Tag: COVID-19

Sweet Lorane Community News, October 15, 2020

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
October 15, 2020
By Pat Edwards

The increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases in Lane County and all over the country necessitates that we continue protecting ourselves and our loved ones as best we can. Wearing masks, social distancing, hand washing, and not seeing our loved ones as often as we would like are taking their toll on many of us, but we cannot let up our vigilance. The first three things have been easy for Jim and I to assimilate. They are simple inconveniences that seem almost natural to us when we are out and about these days. The hard part is not being able to spend more time with our son and daughters; our grandchildren and great-grands. We still get together—outdoors—maybe once a month or so for special events, and Jim and I get to hold and cuddle our babies and ration ourselves to quick “hello” and “goodbye” hugs from the other “littles” while maintaining distance from the adults. Jim and I know that each of our family members are as careful as we are around others and if they have any doubt about possible exposure to the virus or have symptoms, they would not expose us or the rest of the family. Now that we are getting into the fall season, however, we need to be even more careful… even around each other.

The groups in Lorane that hold events have made hard decisions about whether or not to try to proceed during this pandemic and a couple have come up with ways to hold them while still staying within the CDC guidelines.

The Lorane Christian Church continues to meet each Sunday. The members have the options of coming inside the church for services as long as they wear masks and social distance. They are also given the option of participating in the service in their cars, parked in the parking lot outside, while listening to it on the car radio on FM 89.1. Before the service, Pastor Dave Langstraat and his wife Heidi, spend time circulating among the cars while masked and welcome attendees and take any prayer requests from them.

The church’s membership is planning to host its annual Trunk ‘n Treat event on Halloween night between 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the church’s parking lot. For those attending, masks are required and candy and goodies that will be handed out to trick or treaters from the trunks of cars must be sealed in individual ziploc bags. Hand sanitizer and/or disposable gloves will also be used.

Another annual fall series, the Rural Art Center’s Lorane Movie Night may or may not happen. The RAC board of directors canceled its initial October movie and is currently discussing whether or not they will try to offer future ones in the 2020-2021 season under CDC guidelines.

Last week, I provided an update on the plans for the Territorial Highway Road Project at Stony Point. As of this writing, truck travel between Hamm Road and Cottage Grove-Lorane Road will be restricted with the exception of those making local deliveries to the Lorane area. This past weekend, traffic lights were set up, covering 600 feet of roadway, to regulate one-way traffic through the most hazardous part of the construction. We ask everyone who is driving through that area to use caution and respect the other drivers who are also having to share this very difficult portion of the road.

We’ll soon be only 2 weeks away from a very important Election Day. Please! Remember to VOTE!… and send in your ballots early.

Sweet Lorane Community News, July 23, 2020

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
July 23, 2020
By Pat Edwards

Happy summer everyone! Has it been hot enough for you? For me, the 70s are perfect; the low- to even mid-80s are bearable; but once the thermometer passes over that 90 mark, I tend to hibernate in the air-conditioned house, if possible.

Consequently, I water flowers and Jim does the lawn mowing in the early mornings or late evenings. We expect that more and more restrictions will be put on the use of power equipment as the temperature soars and the vegetation dries out so we’re trying to stay ahead of the game while we can.

With the Covid-19 guidelines in place, we try to spend as much time at home as possible, but we still have a store to run for now, and trips to town two or three times a week are inevitable. Like so many others, we are doing everything we can to socially distance ourselves when out in public, and we are very strong supporters of wearing masks when we shop, go into the bank or have lunch at responsible local restaurants. I’ve embarrassed myself a few times by being distracted as I get out of the car and have found myself walking through the front door of a business only to realize that I forgot to don my mask. I apologize profusely as I run back out to the car with my arm or hands over my face. Jim always seems to remember to put his on, but I haven’t trained him yet to remind me when I forget.

We try to limit our social activities to family, but there have been a couple of occasions in the recent past that we have felt the need to attend a funeral and a wedding. Fortunately, the funeral was held in a church that had an anteroom where we were able to view and hear it on monitors while keeping our distance in a much smaller group.

At the outdoor wedding, Jim and I were among the three who wore masks out of over 100 guests, but we were able to sit about 20 feet away from the gathering and still see the beautiful ceremony as the happy couple were united. We left right afterwards after congratulating the mother of the bride. It was not an easy situation for us. We did not want to appear anti-social—some of those in attendance are our good friends and neighbors. We wanted to celebrate with them, but not at the expense of our health or that of others. Many of them who may have noticed our discomfort would be surprised to know that I vote in the same primaries that they do.

My voter registration has been the same for well over 50 years, but that’s just on paper and I have never claimed to be a voting member of that party. I don’t want to be told how to vote… or think… or act… by any “group.” I vote from my heart and determine with my own intellect, experience, research and moral code what feels right. Nothing feels right these days. I don’t feel that I belong to either major political party… in fact, I don’t feel that I have been represented by either for a long time. The extreme ends of both parties scare the livin’ daylights out of me.

I love my country and all that it stands for. Like each one of us, it is far from perfect. Its history is not perfect; nor is its present. We are a nation of contrasts—in race, ethnicity, religious and political beliefs, education, lifestyle and so much more—and those qualities, welded together, are what have made it strong and respected throughout the world. If we allow cracks to form and widen as they are now, we are weakened. We all need to work to mend those cracks—to reach out to each other while we still can.

May God Bless America!

Sweet Lorane Community News, May 14, 2020

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
May 14, 2020
By Pat Edwards

With the COVID-19 protocols still in place there hasn’t been a lot to relate as far as community news. Unfortunately, much of what I have to report today is not the happy kind. I just learned that we have lost three more of our long-time friends and neighbors recently…

Bev FarnhamA woman I’ve known for many years, quietly passed away in early March, but I wasn’t aware of it until now. Beverly Farnham and her husband Larry and their children, Janie and Jeremy, lived in one of our rental homes across from the store for over 10 years before moving to their own home on south Territorial. Bev was quiet and unassuming and I’ve only run into her a few times in the past several years, but she always had a ready smile and a friendly “hello.” She will be missed as will Larry who, I understand, has moved to Sweet Home to be near his daughter, Janie.

Tom LaingA well-loved family who has lived in both Lorane and Veneta, lost its patriarch, Tom Laing, on May 4, 2020. Tom and his wife Lauren “Lollie” raised their family of six in Lorane and later, Veneta. Tommy, Tammy, Doug and Chris attended the Lorane and Crow schools and Tom and Lollie were active in the schools, athletic programs and the communities where they lived. A veteran, Tom Laing was a member of veteran’s groups and participated in veteran’s causes throughout his life. He will be missed by so many.

Janet MartinAnother Lorane resident, Janet Martin, passed on May 7. She and her three sons, Jason, Jeremy and Derek, owned and operated the Farmin’ Creek events center on Siuslaw River Road in Lorane for many years. Janet was outspoken and a force to be reckoned with if crossed, but if she liked you, she was a friend forever. She helped to get a Boy Scout troop organized in the area and loved watching her sons play football in school. She was a hard-worker and helped to make Farmin’ Creek a fun place to hold an event in the area. Her many “forever friends” are mourning her passing.

Jim and I extend our condolences to the Farnham, Laing and Martin families. Bev, Tom and Janet will be missed by so many of us who consider them good friends.

Some other sad, but expected, news for the community is the cancellation of the annual and very popular Lorane Ice Cream Social, hosted by the Lorane Volunteer Fire Department, and the Lorane Community Potluck, held at the Lorane Grange this year because of the COVID-19 social distancing protocols. Our hopes are that if we sacrifice them this year and do what is needed to get through this pandemic, that we can all work towards making them even better next summer.

That’s enough bad news for this week… The good news is that Jim and I are doing well. We are making progress on putting our home back together after a major restoration project and we are healthy and staying active. There’s nothing like that tired feeling you have at the end of a day when you have accomplished so much. The beautiful sunny weather we’ve had has allowed us to get outside, get away from the T.V. and computer, and allow our minds to concentrate on something other than medical issues and the controversy surrounding them.

The rainy days that have interspersed with the sunny, give us time to settle in, surrounded by our fur babies who are more than willing to cuddle with us and let life drift by for a day or two.

I hope that all of you are finding some of those bright spots in the altered circumstances we have all found ourselves in. Cherish what you can… our continued good health, our loving families, our circle of friends who are finding their own ways during this pandemic, and Mother Nature who is proof of the beauty we all share.