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Sweet Lorane Community News, September 26, 2019

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
September 26, 2019
By Pat Edwards

This past week was the beginning of fall, and it certainly feels as though it’s earlier than usual, weather-wise. I’ve always enjoyed the cooler, sunny days of fall that we usually have through September and into October, but Mother Nature is keeping us guessing on what each of our tomorrows is to bring this year.

With fall comes the beginning of football, volleyball and cross-country seasons at the area schools. How I miss having a son, daughter or grandchildren in high school or middle school who participate in athletics. I’ve packed away Jim’s and my red and white Crow High School jackets with the names and uniform numbers of our grandkids on the sleeves. We cheered on so many of their games, both at home and away and I miss that. Our daughter, Michele Kau, and her daughter—our granddaughter—Stephanie Furlong, have gone on to coach volleyball. Michele stepped down as the head coach at Crow last year, but Stephanie has taken on the head coaching job for Glide High School east of Roseburg. We still try to make it to at least one of their games each season, although those bleachers are getting harder to sit on as well as climb. At least our one granddaughter, Natalie, who attends Creswell High School, participates in music and drama events that we can attend and so enjoy.

Along with school sports, fall brings harvest festivals and Halloween events. Trick or treating has morphed into the much safer “trunk or treating” where parent and community members park their cars In the Lorane Church parking lot and decorate their cars’ trunks with orange and black and provide treats for the ghosts and goblins who come to fill their jack-o-lanterns. The adults and children are also treated to hot chocolate, spiced cider, coffee and other goodies while standing around outdoor heaters (and under canopies, if it rains) while visiting.

How I remember when the Lorane Elementary School hosted its annual carnival in the gymnasium. It was so popular and usually filled to capacity while young and old alike would gather to watch the children run to the various booths to fish for prizes and do the ring toss and bean bag throw. Some tried shooting basketball free throws for tickets; others had their faces painted with unicorns and rainbows. And then there was the annual lollipop tree which sported hundreds of Dum-Dum suckers. One of the biggest events was the cake walk. Cakes and cupcakes of all flavors and sizes were won if you were on the magic number when the music stopped. Bingo, too, was a popular event for the adults, especially.

While the Lorane Carnival is no more, Crow’s Applegate Elementary is planning a Harvest Festival on October 25 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. this year. They are advertising it as a fun evening of carnival games (some are from Lorane’s carnival), trick-or-treating, costume contests and a haunted house.

And did I mention bingo? Yes, our three local granges—Lorane, Crow and Creswell—will be offering cash prizes and lots of fun for all ages this fall as they sponsor dinners and bingo games as fundraisers.

The Lorane Grange will have their Spaghetti Dinner and Bingo nights beginning October 18—a Friday night—with dinner beginning at 5:30 and bingo at 6:30 p.m. They charge $5 for a “2-on” pack or $10 for a “4-on” pack plus $1 or $2 a sheet for the blackout game. The jackpot was won last spring, so it will be starting again with $100-plus for the featured blackout game.

The Crow Grange starts again with dinner and bingo on Saturday, October 5. They serve a delicious dinner, usually provided by Dan and Connie Suing or Ruth Teafatiller, beginning at 6:00 p.m. and bingo starts at 7:00. The cost is $17 for a buy-in. Their jackpot was not won last spring, so it has built to over $500.

The Creswell Grange sponsors a bingo night every third Wednesday of each month. The doors open at 6:00 p.m. and games start at 7:00. The cost is $15 for 14 regular games and a blackout game. Their blackout pot is up to $300. They don’t have dinner, but they provide free coffee, tea and popcorn.

Good times are ahead! So, let’s support our schools, granges and other community organizations in any way we can to maintain our strong communities.

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, September 14, 2017

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
September 14, 2017
By Pat Edwards

Well, our family has made it through a busy, busy time these past several weeks… vacation, out-of-town company and three birthday celebrations. They were all fun, family times, but it’s so nice to be able to settle into a more normal routine. I’m not sure what “normal” means these days, but for me, it’s spending more time at home, running errands with Jim, taking our dogs for walks and being able to work on my book projects.

I am really excited about this year’s Groundwaters anthology that I’m currently working on, and even more so about the new local history book that I have almost completed for publication. I’m hoping that it can be the maiden voyage for a series of books I’d like to write on early Lane County families with connections to Lorane and the Siuslaw Valley. I envision that future books will each contain profiles on 4 to 6 of these families, but the research on this first one has been so interesting and the information so extensive that it will feature just one family. The proposed title of the book with be The Baileys of Bailey Hill. They were not only a prominent family in the Eugene City area of Lane County in the mid-1800s, but several of them also owned land in the Siuslaw/Lorane area. I hope to have the 70-plus page book published and available by the first part of October.

The 2017 Groundwaters Anthology should also be out by mid-October. We will once again be featuring the amazing writing talent of 60, mostly-Lane County, authors, poets and artists. Jen and I hope to host a Groundwaters Live! event again this year to celebrate its publication and to distribute pre-ordered books as soon as it is in print. More on that later…

I want to remind you about the upcoming Crow Booster Club’s Fall Auction & Carnival to be held on Saturday, October 14. This will benefit all K-12 students in the Crow-Applegate-Lorane School District.

The carnival will run from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. and the dinner and silent auction will begin at 4:30 and run until 6:00 p.m. At 6:30 p.m., the live auction will proceed with some fantastic items in the offing. I’m sure that they would welcome donations of auction items (both silent and live) as well as offers of volunteer help during the event. For more information, contact a Booster Club member or Crow Middle/High School at 541-935-2227 or email to crowboosterclub@yahoo.com.

I understand that Lorane resident B.G. Kidd was admitted to the Cottage Grove Hospital in serious condition last Wednesday. At this writing, her son and daughter are asking for extra thoughts and prayers to be sent her way. Get well soon, B.G.!

The Lorane Grange is seeking donations of new socks for children to add to those being collected by the Lane Pomona Grange. Anyone interested in donating may contact Lil or Gary Thompson at 541-942-5701.

Jim and I got to attend our first volleyball game of the year last night. Our granddaughter, Natalie Edwards, is playing on the Creswell Middle School team. It’s the only sport she participates in and she’s the last of our grandkids to participate, so it’s a real treat to be able to exercise grandparent rights by cheering and showing our pride in not only the Creswell team, but Natalie, as well. Go Tigers!

Don’t forget to check out the Lorane Grower’s Market table in front of the Lorane Deli…