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'Frosty' plunge into icy Monongahela River

Heather Hart| For The Valley Independent - California University of Pennsylvania student Robert O'Neill of Castle Shannon jumps in the Monongahela River Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Coal Center for the first Frosty Frolic held by the California Area School District Foundation. The event was held to raise money for scholarships, grants and other support of the students and the California Area School District.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Heather Hart| For The Valley Independent</em></div>California University of Pennsylvania student Robert O'Neill of Castle Shannon jumps in the Monongahela River Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Coal Center for the first Frosty Frolic held by the California Area School District Foundation. The event was held to raise money for scholarships, grants and other support of the students and the California Area School District.
Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent - California University of Pennsylvania student Robert O'Neill of Castle Shannon jumps in the Monongahela River Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Coal Center for the first Frosty Frolic held by the California Area School District Foundation. The event was held to raise money for scholarships, grants and other support of the students and the California Area School District.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent</em></div>California University of Pennsylvania student Robert O'Neill of Castle Shannon jumps in the Monongahela River Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Coal Center for the first Frosty Frolic held by the California Area School District Foundation. The event was held to raise money for scholarships, grants and other support of the students and the California Area School District.
Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent - California University of Pennsylvania students Ashley Hughes of Saxonburg and Kenzie Cadman of West Mifflin are waiting to jump in the Monongahela River Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Coal Center for the first Frosty Frolic held by the California Area School District Foundation. The event was held to raise money for scholarships, grants and other support of the students and the California Area School District.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent</em></div>California University of Pennsylvania students Ashley Hughes of Saxonburg and Kenzie Cadman of West Mifflin are waiting to jump in the Monongahela River Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Coal Center for the first Frosty Frolic held by the California Area School District Foundation. The event was held to raise money for scholarships, grants and other support of the students and the California Area School District.
Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent - Lisa Buday of California is dressed to jump in the Monongahela River Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Coal Center for the first Frosty Frolic held by the California Area School District Foundation. The event was held to raise money for scholarships, grants and other support of the students and the California Area School District.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent</em></div>Lisa Buday of California is dressed to jump in the Monongahela River Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Coal Center for the first Frosty Frolic held by the California Area School District Foundation. The event was held to raise money for scholarships, grants and other support of the students and the California Area School District.
Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent - California University of Pennsylvania students Dan Carmichael of North Huntingdon, Jose Negron of North Huntingdon, Lea Daltiruf of Philadelphia, Robert O'Neill of Castle Shannon, Taylor Overly of North Huntingdon and Joshua Cross of Glassport are waiting to jump in the Monongahela River Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Coal Center for the first Frosty Frolic held by the California Area School District Foundation. The event was held to raise money for scholarships, grants and other support of the students and the California Area School District.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent</em></div>California University of Pennsylvania students Dan Carmichael of North Huntingdon, Jose Negron of North Huntingdon, Lea Daltiruf of Philadelphia, Robert O'Neill of Castle Shannon, Taylor Overly of North Huntingdon and Joshua Cross of Glassport are waiting to jump in the Monongahela River Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Coal Center for the first Frosty Frolic held by the California Area School District Foundation. The event was held to raise money for scholarships, grants and other support of the students and the California Area School District.
Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent - Nathan O'Savage, 11, of Roscoe and Nick Fedeli, 10, of California get ready to jump in the Monongahela River Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Coal Center for the first Frosty Frolic held by the California Area School District Foundation. The event was held to raise money for scholarships, grants and other support of the students and the California Area School District.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent</em></div>Nathan O'Savage, 11, of Roscoe and Nick Fedeli, 10, of California get ready to jump in the Monongahela River Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Coal Center for the first Frosty Frolic held by the California Area School District Foundation. The event was held to raise money for scholarships, grants and other support of the students and the California Area School District.
Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent - Janet Mihalek of West Pike Township, Robert Piktel of Coal Center, Sheryl Gwyn of California, Joshua Gwyn, Becky Piktel and Marsha Papini, all of California, sell baked goods and hot chocolate Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Coal Center for the first Frosty Frolic held by the California Area School District Foundation. The event was held to raise money for scholarships, grants and other support of the students and the California Area School District.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent</em></div>Janet Mihalek of West Pike Township, Robert Piktel of Coal Center, Sheryl Gwyn of California, Joshua Gwyn, Becky Piktel and Marsha Papini, all of California, sell baked goods and hot chocolate  Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Coal Center for the first Frosty Frolic held by the California Area School District Foundation. The event was held to raise money for scholarships, grants and other support of the students and the California Area School District.
Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent - Ella Fike, 5, of Roscoe buys a cupcake with her mom Kara Fike on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Coal Center for the first Frosty Frolic held by the California Area School District Foundation. The event was held to raise money for scholarships, grants and other support of the students and the California Area School District.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent</em></div>Ella Fike, 5, of Roscoe buys a cupcake with her mom Kara Fike on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Coal Center for the first Frosty Frolic held by the California Area School District Foundation. The event was held to raise money for scholarships, grants and other support of the students and the California Area School District.
Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent - Delanie Ridge, 20-months-old, of Daisytown is shown on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Coal Center for the first Frosty Frolic held by the California Area School District Foundation. The event was held to raise money for scholarships, grants and other support of the students and the California Area School District.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent</em></div>Delanie Ridge, 20-months-old, of Daisytown is shown on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Coal Center for the first Frosty Frolic held by the California Area School District Foundation. The event was held to raise money for scholarships, grants and other support of the students and the California Area School District.
Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent - Niles Hansen, 13, of California is ready to brave the elements on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Coal Center for the first Frosty Frolic held by the California Area School District Foundation. MacFann is vice president of the foundation. The event was held to raise money for scholarships, grants and other support of the students and the California Area School District.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent</em></div>Niles Hansen, 13, of California is ready to brave the elements on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Coal Center for the first Frosty Frolic held by the California Area School District Foundation. MacFann is vice president of the foundation. The event was held to raise money for scholarships, grants and other support of the students and the California Area School District.
Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent - Wallter MacFann of Daisytown got into character on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Coal Center for the first Frosty Frolic held by the California Area School District Foundation. MacFann is vice president of the foundation. The event was held to raise money for scholarships, grants and other support of the students and the California Area School District.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent</em></div>Wallter MacFann of Daisytown got into character on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Coal Center for the first Frosty Frolic held by the California Area School District Foundation. MacFann is vice president of the foundation. The event was held to raise money for scholarships, grants and other support of the students and the California Area School District.
Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent - Shari and Daren Russell of Clover Hill watch friends take the plunge on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Coal Center for the first Frosty Frolic held by the California Area School District Foundation. The event was held to raise money for scholarships, grants and other support of the students and the California Area School District.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent</em></div>Shari and Daren Russell of Clover Hill watch friends take the plunge on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Coal Center for the first Frosty Frolic held by the California Area School District Foundation. The event was held to raise money for scholarships, grants and other support of the students and the California Area School District.
Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent - Members of the Fayette Water Rescue team, Mark Montgomery of Connellsville, Jim Grimm of Scottdale, Jim Bittner of Uniontown, Rich Hair of Dunbar and Justin Livingston of Dawson are shown on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Coal Center for the first Frosty Frolic held by the California Area School District Foundation. MacFann is vice president of the foundation. The event was held to raise money for scholarships, grants and other support of the students and the California Area School District.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent</em></div>Members of the Fayette Water Rescue team, Mark Montgomery of Connellsville, Jim Grimm of Scottdale, Jim Bittner of Uniontown, Rich Hair of Dunbar and Justin Livingston of Dawson are shown on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Coal Center for the first Frosty Frolic held by the California Area School District Foundation. MacFann is vice president of the foundation. The event was held to raise money for scholarships, grants and other support of the students and the California Area School District.
Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent - Morgan Redmond of Hermitage is shown after jumping in the Monongahela River on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Coal Center for the first Frosty Frolic held by the California Area School District Foundation. MacFann is vice president of the foundation. The event was held to raise money for scholarships, grants and other support of the students and the California Area School District.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent</em></div>Morgan Redmond of Hermitage is shown after jumping in the Monongahela River on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Coal Center for the first Frosty Frolic held by the California Area School District Foundation. MacFann is vice president of the foundation. The event was held to raise money for scholarships, grants and other support of the students and the California Area School District.
Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent - Bree Fedeli, 13, of California, is shown after jumping in the Monongahela River on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Coal Center for the first Frosty Frolic held by the California Area School District Foundation. MacFann is vice president of the foundation. The event was held to raise money for scholarships, grants and other support of the students and the California Area School District.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent</em></div>Bree Fedeli, 13, of California, is shown after jumping in the Monongahela River on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Coal Center for the first Frosty Frolic held by the California Area School District Foundation. MacFann is vice president of the foundation. The event was held to raise money for scholarships, grants and other support of the students and the California Area School District.
Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent - Chad Yogan of West Mifflin prepares to jump in the Monongahela River on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Coal Center for the first Frosty Frolic held by the California Area School District Foundation. MacFann is vice president of the foundation. The event was held to raise money for scholarships, grants and other support of the students and the California Area School District.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent</em></div>Chad Yogan of West Mifflin prepares to jump in the Monongahela River on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Coal Center for the first Frosty Frolic held by the California Area School District Foundation. MacFann is vice president of the foundation. The event was held to raise money for scholarships, grants and other support of the students and the California Area School District.
Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent - Zach Petrick of Greensburg is shown after jumping in the Monongahela River on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Coal Center for the first Frosty Frolic held by the California Area School District Foundation. MacFann is vice president of the foundation. The event was held to raise money for scholarships, grants and other support of the students and the California Area School District.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent</em></div>Zach Petrick of Greensburg is shown after jumping in the Monongahela River on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Coal Center for the first Frosty Frolic held by the California Area School District Foundation. MacFann is vice president of the foundation. The event was held to raise money for scholarships, grants and other support of the students and the California Area School District.
Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent - Charles Knox of California and his dog Keisel are shown on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Coal Center for the first Frosty Frolic held by the California Area School District Foundation. MacFann is vice president of the foundation. The event was held to raise money for scholarships, grants and other support of the students and the California Area School District.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent</em></div>Charles Knox of California and his dog Keisel are shown on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Coal Center for the first Frosty Frolic held by the California Area School District Foundation. MacFann is vice president of the foundation. The event was held to raise money for scholarships, grants and other support of the students and the California Area School District.
Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent - Jeff Fine of Belle Vernon climbs out of the Monongahela River on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Coal Center for the first Frosty Frolic held by the California Area School District Foundation. MacFann is vice president of the foundation. The event was held to raise money for scholarships, grants and other support of the students and the California Area School District.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent</em></div>Jeff Fine of Belle Vernon climbs out of the Monongahela River on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Coal Center for the first Frosty Frolic held by the California Area School District Foundation. MacFann is vice president of the foundation. The event was held to raise money for scholarships, grants and other support of the students and the California Area School District.
Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent - Kendall Griffin, 9, Parker Griffin, 7, and Walter Weld III, 1, of California, are shown on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Coal Center for the first Frosty Frolic held by the California Area School District Foundation. MacFann is vice president of the foundation. The event was held to raise money for scholarships, grants and other support of the students and the California Area School District.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent</em></div> Kendall Griffin, 9, Parker Griffin, 7, and Walter Weld III, 1, of California, are shown on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Coal Center for the first Frosty Frolic held by the California Area School District Foundation. MacFann is vice president of the foundation. The event was held to raise money for scholarships, grants and other support of the students and the California Area School District.
Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent - These brave people are shown jumping in the Monongahela River on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Coal Center for the first Frosty Frolic held by the California Area School District Foundation. MacFann is vice president of the foundation. The event was held to raise money for scholarships, grants and other support of the students and the California Area School District.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent</em></div>These brave people are shown jumping in the Monongahela River on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Coal Center for the first Frosty Frolic held by the California Area School District Foundation. MacFann is vice president of the foundation. The event was held to raise money for scholarships, grants and other support of the students and the California Area School District.
Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent - Rich Hartley of Centerville was decked out as a penguin on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Coal Center for the first Frosty Frolic held by the California Area School District Foundation. MacFann is vice president of the foundation. The event was held to raise money for scholarships, grants and other support of the students and the California Area School District.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent</em></div>Rich Hartley of Centerville was decked out as a penguin on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Coal Center for the first Frosty Frolic held by the California Area School District Foundation. MacFann is vice president of the foundation. The event was held to raise money for scholarships, grants and other support of the students and the California Area School District.
Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent - Hopefully this ostrich costume kept Jeff Duricic of California warm on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Coal Center for the first Frosty Frolic held by the California Area School District Foundation. MacFann is vice president of the foundation. The event was held to raise money for scholarships, grants and other support of the students and the California Area School District.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent</em></div>Hopefully this ostrich costume kept Jeff Duricic of California warm on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Coal Center for the first Frosty Frolic held by the California Area School District Foundation. MacFann is vice president of the foundation. The event was held to raise money for scholarships, grants and other support of the students and the California Area School District.
Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent - California University of Pennsylvania student Lea Daltiruf is nervous about jumping in the Monongahela River on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Coal Center for the first Frosty Frolic held by the California Area School District Foundation. MacFann is vice president of the foundation. The event was held to raise money for scholarships, grants and other support of the students and the California Area School District.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent</em></div>California University of Pennsylvania student Lea Daltiruf is nervous about jumping in the Monongahela River on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Coal Center for the first Frosty Frolic held by the California Area School District Foundation. MacFann is vice president of the foundation. The event was held to raise money for scholarships, grants and other support of the students and the California Area School District.
Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent - Mitchell Niccolai is eager to jump in the Monongahela River Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Coal Center for the first Frosty Frolic held by the California Area School District Foundation. The event was held to raise money for scholarships, grants and other support of the students and the California Area School District.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent</em></div>Mitchell Niccolai is eager to jump in the Monongahela River Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Coal Center for the first Frosty Frolic held by the California Area School District Foundation. The event was held to raise money for scholarships, grants and other support of the students and the California Area School District.

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By The Valley Independent
Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, 12:01 a.m.
 

Big splashes were made in the Monongahela River Saturday in Coal Center during the first “Frosty Frolic” held by the California Area School District Foundation.

People of all ages plunged into the frosty Monongahela River to raise money for scholarships, grants and other support of the students and the California Area School District.

Prizes were awarded for the most money raised by various groups including California University of Pennsylvania students, California Area High School students and alumni as well as community participants. Prizes for best costumes were also given.

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