Polar Dip Makes a Splash in Eastport 

Bathing suits and swim trunks are usually tucked away during the winter, but some brave souls got them out for a good cause.Aaron Moody insists they’re not crazy for jumping in the water during the winter.”They should come and join me. They’re insane for not helping the Ronald McDonald House.”Washington County Community College has hosted the Polar Dip to benefit the Ronald McDonald House in Bangor, a place for families to stay while children are being treated at local hospitals. The event brought first timers and veterans together, braving the frigid temperatures.This is Tess Ftorek’s eleventh time dipping. She says mother nature was kind to the dippers this year.”We have dipped when the temperature has been 9 degrees, there has been sea smoke out here, so this is a beautiful day to dip.”While some dipped for the adrenaline rush, others dipped for those overseas.”We’re very proud of our servicemen and women who are taking care of us now and in the past and in the future,” Ftorek said.Joyce Hedlund, President of Washington County Community College, was amazed by the turnout and continued support.”There were so many people from so many different regions here it was just amazing but everyone was one at that moment.”In the past decade, the Polar Dip has raised more than 100-thousand dollars for the Ronald McDonald House in Bangor.