Sweet Lorane Community News – July 16, 2015

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Sweet Lorane Community News
July 16, 2015
By Pat Edwards

Because of the dry spring, it seems as though we’re having an awfully long summer this year. For me, summer always zips by after the 4th of July celebrations, but I’m actually ready for a few days of summer rain to freshen things up a bit.

Jim’s still trying to get those last few big round bales of hay done, so I guess I can’t wish too hard yet. He’s had nothing but problems with his equipment (both mechanical and physical) this year and it’s going exceedingly slow. I was hoping that we could hit the road for a couple of weeks when he does, but we have some rental houses to clean up and refurbish first before we put them on the market. We’ve found that downsizing our lives after 70 is extremely difficult. The transition is sometimes painful, but occasionally, circumstances step in to force the issue.

I want to send our congratulations to Sam and Ashley Jentzsch who were married on Friday, July 11. Sam’s parents are Troy and Coleen Jentzsch of Lorane and the wedding took place on Coleen’s birthday. What a way to celebrate! Congratulations and best wishes, Sam and Ashley!

Jo-Brew and I had an enjoyable, but hot day at the Art in the Vineyard event at Alton Baker Park on the weekend of July 4. Thanks to those of you who stopped by the Oregon Authors’ Table to say hi. We’ll be at the Lane County Fair’s Oregon Authors’ Table this Thursday, July 23, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., too. I’ll be there the first half of the day and Jo will “hold down the fort” until closing. Come by and see us… it’s Senior Day!

The Oregon Paralyzed Veterans of America (OPVA) and several Lane County Granges are hosting a drive or cruise for all street-legal motorized vehicles including new and vintage automobiles, motorcycles, RVs, and even senior buses representing senior centers. This is a drive to help raise awareness and funds for OPVA as well as a bit of publicity for the local granges. It will be held on Saturday, August 8, beginning at the Crow Grange from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Participants pay an entry fee of $10 per vehicle.

The route will go from one grange to another and should end around 3:00 p.m. Various granges are hosting different activities and events along the way to entice the cruisers and riders to linger a bit longer at their sites. At Crow, you’ll be encouraged to stop and play a game or two of bingo; then on to the Elmira Grange which will host a show and tell about “Steampunk” (I know… I had to ask, too! **) and will have some vendor booths; from there, the cruise will head for the Central Grange on Central Road which will have Old Time Fiddlers to entertain; at Spencer Creek Grange, they’ll have an old-fashioned Saturday Market. The last grange visited before heading back to Crow to disband will be the Lorane Grange where they will be hosting the Lane Pomona Picnic. Another activity is still being considered but hadn’t been finalized in time for my column. Cruise participants will be able to purchase raffle tickets there for the Lorane Grange basket that will be filled with all kinds of goodies (including one of our Highway 99 books). Each grange has put together a similar basket and all will be displayed at the Crow Grange during the cruise and raffled off immediately following it. The winners of each basket will be announced at 3:00 p.m.

It seems like it will be a very interesting and innovative day for everyone! For more information, contact Laura Wyant at CruZintoGranges@aol.com.

** Give up? Ok… Here’s how Laura Wyant explains “Steampunk”: “With a backdrop of either Victorian England or America’s Wild West at hand, modern technologies are re-imagined and realized as elaborate works of art, fashion and mechanics. If Jules Verne or H.G. Wells were writing their science fiction today, it would be considered “steampunk.”

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