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Sweet Lorane Community News, September 9, 2021

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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 – February 14, 2019

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News ,
February 14, 2019
By Pat Edwards

Jim and I had a wonderful visit with our daughter Kelly and her husband Justin Fontaine last week. We ate entirely too much food, visited beautiful Sedona, Arizona and took lots of long walks with Frankie, their wonderfully happy (and blind) Jack Russell terrier. The whole time that Jim spent on the couch, watching games on TV, he had a devoted Max, Frankie’s “brother,” by his side. It was a fun, relaxing, much-needed break from the Oregon rain and snow for us.

While we were gone, the Lane County Board of Commissioners approved the Jurisdictional Transfer of Territorial Highway (Oregon Route 200) from ODOT to Lane County, meaning that the proposed realignment and upgrade of the section of Territorial between Gillespie Corners and Lorane will most likely be happening within the next 2 years.

New route for Territorial

The state agreed to pay to Lane County $30 million in increments; $5 million to be paid in 2019, upon the recording of the transfer; $20 million to be paid in 2022; and the final $5 million in 2024. Much of the money is expected to be used on our local project.

The day after we returned from Arizona, I attended the Celebration of Life for Sandra Larson, Veneta’s former mayor and good friend. There was a large turnout of family, friends and neighbors who came to honor her. The program began and ended with the Presentation and Retiring of the Colors by members of the Lane County Sheriff’s Color Guard in full regalia. The list of speakers included the City of Veneta and Fern Ridge School District officials, mayors for neighboring communities, a representative of the Lane County Board of Commissioners and a friend and neighbor.

Sandy would have been touched by the love and respect shown to her memory.

The Lane Pomona Grange’s Prime Rib Dinner fundraiser to raise money for scholarships offered to youth throughout Lane County was postponed, due to inclement weather, from its original February 9 date to 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. A list of items and gift certificates donated by local businesses and Grange members for the silent auction can be found on most community Facebook pages, including Lorane’s. I’ve been asked to donate some of my books for the auction as well.

The next Lorane Grange Spaghetti Dinner and Bingo Night is scheduled for February 23 starting at 5:30 p.m. for dinner and 6:30 p.m. for bingo. There was a big jackpot winner at the January event and a bigger-than-usual attendance that night, too, adding to the coffers the Grange depends on for the continuing maintenance of the much-used building and grounds. Join us again for good food, family fun and a bit of an adrenalin rush whenever you’re able to yell, “Bingo!”

Remember, too, that the Crow Grange holds a similar night twice a month during the school year on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month. (Dinner begins at 6:00 p.m. and bingo at 7:00 p.m.)

Sweet Lorane Community News, January 10, 2019

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
January 10, 2019
By Pat Edwards

It’s time I get back to updating everyone on upcoming Lorane events. There aren’t many scheduled yet since most were put on hold during the holidays, but, there are a few things that are “back in action.”

The January Lorane Movie Night was held last Saturday and I regret not letting you know about the movie that was shown, “East Side Sushi.” So, let me give you a head start on February’s offering by the Rural Art Center. On Saturday, February 9, the movie, “Far From the Madding Crowd” (PG-13; 2015) will be shown at the Lorane Grange. The main female character, Bathsheba, was an independent landowner in a time when women were not meant to be either. Three suitors present themselves to remedy the situation in this romantic drama, based on the book by Thomas Hardy. The dinner portion is being billed as a Valentine chocolate potluck. Hmm…

Mark your calendars for dinner at 6:00 p.m., antics and doorprizes at 6:45 p.m., and the feature film at 7:30 p.m. Suggested donations are $7 for adults and $5 for children, 12 years of age and under.

The Lorane Grange’s dinner and bingo night will resume on Saturday, January 26, beginning with dinner at 5:30 p.m. and bingo following. The blackout progressive jackpot has grown substantially and is ripe for the winning. Bring the whole family out to eat the spaghetti dinner and join your neighbors and friends in our raucous games of bingo. Randy “Santa” Eschleman is a great bingo caller who takes a lot of ribbing, and his sidekick Marty has her computer handy to compute each game’s prize. Join the fun. It’s a great way to get to know your neighbors.

The Crow Grange has resumed its regular 1st and 3rd Saturday dinner and bingo nights, as well. The next one is scheduled for January 19. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. when dinner becomes available and bingo begins at 7:00 p.m. Connie and Dan Suing, dedicated grangers, have been hosting it for the Crow Grange for many years now and welcome everyone who wants to join in their fun, as well.

Another neighboring grange that is going to try its hand at a bingo night is the Creswell Grange. They have scheduled their first bingo night on Wednesday, January 16, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:00. They are located at 298 W. Oregon Avenue in Creswell. They will be offering refreshments, but no dinner.

Jim and I are going to have to see if we can make it. As many of you know, we are “old hands” at bingo. We’ve spent our whole marriage playing bingo. Both of our mothers were huge fans and taking them as often as possible allowed us quality time to spend with them in the years when they were both widowed. Later, it became a fun, inexpensive “date-night” for us. Unlike movies (which Jim won’t go to), or dinner out, we were able to sit and visit with each other as well as other family members and those around us for a whole evening… and much of the time we spent less than we would have on the other activities. It got me away from my computer for an evening and Jim was able to stare at a bingo monitor instead of his TV screen.

These granges depend on the receipts of these fundraiser nights to help maintain their buildings and organizations. If you haven’t been to one, please give it a try and I can almost guarantee that you will enjoy your evening.