Fern Ridge-Tribune News
Sweet Lorane Community News
October 21, 2021
By Pat Edwards
A sense of almost-normalcy has begun to settle over the Lorane and Crow communities. Jim and I have recently had the opportunity to join our neighbors and friends in fun evenings of “dessert and bingo” at both the Lorane and Crow Granges. I notice that the Creswell Grange is reactivating their “third Wednesday” night bingo sessions, too. Of course, masks are worn by those in attendance and, except for family groups, we socially distance ourselves as much as possible. The masks don’t keep us from chiding the bingo caller if he makes a wrong call or, more importantly, yelling “BINGO!” at full voice before collecting a prize off the table or a $5 to $10 bill. None of us there are going to get rich from it… but, that’s not why we’re there. Most of us come to visit with friends and laugh and tease each other in a way we haven’t been able to do since Covid shut us down socially. There’s always the hope that we’ll be the one who eventually wins the big blackout prizes at all three places, but those times don’t come around very often. The consolation of $25 at each place is an incentive to keep us trying, though.
The next dessert and bingo night at the Lorane Grange is scheduled for Friday, November 12, at 7:00 p.m. and the next Crow Grange event will be on Saturday, November 6. If you haven’t had a chance to visit neighbors for awhile, plan on joining us. I, for one, am hoping that they are harbingers for things to come beginning in the spring. I look forward to the many events we enjoyed in our communites before the pandemic shut us down.
There are some fun Halloween events coming up in the next week. In Lorane, Shauna Doughty and her family are once again offering the community a FREE “Haunted Barn of Old Lorane” event. It will be open Halloween weekend, October 29, 30, and 31. “We’ll start at dusk. We ask that everyone please respect and follow all COVID rules, as we will also.”
The Lorane Christian Church will also be hosting its annual “Trunk or Treat” event on Halloween night, October 31, 2021, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in their parking lot. Participating families can decorate their car trunks or cargo areas for Halloween and offer treats to the ghosts and goblins that arrive. Usually coffee, hot cider or cocoa and snacks are offered to those who want to stay and visit.
The Creswell Grange will also be hosting their 2nd annual Halloween Trick or Treat event on Sunday, October 31, between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m.
A Lorane community event to celebrate the completion of the Stony Point segment of the Territorial Road project is scheduled to take place on Monday, November 8, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Lorane Grange.
The Crow-Applegate-Lorane schools’ fall sports programs are coming to an end for this season with post-season play. The Crow High School volleyball team has been named “first-seed” in the league and they will be heading to the playoffs and possibly the state tournament in Redmond, Oregon.
The Crow High School football squad is scheduled to play in the league’s “first-ever” 6-man playoffs soon.