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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!

Sweet Lorane Community News, October 31, 2019

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
October 31, 2019
By Pat Edwards

I spent an enjoyable day last week participating in the Creswell Grange’s Holiday Bazaar. I reserved a table at the last minute and was pleasantly surprised to sell more books than I had hoped. A bonus was that I was able to spend the day with a group of nice people and visited with many who stopped by my table to chat. Thank you, Martin and Louise McClure and Patrick Dearth, especially, for your hospitality!

That same weekend, I volunteered to help with one of the game booths at the Applegate Harvest Festival in Crow. It’s been a long time since I’ve done something like that… the last similar event I attended was the Lorane Spring Fling which was held in the Lorane Elementary School during its final year in June 2011. The article I wrote about it can be found on my website at http://allthingslorane.com under “Writings” for those of you who would like to relive it.

Our granddaughter, Stephanie Furlong, and her husband, Chad, and daughters, Harper Lorane, Hayden Rae and Shiloh Kate all showed up at the Harvest Festival, dressed in Toy Story costumes that Steph had made. It brought back so many memories as I made my rounds in the cupcake walk with Harper and then went to visit the Fish Pond and bean bag throw with her after my shift ended. The gymnasium was filled with other family groups who were all In costume. What a fun evening!

In today’s column, I thought I’d tell you a bit about the new yoga group that I have recently joined in order to work on my core strength and balance following my recent surgery. My good friend and co-editor of Groundwaters, Jennifer Chambers, has obtained her certification as an adaptive yoga instructor and has been holding classes on Tuesday and Thursdays from noon to 1:00 p.m. at the Applegate Regional Theater, 87230 Central Rd., Eugene, north of Crow. The group is growing, so Jen has decided to offer another class on Wednesdays from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. Classes are varied, but include chair yoga, floor movements, meditation, and balance bar work. Balance bars are provided, but you’ll need to bring a yoga mat and dress comfortably. The classes are $4 per person, per class. It’s a relaxing, no-stress way of keeping at bay the aches and pains of those of us who don’t get as much exercise as we’d like. For more info, contact Jen at jenniferbyerschambers@yahoo.com.

Speaking of Jen, she’s rehearsing to portray one of the main characters in her most recent book, “Hesitate No Longer: Abigail Scott Duniway and Susan B. Anthony in Oregon,” in an exciting new play called “An Evening With Three Great Americans” taking place at the Applegate Regional Theater on Saturday and Sunday, November 16 and 17. Abigail Scott Duniway, the character that Jen portrays, was one of the main forces in obtaining women’s rights in Oregon. One of Abigail’s harshest critics in her fight for women’s voting rights was the editor of the Portland Oregonian newspaper, Harvey W. Scott—Abigail’s own brother.

Another of the great Americans being featured is Abraham Lincoln, who will be portrayed by Steve Holgate. Steve has professionally portrayed Lincoln on many occasions around Oregon and is said to do an excellent job. The third American will be Mark Twain, portrayed by Don Schmieding. I don’t know Don personally, but I’ve heard good things about his work. This should be a wonderful experience! You can order tickets on-line at http://www.art-inc.org.

The Lorane Movie Night for this month will be held on November 7th at the Lorane Grange. The scrambled title for this month’s feature is “Het Dogs Stum eb Zarcy” (PG, 1980). Hint: it’s an action Indie film. The Lorane Fire Department is this month’s sponsor. Check the Rural Art Center’s website for more details.

The Lorane Christian Church will be hosting the annual Lorane Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Sunday, November 17, at 5:00 p.m. at the Lorane Grange.
The Grange will be collecting not only non-perishable foods for the Holiday baskets, but they are also asking for donation of items for the U.S. soldier that they have “adopted” this holiday season. Contact Lil Thompson 541-942-5701 for suggestions for the items needed.

Sweet Lorane Community News, April 11, 2019

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
April 11, 2019
By Pat Edwards

I’m finally able to turn my attention to community news this week. Although the going is slow, Jim is healing from his falls of a couple of weeks ago. I’m still his chauffeur, cook and morning help at the store, but we’ve fallen into a routine that works for us both. Hopefully, the physical therapy that he’s going to begin next week will help build his strength and balance again.

Thank you to the Lorane Grange for the wonderful community service awards that Lil Thompson presented to not only Jim and I, but Tara Wigle, Larry and Donna Moore, Heidi Langstraat, and Josie Skeers. We were deeply touched by the presentation at last weekend’s Lorane Talent Show sponsored by the Grange and the Rural Art Center.
While there, Jim and I were entertained, along with about 30 others, by some exceptional talent from the community. It included the always popular Kyle and Jim singing duo who are so popular at our annual Ice Cream Social held every August.

Then, there was the amazing “almost-six-year-old,” Jillian McGladrey, who sang and danced to two songs while her dad accompanied her on the guitar. My favorite of her songs was “Puff the Magic Dragon.” Members of the audience… including me… were encouraged to sing along with her and I haven’t done that in years. What fun!
The next entrant, “Little Banjo” decided that this year wasn’t going to be her debut to perform her dance after all, so she gave us a rain check.

The program was rounded out by the very talented Crow High School Junior, Cooper Morris, who sang and played the guitar. It was an afternoon that we all enjoyed immensely. Thank you to all!

Lil Thompson announced that there will be no Spaghetti Dinner and Bingo Night held again until next fall. They usually hold it through the school year, but are finding that they won’t be able to do it in April and May this year. Mark your calendars for the next one to be held on the 4th Friday in September.

If you’ll be having withdrawals from bingo, you still have some options. The Crow Grange holds their dinner and bingo nights every 1st and 3rd Saturdays through the school year.

Then, the Applegate Elementary Booster Club will be playing bingo on May 10, I believe. It will be held in their gymnasium. I’ll try to get more details closer to the time.

The Creswell Grange will be having a bingo night on Wednesday, April 17, at the grange hall at 298 West Oregon Avenue in Creswell. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the games begin at 7:00 p.m.

The Lorane Christian Church will be holding its Easter “Sonrise” Service again this year on the King Estate terrace at 8:00 a.m. on Easter Sunday morning, April 21. Following the service, at 9:00 a.m., there will be a free breakfast at the church. The regular worship service will begin at 10:00 a.m. Everyone is invited to attend all of the services.

I wish to personally thank Crow High School teacher, Heather Hohnstein, the Crow-Applegate-Lorane School District administration and the students of CHS for my invitation to participate as an interviewer in the Career Mock Interview Day for graduating seniors. It was a wonderful experience. Each of the four students that I interviewed were respectful, neat, articulate, and self-confident. Those I spoke to have goals for what they want to do after graduation and showed their excitement in moving forward. I wish that other community members who do not have the opportunity to interact with today’s youth often, would be able to meet with these young men and women one-on-one as I did. If they are representative of the calibre of today’s generation, I feel our country’s future is in good hands. Thank you, Gracie, Stephen, Emily and Joel! You are all treasures!