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Sweet Lorane Community News, May 14, 2020

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
May 14, 2020
By Pat Edwards

With the COVID-19 protocols still in place there hasn’t been a lot to relate as far as community news. Unfortunately, much of what I have to report today is not the happy kind. I just learned that we have lost three more of our long-time friends and neighbors recently…

Bev FarnhamA woman I’ve known for many years, quietly passed away in early March, but I wasn’t aware of it until now. Beverly Farnham and her husband Larry and their children, Janie and Jeremy, lived in one of our rental homes across from the store for over 10 years before moving to their own home on south Territorial. Bev was quiet and unassuming and I’ve only run into her a few times in the past several years, but she always had a ready smile and a friendly “hello.” She will be missed as will Larry who, I understand, has moved to Sweet Home to be near his daughter, Janie.

Tom LaingA well-loved family who has lived in both Lorane and Veneta, lost its patriarch, Tom Laing, on May 4, 2020. Tom and his wife Lauren “Lollie” raised their family of six in Lorane and later, Veneta. Tommy, Tammy, Doug and Chris attended the Lorane and Crow schools and Tom and Lollie were active in the schools, athletic programs and the communities where they lived. A veteran, Tom Laing was a member of veteran’s groups and participated in veteran’s causes throughout his life. He will be missed by so many.

Janet MartinAnother Lorane resident, Janet Martin, passed on May 7. She and her three sons, Jason, Jeremy and Derek, owned and operated the Farmin’ Creek events center on Siuslaw River Road in Lorane for many years. Janet was outspoken and a force to be reckoned with if crossed, but if she liked you, she was a friend forever. She helped to get a Boy Scout troop organized in the area and loved watching her sons play football in school. She was a hard-worker and helped to make Farmin’ Creek a fun place to hold an event in the area. Her many “forever friends” are mourning her passing.

Jim and I extend our condolences to the Farnham, Laing and Martin families. Bev, Tom and Janet will be missed by so many of us who consider them good friends.

Some other sad, but expected, news for the community is the cancellation of the annual and very popular Lorane Ice Cream Social, hosted by the Lorane Volunteer Fire Department, and the Lorane Community Potluck, held at the Lorane Grange this year because of the COVID-19 social distancing protocols. Our hopes are that if we sacrifice them this year and do what is needed to get through this pandemic, that we can all work towards making them even better next summer.

That’s enough bad news for this week… The good news is that Jim and I are doing well. We are making progress on putting our home back together after a major restoration project and we are healthy and staying active. There’s nothing like that tired feeling you have at the end of a day when you have accomplished so much. The beautiful sunny weather we’ve had has allowed us to get outside, get away from the T.V. and computer, and allow our minds to concentrate on something other than medical issues and the controversy surrounding them.

The rainy days that have interspersed with the sunny, give us time to settle in, surrounded by our fur babies who are more than willing to cuddle with us and let life drift by for a day or two.

I hope that all of you are finding some of those bright spots in the altered circumstances we have all found ourselves in. Cherish what you can… our continued good health, our loving families, our circle of friends who are finding their own ways during this pandemic, and Mother Nature who is proof of the beauty we all share.

Sweet Lorane Community News, July 13, 2017

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
July 13, 2017
By Pat Edwards

I’m lovin’ these bearable summer days this year. The mid-to-high 70s and low 80s are perfect as far as I’m concerned… especially if there is a light breeze, which there has been.

On our trip to Montana before the 4th, the weather there was in the 70s and quite comfortable, but I received a note from our friends who we visited in Helena and they said that right after we left, the temps soared to “the high 90s and low 100s!” According to Connie, “it’s been 15 to 20 degrees above normal each day and looks like the rest of the month is going to follow suit. We had a 5.8 earthquake last week and aftershocks continue. It was definitely not one we could sleep through and was the biggest one in 18 years for Montana. The topping on the cake is the severe thunderstorms rolling thru each afternoon and lightning starting immediate fires. July is never fun but this year tops them all.”

The poor Montanans experienced not only a harsh winter this year, but now their summer sucks. I think I’ll stick in Oregon. I’m figuring that we must have brought the good weather back with us!

I reported most of the upcoming Lorane events last week, but here’s another item to put on your calendar…

The Lorane Christian Church is sponsoring its annual “Worship in the Park” at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, August 27, this year. It will once again be held at the Martin family’s, Farmin’ Creek event center on Siuslaw River Road. A potluck lunch will follow the church service, as well as horseshoes and swimming in the pond. This is something you don’t want to miss.

Matt Van Wyk and the owners of Alesong Brewery in Lorane just announced on the Lorane Facebook page that their doors are now open for business. “I just wanted everyone to know we are finally open! Regular hours are 12:00 to 8:00 p.m., Friday through Sunday. We’re planning a Grand Opening celebration on Saturday, July 22, with a food cart and a couple of live musicians. Stop by and say hello!”

Many residents in our area are working hard to rid their properties of Tansy Ragwort which seems to be enjoying a resurgence throughout Lane County. The bright yellow weed that is springing up in fields and pastures right now is poisonous to livestock, especially horses and cattle. It’s vital that whenever you see a plant, even in your yard, that you pull it out by the roots if at all possible (or at least cut it), and put the plants into a black garbage bag where they will be contained. One suggestion is to leave the bag full of tansy out in the sun for a few days to let them “cook”… ensuring that they can no longer germinate. If they are left lying on the ground, they will continue to fully seed.
If the tansy plants you encounter, however, have a number of yellow and black caterpillars on them, don’t disturb them. These caterpillars are the larvae of the Cinnabar moth which eat tansy exclusively and kill the plant they are working on before it goes to seed.

Cinnebar moth

Cinnabar moth and larvae

Let’s all be good neighbors and bring this unwanted plant under control since it spreads quickly once it goes to seed.

I realized that I failed to give the date of this year’s Lorane Ice Cream Social in last week’s column. It is always held on the 2nd Sunday in August. This year it will be on August 13 and it usually begins at 1:00 p.m. Marissa McNutt Cooper is soliciting volunteers to help with the new booths and events that are being planned to celebrate the Lorane Fire Department’s 40th anniversary. Call her at 541-517-6608 for more information or to volunteer.

Don’t forget! The Lorane Christian Church is planning a bake sale in the parking lot of the Lorane Family Store on July 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. I know only too well, from personal experience, what great things they have to offer.