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Sweet Lorane Community News, May 25, 2017

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
May 25, 2017
By Pat Edwards

Once again, I owe my editors and readers an apology. I completely missed my deadline last week. I find that being retired allows my days to roll by without always being classified as Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, etc. Frequently, someone at our bank will ask, “Did you have a good weekend?” and I have to pause and think what the current day is and when the weekend was. No longer are weekends defined as the days when I don’t have to head for work.

Consequently, I’ve found that the only way I can keep track of events and happenings in my life is to put it on my computer calendar which reminds me of what’s coming up in the next 1-3 days. (I set my reminders for 3 days in advance and again, 1 day ahead.) It works most of the time, but some of the more routine deadlines, such as my column submissions, have become rote and are no longer on my reminders. If I get deeply focused on something like last weekend’s Lorane Community-wide Yard Sale, I forget what day it is.

Oh, the joys of aging! All of this is not meant to be an excuse… I don’t take slip-ups such as missed deadlines lightly. This is more of an observation of some of the things the rest of you can look forward to in your advancing years.

This provides me with a smooth transition into talking about what took up much of my attention last week. We were blessed with beautiful weather for the community yard sale. I decided that I’d open up our Dew Drop Inn building – the one I used for awhile as an office for Groundwaters. It has a long history in Lorane. It was once a very popular tavern run by Chancy Davis, and sits just north of the Lorane Family Store. Ever since I stopped using it as an office, it’s been sitting there serving as nothing but a storage unit for all of the tubs of historical research I’ve done on Lorane and my own family genealogy. It also was housing the Lorane memorabilia removed from the former Lorane Elementary School after it was sold to a private party. In addition, it has been home to hundreds of books that I had been collecting for a hoped-for community library at the school should the community be fortunate enough to retain it as a public building. That didn’t happen, and even though the Lorane Community Association maintains a little exchange library at the Lorane Family Store, they don’t have room to display or store the additional books I had collected.

I used the yard sale as a means of selling a few of the books to raise money for community projects. It took all of last week to get my things moved to a storage unit and the building cleaned out enough to set up tables for the sale. The Lorane Grange kindly agreed to take over the caretaking of the Lorane memorabilia, including a time capsule put together by Lorane students in 1986 that is slated to be opened in 2061 – the next appearance of Halley’s Comet – and long after many of us expect to be around.
Now that the sale is over, the building is going to be used by Karen Pidgeon and Alix Mosieur to paint the beautiful mural that they designed and will be hanging on the side of the Lorane Family Store.

When they are done, I’m thinking that maybe Lorane can have its little community library – at least until Jim and I decide what to do with the building down the road. I no longer want it to stand vacant. I’ve already talked to a member of the group that is overseeing the little exchange library and if things work out, I’d like to see them give a purpose to the Dew Drop Inn once again. I think Chancy Davis would like that.

Sweet Lorane Community News – April 27, 2017

Fern Ridge Review                        
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
April 27, 2017
By Pat Edwards

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I am so ready for an extended period of sunshine! Enough, already with the constant rain! I sometimes wonder what drivers think as they drive past our house at a little before 7:00 a.m. and see me standing in the driveway… in my jammies and raincoat, throwing tennis balls for Toby and Nora to fetch before I get the R-G and head back in to have my morning coffee. 20170428_121639

After a long night of inactivity, my two, wonderful, sweet… and lively… blue heeler rescue dogs are ready to play and work off some of their pent-up energy. Oh, Jim lets them out into our little fenced backyard area for an hour or two before he heads for the store so that I can sleep in a bit, but we’ve gotten into the habit of fetching balls down the full length of our driveway each morning. It’s a deal that I’ve made with them. We’ll fetch balls for at least 10 minutes, rain or shine, and they agree to lie quietly for the rest of the morning while I’m working at my computer. My right arm has not had this much exercise in years! They patiently await Jim’s return home shortly after noon so they can hang outside with him… if it isn’t pouring down rain. Unfortunately we no longer have cows that they can help work.

Yes, we knew what we were getting into with the heeler breed when we got them. We’ve had two others over the years and we both love their quirky personalities, extreme intelligence and total loyalty, but, I was hoping that none of us would have to be housebound quite this much this spring.

Now for some Lorane news.

Be sure you sign up if you are planning to have a yard sale on the weekend of May 20, when the Lorane Community-Wide Yard Sale is scheduled, so that you can take advantage of the advertising and maps of where the yard sales will be. Give Terrie  Johnson Morris a call at 541-913-3825 if you are planning to have your own sale at home. If you wish to rent a table at the Lorane Grange, contact Pam Kersgaard, 541-214-0261.

I have decided that I’m going to organize our former tavern building, the Dew Drop Inn, that I used as the Groundwaters office for a few years, and find homes for many of the books that I’ve put away for a Lorane Community Library. With the former school building no longer an option, that’s not going to happen, I’m afraid. The little self-help library at the Lorane Family Store is quite popular, but they have more books already than they can display, so for the community yard sale, I will be offering a bunch of paperback books free and selling many of the hardcover novels and cookbooks I have on hand with proceeds dedicated to the Lorane Community Association. Be sure to make it one of your stops on May 20.

The Crow Booster Club is planning the Spring Arts Festival, a fun evening to support the arts in the Crow-Applegate-Lorane schools. It will be taking place on Tuesday, May 16 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Crow Middle/High School. Admission is $5/person. There will be a Silent Auction and you will be entertained by Crow students with drama and music performances. Exhibits of their art, photography and woodshop projects will be offered for sale, as well. All the proceeds for this event support the arts program throughout the district. If you have items to donate for the silent auction, please contact Ali Cheers or leave a message with the Crow High School office for her at 541-935-2227.

Remember… The Lorane Christian Church is holding its Lorane Ladies’ Tea at the Grange this year. It’s scheduled for Sunday, May 7, at 3:00 p.m. They really encourage ladies of all ages to come who want to meet their neighbors or reacquaint themselves with those they don’t often get to visit with. It’s an especially good time to meet some of those we’ve been talking to for quite awhile on the Lorane Facebook page… to put a face to the names we know so well.