Fern Ridge Review
Sweet Lorane Community News
April 15, 2021
By Pat Edwards
Welcome news for parents, teachers and administrators in the Crow-Applegate-Lorane School District was announced last week. Beginning this Monday, April 19, the district will eliminate its A/B hybrid class scheduling, which alternated in-person days for middle and high school (grades 7-12) students. Instead, they will begin in-person morning classes 4 days per week as the elementary grades have been doing since late January. The classes will run from 8:20 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and the afternoons will be devoted to virtual distance instruction by the C-A-L staff with additional support interventions on Fridays.
The success of the in-person classes in the elementary school has allowed our district to be among Lane County’s earliest to come back on an in-person basis. Kudos to the administrators, teachers and staff who have worked so hard to make this happen—safely—for our district’s students.
The construction on the Territorial Highway project has resumed this week. Much of the initial work is taking place off the road. Flaggers have been in place this past week to keep the traffic flowing both ways through the site at a safe speed without delays. We are expecting, however, that as the work progresses, we will need to plan for some delays, up to 15 or 20 minutes in length, at each end.
Thankfully, almost all of our adult family members have gotten at least their first shot of the COVID vaccine or are planning to do so as soon as they are eligible. It’s a good feeling to know that we can venture out a bit even though we continue to wear masks and social distance in public.
A few weekends ago, after getting our 2nd Pfizer injections, Jim and I drove to Florence for a leisurely clam chowder lunch at Mo’s while watching crabbers along the dock pull up their pots to check for their day’s catch. Some, who came up empty or with few legal-sized crabs, threw their old bait out as a treat for the ever-vigilant seagulls and fish before restocking the crab-pot with fresh. It provided the entertainment we have been missing for some time, since Jim is no longer able to walk on the beach as we once loved to do.
On the way home, we ventured into the local casino, masked, after having our temperatures checked, and donated a $20 bill in the non-smoking room before heading home. It was set up with every-other slot machine out of play or with acrylic dividers between players, and attendants patrolling and wiping down those being vacated. We felt quite safe in the environment that was provided.
Now that the sun’s out and the temps are reaching into the high 70s and low 80s, our focus is turning more and more to outside chores and fresh air. I’ve already dealt with a pickup load of bark-o-mulch this spring and we’ll be getting another load this weekend. The birds I wrote about last week are apparently “passing the word” a bit and a few more of their family and friends have begun visiting our feeders.
We live in a beautiful world if we take the time to seek out the positives and stop looking for and dwelling on the negatives. Certainly, we must care—care for the injustices we see around us; for the heartbreaking struggles our country is experiencing. We must try to make a difference in whatever ways we can, but we cannot lose sight of the joys that await us each day if we just take the time to look for them.
If a choice is possible, let us choose to be happy.