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Sweet Lorane Community News – October 29, 2015

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
October 29, 2015
By Pat Edwards

Linda HughesI’m very late in reporting on the passing of another long-time Lorane resident… Linda Hughes. I didn’t hear about her death until a week or two after she passed away on September 28 and feel badly that I haven’t mentioned it until now. Linda lived on Gowdyville Road with her husband Vergil. They had three children, Grant, Rick and Jason. The Hughes family moved to Lorane in 1966 and I got to know Linda when she’d come by the store while I worked there. She was involved in school activities in those days and later became active in making crafts of all kinds. She proved to be quite gifted and sold many of them through the old Lorane Country Café and craft sales around the area. Our thoughts and prayers have been with the Hughes family for their loss of a very caring wife, mother and grandmother.

With Halloween in the past (and even before), the stores have been telling us that we need to be thinking about Thanksgiving… and even Christmas. It seems that with such early reminders each year, the excitement and anticipation begin to wear thin by the time that the actual celebrations get here. I don’t know if it’s just my age or if others feel relief to get through the holiday season and move into a new year.

In truth, I love Thanksgiving Day, especially when our family gathers at our house to give thanks for our blessings. I hand over the potato peelers to Steph and Lins (this year it will be Hayley since Linsey is in Italy), the carving knife is presented to Gloria and the table setting duties to everyone else. Christmas day itself is special for that same reason. I guess that it’s the expectations and yes… commercialism… surrounding both holidays so early in the season that tire me out and turn me off.

Be sure to mark a couple of upcoming events on your calendar. The next Rural Art Center Lorane Movie Night will be held on Saturday, November 14 at the Lorane Grange. It will feature the movie, “Royal Wedding,” with Fred Astaire. You can find all of the information on times and schedules at at http://www.ruralartcenter.org/#!movie-night/ck0q.

The next Spaghetti Dinner and Bingo Night will be on Friday, November 20, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Lorane Grange. It is fun evening with good food, good friends and lots of fun for the whole family.

Beware! There have been recent theft and suspicious activities reported in both the Lorane and Crow areas. Try to be alert to cars and people in the area who seem out of place or acting strangely. A man was seen wandering through the arena building of a local stables this past week and ran away when confronted. A theft was reported at a home between Simonsen  and Briggs Hill Roads. We all need to watch out for our neighbors and report any incidents or concerns to the Lane County Sheriff’s tipline at  541-682-4167 or their non-emergency line at 541-682-4141.

Front coverThe staff of Groundwaters would like to thank the Soverns at The Farm Store in Veneta for agreeing to be the local distributor for our new annual issue, Groundwaters 2015: an Anthology. They have a supply on hand right now, so if you’re missing our quarterly issues that we’ve had in the past, drop by to pick one up at the Farm Store located on Territorial Road, south of Veneta or at the Lorane Family Store in Lorane.

Front CoverWe have also just completed two more books by local authors. A new novel by Elmira author, Ava Linder, called The Rainbow Chasers, is a sequel to her first book, The White Man’s Brother, and both take place in the 1850s. The Rainbow Chasers brings Bob and Rebecca Tanner to the Oregon Territory where they settle in the Canyonville area. Ava was featured in a recent Fern Ridge Review article.

Front pageAnother new book is Rebellion, Murder and a Pulitzer Prize by Joe Blakely. Joe lives in Eugene, but has had Groundwaters publish his last two books. This one tells about the actual murder trial of the leader of Southern Oregon’s “Jacksonville Rebellion,” Llewellyn Banks. The 1933 change of venue trial was held at the Lane County Courthouse and resulted in a Pulitzer Prize being awarded to Robert Ruhl of the Medford Mail Tribune. Joe’s books are available on his website at https://joeblakelyauthor.wordpress.com/

Check out all of our Groundwaters’-produced books at https://allthingslorane.com/published-books/.

Sweet Lorane Community News, May 28, 2015

Fern Ridge Review                                    
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
May 28, 2015
By Pat Edwards

I’m having a bit of a problem this week in coming up with some news for my column. I think it all ties in with the beautiful weather, warm days and plans for a busy summer. I’m sure it’s the same with most of us. We’re preparing to put our lives into a higher gear with the approach of summer. Our heads are full of the various activities that affect our lives – the end of the school year, vacation plans, gardening decisions, barbecues and outdoor living, fishing, summer team and water sports and other similar “gears.” Our lives are picking up speed, if that is even possible. I should know… I’m learning that the older I get, the faster it goes.

Jim is already noticing the increase in business at our store… the nicer the weather, the more people are out-and-about, whether they are heading to Carpenter’s Bypass to ride their mountain bikes or stopping by for a rest break from a long bicycle road ride. Motorcycles are pulling up to the gas pumps where we have always been very careful not to allow even a small drip from the nozzle to land on their highly polished gas tanks. Winery visitors occasionally stop by to chat and our local residents seem to be switching their own gears, too.

Lorane General Store

The Lorane General Store aka The Lorane Deli

For those who haven’t discovered it yet, the Lorane Deli has been closed for the past month or so. The closure is due, apparently, to family health issues. That’s not to say that Lorena Mitchell will not be back behind the counter again soon. She’s a human dynamo who has been a community leader for more years than either of us care to remember. For now, the sign on the door says that it is “closed indefinitely.”

A heartfelt “Get Well Soon” message is being sent out to Marge (Wickwire) Parry. According to family, even though she suffered a stroke, she is doing well with less dire after-effects than many stroke victims have. We’re very grateful for that and hope that she makes a full recovery in record time.

For those who have been regular readers and submitters of Groundwaters’ magazine for the past 10+ years, I wanted to let you know that our staff has begun working on the first annual issue of our local literary journal now that we are no longer publishing it quarterly. Although the deadline for submissions is not until September 1st, I’ve gotten the layout designed and a number of early contributions set up. I’m quite pleased with the new format and I think you will be, too.

We’re hoping that those of you who plan on sending us your fiction, non-fiction, poetry, photography and art submissions will get them to us before the September deadline. It will make my life much easier in trying to have it ready for publication by mid-October. The annual issue will encompass the equivalent of 4 full quarterly issues – 150 to 200 pages – in a professionally-published paperback edition that will be available for sale on most on-line booksellers and at local distributors. Contributors are asked to supply us with a photo of themselves and up to a 100-word biography that we will include with their work(s). Those whose material is used will get a 40% discount off the $12.50 selling price. Unfortunately, we are no longer able to offer them for free to the public as we once did.

We are also planning a “Best of Groundwaters” anthology that will include stories, essays, memoirs and other prose (and possibly poetry) that we have published in the past issues. It will be offered once the 2015 annual issue is out.

You might keep an eye out for a new book by a local resident that we have just published. Muriel (Ava) Linder of Elmira just released her first full-length novel called The White Man’s Brother. I am very impressed by the knowledge and the research that Ava put into the book and I believe that the storyline is quite good. Members of the Ridge Writer’s group are in the process of reviewing it currently. I think that you’ll enjoy it. Even better, a sequel called The Rainbow Chasers will soon follow.