Tag: Chad Alden Andrews

Sweet Lorane Community News, September 6, 2018

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
September 6, 2018
By Pat Edwards

Now that school has started and everyone is looking towards fall, community activities are starting up again.

This month, the Crow Grange will resume its monthly bingo and dinner event that helps to provide funding to maintain their building and grounds. It’s a fun evening that the whole family can participate in. It sponsors two dinner and bingo nights a month—on the first and third Saturdays. They break for the winter holidays and summer vacation, so their first dinner and bingo evening will be on Saturday, September 15. Dinner is served beginning at 6:00 p.m. and bingo starts at 7:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to join them for the food, fun and games.

The Lorane Grange will be getting back into its own dinner and bingo schedule beginning in October. I’ll let you know the exact date closer to the time.

The Lorane Christian Church is sponsoring a class called “Financial Peace” starting September 18th. This is a 9-week course on how to get out of debt, budget your money and build wealth. It will be held at the Lorane Grange on Tuesday nights from 7:00-8:30 p.m. You must register on-line at FINANCIAL PEACE REGISTRATION. The cost for the class is $109, but if you need financial assistance, the church can help with part of that. Contact Heidi Rusten Langstraat on the website for questions or info.

The Lorane Rural Art Center has released its line-up of movies to be shown for this upcoming season. They are seeking sponsors to provide homemade soup—3 gallons of meat-based soup and/or 3 gallons of vegetarian—at each of the scheduled movie nights.

The movies include:

  • October 13: “Bend It Like Beckham”
  • November 10: “Hidden Figures”
  • December 8: “The Book Thief”
  • January 12: “East Side Sushi”
  • February 9: “Far From the Madding Crowd”
  • March 9: “Beasts of the Southern Wild (?)” (This last one has not been locked in yet and it may change.)

For more information, contact Rural Art Center board member, Chris, at stacool28@gmail.com or call 541-942-3511.

As reported in an earlier column, former Crow graduate, Chad Alden Andrews, passed away on August 19. His mother, Robin Rene (O’Brien), sent this update that I’d like to share.

I got a letter yesterday from the Life Center Organ Donor Network in Cincinnati… they are the family liaison for organ donors. They told me that all the transplants donated by Chad were successful and the hospital is flying a flag out front with Chad’s name on it. They also sent me a small flag and 100 “Donate Life” wristbands which I will put out to share at his memorial.

Note: The date of the memorial celebration will be announced when it has been determined.

We’re sending prayers and our thanks to all of the fire fighters who have been working so many hours, days and weeks to try to control the many wildfires in the area. We especially thank those who worked so hard to contain the fires that broke out near Curtin, along I-5 that could have easily headed our way.

It’s so sad to witness the destruction of so many trees, wildlife and even, in certain areas, homes, property and human life. It’s pretty scary. Thank you to those of you who are willing to put your lives on the line. Your efforts have not been overlooked!

Sweet Lorane Community News, August 30, 2018

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
August 30, 2018
By Pat Edwards

This week, as we begin the process of transitioning from summer to fall, I have some announcements and events to put on your calendar.

Robin Rene (O’Brien) posted the following information on the Lorane, Oregon Facebook page about her son, Chad Alden Andrews (March 3, 1981 – August 19, 2018).

“With great sadness, I need to inform the local people of the passing of my youngest son Chad. We are planting a tree with his ashes on my place and will have an open-gate day so people can come to see it and share things they remember if the want. We will announce the date for that soon. His brothers, Jerry and Robert, still live in Lorane as do I. Jerry’s wife Kristy and son Timothy are also Loranians. His father Robert is a resident of Cottage Grove. He has a nephew Jalin in Crow, Logan in Tigard and Addyson in Springfield. Chad was an organ donor and the care center says his organs saved the lives of three people and his corneas will restore vision to two more. Our family is very upset and grieving at the moment and I am posting here so we can avoid telling it over and over. We welcome your thoughts, prayers, good energy or whatever your belief system allows you to send our way. Thanks. Robin Rene”

Chad attended the Crow-Applegate-Lorane schools and was remembered by many. Among the comments were these: “My last memories of Chad were as a bright, energetic, funny, creative teenager.” and “He was a bright light and one of my favorite kids back when he was at Crolane.”

We send the family our heartfelt condolences at this time. I can’t think of anything worse than losing a child, no matter what age…

The Rural Art Center’s Ukulele Club is revving (strumming?) up again and lessons/practices will be held on Thursdays, beginning October 4, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. at the Crow Middle/High School Music Room. Beginners through accomplished players are invited and welcome to join in the fun. More information can be found on the Rural Art Center Facebook page.

A new Lorane resident, Kirsten Barnes, is offering gymnastics to local kids soon. She is seeking a venue for her mobile classroom. Message her on our Facebook page if you are interested in your child participating.

Mark your calendars for a public hearing being held to discuss the Sudbury Charter School proposed for the Lorane area. It will be held at the Applegate Elementary School cafeteria on Thursday, September 6, at 7:00 p.m. You are urged to come join in the discussion and to find out how it will impact not only the Lorane community, but the Crow-Applegate-Lorane School District, as well. More information can be found at http://eugenesudburyschool.org/charter/

One last notice for this week… The Balance Restoration Nursery on Chambers Mill Road, south of Lorane, has posted a job opening for seasonal employees who preferably have Wetland Restoration experience, to work with plants, greenhouse construction, and the restoration of soil. The employment will run from September 24 to December 20, three days a week/8- to 10-hour days with pay $11 to $14 per hour. Contact: balancenursery@yahoo.com; or the Balance Restoration Nursery LLC Facebook page.