Fern Ridge Review
Sweet Lorane Community News
October 17, 2019
By Pat Edwards
As you all know from my past columns, I sometimes struggle to figure out what I can write about that will be of interest to not only Lorane residents, but others of you who have told me that you read my columns each week. So many of those times, like today, I sit down without any idea of what I am going to write about and just let it “flow.”
One thing that I want to include today is information relating to the upcoming Territorial Highway road project that Lane County will be starting after the first of the year. People have been wondering what is going on at our daughter and son-in-law’s place—Michele and Brian Kau—on Lorane Highway, just north of Gillespie Corners. Many large dump trucks and other equipment have been going in and out of their north pasture for the past couple of weeks, hauling in gravel and dirt to level it. Lane County is leasing the pasture from Brian and Michele for the next 3 years to use as their equipment base during the Gillespie Corners-to-Lorane project on Territorial Highway. It’s important that drivers be aware of this as they approach the site because big trucks are going in and out of there on a regular basis. Please use caution.
Jim and I just returned from an early morning doctor appointment for him, and I thought I would update those who have asked about his health. His broken pelvis has healed, but the fall evidently messed up the sciatic nerve in his back and he has been in constant pain for months now before he could even get in to see a neurosurgeon about relieving it. Even after they determined that he needed an epidural injection in hopes of bringing him relief, that injection was scheduled at least another month. Finally, his appointment for the injection is only a week away. It’s been a long haul for him with limited mobility, but I’m praying that he will soon again be walking with little pain.
Yesterday, I learned that Crow High School graduate and former resident, Chase Boehringer, is going to attempt to break the Guinness world record for the highest altitude achieved on a motorcycle by riding his bike to 22,145 ft. on the world’s highest volcano in Chile over a period of 9 days.
He’s expecting to have to deal with negative temperatures and very intense, freezing wind chill. The FirstGear USA company has donated its toughest heated gear to help him make it to the top. Chase’s goal is to share his experience in hopes of inspiring someone to push past what they think might not be possible.
I’m still a small town guy from Oregon. I will be the first to tell you I wasn’t born special, gifted or even particularly smart. I do things like this to push my own edges in hopes of somehow giving permission to someone with a big dream to chase it, against all odds.
Chase is trying to raise another $3,000 from a corporate sponsor to help pay for the expenses of getting himself and his motorcycle to Chile. Chase has a Facebook page and he can be messaged there, or I can put anyone in touch with him who is interested if you contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s another reminder for the upcoming Harvest Festival that will be held at the Applegate Elementary School in Crow on Friday, October 25, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. They are still looking for volunteers to staff games and activities. Signups are posted on both the Lorane and Crow Facebook pages, or contact Marissa McNutt Cooper at 541-517-6608.
Another Halloween event—a costume contest, trick-or-treating and kids’ storytime—will be held in Creswell on Sunday, October 27, between 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Creswell Community Market hosted by the Tractor Supply Co., 190 Emerald Pkwy, Creswell.