Tag: Lisa Livelybrooks

Sweet Lorane Community News, April 25, 2019

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
April 25, 2019
By Pat Edwards

Glorious Spring! It definitely is a season of rejuvenation. With each year that passes, I feel my age as we make our way through the winter doldrums and rain, but as the sun begins to come out and the ground begins to bring forth the daffodils, tulips and other beautiful blooms, I feel my lost energy returning. This past week, I bought a carload of flowers to plant and I’ve actually planted most of them already—I’ve even watered them several times. The dogs and I have taken some short walks up the hill despite the havoc the uphill climb does to my back, and our sweet, wonderful daughter, Gloria, has mowed the lawns in Lorane twice now.

They say that time heals all wounds… Jim’s have a ways to go yet, but he’s gaining strength and losing some of the pain that his recent accident inflicted on him. He was even able to get on the riding lawnmower at home and tame some of that lush green grass that’s threatening to become a hayfield. Life is good these days.
Activity in the community is blooming, too. There are several new things to tell you about this week.

The date has been set for the community meeting regarding the upcoming Territorial Highway Project in the Lorane area. Be sure to add this to your calendar if you have questions or concerns about how the project will affect your property. It will be held at the Lorane Grange on Thursday, June 20, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The grange has offered to provide beverages and finger foods for those attending. Thank you, Lorane Grange, for once again providing such a valuable and welcoming community venue.

Lisa Livelybrooks has just announced that next year, the Crow-Applegate-Lorane School District will begin participating in an exciting new project called “Roots of Empathy.” This program was developed in Canada to encourage young children to be kinder to each other and, thus to reduce bullying. In the program, the 2nd grade classroom(s) will be visited nine times by a baby that will have been born between May and August of 2019, and its parent. The students will have an opportunity to observe and interact with him/her during those visits. The idea is that because a baby can’t explain and externalize how it is feeling, children learn to recognize and identify the baby’s emotions, and become more emotionally astute themselves. It’s been proven to reduce bullying. Google “Roots of Empathy” to learn more about it.

Lisa is heading up an effort to sign on a volunteer who will agree to 3 days of training and 21 short (20 minute) visits to the classroom throughout the next school year. If this program interests you, please contact Lisa at 541-935-9502 or llivelyb@gmail.com, or the Crow-Applegate-Lorane District Office at 541-935-2100.

The Crow Grange will be hosting its annual Mother’s Day Breakfast on Sunday, May 12, from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. Breakfast includes pancakes or biscuits and gravy, sausage, eggs, juice and coffee. They don’t charge for the breakfast, but donations will be gladly accepted.

Jim and I had the pleasure of attending “The Sound of Music” at the Cottage Theater last night. It was three hours of pure pleasure for this huge fan of the movie—and now, play. Our daughters and I have watched every showing of the movie that we could over the past 54+ years since it debuted in 1965 with Julie Andrews playing the lead. My soul breaks into song whenever I hear, “Raindrops on roses…” or “Do (doe), a deer, a female deer.” But one of my favorite songs from the show has to be, “Climb Every Mountain…” Last night, it was especially sweet, because I was able to hear our niece, Tracy Nygard, as Mother Superior, sing a magnificent rendition of it. It literally brought chills.

Thank you to the whole cast of the Cottage Theater production for providing us a such a fantastic evening.

Sweet Lorane Community News – December 07, 2017

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
December 7, 2017
By Pat Edwards

I just received word that another former Lorane resident has passed away. Ellis D. Runk died on December 4. Ellis and his wife Karen helped me immensely when I was researching the Lorane history and, more recently, our Highway 99 books. Ellis grew up on the property on Lorane Highway where his grandfather, Jacob G. “Jake” Runk, settled. It is also where our family home, now owned by our daughter, Michele, and son-in-law, Brian Kau, sits. Both Ellis and his father Everett grew up there. I don’t remember ever having met Ellis in person, but I feel I knew him through Karen.

Karen Runk, asked me to pass along information on his memorial service. It will be held from noon to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 16 at their home at 6955 Glacier Drive, Springfield. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time, Karen.

The Runk family has a long history in Lorane. As a boy, Ellis’ grandfather, Jake, moved to the area in 1884 with his brother John, sister Katherine, their mother, Rosina Schneider, stepfather, Francis Schneider and step-brothers, Joe, George and Frank.

Jake’s brother, John lived with his family in various locations around Lorane – down the Siuslaw River at the foot of “Koch Hill; near Siuslaw Falls on the King Ranch; in the former William Jackson grocery store; in the house next to the I.O.O.F. Cemetery; in a home owned by Frank Davis that sat across from the Methodist Church, and in a house which sat across Cottage Grove-Lorane Road from the historic Lorane Valley Ranch house which belonged at that time to Oral Crowe. Tragically, in 1936, that home caught fire and burned, killing John’s son, Ivan, who died after saving his sister Reatha from the fire.

A much-loved Lorane resident, Julia Adler, also passed away recently on November 9. Her family just released the following update.

“For those of you who may not know, Julia Adler, of Siuslaw River Road, a 20-year resident of Lorane, passed away on November 9th. We will be having a celebration of life in the near future, and will keep friends and neighbors posted when we have more details.”

I had only met Julia a few times, but Jim remembers her fondly as a regular at the Lorane Family Store. Julia had a lot of friends in Lorane and she is sorely missed. Jim and I offer our sincere condolences to her two daughters, Megan and Tess.

The Lorane Rebekahs will be holding their Annual Holiday Bake Sale on Monday, December 18 at the Rebekah Lodge beginning at 10:00 a.m. No closing time is listed, but it’s assumed that they’ll be open until the goodies are sold or 4:00 p.m. – whichever comes first. Now’s the time to pick up some yummy baked goods for your holiday celebrations or to bribe St. Nick on Christmas Eve.

I asked Lisa Livelybrooks to give me some more information on the non-profit Rural Art Center’s Ukulele Club that has been active in Crow for several years now. This seems like a fun group and they get to entertain at different venues and events in the area.

According to Lisa, they’ve had participants ranging from 10 to 90 years of age in the classes. They provide three 10-week “terms” of instruction for ukulele playing per year. The first term just ended and “Term 2″ will be offered beginning January 4 from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. at the Crow High School music room. Terms are approximately 10 weeks each, and they ask for a $10 donation per term if folks can manage it. New members are welcome to join each term.

Lisa added, “If we have some beginners, we may split into smaller groups to catch the newbies up. We have a goal of trying to give away one ukulele each term to one of our learners who don’t yet have their own instrument.”

For more information, contact Lisa or email the Rural Art Center at ruralartcenter@gmail.com.

Sweet Lorane Community News – September 22, 2016

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
September 22, 2016
By Pat Edwards

By the time you read this, Jim and I will have returned from our 3-night inaugural trip to the coast to see if we’re cut out to be RV’ers. Since I’m writing this before we leave, you can just pretend that you’re in the same time zone as I am now.

This afternoon (Tuesday, September 20), we are heading to Honeyman State Park near Florence to spend three nights in our “new to us” motorhome. We will join my sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Dwight Isborn, and their good friends, Sherry and Mike McCall, who are all experienced at this sort of thing. We’re hoping that they can teach us the ropes before we attempt a longer trip on our own. I didn’t realize that there were so many “ropes” to think about, but we’re both excited about venturing into this new life-journey. We probably won’t plan any longer trips until this coming spring because the fall and winter are pretty-well booked up for me, especially. Our motorhome will spend the winter days snug under a new RV canopy at our son’s house in Cottage Grove, so we have to learn about the wintering as well as the “using” aspects of RV-ownership in short order.

I do have some Lorane news to report this week. One of the popular annual events that is held in Lorane is the big Hunter’s Breakfast put on by the Lorane Rebekah’s at the lodge hall. It will be held from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 1, the first day of the Cascade and Coast buck deer seasons. On the menu are eggs, pancakes, ham and beverage for $7 per person.

Whenever I am able, I like to promote some of the activities and events that are going on in our district’s schools and there are a few important notices that need to be shared.

Each year Crow High School students are invited to enter their artwork and photography into the (Eugene) Mayor’s Teen Art Show, sponsored by and held at the Maude Kerns Art Center. Four of our Crow students received awards from the 46 entries. All of the pieces of artwork will on exhibit from September 9-30, 2016.

The Crow-Applegate-Lorane district has been a strong advocate for hosting exchange students for many years. We hosted a young woman from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico when our own kids were in school in the 1980s. Because of that connection, members of our family have visited her family on a couple of occasions in Mexico.

The friendship that developed between our granddaughter, Hayley Kau, and Kim, a German exchange student at Crow has culminated in Hayley making two trips to Europe to visit and Kim has been back to visit here, too. It’s a wonderful experience for all concerned.

This year, host families are needed for several exchange students who want to come to Crow this year. These exceptionally bright students are a girl from Egypt,  and another girl from Kazakhstan. If interested, please contact Tressa Miller at Tressamiller@lanefite.org or text 541-606-4412. If you call, there is no voicemail available. Two boys are seeking to be placed with host families through AYUSA. More information can be obtained on them by calling or emailing Lisa Livelybrooks at 541-935-9502 or llivelyb@gmail.com.

Lane County Bond measure #20-264 will be on the ballot in November. This will fund C-A-L School District facility improvements.  These include improvements for student and staff security, updates for energy efficiency and access improvements. For more information, visit the district website at http://cal.k12.or.us or call the district office at 541-935-2100.

The week of September 26 through September 30 is Homecoming Week at CMHS and Open House is scheduled for Wednesday, September 28 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Don’t forget: The Rural Arts Center movie night season opens on Saturday, October 8 at the Lorane Grange with soup and salad dinner at 6:00 p.m. and the feature film, “The Little Shop of Horrors,” following at 7:30 p.m. The short film called “Tears of the Red Oni,” that was made during the RAC Movie Camp this summer, will also be shown.

Movie nights will take place every second Saturday of the  month, October through March. http://www.ruralartcenter.org/movie-night