It was sunny skies on Saturday afternoon and very little wind for the 10th annual Lake City Polar Plunge in Lake Missaukee. And that was good news for the brave participants, many of them in costume, who jumped or leaped their way from the dock into the beckoning water carved into a large hole in the ice to help raise funds for Special Olympics. The event, with Wertz Warriors chairman Ken Mattei serving as master of ceremonies, went off splendidly. Firefighter Ray Vasser, who remains in the water each year to help the plungers exit up the ladder, said the water was warm and inviting but he was probably joking. The windless, sunny weather on Saturday was a very welcome reprieve from the previous few days when there was freezing rain followed by severe winds with plenty of snowing and blowing.
photos by Mike Dunn