Sweet Lorane Community News – December 07, 2017

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December 7, 2017
By Pat Edwards

I just received word that another former Lorane resident has passed away. Ellis D. Runk died on December 4. Ellis and his wife Karen helped me immensely when I was researching the Lorane history and, more recently, our Highway 99 books. Ellis grew up on the property on Lorane Highway where his grandfather, Jacob G. “Jake” Runk, settled. It is also where our family home, now owned by our daughter, Michele, and son-in-law, Brian Kau, sits. Both Ellis and his father Everett grew up there. I don’t remember ever having met Ellis in person, but I feel I knew him through Karen.

Karen Runk, asked me to pass along information on his memorial service. It will be held from noon to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 16 at their home at 6955 Glacier Drive, Springfield. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time, Karen.

The Runk family has a long history in Lorane. As a boy, Ellis’ grandfather, Jake, moved to the area in 1884 with his brother John, sister Katherine, their mother, Rosina Schneider, stepfather, Francis Schneider and step-brothers, Joe, George and Frank.

Jake’s brother, John lived with his family in various locations around Lorane – down the Siuslaw River at the foot of “Koch Hill; near Siuslaw Falls on the King Ranch; in the former William Jackson grocery store; in the house next to the I.O.O.F. Cemetery; in a home owned by Frank Davis that sat across from the Methodist Church, and in a house which sat across Cottage Grove-Lorane Road from the historic Lorane Valley Ranch house which belonged at that time to Oral Crowe. Tragically, in 1936, that home caught fire and burned, killing John’s son, Ivan, who died after saving his sister Reatha from the fire.

A much-loved Lorane resident, Julia Adler, also passed away recently on November 9. Her family just released the following update.

“For those of you who may not know, Julia Adler, of Siuslaw River Road, a 20-year resident of Lorane, passed away on November 9th. We will be having a celebration of life in the near future, and will keep friends and neighbors posted when we have more details.”

I had only met Julia a few times, but Jim remembers her fondly as a regular at the Lorane Family Store. Julia had a lot of friends in Lorane and she is sorely missed. Jim and I offer our sincere condolences to her two daughters, Megan and Tess.

The Lorane Rebekahs will be holding their Annual Holiday Bake Sale on Monday, December 18 at the Rebekah Lodge beginning at 10:00 a.m. No closing time is listed, but it’s assumed that they’ll be open until the goodies are sold or 4:00 p.m. – whichever comes first. Now’s the time to pick up some yummy baked goods for your holiday celebrations or to bribe St. Nick on Christmas Eve.

I asked Lisa Livelybrooks to give me some more information on the non-profit Rural Art Center’s Ukulele Club that has been active in Crow for several years now. This seems like a fun group and they get to entertain at different venues and events in the area.

According to Lisa, they’ve had participants ranging from 10 to 90 years of age in the classes. They provide three 10-week “terms” of instruction for ukulele playing per year. The first term just ended and “Term 2″ will be offered beginning January 4 from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. at the Crow High School music room. Terms are approximately 10 weeks each, and they ask for a $10 donation per term if folks can manage it. New members are welcome to join each term.

Lisa added, “If we have some beginners, we may split into smaller groups to catch the newbies up. We have a goal of trying to give away one ukulele each term to one of our learners who don’t yet have their own instrument.”

For more information, contact Lisa or email the Rural Art Center at ruralartcenter@gmail.com.

Sweet Lorane Community News – November 30, 2017

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November 30, 2017
By Pat Edwards

I’m going to cheat a bit and use Marissa McNutt-Cooper’s words to tell you about Lorane and Crow’s Angel Tree Project.

“It is that time of year again. We are getting ready for our annual Angel Trees. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the trees, they are trees that will soon be located at the Lorane Family Store and Crow High School gymnasium. They are decorated with felt Angels that have suggestions/ideas for gift or necessity items for a child in our community whose family is in need of assistance this holiday season. The forms went out with the Weekly Buzz newsletter to all children attending Crow-Applegate-Lorane schools. I just wanted to let everyone know to be on the look out for them in your children’s backpacks.

“Also, the Angel trees are for families in need of assistance with children age birth through 18 who live in Lorane or Crow. The children do not have to be of school age or attend CAL schools—just live in our community. If you or someone you know is in need of assistance this year, please return the form to the school office or contact me at 541-517- 6608. Please know that all information received is completely confidential and that the Angels on the trees do not include names; just age and gender.”

Marissa has been heading up this project for the past several years and it has proven to be a popular and much-appreciated way for each of us to give to our community. Combined with the food boxes, these gifts allow those less fortunate to experience the joy of the holiday season, too. Please open your hearts and your wallets this year. Thank you, Marissa for all that you contribute to the Lorane community!

The Community Ukulele group will be performing at a couple of events this holiday season. The first is only a possibility, but they are hoping to participate in the Crow Middle/High School Choir and Band’s Winter Concert to be held on Wednesday, December 6, at 7:00 p.m.

Then, on December 9, they will provide the “pre-movie” entertainment at the December Lorane Movie Night, featuring my all-time favorite, “The Sound of Music,” also at 7:00 p.m.

The Applegate Elementary School will be holding their Winter Concert on Tuesday, December 12, at 7:00 p.m. Along with that will be their Canned Food Drive.
My last holiday reminder is for the Lorane Grange’s Christmas Dinner and Open House, scheduled for Sunday, December 10 at 1:30 p.m. I’ve given you full details in past columns, but one thing new they are suggesting is that you bring a simple and/or funny “white elephant” gift to exchange.

Long-time Lorane resident, Patrick Dearth has announced this past week that he and his wife, Teresa, are opening a new business in Lorane called the Lorane Saw Shop and Small Engine Repair. They hope to provide repair and winterizing services locally and offer free pick-up and delivery for the Lorane/Crow area. Included in their plans is to make some loner and rental equipment available. They also hope to establish a mentoring program by holding various classes (i.e. blade sharpening and seasonal preparedness) at the Lorane Grange. His shop is located at 80485 Old Lorane Road in Lorane, and his phone number is 541-520-5383.

Sweet Lorane Community News – November 23, 2017

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November 23, 2017
By Pat Edwards

Well, we’ve survived the overeating frenzy of another Thanksgiving day. Oh! How good it was (and still is), though. Jim and I had 22 people at our house for a 4:00 p.m. dinner followed by two tables full of card games going until after 10:00 p.m… There were at least 8 playing Contract Rummy at the big dining room table and four of us playing Pinochle at the smaller game table in the family room. Gosh! It’s been years since I played Pinochle. I had forgotten how much fun that can be. Having family and friends gather at our house each year is so special for us and we know how blessed we are to have each other.

The next Lorane Movie Night sponsored by the Rural Art Center will be held on Saturday, December 9. It will feature what has got to be my very favorite movie of all time… “The Sound of Music” with Julie Andrews. My daughters and I know the lyrics to every one of the songs in that show by heart. We must have seen the movie dozens of times… “Do, a deer, a female deer; Re, a drop of golden sun…”

There will be a pre-show that night featuring the Community Ukulele Club leading a sing-along. This sounds like an evening I could really get into… maybe they can even strum a few lines of “My Favorite Things,” although I’m having a hard time envisioning a ukulele version of it.

The soup dinner will begin at 6:00 p.m. followed by the pre-show at 6:45 and the movie at 7:30 p.m. There will also be doorprizes drawn. The suggested admission price is $7.00 for adults; $5.00 for children with most or all of the proceeds going to the each night’s sponsoring area non-profit organizations.

A reminder… The Lorane Grange will be holding its annual community Christmas dinner and Open House on December 10, beginning at 12:30 p.m. The turkey and trimming dinner is free! We are encouraged to bring a dessert or side dish to share, but no one will be turned away. Unfortunately, I will be working our booth at the Holiday Market that day, so I won’t be able to go, but I know from past years that it’s a great event.

Speaking of our booth at the Holiday Market, if you are planning to go between now and Christmas Eve, plan on stopping by to say “Hi!” Joe Blakely, Jennifer Chambers and I share the space in the far southeast corner of the hall at the fairgrounds where it is located. It’s just down the back wall from the entertainment stage and food booths. We offer our collection of Oregon and Lane County history books. They make great holiday gifts. I have to laugh, though… so many people who buy a book from us confide that, “Of course, I’m going to read it before I give it to – (name the family member) – for Christmas.” Even if you’re not in the market for books, we’d love to have you stop by to chat. I’ve seen so many people I haven’t seen in years there, and some who are neighbors that I have never met.

The Angel Trees will be going up at Lorane stores and at Crow High/Middle School again this year. Be sure to plan to take one or more tags off the trees to fill with a holiday gift for a local area child in need. These gifts are so important in making the holidays less stressful for the families that have fallen on hard times. ‘Tis the season to be generous.

Sweet Lorane Community News – November 16, 2017

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November 16, 2017
By Pat Edwards

I’ve been told that boxes are now all in place in Lorane organizations and businesses to collect canned and non-perishable foods for the Community Food Baskets that will be distributed to local families. Let’s make sure that no one goes hungry at any time during the year, not just the holiday season. We have shown ourselves to be a community that cares for one another.

I don’t have info on the Angel Tree, but I’m sure that Lorane will also be participating in that wonderful project as well. Details next week!

Mark your calendars for the Lorane Grange’s Christmas Dinner to be held on December 10 at 12:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome and it’s free. If you want, bring a side dish or dessert to share. The rest of the meal will be provided by the grange. A collection box for the food baskets will also be available.

A new group is forming in Lorane called “Birth and Beyond.” The goal will be “to connect as individuals, couples, families, guardians, grandparents” by initially providing play date opportunities for local preschool children, but branching out as needs are found to involve the whole community. Anyone interested in taking part in this group, sponsored by Lorane Community Cares and Oregon Institute for A Better Way, should come to the Lorane Grange on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12 noon or you can contact Misty Burris to find out more about it.

The Crow High School Alumni Basketball Tournament for both men and women is being planned. The proposed dates are December 9 and 10. If you’re interested in participating, leave word with Geena Zimmerman Cull, Kevin Stevens or at the school.

It’s hard to believe that we’re swiftly entering the holiday season, but I’m looking forward to it this year. It’s a busy and sometimes stressful time for all of us, but I think that this year, especially, we need to shift gears and immerse ourselves in this season of thanks, joy, hope and love. Let’s take this opportunity to put aside, for a short while, the frustrations and anger of a world gone crazy and let our hearts be filled with the positives of the season.

Sweet Lorane Community News – November 09, 2017

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November 9, 2017
By Pat Edwards

Former Lorane resident, Jackie Keep Shappart, just received word that Douglas Burns, who graduated from Crow High School in 1961, passed away on August 20, 2017. He was a resident of Woodburn. His parents, Gene and May Burns (and later, stepmother, Jeanette), lived on South Territorial Road for many years. In the on-line “West Lane Project,” is an article, published in the Eugene Register-Guard on October 23, 1957, that featured Douglas and his brother Robert. They had an unusual 4-H project… raising ring-neck pheasants for the Oregon State Game Commission. “Pheasant raising has been a profitable venture for the Burns’ youth, Robert, 14, and Douglas, 13. This year they incubated 150 eggs and 72 pheasants for return to the Game Commission. Their total profit on the birds was $52.50…” Check it out at https://westlaneproject.shutterfly.com/people-b/9041. Our condolences to the Burns family for their loss.

It was exciting for a lot of us who have lived in the Lorane area for quite a while to hear that the former Lane County Work Camp, located west of Lorane on Siuslaw River Road, is now going to be used again. It has been sitting empty for many years since the county shut it down for lack of operational funds.

It is now being called, “Camp Alma,” and according to a story on the KEZI website, a local nonprofit group, Veterans Legacy, plans to turn the approximately 30-acre site into a treatment center for veterans.

The plan is to incorporate activities including the working of the land, growing food and raising animals in a quiet, safe, serene and isolated environment to allow veterans suffering from PTSD to heal and ready themselves for life away from war… to begin their transition back into the community. We’re proud to have Camp Alma as our neighbor.
Winter is fast approaching and Kathy Rice of Lorane reminded everyone recently about the Lane County Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), a federal program which “provides financial assistance to low-income households for home heating and energy bills. The program is seasonal and winter services are available as early as funding allows.

“Households with a person age 60 or over and households with a permanently disabled member are priority groups. Funds are disbursed on a first-come, first-served basis… Services are available in Oakridge, Cottage Grove and Florence, Eugene and Springfield.” The contact number for Eugene is 541-345-3642; for Cottage Grove, 541-942-6492.

Boxes will soon be appearing all around Lorane to collect non-perishable foods for the community food baskets for those in need in our community. Be sure to watch for them and let’s keep them filled so that everyone can enjoy the holidays.

There will be no dinner and bingo nights held at the Lorane Grange in the months of November and December. They will resume in January.

A last reminder that the Crow Grange will be holding its Thanksgiving Community Potluck and Open House on Thursday, November 16 beginning at 6:30 p.m. Don’t forget to bring some non-perishable foods to donate!

Congratulations, Creswell, on a great turnout for last Tuesday’s election.

Sweet Lorane Community News – November 02, 2017

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November 2, 2017
By Pat Edwards

Jennifer Chambers and I want to personally thank all of the people who made the Groundwaters LIVE! event such a success this last week – those who read or had their stories read (Emily Horton, Stanley Buck, Millie Graves, Mary Daniels, Michael Matchulat, Tom Oroyan, Joe Blakely, Darlene Demmer, Vicki Sourdry and Rachel Rich), most definitely – but also Marti Byers and Vicki Sourdry of the Applegate Regional Theater (ART, Inc) for providing us with such a beautiful, comfortable and perfect venue.
The West Lane area can be so proud of the gift that these ladies and their board of directors have given our communities. Getting to this point has been a long, difficult road, but they persisted and now the communities benefit. Sometime, if you get the chance, ask for a tour of their facilities which was once the former Central Elementary School on Central Road. Behind the scenes, one former classroom is filled with almost every kind of costume imaginable to be used for plays and even prom dress rentals; another former classroom is filled will furniture and other props. They have a large stage, lighting, a sound system, podiums, theater curtains and inclined theater seating. Out front are display booths where local art, books and crafts can be displayed, depending on the event being held. There’s even a ticket booth and tables for refreshments. If you have an event coming up, contact them about holding it at the Applegate Regional Theater. It’s a non-profit organization and they need our support. Thank you, ART, Inc!

And thank you also to Sandra Larson who did such a wonderful job with the article she wrote in the Fern Ridge Review this past week.

The Rural Art Center’s Lorane Movie Night has scheduled “Fantastic Mr. Fox” for its November 11 program held at the Lorane Grange. According to their website, this animated movie, based on a story line from Roald Dahl, “brings to life a tale of a sly fox and his quirky community as they find themselves drawn into battle with three determined and disgruntled local farmers.” The voices of the animated cast are provided by George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray and more. A pre-show Sing-Along is being provided by the Ukulele Community Group. A soup dinner begins at 6:00 p.m., followed by pre-show “antics and door prizes” at 6:45 p.m., and the movie begins at 7:30 p.m. The suggested donation is $7 for adults and $5 for children, 12 and under.

Here are some reminders of upcoming events to put on your calendars. The Lorane Community Thanksgiving dinner will be held on Sunday, November 12, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Lorane Grange. It’s free to community members. The turkey dinner (meat, potatoes, stuffing and gravy) will be provided and those attending are asked, but not required, to bring a side dish or dessert to share. They are also asking for donations of canned goods or non-perishable foods to be given to the local food pantry.

The Crow Grange has the same type of event planned. Their Community Potluck and Open House will be held on Thursday, November 16 beginning at 6:30 p.m.
I’ve been told that Crow Middle/High School is holding an “all-year can and bottle fundraiser.” Please contact Mrs. Hohnstein at 541-935-2227 or email hhohnstein@cal.k12.or.us to schedule a drop off or pickup.

Fall Back! I hope we all have our watches and clocks synchronized by now. Daylight Savings Time has ended…

Sweet Lorane Community News – October 26, 2017

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October 26, 2017
By Pat Edwards

Jim and I weren’t able to make it to the Harvest Dinner last Friday night, held at the Lorane Grange in conjunction with the 3-day Canning and Preservation Clinic, but apparently about 30 people did. The next 2 days were also popular and many locally-grown vegetables and fruits were processed. Even though I didn’t participate, I think this is a wonderful idea and community event. It’s a win-win for everyone… you can learn the techniques needed for canning and preserving your own produce, and the end product is shared with the Lorane Food Pantry for distribution to families in need. And, from what I understand from others, it was a lot of fun to be able to do it as a community! Thank you to the organizers, Misty Burris and Pam Kersgaard, and the Lorane Community Association for starting what I hope is a long-standing tradition.
The annual Lorane “Trunk or Treat” will be held on Halloween night, Tuesday, October 31 in the parking lot of the Lorane Christian Church. Costumed kids can get their goodies from those who decorate their cars and provide treats from their trunks. Hot cider, hot chocolate, hot soup and corn bread are provided for all who attend.

Jim and I were able to go to the Creswell Middle School’s fall concert the other night. Our granddaughter, Natalie, is a member of the very impressive choir. I love listening and watching the enthusiasm shown by the choir members. I admit to silently singing along with the songs I recognize and tapping my toes to those I don’t.

The Creswell community should be very proud of your music program. For those of you who want to ensure that your students get additional funding to help provide them with needed equipment and chances to participate at music festivals around the county, etc., might want to take part in the Creswell Music Booster’s Pizza Day at Papa’s Pizza in Springfield on November 7, 2017. Fifty-percent of what you spend there that day will go to your music program. Another win-win!

While I’m talking to our Creswell readers, I just want to say that I wish you the best in the upcoming election. Don’t let it be decided by the number of those who don’t vote. Make your vote count!

The Lorane and Crow communities will be holding their annual Thanksgiving Dinner/Potlucks in a few weeks. Here’s information on each:

The Lorane Christian Church is hosting the Lorane Thanksgiving Dinner/Potluck to be held at the Lorane Grange on Sunday, November 12 at 5:30 p.m.

The Crow Grange will be holding its Thanksgiving Community Potluck and Open House on Thursday, November 16 beginning at 6:30 p.m.

For both, turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy will be provided. Those attending are asked to bring a side dish and/or dessert to share with others, although its certainly not required. Both hosts also ask that you consider bringing a donation of canned goods that will go into the Lorane Food Pantry and the Crow-Applegate-Lorane School District food boxes that will go to neighbors in need.