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For Immediate Release

Date: 01/23/14

Bipartisan pair pursues "cold cash" for good cause

Reps. Cassidy and Maker support the Washington County Community College polar dip
Reps. Cassidy and Maker support the Washington County Community College polar dip

For Immediate Release

Jan. 23, 2013

Contact: Ann Kim [Cassidy] 287-1488; David Sorensen [Maker] 205-7793

AUGUSTA - Two Washington County lawmakers are reaching across the aisle and teaming up in a novel way to support a local polar bear dip.

Rep. Joyce Maker, R-Calais, has long supported the effort by Washington County Community College, where she worked for 36 years. But there's one thing she just can't do, even for WCCC: go into that frigid water.

Enter Rep. Katherine Cassidy, D-Lubec, who has proven her mettle when it comes to swimming into near-freezing waters for a good cause. On Jan. 1, she jumped into 39-degree Atlantic waters and raised more than $510 for Lubec's fund to help elderly residents pay for heating oil.

In the lawmakers' arrangement, Maker will line up donors while Cassidy will literally take the plunge to make some "cold cash" for the beneficiaries of the WCCC polar dip.

"I'm honored to have Rep. Maker backing me as I go into that freezing cold water," said Cassidy. "I can't wait to celebrate helping a worthy cause with her once I warm up."

The 14th annual polar dip organized by the WCCC Student Senate will benefit the Ronald McDonald House in Bangor and Sarah's House in Holden, which serves adults in need of cancer treatment. It takes place on Friday, Jan. 31, at noon at Split Rock on the Pleasant Point Reservation on Route 180.

The WCCC event won't mark the first time the lawmakers have collaborated on an issue close to home.

They have worked together, meeting with community health care leaders, in the aftermath of the shutdown of Atlantic Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Calais. The closure led to the loss of 90 jobs and added hardships for families who needed to find new long-term care for their loved ones. Cassidy has introduced legislation this session to address challenges faced by long-term care facilities and Maker is a co-sponsor.

Maker said it won't be the last time the two work together.

"Anything to do with Washington County," Maker said. "It's not a political thing. It's about helping Washington County."


David Sorensen
Maine House Republicans
Tel: (207) 205-7793