Long Island may have its Polar Bears but Lake Champlain has its Penguins. Burlington Mayor Peter Clavelle and 150 others took a plunge into the freezing waters of Burlington Harbor on a Valentines day with the temperature barely toping zero degrees Fahrenheit. This event was part of the Burlington Winter Festival and raised $50,000 for the Vermont Special Olympics. Other local notables included developer Jeff Davis. Numerous local police officers were among the Penguins that actually found the water temperature to warmer then the air.
Mayor Clavelle couldn’t hold onto his hat while taking the Penguin Plunge