Sweet Lorane Community News, September 3, 2015

Awww… the wonderful scent of the first rain-drenched morning following a long dry summer! The rain was so welcome this past week as well as the cooler temperatures. Best of all, maybe our weary fire crews can get a handle on the long battle against forest fires they’ve been fighting around the western states. It’s been a long, hot summer. Welcome, fall!

Lorane community members have been contacted recently by Becky Taylor, Senior Transportation Planner for the Lane County Department of Public Works with an update to the proposed Territorial Highway Corridor Plan. In her report, she tells about the status of the sinking Stony Point curves and the possible solutions that are being investigated.

“We have been collecting information about wetlands and geology – investigating what it will take to implement the preferred design alternative that was supported through the public process. There are design solutions for mitigating wetland impacts; however, the geological findings at Stony Point prompted further analysis of the preferred design alternative.

“The results of our geotechnical readings over the past several months indicate movement at the active slide at Stony Point. The stabilization needed to construct the preferred design alternative could be cost-prohibitive and would have a significant footprint. We have identified a range of possible alternative solutions, such as structural anchoring and terracing. It may be necessary to consider alignment adjustments for cuts into the hillside…”

Becky and members of her office will be meeting with the three primary landowners whose properties will be most affected by the proposed changes and updates will be issued as more information is available.

The Lorane Celebration is right around the corner, on Saturday, September 12. An early morning walk-about is being planned at 8:00 a.m. If you wish to participate, wear your walking shoes and meet at the fire hall. All other events, sponsored by our local organizations, will begin at 10:00 a.m. – garage/yard sales, craft tables, quilt show, lunch, baked goods, children’s activities, including a bounce house and carnival games, and an emergency preparedness program at the fire hall. There will be a barbecue beginning at 5:00 p.m., and an outdoor movie will be shown on the side of the Rebekah hall at dusk. Please plan on attending. A lot of volunteers have joined together to make this happen, and it should be a fun day for everyone.

As I write this, our family is gearing up for the first home UO game of the season. The six season tickets have arrived and it’s been determined which of us will be using them. I gave mine up several years ago… I’d rather watch the games at home where I can actually see what’s happening. The trend is now for everyone to stand through most of the games. We’re all Duck fans, but I’m also a Beaver fan when they’re not playing the Ducks… So, “Go Ducks AND Beavers!”

Volleyball season started early for the Creswell High School teams. Our granddaughter, Hannah, is playing on the JV team and Jim and I are going to start wearing red Bulldog shirts on Wednesdays. So, in addition to “Go Cougars!” (we’ll be supporting daughter/coach Michele’s, Crow team, too), we’ll now add “Go Bulldogs!” to our repertoire.

The deadline for submissions to our first annual Groundwaters “issue” has passed and I’m putting the final touches on the 200-page paperback book that we’ll be publishing in early October. Our youngest granddaughter, Natalie, has written a couple of amazing Halloween stories that we are including in it. So, kudos to Nat! Her grandpa and I are looking forward to watching her play volleyball for her first year at Creswell Middle School, too.

So, come on Fall… we’re ready for you!

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