Tag: Crow-Applegate-Lorane

Sweet Lorane Community News, May 09, 2019

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
May 9, 2019
By Pat Edwards

As I promised last week, here are the details on the Spring Cemetery Clean-up project with the Lorane Grange…

Lorane Grange members and volunteers from the community will be meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 14, at the Lorane Grange Cemetery to spruce up, mow and ready the cemetery for Memorial Day. If you want to help, contact a grange member or just show up with gloves and whatever tools/equipment you’d like to use for the project.

The Grange is also planning a workday on Tuesday, May 21, to do the same types of things in and around the grange property on Old Lorane Road. There are lots of things to do both days, so your help you offer will be welcomed.

The Crow-Applegate-Lorane School Board meets at the Applegate Elementary School on Thursday, May 16 at 7:00 p.m. Find out more about the process of keeping our local schools funded and running efficiently in the education of our local youth and lend your voice.

Also, be sure to vote on Tuesday, May 21, in the Lane County Special Election. Your ballot includes a measure proposing the renewal of the five-year local option levy for general school operations. In addition, two school board positions are up for election this year. Incumbent, Doug Perry, is running uncontested in Position #1. The incumbent of Position #2, Troy Wilson, is being challenged by Lorane parent, Crystal Nevins.

Also, two Lorane Fire District positions are uncontested, with Jeri Porter running for Position #1 and Martin McClure in Position #2. Thank you to each of these community residents for offering your time and abilities in serving Lorane and Crow!

Crow High School Seniors are gearing up for graduation week. On Wednesday, May 29, Senior Recognition will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the high school gymnasium. Then, on Sunday, June 2, they will be honored at a 6:00 p.m. Baccalaureate service at the Crow Nazarene Church. The CHS graduation, itself, will be held on Friday, June 7, beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the gymnasium.

For those who are interested in pre-registering to participate in the 2019 Crow Car Show this summer, you have only until May 15 to receive the early registration discount. The show, to be held on Saturday, July 13, will be its 16th annual fundraiser benefitting the Crow-Applegate-Lorane School District. The one held in 2018 was its largest ever with a total of 141 cars on display. Registration forms can be downloaded at http://www.crowboosterclub.com/crowcarshow or you can email crowcarshow@yahoo.com.

For those of you who have not yet burned your brush piles from this winter’s devastation, you may have to wait now until after the fall rains begin. The Lane Regional Air Protection Agency (LRAPA) has temporarily suspended outdoor burning throughout Lane County due to high fire danger. Let’s be good neighbors and respect this ruling to make sure that Lane County doesn’t contribute to early grass or forest fires in Oregon.
Enjoy these beautiful late spring/early summer days while the grass and trees bear the freshness of new growth, everyone! I believe that it’s my favorite time of year.

Sweet Lorane Community News, June 21, 2018

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
June 21, 2018
By Pat Edwards

We have some really big events coming up soon in both Lorane and Crow, so I want to try and cover several of them this week.

Before I begin, I want to comment on how important it is that no matter where you live, we need to support our own communities and the fundraisers and celebrations that are taking place throughout the year. So many of us have concerns about the current national situation, but we all feel so helpless in trying to make a difference. I believe that change starts small—locally—and tends to grow from there. By participating in our own communities, we are able to discuss our differences and work together to build values and to make positive things happen. It just grows from there. So, let’s do it!

First up on my calendar is the fundraiser for Michael and Amber Matchulat on Saturday, July 7. The Lorane community is spearheading the drive. Michael has been fighting Stage 4 colorectal cancer for 3 years now and it has depleted their resources. A community benefit dinner and dance are being held at King Estate Winery where a silent auction, live auction and raffles are also being held. The 150 available tickets for the dinner have been sold out and there’s a long waiting list for cancellations, but raffle tickets are still for sale. The website link is posted on the Lorane, Oregon Facebook page. Thank you to King Estate and the hard work being done by so many people!

The 15th Annual Crow Car Show, scheduled for Saturday, July 14, is being held at the Crow High School football field this year. The proceeds from this very popular event goes towards academic as well as athletic support of all of our Crow-Applegate-Lorane School District’s students regardless of age. The car show is hosted by the Crow Booster Club that has done so much for our schools through the years. There will be a free pancake breakfast, raffles, auctions, displays and activities for the whole family… and admission is FREE!

Saturday, August 4, is proving to be a real challenge for everyone. There are 3 major local events happening that day, but as I’ve mentioned in previous articles, if you want to make a day of it, you can partake in each one.

yard sale psoterThe earliest starting time is the Lorane Community-Wide (Yard) Sale taking place at 9:00 a.m. on August 4. It will run until 3:00 p.m. There will be sales happening at the same time throughout the Lorane area and maps will be provided for those wanting to browse each one. Tables are also being rented at the Lorane Grange and I have made the lawn area around the old Dew Drop Inn, next to the Lorane Family Store, available for anyone wishing to set up tents in which they can display their wares. All rental fees will be donated to the Lorane Grange.

After finding your treasures, you can then head towards Crow were you’ll find some good times, good entertainment and good food and drink for the rest of the day.

The newest event in the area, the Art in the Country Festival, will begin at 10:00 a.m. on the grounds of the Applegate Regional Theater, north of Crow. The site is located on the corner of Central and Fleck Roads and is 2 miles south of West 11th on the grounds of the former Central Elementary School. It runs until 6:00 p.m.

The Art in the Country Festival is described as a “fine art and author” fair and will feature displays and booths with a variety of fine art produced by Oregon artists and with over 20 Oregon authors sharing and reading from their latest books. Members of the theater will offer dramatic readings, as well. It will also have a beer and wine garden, food concessions, live music, 2 entertainment stages and a kids’ fun zone.

Last, but certainly not least, is the Crow Grange’s Chicken ‘n Pickin BBQ taking place from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. that same day. Save room for dinner that includes a half chicken, corn-on-the-cob, baked beans, a roll, lemonade or coffee and ice cream. The cost is $10 per person and they are willing to package it “to go.” They will even entertain you with live music!

I’ll need to tell you all about the August 12 Lorane Ice Cream Social in next week’s column.

Congratulations to the Creswell Grange for their recent Ice Cream Social event! I understand it was a lot of fun and that quite a few of our Lorane Grange members were there to support it. That, to me, is what the growth of “community” entails. Supporting your neighbors, whenever possible, as well as your own.

Sweet Lorane Community News, January 25, 2018

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
January 25, 2018
By Pat Edwards

Community news is a bit sparse this week, but there are a couple of things I’d like to comment on.

I am exceptionally pleased with the direction the Lorane community is taking in recent years. There is a kind of “rebirth” in community involvement happening that I haven’t seen for some time.

When our kids were in school at the Lorane Elementary, there was a strong parental and community involvement. Most of us—young and old—took part in and/or supported the Lorane P.T.C., the annual school carnival, the holiday music programs, the Lorane Tigers baseball and basketball games, the end-of-the school year picnic, to name only a few. In 1987, we held our huge 3-day Lorane Centennial which drew people from all over the country to help us celebrate. All of the clubs and organizations in the area were alive and well. There was a strong Grange, I.O.O.F./Rebekahs, and church presence with their smelt and community dinners, Lane County Fair displays, haunted houses, bible clubs, vacation bible schools, old-timers’ picnic and 4-H, Scouts and community clubs.

Then, things quieted down a lot—especially when we were told that the school would be closed. We seemed to lose much of our identity. Oh, we still had our yearly celebrations and the organizations kept a membership, but much of the vitality seemed to leave when the school, which had been our community’s hub, closed.

Now, I am seeing a new vitality. New groups are forming. The Grange, Rebekahs and, to an extent, the Lorane Deli are supplying much of the space needed for meetings and events. Once again, there is fresh new leadership that has taken on the job of creating interest, excitement and is promoting multi-generational involvement in our community.
The newest group, called “Birth to Beyond,” is only one example of the direction we are taking. It’s credo reads:

“We are a not-for-profit meet up to mentor and bring resources to the children and their guardian(s), parents and families. We seek to bring together circles of multigenerational interaction for play, conversation, encouragement and nourishment. We saw a need in our community and this is our solution. We come together to see the needs and connect resources to those needs. We now open the Grange doors on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or later. We create play spaces for children and playmates of ALL ages! From trains to sewing machines! Clothing exchanges and food boxes… We have recognized the need for a weekly meet-up to share space, time and support. We offer a chance to connect, sit, eat, play and enjoy being together.”

Their first meetings have appeared to be a success and I hope they continue. Contact Misty Burris or the Birth to Beyond Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/gatherandalign/ for more information.

I’d also like to comment on the trend our schools, including our Crow-Applegate-Lorane district schools, are taking these days. Instead of making each child feel they are failures in life if they choose or aren’t able to attend four years of college, the tendency is to once again provide some career education classes. These can be in the form of mechanics, welding, computer science, carpentry, business management, early childhood development, robotics, engineering and cooking, among others. These classes are vital in maintaining interest in education among all students—not just the ones heading for a 4-year college and huge student loan debt. More students are going to stay in school and feel confident that they can improve their lot in life. By doing so, we all benefit.