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Dylan Roche
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January 10, 2018

When I think of January, the cynic in me is always complaining about how it’s cold and dark. I’m really not a fan of having only about nine hours of daylight, and after the first snowfall of the season, I’m counting down the days until it’s beach weather.

That said, I still think of January as a pretty exciting month, and for three main reasons. First and foremost, it’s a new year, and that means a fresh start — it’s clichéd, but true. Many of us might be looking at a chance to “get it right” this time the Earth travels around the sun. No matter what your goals are, you probably feel more empowered now because you have a whole year ahead of you. I feel the same way.

Then midway through January, there’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, which Anne Arundel Community College celebrates every year with a special breakfast ceremony honoring local leaders who carry on the legacy of this renowned civil rights leader. What a humbling reminder of what a difference one person can make! (If you want to learn about the honorees at this year’s ceremony, be sure to check out Maya Pottiger’s story.)

Finally, January concludes — for us Marylanders, at least — with the Polar Bear Plunge at Sandy Point State Park. If you haven’t been a part of this tradition to benefit Special Olympics Maryland, you have to check it out. It’s a little crazy, but it’s all for a good cause. Our Polar Bear Plunge Guide included in this issue of the paper has all the details. Members of the Voice staff are even planning to do the plunge ourselves (though I haven’t told everyone yet, so we’ll see how they take the news that I’ve committed them to doing this).

So as much as I don’t like the coldness and the darkness that we go through at this time of year, I have to admit that the spirit of January is something I wouldn’t mind keeping year-round. Wouldn’t it be cool to always feel empowered to make a positive change in our lives, or to carry on the legacy of a brave civic leader, or to just do a crazy stunt to benefit a good cause. Let’s start thinking of this as what January is all about. I hope this issue of the Voice reflects that.

As always, thanks for reading and sharing your good news with us. Feel free to drop me a note at any time at

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