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Sweet Lorane Community News, February 2, 2023

The Chronicle (Creswell)
Sweet Lorane Community News
February 2, 2023
By Pat Edwards

According to Crow-Applegate-Lorane School District teacher, Michele Kau…

“The new Crow Middle/High School construction class has been busy building an awesome storage shed which will soon be raffled off to the public. What makes me most proud is the craftsmanship that these students have demonstrated in building this structure—and another one like it—earlier this year. Our awesome shop teacher, Kyle Kishen, is doing a fantastic job of arming these kids with some life-long, incredibly valuable skills, that they will be able to take with them when they leave us at the end of their high school years… and that’s pretty great!!”

This past week, the school has launched the sale of the tickets for anyone who wants to be eligible to win the shed. Two hundred tickets are being offered for $50 each. The drawing will take place as soon as they are sold. Proceeds will be used to help fund future construction projects. Contact the Crow Middle/High School office if you want to buy raffle tickets at 541-935-2227.

I also recently read a write-up about one of the construction projects undertaken by Eugene 4-J School District called “Future Build House.” For it, students work half days to finish construction of low income housing by learning such skills as cutting and attaching siding, installing windows and using the tools of the trade. By doing so, they can also earn College Now credit through Lane Community College.

These projects are life-changing for some students and it’s the kind of thing that has been absent from many of our schools in recent years when so much emphasis was put on college advanced placement courses and preparation for 4-year colleges, while discontinuing the trades classes that have been so popular in the past. I have long believed that both options are vitally important in today’s high school education—even in middle school. Not all students choose to go to a 4-year college whether it be due to finances, academic status or a desire to train at either a trade school or the school of hard knocks. Don’t get me wrong—a higher education benefits all students—even those interested in working in construction, retail sales, auto mechanics, farming, the hospitality industry, computer technology, and so many other occupations that keep the cogs in the wheel of our daily lives working, if they are able to attend. But, it’s important to expose all students to the many and varied choices available to them and not downplay or denigrate the vital role that being a tradesman or, in today’s jargon, “blue-collar worker” play in all of our lives. Kudos to the return of trades classes in a lot of our schools!

The Rural Art Center’s Lorane Movie Night will be presenting another unnamed family-appropriate movie at the Lorane Grange on Saturday, February 11. Dinner,which includes a selection of homemade soups and bread,will be served at 6:00 p.m. Before the movie begins at 7:00 p.m., RAC’s current community ukelele group will perform for the enjoyment of those attending. The last Movie Night of the season will be held on Saturday, March 11.

RAC partners with the Lorane Grange to provide another fun community event on Sunday, April 16, at 3:00 p.m. The annual Community Talent Show organizers are seeking people with all kinds of talented acts and displays—both formal and funny—to sign up for this year’s events. All of the various acts will be performed on stage at the grange, and display talent—artwork, books, crafts, etc.—will be displayed in the grange kitchen for everyone to view. Contact either Lisa Livelybrooks of RAC (, or Lil Thompson of the Lorane Grange (541-942-3401; for more information or to sign up.

Sweet Lorane Community News, January 6, 2023

The Chronicle (Creswell)
Sweet Lorane Community News
January 5, 2023
By Pat Edwards

Jim and I received the very best New Year’s gift we could have wished for yesterday (January 4). We were able to greet our newest great-grandson, Teagen James Stevens. Teagen is the son of our grandson, Kevin and our granddaughter-in-heart, Jazmine. Teagen weighed in at a whopping 9 lbs 9 oz, and was 21.5″ long. Best of all, he was born on his grandma, Gloria Edwards’, birthday. This wonderful, sweet boy was also greeted with lots of hugs and kisses by his adoring 3-year-old sister, Calliope, and joins a cadre of cousins who are going to welcome him into their midst. Welcome to the world, Teagen!

The community of Lorane is beginning to pick up where it left off in 2022. The Rural Art Center’s popular Lorane Movie Night will resume on Saturday, January 14, at the Lorane Grange in theater seating. Under an odd arrangement with the company that provides their movies, they are not allowed to publicize the name of the upcoming show, but all are well-planned and family-friendly. A half-hour before each movie, which begin showing at 7:00 p.m., a dinner of homemade soup and freshly-baked bread is served and doorprize drawings are held. RAC has been sponsoring the Lorane Movie Night for many years and it is quite popular with local residents.

This month, the Lorane Grange will be meeting on Thursday, January 19, at 7:00 p.m. instead of its usual “first-Thursday” meeting schedule which will resume in February. They welcome new membership and encourage anyone interested in checking out this strong community group to join them at any of their meetings. They will be hosting their very popular community dinner and bingo night later this month, but a definite date has not yet been set.

As I rush to complete my column today—January 6, 2023—I know that I cannot help but comment on the 2nd anniversary of an event that will continue to tear at my heart forever. I was born and raised a patriot who loved my country unconditionally, knowing that it was not perfect, but it represented “home” and “family” and the pride I felt to be an American. I never put labels on my patriotism… it has just always been part of me. Even though I was registered with one political party, I voted for whomever and whatever felt “right” to me among the choices regardless of which party was represented, and I still do. The extremes at either end of the political spectrum scare the daylights out of me and the events of two years ago have proven to me how much we all need to put aside the hatred, jealousy and desire to have everything done our own way without considering the views of others. We are a diverse nation, more so than when I was a child, but the United States has always been a melting pot of many cultures, religions and customs. My generation needs to step back enough to allow the younger generations to guide their own future. Jim and I trust our own children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren to carry on the values we have tried to instill in them through the years. I’ve seen so much good in these younger generations who were raised to respect home, family, country and each other. I just pray that their values will prevail, but it will be up to them and their counterparts to guide and determine their own future. I’ve had a good life… one that I can be proud, but I’m glad that I am at this end of it. Our generation is leaving our posterity a huge burden to try and rectify, and that saddens me a great deal.

May God Bless America! Our country needs all of the help we can get right now.

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.