Polar Bear Plunge celebrates town anniversary

Approximately 100 people — including about 40 to 50 participants — turned out for the annual Polar Bear Plunge at Nahant’s Short Beach on Jan. 1. The plunge is the continuation of a tradition that started in 2003, as part of the town’s 150th anniversary, organized by resident John Welsh. “It’s grown larger each year,” said Board of Selectman chairman Michael Manning. The Nahant Preservation Trust sponsored a post-plunge reception at the Nahant Life Saving Station at the beach, treating participants to clam chowder, hot chocolate, coffee, and cookies.