Tag: Alix Mosieur

Sweet Lorane Community News, June 28, 2018

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
June 28, 2018
By Pat Edwards

Where did June go? I’ve always held the theory that once the 4th of July is past, summer will soon be over. It seems to go so fast between July 4 and September 1.

I gave you a whole bunch of information on the closest upcoming events in Lorane in last week’s column, so I’m not going to repeat it in this one except for a couple of last-minute mentions.

There are still raffle tickets and memory bracelets available for the Amber and Michael Matchulat Fundraiser on July 7. Check out the Lorane and Crow Facebook pages for more information about the bracelets. As for the raffle, you don’t need to be present to win.

The beautiful Lorane mural will be ready for its unveiling on August 12. Lorane artists, Karen Pidgeon and Alix Mosieur have been working on it since last fall, and it’s going to be something that the whole community and those who visit can enjoy. They have been working on it inside the old Dew Drop Inn building next to the Lorane Family Store. Our grandsons, Kevin Stevens and Brent Haxby, just poured the foundation forms for the structure from which it will hang in front of the store, bordering Territorial Road. It will have its own support structure and lighting and will be under a wood-shake roof to help protect it from the weather. Karen and Alix are adding a fun “Where’s Waldo” feature to it where you are asked to find certain little animals and other hidden treasures in the painting. The plan is to have a fenced eating area near it, as well, but it will come a bit later when we figure out where it would best be placed. I hope that everyone will plan to stop by and see it “up close and personal” after it is finished.

I have to pass on a hilarious story to prove that “gettin’ old sure ain’t for sissies!”

A few days ago, Jim and I decided to buy a nice lawn swing with reclining seats. They were on sale, and I’ve been needing a place to go outside in the sunshine to kick back and relax with a good book and a cold drink while the weather is nice. We didn’t take into account the fact that once we got it home, we’d have to put it together.


All done!

Well, that afternoon we got the upright structure done fairly easily, but then came the framework on which the recliners would rest. That had to be done on the ground.

For any of you who have entered your seventh decade, you know that getting down is easy, but getting back up is not only not easy—it can be downright embarrassing if anyone is watching. For Jim it was especially hard since he has had both hips replaced.

Well, we were down on our hands and knees on our blacktop driveway, bolting all the many places that needed it, scooting along on our seats or crawling if we had to move to another portion to find the right-size nut or bolt. Suddenly, our dogs started barking and I looked up to see a car at the end of our rather long driveway with a woman standing at the gate, not wanting to come in because of the dogs.

I struggled to my feet and went to see what she needed. When I got to the gate, she said with a worried look, “Is everything ok? I was driving by and saw you and your husband crawling on the ground and wanted to make sure you were both all right.”

I was mortified, but so grateful to her. I began thanking her profusely for her concern and she seemed quite relieved that we were ok. We must have been a sight. I felt a warm glow to know that our neighbors and even strangers are willing to look out for those of us who may be having difficulty. It’s a story that we will laugh and tell frequently as we picture what we must have looked like.

Thank you, thank you to our guardian angel. Your concern meant so very much to both of us.

Sweet Lorane Community News – April 20, 2017

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

I had the opportunity this past week to see the prototype drawing of the proposed mural that will welcome visitors and residents to Lorane whenever they drive by. The drawing is a joint venture, lovingly designed by two of Lorane’s most well-known, long-time artists and good friends, Karen Pidgeon and Alix Mosieur.

The drawing includes a map of the immediate Lorane area with beautiful graphic depictions of the resources that have provided our basic economy over the years, including timber, farming, ranching and wine production.

It will be painted on a large wooden surface and, when completed, attached to the outside wall of the Lorane Family Store.

This is a tremendously exciting project and I personally wish to thank Karen and Alix for their willingness to provide something we can all be very proud of. They will be adding the town’s name to the mural, but other than that, it is my opinion that it has been perfectly thought out and gives our community a sense of its history. Thank you so much, Karen and Alix. I absolutely love it and am looking forward to its completion!

Thanks also to the Lorane Community Association which has brought residents together to make this project happen.

It is with a great deal of sorrow that I report that one of the area’s long-time residents, Charles Blazer, has passed. Because of health issues, Charles and his wife Betty recently sold their place near Doane Road to move into town to be closer to medical care. Their son, Charlie, lives in Lorane and is, himself, fighting his own health battles. Our hearts, love and prayers go out to Charlie, Betty and the rest of the Blazer family in their loss.

The Lorane Grange is switching things up a bit for this month’s Dinner and Bingo Night on Saturday, April 29. They will be serving scalloped potatoes and ham with salad and dessert instead of the traditional spaghetti.  The dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. and bingo starts at 6:30 p.m. The price for dinner is still the same: $6 for adults and $3 for children, eight and under and bingo is geared for families of all ages as long as children are accompanied by an adult.

The Crow Grange’s next dinner and bingo night is scheduled for May 6. Dinner begins at 6:00 p.m. and bingo at 7:00 p.m. They welcome people of all ages to come, eat and play regardless of whether or not they live in Crow. One of the nice things that has been going on for years is the fact that a contingent from Triangle Lake Grange frequently attends Crow’s event and Crow goes to theirs. I like the idea of communities sharing with each other and the local granges do a lot of that through their plays and events such as the bingo nights.

Come out and support your local grange, Rebekahs, church or other service organizations. They provide a lot of social interaction so that we can all get to know our neighbors and connect as a community.

The Lorane Christian Church is holding its Lorane Ladies’ Tea at the Grange this year. It’s scheduled for Sunday, May 7. I haven’t been given a time yet, but it will be posted on the community bulletin board closer to the date.

Also, a reminder on the church’s bake sale scheduled from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on April 29 at the Lorane Family Store’s parking lot.