Tag: Groundwaters Anthology 2017

Sweet Lorane Community News, September 14, 2017

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
September 14, 2017
By Pat Edwards

Well, our family has made it through a busy, busy time these past several weeks… vacation, out-of-town company and three birthday celebrations. They were all fun, family times, but it’s so nice to be able to settle into a more normal routine. I’m not sure what “normal” means these days, but for me, it’s spending more time at home, running errands with Jim, taking our dogs for walks and being able to work on my book projects.

I am really excited about this year’s Groundwaters anthology that I’m currently working on, and even more so about the new local history book that I have almost completed for publication. I’m hoping that it can be the maiden voyage for a series of books I’d like to write on early Lane County families with connections to Lorane and the Siuslaw Valley. I envision that future books will each contain profiles on 4 to 6 of these families, but the research on this first one has been so interesting and the information so extensive that it will feature just one family. The proposed title of the book will be The Baileys of Bailey Hill. They were not only a prominent family in the Eugene City area of Lane County in the mid-1800s, but several of them also owned land in the Siuslaw/Lorane area. I hope to have the 70-plus page book published and available by the first part of October.

The 2017 Groundwaters Anthology should also be out by mid-October. We will once again be featuring the amazing writing talent of 60, mostly-Lane County, authors, poets and artists. Jen and I hope to host a Groundwaters Live! event again this year to celebrate its publication and to distribute pre-ordered books as soon as it is in print. More on that later…

I want to remind you about the upcoming Crow Booster Club’s Fall Auction & Carnival to be held on Saturday, October 14. This will benefit all K-12 students in the Crow-Applegate-Lorane School District.

The carnival will run from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. and the dinner and silent auction will begin at 4:30 and run until 6:00 p.m. At 6:30 p.m., the live auction will proceed with some fantastic items in the offing. I’m sure that they would welcome donations of auction items (both silent and live) as well as offers of volunteer help during the event. For more information, contact a Booster Club member or Crow Middle/High School at 541-935-2227 or email to crowboosterclub@yahoo.com.

I understand that Lorane resident B.G. Kidd was admitted to the Cottage Grove Hospital in serious condition last Wednesday. At this writing, her son and daughter are asking for extra thoughts and prayers to be sent her way. Get well soon, B.G.!

The Lorane Grange is seeking donations of new socks for children to add to those being collected by the Lane Pomona Grange. Anyone interested in donating may contact Lil or Gary Thompson at 541-942-5701.

Jim and I got to attend our first volleyball game of the year last night. Our granddaughter, Natalie Edwards, is playing on the Creswell Middle School team. It’s the only sport she participates in and she’s the last of our grandkids to participate, so it’s a real treat to be able to exercise grandparent rights by cheering and showing our pride in not only the Creswell team, but Natalie, as well. Go Tigers!

Don’t forget to check out the Lorane Grower’s Market table in front of the Lorane Deli…

Sweet Lorane Community News, June 8, 2017

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
June 8, 2017
By Pat Edwards

Today (Thursday) we are experiencing a bit of rain. Even though I’ve been complaining of the over-generous spring days of rain provided by Mother Nature, a couple of days of it right now seems welcome. It’s watering the tender little plants that I’ve recently planted. I raised some from seed this year and started rather late, so I’m hoping most will survive.

Everyone is busy, working outside on yards and gardens or preparing for high school graduation parties right now, so there’s not much news to report. But, there is one upcoming event that you can mark on your calendars.

Connie Suing has asked me to spread the word about the annual Father’s Day Breakfast that will be held at the Crow Grange on Sunday, June 18, from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. Breakfast will consist of sausage, eggs and pancakes, or biscuits and gravy, juice and coffee, and all they are asking is a suggested donation of $5. You really can’t beat that.
June 16 is 8th grade recognition at Crow Middle/High School at 7:00 p.m. and the community is invited. Congratulations 8th graders!

The last day of school for the C-A-L students is June 19 and I understand that a district trip is planned to Wildlife Safari.

Some of you who are not on Facebook may not know that Lil and Gary Thompson and their son Gary are in Norway right now. Apparently, they are visiting relatives over there, and if you get a chance, check out Lil’s timeline to see the pictures she is posting. Lil is the Lorane correspondent for the Cottage Grove Sentinel and a long-time friend. One of our Groundwaters contributors just informed me that she is heading to England soon, and another is currently in Venice. It seems that overseas travel is really popular right now. Jim and I still have a lot of U.S. to discover, but this summer we’re going to stick pretty close to home and take short trips in our RV. We are planning a trip to Montana later this month to see our youngest daughter, Kelly, and her husband, Justin. They just built a new home that we haven’t seen yet, so we are looking forward to making that trip.

Speaking of Groundwaters, it’s time to remind everyone about getting some poems and short stories, essays, memoirs or non-fiction submissions to us for the 2017 anthology. The deadline is August 15, but it would really be helpful to have them earlier than that if possible. If you know someone who would like to contribute to the annual book, please have them contact me by email at edwards@groundwaterspublishing.com The first two anthologies we’ve done since we stopped printing the quarterly issues each had over 60 contributors and over 150 contributions, so Jen Chambers and I are hoping to include that many again this year, if possible. We are hoping to get more stories and poetry from the 18-and-under age group, too. So, please encourage your child or grandchild to submit, too. For the guidelines and other information, please check out our webpage at http://www.groundwaterspublishing.com/Submissions.html. We love to welcome new members to our Groundwaters family and continue offering the excellent talent of our regulars writers as well.