Tag: Lorane Food Pantry

Sweet Lorane Community News, December 18, 2021

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Sweet Lorane Community News
November 18, 2021
By Pat Edwards

Ok, Life, let’s settle back into a nice, regular rhythm. I’m back home after traveling through 5 states in 3 days and the Groundwaters anthology is done and we’re waiting for the books to arrive.

But wait! Next week is Thanksgiving.

Well, I may not be able to get into that natural rhythm for awhile, but what needs to be done can be done at home, at least. Over the years, I’ve learned that hosting a big family dinner—which I do every year—isn’t something that I can leave to the last minute. Preparations need to be started well in advance. Believe me, I’ve experimented with the last minute stuff and it just doesn’t work if I’m to enjoy the day, itself.

Today, was my “clean the refrigerator and oven” day… a couple of chores on my “least liked” list. If I get those out of the way first, then they won’t be hanging over my head for the next week.

Now it’s time to clear off and clean the cluttered surfaces that somehow accumulate in our house, shampoo the carpet and the couch that our dogs think is theirs, and launder the area rugs that bear the brunt of the winter traffic. Most people do these things on a more regular basis than I do, I admit. I do manage, each day, to keep the dishes done, the countertops wiped down and relatively clear of clutter, the beds made and the laundry kept clean, but the finer art of keeping house on a daily or weekly basis has always escaped me. I was always the kid who was outside riding my horse when I could and hoeing strawberries or pulling weeds on our farm instead of helping my mom in the house.

The 21-lb turkey is “bought”—thanks Winco!—as are the yams, potatoes and turkey stuffing ingredients that I provide for the dinner. Other family members will bring the ham, salads, rolls, side dishes, veggie trays, snacks and desserts for our 20+ member family. In fact, we end up with so many more leftovers each year than I want to deal with, that I’ve learned to provide “take out” cartons and insist that everyone take home what’s left.

Let me assure you that we are well aware of our blessings in having more than enough food for our own table. That’s why Jim and I are ardent supporters of our local food pantry. I ask each of you who are also blessed, to donate generously to the Lane County Food Bank, your local community pantry or even take a meal to an elderly next-door neighbor or a family who would enjoy knowing that they are in your thoughts on this special day.

In Lorane, there are food boxes set up at the Lorane Family Store and the Lorane Post Office. The food pantry also plans to schedule two “drive-by” donation events again this year on December 11 and 12. Details will be posted soon on the Lorane Facebook page and the reader board. I’ll mention them in a future column as well. The Angel Tree will be set up soon at our store and probably the Crow Middle/High School, as well. Let’s all keep those boxes filled throughout the holidays so everyone is able to enjoy family and friends this year.

Because of the remaining Covid concerns, the annual Lorane Community Thanksgiving and Christmas Dinners are not going to be held again this year, so it’s especially important that we go out of our ways, individually, to make sure that no one is forgotten.

Thanks to all of those active community members who spend a great deal of time and effort each year in making sure that food and warm clothing are available and provided to the less fortunate in our communities.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Sweet Lorane Community News, December 5, 2019

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
December 05, 2019
By Pat Edwards

I have a huge apology to make to my editors again this week. With the busy-ness of the days leading up to Thanksgiving, and the wonderful day, itself, I let the deadline for my column pass me by. A gentle reminder late on Saturday Miss Calliopebrought the realization that my ability to multi-task these days is definitely slipping. I quickly wrote a column and submitted it on Sunday morning (three days late), with the instructions to use it this week if it could not be squeezed into last week’s paper, in time. So, if you are reading this one, then you already know that Jim and I have been blessed with a beautiful new great-granddaughter, Calliope Jean Stevens, who was born on Thanksgiving Day. Her name is unusual and we’ve had many comments on it. Our grandson, Kevin, picked it out from the long list of baby names he and Jazmine scoured when they found out they were having a girl. I have no doubt that she will be called “Callie” or “C.J.” as she grows, but for now, she’s our little Calliope.

I want to quickly update you on my participation in the Fern Ridge Community Choir and our plans to do a holiday sing-along concert the week before Christmas. A few columns ago, I told you how difficult it was for me to learn choir parts of the beloved Christmas carols I have sung all of my life. I don’t read music and being an alto, the harmony parts don’t come very close to the melody. I vowed, though, that I was going to stick it out and make the most of this wonderful opportunity.

Well, I’m progressing and am really enjoying the experience of doing something out of my comfort zone. There are only a few songs that we are singing harmony on as our rehearsal time is limited, so I’ll be able to sing the melodies on most; but I’m catching on to learning the alto parts of harmony with the help of YouTube. I found I can sing along with one of the various alto samples of “Carol of the Bells” while sitting at my computer. It’s wonderful!

The choir will sing quite a few of the other beautiful, familiar carols and at the end, the audience will be invited to sing some of the rollicking favorites with us—“Jingle Bells,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Frosty the Snowman” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” We’ll be holding the performances at the Applegate Regional Theater, 87230 Central Rd, Eugene, OR 97402 (the corner of Central and Fleck Roads) at 7:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, December 20 and 21, and at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 22. I hope that we can fill the house. It will be so much fun!

The Angel Trees are now in place at the Lorane Family Store in Lorane and at the Crow Middle/High School in Crow for those who want to buy holiday gifts for local children of families in need. Be sure and stop by and select one or more ornaments that give ages and needs or wants of each child from the trees and bring back a new, unwrapped gift for that child. The gifts will be wrapped by volunteers and delivered to the families by Christmas.

The food boxes are also in place throughout Lorane… at the Grange, the Lorane Family Store, the Lorane Deli, and the Lorane Christian Church.

Let’s all be generous in our giving again this year so that each of us, no matter our circumstances, can enjoy this holiday season!

Sweet Lorane Community News – October 26, 2017

Fern Ridge Review
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Sweet Lorane Community News
October 26, 2017
By Pat Edwards

Jim and I weren’t able to make it to the Harvest Dinner last Friday night, held at the Lorane Grange in conjunction with the 3-day Canning and Preservation Clinic, but apparently about 30 people did. The next 2 days were also popular and many locally-grown vegetables and fruits were processed. Even though I didn’t participate, I think this is a wonderful idea and community event. It’s a win-win for everyone… you can learn the techniques needed for canning and preserving your own produce, and the end product is shared with the Lorane Food Pantry for distribution to families in need. And, from what I understand from others, it was a lot of fun to be able to do it as a community! Thank you to the organizers, Misty Burris and Pam Kersgaard, and the Lorane Community Association for starting what I hope is a long-standing tradition.

The annual Lorane “Trunk or Treat” will be held on Halloween night, Tuesday, October 31 in the parking lot of the Lorane Christian Church. Costumed kids can get their goodies from those who decorate their cars and provide treats from their trunks. Hot cider, hot chocolate, hot soup and corn bread are provided for all who attend.

Jim and I were able to go to the Creswell Middle School’s fall concert the other night. Our granddaughter, Natalie, is a member of the very impressive choir. I love listening and watching the enthusiasm shown by the choir members. I admit to silently singing along with the songs I recognize and tapping my toes to those I don’t.

The Creswell community should be very proud of your music program. For those of you who want to ensure that your students get additional funding to help provide them with needed equipment and chances to participate at music festivals around the county, etc., might want to take part in the Creswell Music Booster’s Pizza Day at Papa’s Pizza in Springfield on November 7, 2017. Fifty-percent of what you spend there that day will go to your music program. Another win-win!

While I’m talking to our Creswell readers, I just want to say that I wish you the best in the upcoming election. Don’t let it be decided by the number of those who don’t vote. Make your vote count!

The Lorane and Crow communities will be holding their annual Thanksgiving Dinner/Potlucks in a few weeks. Here’s information on each:

The Lorane Christian Church is hosting the Lorane Thanksgiving Dinner/Potluck to be held at the Lorane Grange on Sunday, November 12 at 5:30 p.m.

The Crow Grange will be holding its Thanksgiving Community Potluck and Open House on Thursday, November 16 beginning at 6:30 p.m.

For both, turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy will be provided. Those attending are asked to bring a side dish and/or dessert to share with others, although its certainly not required. Both hosts also ask that you consider bringing a donation of canned goods that will go into the Lorane Food Pantry and the Crow-Applegate-Lorane School District food boxes that will go to neighbors in need.