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Sweet Lorane Community News – January 31, 2019

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News ,
January 31, 2019
By Pat Edwards

Today is one of those days when I’m starting to write my column with no idea where I’m going with it. So, I’m interested in how it will develop, myself.

The most obvious observation I have this morning is what a glorious week we have been having, weather-wise. Someone remarked to me yesterday that we’re having a “February spring,” but we all know how deceiving that can be. I can feel the stirrings of spring fever, but I’m trying to settle them back into place for now. Let’s just enjoy it while it lasts.

Jim and I will soon be spending a few days with our daughter, Kelly, and her husband Justin, in Arizona. We’re both looking forward to seeing them in their winter digs. They are just not into spending another cold winter in their beautiful home in Montana as they did much of last year. They are trading the bears that stop by to visit them in the fall for the bobcats, coyotes and, as spring approaches, the rattlesnakes of Arizona. Fortunately, the bears and snakes hibernate, so now’s a good time for us to visit.

Life-long Crow resident, Daryle Bloom, has retired his auto repair business in Crow and has begun teaching shop classes at Crow Middle/High School in small engine repair. His last request for donations of broken small engines for the last class was so successful, he’s trying again.

“Wanted… seized-up or non-running small engines to use for high school shop class.” The ones donated last time were a great success and he extends his thanks to all who donated. The students loved working on the engines and they actually got many of them running again. He now has a new group of 8th graders coming in and would like to have more engines available for them to work on. You can respond to his posting on the Lorane or Crow Facebook pages or leave a message at the high school… 541-935-2227. If you have an old lawnmower or weedeater that no longer works, he will be glad to take it off your hands.

loranegeneralstoreAn exciting announcement was made this week by the management of the Lorane Deli. Beginning February 5th, it will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday and will have a dinner special each night along with their standard burgers, sandwiches and more. The dinner specials will be posted on the Lorane Facebook page soon.

This is welcome news for the Lorane community. We’ve been needing an option for evening meals where you can drop by on your way home from work or after a long day’s gardening or painting project.

loranecountrycafe300dpiI remember the days when the Lorane Country Café was in business in the late 1980s and the 1990s. The Giles offered delicious comfort food while we kicked back and relaxed— sometimes while still in our work clothes. No reservations were required and the booths and counter were usually full. Neighbors could catch up on the news and gossip and go home without having to face a sink full of dishes.

I hope that the whole community will give its full support to Peggy, Jesse and crew. They’ve been successful in making the Deli a popular meeting place in the mornings and have a loyal following. Let’s show them how much we appreciate their willingness to take this on.

Sweet Lorane Community News, February 8, 2018

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
February 8, 2018
By Pat Edwards

Lorane Country Cafe

Goodbye to the Lorane Country Cafe. Thanks for the memories!


We had a major event take place in Lorane this past week. We said goodbye to a piece of Lorane’s recent history when the Lorane Country Café was used for a practice burn by the Lorane and South Lane fire departments. I think that most agreed that although it was sad for those of us who have such good memories of stopping by for a delicious meal, usually cooked by Bette Giles or her son Dale, it was time. It had sat vacant for several years now, only being used occasionally by a private individual. Then the property was sold to Brian and Doug Coombs and veteran brewer, Matt Van Wyk of Alesong Brewing and Blending who built a nice new brew-pub building on the hillside above it. The café was deteriorating rapidly and when representatives of the fire groups contacted Alesong about using it for a practice burn, the owners felt it was the best option. In doing so, it provided the Lorane and South Lane Fire Departments much-needed practice on procedures they may face in real-life situations. There are pictures of the burn posted to the Lorane, Oregon Facebook page. Thank you to the participants for giving its demise a sense of purpose.

Mark your calendars: The Crow Booster Club is having a Bingo and Soup Dinner Fundraiser at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 10. Everyone is invited to attend.

A Little Bit of Lorane History: Lorane Country Café (written in 2006)
After seven long years of working after work and on weekends, Dale and Bette Giles opened the doors of their new restaurant, the Lorane Country Cafe. They located it next to their home and adjacent to the entrance to King Estate Winery on North Territorial Road. The property that had at one time been part of Bette’s family’s homestead. Dale had always promised Bette that someday he would build her a restaurant if she would run it and after moving back to Lorane from Alaska in 1979, they began the fulfillment of that promise. The bright and airy building seated 45 patrons and the full set of windows on the front overlooked fields and vineyards. They catered to local patrons who preferred good basic foods and in doing so, attracted others from Eugene, Cottage Grove, Veneta and other parts of Oregon looking for a good meal in a beautiful setting. They offered 3 daily specials and homemade pies, biscuits and soups. It was always difficult to find help at the store because of the rural location. Bette employed local people and in the summers she hired high school students. But she always believed that it is important for teenagers to participate in school activities during the school year. In an article for the Lane Electric Ruralite, Bette was quoted as saying, “I hate to see them tied up with work. Their high school years should be a special time in their lives. There is lots of time left for work.”

The Giles ran the restaurant for 17 years with the help of their two sons, Dale “Ben” and David, and their daughter Deeann Giles Brewer and eventually closed it in 2003 after not being able to find a buyer. In 2005, Richard Boyles purchased the land and building and at this writing, it is standing vacant, awaiting a new infusion of life. The Giles sold their home and other property at the same time and moved to Arizona where they have chosen to retire. Their daughter Deeann Brewer remains in Lorane with her husband Jeff and son Christopher Davis Brewer, and Dale, Jr. is currently living in Lake Havasu with his family. Their son, David, passed away in 2008. (From Sawdust and Cider to Wine, 2006)