Klamath Falls, Ore. – High Desert Hospice of Klamath Falls hosted a butterfly release Saturday afternoon.
Nearly 200 people showed up at the Moore Park Pavilion to remember friends and loved ones recently lost.
“What we’re doing today, is our non-profit High Desert Hospice Foundation is doing a butterfly release.” Explains Barbara Golden of High Desert Hospice. “We’re reading off all the names that we have lost.”
Joyce Wagner lost her husband Scott to cancer nearly a year ago.
Wagner says she appreciates the care provided by Hospice. “Honestly, just having the people available 24 hours, it’s really nice. They’re just always a kind shoulder, and it’s really helpful.”
The event is an emotional one.
“The objective is to just come together and see the people that we serve.” Notes Golden. “And just build up our community, and just do something in honor of people, loved ones that we have lost.”
The butterflies were specially delivered from Georgia.
High Desert Hospice hopes to make this an annual event, with a butterfly release held the first weekend after Labor Day.
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970’s. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.Lyle’s job history is quite colorful.
He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90’s as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.
“The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story”.
When he’s not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.