Tag: Lorane Community Assoc.

Sweet Lorane Community News, October 5, 2017

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
October 5, 2017
By Pat Edwards

I want to begin this column to acknowledge the tragic and horrendous event in Las Vegas earlier this week. It affected all of us in some ways – some knew someone who was at that country music festival, but most of us just felt deep in our gut the horror of what those who were there experienced. Locally, some of you may know the Robinson family whose children attended the Crow schools in the early part of the millenium. A daughter, Dixie, who was, I believe, a student at Applegate Elementary at the time, was tragically killed in a car wreck.

On October 1st, her older brother, Cameron Robinson, age 28, became a statistic… a victim… of the shooting. He was one of the 58 innocent people killed that night. The family came to Crow from Salem area where they lived with their grandmother, and were only in Crow for a short period of time before they moved out of the area.

If any friends or family are still in the area, please accept our prayers and heartfelt condolences. There is a GoFundMe campaign in his name for those interested in donating. https://www.gofundme.com/you-will-be-missed-cameron-robinson

The Rural Art Center’s annual offering of the Lorane Movie Night will open its six-month-long 2017-2018 season on Saturday, October 14. This first evening is proclaimed to be “Family Night” and those attending are encouraged (but not required) to come in costume and/or bring a carved pumpkin.

A soup and dessert dinner precedes the movie at 6:00 p.m. Before the movie begins, however, judging takes place and prizes awarded for “The Most Original” and “The Most Elaborate” costume, and “The Most Traditional” and “The Least Traditional” pumpkin carving.

The movie scheduled for this first date is a Ron Howard-directed fantasy called “Willow” (PG 1988). It begins at 7:30 p.m. Go to their website at https://www.ruralartcenter.org/movie-night for more information and a list of the upcoming features.

The Lorane Community Association’s October 1 meeting discussed upcoming plans for the Canning, Preservation and Sharing Clinic to take place at the Lorane Grange. It will be a 3-day event in conjunction with the non-profit “Lorane Community Cares” group that has recently formed. Friday night, October 20 at 6:00 p.m., will kick off with a “Community Garden-to-Plate pasta dinner which will be created from the harvest… grown and collected,” according to the promotional flyer. The dinner and clinic are free to all ages, but a donation is requested Friday night to help fund the newly formed non-profit group. All foods preserved and canned during the 3-day clinic will be donated to local families on Sunday, October 21.

Also discussed quite extensively was the possible formation of a Neighborhood Watch group, but it appears that the majority of those in attendance believe that an unaffiliated group be formed as a “Community Watch.” It was noted that our community’s Facebook page has proven to be an excellent resource for neighborhood issues and communication. To benefit those who do not have internet access, phone trees will be set up, as well.

The next meeting of the Lorane Community Association is tentatively scheduled for October 15. More information will be posted on the FB page.

The Crow-Applegate-Lorane School Board meets at the Lorane Grange on Thursday, October 19 at 7:00 p.m. Executive session precedes the open meeting. If you are interested in keeping track of how our school district is being run and how you can help on budget committees, etc., this makes it much easier when the board comes to Lorane. Plan to attend, if possible.

Remember to mark your calendars for the next Dinner and Bingo evening at the Lorane Grange. The October event will be held on Friday, October 27, and the dinner for October will be a Baked Potato Bar. Dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. with family bingo to follow.

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!

Sweet Lorane Community News – March 16, 2017

Fern Ridge Review                        
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
March 16, 2017
By Pat Edwards

I apologize for begging off from my column-writing duties last week. I had arthroscopic knee surgery scheduled for the day I usually try to turn in my columns and as I sat down the day before to get one out early, I was absolutely blank. I didn’t want to waste space talking about my surgeries or the weather and I had covered all of the upcoming events that I knew of, so Pam and Scott were kind enough to give me the week off.

As for my surgery, it went extremely well; I was off crutches and walking on my own at the end of the day following surgery and I have since (on Day 3 and Day 5) taken two 1-mile-long walks with our new little buddy, Toby. At one week since the surgery, I still have some swelling and the injection sites are still healing, but I’m good and no longer in pain.

So! That covers the surgery… and what can I say about the weather, but with the daffodils, crocuses and primroses blooming and a bit of sun peeking through the clouds quite often, how can we deny that spring is not on its way? Enjoy!

I have been asked to remind everyone about spreading the word on the upcoming “Crow Country 66” Reunion Dance featuring the music from the 1960s and 1970s that is being planned for Saturday, March 25 at 7:00 p.m. at the Crow Grange. There is no charge for this event and I don’t believe that you need to be a Crow alum to attend. Besides your dancing shoes, you are asked to bring a potluck dessert to share.

Another reminder… the Lorane Grange and Rural Art Center are joining forces once again this year to host the annual Lorane Talent Show. It’s a free event open to anyone, of any age, who wants to participate. Almost any kind of family-friendly talent is welcomed and encouraged. Maybe you are not a piano virtuoso, a Fred Astaire-type dancer or a Top-10 recording artist, but you have a special knack from your school days – however many years ago that may have been. What about doing a recitation, humorous skit, cheerleading or gymnastic moves, twirling a basketball on your index finger like a Globetrotter, telling jokes…? Or maybe you have a unique ability to do something amazing. If so, you are asked to sign up and share your talents with the community.

The show will be at the Lorane Grange on April 2, beginning at 3:00 p.m.  You can sign-up in advance by emailing ruralartcenter@gmail.com or calling Lil Thompson at 541-952-5701.  Come entertain everyone in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. I’m told that there is room for twenty 5-minute acts.

ATTENTION APPLEGATE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PARENTS: A discussion is currently taking place on the Crow Community Facebook page about an interest in establishing a PTA/PTO/PTC group at the Applegate Elementary School to represent the younger students. It has been suggested that instead of forming an entirely new non-profit group, that a committee, branching off of the current Crow Booster Club be set up for the purpose of fundraising and filling the elementary school needs and interests. Please be sure to join in on the discussion if you are interested in forming such a group.

The newly re-established Lorane Community Group will be meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 11 at the Lorane Deli. They are seeking new members who want to help shape the way our community grows.

The group’s focus will be to create collaboration between the Grange, Rebekahs, Rural Art Center and Fire Department in order to build community. The plans are to set up separate committees that will key in on specific projects and meet separately. Projects being considered include a mural; “Welcome to Lorane” signs; an exercise group; disaster preparedness plan; community-wide yard sale event;  Growers Market, Santa’s Helper project; and food box drives.

If you’re interested in any of these projects, please plan to attend the April 11 meeting.