Tag: Crow Country Club 66

Sweet Lorane Community News – March 16, 2017

Fern Ridge Review                        
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
March 16, 2017
By Pat Edwards

I apologize for begging off from my column-writing duties last week. I had arthroscopic knee surgery scheduled for the day I usually try to turn in my columns and as I sat down the day before to get one out early, I was absolutely blank. I didn’t want to waste space talking about my surgeries or the weather and I had covered all of the upcoming events that I knew of, so Pam and Scott were kind enough to give me the week off.

As for my surgery, it went extremely well; I was off crutches and walking on my own at the end of the day following surgery and I have since (on Day 3 and Day 5) taken two 1-mile-long walks with our new little buddy, Toby. At one week since the surgery, I still have some swelling and the injection sites are still healing, but I’m good and no longer in pain.

So! That covers the surgery… and what can I say about the weather, but with the daffodils, crocuses and primroses blooming and a bit of sun peeking through the clouds quite often, how can we deny that spring is not on its way? Enjoy!

I have been asked to remind everyone about spreading the word on the upcoming “Crow Country 66” Reunion Dance featuring the music from the 1960s and 1970s that is being planned for Saturday, March 25 at 7:00 p.m. at the Crow Grange. There is no charge for this event and I don’t believe that you need to be a Crow alum to attend. Besides your dancing shoes, you are asked to bring a potluck dessert to share.

Another reminder… the Lorane Grange and Rural Art Center are joining forces once again this year to host the annual Lorane Talent Show. It’s a free event open to anyone, of any age, who wants to participate. Almost any kind of family-friendly talent is welcomed and encouraged. Maybe you are not a piano virtuoso, a Fred Astaire-type dancer or a Top-10 recording artist, but you have a special knack from your school days – however many years ago that may have been. What about doing a recitation, humorous skit, cheerleading or gymnastic moves, twirling a basketball on your index finger like a Globetrotter, telling jokes…? Or maybe you have a unique ability to do something amazing. If so, you are asked to sign up and share your talents with the community.

The show will be at the Lorane Grange on April 2, beginning at 3:00 p.m.  You can sign-up in advance by emailing ruralartcenter@gmail.com or calling Lil Thompson at 541-952-5701.  Come entertain everyone in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. I’m told that there is room for twenty 5-minute acts.

ATTENTION APPLEGATE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PARENTS: A discussion is currently taking place on the Crow Community Facebook page about an interest in establishing a PTA/PTO/PTC group at the Applegate Elementary School to represent the younger students. It has been suggested that instead of forming an entirely new non-profit group, that a committee, branching off of the current Crow Booster Club be set up for the purpose of fundraising and filling the elementary school needs and interests. Please be sure to join in on the discussion if you are interested in forming such a group.

The newly re-established Lorane Community Group will be meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 11 at the Lorane Deli. They are seeking new members who want to help shape the way our community grows.

The group’s focus will be to create collaboration between the Grange, Rebekahs, Rural Art Center and Fire Department in order to build community. The plans are to set up separate committees that will key in on specific projects and meet separately. Projects being considered include a mural; “Welcome to Lorane” signs; an exercise group; disaster preparedness plan; community-wide yard sale event;  Growers Market, Santa’s Helper project; and food box drives.

If you’re interested in any of these projects, please plan to attend the April 11 meeting.

Sweet Lorane Community News – March 2, 2017

Fern Ridge Review                        
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
March 2, 2017
By Pat Edwards

Organizers are trying to get the word out about a special event that is coming up later this month for Crow High School alums. They are having a “Crow Country Club 66 Reunion Teen Dance ” to be held at the Crow Grange on March 25, beginning at 7:00 p.m. According to the flyer, it is “for those of us who attended these dances in the 60s or early 70s – Let’s Twist Again!” Those attending are asked to bring a potluck dessert. There will be no other charge for attending. They have set up a Facebook page as Country Club 66 at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1068936336567870/. I am sure that they would welcome new members.

Jim and I were able to go to last week’s Lorane Spaghetti Dinner and Bingo. Neither of us got to yell bingo, but it seems to be catching on with the community. According to Lil Thompson, more people attended the family bingo games than came for dinner… a first, I believe. It’s a fast-moving evening. Randy Eschleman keeps everyone awake and on their toes with his rapid-fire calling and everyone seems to have a lot of fun even if they didn’t get to pick a prize or win some cash.

If you get the chance, please make a point of coming out and supporting the Lorane and Crow Granges. These dinner and bingo nights for both of them are what helps maintain the buildings so that they can be used by each of the communities. And, I’m sure that of the local service organizations, including the Lorane Rebekahs, the local fire departments and churches, would welcome new members if you are interested in becoming a contributing part of our community.

Crow Middle/High School is in the top 50 high schools in Oregon at #47 according to U.S. News and World Report. It has been nationally recognized with a 93% proficiency in English and 85% proficiency in Mathematics and is well above the state averages. Congratulations to our Crow-Applegate-Lorane District #66 administration, teachers, staff and students for achieving this very important recognition.

I want to take this opportunity to thank the teachers at the Applegate School for allowing me to participate in their Dr. Seuss “Read Across America” event. I had the privilege of reading “The Cat in the Hat” and a portion of “Horton Hears a Who” to the kindergarten and 2nd graders. I was then directed to the 4th grade room where I had fun reading “Green Eggs and Ham” and a selection from the “I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today!”… specifically, “The Glunk That Got Thunk.”  I was really able to ham it up with those offerings and thoroughly enjoyed myself. Thanks, Applegate students, for being such exceptional audiences.

Mother Nature has been giving us a small preview of what’s to come… soon, I hope. We had a couple of nice days this past week that give me hope that we may eventually be able to go outside without either getting drowned or frozen. I even spotted some sunshine and blue skies a few times lately! We have crocuses blooming and the hyacinths are budded out. Daffodils aren’t far behind and have formed their buds, too.

This has been a rather difficult winter for Jim and me on several levels… of course, the weather hasn’t been ideal for any of us, and then there was the loss of both Outlaw and Shortie, our 4-legged children, as well as some surgeries for both of us. But we realize, too, that others have had their lives turned upside down in even more traumatic ways, so we can still count our blessings and be able to look to the future, surrounded by the love of family and friends.

Spring is on its way!