Tag: 4-H

Sweet Lorane Community News, February 21, 2019

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
February 21, 2019
By Pat Edwards

The Unicorn Ranch in Lorane has just announced that it is signing area youth from ages 8 to 19 for its Lane County 4-H programs. They will definitely have a horse project, but they are also considering adding art, agriculture, growing herbs and other projects if enough interest is shown in them and whether they can find leaders with the skills and knowledge to lead them.

In addition, the Unicorn Ranch has been chosen as the site for the 2019 Lane County 4-H Horse Fair.

Many of you know—and I have spoken of it on these pages—that I was the Lorane 4-H coordinator for over 10 years while our own children were growing up in the 1970s and 1980s. I have a special soft-spot for 4-H and what it provides for not only farm youth, but urban kids, as well.

4-H has been a part of Lorane’s culture for many, many years. In the early part of its history, when life was centered around the farm and home, the main 4-H projects almost always involved activities such as livestock raising, sewing and cooking. Those are still the basic projects of the club, but the 4-H organization has tried to involve the “city kids” in projects that encompass literally any field of interest from leathercraft to rocketry to raising dogs for the blind.

A Bit of Lorane History
In November 1927, Della Crowe of Lorane received the following letter from the Lane County 4-H Club agent, Arnold D. Collier. “The club year is finished for 1927. You worked all year for your club members. They tried to Make the Best Better. They appreciate your untiring help. You have been the one who has helped them to better practices in their homes. Do you realize you have made a better club member by your time which you spent with each member? And a better community, a better county, therefore, a better state and nation? In this most humble way, I want to thank you for the splendid cooperation you have given…”

In 1940, the 4-H Builder Club of Lorane spent much of the school year designing and building a scale-model city through their woodworking class under the guidance of their 4-H leader Archie Keener and shop teacher Leslie Godard. It was exhibited at the Lane County Fair and the Oregon State Fair, and was said to have been chosen to be exhibited at the 1939 Golden Gate Exposition in San Francisco, California. These miniature buildings included models of a house, barn, machine shed and windmill among others. The house, worked on by Charles Schaffer had rooms with plastered walls and composition roofs.

Lowell Davis’ project was the machine shop. Lowell remembers the times during the late 1930s and early 1940s when he participated at 4-H Summer School. He and a couple of other boys from Lorane took the train to Oregon State College in Corvallis where they joined dozens of other 4-Hers, living on campus and taking part in the scheduled activities.

In the early 1960s, Lorane resident, Barbara Brewer, remembers that Jim Kotrc led a 4-H club in woodworking. He held his meetings and workshops in the basement of the Lorane High School building. (From Sawdust and Cider to Wine, 2006)

Sweet Lorane Community News, July 20, 2017

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
July 20, 2017
By Pat Edwards

Congratulations to all of the kids who participated in last week’s Lane County 4-H Fair. They can all be proud of their accomplishments.

I spent a couple of days there, watching our granddaughter, Hannah Edwards, showing her sheep and hanging out with family members in our motorhome that they are staying in while at the fair.

It brought back a whole lot of memories. Of course, in the 1970s, when we first got involved with the 4-H program, there were no motorhomes parked at the fairgrounds… at least not in our family. We got up at the crack of dawn each morning and headed into town so the kids could feed and water their animals, bath and groom them and get them – and themselves – ready for the day’s classes. Then, we’d drag home at night after the chores had been done and the animals were bedded down for the night.

Jim was involved as a leader and I was the Lorane 4-H Coordinator for over 10 years while our kids participated in several livestock projects as well as cooking and horse clubs. Later, our grandkids also became involved when they were old enough, so it’s been a long-held tradition for our family.

Hannah is our last grandchild to compete in 4-H and she came away with a Senior Grand Champion Sheep Showman ribbon this year. Congratulations, Our Miss Hannah!

Be sure to mark your calendars for the upcoming 9th annual Crow Grange “Chicken ‘n Pickin” to be held on August 5 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. You can enjoy a delicious “Joe’s BBQ,” named after Joe Canaday who was a big part of the event each year before his recent passing. There will also be foot-stomping music by the Poodle Creek Pickers to entertain you. The cost is $10 per meal. They’ve added a new feature this year. Because the annual Crow Car Show ‘n Shine is not being held this summer, a “mini” Classic Car Show will take place in the front parking lot next to the Grange. You can contact Connie Suing at 541-556-2609 or csuing@hotmail.com if you have any questions.

I haven’t heard how the Lorane Growers’ Market it doing so far this summer, but if everyone’s planter boxes and/or gardens are growing like my few tomato and cucumber plants are, then there should be plenty of produce to offer. My one little apple tree is loaded again with apples again this year, too. Be sure to check out the produce table the next time you are in the vicinity of the Lorane Deli.

I’d like to take this opportunity to alert you to a project that I’ve been interested in for quite some time, even though it’s not located in Lorane. I’ve watched and occasionally helped as the members of the Applegate Regional Theater in Veneta have struggled to get a foothold on their goal to establish a first-rate theater in the West Lane area. Their first potential home on Broadway didn’t work out, but they didn’t give up. A few years later, they had the opportunity to purchase the former Central Elementary School on the corner of Central and Fleck Roads north of Crow. After long hours of hard work and much help from their loyal volunteers, the theater is set up and ready to go with their first big production of “Nunsense” about “five nuns who are putting on a talent show to raise money to bury some of their sisters, who met untimely deaths.”

It will be offered for 6 nights, July 27-29 and August 4-6 at 7:00 p.m. (Sunday, August 6 will be a 2:00 p.m. matinee). Be sure to catch one of performances. It’s a feel-good and funny show that will leave you laughing, according to Vicki Sourdry. The play is directed by Marti Stevens Byers.

Please plan to come out and support community theater. The tickets are $10 each; or $5 for seniors, $20 for a whole family, and from what I hear, the play and the talent are well worth it.