Sweet Lorane Community News – June 25, 2015

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Sweet Lorane Community News
June 25, 2015
By Pat Edwards

Summer is definitely here with the above-90-degree temps. I’ve been doing my watering early – this morning I was out wielding my garden hose at 6:30 a.m. before either the dogs or I had eaten our breakfasts.

I went down to our store yesterday about noon and saw that the Lorane Growers’ Market was all set up and there was even some kale waiting to be taken home. Two of our clerks at the store, Shauna and Marilyn, are very excited about the feature. Despite it being so early in the season, they said that there had been several things left that morning, including snow peas, kale and a couple of tomato plants. It didn’t take long for them to be taken. Unfortunately, we don’t have a cooler set up yet for the things that tend to wilt, so the kale was left behind, but we’ll make sure that is soon rectified. Until one is installed, if you have leafy vegetables that will not stand up in the hot weather, ask to have them put in the store’s walk-in cooler and put a note on the produce table to let people know that they are there. I’ll provide some index cards and a marker so that you can make your signs even when the cooler is in place. There probably won’t be much produce or many plants available until further along in the growing season. For now, be sure to check it out whenever you get the chance… and be sure to leave your donations to the Lorane Community Association’s community fund!

Volunteers are needed to help build the Rural Art Center’s Little Bitty Free Libraries that they will be providing in the Lorane area. They already began the project last Tuesday, but they will be meeting at the barn at the Blue Rooster Inn (82782 Territorial Hwy.) from 1:00-4:00 p.m. the following three Tuesdays (June 30, July 7 and July 14).

Liam Reardon is heading up the work parties as part of his Eagle Scout project. He has chosen a basic design for the structures that can be viewed at http://www.instructables.com/id/Little-Free-Library/.  Donations of materials are needed. Call Amy (541-214-3963) or email Lisa (ruralartcenter@gmail.com) with questions about what is still needed.

The next meeting of the Lorane Celebration committee is scheduled for July 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Lorane Grange. A community-wide garage sale will be taking place during the September 12th celebration. For more information on renting a table at the Grange or including your home sale on the area map, contact Lil Thompson, 541-942-5701. Many interesting events are being planned throughout the day and volunteer help is welcome. Plan to attend the meeting on July 9th if you are interested.

The Lorane, Oregon Facebook page keeps getting more and more useful as a community resource. We have 555 members as of this writing and we keep getting more each week. Of course, not all of our members currently live in Lorane, but many do and many are our neighbors in Crow and other nearby communities. All feel that they have some interest in our community and provide suggestions, support and comments to the various postings.

A new posting this past week was from a resident who was needing to find a local teen who would be willing to do some yardwork and help in the re-siding her barn. An enterprising young man responded that beginning next week, he would welcome the work. Soon, others were asking him if he’d be available to do some work for them, too. I’m sure that there must be other young people in Lorane and Crow who would like to earn some extra cash. If so, please let us know. Once haying season is over, there are still jobs available for those who seek them out. If you don’t have a Facebook account, please let me know and I’ll try to connect you with potential employers in the area.

Jo-Brew and I will be at the Oregon Authors’ table at the Art & the Vineyard festivities in Alton Baker Park on Sunday, July 5. I’ll have the 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. shift and Jo will be there from 3 to 7 p.m. Stop by and see us if you have the chance. We’ll have copies of our books, OREGON’S MAIN STREET: U.S. Highway 99 and I’ll also bring copies of some of the recently-published books written by Michael J. “Hoss” Barker and Muriel “Ava” Linder (who was featured in last week’s Fern Ridge Review). My colleague, Veneta author, Jennifer Chambers will be there on Saturday, July 4, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Please come support your local Oregon authors!!

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