Tag: Lorane Eta Theta Rho #94

Sweet Lorane Community News, February 7, 2019

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News ,
February 7, 2019
By Pat Edwards

By the time you read this, Jim and I will have returned from our 4-day visit to Anthem, Arizona to visit our youngest daughter, Kelly, and her husband Justin Fontaine. Since my submission deadline takes place while we are away, I’m submitting this short column ahead of time…

The gears have begun to turn on the proposed realignment of Territorial Highway between Gillespie Corners and Lorane. The Oregon Department of Transportation is proposing to pay Lane County $30 million over several years to take on the ownership of Territorial Highway which has, until now, been a state highway. Much of the proposed money will be used on a safety project to straighten the curves and widen our section of Territorial where there are no shoulders or areas suitable for passing the increasing number of bicyclists who ride it in the good weather months.

The county has already taken steps to outline a plan to survey a new alignment of the section that will include and address the long-term problem of the Stony Point curves and the geological shifting and sinking of the pavement itself. It’s long been a safety concern for all of us who drive that stretch on a daily basis… especially since trees were cut last year to make way for new power lines and the edges of the pavement leading up the hill are not protected by guardrails.

The Lane County Board of Commissioners was to meet last Tuesday to vote on the arrangement, but because I am writing this early, I won’t be able to include that information in this column.

Our own Karen Pidgeon, a professional artist who, with Alix Mosieur, gave us our beautiful mural, is one of 25 artists whose work is featured in the Eugene Love Show, a non-juried art exhibition that examines “the concept of love.” Karen’s piece, titled “Wolves at Play” is one of those being used to promote the event. You can visit the exhibit that will take place in downtown Eugene just off Kesey Square (located on Broadway and Willamette) in the lobby of the Broadway Commerce Building.

Here’s a reminder about some of the upcoming events I’ve mentioned in past columns:
Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at the Fern Ridge Middle School: The Celebration of Life for former Veneta mayor, Sandy Larson; Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at the Fern Ridge Middle School.

Friday, February 15, from 4:30 to 10:30 p.m.: The Eta Theta Rho Girls Club’s free Parents’ Night Out for Lorane and Crow parents… free childcare!

More details on both of these events can be found in my January 24, 2019 column that’s posted on my website at https://allthingslorane.com/category/newspaper-columns.

I hope you enjoyed your snow while Jim and I were enjoying our Arizona sunshine.

Sweet Lorane Community News – January 24, 2019

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
January 24, 2019
By Pat Edwards

I’m going to try to get back on track this week with Lorane news, although there isn’t much of it right now. I missed reminders on a few events that have come and gone, but my hope is that I can share some of the messages from my heart with you, as needed, too.

Crow Middle/High School has announced that a new program on the study of Agriculture and Natural Resources has been approved. Students will now have the opportunity to explore careers in those fields. I also understand that the Crow-Applegate-Lorane school board also approved the establishment of an FFA Chapter.

To me, this is great news. Along with being offered instruction in some of the manual trades – mechanics, construction, welding, etc.—students who either might not be destined for a 4-year college education or who plan to go to college, but have shied away from considering agriculture and/or natural resources since the demise of the timber industry in Oregon, will get a chance to get some hands-on experience in these fields before setting their goals. It’s long been my belief that too much emphasis has been placed in recent years on getting formal college educations that they may not be able to afford and may lead no where. Kudos to C-A-L!

Mark your calendar! Lorane Eta Theta Rho, the girls’ youth service organization sponsored by the Lorane Rebekah Lodge has set a new date and time for their annual “Parents’ Night Out.” In the past, they have offered the gift of a night out to the parents of local children in the C-A-L school district during the holiday season. This year, however, they have scheduled it for Friday, February 15, from 4:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Parent’s Night Out is an evening where Eta Theta Rho Girls Club #94 provides free babysitting/daycare for the evening so parents can go on a date, relax at home, or do whatever they’d like to do, sans children. It is chaperoned by Eta’s adult female advisors. It will be held at the Lorane Rebekah Lodge at 80284 Old Lorane Rd, Lorane OR 97451. Contact Tara Wigle, Head Advisor (cell – 541-520-4151; or home – 541-935-5245), for more information.

The Celebration of Life for Sandy Larson, Veneta’s former mayor and friend to many of us from areas all over Lane County, will be held on Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at the Fern Ridge Middle School in Elmira. Parking is expected to be limited at the school, but the lots at the Fern Ridge District Office, Elmira Elementary School and possibly, the church next to the Middle School are being made available, too. In lieu of flowers, those who want to contribute to Sandy’s memory are encouraged to do so through Mid-Lane Cares, Friends of the Fern Ridge Library, or the Applegate Regional Theatre.

My good friend and co-editor of Groundwaters, Jennifer Chambers, has been asked to conduct a 6-week series of classes called “A Winter Writing Workshop” on the basics of writing short stories and fiction. Jen, a recognized author of various genres of books and stories, has recently lectured around Oregon on her two most recent books, Oregon’s Remarkable Women: Revolutionaries and Visionaries and Hesitate No Longer: Abigail Scott Duniway and Susan B. Anthony in Oregon.

The classes will be held on Wednesday nights, beginning on February 20 and continuing through March 27 at the Fern Ridge Library’s Konnie Room from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The cost will be $50 for the entire series and you will get personalized feedback on your stories from Jen.

For more information, contact Vicki Sourdry, c/o Friends of the Library, at vsourdry@hotmail.com; 541-337-7007

Sweet Lorane Community News, December 6, 2018

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
December 6, 2018
By Pat Edwards

Despite getting my flu shot this fall, I’ve been laid low with chills and everything from my head and eyes to my hips and back has been screaming with aches for the past couple of days. As a consequence, I don’t feel very witty, but there are some things I wanted to share with you today.

A call this morning put a huge smile on my face… Jim and I have been blessed with our newest great-grandchild. She was born to our granddaughter, Stephanie, and her husband, Chad Furlong, and joins two sisters on their sheep ranch in Roseburg. Little Miss Shiloh Kate Furlong weighed in at 9 lbs. 3 oz. and we can’t wait to meet her… but, we’ll have to wait until I’m sure I’m not going to be spreading around any flu bugs. Welcome to the world Sweet Shiloh Kate!

Last week, I included a short blurb about the Eta Theta Rho Girls Club #94 in my column. I was hoping to tell you more about it, but didn’t have the information at the time. The club just celebrated its 10th year.

According to Head Advisor, Tara Wigle, “We currently have 19 members and 3 of them have been elected Jurisdictional officers of Washington’s Theta Rho Assembly. Stephanie Wigle is the current Jr. Past President, Bethany Struthers is the current President and Moira Struthers is the current Warden. Eta Theta Rho #94 won the club community service award at Washington’s Theta Rho Assembly with over 300 hours of community service last year.

“Examples of our community service included events such as litter pick-up, writing letters and making gift boxes for active duty soldiers and cemetery clean-up. We have had four of our girls earn the Girl of the Year Awards including Sierra Lloyd, Stephanie Wigle, Bethany Struthers and Moira Struthers.

“Theta Rho Girls learn leadership, citizenship and teamwork while having fun at meetings and also traveling where they meet new friends across the United States. The girls also learn skills such as public speaking and interacting with peers and adults.”

The group meets at 6:30 p.m. every Thursday during the school year at the Lorane Rebekah Lodge and always welcomes new members between the ages of 8-18 at any meeting. Contact Tara Wigle at 541-520-4151.

The Angel Trees for Crow-Applegate-Lorane children has so far been a huge success. Marissa McNutt Cooper is trying to keep angels on the trees, but the one at the Lorane Family Store is usually stripped soon after she hangs new ones. Please be sure that Marissa has the names and info of any child in the community whose holidays would be so much merrier if there was a special gift awaiting them. Give her a call if you would like to add some names to Marissa’s list – 541-517-6608. All info will be kept confidential. The angels that are hung on the tree just have the child’s age, gender and a description of what they would love to find under their tree.

Don’t forget to keep those boxes for food and warm clothing full, too!

I hope that you all have been enjoying this beautiful, sunny weather, even if it is cold outside… at least, it looks pretty from my window.