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New Year’s Day revelers ran out of the water even faster than they went in. Photo by Jim McGaw.

Portsmouth ‘penguins’ herald in 2015

Portsmouth ‘penguins’ herald in 2015

PORTSMOUTH — The plunge itself was over in seconds, but lighting the bonfire on the beach? That was another story. After building a tall stack of wood on Island Park Beach and dousing it with gasoline, organizers initially had trouble getting it lit to keep “penguins” and “polar bears” warm after the annual New Year’s Day plunge.

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