Tag: Crow Middle/High School

Sweet Lorane Community News, January 16, 2020

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
January 16, 2020
By Pat Edwards

Life right now is rather mundane following the “busy-ness” of the holidays. For Jim and me, the days are filled with doctors’ appointments, yoga classes, and trips to town to run errands for the store… with one exciting exception…

We have season tickets to the 2020 UO women’s basketball games along with our son, Rob, daughter, Michele, son-in-law, Brian, and the Steve and Renee Grube family. Last night had to be one of the best games I have seen played—anywhere. University of Oregon Duck, Sabrina Ionescu, who is considered by most to the be the best college basketball player in the nation—set records last night for highest UO women’s career scoring and her own single-game scoring at 37 points.

What is so amazing about this team, is not only the supreme player it has in Sabrina, but the standards that each of the team members represent. Regardless of whether kids today are even interested in athletics, the unselfish team play and work ethic on the floor make them ideal role-models for today’s youth—both girls and boys.

I’d much rather our grandchildren’s role models come from the high school and college ranks rather than the professional levels of any activity or career because those who are succeeding are doing it for the pure love of working towards a goal, whether it be athletics, music, science, agriculture, business, education or any other endeavor that has caught their interest. Just doing it for the monetary rewards should be secondary. Good game, Ducks!

As for current activities and news of the Crow Middle/High School, here’s some information passed on to me by Lil Thompson.

The 2020 version of the Ukulele group is once again meeting every Thursday at the school’s music room from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. They have a wonderful time learning to play these instruments and perform at various events around the area. If you’re interested in joining them, just show up at one of the practices.

In addition, the Crow High School welding classes are selling decorative wall-hanging metal hearts made from horseshoes in various colors. They have a hanger welded on them where hats, backpacks, necklaces or other items can be hung on them. To see and/or order them, call the office at 541-935-2227. Proceeds go to help fund the welding class.

The Applegate Regional Theater is also recruiting people for their Reader’s Theater group which reads scripts and acts out skits for area audiences. They perform not only at the ART, but also for senior groups in assisted living centers around the county. Rehearsals are kept to a minimum and there is no memorization involved. They are fun to watch since many of the readers really get into their parts and tend to really “emote” while reading, using different voices and accents. If you’re interested, contact Vicki Sourdry or Marti Byers at the Applegate Regional Theater, 541-935-3636 or art-inc@hotmail.com.

Well, we made it through this past week’s snowstorm warnings with little (if any) “white stuff” on the ground. Here’s hoping we escape the remaining winter and early spring without any extreme weather, as well.

Sweet Lorane Community News – January 24, 2019

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
January 24, 2019
By Pat Edwards

I’m going to try to get back on track this week with Lorane news, although there isn’t much of it right now. I missed reminders on a few events that have come and gone, but my hope is that I can share some of the messages from my heart with you, as needed, too.

Crow Middle/High School has announced that a new program on the study of Agriculture and Natural Resources has been approved. Students will now have the opportunity to explore careers in those fields. I also understand that the Crow-Applegate-Lorane school board also approved the establishment of an FFA Chapter.

To me, this is great news. Along with being offered instruction in some of the manual trades – mechanics, construction, welding, etc.—students who either might not be destined for a 4-year college education or who plan to go to college, but have shied away from considering agriculture and/or natural resources since the demise of the timber industry in Oregon, will get a chance to get some hands-on experience in these fields before setting their goals. It’s long been my belief that too much emphasis has been placed in recent years on getting formal college educations that they may not be able to afford and may lead no where. Kudos to C-A-L!

Mark your calendar! Lorane Eta Theta Rho, the girls’ youth service organization sponsored by the Lorane Rebekah Lodge has set a new date and time for their annual “Parents’ Night Out.” In the past, they have offered the gift of a night out to the parents of local children in the C-A-L school district during the holiday season. This year, however, they have scheduled it for Friday, February 15, from 4:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Parent’s Night Out is an evening where Eta Theta Rho Girls Club #94 provides free babysitting/daycare for the evening so parents can go on a date, relax at home, or do whatever they’d like to do, sans children. It is chaperoned by Eta’s adult female advisors. It will be held at the Lorane Rebekah Lodge at 80284 Old Lorane Rd, Lorane OR 97451. Contact Tara Wigle, Head Advisor (cell – 541-520-4151; or home – 541-935-5245), for more information.

The Celebration of Life for Sandy Larson, Veneta’s former mayor and friend to many of us from areas all over Lane County, will be held on Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at the Fern Ridge Middle School in Elmira. Parking is expected to be limited at the school, but the lots at the Fern Ridge District Office, Elmira Elementary School and possibly, the church next to the Middle School are being made available, too. In lieu of flowers, those who want to contribute to Sandy’s memory are encouraged to do so through Mid-Lane Cares, Friends of the Fern Ridge Library, or the Applegate Regional Theatre.

My good friend and co-editor of Groundwaters, Jennifer Chambers, has been asked to conduct a 6-week series of classes called “A Winter Writing Workshop” on the basics of writing short stories and fiction. Jen, a recognized author of various genres of books and stories, has recently lectured around Oregon on her two most recent books, Oregon’s Remarkable Women: Revolutionaries and Visionaries and Hesitate No Longer: Abigail Scott Duniway and Susan B. Anthony in Oregon.

The classes will be held on Wednesday nights, beginning on February 20 and continuing through March 27 at the Fern Ridge Library’s Konnie Room from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The cost will be $50 for the entire series and you will get personalized feedback on your stories from Jen.

For more information, contact Vicki Sourdry, c/o Friends of the Library, at vsourdry@hotmail.com; 541-337-7007

Sweet Lorane Community News, May 3, 2018

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
May 3, 2018
By Pat Edwards

Last week, the Easy Acres Neighborhood Group invited all Lorane residents to attend a Firewise (Wildfire Prevention) program conducted by Alex Rahmlow, a coordinator from the Western Lane Fire division of the Oregon Department of Forestry. We had a really good turnout of approximately 30 people—about half from Easy Acres and half from the greater Lorane area. A lot of interest was shown and questions were asked about what should be considered when we are ready to make our properties less inviting for wildfires. Much of the information is common sense, but it sharpened our focus on how very important it is to try and minimize the dry, brushy undergrowth near our homes, leaving at least a 30′ green parameter around our houses and outbuildings and a much wider band where brush has been cleared around trees and dead limbs and lower branches have been removed.

Caution on following the rules of designated guidelines posted by the fire districts during fire season is vital for each of us. During hot dry summers we need to be careful not to use mowers, chain saws, trimmers or other equipment that can emit sparks usually after 1:00 p.m. each day during the extreme fire danger periods.

The program did not focus so much on the common sense considerations such as campfires in undesignated areas, throwing cigarette butts out the car window, dumping still hot charcoal briquettes into areas that could catch fire, or burning of any kind, but these are things that are still being done occasionally.

During the recent summer when the fire danger was extremely high, I frequently walked our dogs up Easy Acres and was shocked by the number of cigarette butts I found along the road… many that were obviously recent discards. Even though this is normally something that people know not to do during fire season (or any time), I shuddered to think what could happen to Jim and me and our neighbors if one of those had fallen on a dry patch of dead leaves and caught fire.

All of us need to be extra cautious—for our own sakes as well as our neighbors’. John Eckles is putting together an 8-member board for our community group on Easy Acres Drive to monitor and assess the conditions along our road. Other areas in and around Lorane that are particularly wooded or brushy should consider doing the same.

For more information on how to form these groups, contact Alex Rahmlow, the Western Lane planning coordinator at 541-935-2283.

I understand that congratulations are in order for Mrs. Heather Hohnstein, teacher of English, Drama, Health at Crow Middle/High School. She is to receive an award from the U. S. Air Force “in recognition of outstanding support and dedication to the ideals and principles of the USA in her careers class, and in helping students get ready for their futures.” Congratulations!

The Crow Grange will be sponsoring its annual Mother’s Day Breakfast to be held on Sunday, May 13 from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. The menu includes pancakes or biscuits and gravy, sausage, eggs, fruit juice and coffee. They suggest a $5 dollar donation per person.

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mothers out there!