Bear Jump for a good cause

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While others were trying to stay warm this weekend, some in Bettsville were jumping into freezing water, but it's all for a good cause.

Twenty-five brave souls took part in Bettsville's first Polar Bear Jump.  They took a dip in the icy waters of the reservoir at H.P. Eells park.

They each paid $25. All the money goes towards improvements for the park.

Organizer April Hull said, "We need picnic tables. We have about 30. The paint is chipping and falling apart and they are just unsafe."

As part of the event, they held a fundraiser and people got to buy tickets and vote on who they wanted to take the plunge. The lucky winner was councilman-elect Stan Poe.

Brittany Twigg said it was pretty cold. I" have swam in water that was cold, but never this cold."

The water was 20 degrees and covered in about an inch and a half of ice. Bettsville Fire Crews were on hand to break away the ice and to stand by in case anyone needed assistance.

The community hopes to make the event an annual tradition.

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