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Sweet Lorane Community News, July 18, 2019

Fern Ridge Review
Sweet Lorane Community News
July 18, 2019
By Pat Edwards

Such a busy, busy time in our area right now. From what I have heard, the Crow Car Show was a huge success this past week. They had more entries than they’ve ever had—144 this year, and the community support, according to Marissa McNutt Cooper, was exceptional.

Imprimis mailing labelThe Best of Show winner was Ken Jones with his lime green 1955 Chevy Nomad.

This year’s KidZone was especially popular with an inflatable obstacle course, a bounce-house, a National Guard rock climbing wall, face painting and yard games. Home Depot even came out and made tool boxes with the kids—a huge hit as well!

The proceeds of this annual event goes to assist all of the Crow-Applegate-Lorane School District schools and students and a warm thank you is being extended to all of the sponsors and volunteers as well as attendees who made it possible.

I told you about our big Art in the Country Fine Art and Author Festival taking place on Saturday and Sunday, July 27 & 28, in last week’s column, so I wanted to give you some more information about the other area events being planned.

We just heard of a very interesting program that is being held at Alesong Brewing and Blending in Lorane called “Learning from Our Tribal Partners.” It’s being sponsored by the Siuslaw Watershed Council, the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians, and Alesong. It will take place on Wednesday, July 24 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

A description of the program was provided by the Siuslaw Watershed Council:

As we work with the goal of watershed restoration we must remember to listen to and work with those that managed it for thousands of years sustainably before we got here. The Siuslaw and Kalapuya people lived alongside each other in this area for thousands of years, hundreds of generations. Their cultures’ of respect and observation led to Ceremony that sustained the surrounding area for future generations. Come listen to Tribal Members of the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians as they share knowledge of their watersheds, culturally relevant plants, and integrating traditional knowledge of their Ancestors into cultural and scientific practices to reach cooperative goals for the future generations of all our people…

On Saturday, August 3rd, the community of Lorane will be holding its Community-Wide Yard Sale. Anyone who wants to hold their sale at their own residence can be included on the map for free if you will register with the organizers. The Lorane Grange will also be renting tables for $10 each for those who want to sell their wares there. If you want to be included on the map, please send a Facebook message to Louise McClure or email her at, or if you want to rent a table at the grange, call Jeri Porter at 541-942-2448

The Crow Grange will also be having their 11th annual Chicken ‘n Pickin’ Barbecue on Saturday, August 3rd. It will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the grange, so you can make it a full day of fun by going to both!

Music will be provided at the barbecue by the Poodle Creek Pickers and a mini-Classic Car Show featuring the Bent Rods Car Club will be on site. For more information, contact Connie Suing at or 541-556-2609.

Be sure and attend some of these local events. By doing so, you’ll be promoting and supporting your community in so many positive ways.

Sweet Lorane Community News, July 4, 2019

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
July 4, 2019
By Pat Edwards

I hope that everyone had a fun and safe 4th of July this year.

I can remember as a kid the fun we had. Some of my fondest memories of the 4th of July was of our family joining that of my grandparents, aunt, uncle and cousins in walking from their home on East 22nd Street in Eugene to Hayward Field where we would spread our blankets on the lawn, lie on our backs and watch the colorful and booming array of fireworks put on for everyone’s enjoyment. Over the past decade or so, our family has occasionally joined the many people in Cottage Grove who are still treated to those breath-taking displays at the high school football field. And, how could I even talk about the 4th of July without mentioning the wonderful annual Fern Ridge Lake fireworks display and the Creswell parade?

kidsOf course, the days of my childhood were also the days when lady fingers, bottle rockets and Roman candles, as well as sparklers and glow worms, were legal. We grew up with them and were taught by our parents how to safely use them, but there was always someone we would hear about who misused some of the more powerful firecrackers and badly injured themselves.

The banning of these types of fireworks seemed unnecessarily harsh at the time, but time has allowed me to understand the reasoning for it.

Today I shudder and wonder why, knowing the devastating wildfires that have been caused by these same, now illegal, fireworks in recent years, that there was not more destruction to our beautiful forests and pasture lands than there were during those years.

The Eagle Creek fire along the Columbia River in 2017, destroyed 50,000 acres and was not contained for 3 months. It was started by a 15-year-old boy playing with fireworks.
I’ve also come to understand the effects that these same fireworks have on damaged veterans who have returned home from war with PTSD… a condition called “shell-shocked” in my youth. As a child, I did not understand how the sudden loud noises could replicate the sound of gun- and mortar-fire in their minds, and I can only imagine how they must suffer still.

And then there are the innocent animals who cower or try to run away from the sounds and sights.

In today’s world, we all need to reflect on how what we do affects those around us… especially when the consequences can be so devastating.

A Bit of Lorane History
“…Other events remembered as being very popular in Lorane were the annual 4th of July picnics. Some remember them being held on the property formerly owned by Winnie Dey, and others remember them in 1912 or 1913, in the field across the creek from the present Lorane Family Store. Favorite activities at these 4th of July picnics included horse races, foot races, playing baseball, tug of wars between Lorane and Crow and eating, of course. Speeches were also usually part of the day’s program.

Fig094 Lorane Game“George Damewood recalled a particular 4th of July picnic in 1912 or 1913. People came from all of the surrounding areas including Cottage Grove and Crow. He doesn’t remember there being a single car in Lorane at the time, but as George and a friend were riding their horses from the Silk Creek area to attend the picnic, they passed several cars along the road that were having difficulty making it over the hill. Several people were heard talking of returning home. Only one car was able to make it over the hill before the boys on horseback. That car was a long, sleek Stanley Steamer. Later in the day, the Model T’s finally began to arrive…” (From Sawdust & Cider, 1987, 2006)

Upcoming Events:
∙ July 13 – 16th Annual Crow Car Show at the Crow High School. Benefits the Crow-Applegate-Lorane School District. Call Marissa McNutt Cooper – 541-517-6608 – for more information or to volunteer.

∙ July 13 – English Country Dancing will be taking place at the Crow Grange, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. No experience or partner needed. All ages. Line and circle dancing. Renaissance clothing is encouraged. $5 suggested donation.

∙ July 27 & 28 – 2nd Annual “Art in the Country” Fine Art and Author Festival to be held north of Crow on the corner of Central and Fleck Roads. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Contact Vicki Sourdry, or 541-935-3636 for more information

∙ August 3 – The community-wide garage/yard sale. To sign up, email

∙ August 11 – Lorane Community Potluck and Ice Cream Social.

Sweet Lorane Community News, June 27, 2019

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
June 27, 2019
By Pat Edwards

A couple of weeks ago, I promised to tell you a bit more about our wonderful 11-day American History East tour that we took at the end of May. The tour itself was only in Washington, D.C. for two nights, so the four of us opted to book two extra nights before it started to allow for a travel day and an extra day to explore on our own.

Fortunately, when we began planning our trip, we wrote to the office of Oregon’s U.S. Representative Peter DeFazio, and applied for tours of the White House and the U.S. Capitol. We were sent passes for the White House tour to take place on our “free day” and it was definitely one of the highlights in D.C. Getting to actually see and be present in the beautifully furnished salons on the main floor where so much history has taken place was breathtaking.

IMG_1820The blue room, shaped as an oval—a symbol of democracy—was easily my favorite salon with its French-inspired rich blue and gold sofa and bergères (arm chairs). Also on the tour were the red and green rooms and the state dining room. So much of our nation’s structure and history took place within those walls. One window-lined hallway we took passed by the beautifully-designed Jacqueline Kennedy garden, too.

We joined our tour group that evening. Of the 44 people in our group, we discovered that there was a couple from Cottage Grove and another woman who had graduated from Grants Pass High School. Oregon was well-represented and it is indeed a small world!
While in D.C., we toured the U.S. Capitol, the National Archives, Arlington Cemetery and, of course, many of the memorials and monuments honoring presidents, patriots and veterans—Lincoln, Jefferson, Martin Luther King, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, and U.S. Marine Corps memorials were the main highlights. In addition, we had the opportunity to tour the beautiful John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Day of storm - Jefferson MonumentThe most memorable part of these first few days took place while we were visiting the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. The day was sunny and in the high-60s, but the sky had taken on a dark, almost black, hue as we looked out from the memorial to the Washington Monument across the way. On leaving to go to our bus, we were suddenly assaulted by extremely strong winds and rain. The downpour wasn’t so much “down” as “sideways” and we became instantly drenched by what we learned was the outer parts of a nearby tornado. We had to make our way down tree-lined streets for several blocks where branches and limbs were sailing past us before we got to our bus. We passed some of our fellow passengers who were huddled around a small kiosk, hoping the short eaves would somehow protect them, but it wasn’t. By the time we got to the bus, all of us were soaked to the skin, literally, and dripped our way to our seats. As we boarded, Jim greeted B.J., Dwight and me with a big smirk on his face, since he and one or two others had opted to stay on the nice, dry bus. The rest of that day’s planned tour was cancelled and we were taken back to our hotel to dry off. The only time I was ever in that much wind and rain was during the 1962 Columbus Day Storm… that’s another story!

Our bus tour then took us to Mt. Vernon, Yorktown, Jamestown and Williamsburg. In Richmond, we visited the historical St. John’s Church which, I could easily imagine, still echoed with the proclamation of “Give me liberty or give me death!” that Patrick Henry gave in a speech there to raise a militia and put Virginia in a position of defense in the approaching Revolutionary War.

After leaving there, we continued to Thomas Jefferson’s beloved Monticello, then into the beautiful Shenandoah National Park with its spectacular views, hiking trails and wildlife.
The next day, we followed Robert E. Lee’s invasion route to Pennsylvania where we visited HWaiting for the bus - last dayarper’s Ferry, Gettysburg, and beautiful, serene Amish country where horse and buggy are still the norm.

Just before entering Philadelphia, we visited beautiful Valley Forge where George Washington endured the harshly cold winter of 1777-1778 and avoided the disease that took so many lives of his troops.

Our farewell dinner was held aboard the 1904 Moshulu sailing ship in the Philadelphia harbor and the next morning we saw the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall where the Declaration of Independence was signed before boarding our afternoon flights back to Oregon.

Our trip was wonderful and, at the same time, exhausting. I wouldn’t have changed a thing, except for maybe the storm. Traveling adds a whole new and exciting dimension to our lives, but home is truly where my heart is.