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Lorane Community News, September 8, 2022

Fern Ridge-Tribune News
The Chronicle (Creswell)
Sweet Lorane Community News
September 8, 2022
By Pat Edwards

With the approach of fall, the Lorane and Crow granges are reinstating their monthly fun and game nights. Both will be hosting their popular bingo games and refreshments in the coming week. The Creswell Grange started theirs earlier and will continue on into the winter months. Here are the schedules:

As bingo caller, Randy Eschleman brings a lot of fun and laughter to the game at the Lorane Grange, and his wife, Marti, helps to keep everything organized.

The Lorane Grange will get back into the swing of things on Friday, September 16 at 7:00 p.m. Along with the family bingo (all ages welcome), they will offer a table of desserts, coffee and punch for those who can’t resist.

The Crow Grange is changing things up a bit this year. They are going to experiment with afternoon sessions instead of evenings, as it has been in the past. According to Connie Suing, “We start again next Saturday, September 17, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. The cost is $15 for 15 games and the progressive Blackout is up to $600 right now.”

The Creswell Grange has been hosting their bingo nights every third Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m., so their next session will be held on September 21.

For those of you who have not attended any of these, they are family events. Children are welcome if they are accompanied by at least one parent. It’s not about gambling. Unless you get to yell “Bingo!” on the blackout jackpot at the end of each session, you probably won’t win back all of what your buy-in costs and sometimes you’ll be able to select a gift from the prize table instead of a cash prize. It’s more about getting together to visit and share some laughs for an evening (or afternoon) of fun and “community.” It’s about supporting the many community projects that these granges sponsor each year, and to help them maintain their buildings and expenses.

In these days of stress and uncertainty about what’s going to be happening tomorrow on national and international levels, the future is going to be much brighter and our lives are going to be much less stressful if we choose to concentrate on those people and those happenings that involve family and community. We have some direct control over the outcomes of local events and situations and the positives are much more evident among family and friends.

Our voices can be heard on the national level by voting—which is vital—but they can be heard strongest and be most effective by how active we are within our own communities. It’s something that I’ve always believed.

An evening playing bingo at the Lorane Grange

Besides attending local events, consider joining the groups that work within each community. In Lorane, we have the Lorane Grange, the Lorane Christian Church, the Rebekah Lodge, the Lorane Community Assn., the Lorane Fire Department, the Rural Arts Center, Theta Rho, 4-H clubs, a yoga group and, of course, the school district’s Booster Club/parents’ group, among others. Each one will benefit by having more active members who are willing to do whatever they can to establish and strengthen the lives of each of us who share the same concerns, goals and hopes for the future… our community family.

Lorane Community News, September 1, 2022

Fern Ridge-Tribune News
The Chronicle (Creswell)
Sweet Lorane Community News
September 1, 2022
By Pat Edwards

Last Thursday, September 1, was my husband, Jim’s, 83rd birthday. With our daughter, Gloria, and our self-proclaimed “adopted daughter,” Tracie, we headed to Florence for a special lunch at Bridgewaters, since Mo’s was closed. Then we drove north to Heceta Head where we parked and watched the families playing on the beach and the incoming waves. Further out in the water were a few surfers trying to catch one of the bigger waves. The sea-air was glorious—so fresh and sweet—and the gentle warmth of a day with sunshine and very little wind invited open windows. Unfortunately, walks on the beach are no longer possible for Jim, so we enjoyed the sights, anyway. Sunday was reserved for a family barbeque to celebrate some more. Along with being with family and all of the many Facebook birthday wishes he got on Thursday, Jim felt especially honored and loved. Thanks to all who reached out to him.

Our anticipated celebration excursion to take a jet-boat ride last Wednesday with the River Road Parks & Recreation Dept. (which welcomes out-of-district residents) didn’t work out as we had hoped. Because of the wildfires in Southern Oregon, there was too much smoke along the Rogue River to send out the boats. So it was canceled for the time being. We’ve made the trip numerous times (but mainly from the Gold Beach end) and both Jim and I were really looking forward to it

The wildfire situation is really getting critical. It’s so difficult to keep up with the multitude of fast-growing dandelions that inhabit our lawns when we can only mow before 10:00 a.m. and after 8:00 p.m., but the rules are needed and we obey them. I was able to get half of our hill in front of our house mowed in the morning last week, but the other half is a bit steeper than I like to tackle on our riding lawn mower, so our daughter, Michele, showed up that night at 8:00 p.m. to finish the job. I was so surprised to realize that within less than a half hour, she was doing it in darkness. I hadn’t fully realized that fall was coming on quite so fast. Michele got it finished anyway with apologies for the few small spots that were missed.

Our family has always been supportive, but this last year, especially, they’ve been exceptional. Our grandsons have even taken on the task of cleaning out and rewiring our big tool shed and running wire to our gate at the entrance of our driveway so it can be opened and closed electronically… no more getting out to open and shut it each time we drive through! We are so grateful for them all. I’ve said it many times and will again… we are blessed!

Lil Thompson of the Lorane Grange asked me to give you a little more information on an upcoming Grange event: “Come out and meet our State Representative, Boomer Wright. He will discuss education in Oregon, and if there’s enough time, he will talk about crime and public safety concerns. Boomer originally grew up in Lorane on Fire Road, and graduated from Crow High School. Let’s give him a warm welcome on Tuesday, September 13 at 6:00 p.m. at the Lorane Grange. Light refreshments will be served.”

Enjoy this beautiful, more gentle, weather we are having as we approach fall, but let’s all strive to do whatever is needed to prevent possible wildfires. Let’s make it through this season without any more incidents than what we’ve already had.

Sweet Lorane Community News, August 25, 2022

Fern Ridge-Tribune News
The Chronicle (Creswell)
Sweet Lorane Community News
August 25, 2022
By Pat Edwards

Since I write my weekly columns on Thursday or Friday of each week, I wasn’t able to do more than mention my participation in the Lorane Community Yard Sale event last week, since it hadn’t happened yet. So, today I want to thank everyone who stopped by my Oregon Author’s tent at the Lorane Grange to visit and maybe even purchase a book. Several of you introduced yourselves as readers of my column and it was so much fun to visit with each of you. I was there both Friday and Saturday, August 19 & 20, the weather was pleasant and the sales were good, so it proved to be a good decision to participate. Thanks to all of you who stopped by.

My next stop as an author will be on Saturday, September 3, at the Oregon State Fair’s Oregon Authors’ Table. I’m really looking forward to that because it’s the first year we, as authors, have been allowed to participate for a single day. I’m trying to get a family grouping to go that day so that Jim can venture out, too. As a young married couple with kids, we loved to join Jim’s family and go the State Fair to watch the horse races, visit the livestock barns and exhibits, watch some horse show competitions and, of course, spend the day eating all of the “fair food” we could handle. It was a special day that we all looked forward to.
The Lorane community is taking a break from further events until Tuesday, September 13, when the Lorane Grange hosts a talk by State Representative, Boomer Wright. He will speak on education and possibly crime. He grew up in Lorane and graduated from Crow High School.

Then, on September 16, they will begin sponsoring the monthly “Dessert and Bingo Night” at 7:00 p.m. Be sure to mark that on your calendars for both.

To give you an update on Jim’s progress, he sailed through his Home Health physical therapy program and his amazing therapists released him this week because he’s gained a lot of strength and balance since he began. He and I are taking daily walks with his walker up the hill on the country road that borders our property. He started small—50 steps past the end of our driveway—and graduated quickly to 100 steps; after that, we stopped counting steps and began counting fence posts. I’m so proud of him and his determination to be ready for our upcoming 8-day “Fall Folliage” bus tour beginning in Boston in late September. He’s really earned some “adventure” time. In addition, in preparation for the extended vacation, we’ve signed up for a day-trip with the River Road Parks and Recreation District in Eugene for a jet-boat trip on the Rogue River next week. We’re both looking forward to getting out again and doing some things we love and have been wanting to do for some time.
If I’ve learned nothing else these past few months, I’ve realized how important it is to enjoy each day that we’re given and to look for the positives that sometimes lie under the surface of daily life. Things are not always going to be the way we hoped or expected them to be at any certain time through any stage of our lives, but especially our later years. Life is not perfect or predictable, so we need to seek out and appreciate what we have and what we’ve been given each day.

Fall is fast approaching. Let’s rejoice in the bounty of the harvest, the cooling of the temperature, the lessening of fire danger and the changes in the season. Life is good.