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9 February, 2018 THE QUODDY TIDES Page 29 Family Fun Day to be held at Boyden Lake by Susan Esposito regulations." A free Family Fun Day will be held "We are going to build a snow castle Saturday, February 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 and have a scavenger hunt as well as bowl- p,m. at the Boyden Lake boat landing in ing and a run featuring a toboggan," she Perry. "We're looking forward to it," says adds. There will also be a joker run, which Valerie Storey, a member of the Dennys- will include cash prizes. "We will have ville Snowmobile/ATV Club, which spon- five different boxes where people can pick sors the annual event, out cards, and for every joker turned in Among the activities will be a fishing they will get rewarded. People will re- derby for adults with prizes for the heavi- ceive $500 for five jokers." est catch in each species category, includ- Hot dogs, hamburgers and drinks will ing large-mouth bass, small-mouth bass, be served during the day, and Storey say, pickerel, trout and salmon. A children's "There will be a donation bucket for peo- fishing derby will also be held featuring pie to help us out." prizes for the heaviest catch in each spe- If there is inclement weather on Febru- cies. "This is a day when you don't need a ary 17, the event will be held Sunday, Feb- license to fish in Maine," says Storey. ruary 18. If there is bad weather the entire "But you have to follow the state fishing weekend, it will be rescheduled this spring. Annual Polar Bear Dip slated for March 2 The annual Polar Bear Dip, organized the night, saving them the sometimes-un- each year by the Washington County manageable costs of lodging on top of Community College (WCCC) Student traveling. Senate, is an event of unique character. The WCCC Polar Bear Dip has since Scores of participants dressed in often vi- become one of the largest fundraisers for brant outfits race into the icy waters of the Ronald McDonald House and Sarah's Passamaquoddy Bay, creating a spectacle House, raising a combined total of more for those in attendance and symbolically than $320,000. Every dipper collects concluding the largest fundraiser in the pledges from friends and family members, area for Ronald McDonald House in contributing all of the funds raised to the Bangor and Sarah's House in Holden. This cause. Dippers who raise more than $75 year, dippers will be honoring the theme will receive a Polar Bear Dip shirt featur- of "Dippin' Through the Decades" by ing a design based on this year's theme. wearing vintage outfits as they take the The Polar Bear Dip is held each year at plunge on Friday, March 2, at 12 noon. Split Rock at Pleasant Point. Everyone in The first Polar Bear Dip was organized attendance will be invited to enjoy free as something of a dare, but the event soon hot food and beverages provided by area embraced the cause of fundraising for the sponsors and the student senate, and dip- vital services that Ronald McDonald pers will be monitored by trained divers House and Sarah's House provide. Both on stand-by and emergency services pro- locations offer individuals - and, at times, vided in part by the tribe. their families - receiving medical treat- Dippers can start raising funds by visit- ments in the Bangor area a place to stay ing to print a pledge sheet. To make a donation to a dipper, visit . Cobscook state park sets family fun day Cobscook Bay State Park W'mter Fami- ly Fun Day will be held on Saturday, Feb- ruary 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Edmunds. A ski and snowshoe trailer will be on site for free equipment loans. Activities will include cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, sliding, tote sled rides and horse-drawn sleigh rides. A hot lunch and warming station will be provided. Admission is $1.50 for adults and youth ages 12-64; all others are free. Baileyville police plan ice fishing The Baileyville Police Department is hosting a family ice fishing day on Sun- day, February 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Pokey Landing at Pocomoonshine Lake. Donations of bait, help with drilling holes, food and prizes are welcome. This is a free fishing weekend for the state, which means no fishing license is needed. This is an alcohol- and drug-free event. Washington County ommunity Co!!ege One College Drive, Calais, Maine 04619 Electrical Code Update Course WCC will be offering an Electrical Code Update Course. This 15 hour course will run Thursday evenings during the month of March (3/1-29), from 6-gpm. Cost is $134.76 For more i on or to sign up, please call: @@O wwvv.wccc. e.edu Fa l> k,com/dnscoverwccc . WCCC is an EO/AA Employer TWO COYOTES engage in a fight to see who is the dominant one in Perry (Don Dunbar photo) recently. Winter Sports and Fun Day scheduled The W'mter Sports and Fun Day, to be ridian has really brought about a lot of held on Saturday, February 10, starting at positive changes for Emma. 10 a.m. at the Pottle Tree Farm in Perry, Kim says that, at 18 months of age, promises to be a day of cross-country ski- Emma was passing out with seizure-like ing through woodland trails, sledding, ice activity due to lack of blood flow and skating, snow shoeing and ice fishing. It is oxygen to her brain. These syncopal epi- also a day to support children with con- sodes increased to six ep.isodes a month genital heart defects and their families, and were life-threatening. Emma says, "At Stronghearts was established in 2002 age six, I had a sinus pacemaker put in, by Brian and Sue Duffy in memory ofand I haven't had a problem " v" since. She their son Seamus who died of a congenital says that she used to get very tired during heart defect, hypoplastic left-heart syn- the day but is now doing competitive gym- drome. Sue Duffy says, "At Winter Sports nastics, running and rock climbing and and Fun Day, I like to wander and reflect that life seems pretty normal. on what my dear Seamus' life and our Emma hopes to attend the Winter Sports community have created and on how it and Fun Day, which will kick off its an- has grown." nual cross-country ski race at 10:30 a.m Last year, Stronghearts raised $4,807 weather permitting. Those not participat- and was able to help two families caring ing in the race are welcome to ski on the for children with congenital heart defects miles of open trails. All other activities with medical expenses, travel, meals and, will continue during the day. in one case, funeral expenses. Strong- A fireside potluck will be ongoing hearts also sent three children to Camp throughout the day. Feel free to bring pot- Meridian, where they were able to be with luck finger foods that will hold up in the other children with congenital heart de- cold. Area merchants will donate food fects, items, and there is a Dead River raffle for Emma, a recipient of a scholarship to 50 gallons of fuel oil. Camp Meridian, notes that the camp ex- The Outdoor Adventure Center at perience was one of the best of her life. Washington County Community College She explains, "Before going to camp, I will provide free cross-country skis, snow- had never met anyone who had heart prob- shoes and skates. lems. Suddenly, I was in a place where There is no admission charge. Event T- every kid in the room had heart disease of shirts, backpacks and mugs are available some sort and I felt a lot of support." for donations of $10. The Winter Sports Emma says, "The camp experience gave and Fun Day will be held no matter what me a lot of confidence, more acceptance the weather is. of myself and encouraged the qualities of For more information about Strong- leadership and compassion in me." Em- hearts and Congenital Heart Defect ma's mother Kim agrees that Camp Me- Awareness Day, go to . fineartistmade.com 853-9504 I info@fineartistmade.com KITCHENS I BATHS I RESTORATION I PAINTING RENOVATION I FINE CARPENTRY I FURNITURE