Tag: Lorane Grange Dinner & Bingo Night

Sweet Lorane Community News, October 11, 2018

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
October 11, 2018
By Pat Edwards

How exciting! 4-H is coming back into the area… not just an individual club here and there, but a 4-H Community Club is forming in the Crow area. They’ve already held their open house this past Saturday at the Crow Grange—I didn’t hear about it until after I had submitted my column last week—but there’s still time to check out the groups that will be forming for kids K-12.

It brings back lots of good memories… I headed up a 4-H Community Club in Lorane in the 1980s. As community coordinator, it was my job to find out what interests kids in the area had and to find leaders to form groups. We had kids and leaders both signed up for not only livestock and cooking clubs, but sewing, leathercraft, dog obedience, guinea pigs, small engine repair, horsemanship, knitting, etc. Each of these groups met separately, but were all part of one big community club. I put out a newsletter each month telling about what groups were forming and which ones still needed leaders. Many members displayed or showed their projects at the annual Lane County 4-H Fair held at the fairgrounds. Those 10 years were one of the most rewarding parts of my life because I was able to work with so many of the kids and leaders. For more information, contact Jessica Colwell at 458-315-5946.

The Lorane Grange’s Spaghetti Dinner and Bingo is back on Friday, October 19 for a short fall run before the holidays. It begins with dinner at 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., immediately followed by bingo. Lil Thompson wants me to remind everyone to “Come enjoy a delicious meal and lots of fun and laughs at bingo.”

Applegate Elementary in Crow is hosting this year’s Harvest Festival on October 26th from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. The fun will include free carnival games, costume contests, trick-or-treating and a haunted house. If you would like to volunteer your time to help set-up, run a booth or a trick-or-treat door, please contact Marissa McNutt-Cooper as soon as possible.

On October 27, the large fundraiser for Cody Tripp is happening at the Crow Grange at 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. There will be a Swiss Steak dinner with homemade pumpkin pie ($18 per adult), doorprizes, and a huge silent auction. Cody, a 2013 graduate of Crow High School, is fighting a recurrence of the cancer that sidelined him in his senior year. Proceeds for the event will help defray some of the expenses incurred by his family. Loranian, Patrick Dearth, is serving as chairman and organizer of the event and can be contacted at 541-520-5383 if you have items to donate. The Lorane, Creswell and Crow Granges are sponsoring it jointly. Connie Suing, President of the Crow Grange, can be reached at 541-556-2609 if there are any questions about the event. Thank you to all who are working so hard to make this happen!

Halloween will be celebrated in Lorane on October 31 with the annual “Trunk or Treat” for kids and adults alike. It is sponsored by the Lorane Christian Church and all are invited to participate. Cars will be lined up in the church parking lot and treats will be made available to the ghosts and goblins that show up from their decorated trunks. For the adults, there is usually hot chocolate or apple cider and snacks. It’s a great way for country kids to be able to enjoy the fun of the holiday without being out on the dark roads in the area.

And, don’t forget… there are always bags of goodies handed out to the costumed superheroes, princesses and those same ghosts and goblins at the Lorane Family Store on Halloween night. It’s been our tradition to do that for the past 41 years.

Congratulations to Lorane’s own Alesong Brewing and Blending for bringing home three medals from the prestigious Great American Beer Festival last month in Denver, Colorado.

Sweet Lorane Community News, September 20, 2018

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
September 20, 2018
By Pat Edwards

Lorane and Crow areas have some upcoming events that I need to tell you about this week.

I’m a little late in getting this info out, but if you’re interested, you will only miss the first of several video/discussion classes on Bible study. Randy and Marty Eschleman will be leading the classes.

“Ever thought you would like to read through the Bible at least once in your life? You can cross this off your bucket list by joining us for an informal video/discussion class called “The Story,” starting September 23, 2018, 5:00 p.m.,” says Marty Eschleman. The classes will be held in the dining room of the Lorane Christian Church.

41937271_693244401026163_6070082497822064640_nThe Crow community is spearheading a large fundraiser for one of its own. Crow High School graduate, Cody Tripp, battled cancer throughout his high school years and still managed to graduate on time with his Class of 2013. A year later, he was pronounced cancer-free. Unfortunately, his cancer has returned. While he has health insurance to help cover treatment, there are many extra costs for him including travel expenses to the treatment center 130 miles away and lost wages.

A dinner is being held on Saturday, October 27, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., at the Crow Grange in his name. The proceeds will help defray some of these expenses. The dinner will include a full Swiss steak dinner and homemade pumpkin pie. There will be door and raffle prizes, live music and a silent auction. For more information, please contact organizer, Patrick Dearth (541-520-5383) or Connie Suing (541-556-2609). The Crow and Lorane areas have already proven they have huge hearts and take care of their own. Let’s do it again!

Drill Team_Page_1Member, Kate Morrow, of Lorane wants me to pass on the following information… The Desperados Co-ed Drill Team and Riding Club invites interested horse lovers to join in the fun. They are offering a 7-week walk/trot “Intro to Drill Team 101″ course. The classes will be held on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. at the Oregon Horse Center’s Prairie Arena at 90751 Prairie Road in Eugene. October 1 is a free ride, but if you want to continue, the charge for the remaining 6 classes is $60 per person. You must provide your own well-mannered horse (no stallions) and it is open to ages 12 to adult. Those under 18 years of age must wear a helmet and have a legal adult guardian present. Oh! To be young again!—One of the things I miss most is being able to ride my horse.

The Lorane dinner and bingo night sponsored by the Lorane Grange will begin another round of fun monthly evenings on Friday, October 19. I believe that the dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. and bingo will get started at 6:30. I’ll have more definite details closer to the date.

Groundwaters logo BCI’ve been working steadily on the 2018 Groundwaters anthology this past month and a half, and almost have it completed. It will be another good one with at least 60 contributing local authors and poets. We hope to have another Groundwaters LIVE! event to launch the book at the Applegate Regional Theater on Sunday, October 21. The books will be available at the event. More details will follow when we have them.

Enjoy our beautiful fall weather!

Sweet Lorane Community News, January 18, 2018

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
January 18, 2018
By Pat Edwards

Bill Becker of Crow notified us that his brother-in-law, Jerry Robertson, recently passed away. Jerry was from Crow originally. His brothers, Gene and Alva, also from Crow, preceded him in death. He was married to Bill’s sister, Caroline Becker, also of Crow. Jerry and Caroline moved to La Grande in 1967 and have lived there ever since. Our condolences go out to Jerry’s family.

Remember: Lorane Grange Dinner and Bingo Night is to be held on Saturday, January 27, 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., respectively.

The Oregon Department of Forestry, Western Lane District, is announcing its “Fuels Reduction Grant Program” that offers to provide defensible space around your home, reducing the risk of wildfire on your property. They still have room for landowners to sign up for the program. It currently centers around the Lorane area (Coyote Ridge Communities) and maps are posted on the Lorane Facebook page so you can see if your property is eligible. Best of all, it will be done at no cost to the landowner. The Fuels Reduction Crew will create a 30′ to 150′ safety buffer around your home and surrounding structures to increase the chances of saving your home in the event of a wildfire.

You are encouraged to contact their Fire Planning Coordinator, Casey Smith, with any questions or to schedule an on-site evaluation visit (541-935-2283 x244 or email, Casey.A.Smith@oregon.gov). Lorane resident, Shane Kronberger, commented that “This is a great program. ODF and Lorane RFPD have already utilized this program on one property in the community and it turned out great!”

In a column last June, I included a message from Michael Matchulat who wrote about his 2-year-long battle with Stage 4 colorectal cancer. Last Wednesday, he took another significant step in his continuing battle with the disease. He’s been on a bit of a hiatus this summer while a new program and new strategy was worked out by his team of doctors at OHSU. Wednesday was the beginning of what Michael described as a “chemically-induced hell” to rid him of the tumors that have been growing in his lungs.
Afterwards, he reported that the new direction in his treatment was rough.

“As my crushed body observed joy in everything at home, surrounded by my community, family and church, I was forced back to why I started this journey in the first place… Love. I’m living in a microscope again and I have to be careful of the petri dish of the mind and physical world around me. My thoughts must focus on goodness and optimism, which are easy goals right now as opposed to feelings produced by the ‘I-don’t-want-to-go-there’ thoughts. The list of things I can do has shrunk, but it will be replaced with another list of how to do things a new way.” (I’ve paraphrased a bit.)

In the meantime, Michael’s family, friends and community—those who have been with him from the very beginning—have, indeed, continued to reach out to him, offering up prayers and positive thoughts and, most of all, love. Even if you don’t know Michael, please add yours, as well. He is a fighter and I so respect the grit and determination that he has used to face his enemy head-on while sharing with us the real fears and uncertainties that every warrior has felt during life-and-death battles throughout history.