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Sweet Lorane Community News, August 27, 2020

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
August 27, 2020
By Pat Edwards

As an author, at this time of the pandemic, protest movements and the upcoming Presidential election, it has been hard to focus on anything other than those events. The news of these events constantly swirls around all of us. I’ve temporarily given up trying to complete the third book of my “Early Lane County Settlers With Connections to Lorane” series that I began a year ago. I’ve done most of the research for it, but I just haven’t been able to concentrate on it since the first of the year. I’m able to write my weekly columns because I can share my thoughts and feelings about current events.

I’ve found I’m not the only writer who is having difficulty writing creatively. Each year for the past 5 years, Jennifer Chambers and I have been publishing an anthology of wonderful stories, essays, memoirs and poetry written by mostly local authors and poets called Groundwaters. Each year, we have included more than 150 stories and poems that have showcased the amazing talent we have in this area, but in 2020, when the deadline for submissions of August 15 was fast approaching, we had fewer than 40 despite the reminders that we had sent out to our regulars. I was ready to shut down our project after 11 years for the magazine and 5 of the anthology, but we decided to put out one more call for submissions at the beginning of the month. Since then, the stories and poetry have been flooding in. Our writers made a supreme effort to keep it going and I know, only so well, how much effort it took. So, we hope to have this year’s anthology in print by November.

This past week, one of my very favorite people in this world, Millie Graves of Crow, who is also a long-time contributor to our publications, posted the following on Facebook:

“Oh happy day! Received word from Pat Edwards and Jen Chambers that our voices/authors will NOT be silenced. They have decided, after all, to turn to the monumental task of publishing the Groundwaters Anthology which is like a lifeline for so many of us. Thank you for opening an outlet for our thoughts and feelings… On behalf of all your contributors and more to come, I am grateful!”

That’s a testimonial that warms our hearts and I just can’t help it… I have to share it. Thank you, Millie!

Labor Day is fast approaching and many people are trying to figure out how to celebrate the social end of summer in such a new type of normal. There are so many questions surrounding it: about school opening—or not; fall sports’ seasons starting—or not; a last camping trip—if you can find a place to go.

Well, if you have lowered your expectations this year to a one-day picnic along your favorite stream or at the coast, you might make a stop at the Creswell Grange on Monday, September 7, between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., to pick up your pre-prepared “Picnic in a Box.” You will need to call ahead and pre-order enough for your needs and pick it up curbside at the grange at 298 W. Oregon Avenue in Creswell. Each picnic box includes a pulled pork sandwich, chips, a dill pickle, coleslaw and a mini cheesecake… all for $7.

To place your order, call Dottie at 541-895-2155 by Saturday, September 5, at 4:00 p.m.

Sweet Lorane Community News, March 5, 2020

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
March 5, 2020
By Pat Edwards

What a wonderful week of my favorite kind of spring-time weather—sunny days and what can actually be described as a warming trend. Unfortunately, our schedules of doctors’ appointments and errands for the store haven’t allowed for much time to enjoy it, but just being able to be “out and about” in shirt-sleeves helps to raise the spirits.

We have some upcoming events that I need to share with you this week.

The co-sponsored Rural Art Center and Lorane Grange’s last Lorane Movie Night of the season will be taking place on Saturday, March 14 at the Lorane Grange. Because of their licensing agreement, RAC is not allowed to advertise the title of the movie, so they’ve made a game of it each time by providing a scrambled version. The March scrambled movie title is “Vincisut.” It’s PG-13 and was released in 2009. It’s set in South Africa where a newly-elected president (and later Nobel laureate) builds peace in unlikely ways, including working with the Springbok rugby team to help unite the country after apartheid. It stars Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon.

The evening begins with dinner at 6:00 p.m., games and doorprizes at 6:45 p.m., and the movie begins at 7:30 p.m.

The Creswell Grange is hosting a mini-pie making class for children on Wednesday, March 25 at 2:00 p.m. They will provide the ingredients for apple, cherry, peach and chocolate cream pies, and the kids can make them and take some home afterwards.
The program is free and open to the public, but children must be accompanied by an adult and they ask you to pre-register so they can have enough supplies and ingredients on hand. If you’re interested, contact Dottie at 541-895-2155.

So many people have been coming into our store lately, looking for hand sanitizer, face masks, disinfectant wipes, etc. Of course, what we did have is gone and there is no one in town that we’ve been able to find who has it, so our shelves in those areas will have to remain empty. With all of the news about the coronavirus and the fact that it is beginning to make itself known on the West Coast, none of us can be too careful. Those who have other health issues, especially, are susceptible and we must all do our part to try not to take any chances on spreading possible flu symptoms.

We received word a few days ago that the King family and administration have decided to close down the public rooms at King Estate for at least a week. The business office, wine-making and bottling departments, and the vineyard will remain open, but the restaurant, tasting room, etc. are temporarily closing for that time period. Because King Estate hosts many visitors from all over the world, they have decided to take extra safeguards and precautions to prevent the coronavirus from infecting their employees and customers in Lane County.

When I contacted Ed King, he said, “We have also urged staff to prepare their homes and families for possible contagion—to learn the proper protocols to avoid infection and self-observation for flu symptoms and to guard against the possible spread of the coronavirus.”

It is this type of concern and foresight by the King family that has earned Jim’s and my respect over the years. Thank you for taking these precautions.

Sweet Lorane Community News, January 9, 2020


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Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
January 9, 2020
By Pat Edwards


Well, we’ve made it into the new year without any major weather inconveniences, but most of us are still preparing ourselves for the possibility of another snow/ice storm that caused us to be without power and water last February. I’ve always considered that the more prepared we are, though, the less likely it will happen… something similar to Murphy’s Law.

Jim and I feel we’re much more ready to deal with another spate of bad weather than we were last year. Thanks to Brian and Michele—our daughter and son-in-law—we now have a large generator that should help us with water, lights and heat should the power go out for several days again, and if our water lines freeze, I have about 6 five-gallon containers of water stored away that we can use. Those measures should ensure that we won’t need any of it this year.

With the new year also comes tax-season. At least the normal cold and rainy days of our Oregon winters can be spent in a warm house while going through all of the unending paperwork and records-retrieval that is required to make sure that Uncle Sam has all of the information needed that will hopefully net us a refund. Of course, that’s generally proven to be wishful thinking, but miracles do happen sometimes.

The Lorane community has been quiet lately. Most of us have been so immersed in the holiday festivities and the adjustment back into whatever we consider “normal” in our lives that we are content to enjoy the quiet for awhile before we get back into the swing of things. So, there is not a lot to report right now.

The regular “1st and 3rd Saturday” Crow Grange bingo nights have already resumed for the new year (bingo starts at 6:00 p.m. and bingo at 7:00 p.m.); the Lorane Grange will be having its Spaghetti and Bingo night on Saturday, January 25, (dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m. and bingo at 6:30 p.m.); and the Crow Grange will be having its first bingo of the year on Wednesday, January 15 (games start at 7:00 p.m.)

The Crow Middle/High School art class has a new project and needs your help. Teacher, Pat Dixon, is asking for donations of old and/or worn books you don’t want, postcards, games with missing pieces, jigsaw puzzles, cloth, buttons, costume jewelry, etc., that can be used in their “Altered Art” project. Contact Pat at pdixon@cal.k12.or.us to arrange for a drop-off or pick-up time.

Lil Thompson asked me to let anyone know that the next Lorane Grange meeting will be on Thursday, January 16 at 7:00 p.m. They welcome new members and have lots of ideas to discuss.

As for me, personally, I’ve resumed my yoga class with instructor, Jen Chambers, at the Applegate Regional Theater, and actually welcomed the stretching and workout of my muscles and joints following a couple of weeks without it. I’ve found the small classes are not only beneficial, but very enjoyable, as well. It’s something I look forward to each week, now.

2020 has begun on a positive note for all of us in our family and we’re hoping that it has for your family, too. Now, if we can just get the scary and unsettling national and international concerns under control, it might begin a trend of lots of positives in all of our lives!