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Sweet Lorane Community News, February 17, 2022

Fern Ridge-Tribune News
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
February 17, 2022
By Pat Edwards

I’m finding that, with the recent days of sunshine and a bit warmer weather, I’m beginning to slough off some of the lethargy I’ve felt this past winter. I never seem to stop writing—after all, the commitment to write a weekly column for two newspapers helps to keep me on track, but it’s been difficult to concentrate and focus on larger projects during this pandemic. Before it descended on us, I had done much of the research and was preparing to begin the writing of a third book in my “Early Lane County, Oregon, Families with Lorane Connections” series, but the disruption of “normal” life as we knew it two years ago was accompanied by the need to focus on some personal issues, too, so I set it aside to finish “later.”

Thanks to the encouragement of Creswell Chronicle publisher, Noel Nash, I’ve begun the research and compilation of information for another local history project that has piqued my interest and I’m anxious to see where it leads.

In addition, I’ve agreed to assist in the writing of some grants to help find funding for the Lorane Christian Church’s critical need for a new roof.

, the promise of spring and the resulting work necessary to get our yard and flower beds in shape—chores that I love doing— along with a couple of writing projects I can work on while resting tired muscles, I’m looking forward to what 2022 will bring.

There are a few community news notes that I want to share with you this week. The Rural Art Center’s hoped-for launch of the 2022 Movie Night series, scheduled originally to be held on February 12, has been postponed to Saturday, March 12 at 6:00 p.m. at the Lorane Grange. This popular movie series, like most other community activities, did not take place last year because of the pandemic, but it’s being brought back and I suggest that you put the date and time on your calendars. Masks will be required. Unfortunately, I can’t give out the title of the movie that will be shown. The only way you can find out is if you join RAC’s “member list,” because the company that they contract with for the movies prohibit them from advertising. To join the member list, send them an email at ruralartcenter@gmail.com. Members can then request the movie names which will be emailed as long as you promise not to publicize them. Curious…

RAC has long worked with the Crow-Applegate-Lorane School District to provide their “Half Day of Art” classes to students. Each begins at noon when regular classes are dismissed. This program is funded through art and culture grants that are awarded to RAC each year. On the days when the school district has only half days of classes, RAC arranges for professional artists to come to the school to provide a three-hour “stimulating art experience” for the students who sign up. A $15 per child, per class, fee also includes a recess break and a healthy snack. They only have three classes left in the 2021-2022 school year. The next one is scheduled for Friday, May 4, and it will feature Brenda Brainard working with the class on Native American crafts and stick games. The one on Thursday, April 21, will welcome artist Shawn Goddard who will oversee the carving of the student’s own stamps and print designs. The last half-day class of the school year will be on Friday, May 20, when Patricia Montoya Donohue returns with her popular clay monsters class.

Another fun activity that RAC has helped sponsor for several years is Ukulele lessons for 4th graders to adults. We just got started last Wednesday.” They are held in the Crow High School music room from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesdays. Classes are free and are funded by the Rural Art Center, the Umpqua Indian Foundation, and the Oregon Country Fair. For more information, contact music director, Pat Dixon (pdixon@cal.k12.or.us). Everyone must wear face masks and adults are required to show proof of vaccinations for the ukulele classes.

event to put on your calendar… On Saturday, March 19, the Creswell Grange will hold The Spice of Life Food Drive to benefit the Creswell Food Pantry. It is a drive-and-drop event in which much-needed cooking seasonings such as salt and pepper, spices, herbs, cooking oils, vinegar, condiments and sauces are requested. Volunteers will be curbside at Creswell Grange to accept donations from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. More information will be made available closer to the event or you can contact Carolin Pettit at 541-913-1859.

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.