By Bobbie Jo Comes/Harrisville Area News
HARRISVILLE AREA —
Freezin’ for a Reason attracted hundreds of plungers and spectators at the Allegheny River as part of the 8th annual Parker Polar Bear Club Plunge on New Year’s Day. There were girls and even men in bikinis, Santa Clauses, camo-wearing, bearded “Duck Dynasty” fans and many more unusual and unique costumes, even a boy with a thrift shop dress.
The veterans’ advice was not to dress in layers when plunging as layered clothing will stick to the body and make you colder. Many were out of the water within seconds while others lingered a bit longer.
As local dive and EMS workers were on hand, but were not needed. It was held at the Parker City Boat Ramp Parker Landing Canoe Kayak and Outfitter.
The event benefited Camo Cares/Hunt of a Lifetime, Boys and Girls Club along the Allegheny, local fire departments and local community members in need.
You can visit the Facebook page of Parker Polar Club to see more photos of the day. They’re planning an even a bigger event for 2015.
Out and about
* Three square dances are scheduled at the Harrisville VFD to benefit the station from 8 to 11 p.m. Jan. 18, Feb. 15 and March 15. Bob Minor will be the caller with the Wolf Creek Express Band. There will be food available.
* Barkeyville United Methodist Church will hold a soup and salad/dessert dinner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 17. Cost is donation. Come in for some good food and wonderful fellowship.
* St. Peter Parish Center and Catholic Campus Ministry at 342 Normal Ave. in Slippery Rock will hold their January Jam on from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25.
A silent auction and book sale will start at 5 p.m. in the Fireplace Lounge. This will benefit the Children of the Mustard Seed Community mission trip. There will be a chili cookoff and entertainment by the Muddy Creek Band. There will be a dessert bar, hot dogs, beverages and other food. It is sponsored by the mission team and the suggested donation is $5.
Harrisville bike winners announced
Names have been drawn for the Harrisville bikes and we have four winners: The girl’s 16-inch bike winner was Adrienne King, the girl’s 20-inch bike went to Jeanne Klein, the boy’s 20-inch went to Landon Michael and the 26-inch bike winner was Mike Ross. A big thank you goes to Bob Barnes and the anonymous angels who donated all four bikes.
Feed My Sheep requests
Items needed at Feed My Sheep Food Cupboard include tuna fish in January and brownie mix in February.
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Published Jan. 8, 2014, in Allied News. Pick up a copy at 201 A Erie St., Grove City.