Tag: Judy Hays-Eberts

Sweet Lorane Community News, January 27, 2022

Fern Ridge-Tribune News
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
January 27, 2022
By Pat Edwards

I’ll wager that some of you may remember picking up free copies of a colorful 32-page magazine called Groundwaters at your local library, organization or community store every three months for quite a few years. They featured wonderful family-friendly stories—fiction, memoirs, nostalgia, essays—and lots of poetry that stirred the heart, all written by local talent. Veneta resident, Judy Hays-Eberts, started the publication in the Fall of 2004 and produced a new issue quarterly—every three months. She distributed it to the communities of Veneta, Elmira, Noti, Cheshire, Lorane, Crow and other nearby areas. After a few years, however, health issues caused her and her husband, Sonny Hays-Eberts, to make the decision to shut it down. Four of us who were helping her at the time—Jennifer Chambers, Pat Broome, Jim Burnett Sr. and I—offered to take it over and continue this publication that we had come to love. We set it up as Groundwaters Publishing LLC and in June 2008, it was signed over to us by Judy and Sonny.

We negotiated an arrangement with the Applegate Regional Theater (ART, Inc.) to operate under their non-profit umbrella and began producing 700 copies of each quarterly issue. I printed those copies at home on 11″ x 17″ paper on our dependable HP workhorse printer and we all got together the first part of every January, April, July and October for the next 7 years to fold and hand-staple all 700 copies. We expanded our distribution to Alvadore, Junction City, Creswell, Cottage Grove and Eugene, thanks to some generous donors, and under the 501c3 license, we were able to sponsor some writing projects at the local grade schools with grant monies we were awarded.

We stopped publishing the quarterlies after the April 2015 issue was distributed due to the increased cost of printing and the fact that there were only two of us remaining to produce it. Pat Broome and my brother Jim Burnett, aka “Jimminy Cricket,” were no longer able to continue. Since then, Jen and I gave up our 501c3 status and began producing annual paperback anthologies that were the equivalent of 3 issues of the magazine.

Why am I giving you this bit of personal history? Because I have been storing multiple copies of those 32 issues in file cabinets and boxes all these years and I’ll no longer have the storage space for them. We’ve been putting together sets of the issues to give to area libraries that don’t already have them, senior centers, and individuals who have asked for them. We still have quite a few copies left that we really don’t want to dispose of if we don’t have to.

Pat Barons, who organizes the annual book sale for the Friends of the Fern Ridge Library in Veneta, has agreed to distribute them at their sale this year on February 11 and 12, and on their “every day” book/magazine sale cart.

There are also quite a few issues in the free box at the Lorane Family Store, too. We are not charging for any of these.

For people who want certain issues that they cannot find, I will be happy to provide pdf files so that they can be read on-line or printed off individually. Just contact me via email at edwards@groundwaterspublishing.com. These stories and poems by many of your friends and neighbors need to live on and be enjoyed by as many as possible. These timeless issues have already provided readers with many hours of enjoyment over the years and can continue doing so. We offer our thanks to you and all of the authors and poets who have shared their talents with us over the years.

Sweet Lorane Community News, October 4, 2018

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
October 4, 2018
By Pat Edwards

Sawyer Scott HaxbyBefore I get back to writing my column for Lorane, I want—need—to announce the arrival of Jim’s and my newest great-grandbaby. Our granddaughter, Linsey Kau Haxby and her husband Brent announce the birth of Sawyer Scott Haxby who was born on October 2, at 8:04 p.m., weighing 7lbs 4oz. and 21 3/4 inches long. Of course, he’s perfect! Sawyer is an anomaly in our family—he’s male. We have populated our family with a large number of strong, beautiful, bright and caring fe43229079_10217015817370574_8404397867443159040_nmales through three generations now, but the males of the family, while equally strong, bright, handsome and caring, are a rarity. We’ve averaged one for each of the three generations that Jim and I spawned. Sawyer is the first of his generation, joining our son Rob Edwards and grandson Kevin Stevens, and it will be interesting to see if others will follow. He has a little cousin on the way, due in early December. Whatever the gender, she or he will be cherished.

Now, I suppose I’d really better get everyone caught up on the upcoming events scheduled this month in Lorane and Crow…

Saturday, October 13, begins the first Lorane Movie Night showing of the 2018/2019 season. The featured movie is “Bend It Like Beckham” (2002). It’s described as a romantic comedy where “the daughter of orthodox Sikhs rebels against her parents’ traditionalism and joins a football team.“

Each monthly movie night begins at 6:00 p.m. at the Lorane Grange with a homemade soup and salad dinner, followed by fun and games at 6:45 p.m. before the movie begins at 7:30. A suggested donation is $7 for adults and $5 for children, 12 and under.

A reminder: The Crow community is holding a fundraiser for Crow High School graduate, Cody Tripp, who is taking on his second battle with cancer. A dinner is being held on Saturday, October 27, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., at the Crow Grange. Check the Lorane and Crow Community Facebook pages for more details.

The Lorane dinner and bingo night sponsored by the Lorane Grange will begin its fall season on Friday, October 19. I believe that the dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. and bingo will get started at 6:30.

2018 Groundwater Anthology FRONT COVERWe’ve just completed the 2018 Groundwaters anthology. We are doing the last proofing at this time and hope to publish it by early next week. We will once again launch it at a special program called Groundwaters LIVE! to be held on Sunday, October 21 , tentatively at 3:00 p.m., at the Applegate Regional Theater on the corner of Central and Fleck Roads, north of Crow. Ten of our 70+ contributing authors will give 5-minute readings from their works. Refreshments will be served and anthologies from all four years will be available for purchase.

We wish to invite the community to join us. This year, we are including some of the poems featured in the first issues of the Groundwaters magazine begun by Judy Hays-Eberts in October 2004. They will include poems written by current and past West Lane residents Sally Spaulding, Pat Gill, Judy Hays-Eberts, Guy Lundy, Terry Brooke, Carolyn Carney and the late Janet Romanek, Reneé Dodds, June Wyant, and Paul Cass. Selections have also been chosen by Jessie Stinson and Jean-Marie Purcell, as well.

We have quite a few new contributors for 2018, too. I have no doubt that you’ll be quite impressed by the quality of talent demonstrated by local authors and poets who share their work with us each year.