Fern Ridge Review
Sweet Lorane Community News
June 13, 2019
By Pat Edwards
I am really enjoying our summer this year. Yes, we’ve had a couple of much-too-hot days this past week, but for the most part, the temperature has stayed within comfortable limits.
I’ve been able to spend some time outside in the evenings, working in my flower beds and making sure that everything has been watered and the birds feeders are filled. It’s my favorite part of the day. Our two canine kids, Toby and B-B, love it too. They think that they need to be wherever I am when I’m home, even though it is pretty boring inside the house while I’m working at my computer. Their excitement really kicks in when Jim or I can be outside with them. They have the horse watering tank to cool off in—it has become their own personal pool since we no longer have horses on our property. Then, they do their self-appointed jobs of running the 5-acre fence-line around our house to keep an eye out for the UPS, FedEx, or garbage trucks that sometimes head up our hill.
Jim is improving although he still isn’t driving and he continues to have mobility issues and must use a cane. For the most part, though, he’s enjoying his time at the store and working in our yard, as he can, between our almost daily trips into town.
I want to mention again a very important meeting for the Lorane area that is coming up on Thursday, June 20, at 8:00 p.m. Members of the Lane County Department of Transportation will be meeting with the public at the Lorane Grange to discuss the plans and ramifications of the realignment of the 7 miles of Territorial Highway between Gillespie Corners and the town of Lorane. As anyone knows who has driven that section, the road is narrow, curvy and has no shoulders. The fog-lines are right at the edge of the pavement which immediately slopes down into a drop-off or ditch on both sides.
For years, the major uphill curves of Stony Point have been dropping—giving way under the weight of traffic heading south. That section of the formerly state-owned and maintained road has, for years, needed to be filled and repaved often to keep the low, sinking pavement level with the rest of the surface.
Lane County has taken over the ownership and maintenance of Territorial Highway and has received a large multi-million dollar grant that will pay for needed work on Territorial—much of it dedicated to the Lorane project.
Be sure and attend the meeting if you have any questions or concerns about what is being planned. A lot of us will be impacted by the process.
As you can probably tell, there’s not a lot of Lorane or Crow news to report this week. However, we have some really big events coming up in the next month or two which I’ll discuss further in future columns, but here are the dates so that you can mark them on your calendars:
July 13 – The 16th Annual Crow Car Show, Crow High School
July 27 & 28 – The Art in the Country Artist and Author Festival, Applegate Regional Theater (Corner of Central & Fleck Roads)
August 3 – Lorane Community Wide Yard Sale
August 11 – Lorane Community Potluck and Ice Cream Social