Tag: Lorane Trunk or Treat

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 – October 26, 2017

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
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.

Sweet Lorane Community News – October 27, 2016

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
October 27, 2016
By Pat Edwards

As I write this, I have just returned from a wonderful day attending and participating in the TEDxVeneta event held at the Applegate Regional Theater on Central Road. I am sure that Sandy Larson will have a nice article on it, so I won’t go into much detail, but it was very well-organized by my friend and co-editor of Groundwaters, Jennifer Chambers. Some time ago, she invited me to be one of the speakers. She asked me to talk about the changes that have occurred throughout my life and, although I accepted, I was not sure what I had gotten myself into. I’m not a trained speaker and, as I mentioned at the end of my talk, “Writing is my passion, but speaking is especially hard for me. I’ve found throughout my life that the words flow much easier from my fingers and hands than vocally, but I feel that facing this particular challenge is another difficult source of change and growth for me that I must embrace.”

Lorane was well-represented in today’s talks. Beth Robinson of Lorane and my “up-the-hill-neighbor, Evelyn Searles Hess, were also featured speakers and it was fun working with them and the others who had such varied and interesting presentations.

Thank you, Jen, for believing in me. Despite all of the stress I felt in being out of my comfort zone, the experience was a very positive one. If you didn’t get to make it to this year’s event, be sure to mark your calendars for next year, because I understand that Jen hopes to continue these TEDxVeneta events.

There are several people in Lorane needing dry firewood. If you have any on hand… and especially if you deliver, you might check out the requests on the Lorane, Oregon Facebook page or post information about your firewood on the Lorane Directory page.

Our Groundwaters LIVE! event held last Sunday afternoon to introduce our 2016 edition of the Groundwaters anthology was, in our opinion, a huge success. We had a good turnout, the Applegate Regional Theater was a welcoming and impressive venue, the readings were entertaining and got great reviews, and the support that Jen and I felt from everyone was amazing. The only “problem” we experienced was that we sold all 100 books that we ordered and some people had to return home without theirs. I have made arrangements, however, to deliver books to those who didn’t get them as soon as the new shipment arrives next week.

When I get the new order, they will be at the Lorane Family Store and we will try to get them into local bookstores, too. If other local businesses want to take them in on consignment, that can be arranged as well. Just let me know at edwards@groundwaterspublishing.com. We will, of course, leave a copy at the Fern Ridge Library sometime next week for those of you who are waiting to check it out. There are 63 local authors, poets and artists represented in this year’s anthology. Go to our website at http://groundwaterspublishing.com/anthologies for more information.

Jim and I became great-grandparents again on October 21. Not-so-little Hayden Rae Furlong was born in Roseburg, weighing in at a hefty 10 lbs. 5 oz. We were not able to see her for several days afterwards as we were in Portland at the time with our son while he underwent a heart procedure. Hayden is doing great, as is Rob, so we are very thankful for both.

I hope your Halloween was a fun one. We had some exciting events last weekend to enjoy. I wasn’t able to make it to the barn dance, the Lorane Trunk or Treat, or the Crow-Applegate-Lorane Halloween Carnival this year, but they were all generating a lot of interest within the community. The Applegate Community Theater was also hosting a Halloween celebration. There were lots of fun things to do and I hope that each received a good turnout.