Tag: Crow-Applegate-Lorane School District

Sweet Lorane Community News – January 24, 2019

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
January 24, 2019
By Pat Edwards

I’m going to try to get back on track this week with Lorane news, although there isn’t much of it right now. I missed reminders on a few events that have come and gone, but my hope is that I can share some of the messages from my heart with you, as needed, too.

Crow Middle/High School has announced that a new program on the study of Agriculture and Natural Resources has been approved. Students will now have the opportunity to explore careers in those fields. I also understand that the Crow-Applegate-Lorane school board also approved the establishment of an FFA Chapter.

To me, this is great news. Along with being offered instruction in some of the manual trades – mechanics, construction, welding, etc.—students who either might not be destined for a 4-year college education or who plan to go to college, but have shied away from considering agriculture and/or natural resources since the demise of the timber industry in Oregon, will get a chance to get some hands-on experience in these fields before setting their goals. It’s long been my belief that too much emphasis has been placed in recent years on getting formal college educations that they may not be able to afford and may lead no where. Kudos to C-A-L!

Mark your calendar! Lorane Eta Theta Rho, the girls’ youth service organization sponsored by the Lorane Rebekah Lodge has set a new date and time for their annual “Parents’ Night Out.” In the past, they have offered the gift of a night out to the parents of local children in the C-A-L school district during the holiday season. This year, however, they have scheduled it for Friday, February 15, from 4:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Parent’s Night Out is an evening where Eta Theta Rho Girls Club #94 provides free babysitting/daycare for the evening so parents can go on a date, relax at home, or do whatever they’d like to do, sans children. It is chaperoned by Eta’s adult female advisors. It will be held at the Lorane Rebekah Lodge at 80284 Old Lorane Rd, Lorane OR 97451. Contact Tara Wigle, Head Advisor (cell – 541-520-4151; or home – 541-935-5245), for more information.

The Celebration of Life for Sandy Larson, Veneta’s former mayor and friend to many of us from areas all over Lane County, will be held on Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at the Fern Ridge Middle School in Elmira. Parking is expected to be limited at the school, but the lots at the Fern Ridge District Office, Elmira Elementary School and possibly, the church next to the Middle School are being made available, too. In lieu of flowers, those who want to contribute to Sandy’s memory are encouraged to do so through Mid-Lane Cares, Friends of the Fern Ridge Library, or the Applegate Regional Theatre.

My good friend and co-editor of Groundwaters, Jennifer Chambers, has been asked to conduct a 6-week series of classes called “A Winter Writing Workshop” on the basics of writing short stories and fiction. Jen, a recognized author of various genres of books and stories, has recently lectured around Oregon on her two most recent books, Oregon’s Remarkable Women: Revolutionaries and Visionaries and Hesitate No Longer: Abigail Scott Duniway and Susan B. Anthony in Oregon.

The classes will be held on Wednesday nights, beginning on February 20 and continuing through March 27 at the Fern Ridge Library’s Konnie Room from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The cost will be $50 for the entire series and you will get personalized feedback on your stories from Jen.

For more information, contact Vicki Sourdry, c/o Friends of the Library, at vsourdry@hotmail.com; 541-337-7007

Sweet Lorane Community News, October 5, 2017

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
October 5, 2017
By Pat Edwards

I want to begin this column to acknowledge the tragic and horrendous event in Las Vegas earlier this week. It affected all of us in some ways – some knew someone who was at that country music festival, but most of us just felt deep in our gut the horror of what those who were there experienced. Locally, some of you may know the Robinson family whose children attended the Crow schools in the early part of the millenium. A daughter, Dixie, who was, I believe, a student at Applegate Elementary at the time, was tragically killed in a car wreck.

On October 1st, her older brother, Cameron Robinson, age 28, became a statistic… a victim… of the shooting. He was one of the 58 innocent people killed that night. The family came to Crow from Salem area where they lived with their grandmother, and were only in Crow for a short period of time before they moved out of the area.

If any friends or family are still in the area, please accept our prayers and heartfelt condolences. There is a GoFundMe campaign in his name for those interested in donating. https://www.gofundme.com/you-will-be-missed-cameron-robinson

The Rural Art Center’s annual offering of the Lorane Movie Night will open its six-month-long 2017-2018 season on Saturday, October 14. This first evening is proclaimed to be “Family Night” and those attending are encouraged (but not required) to come in costume and/or bring a carved pumpkin.

A soup and dessert dinner precedes the movie at 6:00 p.m. Before the movie begins, however, judging takes place and prizes awarded for “The Most Original” and “The Most Elaborate” costume, and “The Most Traditional” and “The Least Traditional” pumpkin carving.

The movie scheduled for this first date is a Ron Howard-directed fantasy called “Willow” (PG 1988). It begins at 7:30 p.m. Go to their website at https://www.ruralartcenter.org/movie-night for more information and a list of the upcoming features.

The Lorane Community Association’s October 1 meeting discussed upcoming plans for the Canning, Preservation and Sharing Clinic to take place at the Lorane Grange. It will be a 3-day event in conjunction with the non-profit “Lorane Community Cares” group that has recently formed. Friday night, October 20 at 6:00 p.m., will kick off with a “Community Garden-to-Plate pasta dinner which will be created from the harvest… grown and collected,” according to the promotional flyer. The dinner and clinic are free to all ages, but a donation is requested Friday night to help fund the newly formed non-profit group. All foods preserved and canned during the 3-day clinic will be donated to local families on Sunday, October 21.

Also discussed quite extensively was the possible formation of a Neighborhood Watch group, but it appears that the majority of those in attendance believe that an unaffiliated group be formed as a “Community Watch.” It was noted that our community’s Facebook page has proven to be an excellent resource for neighborhood issues and communication. To benefit those who do not have internet access, phone trees will be set up, as well.

The next meeting of the Lorane Community Association is tentatively scheduled for October 15. More information will be posted on the FB page.

The Crow-Applegate-Lorane School Board meets at the Lorane Grange on Thursday, October 19 at 7:00 p.m. Executive session precedes the open meeting. If you are interested in keeping track of how our school district is being run and how you can help on budget committees, etc., this makes it much easier when the board comes to Lorane. Plan to attend, if possible.

Remember to mark your calendars for the next Dinner and Bingo evening at the Lorane Grange. The October event will be held on Friday, October 27, and the dinner for October will be a Baked Potato Bar. Dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. with family bingo to follow.

Sweet Lorane Community News – May 4, 2017

Fern Ridge Review                        
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
May 5, 2017
By Pat Edwards

Sunshine! Need I say more? Well, maybe… planting flowers, taking walks, driving with the windows down, wearing short sleeves and sandals and, now that Jim has put new blades on the lawnmower, moving lawns… my wintertime blues have vanished!

Speaking of lawnmowers, the Lorane Grange has scheduled a cleanup of the Grange Cemetery on Monday, May 15 beginning at 9:00 a.m. Anyone who wants to help will be welcomed. Bring your weedeaters, gloves, rakes and clippers and be prepared to use them as much as possible. There will be a couple of lawnmowers volunteered, but I don’t imagine they’ll turn anyone away who wants to bring theirs, too. Many hands make light work, as Grandpa used to say. It still rings true today.

If you miss the Grange Cemetery cleanup, you can still get in on the action. The I.O.O.F. Cemetery cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, May 20. It will begin at about 9:00 a.m. for some, and others will arrive at 11:00 a.m. after Rebekah members have done their roadside cleanup chores.

That’s the same day when the Lorane Community-Wide Yard Sale will take place. For that event, the Grange will have tables set up with garage sale items and individuals will be holding their own sales around the Lorane area between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Maps of participating locations will be available at the Lorane Family Store, the Grange and the Lorane Deli. In addition, the Lorane Christian Church will be holding a bake sale that day in front of the church. Tables are still available to rent at the Grange for $10. Call Jeri Porter at 541-942-2448 if you are interested in renting one.

On Sunday, May 14, the Crow Grange will be having its annual Mother’s Day breakfast from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. Breakfast will include pancakes or biscuits and gravy,  sausage, eggs, juice and coffee for a $5 suggested donation. You can’t beat that and you don’t have to fight Eugene traffic! My kids took me there a couple of years ago and it was a special treat. It’s so hard to get everyone together in once place these days… after all, we have so many mothers, including in-laws, in the family now. I’m not the only one. They need to be celebrated, too. This is a perfect way to say, “I love you, Mom!”

Don’t forget the Spring Arts Festival being held in the Crow High School gym on May 16 at 5:30 p.m. You will entertained by the Crow Middle/High School drama club, band and choir.  Art, made by the students, will be on display and for sale. Tickets to the event are $5 per person. For further information, contact Linda Lay, President of the Crow Booster Club, at 541-844-5850. All proceeds earned will benefit K-12 students throughout the district.

Happy May, everyone!