Sweet Lorane Community News – March 30, 2017

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Sweet Lorane Community News
March 30, 2017
By Pat Edwards

Mother Nature could have been a little more benevolent towards families who had special plans for Spring Break this past week. Most of us, in fact, are just waiting for a long enough break in the weather to dry things out a bit so that we can fire up the lawn mowers, finish cleaning up the fallen limbs and tree damage caused by this past winter’s ice storms, and just generally get outside and enjoy some sunshine. It’s amazing what a few days of sunshine will do to our general dispositions, too.

I have to admit that having three surgeries in two months time took my mind off the weather for the most part. Both cataract surgeries and an arthroscopic knee surgery were, themselves, fairly easy compared to what I had imagined them to be. I feel very fortunate at how easily they went… or at least I did until my eyes began to rebel. The burning and weeping I experienced for about a week’s time recently limited my ability to drive my car or work on my computer for more than a few minutes at a time. For me, it was a major catastrophe… the computer limitations, especially… and I found myself trying to finish one editing and two book publishing jobs while squinting through eyes that seemed to think I was peeling some pretty potent onions. The lubricating eye drops that the ophthalmologist gave me following the surgeries didn’t seem to help at all, so when I went back in to see him to get some relief, I was given some anti-inflammatory drops and at the first application, I felt a wonderful relief. The burning has subsided and I’m no longer a menace on the road and I was finally able to complete the jobs I started. In fact, be sure to look for these new books on-line and in local bookstores soon: “Tangent – An Unusual Romance” by Veneta’s own Michael Foster; and “Reflections on Age: Stories and Poetry from the Heart” by Gus Daum of Eugene.

On Wednesday, April 5 the Rural Art Center will be sponsoring its “Half day art class” with Kathy Johnson as the instructor. As a former teacher in the Crow-Applegate-Lorane school district, Kathy brings years of classroom experience and will be working with the students on Chinese brush painting.  For more information, call the district office at 541-935-2100.

The Crow High School seniors are trying to raise funds for their class graduation party. You can help by picking up a flyer and eating lunch or dinner at Panda Express on Seneca Street in Eugene on Friday, April 7. If you present the flyer when you order your meal, proceeds will go to the C.H.S. senior class. I was told that the flyers can be downloaded from the school district website, but they are not there as of this writing. You can pick up one at the high school office and I will try to have copies available at the Lorane Family Store, too.

If you have a child who will be ready for kindergarten this coming fall, Applegate Elementary will be holding its Kindergarten Roundup on Thursday, April 13 at 3:15 p.m. at the school. Children must be five by September 1, 2017. You and your child can meet the teacher and check out the school and classroom. For more information, call the district office at 541-935-2100.

The Crow-Applegate Church of the Nazarene will be sponsoring an Easter Egg Hunt at the church on Saturday, April 15. Call the office at (541) 935-1331 to get the time and details.

More dates to remember: Thursday, April 6, 6:00 p.m. – Crow Booster Club meeting at the Crow High School cafeteria to discuss a new group being formed by the Applegate Elementary School parents.

Friday, April 7, 5:30 p.m.  – Pizza and movie, “The Risen” at the Lorane Christian Church.

Tuesday, April 11, 9:00 a.m. – Lorane Community Group will be meeting at the Lorane Deli.

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