Sweet Lorane Community News – December 10, 2015

xciting news!! The Lorane Rebekah grant writing committee, consisting of Amy Struthers, John Wigle, Effie Hughes, with the assistance of Rural Art Center grant writer Lisa Livelybrooks, has received $2,500 from the Lane County Cultural Coaltion and $2,500 from Lane County Historical Society to help fix the roof of the Lorane Rebekah Lodge. The Rebekahs hope to raise another $5,000 this spring so the roofing can take place this summer. You can help by passing along your returnable bottles and cans to Sande Maxwell, recycling your metal in the bin outside the lodge, buying coffee and treats at their early Wednesday coffees, or with cash donations. Let’s make “Raising the Roof” a community project to benefit an organization which has provided so much to our community over several generations. Congratulations, Rebekahs!

The Crow High School drama class is presenting a winter program that includes two fantastic short plays and holiday carols on Wednesday, December 16, in the Crow Middle/High School cafeteria. The plays, “What, No Santa?” and “A Cowboy Christmas,” will be performed from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. that day, and again on Thursday, December 17, when all Crow Middle High School students will get to see the plays from 1:30 to 3:15 p.m. The program is open to the public both days and is free to all students. Donations from the public will gladly be accepted for the drama program, but otherwise, there is no charge.

Jim says that the Angel Tree at the Lorane Family Store has been very busy. Tags have all been removed from the tree on several occasions and the gifts are coming in. They are picked up on a regular basis and the tags are replenished each day. Please make sure we keep both of the trees (at the store and at Crow High School) stripped of the tags so that every child in our district can be remembered this holiday season. Good job, Lorane!!

I have no doubt that the Lorane food pantry organizers will soon be putting an official box in the Lorane Family Store, but until that happens, please feel free to drop off non-perishable food donations at the store. Jim will put them into a temporary box until they are collected by the organizers. We have proven each year that we live in a generous, caring and giving community.

I want to share a special gift that those of us who know and love Jo-Brew, my co-author for our OREGON’S MAIN STREET: U.S. Highway 99 books and former correspondent for the , were given this week. Jo had major surgery last Wednesday on what we all feared would be a life-threatening condition. Jo came through the surgery fine; a tumor was removed and she is expected to make a full recovery. Our prayers have been answered and we are so relieved to welcome this very strong, enterprising woman back to the road to good health. Let the healing begin!

Our Holiday Market booth at the Lane County Fairgrounds that Joe Blakely, Jo-Brew and I have rented to sell our books is doing a gangbuster business. Of course, Jo-Brew is not able to be there, although she was really looking forward to meeting her readers and signing books. To help with the work shifts, my colleague, Jen Chambers, has agreed to help fill in on some of the days at the booth when I can’t be there. She will be bringing her newly published book, “Remarkable Oregon Women; Revolutionaries and Visionaries” with her. So, if you plan to come by our corner booth at the southeast side of the exhibit building, we’ll have another wonderful Oregon history book to offer. Welcome Jen! and thank you.

Holiday Market booth

Jen Chambers and Joe Blakely at our Holiday Market booth at the Lane County Fairgrounds

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