Fern Ridge Review
Sweet Lorane Community News
August 31, 2017
By Pat Edwards
Jim and I have returned from a 10-day RV vacation and I have managed to live through the deadline of the Groundwaters 2017 anthology, but my column was a casualty of all my “busy-ness.” So, now it’s time to catch up and see what’s happenin’.
I want to begin with a few important dates that we all need to mark on our calendars now that school is starting and the quieter days of fall will be descending on us. (Note: I say that every year, only to find that fall, with its football games, holidays and school activities, is frequently as busy as summer!)
The Lorane Grange will be meeting on September 7, 7:00 p.m., at the grange hall. They welcome new members and it’s a great way for our many new neighbors to meet others in the community. You might consider joining! Call Gary or Lil Thompson (541-942-5701) if you are interested in joining… or you can always just show up on the 7th to see what it’s all about.
“Dinner” and Bingo Night will be resuming on Friday, September 15 at the Lorane Grange. They will later switch to the 4th Saturday night of each month after the first of the year.
Next Friday night’s event will feature dessert only instead of a full dinner. It begins at 6:00 p.m. and bingo at 6:30 p.m. According to Lil Thompson, the October event may feature a baked potato bar, so be sure to join in on the fun.
The Crow Grange’s Dinner and Bingo Night started again last Saturday night and will be held every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month until mid-December. It will then resume in January and go into June. Dinner starts at 6:00 p.m. and bingo at 7:00 p.m. These evenings at the granges are designed for the whole family and everyone is invited to join in the fun.
The Crow Booster Club is planning its Crow Fall Auction & Carnival on Saturday, October 14. This will benefit all K-12 students in the Crow-Applegate-Lorane School District. Parents and other interested adults are being recruited to volunteer to help provide many of the wonderful academic as well as athletic programs and equipment that the Booster Club has provided our school district through the years.
Earlier this year – on July 30, 2017 – long time Crow resident, businessman and community supporter, Bob Diess, passed away. A celebration of life and potluck is being planned in his memory on Saturday, September 23 from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. at the Crow Grange. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to the Karin Diess Memorial Scholarship Fund at Crow High School, 85955 Territorial Road, Eugene OR 97402, or to one of the Alzheimer’s organizations.
Bob and his wife Sandy and their family have owned and run the Diess Feed and Seed for many years. His loss is a sad one for the community and our thoughts and prayers are extended to the whole Diess family.
And, lastly, here’s a quick report on our most recent adventure in our older model 35′ Winnebago Adventurer motorhome. This was our big trial since we bought it last fall and have only used it for 3 nights at the coast. We spent the first 2 nights in Boardman, Oregon where we met my sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Dwight Isborn. It was only supposed to be for one night on our way to Wallowa Lake, but we were scheduled to pull out on “Eclipse Day.” Consequently, we left a day early. Having only passed through Boardman, we weren’t expecting much, but it is a very impressive place to stay on the Columbia River with beautiful green lawns, bike paths (for my new bike), a marina and a “beach” for wading.
We then spent 3 nights at Wallowa Lake and another 3 at Lake Pend Orielle in Idaho where my mother and stepfather had a summer home when our kids were growing up. It was a walk down memory lane.
The trip was fun – not so relaxing – but time well-spent with various members of our family. And… I was so proud of Jim and the great job he did in the driving department.
Now, it’s time to knuckle down. I have 2 books to produce before mid-October.
Wish me luck!