Fern Ridge Review
Sweet Lorane Community News
May 28, 2020
By Pat Edwards
I spent the morning outside, working in my flower beds today. The early morning sun was strong and it felt so good on my back as I worked. It obviously will be hitting 85 degrees, as predicted, this afternoon, so I’m now enjoying the coolness of our house until I go out to water in the evening. I can remember my younger years when I was outside all day in the hot sun on top of our tractor while helping Jim with the hay harvest, but we both had to give that up several years ago. Unfortunately, the heat and a bad back gets the best of me these days.
There has been a good news announcement from Crow High School this week. It will be holding its graduation on June 5 at 7:00 p.m. on the high school football field. The gates will open at 6:00 p.m. Graduates will be seated in chairs on the field, six feet apart, facing the grandstand. All seniors and speakers will be required to wear masks. Those who will be attending the graduation will park around the outside of the track and are asked to remain in their cars at all times. Carpooling is encouraged to limit the number of vehicles present.
During the ceremony, the stadium speakers will be used, but there will also be a short-distance broadcast over the radio that will probably not reach much farther than the school’s ground perimeters. In addition, they plan to broadcast the ceremony via live stream over Facebook or YouTube so some can watch it from home.
Graduates will be asked to get in their vehicles immediately following the ceremony, take a lap around the track with their families, and immediately leave the school grounds afterwards. Once the graduates have left the track, the high school staff will direct attendees to exit the school’s grounds.
A plan is also in place to hold an 8th Grade Recognition drive-thru ceremony for that group of students on June 9, beginning at 6:00 p.m. As the students and their families drive their cars along the bus ramp in front of the high school, the staff will hand out certificates and awards to the 8th graders. Cars can also pause as they pass specific staff members that the students want to speak to. This process will be open for an hour and families can arrive any time during the 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. period.
Contact Crow Middle/High School for more detailed information on these events at 541-935-2227.
The Lorane Christian Church is continuing to hold their Sunday morning drive-in services at 10:00 a.m. The services are set up to broadcast on a dedicated frequency, FM 89.1, over the car radios of those attending. The parking lot is frequently full and it’s considered a successful way to attend church while following the COVID-19 protocols.
It’s really amazing to see how we adapt to new lifestyles during this pandemic. It’s certainly not easy… we are all so much more comfortable with the familiar, but finding new ways of doing things during this time has allowed all of us to keep in touch with each other while staying safe. Hopefully, we can slowly make our way out of this by not allowing the virus to flair back up again in new “hotspot” areas—including our own.