Fern Ridge Review
Sweet Lorane Community News
February 2, 2017
By Pat Edwards
The Lorane Christian Church’s Friendship No-Host Dinner will be held at Sizzler Steak House, Gateway Blvd, Springfield on Sunday, February 12, at 5:30 p.m. They hold this each year as a purely social get-together for the people of Lorane. It’s a great way to renew old friendships and get caught up on all of the news. If you are interested in signing up for a reservation, call MarKay Wilson (541-942-7252) and let her know that you plan to attend.
Last Saturday, the Lorane Grange enjoyed a fantastic turnout for its spaghetti dinner and bingo night. Lil Thompson tallied 40 who ate dinner and 23 who stayed to play bingo. The next night in the series will be Saturday, February 25. Plan on joining us.
A group of Lorane residents are trying to rekindle interest in the Lorane Community Association which suspended meetings over the past year or so. Pam Kersgaard and Beth Robinson were encouraging those interested to meet with them for breakfast and conversation at the Lorane Deli last Friday and they are hoping that maybe the social setting will lead to a renewed interest in community projects.
The Crow-Applegate-Lorane School Board will be hold its February meeting at the Lorane Grange on February 16. An executive session begins at 6:30 p.m. and the open board meeting will begin at 7:00 pm. This is a perfect opportunity to learn about and get involved with the operation of our children’s schools.
With that said, the school board is needing to fill some vacancies on its Budget Committee. Participants will need to commit to 3 or 4 meetings during May and June. Call the District office at 541-935-2100 to request an application if you are interested.
And, as I mentioned in last week’s column there are three Lorane Fire Department board positions available that need to be filled. Go to their website at https://loraneorfd.samariteam.com to send a message or call and/or leave a message by phone at 541-942-1233.
On a personal note, I learned last week that the former Lorane Elementary School, that a large contingent of community members were hoping to obtain and establish as a community center, is once again being offered for sale by the latest owners. We were not able to work out the details to obtain ownership, unfortunately. Now the price tag is $650,000 for the buildings and 4 acres of land, or a package deal of $1,000,000 with a “Tier 1, processing, retail cannabis uses allowed.” That’s not what I had ever envisioned for what was for decades, the heart and soul of Lorane.