Religious day, stamp cancellation among events to honor Samuel de Champlain

The committee will then proceed down the street to St. Mary's Cemetery where a wreath will also be placed at LaFontaine's grave. LaFontaine was a member of the New York State Tercentenary Commission, celebrating the 300th anniversary of Samuel de Champlain's arrival.

"We have cleaned his gravestone as well as the smaller markers near his stone," said Paquette.

Knights of Columbus Council 3225 will host a special dinner following the ceremonies at 1 p.m., with the public invited free of charge.

"This coming together as a community with a religious ceremony with historical significance, with food and good cheer will promote our community spirit," said Paquette.

The following weekend, that community spirit will continue as the committee hosts a Community Day Saturday, Aug. 8. The event will begin at 10 a.m., with musical performances at the village's River Park. The day's events will also consist of storytelling, a petting zoo, antique car rides, an antique tractor display and kayak and canoe races, among other activities.

The activities and food during Community Day will be offered free of charge.

The day will also be a special opportunity to receive a special stamp cancellation from the U.S. Postal Service. Local artist Joseph Grimshaw was commissioned to design the cancellation which depicts Samuel de Champlain with his astrolabe, the navigational device he used in his exploration 400 years ago.

A limited offering of the cancellation will be available at station set up between the Samuel de Champlain History Center and the Knights of Columbus building on Elm Street.

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