Tag: Angel Tree

Sweet Lorane Community News, December 13, 2018

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
December 13, 2018
By Pat Edwards

The holidays this year are like a speeding train and taking a whole week out of my life to deal with the flu derailed my plans to get the house decorated and shopping started. I think I’m back on track for now anyway… at least the shopping part of it. Because our family has grown to giant proportions over the past few years, Jim’s and my focus is on making sure the little ones get to rip open presents on Christmas morning. The older members get small, funk, token gifts when we all gather at our house for a Christmas breakfast and then, later, a dinner for those who are able to stay. For the adults, our biggest blessing is to be together to celebrate.

I’m always reminded this time of year of a Christmas story told to me by one of Lorane’s “old timers,” Lyle Conrad, who Nancy, Marna and I interviewed in 1987 for our book. Lyle had grown up in the Ham Road area of Lorane and at the time of the interview, lived with his wife Hazel and family in their home at the base of Stony Point. The story was included in our books, Sawdust and Cider and From Sawdust and Cider to Wine.
“Lyle Conrad remembers his father, Orville, telling of one of his Christmases as a child. Orville said he was hoping to get an orange that Christmas, and sure enough, that was what he got. Orville said, ‘Well, at least I got my Hope.’”

Let’s all “hope” for those things that are attainable in our current circumstances, but never allow our dreams to darken. We all have the potential to work toward the goals we set for ourselves. We just need to want them badly enough.

The Angel Tree at the Lorane Family Store is continuing to have its “fruit” plucked daily and as of this writing it is bare again, thanks to the giving spirit of our community that is making sure that each child in our midst has his or her “hopes” fulfilled. Regardless of the holiday each family is celebrating, it becomes especially meaningful when we share our bounty with others. Thank you to all of the generous souls who have fulfilled an angel’s wish. Surprisingly (or maybe not so surprisingly) when you participate, you end up feeling that you are being gifted, too.

Just a couple events that I haven’t reported on recently that you may want to take part in…

Yoga classes are being offered at 9:30 a.m., Thursdays, and/or 6:15 p.m., under the stars, on Tuesdays. Yoga is a fun, safe way to develop balance, inner strength, flexibility, relaxation and stress relief! This class is for all levels regardless of yoga experience. It’s offered by Happy Hikers’ Fitness located at 29077 Cottage Grove-Lorane Road; call 818-535-0670 for more information or check out their Facebook page. A few spots are available; $12 donation is requested for each class.

Evening classes are held under the stars, in a yurt and a bonus of tea and cookies after the class is offered. Come let your inner radiance shine.

I have a note from Beverley Sieminski reminding those who expressed interest in the group she formed for spinning, knitting, crocheting, quilting—“whatever”—that they have begun meeting again. They met last Thursday and hope to interest others who might want to join them after the holidays. According to Beverley, it’s a very casual group that meets at her loft shop on Siuslaw River Road. She has lots of supplies and those who want to learn how to do one of these crafts are encouraged to attend. I don’t have Beverley’s contact info, but she can be messaged on the Lorane Facebook page.

Sweet Lorane Community News, December 6, 2018

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
December 6, 2018
By Pat Edwards

Despite getting my flu shot this fall, I’ve been laid low with chills and everything from my head and eyes to my hips and back has been screaming with aches for the past couple of days. As a consequence, I don’t feel very witty, but there are some things I wanted to share with you today.

A call this morning put a huge smile on my face… Jim and I have been blessed with our newest great-grandchild. She was born to our granddaughter, Stephanie, and her husband, Chad Furlong, and joins two sisters on their sheep ranch in Roseburg. Little Miss Shiloh Kate Furlong weighed in at 9 lbs. 3 oz. and we can’t wait to meet her… but, we’ll have to wait until I’m sure I’m not going to be spreading around any flu bugs. Welcome to the world Sweet Shiloh Kate!

Last week, I included a short blurb about the Eta Theta Rho Girls Club #94 in my column. I was hoping to tell you more about it, but didn’t have the information at the time. The club just celebrated its 10th year.

According to Head Advisor, Tara Wigle, “We currently have 19 members and 3 of them have been elected Jurisdictional officers of Washington’s Theta Rho Assembly. Stephanie Wigle is the current Jr. Past President, Bethany Struthers is the current President and Moira Struthers is the current Warden. Eta Theta Rho #94 won the club community service award at Washington’s Theta Rho Assembly with over 300 hours of community service last year.

“Examples of our community service included events such as litter pick-up, writing letters and making gift boxes for active duty soldiers and cemetery clean-up. We have had four of our girls earn the Girl of the Year Awards including Sierra Lloyd, Stephanie Wigle, Bethany Struthers and Moira Struthers.

“Theta Rho Girls learn leadership, citizenship and teamwork while having fun at meetings and also traveling where they meet new friends across the United States. The girls also learn skills such as public speaking and interacting with peers and adults.”

The group meets at 6:30 p.m. every Thursday during the school year at the Lorane Rebekah Lodge and always welcomes new members between the ages of 8-18 at any meeting. Contact Tara Wigle at 541-520-4151.

The Angel Trees for Crow-Applegate-Lorane children has so far been a huge success. Marissa McNutt Cooper is trying to keep angels on the trees, but the one at the Lorane Family Store is usually stripped soon after she hangs new ones. Please be sure that Marissa has the names and info of any child in the community whose holidays would be so much merrier if there was a special gift awaiting them. Give her a call if you would like to add some names to Marissa’s list – 541-517-6608. All info will be kept confidential. The angels that are hung on the tree just have the child’s age, gender and a description of what they would love to find under their tree.

Don’t forget to keep those boxes for food and warm clothing full, too!

I hope that you all have been enjoying this beautiful, sunny weather, even if it is cold outside… at least, it looks pretty from my window.

Sweet Lorane Community News, November 22, 2018

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
November 22, 2018
By Pat Edwards

Just a quick update on my brother, Jim Burnett Sr. He quietly passed in the early morning hours last Tuesday. For the 2 weeks preceding his death, he was surrounded by family and friends and he “held court” at his own celebration of life. When I received the news that morning, it was with a feeling of peace, relief and acceptance that he had made it over the bridge in the way he had hoped. We all will miss him terribly, but he allowed us to gently come to terms with his passing and I will be eternally grateful for that gift.

Today, the day before Thanksgiving, I am preparing for the honor of being a guest in the home of my brother-in-law, John, and wonderful sister-in-law, Vicki Edwards who offered to host the whole family this year. That’s no small undertaking. We have a headcount of 23 this year, which is about the normal size of our family dinners. We obviously don’t all fit around one big table, but we begin the meal, holding hands around the table, while grace is said by one of our granddaughters. There’s always way more food than we can eat, but a few years ago, Tracie, our honorary daughter, brought a whole sleeve of restaurant take-out cartons that we all are encouraged to fill with leftovers to take home. Why didn’t I think of that years ago?

Here’s a message from Lil Thompson of the Lorane Grange that I’d like to share with you…

“The Lorane Grange wants to thank everyone for a fantastic attendance at the spaghetti dinner and bingo last Saturday evening. Thirty-two came for dinner and thirty-eight played bingo. The large progressive blackout was not won, so we hope to see all of you in January.” The next dinner and bingo night will be on January 27.

The Lorane Christian Church will be having “the Hanging of the Greens” on Sunday evening, December 2, at 6:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to bring a Christmas finger food-type of dessert to share. Plan to join your friends and neighbors in this fun event.

Marissa McNutt Cooper has announced that the Holiday Angel Trees will be placed at the Lorane Family Store and Crow High School soon. These provide area children in need with gifts of toys and clothing. The trees will have felt angels bearing information on each—their gender, age and special requests—and anyone who wants to provide a gift can select one or more angels to sponsor. If you know of anyone in the Lorane/Crow area between the ages of birth to 18 who live in the area, contact the Crow-Applegate-Lorane School District office, 541-935-2100, or call Marissa at 541-517-6608. In addition, we need to fill the food boxes in several Lorane locations to help the families of these children as well as others in need in the Lorane community. Suggestions for families to receive these food boxes should be given to Roberta Pietila Miller at 541-285-2425.

Daryle Bloom is asking for any donations of small engines that are seized up or no longer working that he can use for shop classes at Crow High School. They will be used as junkers to tear apart, learn and practice on, so working or “fixable” engines are not being sought. If you have one, contact Daryle Bloom at 541-935-4486 after 4:00 p.m.

Joe Blakely, Jen Chambers and I once again have a booth in the southeast corner of the Holiday Market, just to the right of the entertainment stage. We are selling our local and Oregon history-based books again this year. Perhaps my favorite part of doing this these past several years is that I get to see so many friends and neighbors who stop by to say “hello.” Even if they don’t buy any books, it’s fun visiting and catching up. Be sure to look us up if you get a chance.