Tag: Margie McNutt

Sweet Lorane Community News, January 20, 2022

Fern Ridge-Tribune News
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
January 20, 2022
By Pat Edwards

I’d like everyone who uses social media to take a moment to imagine yourself holding down the voluntary job of moderating a community Facebook page in these volatile times. I was the original administrator of the Lorane, Oregon page. I set it up many years ago because the makeshift email distribution tree Marna Hing and I had been using just wasn’t getting the community news out to enough of our locals. Since then, four other administrators have come on board to help me make decisions and “keep the peace.” Thanks to Marissa McNutt Cooper, Lil Thompson, Martin McClure and recently, Margie McNutt, we have an idealogically-balanced and caring group of people who spend a great deal of time dealing with arguments and “situations” that break out within the community.

For the first few years—actually, the majority of the time we’ve overseen it—the page has been an extremely useful way of disseminating information to Lorane residents and our neighbors. Events are publicized, concerns are discussed, lost and found pets are reported, dangerous situations involving livestock on the road or thieves in the area have kept us all informed and have bonded us as a community.

For the past two years, however, with stress levels high from the pandemic, tempers on edge because of political differences, and the overall “unsettled” blanket lying over our world, our job has become more and more difficult. In this past year alone, we have had to take down volatile posts, rude and personal, harrassing comments that are targeted at either the original poster or other commentors—or us. We have been called names and have even been threatened with lawsuits for trying to do our jobs impartially.

Our guidelines don’t allow political opinion posts, so the postings that tend to get out of hand can be on a subject that can still be controversial. The successful ones are those that discuss the pros and cons respectfully and they can be useful tools for the community to learn about various concerns our neighbors have. The ones that tend to “blow up,” are those where usually one of the first commenters will use a tone in disagreeing that invites controversy and that tone sets the stage for more, increasingly rude and disrespectful comments from those on both sides of the original post. Comments frequently become personal and confrontational to the point where we are forced to intercede.

Lorane has always been a friendly community. We have long proven to be good neighbors and in a recent post reminiscing about the 1987 Lorane Centennial Celebration, many of the comments on it showed the love that is still felt by those who were lucky enough to grow up here:

“Never forget that was a big day in our little town! It was a wonderful place to grow up. I’d love to live back out there now.”

“Those really were the good old days. So proud of this town.”

“Love it and the memories of living in Lorane.”

“It still is a GREAT place to live.”

And, it still is a wonderful place to live. The short tempers and impatience shown on the Lorane Facebook page are universal. I’ve seen similar ones on the Crow, Veneta, Creswell and Cottage Grove pages and it’s a sad commentary of the times in which we are living right now.

One of our administrators said it best: “I feel we are better as a community than some of what I have seen in comments.”

I think many have forgotten or misplaced the Golden Rule we learned as children—“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Let’s once again try to show respect to our neighbors… on-line or off-line.

Sweet Lorane Community News, October 19, 2017

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
October 19, 2017
By Pat Edwards

Happy Autumn all! This is when I miss the days of cuddling around a warm fireplace or woodstove with a hot mug of coffee or cocoa. Don’t get me wrong… I love our heat pump, but there’s just something about the comfort of sitting on the raised hearth of our old fireplace and soaking up the heat in the evenings…

This is the time of year to celebrate our harvests… much of the canning and freezing has been done for those who still raise their own gardens and preserve their own produce. I kept my grandmother’s old pressure cooker going all through the late summer and early fall for a couple of decades when our kids were growing up. I always had a huge garden, but these days we enjoy the limited amount of fruits and veggies we plant fresh off the vine and donate extra to the Lorane Grower’s Market. Home canned vegetables, especially, are so much better than store-bought, but my back no longer allows me to stand at and lean over a kitchen sink for long periods, so we either eat fresh or bring home canned from the store.

I love the fact that the new group, Lorane Community Cares, is focusing on community gardens and canning and preservation clinics to work together and learn how to prepare and process the produce to donate to local food banks. Their first 3-day clinic was held this past weekend. Hopefully, I can report on its success in next week’s column.

Margie McNutt, an extremely talented kiln-formed, fused glass artist, in Lorane is offering to set up classes at her home studio on Cottage Grove-Lorane Road. If you would like to learn how to design and make your own creations for yourself or as a special gift for someone else, the 5-week course will be from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Schedule, TBA. The classes will go for 5 weeks with firings to complete two projects of your choice. If you’d like to see some of the work she has done, go to her Facebook page at MargieMcNuttGlass. For further details, call 541-942-7471.

The Lorane Grange is having “a baked potato bar dinner with just about any trimmings you might think of” night followed by family bingo on Friday, October 27 beginning at 5:30 p.m.

I personally would like to invite everyone who enjoys reading stories and poetry written by local writers to join us at the Groundwaters annual Groundwaters LIVE! It’s a celebration of the completion of our 3rd annual Groundwaters 2017: An Anthology which showcases 62 authors and poets. The event will take place on Sunday, October 29 at 2:00 p.m. at the Applegate Regional Theater (ART) on the corners of Central and Fleck Roads north of Crow. Ten of our contributors will be giving 5-minute readings of their work. Refreshments will be served and books will be available.

Lorane and Crow have a large representation in this year’s book. Jennifer Buchholz of Lorane provided the beautiful cover photo and Katarina Digman of Lorane provided the painting on the back cover. Norm Maxwell is represented in the book by three of his popular stories; Stanley Buck provides three stories, one of which is called “Carpenters By-Pass 1950.” A new contributor, Michael Matchulat of Lorane has written a moving story about his battle with Stage IV colon cancer; and always popular, Millie Graves from Crow, her son Dana, as well as numerous others from the West Lane area and Creswell who are also included. We hope to see a large attendance on the 29th.

Don’t forget! The annual Fall Harvest Festival will be held on October 28 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Applegate Elementary School.

Sweet Lorane Community News – January 14, 2016

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
January 14, 2016
By Pat Edwards

Our most exciting news in Lorane this week is the re-opening of the Lorane Deli. It is once again providing breakfast and lunch and a place to meet with friends and neighbors over a cup of coffee. Local residents, Peggy and Jesse Tindall, will open at 6:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. five days a week, probably closing on Sundays and Mondays to begin with. The announcement on the Lorane Facebook page brought many cheers and good wishes this past week. Margie McNutt offered the first testimonial to the re-opening: “Just had lunch there with Jenny and Marissa and our two littlest grandbabies. It was great to see it open again! Good food too!”

I hope that everyone will come out to support it. It’s been sorely missed by many.

Last week, the Crow High School Junior Class had a fundraiser at Papa’s Pizza for its upcoming Prom Night. If you weren’t able to make it to Papa’s last Wednesday, I’m sure that they’d welcome a cash donation. That’s what Jim and I will do as I’ve been dealing with a sinus infection and cold and we weren’t able to make it out for pizza.

We received the news this week that former long-time Lorane resident, LaVerne Brissler, passed away recently. She and her husband Elmer lived on Fire Road for many years. Our condolences to the Brissler family.

The Lorane Rebekah’s are still collecting cans and bottles and have a metal recycle bin at the lodge hall for collection of your scrap metal. They are fundraising to supplement the grants they recently received in order to complete the planned upgrade to the old Lodge building. According to Sande Maxwell (541-942-5083), “We really appreciate your support.”

The Lorane Grange is collecting pop and beer can tabs to contribute to a drive to provide funding for much-needed dialysis to patients throughout the state. Either call a grange member or drop them off on the front porch of the Grange. You can also drop them off at the Lorane Family Store if you prefer.

The Crow-Applegate-Lorane School Board will be meeting at Crow this month instead of Lorane due to a conflict at the Lorane Grange. The meeting will be on Thursday, January 21 at Applegate Elementary at 7:00 p.m. following an executive session. The February meeting will be moved to the Lorane Grange.

Mark your calendars in advance… It may seem early, but the Rural Art Center and the Lorane Grange want to remind everyone to begin thinking about participating in the annual Talent Show at the Grange. It is usually held the first Sunday in April, although a definite date has not yet been announced. They’re hoping to book some of our amazing local talent early. Polish up your tap shoes and get your comedy routine worked out. If you’ve got a talent for anything, amazing or bizarre, they want to recruit you!

A reminder of the next Grange Spaghetti Dinner and Bingo night: Saturday, January 23, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Bring the whole family!