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Sweet Lorane Community News, December 6, 2018

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
December 6, 2018
By Pat Edwards

Despite getting my flu shot this fall, I’ve been laid low with chills and everything from my head and eyes to my hips and back has been screaming with aches for the past couple of days. As a consequence, I don’t feel very witty, but there are some things I wanted to share with you today.

A call this morning put a huge smile on my face… Jim and I have been blessed with our newest great-grandchild. She was born to our granddaughter, Stephanie, and her husband, Chad Furlong, and joins two sisters on their sheep ranch in Roseburg. Little Miss Shiloh Kate Furlong weighed in at 9 lbs. 3 oz. and we can’t wait to meet her… but, we’ll have to wait until I’m sure I’m not going to be spreading around any flu bugs. Welcome to the world Sweet Shiloh Kate!

Last week, I included a short blurb about the Eta Theta Rho Girls Club #94 in my column. I was hoping to tell you more about it, but didn’t have the information at the time. The club just celebrated its 10th year.

According to Head Advisor, Tara Wigle, “We currently have 19 members and 3 of them have been elected Jurisdictional officers of Washington’s Theta Rho Assembly. Stephanie Wigle is the current Jr. Past President, Bethany Struthers is the current President and Moira Struthers is the current Warden. Eta Theta Rho #94 won the club community service award at Washington’s Theta Rho Assembly with over 300 hours of community service last year.

“Examples of our community service included events such as litter pick-up, writing letters and making gift boxes for active duty soldiers and cemetery clean-up. We have had four of our girls earn the Girl of the Year Awards including Sierra Lloyd, Stephanie Wigle, Bethany Struthers and Moira Struthers.

“Theta Rho Girls learn leadership, citizenship and teamwork while having fun at meetings and also traveling where they meet new friends across the United States. The girls also learn skills such as public speaking and interacting with peers and adults.”

The group meets at 6:30 p.m. every Thursday during the school year at the Lorane Rebekah Lodge and always welcomes new members between the ages of 8-18 at any meeting. Contact Tara Wigle at 541-520-4151.

The Angel Trees for Crow-Applegate-Lorane children has so far been a huge success. Marissa McNutt Cooper is trying to keep angels on the trees, but the one at the Lorane Family Store is usually stripped soon after she hangs new ones. Please be sure that Marissa has the names and info of any child in the community whose holidays would be so much merrier if there was a special gift awaiting them. Give her a call if you would like to add some names to Marissa’s list – 541-517-6608. All info will be kept confidential. The angels that are hung on the tree just have the child’s age, gender and a description of what they would love to find under their tree.

Don’t forget to keep those boxes for food and warm clothing full, too!

I hope that you all have been enjoying this beautiful, sunny weather, even if it is cold outside… at least, it looks pretty from my window.

Sweet Lorane Community News, November 29, 2018

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
November 29, 2018
By Pat Edwards

We’re already halfway through “the holidays”… I can’t believe it. It’s amazing how much days, weeks, months and years accelerate as we get older. I can remember, as a child, what seemed like long, sweet summer days where I had time to lie in the grassy field near our home and chew on the tender heart of a stem of grass while looking at the blue sky and clouds, listening to the buzz of bees and watching grasshoppers leap off my pants-leg into the tall grass surrounding us. My friends and I formed a club called the “Long-Leg-Hopper Club”… or something like that. We didn’t do anything with the club that I can remember, except join those daddy long-legs and grasshoppers as we played hide-and-seek and “horses” in the tall grass. Those summer days seemed to move lazily through those years of my youth.

In my teen years, those summer days were spent with my sister and friends, riding our horses on our bean and berry farm in Lebanon (OR), or on the island in the center of the Santiam River which flowed past our property. Of course, that was after we had done our chores and helped in the fields during harvest time.

When we were free for the whole day, we waded the horses across the shallow water to “our” island and spent hours on its trails, exploring areas we had seen dozens of times, checking for anything new and interesting like birds’ nests and pretty stones, then we raced full speed along the dirt trails on Rocket and Rocky as we clung to their bare backs… we never used saddles… and the wind whipping and tosseling our hair. Those sweet days seemed to stretch on forever.

Now, as soon as the smoke clears from the fireworks of 4th of July celebrations, it seems that school is starting, followed closely by Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. In these fast-paced lives that we lead today, I sure miss those lazy, hazy days of summer.
Enough reminiscing.

Plan on attending the next installment in this season’s Rural Art Center Movie Night on Saturday, December 8. The December featured movie is “The Book Thief” (PG-13; 2013)
“In 1938, young orphan Liesel (Sophie Nélisse) arrives at the home of her new foster parents, Hans (Geoffrey Rush) and Rosa (Emily Watson).

When Hans, a kindly housepainter, learns that Liesel cannot read, he teaches the child the wonders of the written language. Liesel grows to love books, even rescuing one from a Nazi bonfire. Though Liesel’s new family barely scrape by, their situation becomes even more precarious when they secretly shelter a Jewish boy whose father once saved Hans’ life.”

To commemorate the movie, it’s been declared “Book-swap Night.” Bring a book or two to swap with your neighbors. Soup and salad dinner is at 6:00 p.m. and the movie begins at 7:30 p.m. following “antics and doorprizes.” Suggested donation, $7 adults; $5 for children.

Sunday, December 9 is the Lorane Grange’s Open House/Christmas Dinner potluck at 1:00 p.m. Grangers will furnish the meat, dressing, potatoes, gravy and beverages. Everyone else is asked to bring a side dish and/or dessert. Also, plan to bring a white elephant gift for the gift exchange. It’s a fun time for the whole family.

The ETA Theta Rho Girls Club #94 is recruiting new members. It is a community-based organization for school-age girls that meets at the Lorane Rebekah Lodge Hall on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. If you’re interested in joining, contact Tara Wigle. The club motto is “Happiness Through Service.”

Sweet Lorane Community News, November 22, 2018

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
November 22, 2018
By Pat Edwards

Just a quick update on my brother, Jim Burnett Sr. He quietly passed in the early morning hours last Tuesday. For the 2 weeks preceding his death, he was surrounded by family and friends and he “held court” at his own celebration of life. When I received the news that morning, it was with a feeling of peace, relief and acceptance that he had made it over the bridge in the way he had hoped. We all will miss him terribly, but he allowed us to gently come to terms with his passing and I will be eternally grateful for that gift.

Today, the day before Thanksgiving, I am preparing for the honor of being a guest in the home of my brother-in-law, John, and wonderful sister-in-law, Vicki Edwards who offered to host the whole family this year. That’s no small undertaking. We have a headcount of 23 this year, which is about the normal size of our family dinners. We obviously don’t all fit around one big table, but we begin the meal, holding hands around the table, while grace is said by one of our granddaughters. There’s always way more food than we can eat, but a few years ago, Tracie, our honorary daughter, brought a whole sleeve of restaurant take-out cartons that we all are encouraged to fill with leftovers to take home. Why didn’t I think of that years ago?

Here’s a message from Lil Thompson of the Lorane Grange that I’d like to share with you…

“The Lorane Grange wants to thank everyone for a fantastic attendance at the spaghetti dinner and bingo last Saturday evening. Thirty-two came for dinner and thirty-eight played bingo. The large progressive blackout was not won, so we hope to see all of you in January.” The next dinner and bingo night will be on January 27.

The Lorane Christian Church will be having “the Hanging of the Greens” on Sunday evening, December 2, at 6:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to bring a Christmas finger food-type of dessert to share. Plan to join your friends and neighbors in this fun event.

Marissa McNutt Cooper has announced that the Holiday Angel Trees will be placed at the Lorane Family Store and Crow High School soon. These provide area children in need with gifts of toys and clothing. The trees will have felt angels bearing information on each—their gender, age and special requests—and anyone who wants to provide a gift can select one or more angels to sponsor. If you know of anyone in the Lorane/Crow area between the ages of birth to 18 who live in the area, contact the Crow-Applegate-Lorane School District office, 541-935-2100, or call Marissa at 541-517-6608. In addition, we need to fill the food boxes in several Lorane locations to help the families of these children as well as others in need in the Lorane community. Suggestions for families to receive these food boxes should be given to Roberta Pietila Miller at 541-285-2425.

Daryle Bloom is asking for any donations of small engines that are seized up or no longer working that he can use for shop classes at Crow High School. They will be used as junkers to tear apart, learn and practice on, so working or “fixable” engines are not being sought. If you have one, contact Daryle Bloom at 541-935-4486 after 4:00 p.m.

Joe Blakely, Jen Chambers and I once again have a booth in the southeast corner of the Holiday Market, just to the right of the entertainment stage. We are selling our local and Oregon history-based books again this year. Perhaps my favorite part of doing this these past several years is that I get to see so many friends and neighbors who stop by to say “hello.” Even if they don’t buy any books, it’s fun visiting and catching up. Be sure to look us up if you get a chance.