Tag: Dr. Seuss

Sweet Lorane Community News – March 2, 2017

Fern Ridge Review                        
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
March 2, 2017
By Pat Edwards

Organizers are trying to get the word out about a special event that is coming up later this month for Crow High School alums. They are having a “Crow Country Club 66 Reunion Teen Dance ” to be held at the Crow Grange on March 25, beginning at 7:00 p.m. According to the flyer, it is “for those of us who attended these dances in the 60s or early 70s – Let’s Twist Again!” Those attending are asked to bring a potluck dessert. There will be no other charge for attending. They have set up a Facebook page as Country Club 66 at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1068936336567870/. I am sure that they would welcome new members.

Jim and I were able to go to last week’s Lorane Spaghetti Dinner and Bingo. Neither of us got to yell bingo, but it seems to be catching on with the community. According to Lil Thompson, more people attended the family bingo games than came for dinner… a first, I believe. It’s a fast-moving evening. Randy Eschleman keeps everyone awake and on their toes with his rapid-fire calling and everyone seems to have a lot of fun even if they didn’t get to pick a prize or win some cash.

If you get the chance, please make a point of coming out and supporting the Lorane and Crow Granges. These dinner and bingo nights for both of them are what helps maintain the buildings so that they can be used by each of the communities. And, I’m sure that of the local service organizations, including the Lorane Rebekahs, the local fire departments and churches, would welcome new members if you are interested in becoming a contributing part of our community.

Crow Middle/High School is in the top 50 high schools in Oregon at #47 according to U.S. News and World Report. It has been nationally recognized with a 93% proficiency in English and 85% proficiency in Mathematics and is well above the state averages. Congratulations to our Crow-Applegate-Lorane District #66 administration, teachers, staff and students for achieving this very important recognition.

I want to take this opportunity to thank the teachers at the Applegate School for allowing me to participate in their Dr. Seuss “Read Across America” event. I had the privilege of reading “The Cat in the Hat” and a portion of “Horton Hears a Who” to the kindergarten and 2nd graders. I was then directed to the 4th grade room where I had fun reading “Green Eggs and Ham” and a selection from the “I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today!”… specifically, “The Glunk That Got Thunk.”  I was really able to ham it up with those offerings and thoroughly enjoyed myself. Thanks, Applegate students, for being such exceptional audiences.

Mother Nature has been giving us a small preview of what’s to come… soon, I hope. We had a couple of nice days this past week that give me hope that we may eventually be able to go outside without either getting drowned or frozen. I even spotted some sunshine and blue skies a few times lately! We have crocuses blooming and the hyacinths are budded out. Daffodils aren’t far behind and have formed their buds, too.

This has been a rather difficult winter for Jim and me on several levels… of course, the weather hasn’t been ideal for any of us, and then there was the loss of both Outlaw and Shortie, our 4-legged children, as well as some surgeries for both of us. But we realize, too, that others have had their lives turned upside down in even more traumatic ways, so we can still count our blessings and be able to look to the future, surrounded by the love of family and friends.

Spring is on its way!

Sweet Lorane Community News – February 23, 2017

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
February 23, 2017
By Pat Edwards

Our condolences go out to the family of Evan Mann who passed away this past week. Evan and Loretta lived on Letz Creek Road west of Lorane during the late 1960s and 1970s and their children attended the Lorane, Crow and Veneta schools.

News just arrived that the vacated Lane County Sheriff’s Office Work Camp located in Alma, west of Lorane, is now being set up for use by the Veterans Legacy Oregon, a non-profit group. Their mission statement on their Facebook page located at https://www.facebook.com/veteranslegacyoregon/ says, “Our mission at Veteran’s Legacy is to provide all support activities and therapies for our veterans suffering from PTSD and other associative disorders using therapeutic agriculture.”

They further describe their project as, “We exist to provide integrated treatment in a rural setting, stressing therapeutic agriculture, utilizing multiple resources to address the individual’s medical and psychological needs. We aspire to provide treatment for PTSD and other adjustment disorders while continuing supportive therapy for associated co-morbidities such as drug and alcohol addictions.”

I consider this good news for the county. These veterans deserve a chance to work through their PTSD under the supervision of such an organization in a quiet, beautiful setting as they have in Alma. It was frustrating to see all of the tax dollars that were put into the construction and maintenance of the work camp going to waste as it sat vacant for many years.

This week, I have volunteered to join the “Read Across America” program at the Applegate Elementary School. I will be reading Dr. Seuss books with students at Applegate on Wednesday and am really looking forward to it. It will be the first time I’ve participated, so I’ll have to let you know all about it next week.

The Rural Art Center and Grange are once again planning their annual Lorane Talent Show to be held in April. Now is the time for all of you who have a special talent to begin rehearsing and figuring out what you want to wear as you perform. Please contact Lisa Livelybrooks of RAC (541-935-9502) or Lil Thompson of the Lorane Grange (541-942-5701) if you want to participate this year. It’s not too early to start planning for it.

Here’s hoping that the coming weeks will bring us a little less rain and snow and a few  more days of sunshine. I’m so looking forward to spring this year!