Tag: Dessert and Bingo

Sweet Lorane Community News, September 9, 2021

Fern Ridge-Tribune News
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, 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!