Fern Ridge Review
Sweet Lorane Community News
June 11, 2015
By Pat Edwards
There seems to be a good deal to discuss in today’s Lorane column. It’s strange how some weeks, I really have to dig for things to write about, but not this week! So, let’s get started…
Last week, the Lorane Fire Department was called out to a “fully-engaged” fire on, of all places, Fire Road, off of Siuslaw Road, west of Lorane. A neighbor, Norm Maxwell, while letting his cat outside, noticed the fire about 2:00 a.m. and, after helping the resident, Naomi Klatt, and her caregiver safely from the home, he called 911. I understand that the house was destroyed and that Naomi was taken to her daughter’s home. Many offers have come from community members to help Naomi, but so far, no requests or needs have come in. I’ll be sure to let everyone know if we can help in any way.
I was notified last week that long-time resident of Crow, Grace Biggs, passed away at the age of 99 in Veneta on May 31. Grace was an active member of the West Lane community for many years. She taught for awhile for the Crow-Applegate School District where her husband Ted worked as a janitor and bus driver, and she was an active participant for a number of years in the SMART (Start Making A Reader Today) Program at Crow. She also wrote a column for the West Lane News in Veneta for over 35 years.
So far, I have not been able to find out if a memorial service is being planned, but I’ve posted a lovely story on the Lorane Facebook page about her that Millie Graves wrote for Groundwaters in July 2012, in order to honor this amazing woman. We send our condolences to Grace’s family.
Some good news!… Sam Sowanick, a member of Troop #252 in Lorane, was honored at an Eagle Court of Honor last week at the Crow Grange. He is a senior at Crow High School and is the son of Scott and Jenny Sowanick of Crow. As a 1st grader, Sam began as a Tiger Cub and advanced through Wolf Cub, Bear and Webelos ranks and earned 22 merit badges. He oversaw the building of a covered kiosk at Gates Cemetery in Crow that holds a map of the cemetery. The service project required 86 hours and 25 helpers. Congratulations, Sam!!
The Rural Art Center is announcing its RAC Summer Movie Camp to be held at Applegate Elementary on Mondays through Thursdays, August 10-20, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Well-known storyteller, Esther Stutzman, heads up the camp for the fourth year to explore Native American stories and make movies. All ages are welcome. Participants will listen to a local Native American story, make a storyboard, create sets and costumes and produce a film. Lorane Movie Night will host the premiere in October. Contact Alyssa Shepherd firstname.lastname@example.org / 541-556-8151 for more information.
Lorane’s own Beth Robinson was honored at a Graduation celebration at the Lorane Grange on Sunday, June 14. She obtained her Master’s degree in the Conflict and Dispute Resolution Program from the UO Law School. Congratulations, Beth, on the culmination of a lot of very hard work and dedication to your career goals.
College graduation kudos also need to be sent out to another of our special Lorane alums! Cassandra (Casey) Ream just announced her commencement from Portland Community College and her plans to attend Portland State University next fall. We are so proud of you, Casey!
Since we’re talking graduation, we also want to add our congratulations to all of the 2015 Crow High School graduates including Lorane residents Lacey Gibson, Montana May, Byron Trout and Amber Von Essen (Simonsen Road). Good job all!… and a personal congratulations to Regan Grube, this year’s valedictorian.
The Lorane Grange will begin is long-awaited re-roofing project on June 27 and 28. Thanks to all of you who contributed extra funds and have been attending the almost-monthly dinners and bingo nights that helped make it happen.
The next Lorane Celebration meeting is Thursday, June 18, at 6:30 p.m. at the grange hall if you’d like to participate. More volunteer help is needed. Contact Jeri Porter at 541-935-2448 or Lil Thompson at 541-942-5701 for more information.