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Sweet Lorane Community News – June 9, 2016

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
June 9, 2016
By Pat Edwards

Welcome to a classic beginning to an Oregon summer! Last week, a few brave hay farmers were able to get their fields cut, raked, baled and picked up before the change in weather. Some, however, held their breaths, hoping that the cooler temps and “chances of showers” were not going to ruin the hay that was cut but not yet dry enough to bale.

I am so glad that Jim has finally dismounted from his tractor, given up the fields he has tended for so long and is looking closer to home for his projects. For the first time in 52 years of marriage, I’m able to hand over the lawn mowing duties and share the yardwork with him. Wow! What a gift!

The new Lorane Directory, which has been set up on Facebook, is getting some use, it appears. Thank you to Chris Starfire for setting it up and to Marissa McNutt Cooper and Patrick Dearth for helping to administrate it. It gives members a chance to list for sale items in the area so that our regular Lorane, Oregon Facebook page can be kept for community discussions, concerns and announcements. The Lorane Directory is also meant to provide community members information on resources within the community. In looking through the actual directory list, however, I notice that several of our service organizations and activity and interest groups have not added their listings yet. If this is going to be a truly helpful resource, they need to be added, but the information must come from the organizations themselves… i.e services provided, meeting times and places, need for new memberships, contact information, etc.

I had a request the other day from an AmeriCorps volunteer who is working on a food systems assessment for Southern Lane County. She needed to find out how to get in touch with those who are running the Lorane Bread Basket food pantry. I was able to track down the information for her and she got in touch with one of the organizers, but this is one of the reasons why we need to have info on our service organizations posted (Bread Basket, Senior Lunches, Grange, Rebekahs, Theta Rho, Boy Scouts, Fire Department, Church, Community Association, Growers Market, etc.). The most important reason, however, is for those new to the community to learn what services are available to them and how they can participate as volunteers or make use of the services they provide. I was told that some of the food has to be thrown out because there are not enough requests for it during the year. I’m sure that families in the area who are struggling could use it if they knew it was available.

Let’s all encourage the community members who offer a skill or product and organizations that offer services to make sure that they are listed on the Lorane Directory so that it can truly be a useful tool for all of us. The directory file can be found at https://www.facebook.com/notes/999281663489459/Lorane%20Directory/999298380154454 or just type in “Lorane Directory” in the Facebook search box. Go to “Files” and select the Lorane Directory file.

Sweet Lorane Community News – April 21, 2016

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
April 21, 2016
By Pat Edwards

Lorane has an exciting new on-line resource, thanks to local resident, Chris Starfire. There has been a lot of interest shown in developing a list of Lorane resources, but no one, until now, has come forward to make it happen. Chris took the initiative and has set up a Facebook page called “Lorane Directory.” She has already put together a listing containing information on local businesses, services and other resources. She has also set it up so that people can post items for sale or trade from the area. In addition, she’s hoping to provide a section where locals can offer their recommendations on those services and goods offered.

Because Chris is not able to run it herself, she asked for volunteers to administer it once it is set up. Immediately, Marissa McNutt Cooper and Patrick Dearth generously offered their help along those lines.

This new resource will free up the Lorane, Oregon page for discussions, concerns, notices and happenings so that advertisements can now be kept separate. Check out the new Lorane Directory, https://www.facebook.com/groups/999281663489459/, if you want to contact local businesses or are looking for local products, services or resources in the area.

If you have a small cottage business, are a crafter, have a skill or are willing to provide various types of labor to local residents, be sure to post your information to the Lorane Directory and you will be added to the resource list. It is growing daily.

Thank you Chris, Marissa and Patrick for providing this much-needed and wanted service to the community!

The Yoga classes at the former Lorane Elementary School are being held in the upper building, the first classroom to the right, on Mondays and Fridays at 8:00 a.m. and Tuesdays at 9:00 a.m. They are $50 for 10 classes or $7 drop-in fee. Bring a yoga mat if you have one. Call Rich Mitchell, 541-942-5459, or check out his website at http://www.theloraneschool.org/whats-happening/ for more information.

The Crow Grange is hosting a play night on Thursday May 5th at 7:00 p.m. Come and see three one-act plays. It’s free! They are a lot of fun to watch and they will have refreshments afterwards.

The Crow Grange is also putting on its annual Mother’s Day Breakfast on Sunday May 8th from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. Last year, my family took me there and it was so much fun! They provide a wonderful breakfast of pancakes or biscuits and gravy, sausage, eggs, fruit and coffee or juice all for a suggested donation of $5. They give each mother a special treat as well.

Crow Middle/High School P.E. teacher, Tracy Engholm, put out a request to area patrons to volunteer a few hours of their time for the Survival Class that she is teaching. In it,  the students are learning how to sew using sewing machines. The students are assigned to make a bag of some sort by the end of the school year. Since Tracy is also teaching gardening at the same time, she hasn’t been able to figure out how to do both at once. She is hoping that someone from the district is willing to help the sewing class from 8:20 to 9:10 a.m. on school days. The school has two machines, so the volunteer would only be working with a couple of students at a time.

Tracy would also welcome donations of new or used thread, zippers, material, belting, buttons, etc. You can drop them off at either Crow High/Middle School or Applegate Elementary or leave a message for her at 541-935-2227.

Congratulations to Crow High/Middle School students, Teancum Jentzsch of Lorane and Grace Wagner for scoring among the highest at the countywide 2016 Math Fair held at Lane Community College in April. They both scored 12 out of 15 on their tests. There was only one other student from the participating schools that scored as high. The state competition will be held on May 14. Our congratulations and best wishes go to both students. Way to go!

Mark your calendars on May 17 for the upcoming Crow-Applegate-Lorane musical event. The C-A-L schools will present a night of music performed by district students and some guest performers from local music groups. There will also be food, raffles and door prizes to raise money for the district’s music department. There will be a spaghetti dinner at 6:00 p.m. for $5 per adult, $3 per child, or $15 per family of four.

Sweet Lorane Community News – September 24, 2015

Fern Ridge Review                                    
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
September 24, 2015
By Pat Edwards

I must begin this column once again with some sad news about the loss of another of our long-time Lorane residents. Charlotte Mitchell passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, September 19. This beautiful lady, loved by so many, was seen outside in her yard that morning, talking to her husband Bill out in their huge vegetable garden. Late that afternoon, she suffered a heart attack that took her almost immediately. Jim was told later by one of her sons that not too many days before, Charlotte asked him to give her a first-time-ever ride on his motorcycle. She was thrilled to be checking one more thing off of her bucket list.

CharloCharlotte Mitchell funeral cardtte was a tiny woman who stood tall because of her energy, compassion and community spirit. She was a long-time member of the Lorane Rebekah Lodge and was on hand to host most of the senior lunches and run the afternoon’s entertainment each Thursday.

Jim and I have known Charlotte and Bill for a long, long time. We bought the store from the Mitchell family in 1977, and I remember when Charlotte was helping Stell to run it following her father-in-law, Bill Mitchell, Sr.’s, death. We have such good memories of a fantastic lady and a whole family who took us under their wing and trusted us with the family store!

Unfortunately, Charlotte’s passing is not the only sad news to report this week. One of our favorite Lorane people, Lloyd Porter, suffered a major stroke the day after Charlotte’s death. As of this writing, Lloyd is still in ICU at RiverBend where he is in therapy to regain the use of his left side and his speech. Lloyd and his wife Jeri Porter are very much involved in Lorane community activities and it’s so hard to have another one of our special people laid low – we hope, temporarily – by health issues. Lloyd is allowed to have visitors despite being in ICU from what I’ve been told, and I know that he would enjoy a card or short visit to let him know that we are with him in his journey to recovery.

A local woman, Chris Starfire, has posted to the Lorane Facebook page that she is in need of some extra winter squash or pie pumpkins. Here’s her message: “Does any have (or will have) any spare eating/pie pumpkins or other winter squash? My garden completely failed this year and I was hoping to fill the freezer with lots of pumpkin/squash puree to see me through the winter since it’s one of the few vegetables I’m not allergic to. I’d be delighted to share out (50/50) the finished product (which would be frozen rather than pressure canned) with anyone who’d like to contribute their spares. Contact me at paedwards42@yahoo.com and I’ll put you in contact with Chris… or even better, go to our FB page and respond directly to her.

Our new Groundwaters 2015: An Anthology issue is complete. Pre-ordered copies can be picked up at the Groundwaters Live! program to take place on Tuesday, October 13 at the Fern Ridge Library beginning at 7:00 p.m. Stop by to hear some reading from the book by some of our West Lane authors, enjoy some snacks and visit with some of your favorite authors and poets!!