Sweet Lorane Community News – February 23, 2017

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
February 23, 2017
By Pat Edwards

Our condolences go out to the family of Evan Mann who passed away this past week. Evan and Loretta lived on Letz Creek Road west of Lorane during the late 1960s and 1970s and their children attended the Lorane, Crow and Veneta schools.

News just arrived that the vacated Lane County Sheriff’s Office Work Camp located in Alma, west of Lorane, is now being set up for use by the Veterans Legacy Oregon, a non-profit group. Their mission statement on their Facebook page located at https://www.facebook.com/veteranslegacyoregon/ says, “Our mission at Veteran’s Legacy is to provide all support activities and therapies for our veterans suffering from PTSD and other associative disorders using therapeutic agriculture.”

They further describe their project as, “We exist to provide integrated treatment in a rural setting, stressing therapeutic agriculture, utilizing multiple resources to address the individual’s medical and psychological needs. We aspire to provide treatment for PTSD and other adjustment disorders while continuing supportive therapy for associated co-morbidities such as drug and alcohol addictions.”

I consider this good news for the county. These veterans deserve a chance to work through their PTSD under the supervision of such an organization in a quiet, beautiful setting as they have in Alma. It was frustrating to see all of the tax dollars that were put into the construction and maintenance of the work camp going to waste as it sat vacant for many years.

This week, I have volunteered to join the “Read Across America” program at the Applegate Elementary School. I will be reading Dr. Seuss books with students at Applegate on Wednesday and am really looking forward to it. It will be the first time I’ve participated, so I’ll have to let you know all about it next week.

The Rural Art Center and Grange are once again planning their annual Lorane Talent Show to be held in April. Now is the time for all of you who have a special talent to begin rehearsing and figuring out what you want to wear as you perform. Please contact Lisa Livelybrooks of RAC (541-935-9502) or Lil Thompson of the Lorane Grange (541-942-5701) if you want to participate this year. It’s not too early to start planning for it.

Here’s hoping that the coming weeks will bring us a little less rain and snow and a few  more days of sunshine. I’m so looking forward to spring this year!

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