Tag: Crow Fall Auction & Carnival

Sweet Lorane Community News, September 14, 2017

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
September 14, 2017
By Pat Edwards

Well, our family has made it through a busy, busy time these past several weeks… vacation, out-of-town company and three birthday celebrations. They were all fun, family times, but it’s so nice to be able to settle into a more normal routine. I’m not sure what “normal” means these days, but for me, it’s spending more time at home, running errands with Jim, taking our dogs for walks and being able to work on my book projects.

I am really excited about this year’s Groundwaters anthology that I’m currently working on, and even more so about the new local history book that I have almost completed for publication. I’m hoping that it can be the maiden voyage for a series of books I’d like to write on early Lane County families with connections to Lorane and the Siuslaw Valley. I envision that future books will each contain profiles on 4 to 6 of these families, but the research on this first one has been so interesting and the information so extensive that it will feature just one family. The proposed title of the book will be The Baileys of Bailey Hill. They were not only a prominent family in the Eugene City area of Lane County in the mid-1800s, but several of them also owned land in the Siuslaw/Lorane area. I hope to have the 70-plus page book published and available by the first part of October.

The 2017 Groundwaters Anthology should also be out by mid-October. We will once again be featuring the amazing writing talent of 60, mostly-Lane County, authors, poets and artists. Jen and I hope to host a Groundwaters Live! event again this year to celebrate its publication and to distribute pre-ordered books as soon as it is in print. More on that later…

I want to remind you about the upcoming Crow Booster Club’s Fall Auction & Carnival to be held on Saturday, October 14. This will benefit all K-12 students in the Crow-Applegate-Lorane School District.

The carnival will run from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. and the dinner and silent auction will begin at 4:30 and run until 6:00 p.m. At 6:30 p.m., the live auction will proceed with some fantastic items in the offing. I’m sure that they would welcome donations of auction items (both silent and live) as well as offers of volunteer help during the event. For more information, contact a Booster Club member or Crow Middle/High School at 541-935-2227 or email to crowboosterclub@yahoo.com.

I understand that Lorane resident B.G. Kidd was admitted to the Cottage Grove Hospital in serious condition last Wednesday. At this writing, her son and daughter are asking for extra thoughts and prayers to be sent her way. Get well soon, B.G.!

The Lorane Grange is seeking donations of new socks for children to add to those being collected by the Lane Pomona Grange. Anyone interested in donating may contact Lil or Gary Thompson at 541-942-5701.

Jim and I got to attend our first volleyball game of the year last night. Our granddaughter, Natalie Edwards, is playing on the Creswell Middle School team. It’s the only sport she participates in and she’s the last of our grandkids to participate, so it’s a real treat to be able to exercise grandparent rights by cheering and showing our pride in not only the Creswell team, but Natalie, as well. Go Tigers!

Don’t forget to check out the Lorane Grower’s Market table in front of the Lorane Deli…

Sweet Lorane Community News, August 31, 2017

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
August 31, 2017
By Pat Edwards

Jim and I have returned from a 10-day RV vacation and I have managed to live through the deadline of the Groundwaters 2017 anthology, but my column was a casualty of all my “busy-ness.” So, now it’s time to catch up and see what’s happenin’.

I want to begin with a few important dates that we all need to mark on our calendars now that school is starting and the quieter days of fall will be descending on us. (Note: I say that every year, only to find that fall, with its football games, holidays and school activities, is frequently as busy as summer!)

The Lorane Grange will be meeting on September 7, 7:00 p.m., at the grange hall. They welcome new members and it’s a great way for our many new neighbors to meet others in the community. You might consider joining! Call Gary or Lil Thompson (541-942-5701) if you are interested in joining… or you can always just show up on the 7th to see what it’s all about.

“Dinner” and Bingo Night will be resuming on Friday, September 15 at the Lorane Grange. They will later switch to the 4th Saturday night of each month after the first of the year.

Next Friday night’s event will feature dessert only instead of a full dinner. It begins at 6:00 p.m. and bingo at 6:30 p.m. According to Lil Thompson, the October event may feature a baked potato bar, so be sure to join in on the fun.

The Crow Grange’s Dinner and Bingo Night started again last Saturday night and will be held every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month until mid-December. It will then resume in January and go into June. Dinner starts at 6:00 p.m. and bingo at 7:00 p.m. These evenings at the granges are designed for the whole family and everyone is invited to join in the fun.

The Crow Booster Club is planning its Crow Fall Auction & Carnival on Saturday, October 14. This will benefit all K-12 students in the Crow-Applegate-Lorane School District. Parents and other interested adults are being recruited to volunteer to help provide many of the wonderful academic as well as athletic programs and equipment that the Booster Club has provided our school district through the years.

Earlier this year – on July 30, 2017 – long time Crow resident, businessman and community supporter, Bob Diess, passed away. A celebration of life and potluck is being planned in his memory on Saturday, September 23 from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. at the Crow Grange. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to the Karin Diess Memorial Scholarship Fund at Crow High School, 85955 Territorial Road, Eugene OR 97402, or to one of the Alzheimer’s organizations.

Bob and his wife Sandy and their family have owned and run the Diess Feed and Seed for many years. His loss is a sad one for the community and our thoughts and prayers are extended to the whole Diess family.

And, lastly, here’s a quick report on our most recent adventure in our older model 35′ Winnebago Adventurer motorhome. This was our big trial since we bought it last fall and have only used it for 3 nights at the coast. We spent the first 2 nights in Boardman, Oregon where we met my sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Dwight Isborn. It was only supposed to be for one night on our way to Wallowa Lake, but we were scheduled to pull out on “Eclipse Day.” Consequently, we left a day early. Having only passed through Boardman, we weren’t expecting much, but it is a very impressive place to stay on the Columbia River with beautiful green lawns, bike paths (for my new bike), a marina and a “beach” for wading.

We then spent 3 nights at Wallowa Lake and another 3 at Lake Pend Orielle in Idaho where my mother and stepfather had a summer home when our kids were growing up. It was a walk down memory lane.

The trip was fun – not so relaxing – but time well-spent with various members of our family. And… I was so proud of Jim and the great job he did in the driving department.
Now, it’s time to knuckle down. I have 2 books to produce before mid-October.

Wish me luck!