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Sweet Lorane Community News – March 23, 2017

Fern Ridge Review                        
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
March 23, 2017
By Pat Edwards

I just found out that the weekly Lorane Senior “Lunch Bunch” group has changed days. They are now meeting at 12:15 p.m. on Mondays. This group has been meeting for years at the Lorane Rebekah Hall and it’s been a popular social event featuring not only a free meal, but lots of conversation and games. I was told that on most weeks there are an average of 10-15 people participating and I know that one of the big reasons is Linda DeBos’ fantastic cooking. If you’re considered a senior citizen and are interested in joining in the fun and food, you’ll be welcomed by all next Monday… just show up early enough to make sure there’s enough food prepared. The doors open about an hour before the meal is served.

The Lorane Christian Church is hosting a movie and pizza dinner at the church on the evening of Friday, April 7 beginning at 5:30 p.m. The feature-length Christian movie is called “Risen.” According to Wikipedia, “‘Risen’ is a 2016 American biblical drama film directed by Kevin Reynolds; it was conceived from a screenplay written by Reynolds and Paul Aiello. The film stars Joseph Fiennes, Tom Felton, Peter Firth, and Cliff Curtis, and details a Roman soldier’s search for Jesus’ body following his Resurrection. It was produced by Columbia Pictures”

As I mentioned last week, a group of interested elementary school parents are hoping to set up a committee or organization similar to PTA or PTO that will represent Applegate Elementary interests and needs. The Crow Booster Club, for the past several years, has dedicated all of its fundraising to all of the schools in the Crow-Applegate-Lorane School District for athletic, academic and social needs. It will be holding its monthly meeting at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 6 and will discuss setting up committees dedicated to AES so that a new non-profit will not have to be set up. The Crow Booster Club has notified the C-A-L school board so that an official discussion can begin on the proposal. The meeting will be held at the Crow High School cafeteria. Be sure to attend if you are interested in getting a group organized.

Updates will be posted to both the Lorane, Oregon and the Crow Community Facebook pages.

I’m excited. I’m planning to take my two youngest granddaughters to see “Beauty and the Beast” this Saturday. I always love to spend time with Hannah and Natalie and this seemed like a perfect opportunity. I already saw this newest version of Disney’s movie with some of our other family members last weekend, but this is one I could watch over and over again. I put it right up there with “The Sound of Music” as one of my very all-time favorite movies. I definitely recommend it.

Here are some upcoming dates to remember that I’ve already covered in past columns:

The Rural Art Center/Lorane Grange-sponsored Lorane Talent Show to be held on April 2, beginning at 3:00 p.m. at the grange

The Lorane Community Group will be meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 11 at the Lorane Deli.

Sweet Lorane Community News – March 16, 2017

Fern Ridge Review                        
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
March 16, 2017
By Pat Edwards

I apologize for begging off from my column-writing duties last week. I had arthroscopic knee surgery scheduled for the day I usually try to turn in my columns and as I sat down the day before to get one out early, I was absolutely blank. I didn’t want to waste space talking about my surgeries or the weather and I had covered all of the upcoming events that I knew of, so Pam and Scott were kind enough to give me the week off.

As for my surgery, it went extremely well; I was off crutches and walking on my own at the end of the day following surgery and I have since (on Day 3 and Day 5) taken two 1-mile-long walks with our new little buddy, Toby. At one week since the surgery, I still have some swelling and the injection sites are still healing, but I’m good and no longer in pain.

So! That covers the surgery… and what can I say about the weather, but with the daffodils, crocuses and primroses blooming and a bit of sun peeking through the clouds quite often, how can we deny that spring is not on its way? Enjoy!

I have been asked to remind everyone about spreading the word on the upcoming “Crow Country 66” Reunion Dance featuring the music from the 1960s and 1970s that is being planned for Saturday, March 25 at 7:00 p.m. at the Crow Grange. There is no charge for this event and I don’t believe that you need to be a Crow alum to attend. Besides your dancing shoes, you are asked to bring a potluck dessert to share.

Another reminder… the Lorane Grange and Rural Art Center are joining forces once again this year to host the annual Lorane Talent Show. It’s a free event open to anyone, of any age, who wants to participate. Almost any kind of family-friendly talent is welcomed and encouraged. Maybe you are not a piano virtuoso, a Fred Astaire-type dancer or a Top-10 recording artist, but you have a special knack from your school days – however many years ago that may have been. What about doing a recitation, humorous skit, cheerleading or gymnastic moves, twirling a basketball on your index finger like a Globetrotter, telling jokes…? Or maybe you have a unique ability to do something amazing. If so, you are asked to sign up and share your talents with the community.

The show will be at the Lorane Grange on April 2, beginning at 3:00 p.m.  You can sign-up in advance by emailing ruralartcenter@gmail.com or calling Lil Thompson at 541-952-5701.  Come entertain everyone in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. I’m told that there is room for twenty 5-minute acts.

ATTENTION APPLEGATE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PARENTS: A discussion is currently taking place on the Crow Community Facebook page about an interest in establishing a PTA/PTO/PTC group at the Applegate Elementary School to represent the younger students. It has been suggested that instead of forming an entirely new non-profit group, that a committee, branching off of the current Crow Booster Club be set up for the purpose of fundraising and filling the elementary school needs and interests. Please be sure to join in on the discussion if you are interested in forming such a group.

The newly re-established Lorane Community Group will be meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 11 at the Lorane Deli. They are seeking new members who want to help shape the way our community grows.

The group’s focus will be to create collaboration between the Grange, Rebekahs, Rural Art Center and Fire Department in order to build community. The plans are to set up separate committees that will key in on specific projects and meet separately. Projects being considered include a mural; “Welcome to Lorane” signs; an exercise group; disaster preparedness plan; community-wide yard sale event;  Growers Market, Santa’s Helper project; and food box drives.

If you’re interested in any of these projects, please plan to attend the April 11 meeting.

Sweet Lorane Community News – February 16, 2017

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
February 16, 2017
By Pat Edwards

The Lorane Community Association is rekindling after a hiatus of a year or more. As I write this, a meeting has been scheduled for this weekend to elect officers and begin planning for future community service projects. Some possible projects that have been suggested are: organizing a welcoming committee for new residents; creating local neighborhood committees for disaster preparedness and/or Neighborhood Watch; providing Wii Games at the Lorane Grange for fun and recreation; hosting “Yard Sale Poker” events; planning and developing an area map or mural incorporating the early settlement of the area and its Native footpath; hosting yoga sessions and coffee socials. On-going projects established by the previous group will continue. These include the Lorane Growers’ Market, the free little library at the Lorane Family Store, the Holiday Angel Tree project and the upkeep of the Lorane Reader Board. These have all been successful for the past several years.

I’m sure that there are other ideas that will spring from the renewed interest in the group. Some will build interest and become reality; others will likely fade away, but the important thing is for community members to have common interests and goals to enrich our community. Working together is the best way of getting things done and I hope that there’s a large turnout at the meeting scheduled for Saturday, February 18. It will have already happened by the time you read this, but that doesn’t mean that if you weren’t able to attend, you’ve missed the boat. I’ll try to post future meeting notices so that membership can continue to grow. These same notices will also be posted on the Lorane, Oregon Facebook page and most likely the bulletin board. So, watch for them and consider donating some of your time and resources to working with your neighbors to make a difference in Lorane.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, February 25. It will be time for the Lorane Grange’s Spaghetti Dinner and Family Bingo Night again. For those of you who haven’t yet gotten the information memorized, dinner of spaghetti, caesar salad, garlic bread, drinks and dessert begins at 5:30 p.m. Bingo for the whole family starts at 6:30 p.m. It’s a fun evening that no one takes very seriously and for those who think that bingo is boring, you haven’t tried it at the Lorane Grange. Come out and join us.

I’d like to round out the column this week with some school news from the Crow-Applegate-Lorane School District that was generously supplied to me by Lil Thompson.

The Crow Middle/High School is taking part in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) “Pennies for Patients” program from February 13 to 27. Students across the country are collecting pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters and the class collecting the most change in each school receives a pizza party. Prizes such as computers, electronics and sports equipment are presented to the top schools in each area. All money collected by the students goes to help find cures and ensure treatments for blood cancer patients! For more information or to donate, call the high school office at 541-935-2227.

Dr. Seuss week is coming soon to the Applegate Elementary and adult volunteers are being sought to read with the students. If you can volunteer from February 27 to March 2, call 541-935-2100 or email Megan Leturno at mleturno@cal.k12.or.us.

The school district is still looking for patrons to volunteer for the Budget Committee.  Contact Lee Ann at the district office, 541-935-2100, if you are interested.

For any of you who are contemplating having cataract surgery in the near future but are hesitant, I wanted to share that I just completed the removal of cataracts from both eyes over the past month and I am so glad that I did. The actual surgeries were pain-free with a bit of occasional scratchiness. After wearing glasses through my waking hours for 35 years, I now am facing the probability that I will no longer need them except, possibly, for reading. My biggest problem is the fact that if this is so, I now have to get reacquainted with the stranger that looks back at me from the mirror each day.