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Sweet Lorane Community News – October 21, 2021

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Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
October 21, 2021
By Pat Edwards

A sense of almost-normalcy has begun to settle over the Lorane and Crow communities. Jim and I have recently had the opportunity to join our neighbors and friends in fun evenings of “dessert and bingo” at both the Lorane and Crow Granges. I notice that the Creswell Grange is reactivating their “third Wednesday” night bingo sessions, too. Of course, masks are worn by those in attendance and, except for family groups, we socially distance ourselves as much as possible. The masks don’t keep us from chiding the bingo caller if he makes a wrong call or, more importantly, yelling “BINGO!” at full voice before collecting a prize off the table or a $5 to $10 bill. None of us there are going to get rich from it… but, that’s not why we’re there. Most of us come to visit with friends and laugh and tease each other in a way we haven’t been able to do since Covid shut us down socially. There’s always the hope that we’ll be the one who eventually wins the big blackout prizes at all three places, but those times don’t come around very often. The consolation of $25 at each place is an incentive to keep us trying, though.

The next dessert and bingo night at the Lorane Grange is scheduled for Friday, November 12, at 7:00 p.m. and the next Crow Grange event will be on Saturday, November 6. If you haven’t had a chance to visit neighbors for awhile, plan on joining us. I, for one, am hoping that they are harbingers for things to come beginning in the spring. I look forward to the many events we enjoyed in our communites before the pandemic shut us down.

There are some fun Halloween events coming up in the next week. In Lorane, Shauna Doughty and her family are once again offering the community a FREE “Haunted Barn of Old Lorane” event. It will be open Halloween weekend, October 29, 30, and 31. “We’ll start at dusk. We ask that everyone please respect and follow all COVID rules, as we will also.”

The Lorane Christian Church will also be hosting its annual “Trunk or Treat” event on Halloween night, October 31, 2021, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in their parking lot. Participating families can decorate their car trunks or cargo areas for Halloween and offer treats to the ghosts and goblins that arrive. Usually coffee, hot cider or cocoa and snacks are offered to those who want to stay and visit.

The Creswell Grange will also be hosting their 2nd annual Halloween Trick or Treat event on Sunday, October 31, between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m.

A Lorane community event to celebrate the completion of the Stony Point segment of the Territorial Road project is scheduled to take place on Monday, November 8, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Lorane Grange.

The Crow-Applegate-Lorane schools’ fall sports programs are coming to an end for this season with post-season play. The Crow High School volleyball team has been named “first-seed” in the league and they will be heading to the playoffs and possibly the state tournament in Redmond, Oregon.

The Crow High School football squad is scheduled to play in the league’s “first-ever” 6-man playoffs soon.

Go Cougars!

Sweet Lorane Community News, January 9, 2020


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Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
January 9, 2020
By Pat Edwards


Well, we’ve made it into the new year without any major weather inconveniences, but most of us are still preparing ourselves for the possibility of another snow/ice storm that caused us to be without power and water last February. I’ve always considered that the more prepared we are, though, the less likely it will happen… something similar to Murphy’s Law.

Jim and I feel we’re much more ready to deal with another spate of bad weather than we were last year. Thanks to Brian and Michele—our daughter and son-in-law—we now have a large generator that should help us with water, lights and heat should the power go out for several days again, and if our water lines freeze, I have about 6 five-gallon containers of water stored away that we can use. Those measures should ensure that we won’t need any of it this year.

With the new year also comes tax-season. At least the normal cold and rainy days of our Oregon winters can be spent in a warm house while going through all of the unending paperwork and records-retrieval that is required to make sure that Uncle Sam has all of the information needed that will hopefully net us a refund. Of course, that’s generally proven to be wishful thinking, but miracles do happen sometimes.

The Lorane community has been quiet lately. Most of us have been so immersed in the holiday festivities and the adjustment back into whatever we consider “normal” in our lives that we are content to enjoy the quiet for awhile before we get back into the swing of things. So, there is not a lot to report right now.

The regular “1st and 3rd Saturday” Crow Grange bingo nights have already resumed for the new year (bingo starts at 6:00 p.m. and bingo at 7:00 p.m.); the Lorane Grange will be having its Spaghetti and Bingo night on Saturday, January 25, (dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m. and bingo at 6:30 p.m.); and the Crow Grange will be having its first bingo of the year on Wednesday, January 15 (games start at 7:00 p.m.)

The Crow Middle/High School art class has a new project and needs your help. Teacher, Pat Dixon, is asking for donations of old and/or worn books you don’t want, postcards, games with missing pieces, jigsaw puzzles, cloth, buttons, costume jewelry, etc., that can be used in their “Altered Art” project. Contact Pat at pdixon@cal.k12.or.us to arrange for a drop-off or pick-up time.

Lil Thompson asked me to let anyone know that the next Lorane Grange meeting will be on Thursday, January 16 at 7:00 p.m. They welcome new members and have lots of ideas to discuss.

As for me, personally, I’ve resumed my yoga class with instructor, Jen Chambers, at the Applegate Regional Theater, and actually welcomed the stretching and workout of my muscles and joints following a couple of weeks without it. I’ve found the small classes are not only beneficial, but very enjoyable, as well. It’s something I look forward to each week, now.

2020 has begun on a positive note for all of us in our family and we’re hoping that it has for your family, too. Now, if we can just get the scary and unsettling national and international concerns under control, it might begin a trend of lots of positives in all of our lives!

Cows and Bingo

By Pat Edwards


Sometime in the 1980s, a local radio personality, trying to be funny, “pushed my button,” and I wrote the following letter of complaint. I never got a response, but I felt better for having written it!

How do you get 200 cows in a barn?… You put up a Bingo sign!”

Cute, John, cute! Let’s see, maybe you’re referring to that rather overweight lady sitting in Row 6. She’s dressed rather sloppily and is smoking a cigarette. As she shuffles up to the snack bar, her breathing sounds like a locomotive. The money that she pays for her Bingo buy-in probably could be used for food, clothing or other necessities, but just maybe she needs a little release from her dull life? Ok. She’s one candidate for your “cow” description.

How about that “cow” in Row 2 (in the non-smoking section)? She is in her 60’s – has been a housewife all of her life; lives in a mobile home in a park in the Danebo district. Her husband just passed away 2 months ago, and she has a son who comes to see her on weekends. Life has become pretty lonely during the week, but the friends that sit with her at Bingo share conversation and concern and give her an interest outside of herself. And, occasionally being able yell “Bingo” gives her that little rush of adrenaline that has been so absent in her life for so long.

Or maybe your picture of the Bingo cow is of the lady sitting in Row 8 next to her husband. Her chair just happens to be on wheels and her husband attentively pushes her into the Bingo hall and settles her in among their regular group of friends while he goes to the snack bar to buy her a taco salad before “the games begin.” She always gets hugs and hellos from the regulars.

Cow? Oh, but you forget. There are lots of bulls in the barn as well! One of them comes to play Bingo two or three times a week. He used to come with his wife. They were such a “cute” couple. Many people would stop at their table to chat and to ask how they were doing. Soon, she no longer came with him. Some said she was in the hospital with a stroke. Many of the cows and bulls stopped by regularly to inquire about her and to give him hugs and moral support. The “stroke” was actually Alzheimer’s and he continued to come – to get out into the world of the other cows and bulls for a couple of hours of social interaction.

But, the Bingo “cows” and “bulls” are not all ailing or gummers! There is the family – mother, father, daughter and son-in-law in Row 1 who just wanted to get out and do something fun where they could laugh and converse and maybe even pick up some extra spending money. You can’t do that in a movie theater or while sitting around the T.V. set watching the Blazers once again going down to defeat!

As you look around the barn, you see a lot of plain, average cows and bulls. True, there isn’t much sophistication emanating from the silo. It’s just a herd that enjoys socializing while drinking non-alcoholic Diet Cokes, eating chili dogs and, once in a while, getting high – not from cocaine or pot – but from the adrenaline rush when yelling “Bingo” at the top of their lungs. Sure, their money could be invested in more profitable activities, just as their time could be spent alone, or their thoughts mired in the problems of every day life. Cows? Come on, John!

I’m using this as an example of the insensitivity you and some others who are in the public eye show in order to try and be funny. If you have to degrade or embarrass others in order to be funny, amusing, entertaining, etc., then to me, and others like me, you are not “funny, amusing, or entertaining, etc.”

Show some class – earn the respect of your listeners, don’t try to insult our intelligence. The best on-air personalities are those who are naturally funny and witty and who make use of the naturally funny things in life that surround us daily. When you have to strain for and concoct humor, then you lose not only your credibility but your audience as well.

You might be wise to take some advice from this old cow, John. According to you, that’s what I am even though I am also a wife, mother, grandmother, friend, well-respected employee, freelance writer, editor/publisher, active community member, animal lover, computer word-processing “expert” – and a weekly Bingo player.