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Polar Bear Plunge to aid children’s hospital

Hague swim Feb. 16

Caryl May takes the Polar Bear Plunge into lake George during the annual Hague Winter Weekend. The 2014 Polar Bear Plunge will be Feb. 16.

Caryl May takes the Polar Bear Plunge into lake George during the annual Hague Winter Weekend. The 2014 Polar Bear Plunge will be Feb. 16. Photo by Katherine Clark.

— HAGUE — People with warm hearts will take a cold plunge for children as part of the annual Hague Winter Weekend.

The Polar Bear Plunge, part of the Hague event, will benefit the WOKO Big Change Round Up that supports the Vermont Children’s Hospital.

The plunge will be held Sunday, Feb. 16, at 2 p.m. at the Trout House Village dock. Registration begins at 1 p.m.

“Participants are asked to obtain pledges for jumping in the icy waters of Lake George,” said Meg Haskell, the polar plunge organizer. “Last year over 75 people took the plunge and raised over $4,000.

“Again this year radio personalities from WOKO will be on hand and rumor has it that some may be taking the plunge,” she said. “Dr. Louis First, head pediatrician from Vermont Children’s Hospital, is also scheduled to attend and will be doing the color commentary throughout the event.”

Pledge sheets are available from the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce, the Hague Community Center or by contacting MHaskell at mhaskell14@yahoo.com or at 585- 9890.

“Let’s make this a record year,” Haskell said. “Get together with family, friends, co-workers or come as a group and see who can raise the most money.”

Following the plunge an awards ceremony will be held at the Hague Volunteer Fire Department. Food and beverages will be available. For more information contact Haskell at 585-9890.

Hague will host its 41st annual Winter Weekend Feb. 14-16.

Formerly known as the winter carnival, the event is held the weekend prior to President’s Day in Hague.

Activities will get under way Friday, Feb. 14, with the Snow Queen Pageant at the Hague Community Center at 7 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 15, there will be a firemen’s breakfast 7 to 11 a.m. at the Hague fire house. The Rotary silent auction will also be 7 to 11 a.m. at the fire house.

The seventh annual chili bake-off will be held at 5 p.m. at the Hague fire house. It will feature chili, salads, hot dogs, refreshments, raffles and music. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children older than age 5. To enter a chili call Pat Hintze at 543-6502.

For more information on the Hague Winter Weekend contact the Hague Chamber of Commerce at 543-6441.

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