Tag: Lil Thompson

Sweet Lorane Community News, April 11, 2019

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
April 11, 2019
By Pat Edwards

I’m finally able to turn my attention to community news this week. Although the going is slow, Jim is healing from his falls of a couple of weeks ago. I’m still his chauffeur, cook and morning help at the store, but we’ve fallen into a routine that works for us both. Hopefully, the physical therapy that he’s going to begin next week will help build his strength and balance again.

Thank you to the Lorane Grange for the wonderful community service awards that Lil Thompson presented to not only Jim and I, but Tara Wigle, Larry and Donna Moore, Heidi Langstraat, and Josie Skeers. We were deeply touched by the presentation at last weekend’s Lorane Talent Show sponsored by the Grange and the Rural Art Center.
While there, Jim and I were entertained, along with about 30 others, by some exceptional talent from the community. It included the always popular Kyle and Jim singing duo who are so popular at our annual Ice Cream Social held every August.

Then, there was the amazing “almost-six-year-old,” Jillian McGladrey, who sang and danced to two songs while her dad accompanied her on the guitar. My favorite of her songs was “Puff the Magic Dragon.” Members of the audience… including me… were encouraged to sing along with her and I haven’t done that in years. What fun!
The next entrant, “Little Banjo” decided that this year wasn’t going to be her debut to perform her dance after all, so she gave us a rain check.

The program was rounded out by the very talented Crow High School Junior, Cooper Morris, who sang and played the guitar. It was an afternoon that we all enjoyed immensely. Thank you to all!

Lil Thompson announced that there will be no Spaghetti Dinner and Bingo Night held again until next fall. They usually hold it through the school year, but are finding that they won’t be able to do it in April and May this year. Mark your calendars for the next one to be held on the 4th Friday in September.

If you’ll be having withdrawals from bingo, you still have some options. The Crow Grange holds their dinner and bingo nights every 1st and 3rd Saturdays through the school year.

Then, the Applegate Elementary Booster Club will be playing bingo on May 10, I believe. It will be held in their gymnasium. I’ll try to get more details closer to the time.

The Creswell Grange will be having a bingo night on Wednesday, April 17, at the grange hall at 298 West Oregon Avenue in Creswell. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the games begin at 7:00 p.m.

The Lorane Christian Church will be holding its Easter “Sonrise” Service again this year on the King Estate terrace at 8:00 a.m. on Easter Sunday morning, April 21. Following the service, at 9:00 a.m., there will be a free breakfast at the church. The regular worship service will begin at 10:00 a.m. Everyone is invited to attend all of the services.

I wish to personally thank Crow High School teacher, Heather Hohnstein, the Crow-Applegate-Lorane School District administration and the students of CHS for my invitation to participate as an interviewer in the Career Mock Interview Day for graduating seniors. It was a wonderful experience. Each of the four students that I interviewed were respectful, neat, articulate, and self-confident. Those I spoke to have goals for what they want to do after graduation and showed their excitement in moving forward. I wish that other community members who do not have the opportunity to interact with today’s youth often, would be able to meet with these young men and women one-on-one as I did. If they are representative of the calibre of today’s generation, I feel our country’s future is in good hands. Thank you, Gracie, Stephen, Emily and Joel! You are all treasures!

Sweet Lorane Community News, April 13, 2018

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
April 12, 2018
By Pat Edwards

I was so saddened this past week to see the obituary for one of my favorite long-time Lorane residents, Beth Booth. She celebrated her 100th birthday last August and passed quietly away at her home on Stony Point on Easter Sunday.

She lived a remarkable life. She was a regular customer at our store in the late 1970s and ‘80s when I was running it. She came to the store each week to get grain for her beloved horses and other necessities and we would catch up on the news of our respective families. She was an intelligent, vibrant woman who had a soft spot in her heart for animals of all kinds as well as people.

I remember so well the time she wanted to take a trip for a couple of weeks, but was wanting to find someone who she knew would take good care of her home and animals while she was away. It happened that my mother and stepfather, who were spending their first years of retirement in a motorhome, traveling around the country, were going to be in our area during that time. When Beth met them, they immediately bonded and they made arrangements to stay in her home while she was gone.

During that time, I remembered her home as being a wonderfully comfortable, peaceful place. Her spinning wheel was the focal point in her living area and she had many of the items she had knitted from the wool she spun decorating it. To me, it felt like a safe haven mirroring the woman who lived there.

This amazing woman continued to ride and drive her beautiful Morgan horses through her 95th year before she finally hung up her bridle. Our condolences go out to Beth’s loving family. She will be missed by many.

I also want to send out a get-well message to my fellow newspaper columnist, Lil Thompson, who writes the Lorane news for the Cottage Grove Sentinel. She had major back surgery this past week and I hope that she’s up and feeling better soon.

The Ladies of the Lorane Christian Church are sponsoring a Bake and Craft Sale to be held from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Lorane Grange on Saturday, April 28. For anyone who wants to participate, the table fees are $5. Knowing the reputation the church ladies have for yummy baked goods, you’ll want to get there early!

If you have questions, please call 541-556-6223 for more information. It’s a great opportunity to start out the “sale’n” season since it will be indoors and will take place, rain or shine. Help support the wonderful programs the church puts on for the Lorane community each year.

Just a quick aside to anyone who has cats or kittens that are in need of spaying or neutering… the Petco Foundation has just given a grant to Willamette Animal Guild (WAG) to supplement spaying and neutering of cats. While the funding lasts, the fees for cats is only a $10 co-pay for males or a $20 co-pay for females. We have taken the feral cats and kittens that wind up at our store over the years to WAG. They do an excellent job and I highly recommend them. Information and an application form can be found on their website at wagwag.org. Please be a responsible pet owner.

Sweet Lorane Community News, September 21, 2017

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
September 21, 2017
By Pat Edwards

Oh, it seems there is no longer enough time in a day to get everything done lately. I can blame no one but myself… I love the work that I do and keep committing myself to more and more… but I sometimes feel as though I’m running in circles. I thought that retirement was all about having lots of free time to play golf, socialize, vacation and take naps. Ha!

Marissa McNutt Cooper, one of my co-administrators for our Lorane community Facebook page, has agreed to take on the principle duties as lead administrator. I will continue to help out, but I’ve got several book projects in the works and more in the wings so that I’m not checking in as much with the page as I used to. Thanks so much to my co-admins, Marissa and Lil Thompson, for all that they do for our community in so many ways.

Speaking of Marissa, she is also an active member of the Lorane Community Association (LCA). Several people have been asking that the LCA meetings be held on a weekend – preferably Sunday – instead of weekday mornings so that those who work can also participate.

The organizers heard the pleas and have scheduled a meeting for Sunday, October 1st at 1:30 p.m. at the Lorane Grange. According to Marissa, “We encourage anyone interested in our community service group to attend. A few of the LCA’s projects are the Lorane Growers Market, the Angel Tree and the Little Free Library. We have quite a few new projects we are working on as well. Including a canning and preserving clinic coming up soon.”

Does that Preservation and Canning Clinic pique your interest? If so here’s some information on that, too. It will be held at the Lorane Grange on October 20 through October 22. More details will be posted on the Lorane, Oregon Facebook page and in this column as soon as they are available.

Of course, you should by now have your calendars marked for the upcoming Crow Harvest Festival and Carnival to be held at the Applegate Elementary School on Saturday, October 28. I won’t go into detail again in this column, but I’ll keep reminding you.

The Lorane Grange’s Dessert and Bingo Night held last weekend was fun, but not well-attended. Now that the days are getting shorter, there usually is more participation and the fact that the next one will feature a Potato Bar Dinner as well as bingo should bring many more people out. That one is scheduled for Friday, October 27.

There’s another event that needs to be added to your calendars. The Lorane Rebekahs will be hosting their annual Lorane Hunter’s Breakfast on the morning of Saturday, September 30 from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m… Opening Day. For $5.00 per person you can get a hearty breakfast — pancakes, eggs, sausage, ham, orange juice and coffee.

One final announcement… Now that fall is approaching, Mike and Joanne Cantrall of Lorane, are once again collecting donations of warm clothing, shoes, socks, jackets, blankets and sleeping bags for homeless veterans. The Lane County organization that they collecting them for is having a “stand down” on Friday, October 13th. If you have anything to donate, please give them a call at 541-769-8205 and they will arrange to pick it up in the Lorane area. I believe that there will also be a donation barrel at the Lorane Family Store where these items can be dropped off.

Our rainy respite from the heat and wildfires last week was extremely welcome, but we’re ready for a bit more sunshine and warmth for a while longer, at least, before the winter rains set in.

Happy Fall, Everyone!