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Sweet Lorane Community News, September 9, 2021

Fern Ridge-Tribune News
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
September 9, 2021
By Pat Edwards

Mother Nature has begun hinting at the possibility of fall in the air this past week. Not only are the temps a bit cooler, but I understand that a few drops of rain fell the night before last. Then, there’s the big red maple tree that stands guard over Jim’s tool shed beside our driveway. Many of its green leaves have turned bright red and are beginning to skitter away in the breeze. That “skitter,” I know, will eventually become an avalanche which I’ll have to deal with later on, but I will welcome the season change this year.

My poor, parched flowers in the beds around our house and at the bottom of our road are getting as much well-water as I feel comfortable giving them right now. We have a large storage tank that stays filled to supplement our water usage during the summer, but our neighbors who live on the hill above us have to haul water to their homes and I feel guilty for using any more than I have to, even though I know that, most likely, we aren’t connected to the same source. So, I’m managing to keep the flowers alive, but they’re not looking too happy right now. We will all welcome the first good rainfall, I know.

Labor Day has ‘come and gone’ this year and I understand that the Crow-Applegate-Lorane students are back in class again. I can only imagine how excited most of them were to get back to in-person schooling with their teachers and classmates and to a sense of normalcy, but I also understand what a strain this must be for the parents who are worried about the health and safety of their unvaccinated children under the age of 12 during these scary times. I admit to being a big proponent of the wearing of masks until a vaccine for these children is available or until we get a handle on the spread of the Delta variant of Covid. I dislike wearing masks in public everywhere I go, but even though Jim and I have been fully vaccinated since April, we understand that by continuing to wear them, we may prevent spreading the virus to someone who isn’t… including our local school children. That’s important to us, despite our own minor discomfort. If we can all get on board the “same train” with the goal of defeating this variant and preventing other, more harmful ones from developing, maybe we can all once again concentrate on making our lives and relationships a whole lot better than they have been this past year and a half.

In addition to the return to classrooms, our high school and middle school students have begun their fall sports schedules. Football and volleyball teams have been formed and have already started on their game schedules. Oh, how we miss the days of sitting on the benches or walking the sidelines, cheering on our children and grandchildren each sports season. The good news is that our oldest great-granddaughter, Harper Lorane Furlong, started her first week as a first grader at Glide and plans to enroll in soccer, I believe. We hope to make some of those games soon. We’re so excited to begin rootin’ for a new generation.

While we’re on school news, I want to alert our parents and other interested residents that the Crow-Applegate-Lorane School Board meeting on September 16, will be taking place at the Lorane Grange from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. If you have any concerns or just want to find out how the in-person classes and health and safety measures are doing in the district, plan on attending. It will be open to the public, and masks will be required.

In addition, the Lorane Grange will be sponsoring another family Dessert and Bingo Night on Friday, September 17 at 7:00 p.m. There was a good attendance last month even though masks were required. We had a fun evening with good camaraderie and lots of laughs. Please plan on joining us.

The Crow Grange, after a year’s hiatus, will be bringing back its own bingo nights beginning Saturday, September 18 at 7:00 p.m. There will be no dinner provided at this first one—only desserts—but the plans for the future events to be held on the first and third Saturdays of each month will include dinner. Contact Connie Suing csuing@hotmail.com or 541-556-2609 for more information.

Sweet Lorane Community News, April 8, 2021

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
April 8, 2021
By Pat Edwards

So far, one week into the month, April’s showers have been sharing time with some spring sunshine, and it is so welcome. We have been spending time outside, trying to get a handle on the new green grass in our lawn and the prolific weeds that are growing in the flower beds. Both are competing for our attention with the voles and moles that have decided to take up residence and leave their holes and hills where we don’t want them.

A Black-Headed Grosbeak and a Lazuli Bunting at our feeder about 5 years ago.

In addition, I’ve put up my bird feeders to try to tempt the birds to stop by to visit and dine as they come back into the area. Right now, a few house finches, sparrows, juncos and chickadees are sampling the seeds from the feeders and the mourning doves are picking it up off the ground. Soon, the grosbeaks will be arriving as well as the goldfinches, blackbirds, vireos (occasionally), and so many others. For many years, the beautiful, brilliant blue and orange lazuli buntings arrived like clockwork every April to check in at the feeders. They would stay around through the summer until it was time to head south. For some reason, they stopped coming about 4 years ago. Oh, how I miss them.

Another April event is beginning this week. Lane County is set to resume the construction at Stony Point of the Territorial Highway project north of Lorane on April 12. They’re beginning to move in the heavy equipment now. According to Becky Taylor, Senior Transportation Planner with the Lane County Public Works Department:

“The public will be able to travel through the area, but flaggers may delay or hold traffic up to 20 minutes at a time throughout the summer… The public is encouraged to use alternate routes where possible and to travel safely.

“…Due to project costs exceeding available funding, the construction schedule has been adjusted to construct as much of the project as possible with the available funding. As a result, Phase 2 (from Lorane Hwy at Gillespie Corners to Easy Acres) has been pulled from the construction plans until additional funding can be secured.”

Principal Rodemack of the Crow Middle/High School reports that the newly-instituted hybrid schedule at the school is running smoothly. “Our students have been great in following Covid protocols and being safe. This time is so important for us to demonstrate to the state that schools can be safe so that we can return more and more to a normal school setting, especially for next year.”

The volleyball season was quite successful and they are looking towards the beginning of track, softball and baseball. According to Principal Rodemack, however, they have had few students sign up to participate so far. “We need a certain amount of athletes to field a baseball and softball team and we would love to have both of those sports back at Crow. Track also has a strong tradition at Crow, but our team is quite small at the moment. We encourage students to sign up and participate in sports this year. Experience doesn’t matter, and it can truly be amazing to participate and get to be involved with your school. Please come to the front office and let us know if you want to participate.”

The Lorane Grange meets next on Thursday, May 6 at 7:00 p.m. At that time they will set a date for the annual Lorane Grange Cemetery clean-up. The beautiful old cemetery sits at the top of the hill next to King Estate and is maintained by grange members and community members who want to help. Let them know if you are interested.

Happy Spring!