Tag: Creswell High School

Sweet Lorane Community News, September 26, 2019

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
September 26, 2019
By Pat Edwards

This past week was the beginning of fall, and it certainly feels as though it’s earlier than usual, weather-wise. I’ve always enjoyed the cooler, sunny days of fall that we usually have through September and into October, but Mother Nature is keeping us guessing on what each of our tomorrows is to bring this year.

With fall comes the beginning of football, volleyball and cross-country seasons at the area schools. How I miss having a son, daughter or grandchildren in high school or middle school who participate in athletics. I’ve packed away Jim’s and my red and white Crow High School jackets with the names and uniform numbers of our grandkids on the sleeves. We cheered on so many of their games, both at home and away and I miss that. Our daughter, Michele Kau, and her daughter—our granddaughter—Stephanie Furlong, have gone on to coach volleyball. Michele stepped down as the head coach at Crow last year, but Stephanie has taken on the head coaching job for Glide High School east of Roseburg. We still try to make it to at least one of their games each season, although those bleachers are getting harder to sit on as well as climb. At least our one granddaughter, Natalie, who attends Creswell High School, participates in music and drama events that we can attend and so enjoy.

Along with school sports, fall brings harvest festivals and Halloween events. Trick or treating has morphed into the much safer “trunk or treating” where parent and community members park their cars In the Lorane Church parking lot and decorate their cars’ trunks with orange and black and provide treats for the ghosts and goblins who come to fill their jack-o-lanterns. The adults and children are also treated to hot chocolate, spiced cider, coffee and other goodies while standing around outdoor heaters (and under canopies, if it rains) while visiting.

How I remember when the Lorane Elementary School hosted its annual carnival in the gymnasium. It was so popular and usually filled to capacity while young and old alike would gather to watch the children run to the various booths to fish for prizes and do the ring toss and bean bag throw. Some tried shooting basketball free throws for tickets; others had their faces painted with unicorns and rainbows. And then there was the annual lollipop tree which sported hundreds of Dum-Dum suckers. One of the biggest events was the cake walk. Cakes and cupcakes of all flavors and sizes were won if you were on the magic number when the music stopped. Bingo, too, was a popular event for the adults, especially.

While the Lorane Carnival is no more, Crow’s Applegate Elementary is planning a Harvest Festival on October 25 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. this year. They are advertising it as a fun evening of carnival games (some are from Lorane’s carnival), trick-or-treating, costume contests and a haunted house.

And did I mention bingo? Yes, our three local granges—Lorane, Crow and Creswell—will be offering cash prizes and lots of fun for all ages this fall as they sponsor dinners and bingo games as fundraisers.

The Lorane Grange will have their Spaghetti Dinner and Bingo nights beginning October 18—a Friday night—with dinner beginning at 5:30 and bingo at 6:30 p.m. They charge $5 for a “2-on” pack or $10 for a “4-on” pack plus $1 or $2 a sheet for the blackout game. The jackpot was won last spring, so it will be starting again with $100-plus for the featured blackout game.

The Crow Grange starts again with dinner and bingo on Saturday, October 5. They serve a delicious dinner, usually provided by Dan and Connie Suing or Ruth Teafatiller, beginning at 6:00 p.m. and bingo starts at 7:00. The cost is $17 for a buy-in. Their jackpot was not won last spring, so it has built to over $500.

The Creswell Grange sponsors a bingo night every third Wednesday of each month. The doors open at 6:00 p.m. and games start at 7:00. The cost is $15 for 14 regular games and a blackout game. Their blackout pot is up to $300. They don’t have dinner, but they provide free coffee, tea and popcorn.

Good times are ahead! So, let’s support our schools, granges and other community organizations in any way we can to maintain our strong communities.

Sweet Lorane Community News – October 22, 2015

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
October 22, 2015
By Pat Edwards

A reminder to those of you who are outdoors enthusiasts. The third annual Sportsman’s Dinner and Auction is scheduled for Saturday evening, October 24, in the Crow Middle/High School gym. The barbecue dinner is $16, but there is no admission fee to the auction. This event is sponsored by the C-A-L Booster Club as one of its two major fundraisers. Proceeds go towards funding projects for all age levels throughout the school district.

The Lorane Trunk or Treat will be happening again this year on Halloween, October 31. Decorate your car trunks or pickup beds and bring treats for the little ghosts and goblins that show up in the parking lot in front of the Lorane Christian Church from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. There will be hot spiced cider and hot soup for all. Adults are also encouraged to come in costume. There will be a big woodstove for warmth if the night is cold. Come join your neighbors for some fun and conversation.

Crow will be having its own Trunk or Treat party that night at the Nazarene Church from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. They’ll have booths, prizes and hot dogs!

The very active Rural Art Center will sponsor its next half day of art on November 4 in the art room at Applegate Elementary. Portland artist, Jani Hoberg will be sharing some of her watercolor techniques. Be sure and contact Alyssa Shepherd of RAC, 541-556-8151 or malyssa2@yahoo.com, to get more information.

The Lorane Fire Department is looking for some more volunteers. If interested, please contact them directly.

The release of our Groundwaters’ first annual issue is complete with the Eugene distribution held last Wednesday at the Songbrook Community Center on Royal Avenue. Thank you to Vicky Soverns and the Farm Store in Veneta for agreeing to be the West Lane distributor of the book. For those wanting to obtain a copy, stop by the Farm Store on Territorial, south of Veneta. It is also available at the Lorane Family Store in Lorane. Thanks to all of our contributors, supporters, readers and advertisers for making it happen!

12115548_10207776002100967_7177590974169999194_nI need to make mention of the special pride that Jim and I are feeling towards one our older granddaughters, Linsey Kau. She graduated from Crow High School in 2010, obtained her B.A. at the University of Oregon and will be returning there next spring to earn her Masters’ degree. She left on September 29 for Macerata, Italy where she is living in the dormitory of a relatively small rural school and teaching English to Italian children for three months. It was quite an undertaking for Lins whose comfort zone has always been close to home. Since her arrival, she and other young teachers-to-be who are there on the same type of program, have been taking weekend excursions to visit other areas of Italy… so far, Florence and Venice. She’s saving Rome until she’s joined by her boyfriend, Brent, for the last two weeks before returning home.

ReflectionsFor those who know Lins or even those who don’t, the blog that she has been writing is highly recommended reading. It’s not only filled with her wonderful experiences since she’s been there, but also her thoughts, struggles to adapt and how the experience is opening her eyes and her heart to the world. (http://linseytakesitaly.blogspot.it/2015/10/day-one.html) Her Facebook page is also loaded with the beautiful pictures of Italy that she has been taking, too. She’s allowing us to live her experience with her through her writing. Best of all, though, was the early morning phone call that I got this morning… “Hello, Grandma! This is Linsey in Italy!”

Also, kudos to the Creswell JV1 volleyball team for which another granddaughter, Hannah Edwards, plays! Like the varsity, they are undefeated! Good job, girls!