Sweet Lorane Community News – March 2, 2017

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Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
March 2, 2017
By Pat Edwards

Organizers are trying to get the word out about a special event that is coming up later this month for Crow High School alums. They are having a “Crow Country Club 66 Reunion Teen Dance ” to be held at the Crow Grange on March 25, beginning at 7:00 p.m. According to the flyer, it is “for those of us who attended these dances in the 60s or early 70s – Let’s Twist Again!” Those attending are asked to bring a potluck dessert. There will be no other charge for attending. They have set up a Facebook page as Country Club 66 at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1068936336567870/. I am sure that they would welcome new members.

Jim and I were able to go to last week’s Lorane Spaghetti Dinner and Bingo. Neither of us got to yell bingo, but it seems to be catching on with the community. According to Lil Thompson, more people attended the family bingo games than came for dinner… a first, I believe. It’s a fast-moving evening. Randy Eschleman keeps everyone awake and on their toes with his rapid-fire calling and everyone seems to have a lot of fun even if they didn’t get to pick a prize or win some cash.

If you get the chance, please make a point of coming out and supporting the Lorane and Crow Granges. These dinner and bingo nights for both of them are what helps maintain the buildings so that they can be used by each of the communities. And, I’m sure that of the local service organizations, including the Lorane Rebekahs, the local fire departments and churches, would welcome new members if you are interested in becoming a contributing part of our community.

Crow Middle/High School is in the top 50 high schools in Oregon at #47 according to U.S. News and World Report. It has been nationally recognized with a 93% proficiency in English and 85% proficiency in Mathematics and is well above the state averages. Congratulations to our Crow-Applegate-Lorane District #66 administration, teachers, staff and students for achieving this very important recognition.

I want to take this opportunity to thank the teachers at the Applegate School for allowing me to participate in their Dr. Seuss “Read Across America” event. I had the privilege of reading “The Cat in the Hat” and a portion of “Horton Hears a Who” to the kindergarten and 2nd graders. I was then directed to the 4th grade room where I had fun reading “Green Eggs and Ham” and a selection from the “I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today!”… specifically, “The Glunk That Got Thunk.”  I was really able to ham it up with those offerings and thoroughly enjoyed myself. Thanks, Applegate students, for being such exceptional audiences.

Mother Nature has been giving us a small preview of what’s to come… soon, I hope. We had a couple of nice days this past week that give me hope that we may eventually be able to go outside without either getting drowned or frozen. I even spotted some sunshine and blue skies a few times lately! We have crocuses blooming and the hyacinths are budded out. Daffodils aren’t far behind and have formed their buds, too.

This has been a rather difficult winter for Jim and me on several levels… of course, the weather hasn’t been ideal for any of us, and then there was the loss of both Outlaw and Shortie, our 4-legged children, as well as some surgeries for both of us. But we realize, too, that others have had their lives turned upside down in even more traumatic ways, so we can still count our blessings and be able to look to the future, surrounded by the love of family and friends.

Spring is on its way!

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