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Sweet Lorane Community News – November 17, 2016

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
November 17, 2016
By Pat Edwards

Aloha! As you’re reading this, Jim and I and 15 members of our family are in Hawaii. Most of us will be cruising the islands, but since our newest great-granddaughter, Hayden, is too young to join us on the ship, the Furlong branch of our family will be exploring Kauai until our ship docks there on our last two nights of the cruise. Our whole immediate family, except for our youngest daughter Kelly, who was not able to join us, will spend Thanksgiving Day together at a luau. Talk about blessings! We’ll have plenty to be thankful for this year.

While I’m gone, long time Lorane resident, Marissa McNutt-Cooper, will be providing you with the community news. Thank you, Marissa! With your help and our special friends and neighbors making sure that our house and store are taken care of while we are gone, we plan to have some fun and relax in the sunshine. I’ll give you an update when we return. ~ Pat Edwards

From Marissa McNutt Cooper:

Hey all! As Pat said, I am going to be filling in for her while her family is away on vacation. I will be honest, I have never written a newspaper column before, but I will try my very best to get you all the Sweet Lorane Community News for the next few weeks. That being said, let’s get to it…

I want to start first by saying a huge THANK YOU to all who live in the Crow-Applegate-Lorane School District that voted to pass the 20-264 Bond Measure for Safety and Facility upgrades for the elementary and high school campuses! Our District is in dire need of facility improvements and thanks to the voters in our district, that can now happen! As a parent of a first grader at Applegate Elementary, I want to personally say thank you and I am looking forward to seeing the district’s plans for the schools come to fruition.

The whole community of Lorane would like to express our deepest condolences to the family of long-time Lorane resident Jack Gleason, who passed away Monday, November 14th. We are so very sorry for your loss and your family is in all of our thoughts. I have not received information about his service, though I will make sure to include any information I get into next week’s column.

It is that time of year again, we are getting ready for our annual Angel Trees. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the trees, they are Christmas trees located at the Lorane Family Store and Crow High School gymnasium with felt angel ornaments that have a suggestion of a gift for a child in our community whose family is in need of assistance this holiday season. The Angel trees are for any family in need of assistance with children age birth to 18 who live in Lorane or Crow or attend a C-A-L school. Children do not have to be of school age or attend Crow-Applegate-Lorane, just live in our community and or attend school here. How you can help is by picking an Angel ornament off the tree, purchasing a new gift, then returning it unwrapped with the Angel ornament to the tree in Lorane or to the Crow High School office.

The holiday helper forms recently went out with the Weekly Buzz to all children attending C-A-L schools, so be on the lookout for them in your children’s backpacks. If you or someone you know is in need of assistance this year, please return the form to the school’s office if your children attend C-A-L or contact me, Marissa at 541-517-6608. Please know that all information received is completely confidential and that the angels on the trees do not include names.

Here are some upcoming dates to mark on your calendars:

Parents night out, hosted by the Lorane Theta Rho #94 will be December 9 from 4:30-10:00 p.m at the Lorane Rebekah Hall. They will be providing free childcare so that you can go Christmas shopping, have a night out or a quiet evening at home. Please contact Tara Wiggle at 541-935-5245 with any questions.

The Crow Booster Club will be holding their annual alumni basketball tournament December 9 and 10. If you or someone you know is interested in playing, please contact Booster Club President Linda Lay at 541-844-5840

The Lorane Grange Christmas Dinner will be held on December 11 at 1:30 p.m. The Grange will provide the turkey, dressing, ham, potatoes and drinks. Please feel free to bring a dessert or side dish.

The Lorane Food bank will be accepting non-perishable donations for the holiday food baskets until December 15. If you or someone you know that lives in our community is in need of food assistance, please contact Sande Maxwell at 541-942-5083

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Sweet Lorane Community News – September 22, 2016

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
September 22, 2016
By Pat Edwards

By the time you read this, Jim and I will have returned from our 3-night inaugural trip to the coast to see if we’re cut out to be RV’ers. Since I’m writing this before we leave, you can just pretend that you’re in the same time zone as I am now.

This afternoon (Tuesday, September 20), we are heading to Honeyman State Park near Florence to spend three nights in our “new to us” motorhome. We will join my sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Dwight Isborn, and their good friends, Sherry and Mike McCall, who are all experienced at this sort of thing. We’re hoping that they can teach us the ropes before we attempt a longer trip on our own. I didn’t realize that there were so many “ropes” to think about, but we’re both excited about venturing into this new life-journey. We probably won’t plan any longer trips until this coming spring because the fall and winter are pretty-well booked up for me, especially. Our motorhome will spend the winter days snug under a new RV canopy at our son’s house in Cottage Grove, so we have to learn about the wintering as well as the “using” aspects of RV-ownership in short order.

I do have some Lorane news to report this week. One of the popular annual events that is held in Lorane is the big Hunter’s Breakfast put on by the Lorane Rebekah’s at the lodge hall. It will be held from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 1, the first day of the Cascade and Coast buck deer seasons. On the menu are eggs, pancakes, ham and beverage for $7 per person.

Whenever I am able, I like to promote some of the activities and events that are going on in our district’s schools and there are a few important notices that need to be shared.

Each year Crow High School students are invited to enter their artwork and photography into the (Eugene) Mayor’s Teen Art Show, sponsored by and held at the Maude Kerns Art Center. Four of our Crow students received awards from the 46 entries. All of the pieces of artwork will on exhibit from September 9-30, 2016.

The Crow-Applegate-Lorane district has been a strong advocate for hosting exchange students for many years. We hosted a young woman from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico when our own kids were in school in the 1980s. Because of that connection, members of our family have visited her family on a couple of occasions in Mexico.

The friendship that developed between our granddaughter, Hayley Kau, and Kim, a German exchange student at Crow has culminated in Hayley making two trips to Europe to visit and Kim has been back to visit here, too. It’s a wonderful experience for all concerned.

This year, host families are needed for several exchange students who want to come to Crow this year. These exceptionally bright students are a girl from Egypt,  and another girl from Kazakhstan. If interested, please contact Tressa Miller at Tressamiller@lanefite.org or text 541-606-4412. If you call, there is no voicemail available. Two boys are seeking to be placed with host families through AYUSA. More information can be obtained on them by calling or emailing Lisa Livelybrooks at 541-935-9502 or llivelyb@gmail.com.

Lane County Bond measure #20-264 will be on the ballot in November. This will fund C-A-L School District facility improvements.  These include improvements for student and staff security, updates for energy efficiency and access improvements. For more information, visit the district website at http://cal.k12.or.us or call the district office at 541-935-2100.

The week of September 26 through September 30 is Homecoming Week at CMHS and Open House is scheduled for Wednesday, September 28 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Don’t forget: The Rural Arts Center movie night season opens on Saturday, October 8 at the Lorane Grange with soup and salad dinner at 6:00 p.m. and the feature film, “The Little Shop of Horrors,” following at 7:30 p.m. The short film called “Tears of the Red Oni,” that was made during the RAC Movie Camp this summer, will also be shown.

Movie nights will take place every second Saturday of the  month, October through March. http://www.ruralartcenter.org/movie-night

Sweet Lorane Community News – June 9, 2016

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
June 9, 2016
By Pat Edwards

Welcome to a classic beginning to an Oregon summer! Last week, a few brave hay farmers were able to get their fields cut, raked, baled and picked up before the change in weather. Some, however, held their breaths, hoping that the cooler temps and “chances of showers” were not going to ruin the hay that was cut but not yet dry enough to bale.

I am so glad that Jim has finally dismounted from his tractor, given up the fields he has tended for so long and is looking closer to home for his projects. For the first time in 52 years of marriage, I’m able to hand over the lawn mowing duties and share the yardwork with him. Wow! What a gift!

The new Lorane Directory, which has been set up on Facebook, is getting some use, it appears. Thank you to Chris Starfire for setting it up and to Marissa McNutt Cooper and Patrick Dearth for helping to administrate it. It gives members a chance to list for sale items in the area so that our regular Lorane, Oregon Facebook page can be kept for community discussions, concerns and announcements. The Lorane Directory is also meant to provide community members information on resources within the community. In looking through the actual directory list, however, I notice that several of our service organizations and activity and interest groups have not added their listings yet. If this is going to be a truly helpful resource, they need to be added, but the information must come from the organizations themselves… i.e services provided, meeting times and places, need for new memberships, contact information, etc.

I had a request the other day from an AmeriCorps volunteer who is working on a food systems assessment for Southern Lane County. She needed to find out how to get in touch with those who are running the Lorane Bread Basket food pantry. I was able to track down the information for her and she got in touch with one of the organizers, but this is one of the reasons why we need to have info on our service organizations posted (Bread Basket, Senior Lunches, Grange, Rebekahs, Theta Rho, Boy Scouts, Fire Department, Church, Community Association, Growers Market, etc.). The most important reason, however, is for those new to the community to learn what services are available to them and how they can participate as volunteers or make use of the services they provide. I was told that some of the food has to be thrown out because there are not enough requests for it during the year. I’m sure that families in the area who are struggling could use it if they knew it was available.

Let’s all encourage the community members who offer a skill or product and organizations that offer services to make sure that they are listed on the Lorane Directory so that it can truly be a useful tool for all of us. The directory file can be found at https://www.facebook.com/notes/999281663489459/Lorane%20Directory/999298380154454 or just type in “Lorane Directory” in the Facebook search box. Go to “Files” and select the Lorane Directory file.