Sweet Lorane Community News, September 10, 2015

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Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
September 10, 2015
By Pat Edwards

I’m writing this column on a day that holds tragic memories throughout the world – “9-11.” As with so many memorable, and many times, traumatic, events throughout history – i.e. the bombing of Pearl Harbor, President Kennedy’s assassination, the first moon-walk – almost everyone remembers exactly where they were and what they were doing when they heard the news. For most of us, including me, September 11 has become a day of mourning. I can remember getting ready to go to my job at the UO when one of our kids called to tell me to turn on the TV. I stood with tears running down my cheeks in total disbelief as I watched the disintegration of the Twin Towers and knowing that I was witnessing the demise of much more than two buildings. The memory still sends chills down my spine.

Despite that, however, there are many family and friends in my life who make a special effort to fill this day with happiness each year – especially since 2001. My email inbox is filled with special wishes in recognition of my birthday on September 11… this year, my 73rd. Thanks so much to each of you!

I was at the Lorane Grange this morning to set up the two tables that I’m renting for the community-wide garage sale that is part of the first-annual Lorane Celebration. I’ll have to report on it next week, but there are a lot of people working to get everything set up for our big day. We’re really hoping that we’ll have a good turnout.

While I was there, Gary Thompson asked me to let everyone know that the once-a-month Lorane Spaghetti Dinner and Bingo nights will be resuming. They are usually held on the 4th Saturday of each month, but because of conflicts with Duck and Beaver football games and occasional overlap with the Crow Grange bingo, they have decided to schedule the first three on the 4th Friday nights instead. After the November event, they will resume a Saturday schedule. Dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. and bingo will follow at about 6:30 p.m. It’s a family fun-filled evening; children, accompanied by an adult, are welcome to play, too. Please plan on joining us for good food, good company and a lot of laughs.

One of the reasons that the Lorane Grange felt it could schedule their dinner on Friday nights has some sad connotations. Normally, Friday nights are reserved for Crow High School football games. Unfortunately, Crow had to cancel this year’s football season due to a lack of players. Some may think this is not such a big deal, but the boys who did want to participate have been conditioning, practicing and looking forward to playing this traditional sport for years before entering high school. To them, it is tragic. Whether you are a fan or not, team sports are a big part of the high school experience for many students. For some, it’s the reason and incentive that they need to keep them in school. I’m sorry, guys!

Mark you calendars! The Rural Art Movie Nights return on Saturday, October 10 starting at 6:00 p.m.  It will be a family movie night and the Lorane Grange will serve. I’ll find out what the 2015-16 line-up is and let you know more about them in upcoming columns.

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