Author: paedwards

Sweet Lorane Community News, October 20, 2022

Fern Ridge-Tribune News
The Chronicle (Creswell)
Sweet Lorane Community News
October 20, 2022
By Pat Edwards

This week, I want to write about something that has always been “near and dear” to my heart. Shortly, each of us will have the opportunity to take part in determining our future not only as a nation, but a state, city, county and community, as well as the school and fire districts where we reside. If you haven’t already registered to vote, sadly it’s now too late to do so and it means that you have forfeited your right to help determine in what direction we are heading in each of the categories.

For those of us who are registered, good for us! I’m not going to try and tell you how to vote or to sway you in any political direction, but I’d like to stress how important it is for each of us to know exactly who or what we are voting for or against. Throw out all of the rhetoric and catch-phrases that are heard so often from both ends of the spectrum. Turn off the TV, radio and internet long enough to do your own research. Don’t let anyone else tell you how to vote. Look up and read the information and/or attend talks by the candidates and sponsors of the measures from all parties with an open mind. Understand the specifics from both sides… not just one. Don’t let the media dictate our votes. We have each been provided with the ability to formulate our own opinions. Not everything is black and white as we are led to believe. Consider the grays, too.

Study the voting pamphlet and consider the arguments, both pro and con. Be an informed voter who is voting from your own conscience, intelligence and heart… not from someone else’s.

And, most of all, cast your ballot… VOTE! By not voting, you are letting someone else guide what happens to this country, our state, our county, city and communities. It is the only true power we have as individuals to make a difference.

Sweet Lorane Community News, October 13, 2022

Fern Ridge-Tribune News
The Chronicle (Creswell)
Sweet Lorane Community News
October 13, 2022
By Pat Edwards

I welcome the coming of fall this year—well, to be honest, I guess I’m glad to see its arrival every year—but this year it’s especially welcome for some reason. This past spring and summer have been especially difficult for both Jim and me… the selling of our store that we owned for almost 45 years in early March, Jim’s back surgery, three runs to the emergency room, his rehab, the recovery process, and Covid have taken a lot out of us both. I’ve been struggling to focus on anything other than our immediate situation, and in the past few months, I’ve felt my writing, especially, has gone through a rather rough patch. I’ve asked my editors to allow me to send in columns only when I have something to write about other than health issues.

Our recent trip to New England seemed to cleanse my brain a bit, allowing me to interact with others socially as well as see and experience a beautiful, different part, of our great country that we’ve never visited before. I boarded the plane in Boston feeling refreshed and revitalized. Unfortunately, on the 6-hour flight home, I sat next to a woman who was obviously not feeling well, and three days after we got home, I tested positive for Covid. Consequently, last week was spent in isolation—even from Jim—but, I didn’t feel all that bad. I never ran a fever and only had minor head cold symptoms… and fortunately, Jim didn’t get it.

So, I’m going to use the rest of this week’s column to tell you about some great community events planned for both the Lorane and Crow areas and we’ll see where we go from there.

One of the exciting upcoming Halloween events is something I’ve been wanting to tell everyone about for some time. The “Haunted Barn of Old Lorane” began a few years ago in a barn on the property of Shauna Doughty and Aaron Scaletti. Shauna was born and raised in Lorane and has always wanted to do something special for the community she loves. She and Aaron started out with handmade Halloween displays and populated it with ghosts and goblins for the local kids and their parents. Each year since, it has grown with the help of other volunteers and has become popular with not only Lorane residents, but some from out of the community as well. Shauna says that, this year, they have been working for the last several months to add new things and are extremely proud of what they have accomplished.

The Haunted Barn of Old Lorane will be open October 21 and 22; and October 28 and 29, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. each night. It’s free, but donations are accepted. The address is 80421 Old Lorane Road, Lorane, OR 97451. (Old Lorane Road runs past the fire department, lodge, church and grange in Lorane.)

Then, on Friday, October 21, the Applegate Elementary in Crow is hosting a Harvest Festival from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Join everyone for an evening filled with free carnival games, costume contests, trick-or-treating and a Haunted House.

Also scheduled for October 21, is Lorane Grange’s Dessert and Bingo Night, beginning at 7:00 p.m. No mention has been made to wear a Halloween costume, but ghosts and goblins are welcome there, too.

On Halloween night, everyone is invited to take part in the annual Lorane Christian Church’s “Trunk ‘n Treat” get-together in their parking lot where those who choose, can bring their cars with decorated trunks and Halloween goodies to give out to local trick-or-treaters. Everyone is encouraged to wear their favorite costumes and enjoy the evening, drinking hot cider, sampling the goodies and visiting with their neighbors and friends.

There’s lots to choose from in the coming weeks. Let’s all get out and support our communities and enjoy the festivities!

Sweet Lorane Community News, October 6, 2022

Fern Ridge-Tribune News
The Chronicle (Creswell)
Sweet Lorane Community News
October 6, 2022
By Pat Edwards

Our wonderful tour group of 44 people in front of the Biltmore gates

My column has been silent for the past several weeks for several reasons, but the most important one, for Jim and me, was the preparation for and our actual long-anticipated 8-day vacation to the New England portion of the U.S. for a “Fall Folliage” tour. We signed on for this bus tour shortly after our store was sold in March, but with Jim’s back surgery, challenged-mobility and the subsequent healing and strengthening of muscles and balance, we were never sure if it would actually happen. We set the event, scheduled from September 21 through 29, as our goal to work toward. We wanted to take part and enjoy each day’s activities without feeling like we were holding back our fellow travelers in any way, and to get as much out of it as we could.

During our 8 days, we visited 6 states—Massachusetts,

New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, Connecticut and Rhode Island. Each state was unique its own way. The forests were mostly hardwood trees, although as we got into Vermont and Rhode Island, more and more evergreens began to be seen. We quickly discovered that we were probably a week or two premature for the full color we were hoping to see in the hardwood forests along the way, but to be honest, the scenery was beautiful anyway. We traveled through the White Mountain and Green Mountain sections of the Appalachian mountain range and the more altitude we attained, the more color we began to see.

On Top of Cadillac Mountain

We experienced the docks and quaint shops of Bar Harbor, Maine, and were lectured about

1st Night – Lobster in Maine

the correct pronunciation used by the locals—“Ba Haba”with ‘whispered r’s.’ On the second day there, we went into the Acadia National Park and experienced the amazing views from atop Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on the Eastern seaboard of the U.S.

As we traveled south again, we stopped at some of the covered bridges in New

Pat and Jim at the Albany Covered Bridge

Hampshire. In Vermont, a favorite stop was the Billings Farm, a living history working farm with interactive exhibits and demos. We also were treated to ice cream produced from the rich, creamy milk of the purebred Jersey cow herd for which it is also known.

At the Rockwell Museum

We re-entered Massachusetts, traveling through the Berkshires, and spent our afternoon at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge. On display were all 323 Saturday Evening Post covers painted by Rockwell as well as many of his original paintings. His main studio was on the beautiful site, as well.

Jim and Pat at Mystic Seaport


Pat at the wheel of the CW Morgan

Jim in front of a whaling ship





That night, we stayed at the historic Publick Inn in Sturbridge, MA, where we had a colonial-style dinner. The next morning, we crossed into Connecticut to New London where we visited the Mystic Seaport and the Museum of America and the Sea at its Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard Gallery. While there, we viewed and boarded an authentic whaling ship and learned the history of the small boat named the Gerda III that was on display. It was used to help evacuate over 1,400 Jewish men, women and children from Hitler-occupied Denmark during WWII. Many in our group also visited the “living history” shops depicting a colonial seaport town and other ships on site.

Jim and Pat at the Bilmore Summer House in Newport, RI

The last two nights were spent in beautiful Newport, Rhode Island. When we first arrived there, we immediately took a tour of “The Breakers,” the name given to the Vanderbilt family’s huge Biltmore “summer home” located in Newport, passing Jay Leno’s mansion on the way. The house was massive and all of us were questioning on how anyone could consider such a massive building “home.” On the way to our hotel, we passed the Hammersmith Farm, a horse property where the future First Lady, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, lived as a child.

Newport harbor next to our hotel

Jim on the Newport Harbor

Looking across the sunny Newport bay, the masts and white sails of dozens of sail boats bobbed on the blue water around and beneath the Claiborne Pell/Newport Bridge. Our hotel was sitting next to a dock where several huge yachts were moored for the night. Jim and I dined the first night in Newport with two other couples, who had become good friends, at an Italian restaurant; the next day, we ate lunch at an Irish Pub.

Paul Revere and Old North Church

On our last morning, we drove back to Boston where we spent the morning visiting the Paul Revere statue and the Old North Church, walking some of the historic, narrow streets that our bus couldn’t navigate, and touring others while on the bus before it dropped each of us off at Logan Airport for our flights home.

As it turned out, that last day, we knew as we said our goodbyes to our newfound friends, that we had succeeded in reaching those goals Jim and I set last March in ways we never imagined. With the memories of all of the historical and beautiful sites we had seen, we both agree that the most precious gifts we were given on our trip were the friendships we made and the closeness we felt for our tour group of 44 people, our tour guide, Liz, and bus driver, Nelson. We got to know many of them on a personal level and each holds a special place in our hearts.

Jim and Pat with Liz and Nelson

I think we’re both ready to plan another tour for 2023, knowing the rewards we have reaped from this one.

Thanks to Sherry Makowski and Frances Look for sharing their photos.