Tag: Crow Bingo

Sweet Lorane Community News, March 7, 2019

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
March 7, 2019
By Pat Edwards

Well, I’m hoping that by now, everyone has had their power restored from the recent snowstorm. My brother-in-law and his wife were without power near Saginaw for almost 9 days. It was a massive job for all of the linemen and women who were working to clear away fallen trees, plow the roads and restore power to the thousands of homes throughout Lane County that were affected.

Yvette Hamby, a friend and local resident, works in the office at Lane Electric Cooperative, and she reported working 16-hour days for well over a week. We all owe a great deal to these people as well as neighbors who looked out for each other. Thank you to all.

Here’s a repeat notice from a previous column… The Lane County Pomona Grange’s Prime Rib Dinner fundraiser to raise money for scholarships offered to youth throughout Lane County was postponed, due to inclement weather. It is now scheduled for Saturday, March 16, at 5:00 p.m. at the Dorena Grange near Cottage Grove. It will include not only dinner, but music and a silent auction as well.

The Pomona Grange of Lane County oversees and coordinates events between the 22 granges in Lane County including Lorane and Crow. Grange is a fraternal organization in the United States that encourages families to band together to promote the economic and political well-being of the community as well as agriculture, and is frequently the voice of each community it represents. They have long provided local scholarships to graduating seniors in our high schools to help with the high cost of college.

This month, the Lorane Grange’s Spaghetti dinner and bingo is scheduled for Saturday, March 23—typically the 4th Saturday of each month during the school year—with dinner at 5:30 p.m. with bingo for the whole family following.

The Crow Grange’s dinner and bingo nights are held every 1st and 3rd Saturdays beginning at 6:00 p.m. for dinner and 7:00 p.m. for family bingo.

And, if you’re a bingo player, Creswell has begun its own bingo fundraiser at the Creswell VFW at 6:30 p.m. It’s going to be held the 2nd Friday of each month.
All of these events are family-friendly and your participation helps to fund the many projects these organizations sponsor that benefit each of our communities. Please lend them your support and participation whenever you can.

As we all crawl out of our enforced confinements because of the snow, let’s look forward to the gentler days of spring that can’t be too far away. Here’s to gentle spring rains interspersed with sunshine. The crocuses and daffodils seem to be ready!

Sweet Lorane Community News, October 25, 2018

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

We’ve been blessed with beautiful fall weather this year, but it appears to be gearing up for the rainy season this past week. I’ve noticed that in our yard and front pasture, especially, our oak trees are divesting themselves of lots of acorns. This is unusual for us as I don’t remember seeing as many acorns around until now. We haven’t had the overabundance of gray squirrels that many are reporting and our dogs discourage deer from entering the property, so when Jeff Levy of Lorane’s Balance Restoration Nursery put out a notice that he was needing white oak acorns, I contacted him. He came right out and harvested ours. If you have a good supply that hasn’t been eaten by wildlife, give him a call at 541-942-5530.

Halloween preparations are in full swing. The Crow-Applegate-Lorane School District’s “Harvest Festival” was held this past weekend and Lorane’s celebration on the actual day—Wednesday, October 31—the Lorane Christian Church will be hosting its annual “Trunk ‘n Treat” from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Local residents are encouraged to park their cars in the parking lot at the church where they can open their trunks to display Halloween decorations. Ghosts, witches, Cinderellas and superheroes can get goodies from each trunk while the adults, who are also encouraged to dress in costume, enjoy the hot soup and cocoa provided.

The age-old practice of trick or treating used to be a fun, exciting prospect when I and later, our children, were young, but it was also logistically challenging in the rural areas. Homes were frequently so spread out, with many of the houses at the end of long driveways, that most parents took their kids into familiar neighborhoods of friends and family in town.

Sadly, the rare, but very real dangers posed by sick predators who laced candy with hallucinogenic drugs or even razor blades, has almost brought that practice to a full halt. The church’s “Trunk ‘n Treat” is the ideal solution for a fun and safe time for young and old alike. Thank you to those who provide this and the harvest festivals for the area children.

GPosterroundwaters Publishing (aka Jennifer Chambers and me) is gearing up for its upcoming Groundwaters LIVE! event scheduled for Sunday, November 4, at 3:00 p.m. at the Applegate Regional Theater located north of Crow on the corner of Central and Fleck Roads. Our 2018 annual anthology is done and waiting to be distributed that day. As we do each year, 10 of our over 70 contributors will be giving 5-minute readings from their stories and poetry included in the 146-page book. If you haven’t experienced Groundwaters through its 11 years as a literary quarterly or the past 4 years as an anthology, you will be amazed at the quality of our local writing talent. Plan on joining us at Groundwaters LIVE! on November 4! It’s FREE and a fun way to spend a fall afternoon by honoring those who share their wonderful stories and verse with us.

Lil Thompson of the Lorane Grange asked me to let everyone know that the grange meets next on Thursday, November 1 at 7:00 p.m. They always welcome new members. The next spaghetti dinner and bingo event will be on Friday, November 16. There was no winner on the progressive blackout game last week, so there’s a good chance it will go next time.

The Crow Grange hosts a similar dinner and bingo night every first and third Saturdays during the school year. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. with bingo starting at 7:00.
These are family nights of fun. Plan on coming out to support your local grange!

Sweet Lorane Community News, September 6, 2018

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
September 6, 2018
By Pat Edwards

Now that school has started and everyone is looking towards fall, community activities are starting up again.

This month, the Crow Grange will resume its monthly bingo and dinner event that helps to provide funding to maintain their building and grounds. It’s a fun evening that the whole family can participate in. It sponsors two dinner and bingo nights a month—on the first and third Saturdays. They break for the winter holidays and summer vacation, so their first dinner and bingo evening will be on Saturday, September 15. Dinner is served beginning at 6:00 p.m. and bingo starts at 7:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to join them for the food, fun and games.

The Lorane Grange will be getting back into its own dinner and bingo schedule beginning in October. I’ll let you know the exact date closer to the time.

The Lorane Christian Church is sponsoring a class called “Financial Peace” starting September 18th. This is a 9-week course on how to get out of debt, budget your money and build wealth. It will be held at the Lorane Grange on Tuesday nights from 7:00-8:30 p.m. You must register on-line at FINANCIAL PEACE REGISTRATION. The cost for the class is $109, but if you need financial assistance, the church can help with part of that. Contact Heidi Rusten Langstraat on the website for questions or info.

The Lorane Rural Art Center has released its line-up of movies to be shown for this upcoming season. They are seeking sponsors to provide homemade soup—3 gallons of meat-based soup and/or 3 gallons of vegetarian—at each of the scheduled movie nights.

The movies include:

  • October 13: “Bend It Like Beckham”
  • November 10: “Hidden Figures”
  • December 8: “The Book Thief”
  • January 12: “East Side Sushi”
  • February 9: “Far From the Madding Crowd”
  • March 9: “Beasts of the Southern Wild (?)” (This last one has not been locked in yet and it may change.)

For more information, contact Rural Art Center board member, Chris, at stacool28@gmail.com or call 541-942-3511.

As reported in an earlier column, former Crow graduate, Chad Alden Andrews, passed away on August 19. His mother, Robin Rene (O’Brien), sent this update that I’d like to share.

I got a letter yesterday from the Life Center Organ Donor Network in Cincinnati… they are the family liaison for organ donors. They told me that all the transplants donated by Chad were successful and the hospital is flying a flag out front with Chad’s name on it. They also sent me a small flag and 100 “Donate Life” wristbands which I will put out to share at his memorial.

Note: The date of the memorial celebration will be announced when it has been determined.

We’re sending prayers and our thanks to all of the fire fighters who have been working so many hours, days and weeks to try to control the many wildfires in the area. We especially thank those who worked so hard to contain the fires that broke out near Curtin, along I-5 that could have easily headed our way.

It’s so sad to witness the destruction of so many trees, wildlife and even, in certain areas, homes, property and human life. It’s pretty scary. Thank you to those of you who are willing to put your lives on the line. Your efforts have not been overlooked!