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Sweet Lorane Community News – October 26, 2017

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
October 26, 2017
By Pat Edwards

Jim and I weren’t able to make it to the Harvest Dinner last Friday night, held at the Lorane Grange in conjunction with the 3-day Canning and Preservation Clinic, but apparently about 30 people did. The next 2 days were also popular and many locally-grown vegetables and fruits were processed. Even though I didn’t participate, I think this is a wonderful idea and community event. It’s a win-win for everyone… you can learn the techniques needed for canning and preserving your own produce, and the end product is shared with the Lorane Food Pantry for distribution to families in need. And, from what I understand from others, it was a lot of fun to be able to do it as a community! Thank you to the organizers, Misty Burris and Pam Kersgaard, and the Lorane Community Association for starting what I hope is a long-standing tradition.

The annual Lorane “Trunk or Treat” will be held on Halloween night, Tuesday, October 31 in the parking lot of the Lorane Christian Church. Costumed kids can get their goodies from those who decorate their cars and provide treats from their trunks. Hot cider, hot chocolate, hot soup and corn bread are provided for all who attend.

Jim and I were able to go to the Creswell Middle School’s fall concert the other night. Our granddaughter, Natalie, is a member of the very impressive choir. I love listening and watching the enthusiasm shown by the choir members. I admit to silently singing along with the songs I recognize and tapping my toes to those I don’t.

The Creswell community should be very proud of your music program. For those of you who want to ensure that your students get additional funding to help provide them with needed equipment and chances to participate at music festivals around the county, etc., might want to take part in the Creswell Music Booster’s Pizza Day at Papa’s Pizza in Springfield on November 7, 2017. Fifty-percent of what you spend there that day will go to your music program. Another win-win!

While I’m talking to our Creswell readers, I just want to say that I wish you the best in the upcoming election. Don’t let it be decided by the number of those who don’t vote. Make your vote count!

The Lorane and Crow communities will be holding their annual Thanksgiving Dinner/Potlucks in a few weeks. Here’s information on each:

The Lorane Christian Church is hosting the Lorane Thanksgiving Dinner/Potluck to be held at the Lorane Grange on Sunday, November 12 at 5:30 p.m.

The Crow Grange will be holding its Thanksgiving Community Potluck and Open House on Thursday, November 16 beginning at 6:30 p.m.

For both, turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy will be provided. Those attending are asked to bring a side dish and/or dessert to share with others, although its certainly not required. Both hosts also ask that you consider bringing a donation of canned goods that will go into the Lorane Food Pantry and the Crow-Applegate-Lorane School District food boxes that will go to neighbors in need.

Sweet Lorane Community News, October 12, 2017

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
October 12, 2017
By Pat Edwards

Whew! I think I just put the final touches to this year’s Groundwaters annual anthology called “Groundwaters 2017: An Anthology.” Jennifer Chambers and I have been producing these books since we ceased publication of our quarterly magazine three years ago. We distributed the magazines free through libraries, organizations and businesses in the West Lane area and throughout the rest of Lane County for over 10 years.

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For those who don’t realize it, the annual anthologies are the equivalent of 4-plus issues of the magazine that was so popular. We still feature stories and poems from many of the authors and poets who won your heart then, as well as many talented new local writers. Each of our three issues have showcased the stories, memories and poems of over 60 contributors. They make wonderful gifts. Check out our website at http://groundwaterspublishing.com, and look for them in the Fern Ridge Library and local stores soon.

To celebrate the publication, Groundwaters and the Applegate Regional Theater on the corner of Central and Fleck Roads, north of Crow, on Sunday, October 29 at 2:00 p.m., will host a free Groundwaters LIVE! event. Writers and poets whose works appear in this year’s anthology will give readings and refreshments will be provided. It’s become a hugely popular event and the ART theater is amazing. The gym of the former Central Elementary School, with its large stage and theater seating, has been turned into a wonderful venue for not only plays and musical shows that are performed there, but for community events as well.

Each writer and poet represented in the book have earned Jen’s and my respect and I hope our readers realize how much it takes to reveal so much of ourselves through our writing. We’d like to see a large group of local people show up to meet the authors and poets and to tell them in person how much they enjoy their work. You can probably even be able to collect some autographs.

Canning and Preservation.jpgFor those of you in Lorane, don’t forget to sign up and participate in the free 3-day “Canning, Preservation and Sharing Clinic” on October 20 through 22. A new non-profit organization called “Lorane Community Cares” is sponsoring it in conjunction with their community garden project located on south Territorial Road. The produce from those gardens will be used in the clinic where those who want to fine-tune their canning and preservation skills can work together to process it. At the end, the food will be donated to those who need it within the community.

The clinic will begin with a dinner prepared from locally-grown products. At that time, donations can be made to help support the program. That will take place on Friday night, October 20 at 6:00 p.m. at the Lorane Grange. What a wonderful way to combine learning and sharing. Everyone benefits.

The Rural Art Center-sponsored Ukulele group will once again be meeting at Crow Middle/High School on Thursday afternoons from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. The lessons started last week, actually, but you can still sign up or show up this Thursday if you are interested. This successful program has been happening for several years now, thanks to the sponsorship of RAC and the grant funding from the Oregon Country Fair Assn.

Other calendar notes: The Lorane Grange’s baked potato bar and bingo evening will be Friday, October 27. Dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. with family bingo to follow.

The annual Fall Harvest Festival will be held on October 28 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Applegate Elementary School. I understand that they would love some help with decorations and setting up and tearing down. Call or text 541-517-8556 for information or to volunteer. In addition, candy donations would be appreciated.

Finally, don’t forget the Fern Ridge Library’s annual book sale on October 20-21 at 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Thousands of books, movies, music and more for all ages at great prices.

Sweet Lorane Community News, October 5, 2017

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
October 5, 2017
By Pat Edwards

I want to begin this column to acknowledge the tragic and horrendous event in Las Vegas earlier this week. It affected all of us in some ways – some knew someone who was at that country music festival, but most of us just felt deep in our gut the horror of what those who were there experienced. Locally, some of you may know the Robinson family whose children attended the Crow schools in the early part of the millenium. A daughter, Dixie, who was, I believe, a student at Applegate Elementary at the time, was tragically killed in a car wreck.

On October 1st, her older brother, Cameron Robinson, age 28, became a statistic… a victim… of the shooting. He was one of the 58 innocent people killed that night. The family came to Crow from Salem area where they lived with their grandmother, and were only in Crow for a short period of time before they moved out of the area.

If any friends or family are still in the area, please accept our prayers and heartfelt condolences. There is a GoFundMe campaign in his name for those interested in donating. https://www.gofundme.com/you-will-be-missed-cameron-robinson

The Rural Art Center’s annual offering of the Lorane Movie Night will open its six-month-long 2017-2018 season on Saturday, October 14. This first evening is proclaimed to be “Family Night” and those attending are encouraged (but not required) to come in costume and/or bring a carved pumpkin.

A soup and dessert dinner precedes the movie at 6:00 p.m. Before the movie begins, however, judging takes place and prizes awarded for “The Most Original” and “The Most Elaborate” costume, and “The Most Traditional” and “The Least Traditional” pumpkin carving.

The movie scheduled for this first date is a Ron Howard-directed fantasy called “Willow” (PG 1988). It begins at 7:30 p.m. Go to their website at https://www.ruralartcenter.org/movie-night for more information and a list of the upcoming features.

The Lorane Community Association’s October 1 meeting discussed upcoming plans for the Canning, Preservation and Sharing Clinic to take place at the Lorane Grange. It will be a 3-day event in conjunction with the non-profit “Lorane Community Cares” group that has recently formed. Friday night, October 20 at 6:00 p.m., will kick off with a “Community Garden-to-Plate pasta dinner which will be created from the harvest… grown and collected,” according to the promotional flyer. The dinner and clinic are free to all ages, but a donation is requested Friday night to help fund the newly formed non-profit group. All foods preserved and canned during the 3-day clinic will be donated to local families on Sunday, October 21.

Also discussed quite extensively was the possible formation of a Neighborhood Watch group, but it appears that the majority of those in attendance believe that an unaffiliated group be formed as a “Community Watch.” It was noted that our community’s Facebook page has proven to be an excellent resource for neighborhood issues and communication. To benefit those who do not have internet access, phone trees will be set up, as well.

The next meeting of the Lorane Community Association is tentatively scheduled for October 15. More information will be posted on the FB page.

The Crow-Applegate-Lorane School Board meets at the Lorane Grange on Thursday, October 19 at 7:00 p.m. Executive session precedes the open meeting. If you are interested in keeping track of how our school district is being run and how you can help on budget committees, etc., this makes it much easier when the board comes to Lorane. Plan to attend, if possible.

Remember to mark your calendars for the next Dinner and Bingo evening at the Lorane Grange. The October event will be held on Friday, October 27, and the dinner for October will be a Baked Potato Bar. Dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. with family bingo to follow.