Tag: Joe Blakely

Sweet Lorane Community News – November 02, 2017

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

Jennifer Chambers and I want to personally thank all of the people who made the Groundwaters LIVE! event such a success this last week – those who read or had their stories read (Emily Horton, Stanley Buck, Millie Graves, Mary Daniels, Michael Matchulat, Tom Oroyan, Joe Blakely, Darlene Demmer, Vicki Sourdry and Rachel Rich), most definitely – but also Marti Byers and Vicki Sourdry of the Applegate Regional Theater (ART, Inc) for providing us with such a beautiful, comfortable and perfect venue.
The West Lane area can be so proud of the gift that these ladies and their board of directors have given our communities. Getting to this point has been a long, difficult road, but they persisted and now the communities benefit. Sometime, if you get the chance, ask for a tour of their facilities which was once the former Central Elementary School on Central Road. Behind the scenes, one former classroom is filled with almost every kind of costume imaginable to be used for plays and even prom dress rentals; another former classroom is filled will furniture and other props. They have a large stage, lighting, a sound system, podiums, theater curtains and inclined theater seating.

Out front are display booths where local art, books and crafts can be displayed, depending on the event being held. There’s even a ticket booth and tables for refreshments. If you have an event coming up, contact them about holding it at the Applegate Regional Theater. It’s a non-profit organization and they need our support. Thank you, ART, Inc!

And thank you also to Sandra Larson who did such a wonderful job with the article she wrote in the Fern Ridge Review this past week.

The Rural Art Center’s Lorane Movie Night has scheduled “Fantastic Mr. Fox” for its November 11 program held at the Lorane Grange. According to their website, this animated movie, based on a story line from Roald Dahl, “brings to life a tale of a sly fox and his quirky community as they find themselves drawn into battle with three determined and disgruntled local farmers.” The voices of the animated cast are provided by George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray and more. A pre-show Sing-Along is being provided by the Ukulele Community Group. A soup dinner begins at 6:00 p.m., followed by pre-show “antics and door prizes” at 6:45 p.m., and the movie begins at 7:30 p.m. The suggested donation is $7 for adults and $5 for children, 12 and under.

Here are some reminders of upcoming events to put on your calendars. The Lorane Community Thanksgiving dinner will be held on Sunday, November 12, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Lorane Grange. It’s free to community members. The turkey dinner (meat, potatoes, stuffing and gravy) will be provided and those attending are asked, but not required, to bring a side dish or dessert to share. They are also asking for donations of canned goods or non-perishable foods to be given to the local food pantry.

The Crow Grange has the same type of event planned. Their Community Potluck and Open House will be held on Thursday, November 16 beginning at 6:30 p.m.
I’ve been told that Crow Middle/High School is holding an “all-year can and bottle fundraiser.” Please contact Mrs. Hohnstein at 541-935-2227 or email hhohnstein@cal.k12.or.us to schedule a drop off or pickup.

Fall Back! I hope we all have our watches and clocks synchronized by now. Daylight Savings Time has ended…

Sweet Lorane Community News – December 8, 2016

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
December 8, 2016
By Pat Edwards

I can’t believe that the holidays are upon us already! As nice as our family Hawaiian luau was for Thanksgiving, I’m having a hard time adjusting to the fact that Christmas is just two weeks away. When I think about what I need to fix for our annual prime rib dinner on Christmas Day, my mind keeps conjuring up visions of turkey and dressing.

This is the second time in 74 years that I have seemingly “lost” Thanksgiving. The first time was back in 1983 when I was released the day before Thanksgiving from a week’s stay at the hospital following surgery, only to be rushed back a half-day later with a high fever. They thought it was a complication of the surgery, but instead, an ultrasound revealed that I had a large tumor encapsulating my left kidney. I spent Thanksgiving Day in a feverish fog and had my kidney removed on Black Friday. I had a lot to be thankful for that year because, despite the 80-20 odds against me, the tumor proved to be benign. I don’t dig up those memories often, for obvious reasons.

Fortunately, this year’s “lost” holiday was not really lost… just different, and I’m having a hard time adjusting to the fact that it’s time to decorate and prepare for Christmas. But, you know, I can deal with that!

If you get a chance, try to make one of the two performances of “A Fairytale Christmas Carol” by the drama group on December 12 and 15 at 7:00 p.m. at Crow High School. Admission is $5 per adult and $3 for students and children. They encourage you to bring an item for the S.A.N.T.A. project of Veneta. By doing so, you will receive a $2 discount. Toys, dolls, stuffed animals, games, books, and coats for children 3-17 are needed.

The Lorane food boxes are in all organizations (Rebekah Lodge, Fire Hall and Grange) and the Lorane Family Store. The donated food will go to deserving families within the community. If you know of a family in our community that would benefit, please contact Marissa Cooper. There is a list of items that are suggested for donation at the Lorane Family Store. You may also contact Roberta Miller, who lives in the house across from the Grange.

An Angel Tree has been set up at the Lorane Family Store, too, as well as at Crow High School. Selecting an ornament from the tree will ensure that a local child or teen will have a good Christmas this year. All food and gifts must be in by December 15.

Get in the holiday spirit by attending the Winter Concert at Applegate Elementary on Tuesday, December 13. The program begins at 7:00 p.m. The school district has always benefited by a strong music program. For many years now, under the direction of Mr. Pat Dixon, our students have gotten a good introduction to band and choir, and the concerts always have provided joy to the holiday season.

Joe Blakely, Jo-Brew, Jennifer Chambers and I are sharing a booth at the Holiday Market located at the Lane County Fairgrounds again this year. We’re not only selling our mainly Oregon history books, but even better… we’re getting to see and visit with friends we have not seen in years who happen to be passing by. I enjoy that part of it, especially. If you visit the Holiday Market, stop by and see us. We have a corner booth in the southwest corner of the main building, just down from the entertainment stage. We’d love to have you drop in and say “hi.”

Sweet Lorane Community News – August 25, 2016

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
August 25, 2016
By Pat Edwards

Things are pretty quiet in Lorane these days as far as news is concerned. The Lorane Growers’ Market continues to be busy. Jim brought home some luscious prunes that were left last week. He only brought me about a dozen to eat – which I did in short order – but he said there was a whole large box of them and they went fast once people discovered them. Pears were also brought in and lots of apples, squash and other produce. I need to get some of my ripe tomatoes down there, too. I don’t have a large garden… just a few tomato plants, one zucchini and one crookneck squash plant… but they are keeping us in fresh produce. Even our dog, Outlaw, is benefiting. I’m trying to get him to lose the weight… or at least not gain any more since he went on phenobarbital for seizures. The medication tends to increase appetite. I dice the large zucchini and cook and store it in the refrigerator to supplement his dry dog food. I was told to do this with canned green beans, but he likes the zucchini much better and gobbles it right down along with his pill. My plant production is slowing down, so I may have to begin checking out the growers’ market for oversize zucchini. That’s a first!

Speaking of zucchini… since I don’t have much community news to report… I’d like to thank Veneta resident, Karen Vosika, for sharing this great recipe with Groundwaters many years ago. It’s always a big hit with Jim and me this time of year when my mini-garden is producing. It’s called “Victory Garden Skillet” and best of all, it’s easy. Ingredients: 1 lb. hamburger; about 2 or 3 cups of diced zucchini, 1 cup of uncooked rice; 1 large diced onion; 1 or 2 sliced tomatoes; 3 beef bouillon cubes; ½ tsp dry mustard; 2½ cups water; 6 slices of cheddar cheese; salt and pepper to taste.

Brown the hamburger in large skillet; add rice, onion, zucchini, bouillon cubes, dry mustard and water. Boil, stir and simmer for 20 minutes. Stir in or layer on top (I prefer to layer) the cheese and tomato. Let stand for 5 to 10 minutes so the cheese will melt over the top. Delicious!

I just completed the layout for a new book that Groundwaters was asked to publish by author, Joe Blakely. It will be of interest to not only local baseball fans and history buffs, but to our own community because it is about Lorane’s neighbor to the southwest, Drain, Oregon. It’s called The Drain Black Sox of Oregon vs The Alpine Cowboys of Texas; The Glory Days of Semi-Pro Baseball: 1930-1960 by Joe Blakely. It’s a great book that contains a lot of names of those who played for the Drain Black Sox that most sports fans will recognize. The book recounts in detail the 1958 National Semi-Pro Championship game between these two teams.  “Who’da thunk” that such a small community could field a championship team?

We published the book this past week and more information on it can be found on the Groundwaters website at http://www.groundwaterspublishing.com/Bookstore.html.

School for the C-A-L School District starts on Tuesday, September 6… the day after Labor Day. Enjoy the rest of your summer!