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Sweet Lorane Community News, February 6, 2020

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
February 6, 2020
By Pat Edwards

The Crow Booster Club is organizing the 2020 Crow High School Alumni’s Basketball Games. They are scheduled to take place on Saturday, February 29, from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Crow High School gymnasium. Participants are charged a $10 fee which will go towards the district’s athletic programs in all of the schools.

Check-in is at 4:30 p.m. and, depending on sign-ups, there will be at least one women’s game at 5:30 p.m. followed by two men’s games. The Booster Club will also provide full concessions and some raffles. Those interested in playing should contact the school or Marissa McNutt Cooper right away as rosters have already begun to be filled.
They will be having two open gyms for anyone wanting to get back into the swing of things, on Sunday February 16th and Sunday the 23rd from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Crow High School.

This is such a fun event. Jim and I spent so many years watching our four kids and six grandkids playing not only basketball, but football, volleyball, baseball and competing in track meets. Our son, Rob Edwards, and our grandson, Kevin Stevens, have participated in the alumni games almost every year they have been played since graduating, and sitting in those stands again and cheering them on brings back so many wonderful memories for us.

I’ve tried to get our daughters, Gloria Edwards and Michele Edwards Kau, who still live in the area, to sign up to play again, but they prefer to be remembered from their “glory days” and both profess to be completely out of shape, although I don’t tend to believe that.

Our granddaughters, Stephanie Kau Furlong, Linsey Kau Haxby, and Hayley Kau, were outstanding athletes at Crow, too, but I haven’t been able to convince them to come out and allow Grandma and Grandpa Edwards to relive some of those special games they played… and Steph and Lins definitely won’t be playing this year since both are providing us with two new great-grandbabies soon.

Our other two granddaughters, Hannah and Natalie Edwards, didn’t attend C-A-L schools—they attended Creswell High School—but we were able to watch them play during their middle school years and they too have generated some wonderful memories for us.

Our family’s youth have tended to gravitate towards athletics, 4-H, and even some drama club events. Almost all of them played in the school bands and Natalie was quite active in the Creswell Middle School choir. But, regardless of each child’s interest, we have always been strong believers in the participation of these extracurricular activities and we have seen first-hand how they can build confidence, respect, responsibility and teamwork that have provided structure and a sense of purpose as they enter adulthood. We applaud each of the participating alumni and hope to be in the stands for another year on February 29th to cheer you on.

The annual Lorane Parent’s Night Out, sponsored by the Lorane Eta Theta Rho Girls’ Club #94, will be happening at the Lorane Rebekah Hall on Valentines Day, February 14, from 5:00 to 10:30 p.m. This group of responsible young girls will be offering free babysitting/daycare in a safe environment for the evening so the local (Lorane and Crow) moms and dads can go on a date or just relax at home, if they want. Adult advisors will also be on hand to chaperone. For information, contact head advisor, Tara Wigle at 541-520-4151 (cell) or 541-935-5245 (home).

There will also be an open house with Crow-Applegate-Lorane School Board on February 13 at 6:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

The Lorane Grange’s Spaghetti Dinner and Family Bingo for this month will be on Saturday, February 22 starting at 5:30 p.m. for dinner; 6:30 p.m. for bingo. We hope to see you there.

Sweet Lorane Community News, January 11, 2018

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
January 11, 2018
By Pat Edwards

I just heard that a beloved former Lorane resident, Delores Corcoran, passed away recently. She and her husband Vince lived on a 20-acre farm in the Mill Camp area south of Lorane until a few years ago when they decided to downsize. Our daughters, Gloria Edwards and Michele Kau, helped them locate a new and smaller home in town and I’d like to use some of Gloria’s words in this column today.

Delores Corcoran

Delores and Deanne Corcoran

“Sadly, we lost yet another long-time resident of Lorane—Delores Corcoran. Michele and I were blessed to get to know her and we grew to absolutely love both Delores and Vinny (Vincent). I see this picture with Delores and her daughter Deanne and it makes my cry… it is SO reflective of her. She had a beautiful soul and was married to the love of her life. There was no doubt they were each other’s best friend for the 52 years they were married. It brought me so much joy to personally spend time with them during our house hunting adventures! She will be dearly missed. Rest in peace Dolores Corcoran—you were definitely one of the good ones!”

Then, from the Crow Booster Club comes this request for donations: “On December 7, 2017 our high school Cougar Jacob Brown was playing basketball with the Crow High School team at Lowell and suffered a season-ending injury. He required ambulance transportation to the hospital where he was found to have a tibia-fibula compound fracture to his leg (both lower bones in multiple breaks). This required surgical repair, hospitalization, prolonged healing with severe limitations on use and function, multiple medical visits with many more to come to be able to return his prior level of function.

According to the booster club, “We have also learned that unfortunately, many of the medical bills will not be covered by their medical insurance. The Crow Booster Club is initiating a fundraiser for the Brown family to help them through this time. We are collecting donations through the end of January. One hundred percent of all donations designated to the ‘Jacob Brown Fund’ will be provided to the family.

“Any and all donations will make a difference. Checks should be made out to Crow Booster Club and sent to Crow Booster Club, P.O. Box 1228, Veneta OR 97487 or given to a Crow Booster Club member. If you have any questions please send an email to crowboosterclub@yahoo.com or reach out to any Crow Booster Club member.”

Another local fundraiser for the young Veneta boy, Hunter Heineman, who was killed in a recent motor vehicle accident was held at Yukon Jacks in Veneta this past weekend. I have no doubt that our communities will reach out to the families of these young residents. It is so heart-breaking when our children are lost or hurt. We never know when it could be our own.

RoryOn a happier note, I have been spending a few days this past week puppy-sitting our little 2-month-old “grandpuppy” named Rory. She belongs to Michele and Brian Kau who recently brought her home from Roseburg. This beautiful, happy, not-so-little soul is a combination Akbash and Border Collie. The Akbash is a large white guardian dog similar to a Great Pyrenees that are used by sheep farmers to guard their herds. She currently looks like a black and white fluff-ball with huge tan eyebrows and she enchants each of us who have gotten to know her. Like all grandkids, we occasionally get her during the days, but can send her home with “mom and dad” at night. It’s been a win-win for now until she’s old enough to be able to spend her days in the big fenced yard around Michele and Brian’s home with Duke while they are at work.

Happy January, all!

Sweet Lorane Community News, September 28, 2017

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
September 28, 2017
By Pat Edwards

There has been lots of excitement around the Lorane and Crow areas this past week, and it’s not the good kind. Several reportings of burglaries, break-ins and thefts from both areas have been reported. One of the victims was our daughter, Gloria Edwards, whose house was broken into and a TV, laptop and some wine were stolen. I’m sure the thieves planned to help themselves to more, but Gloria’s sister, Michele, and her husband Brian happened to drive by at the time and saw the strange car – an older model “goldish” Toyota Corolla (or Camry) – in Gloria’s driveway. Michele immediately got Gloria on the phone to ask about it. Michele and Brian only got as far down Territorial as Powell Road when they turned around and sped back to Gloria’s house, which is located just west of Gillespie Corners. By the time they got there, the car was gone – in a bit of a hurry, judging by the amount of gravel that the tires spun out.

Today, as I write this, there was a report of a 1999 “pewter” or “browish-gray” Toyota Camry leading 5 police cars on a chase towards Veneta. The deputies had to stop the chase at Noti as speeds had reached 114 mph and it was a danger to other drivers on the road. We strongly suspect that it may have been the same car and person. The Oregon license plate number is reported to be ZWE 645 by the Lane County Sheriff’s office. They ask anyone with information to call 541-726-3714.

Because of the recent rash of thefts, the Lorane Community Association will be discussing the establishment of a Neighborhood Watch in the area at its scheduled meeting on Sunday, October 1. The Crow Grange is interested in discussing a Neighborhood Watch for its area, as well. I will need to report more on these in the next issue.

Last week, I gave you the incorrect date for the upcoming Crow Booster Club’s “Crow Fall Auction and Carnival.” It will be held on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at Crow High School. The Carnival will be held from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. and the silent auction and dinner is at 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. The Live Auction starts at 6:30 p.m. I apologize for any problems this may have caused.

According to my doctor, flu season is expected early this year and everyone is being encouraged to get their flu shot right away if you want to avoid it. I got mine!

I’ve already had a nasty cold this past week. I haven’t had one of those for quite some time, but it hit hard with non-stop coughing and nose-blowing for two straight days and nights, and I know others are experiencing similar ones, too. Even Jim, who never seems to get sick, was hacking well into the nights and during the days a week ago. In fact, both Gloria and I are blaming him for sharing it with us.

I plan to order copies of my new book, The Baileys of Bailey Hill this week, so look for it on-line or in local stores, libraries and bookstores, soon. They are an interesting family with connections to Lorane and the Siuslaw Valley and I think you’ll enjoy their stories.

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