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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.

Sweet Lorane Community News – January 19, 2017

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
January 19, 2017
By Pat Edwards

WooHoo! The snow and ice are gone and – I thought I’d never say this in January – our rain is back! So far, it doesn’t look like there is much flooding in this area, if any. Hopefully, now I can find something to talk about besides weather this week

One bit of Lorane news connected to the weather, however… Magdalina Ware, one of Lorane’s long-time residents, was helping a neighbor last week during the icy conditions and fell and broke her leg. When her granddaughter alerted us via the Facebook page, an outpouring of meals and love were sent Mag’s way and Jerol, who is not known for his cooking skills, apparently, is now able to heat up a variety of dishes to get them through until Mag is able to be up and around again. I’m sure that Mag is champing at the bit to be able to get down to Seven Feathers to play a game of bingo again. I know that I’ve earned somewhat of a reputation as a bingo fan, but Mag has me beat. Jerol… not so much. He tags along with her and plays the slots, but he almost always has a Zane Grey or other western novel on hand to immerse himself in while she is playing, if need be. Get well soon, Mag!

Speaking of bingo, the Lorane and Crow granges are resuming their dinner and bingo nights. Lorane’s will be on Saturday, January 28… the 4th Saturday of the month. Crow’s started theirs again last Saturday and will continue until summer on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays. They are both fun events for the whole family and help to support the individual granges.

Dinner will begin at the Lorane event at 5:30 p.m. and bingo for the whole family starts at 6:30 p.m. At Crow, dinner starts at 6:00 p.m. and bingo is at 7:00 p.m. Both are fun, raucous times and I hope to see big crowds there this spring. For Lorane, contact Lil Thompson (541-942-5701 for information; for Crow, the contact person is Connie Suing. I don’t have Connie’s contact information, but she can be reach via Facebook and or the newly activated Crow Community Facebook page.

Members of the Lorane Christian Church invites the community to join them on January 21st for the film, “Miracle From Heaven” that they will be showing at 5:30 p.m.

Jo-Brew and I have some talks lined up this month and next on the history of Pacific Highway/U.S. Highway 99 through Oregon. This month it will be Albany; next month, Junction City and Willamalane in Springfield. I’ve decided to do my introductory portion as a PowerPoint presentation so I can show vintage photos while I talk. Jo is the storyteller of our duo and loves to relate some of the stories told to her in the course of her extensive research of “Oregon’s Main Street.” We’d love to give some more local talks if any of the service clubs are looking for program speakers.

In addition, Jennifer Chambers and I have put together a talk on self-publishing if any of the writing groups in the area are interested. The one we gave to the Willamette Writers turned out really well. We’ve learned quite a few ins and outs about self-publishing over the years and we’d love to share our experiences. We don’t charge for either talk.

I’m in the process of preparing for two cataract surgeries in the coming weeks. I always thought I would be nervous if I ever had to have any type of eye surgery, but I’ve heard so many stories of how easy the surgery is, that I’m really looking forward to being able to see without eyestrain and blurry vision. It’s a bummer when reading comprises a good portion of your life. I’m not going to opt for the correction of my astigmatism at the same time, so I’ll continue to wear glasses. Besides, when the DMV insisted that I have my drivers’ license photo taken without my glasses, it gives me a shock now whenever I have to show ID… I look at that and say to myself… “Who IS that person?” I’ve worn glasses for the past 35 years and the out-of-pocket cost is more than I want to pay for what I understand would be a rather short term correction since I’d end up wearing reading and computer glasses most of the time, anyway.

Enjoy the rain!