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Feelin’ Long Lakey December Dip to debut December 29

Above are Jazmin Piraino and Cliff Ross, members of the Long Lake Fire Department at the Water Rescue December 2011. They will be on site at the Long Lake Plunge.

Above are Jazmin Piraino and Cliff Ross, members of the Long Lake Fire Department at the Water Rescue December 2011. They will be on site at the Long Lake Plunge. Photo by Stephanie Wells

— The Town of Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department, the Abenaque Order of the Eastern Star No. 745 and the Long Lake Fire Department join forces for the first Feelin’ Long Lakey December Dip on Dec. 29.

The event kicks off on Saturday of New Years weekend at 1 p.m. at the Long Lake Town Beach, 1258 Main St., Long Lake.

This is a new event for the Town of Long and will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. Anyone over the age of 18 is welcome to participate. Participants will be eligible to win prizes for Best Costume, Most Money Raised by an Individual, Most Money Raised by a Team and Best Plunge Technique. Funds collected will support a full range of programs and services for this generation of injured veterans and their families.

Over 47,000 servicemen and women have been injured in the recent military conflicts. In addition to the physical wounds, it is estimated as many as 400,000 service members live with the invisible wounds of war including combat-related stress, major depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Another 320,000 are believed to have experienced a traumatic brain injury while on deployment. The WWP’s 18 programs and services are uniquely structured to nurture the mind and body, and encourage economic empowerment and engagement.

Registration will be held at the Adirondack Hotel from Noon until 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 29 with the event kicking off at 1 p.m. at the Town Beach. The Long Lake Fire Department will be on site to cut the ice and help manage the safety of the Polar Bears. The Parks and Recreation department is seeking volunteers to be on site to hand out towels, and handle registrations.

Participants must be 18 or over and asked to bring towels, robes and warm clothes. There is a heated public restroom at the location and participants will have access to the building to change and to warm up. Preregistration materials and Wounded Warrior Pledge sheets will be available at the Long Lake Town Office Building, 1130 Deerland Road weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Call 624-3077 for more information.

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