Tag: Marilyn Wenger-Cooper

Sweet Lorane Community News, August 13, 2020

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
August 13, 2020
By Pat Edwards

The Crow-Applegate-Lorane School District met on Thursday, August 6 and made some decisions about the upcoming school year. According to the report on their website at https://www.cal.k12.or.us/o/cal/news:

“Students in kindergarten and grades 1-3 at Applegate Elementary School will begin full time, in-person classes on September 14, 2020. Students in grades 4-12 will start distance learning classes on that same date.

“…Crow-Applegate-Lorane’s startup timeline delays classes by one week to allow school staff to meet with every K-12 student and family in parent-teacher-conference style meetings.
“Teachers with students in grades 4-12 will offer students and families a chance to meet, checkout textbooks and/or Chromebooks, and discuss ways to help kids adapt to the elevated rigor of Comprehensive Distance Learning.

“Teachers with students in kindergarten through grade 3 will co-teach small groups of students in person, alternating with a designated classified staff member. These “stable cohorts” of students will reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposure and simplify contact tracing should an exposure of the coronavirus be reported.

“Parents of K-3 children will have an opportunity to meet with their teachers and support staff to ask questions and review the process for arrival/dismissal, screening for symptoms, cleaning and sanitizing high-touch surfaces, meals and recess, and the delivery of instruction.”

Last week, I announced the birth of another little great-grandson, Hudson Ross Haxby. This week, I need to tell you about two very important people in my life who passed on the same day. Life, indeed, seems to be an unending circle.

One of our good friends, Marilyn Wenger Cooper, quietly slipped away on the evening of Saturday, August 8. She worked on and off for Jim and me at the Lorane Family Store for almost 40 years. She absolutely loved being part of our LFS family and she made many friends while there. Her health began failing a few years ago, but she fought to remain at the store for as long as she physically could. When she realized that she no longer was able to handle the work, she made the decision to quit, but it about broke her heart. Saying goodbye to her the day before she passed was extremely hard for Jim and me, but it was time and she was at peace. Rest in peace, Marilyn. We love you so.

A few days ago, I learned that I had lost another good friend on Friday, August 7… the day I was saying goodbye to Marilyn. Michael J. “Hoss” Barker was a good friend that I had lost track of during the pandemic. I later found out that he had been battling a rare form of leukemia for the past year. Hoss, as he liked being called, was a wonderful comboy/logger poet who brightened the pages of our Groundwaters magazine for many years. I worked with him on publishing his last book, My Time in Paradise, that he produced in 2014. It chronicled the six years he spent as the caretaker for Paradise Lodge in the wild and scenic Rogue River wilderness that he loved so very much. I helped him republish his other three books of poetry through the years of our friendship, as well. I send my condolences to Kris Barker, Hoss’ wife, and Eric, his remaining son after losing another son, Lucas, last November. You will be missed by so many, Hoss, but your poetry and words will live on.

The area granges are limiting their activities due to the coronavirus, but be sure to support them in any way you can. The Lorane Grange has begun meeting again while practicing social distancing and masks. They continue to welcome new members and their next meeting will be on Thursday, September 3 at 7:00 p.m. They have decided to postpone the return of their monthly dinner and bingo nights through September, or at least until the coronavirus restrictions have been eased.

The Creswell Grange has asked me to let people know that they are needing donations of clean canning jars, both quarts and pints, that they plan to fill with soup and bean soup kits to distribute free throughout the community to those in need this winter. In addition, both the Creswell and Crow Granges are collecting empty pill bottles which they will include in a program to benefit Third World countries. If you have anything to donate, please call Dottie at 541-895-2155 to arrange drop-off or pick-up.

The Crow Grange is collecting trial-size toiletries (shampoo, toothpaste, soaps, deodorant, lotion, etc.), to put in ziploc bags to hand out when and where needed. They are also collecting paperback books to send to military troops overseas. The Crow Grange is also planning to start up their twice-a-month bingo games as soon as they can work out logistics under COVID-19 guidelines. Contact Connie Suing for more info at 541-556-2609.


Rogue Awakening

Holed up in a cabin on the banks of the Rogue,
I wrote verse and I pondered and I sighed.
I was ambling through canyons rugged and steep,
As deep into the wilds I plied.

I could feel the stare of someone not there,
As wearily onward I trod.
‘Twas adventure I sought, but instead what I got,
Was a glimpse of the wonders of God.

Oh Lord what a sight, in the summer’s twilight,
Watching the bats try to chase down the stars.
Those planes are so rude, how dare they intrude,
I wish they’d all fly off to Mars.

I never would care, to bring grief to a bear,
That never did nothin’ to me.
They rumble and tumble, then fumble and stumble,
In a race to the top of the honey tree.

Up high in the skies, what a treat for sore eyes,
Like puppets on angels’ strings,
Bald eagles soar, above the din and the roar,
Waving at all with their wings.

Held captive I stare, through the river’s bright glare,
At the salmon coursing below.
The wonders won’t cease, and offer a peace,
That only one humbled may know.

Through oak groves galore, madrones by the score,
Through fir stands tall and great.
She’s carved canyon walls, like cathedral halls,
Through miles of real estate.

Further I trekked, yet onward I pressed,
Crazed for the next mountain’s crest.
Through silver gray snags, over mossy-backed crags,
Undaunted, I harried my quest.

Razor backed mountains, too many for countin’,
Leap skyward and stand in defiance.
I’m so far from home, and I’m so all alone,
As the solitude shattered the silence.

Then once she’s got ya, she’s always got ya,
She’ll lure you, you’ll rant and you’ll rave.
Was this happenstance, my river romance?
Who knows, but we’re kin ‘till the grave.

~ Michael J. “Hoss” Barker

Sweet Lorane Community News – November 19, 2015

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
November 19, 2015
By Pat Edwards

Here’s an update on Marilyn Wenger-Cooper who has had a long stint in the hospital. She was temporarily moved to the Valley West Health Care Center on Bailey Hill Road and is now home. Welcome home, Marilyn! We’re so glad that you’re back, Wonder Woman!

Last Monday, November 16, a “Master Planning Session” sponsored by the Crow-Applegate-Lorane School District #66 was held at the Lorane Grange. The purpose of the meeting was to inform the Lorane end of the district about proposed upgrades and safety measures for the district schools. The architect in charge of the project discussed the plans, answered questions for interested parents and residents and encouraged their input. A second meeting was held at Crow last Thursday, November 19. I apologize for not providing more information sooner, but we were not informed until after last week’s deadline. If you weren’t able to attend either meeting and have any questions about the school district plans, please call the District Office (541-935-2100) or check their website at http://www.cal.k12.or.us/.

Jim and I attended the Lorane Community Thanksgiving Dinner put on by the Lorane Christian Church at the Grange last week. Even though this event has been offered free to the residents of Lorane for quite a few years, this is the first one we’ve attended. We really enjoyed ourselves and not only enjoyed the great food, but we were able to visit with friends and neighbors that we have not seen for quite some time. I really encourage others, like us, who keep saying that they will attend, but just never have, to plan on it next year. It was a fun evening!

Collection boxes are being placed at the Lorane Family Store and other organizations in the community for donations of canned and non-perishable food to be used for Christmas baskets for those within the Lorane and Crow area. If you know of anyone who could use a food basket, please call Sande Maxwell (541-942-5083; sandemaxwell@wildblue.net) or Betty Willoughby (541-942-7539) in Lorane or the Crow-Applegate-Lorane District Office for Crow (541-935-2100).

This year, a week or so after Thanksgiving, the Angel Trees will be placed in the Lorane Family Store and the Crow Middle/High School gymnasium. Before they can do that, however, community members of both Lorane and Crow are asked to nominate, right away, families with children ages birth to 18 years who could use an angel this year. Children do not have to attend the area schools, but they just must live within our school district.

Nomination forms were sent out through the schools this past week. If you or someone you know is in need of assistance this year, please return the form to the school office or contact Marissa McNutt Cooper at 541-517-6608. She wants to assure everyone that all information received is completely confidential.

Once names and information on each of the children are collected, the trees will be hung with felt angel “ornaments” representing these area children whose families are in need of assistance. Attached to each ornament is a tag showing the age, gender – not names –  and a suggestion of what the child would enjoy as a Christmas or holiday gift.

Once the Angel trees are in place, our community members, who have hearts of gold, are asked to select one or more angels from the trees to buy gifts for the holidays. After they  have been purchased, bring these unwrapped gifts and the felt angels to which they correspond to either the Lorane Family Store or the Crow Middle/High School (wherever you obtained them). Let’s be as generous this year as we were last!

As a fundraiser, the Crow High School senior class is taking orders for two different sizes of wreaths to be picked up on Sunday, December 7. The 22″ to 24″ size sells for $20; the  26″ to 28″ size sells for $35. Both size wreaths are made from fresh greens with Ponderosa pine cones. An order form may be downloaded from the C-A-L website or picked up in the CHS office. It must be filled out and dropped off with your payment in the school office by noon on November 30.

Happy Thanksgiving, all!

Sweet Lorane Community News – November 5, 2015

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
November 5, 2015
By Pat Edwards

Hooray for Lorane resident, Marilyn Wenger-Cooper! She spent several days on a respirator in the ICU at RiverBend with kidney failure and under-functioning heart and lungs. But, she is back!… at least she’s off the respirator, awake and in a regular room in the Heart and Vascular Center at RB. She scared the daylights out of our whole community. Marilyn has been a long-time clerk at the Lorane Family Store and is a member of our LFS family. In fact, she’s worked for Jim and me for much of the 38 years we’ve had the store. We’ve been in to see her several times and although she was looking like she had been through a war (she was), her smile and sense of humor are still intact. Welcome back, Marilyn! Jim looks forward to putting you back on the schedule when you are feeling better.

Thanks to a large response to the Rebekahs request for donations of scrap metal as a fundraiser for one of their building projects, the large dumpster is full. Since some of us have been slow in getting our metal brought in, another empty dumpster will replace the full one to, hopefully, be filled again. Let’s make sure that we fill this one, too.

It’s time to mark your calendars for the upcoming annual Thanksgiving Dinner sponsored by the Lorane Christian Church and held at the Lorane Grange. It will be held on Sunday, November 15 at 5:30 p.m. and is free to all local residents. Each family is asked to bring a dessert to share. It’s a wonderful event and a good chance to meet and visit with your neighbors.

The Crow Grange is also planning an annual Thanksgiving potluck on November 19.

Holiday plans are in the works for the local food drives and the annual Angel Tree. For me, the holiday season is not so much about ourselves, but to give thanks and show our care and concern for others. The Lorane Community Association will soon be installing Angel Trees at the Lorane Family Store and probably Crow Middle/High School.

Also, collection boxes will soon be placed all around Lorane to gather non- perishable canned goods and other necessities for the food baskets. It’s a joint effort put on by the Rebekah Lodge and the Lorane Fire Department. If you know of any family who would benefit from a food basket, please contact  Sande Maxwell (541-942-5083 or sandemaxwell@wildblue.net) or Betty Willoughby (541-942-7539), and be sure to be generous in your giving this year. These baskets have been so very important to our local families in the past.

I will provide more information on both the Angel Tree project and the Food Drive in upcoming issues.

I wanted to also alert you to what’s become a huge event for the West Lane area, including Crow, each year. It’s the gigantic Fern Ridge Holiday Bazaar to be held on Friday and Saturday, November 20 and 21 between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. each day. Local churches, organizations, businesses and schools will be participating and I’ve heard that this year there are more offerings than ever signing up. I’m not sure if my information is correct, but I was told that at least 20 sites will be participating. Groundwaters is taking part in the Lane County Authors’ table that will be set up at the Applegate Regional Theater site in the former Central School on Central Road north of Crow. We plan to offer books from many local authors, including many from the Veneta, Elmira and yes, even Lorane areas. Many of the authors will be manning the booth both days. The Applegate Regional Theater (ART) will have lots of other offerings of crafts, and mostly handmade, quality merchandise and food. They usually have live musical entertainment and we might even talk some of our Groundwaters’ poets into doing a few readings. It sits right next door to the Central Grange which also has a large selection of booths and tables. Be sure to put us on your list! Maps will be available.

And, authors… if we haven’t contacted you and you want to participate, please email me at edwards@groundwaterspublishing.com or paedwards42@yahoo.com.