Tag: Lorane Fitness

Lorane Community News – March 24, 2016

I had a pretty nice welcome to spring the other day. Shortie, Outlaw and I took advantage of a break in the clouds and rain to walk up Easy Acres to get some fresh air and exercise. The sun was peeking through the clouds just as I noticed a flash of blue on the fence running next to the road. I was so excited to see the first Western Bluebird that I’ve seen in many years… if ever. I’ve put out birdhouses for them, but all they have attracted are swallows. This little guy was are NOT a Blue Jay or one of the beautiful little turquoise Lazuli Buntings that come to my feeders. It was about the size of a sparrow and had bright royal blue feathers with a dark orange breast. He was only about 20 feet away and did not seem skittish. In fact, he jumped down to the ground under a nearby tree to carry on whatever business he was tending to. Oh how I wish I had taken my camera or phone with me! It was a real treat to see it. I was beginning to think they were mythical.

Congratulations to Sharon Malcolm who won the $415 jackpot at the Lorane Grange’s Spaghetti Dinner and Bingo Night. When she yelled bingo that night, there were a lot of good-natured, “Awww’s” and “Darn its” as the adrenaline rushes plunged for all but Sharon. But, we all had a great time and as the bingo pot begins its re-growth next month, we’ll once again feel that same adrenaline rush when the prizes are $2 to $5 or a pick from the prize table. Most of us are doing it for the fun and camaraderie, anyway. The prizes are just a nice addition.

This past week our Lorane Facebook page continued to prove what a valuable tool it is for our community. One person was able to find a sheep/alpaca shearer for a group of residents with small flocks; someone else was able to locate and borrow an extra large dog crate to haul a new goat home in; an alert went out about an EPUD power outage; and a stray dog was found and, hopefully, returned home.

The Lorane Grange Exercise group get-togethers were cancelled last week due to Spring Break, but exercise classes will resume with Richard Simmon’s “Sweatin’ to the Oldies,” on Tuesday, March 29 at 7:00 p.m. The current schedule is: Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. (aerobic/dance) and Thursdays at 5:00 p.m. (pilates, yoga). The organizers are projecting exercise videos on a big screen and everyone is welcome. The classes are suitable for beginners. They will go through April and then take a break until the rainy season returns in the fall. They are planning a “Limo Wine Tasting Event” in May to celebrate everyone’s hard work. For more info call 541-942-6193.

Don’t forget… the Lorane Talent Show will be held on Sunday, April 3 beginning at 3:00 p.m. at the Lorane Grange. Try to make it out to see what amazing talent we have in Lorane!

Happy Spring, Everyone! May we all have enough dry days to keep our grass mowed, but enough rain to keep our beautiful spring flowers growing!

Sweet Lorane Community News – March 10, 2016

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
March 10, 2016
By Pat Edwards

Greetings from Lorane!

I just heard that long-time resident, Pat Elliott, of the Fawn Creek area of Siuslaw River Road west of Lorane suffered a stroke caused by a brain bleed on February 12. The condition caused a seizure and surgery was performed to correct the bleed. He’s been in rehab for the past 3 weeks and will begin receiving regular therapy at home. According to Linda and Bridgett Johnson-Elliott, “We’re now faced with enormous medical bills and monthly expenses which Pat’s Medicare covers only a portion of.” The Johnson-Elliott family has set up an on-line account at https://www.youcaring.com/pat-elliott-536507 to accept financial help for Pat’s medical expenses. Get well soon, Pat. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Last week I reported on the hospitalization of a Creswell High School sophomore, Blake Nelson, who has been battling a flesh-eating bacteria throughout much of his body. His situation has touched the hearts of many who don’t even know him. Prayers and donations from generous people have been sent and a GoFundMe account that his wrestling coach set up for him has reached over $18,000 as of this writing. In addition, his coach and parents have been posting updates on Blake’s condition. The following from his parents, Pete and Michelle Nelson, is the latest one…

“Blake is finally doing consistently better! He seems to have turned the corner and is past the worst of this nastiness. The doctors think they have all the infection sites under control and have started the process of sealing the biggest wounds back up. He had his 7th surgery last Thursday to continue that process. He has another surgery scheduled for Saturday and they are optimistic that they will be able to close both of his big wounds and he will not need any skin grafts. Hopefully that will be his last surgery…” For the full update, go to https://www.gofundme.com/6gs9rbpg

The Lorane Grange’s Dinner and Bingo Night is scheduled for Saturday, March 19, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Come join us for a fun evening!

The Applegate Elementary will soon be hosting an “Artist in Residency” program featuring professional artists at their schools. This spring’s schedule will begin with Terri Robertson who will conduct a class on cartooning.  The next theme will be on Japanese-American art and culture in all forms.  This particular program is another one sponsored by the local Rural Art Center. We are so lucky to have them in our community! Thank you, RAC!

The schools in the Crow-Applegate-Lorane School District are participating in Open Enrollment during the month of March. Please encourage anyone seeking a small rural school with great teachers, smaller classes and an amazing and caring staff to contact the district office at 541-935-2100.

The Lorane Fitness Group reminds everyone that they are meeting regularly at the Lorane Grange on Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. for dance and aerobics and on Thursdays at 5:00 p.m. for yoga, pilates and Tai Chi.

I’ve been told that the newly-reopened Lorane Deli is getting a partial face-lift. It’s good to see it open again!

The Rural Art Center’s Lorane Movie Night finished its season last Saturday night. It will resume in October.

Wow! Tax season and grass season are really upon us. Hopefully, I can get the taxes wrapped up this week, but now that I think I’ve finally kicked the “cold virus-that-keeps-returning,” I’d better take advantage of one of these dryer days to get my lawns mowed. The grass has really started to grow, but I’m not complaining – I think that spring is really on the way!

Sweet Lorane Community News – February 25, 2016

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
February 25, 2016
By Pat Edwards

It sounds as though the Lorane Fitness group is off and running. According to Pam Kersgaard, one of the organizers, “Our set schedule is dance/aerobic workouts on Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. On Thursdays at 5:00 p.m., we will do yoga/pilates/Tai Chi. So far we are showing videos on the big screen. It’s perfect for beginners. We have averaged around 14 or 15 people attending!”

They are providing babysitting in a separate room for those with young ones. There has been some interest shown in a morning session, but so far, none have been organized. Check the notices on either the “Health and Fitness in Lorane” or the “Lorane, Oregon” Facebook pages for updates.

My offer of putting together a directory of Lorane businesses, services and products is still open but someone needs to collect information for me if it is to be done. Katarina Digman has been the only one to offer a couple of suggestions, but I’ll need at least one person to coordinate and gather all of the information needed as I won’t be able to take on another project at this time. I’d be glad to put it on my allthingslorane.com website or in some simple printed pamphlets.

Congratulations are in store for Teke Jentzsch of Crow High School who placed second in his weight division in the District Wrestling Meet hosted by Crow. He qualified for the State meet which, as you read this, was held this past weekend. At this writing on the first day of the tournament, however, Teke’s mother, Coleen Jentzsch reports that, “Teke lost his first match, 11 to 10, in the last few seconds in the 3rd round. Tough match. He won the second one in true Teancum style. He pinned him in the 2nd round! So proud of my boy!” If Teke can win his next two matches on Saturday, he will place 3rd in state. Good job, Teke!

I understand that  Dakoata Lutje from Crow earned his way to the state tournament, too. He was eliminated early but according to his mom, Keri Boehringer-Lutje, “Dakoata fought hard and was up 5-2. He almost had a pin several times, but  lost with 34 seconds remaining. Tough loss, being up the whole time, but so proud of Dakoata. He had a great season. Way to come back with a broken thumb and still be at State!” Congratulations, Dakoata!

Sorry, Tom Page… I didn’t mean to step over into your territory, but I’ve known the Jentzsch and Boehringer families for a looong time! I’ll let you give the official “scoop.”

Speaking of Crow sports, I just heard that our grandson, Kevin Stevens, will be helping to coach the Crow baseball team this year. Boy, does that ever take me back. Kev graduated from Crow in 2006 (has it really been 10 years?). I loved those late spring/early summer evenings when we sat in the bleachers and watched his baseball team play nine innings. I still get goosebumps when I hear the solid crack of a bat connecting with a ball. It stirs up memories of how those cracks of the bat frequently sent a ball over the outfield fence and into the pond. We had quite a collection of those signed and dated balls on display in our house until I gave them back to Kev when he got his own home. Such sweet memories!

Last week, we were told that long-time teacher at Crow, Norm Fox, was hospitalized with what was determined to be a heart attack. He has been slowly recovering, but has been on a respirator and heavily sedated. He is still in the hospital and for those who know Norm and want to keep updated on his progress, his daughter, Cindee, has set up a Facebook page specifically for that purpose called, “Praying for Norm Fox.” Our thoughts and prayers are with the Fox family.

The Lorane Christian Church will provide a very “inspiring, emotional and live “Last Supper” service on Sunday, March 6 at 11:00 a.m.

The next half day of art, sponsored by the Rural Art Center, is scheduled for Friday, March 4. Marti Byers, former Crow High School drama teacher, who is  now affiliated with the Applegate Regional Theater, Inc. (ART, Inc) will be working with the students on drama, improvisation games and skits. Scholarships are available for the participating fee. Contact Alyssa Shepherd at 541-556-8151 or malyssa2@yahoo for more information.

I understand that congratulations are in order for the members of ART, Inc. who recently were able to purchase the former Central School property and can now move forward with their plans for the long-dreamed-of theater that they have been planning. Congratulations to Marti Byers (who happens also to be Jennifer Chambers’ mother), Vicki Sourdry, and all of the loyal members of the ART, Inc. team who have worked so hard to make this happen! It’s a win-win for not only ART, but for the Veneta/Crow communities, as well.