But­ter­fly re­lease

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page - -- Tara Mac­Don­ald

June 24, St. Mary’s Cen­tre in Wil­liamstown hosts a but­ter­fly re- lease in mem­ory of loved ones.

“Every­body has a loved one that they want to re­mem­ber. But­ter­flies carry our mes­sages through the air to our loved ones in Heaven,” said event or­ga­nizer El­iz­a­beth Gagnon. Fol­low­ing a mass at St. Mary’s Church, Fa­ther Louis Groete­laars will bless the but­ter­flies prior to their re­lease.

More than 100 painted ladies will be re­leased. “Painted lady but­ter­flies are very friendly and so­cia­ble,” said Ms. Gagnon, “so it should be a lot of fun!” Other ac­tiv­i­ties will in­clude free face-paint­ing and arts and crafts ac­tiv­i­ties for the chil­dren, a small ven­dor’s mar­ket fea­tur­ing hand-made crafts and other prod­ucts as well as live lo­cal en­ter­tain­ment. Win­ners from the but­ter­fly re­lease poster com­pe­ti­tion, held at Wil­liamstown Pub­lic School, will also be pre­sented and posters will be on dis­play. The Raisin River Con­ser­va­tion Au­thor­ity will also be ex­plain­ing im­prove­ments planned for its habi­tat for but­ter­flies and the types of na­tive plant species, such as lo­cal species of milk­weed, that at­tract but­ter­flies and help save en­dan­gered species.

Do­na­tions and money raised will go di­rectly to­wards the sup­port and main­te­nance of the build­ing. “We re­ally need to main- tain the Cen­tre prop­erly,” said Ms. Gagnon. “A lit­tle-known fact about St. Mary’s Cen­tre is that in ad­di­tion to host­ing the lo­cal li­brary, it is also the emer­gency pre­pared­ness cen­tre for South Glen­garry. So, if there is ever a nat­u­ral dis­as­ter, peo­ple will come to the Cen­tre.”

For more in­for­ma­tion or to re­serve your but­ter­fly, call Ms. Gagnon at 613-360-5692 or Thelma Cho­lette at 613-347-3728.

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