Fern Ridge Review
Sweet Lorane Community News
August 20, 2015
By Pat Edwards
Fortunately, life is beginning to return to normal in Lorane now that the wildfire has been extinguished, but our neighbors in Crow have been experiencing their own adversity this past week. Like Lorane, Crow has discovered how wonderfully supportive its community members can be when the need arises.
Someone broke into the Crow Booster Club’s newly revamped equipment shed and snack bar at Crow Middle/High School and stole several thousand dollars’ worth of equipment including the brand new speaker system that had just been purchased for football games, as well as the former one that it was to replace. The older one was going to be installed at the softball field for use there. The fully-stocked snack bar was also cleaned out and a new, still-in-the-box, griddle that they were planning to use at the upcoming 13th Annual Crow Car Show scheduled for September 12 was also taken.
The community came together and donations began to pour in to raise the money to replace the items. Bill Barrett of KKNU radio heard about it and the Barrett/Fox and Berry morning show raised over $5,000 for the Crow Booster Club.
In addition, Sweet Cheeks Winery, located on Briggs Hill Road, held a fundraiser this past Friday, donating 80% of the proceeds of their profits from not only the sale of their wine, but also of Hop Valley beer, Le Café Maison Shortbread and The Sassy Cupcakes that were all donated for the fundraiser from local businesses. In addition, Twisted Tako food cart and the Steve Ibach band participated.
That’s what “community” is all about in my estimation! Thanks to everyone who opened their hearts and checkbooks for this cause!
The Lorane Growers’ Market seems to have been fairly busy lately. When I went down to the Lorane Family Store last week to take some overflow of our little “box garden” to the growers’ market, I noticed that there were other cucumbers, squash, tomatoes and apples waiting to be picked up. According to our staff at the store, people are taking the produce almost as fast as it’s being left. Thank you to all who are donating their surplus produce for this cause. All proceeds go to the Lorane Community Association for community projects.
After another successful Ice Cream Social and a smaller-than-usual turnout for the Community Potluck, Lorane is now gearing up for its expanded Lorane Celebration which will not only feature the annual Community Garage Sale, but other fun events, too. These will include lunch, sale booths, an arts & crafts and quilt show, and a small farmer’s market at the Lorane Grange; a bake sale and outdoor movies after dark at the Lorane Rebekah’s; a barbecue at the Lorane Fire Hall and kids’ games and activities including a dunk tank, bounce house and carnival booths being hosted by the Lorane Community Association. There is also an 8:00 a.m. Eye-opener Community Walk being planned. It sounds like a fun and busy day!!
Be sure you sign up your own personal garage sales with Lil Thompson (541-942-5701) so that they can be included on the map or, if you want to rent a table from the grange, Lil’s the contact for that, too. For other information on the other events, contact Jeri Porter at 541-942-2448.