Tag: Lorane Thanksgiving Dinner/Potluck

Sweet Lorane Community News, November 14, 2019

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
November 14, 2019
By Pat Edwards

Me on swing on Orchard St EugeneIt’s amazing how fast the holidays are approaching. Each year, the time seems to go faster and faster. Thinking back to my youth, it seemed as though the days, weeks and years, kept at a leisurely pace. There was time to go to school, do chores, spend some fun time outdoors and still have time left over for lazing around in the sun on summer days or lying on the bed, reading a good book during the days of inclement weather. I don’t ever remember being bored, but life was unhurried and much simpler then.

These days, it’s easy to cram useless time into our days—on the computer or with cell phone in hand. I’m as guilty of it as anyone. A lot of my work is done on the computer, but when I need to take a break from reading and editing manuscripts or designing layouts for books, I begin scrolling through Facebook or getting current with email correspondence instead of giving my mind a rest.

With the decreased energy level brought on by advanced years, I’m not as inclined to go outside and provide my body with some much-needed exercise in the fresh air as I know that I should. Instead I pack my calendar with schedules and events and “things to do,” leaving little for leisure time that can stretch out my days a bit. Each day is filled with trips to town to do errands and go to appointments instead of taking a Sunday drive, just for the fun of it; or short overnight trips to the coast or mountains. I’m missing the quiet times when I can read the stack of books for pleasure-reading I have waiting for me. I take yoga classes instead of accomplishing the same goals by heading out to pull weeds and prepare my flower beds for winter or stacking the fallen limbs lying in our pasture on a burn-pile. I eventually get those chores done, anyway, but the jobs are usually much bigger than if I went out each day and did them a little at a time.


Speaking of yardwork, those of you who drive past Easy Acres Drive on Territorial may notice that the flower beds at the entrance to the Easy Acres neighborhood have been tilled up and are awaiting new plantings. Our neighborhood group is joining together to once again make it into a welcoming entrance since I lost the battle with the weeds and grass a few years ago. We will soon have it ready to bloom next spring. We’re not going to put permanent plantings in right now, however. Once the Territorial Highway project begins on that section, most likely it will all be dug up and moved by the county. The plans are not concrete yet, but the county has warned us not to plant anything we are sentimentally attached to.

A lot of holiday bazaars are scheduled for the coming weeks. I usually share a booth with my author/colleague, Joe Blakely, each year at the Holiday Market at the Lane County Fairgrounds, but we have decided to forego it this year. So, I’ve signed up for the Fern Ridge Holiday Bazaar on Friday and Saturday, November 22 and 23. My table will be at the Elmira Elementary School and I’ll have all of my books and this year’s Groundwaters Anthology on display. I participated in one at the Creswell Grange a couple of weeks ago and it was fun talking to everyone. I hope that many of you will stop by and say “hi.”

Don’t forget to add your non-perishable foods to the food boxes that are provided at the area granges and stores for those in need during this holiday season. And, be sure to attend the community Thanksgiving dinners provided by the Lorane Christian Church at the Lorane Grange (Sunday, November 17 at 5:00 p.m.) and the potluck in Crow hosted by the Crow Grange (Thursday, November 21 at 6:30 p.m.). They are great ways to meet your new neighbors and catch up on what’s happening in your neighborhoods.

Sweet Lorane Community News, November 15, 2018

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
November 15, 2018
By Pat Edwards

I know that my last column was heavy-duty, but I wanted to share my brother’s experiences with you. Jim and I went to see him again yesterday (last Wednesday), and Jimmy is in a hospice care center. Although he was visibly more frail, his spirit was as strong as ever. I’m not sure that he will still be with us by the time you read this, but he has taught me so much about how important it is to be open with your loved ones and share this final journey with them. We will grieve when he has gone, but he has instilled so much of himself in our lives these last days, that letting go will be much less traumatic. I have been blessed to have him for a brother throughout my life and, oh, how I will miss him.

Now to get back to some community matters that I need to share with you…

The Grange Thanksgiving community dinners for both Lorane and Crow have already been held, but knowing how good they are each year, I’m sure there was a nice turnout for each. I didn’t get word of their dates until it was too late to include them in my column. I apologize if some missed out who hoped to participate.

The 9-member Crow High School Band has returned from its trip to Washington, D.C. It had the distinction of being the only band in Oregon to be invited to participate in the Veteran’s Day Parade of Heroes on Saturday, November 10, and a ceremony at the Iwo Jima U.S. Marine Corps Memorial on Sunday, November 11.

Band member and trumpet player, Mark Simonsen, was given the honor to play “Taps” at the memorial ceremony in the nation’s capital.

I’m told that despite the very cold weather, the band members and its director, Pat Dixon, represented their school and state admirably. They not only fulfilled their obligations at the events, they all worked very hard for months to raise the needed funds to pay for their travel expenses while they were there. Thank you to Band Director, Pat Dixon, the Crow High School band and the community members who helped make such a fantastic experience happen. We are proud of each of you.

Several video recordings are posted on the Lorane and Crow Facebook pages for any of you who want to experience snippets of their performances.

Collection boxes are being placed in many of Lorane’s businesses and organizations for donated canned and non-perishable food items. These will be used for holiday baskets and provisions for those in our community who need them. Let’s all be generous enough to fill them multiple times during the holiday season so that each of us can enjoy our own celebrations with family and friends. Contact Marissa McNutt Cooper or Roberta Pietila Miller if you have questions or suggestions about what might be needed most or to nominate a person or family who would benefit.

I hope that each of you enjoys a warm and happy Thanksgiving Day this year. We really need to take time to stop and reflect on all the good things in our lives that we sometimes take for granted.

Blessings to each of you.

Sweet Lorane Community News – November 09, 2017

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
November 9, 2017
By Pat Edwards

Former Lorane resident, Jackie Keep Shappart, just received word that Douglas Burns, who graduated from Crow High School in 1961, passed away on August 20, 2017. He was a resident of Woodburn. His parents, Gene and May Burns (and later, stepmother, Jeanette), lived on South Territorial Road for many years. In the on-line “West Lane Project,” is an article, published in the Eugene Register-Guard on October 23, 1957, that featured Douglas and his brother Robert. They had an unusual 4-H project… raising ring-neck pheasants for the Oregon State Game Commission. “Pheasant raising has been a profitable venture for the Burns’ youth, Robert, 14, and Douglas, 13. This year they incubated 150 eggs and 72 pheasants for return to the Game Commission. Their total profit on the birds was $52.50…” Check it out at https://westlaneproject.shutterfly.com/people-b/9041. Our condolences to the Burns family for their loss.

It was exciting for a lot of us who have lived in the Lorane area for quite a while to hear that the former Lane County Work Camp, located west of Lorane on Siuslaw River Road, is now going to be used again. It has been sitting empty for many years since the county shut it down for lack of operational funds.

It is now being called, “Camp Alma,” and according to a story on the KEZI website, a local nonprofit group, Veterans Legacy, plans to turn the approximately 30-acre site into a treatment center for veterans.

The plan is to incorporate activities including the working of the land, growing food and raising animals in a quiet, safe, serene and isolated environment to allow veterans suffering from PTSD to heal and ready themselves for life away from war… to begin their transition back into the community. We’re proud to have Camp Alma as our neighbor.

Winter is fast approaching and Kathy Rice of Lorane reminded everyone recently about the Lane County Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), a federal program which “provides financial assistance to low-income households for home heating and energy bills. The program is seasonal and winter services are available as early as funding allows.

“Households with a person age 60 or over and households with a permanently disabled member are priority groups. Funds are disbursed on a first-come, first-served basis… Services are available in Oakridge, Cottage Grove and Florence, Eugene and Springfield.” The contact number for Eugene is 541-345-3642; for Cottage Grove, 541-942-6492.

Boxes will soon be appearing all around Lorane to collect non-perishable foods for the community food baskets for those in need in our community. Be sure to watch for them and let’s keep them filled so that everyone can enjoy the holidays.

There will be no dinner and bingo nights held at the Lorane Grange in the months of November and December. They will resume in January.

A last reminder that the Crow Grange will be holding its Thanksgiving Community Potluck and Open House on Thursday, November 16 beginning at 6:30 p.m. Don’t forget to bring some non-perishable foods to donate!

Congratulations, Creswell, on a great turnout for last Tuesday’s election.