Fern Ridge Review
Sweet Lorane Community News
December 19, 2019
By Pat Edwards
The holiday season is upon us in full force right now. The season is shining through the beautiful Christmas lights and lawn decorations as we travel the roads around Lorane.
Also, for the past several years, I have loved driving down Oregon Avenue in Creswell. The beautiful twinkling white lights on the trees lining the street really fill me with the spirit of the season. I feel that I’m in a fairyland. Good job, Creswell!
And, although I haven’t seen the display yet, I’ve been treated to pictures of the bright and colorful lights of the “tunnel” at the Village Green Christmas Market in Cottage Grove. It’s drawing a lot of visitors from what I understand.
I know that the Veneta area had its own light parade a week ago and beautiful displays, too, but for some reason, I haven’t had the opportunity to go through there after dark this year. I hope to do so this coming week, if possible… maybe Jim and I can have dinner there before one of my Fern Ridge Holiday Concert performances at the Applegate Regional Theater which, by the time you read this, will have already happened this past weekend.
Speaking of that, I want to let everyone know how thankful I am that I did not give up on the choir as I was close to doing. At the first rehearsal, I felt that I could never learn the parts I was to sing because I have always sang the melodies of the carols I have always loved and wasn’t trained to read vocal music that frequently didn’t follow those melodies. But, as each weekly practice came and went, I was able to figure it out for myself and as I prepare for the first of the three performances this weekend, I find I have enjoyed doing it very much, and am going to miss it and the great group of people I have been working with. Thanks to all of you for your patience while I made my way through the learning process.
As I write this, on Thursday, December 19, Lorane resident, Sharon Annett is in New York, undergoing surgery to remove a tumor that is causing paralysis on the right side of her face. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Annett family right now as are those of many others who are hoping that the surgery is a complete success. The GoFundMe account that was set up in Sharon’s name has grown beyond the amount set to help pay for the travel and other expenses of the rare, specialized surgery, but as Shauna Davis, a close family friend, wrote recently on her Facebook page, “Even though the goal amount says it has been matched, there is still a big need!!! If you know Sharon and she touched your life, drove your bus to school or a game, invited you into her home, made you a sandwich, has been a listening ear, or if you are just touched by reading who she is now, please consider donating! Every little bit goes a long way!”
Godspeed to Sharon, her husband Jim, and the rest of her family. We are all with you this journey in whatever way we can. We hope to hear positive news soon.
The local Angel Tree and food and clothing box groups report that there has been a huge response for our local families in need. The volunteers met at the Lorane Grange yesterday and began wrapping all of the gifts donated to the area children and putting together the food boxes. A warm clothing closet is also being made available from donated coats, jackets and other warm clothing for those who are in need, as well. Good job, Lorane and Crow!!