Sweet Lorane Community News, May 09, 2019

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
May 9, 2019
By Pat Edwards

As I promised last week, here are the details on the Spring Cemetery Clean-up project with the Lorane Grange…

Lorane Grange members and volunteers from the community will be meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 14, at the Lorane Grange Cemetery to spruce up, mow and ready the cemetery for Memorial Day. If you want to help, contact a grange member or just show up with gloves and whatever tools/equipment you’d like to use for the project.

The Grange is also planning a workday on Tuesday, May 21, to do the same types of things in and around the grange property on Old Lorane Road. There are lots of things to do both days, so your help you offer will be welcomed.

The Crow-Applegate-Lorane School Board meets at the Applegate Elementary School on Thursday, May 16 at 7:00 p.m. Find out more about the process of keeping our local schools funded and running efficiently in the education of our local youth and lend your voice.

Also, be sure to vote on Tuesday, May 21, in the Lane County Special Election. Your ballot includes a measure proposing the renewal of the five-year local option levy for general school operations. In addition, two school board positions are up for election this year. Incumbent, Doug Perry, is running uncontested in Position #1. The incumbent of Position #2, Troy Wilson, is being challenged by Lorane parent, Crystal Nevins.

Also, two Lorane Fire District positions are uncontested, with Jeri Porter running for Position #1 and Martin McClure in Position #2. Thank you to each of these community residents for offering your time and abilities in serving Lorane and Crow!

Crow High School Seniors are gearing up for graduation week. On Wednesday, May 29, Senior Recognition will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the high school gymnasium. Then, on Sunday, June 2, they will be honored at a 6:00 p.m. Baccalaureate service at the Crow Nazarene Church. The CHS graduation, itself, will be held on Friday, June 7, beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the gymnasium.

For those who are interested in pre-registering to participate in the 2019 Crow Car Show this summer, you have only until May 15 to receive the early registration discount. The show, to be held on Saturday, July 13, will be its 16th annual fundraiser benefitting the Crow-Applegate-Lorane School District. The one held in 2018 was its largest ever with a total of 141 cars on display. Registration forms can be downloaded at http://www.crowboosterclub.com/crowcarshow or you can email crowcarshow@yahoo.com.

For those of you who have not yet burned your brush piles from this winter’s devastation, you may have to wait now until after the fall rains begin. The Lane Regional Air Protection Agency (LRAPA) has temporarily suspended outdoor burning throughout Lane County due to high fire danger. Let’s be good neighbors and respect this ruling to make sure that Lane County doesn’t contribute to early grass or forest fires in Oregon.
Enjoy these beautiful late spring/early summer days while the grass and trees bear the freshness of new growth, everyone! I believe that it’s my favorite time of year.

Sweet Lorane Community News – October 6, 2016

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
October 6, 2016
By Pat Edwards

Fall is finally upon us and there has been enough rain to end the fire season. LRAPA (Lane Regional Air Protection Agency) has even opened rural backyard burning of yard debris a week early. It has been allowed, providing weather conditions are acceptable, since last Saturday, October 8. Before lighting that match or igniter, you must call ahead (541-726-3976) or check the LRAPA website at http://www.lrapa.org to find out if burning is allowed on that particular day in our area, however.

The Crow-Applegate-Lorane Booster Club, which also includes the district’s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is in dire need of new members. Marissa McNutt Cooper has recently posted a plea to area residents to become members.

“I am hoping to spread the word to people who have children at Crow who might be interested in joining (the Booster Club). If they don’t get some new members soon, they may have to close, which would be catastrophic for our district. They fund an astonishing amount (usually around $20,000-$30,000 annually) for the entire district. Last night alone (Thursday, October 6), they approved close to $5,000 in funds requested for supplies for Science Classes at the high school, new welders, welding hoods and welding jackets for the shop and automotive class, and supplies and materials for the drama club. They also provide sports scholarships, buy new curriculum for the elementary and they’ve purchased new projectors for all of the classrooms. The list is endless. They meet once a month, usually the first Thursday of the month.”

This is a vital organization in our community. The boosters sponsor large fundraising events throughout the year that enable our area’s students to get the best education possible from our small school district. Until the state legislature figures out a better system for school funding, we are all going to have to do what we can on a community level. We all get frustrated with national and state elections and feel that we have no voice. But we do have a voice at the community level and if each community takes care of its own, then we are making a difference that may extend even further. We are all busy these days, but we need to find the time for something as important as this. For information on how to join, contact Linda Lay, Crow-Applegate-Lorane Booster Club President (541-844-5840), or one of its members.

Mark October 15 on your calendar! Roberta Pietila Miller and Pam Kersgaard have organized a community apple cider pressing at Roberta’s house, across from the Lorane Grange, on Saturday, October 15 starting at 10:00 a.m. All you have to do is bring your own apples and containers. They’ll break for a potluck lunch and proceed until all of the apples have been processed. For questions or more info, contact Roberta (360-318-6028 or e-mail robertamiller77@yahoo.com) or Pam Kersgaard through the Lorane, Oregon Facebook page.

Another date to mark is Sunday, October 23. Groundwaters will be presenting a program, Groundwaters LIVE! at the Applegate Regional Theater, 87230 Central Road, Eugene, in the former Central School gymnasium, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. to launch our just-completed 2016 Groundwaters anthology. We will feature 11 of our 63 contributors who will each read 5-minute portions of their stories and poems that are included in the book. The readers list includes: Jeanette-Marie Mirich, Jo-Brew, Vicki Sourdry, Demetri Liontos, David Erickson, Karen Wickham, Sherry Hunter, Michael Foster, gael Doyle-Oroyan, Eunice Scruggs and Stanley Buck. Refreshments will be provided and books will be available to purchase before, during the break and afterwards. There’s no admission… it’s free! Please come join us!

Attention all female Crow High School alums who played basketball for the Cougars! A women’s alumni basketball tournament is in the planning stages in conjunction with the annual men’s tournament to be held on December 9 and 10. Four teams from all age groups are being formed. If you are interested in participating, please contact Marissa McNutt-Cooper (541-517-6608) or a booster club member. More information can be found on the Lorane, Oregon Facebook page.