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It takes surprisingly little to talk some Mainers out of their long johns and into a bathing suit for a quick winter dip into Casco Bay. Just come up with a good cause in need of a fundraiser, in this case South Portland High School Project Graduation, and – splash! – let the shivering begin. Fourteen hearty souls plunged into the chilly water near Spring Point Light on Jan. 1 for what organizers hope will be an annual polar dip to support Project Graduation, which raises money to provide a safe and entertaining experience for high school seniors in the hours after they graduate.It takes surprisingly little to talk some Mainers out of their long johns and into a bathing suit for a quick winter dip into Casco Bay. Just come up with a good cause in need of a fundraiser, in this case South Portland High School Project Graduation, and – splash! – let the shivering begin. Maryalice Gurnee, left, Kathleen Cleary and Lauren Halvorsen were among the 14 hearty souls who plunged into the chilly water near Spring Point Light on Saturday for what organizers hope will be the first annual polar dip to support Project Graduation, which raises money to provide a safe and entertaining experience for high school seniors in the hours after they graduate.

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