Tag: OPVA

Sweet Lorane Community News – July 7, 2016

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
July 7, 2016
By Pat Edwards

I hope that everyone had a good 4th of July. We did… even though we didn’t expect to be here for it. Our daughters put together a fun family barbecue and a bonus this year was that there were no extra-loud illegal fireworks being set off in our neighborhood. I don’t want to sound like an old scrooge. As a child living in Lebanon, Oregon, I loved the activities surrounding Independence Day celebrations. Our dad would bring home an assortment of sparklers and ladyfinger firecrackers. He showed us how to ignite them safely using a punk and he would later handle the lighting of the fountains and pinwheels that we all watched in awe. I also remember the special times we traveled to my aunt’s house on East 22nd Street in Eugene. The whole family walked from there down to Hayward Field on the UO campus. We’d go early enough to find a patch of lawn to lay our blankets on so that we could lie and watch the fireworks display. It seemed that the whole town turned out for it.

At the time, I didn’t realize how traumatized our pets could become. We always shut them in the house while we were lighting fireworks, but seeing the way our dogs now cringe and crawl under my computer desk when the loud booms of illegal fireworks explode through the valley, I sympathize. More importantly is the increased awareness we now have of the PTSD that some veterans who served our country have to deal with each 4th of July. We are so lucky to have scheduled activities to attend, even now. Creswell provides a wonderful parade each year and once it is dark, families still are able to go lie out on a lawn to watch beautiful exploding displays of fireworks.

Despite our aborted vacation recently, Jim and I are glad to be back home. His brother John is under the care of his local doctors now after spending 3 days in a hospital in Boise, Idaho. Hopefully, one of these days soon, we will try again, but for now, we’re enjoying being home.

The trip was star-crossed from the very beginning. Besides John becoming ill in the middle of nowhere, we dealt with the fact that all motels/hotels were booked along Highway 26 and we had no place to stay even if John had been well. In addition, his power chair decided to quit working after we went back out to the cars following dinner in John Day. It just quit and it took over a half hour of pulling levers, pushing buttons and kicking tires before it suddenly came to life and John was finally able to lock it into place in the passenger side of his van. The vacation just went downhill after that… We even had problems on the way home. After leaving Burns with plenty of gas (we thought), we discovered that there was not a gas pump left in any of the little towns between there and Bend. We became really concerned when the gas warning lights in both of our cars went on. We were still 30 miles from Bend at the time and we were all holding our breaths, fearing that we weren’t going to be able to make it that far. Our daughter Kelly, who lives in Montana, chose to call us to find out how we were doing when we were 5 miles from Bend. When I updated her, she insisted on staying on the line to make sure we made it there safely. When we drove both vehicles into the first gas station in Bend on fumes, we all breathed a sigh of relief. I remember saying to Kelly, “Oh my gosh! I haven’t been this stressed since… Saturday!” We can all laugh about it now, but we weren’t then.

A quick mention of an upcoming event. Mark your calendars for July 16. It will be the “Cruise ‘n Ride” Benefit for the Oregon Paralyzed Veterans of America. It will start and end at the Crow Grange. Start time is 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. and it costs $15 per vehicle with proceeds going to the OPVA. Cruisers of any legal motorized vehicle will visit granges along the route where they can buy raffle tickets, draw poker cards along the way for prizes, buy snacks, visit an old fashioned country market, listen to live music, play bingo and other games, enjoy arts and crafts displays, etc. at the various granges hosting it. Unfortunately, Lorane Grange is not on the route this year as they were last year, but the ones that are participating are Irving, Elmira, Central, Spencer Creek and back to Crow. Go to http://www.Cruise-N-Ride-Benefit.org for more information.

Sweet Lorane Community News – July 16, 2015

Fern Ridge Review                                    
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
July 16, 2015
By Pat Edwards

Because of the dry spring, it seems as though we’re having an awfully long summer this year. For me, summer always zips by after the 4th of July celebrations, but I’m actually ready for a few days of summer rain to freshen things up a bit.

Jim’s still trying to get those last few big round bales of hay done, so I guess I can’t wish too hard yet. He’s had nothing but problems with his equipment (both mechanical and physical) this year and it’s going exceedingly slow. I was hoping that we could hit the road for a couple of weeks when he does, but we have some rental houses to clean up and refurbish first before we put them on the market. We’ve found that downsizing our lives after 70 is extremely difficult. The transition is sometimes painful, but occasionally, circumstances step in to force the issue.

I want to send our congratulations to Sam and Ashley Jentzsch who were married on Friday, July 11. Sam’s parents are Troy and Coleen Jentzsch of Lorane and the wedding took place on Coleen’s birthday. What a way to celebrate! Congratulations and best wishes, Sam and Ashley!

Jo-Brew and I had an enjoyable, but hot day at the Art in the Vineyard event at Alton Baker Park on the weekend of July 4. Thanks to those of you who stopped by the Oregon Authors’ Table to say hi. We’ll be at the Lane County Fair’s Oregon Authors’ Table this Thursday, July 23, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., too. I’ll be there the first half of the day and Jo will “hold down the fort” until closing. Come by and see us… it’s Senior Day!

The Oregon Paralyzed Veterans of America (OPVA) and several Lane County Granges are hosting a drive or cruise for all street-legal motorized vehicles including new and vintage automobiles, motorcycles, RVs, and even senior buses representing senior centers. This is a drive to help raise awareness and funds for OPVA as well as a bit of publicity for the local granges. It will be held on Saturday, August 8, beginning at the Crow Grange from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Participants pay an entry fee of $10 per vehicle.

The route will go from one grange to another and should end around 3:00 p.m. Various granges are hosting different activities and events along the way to entice the cruisers and riders to linger a bit longer at their sites. At Crow, you’ll be encouraged to stop and play a game or two of bingo; then on to the Elmira Grange which will host a show and tell about “Steampunk” (I know… I had to ask, too! **) and will have some vendor booths; from there, the cruise will head for the Central Grange on Central Road which will have Old Time Fiddlers to entertain; at Spencer Creek Grange, they’ll have an old-fashioned Saturday Market. The last grange visited before heading back to Crow to disband will be the Lorane Grange where they will be hosting the Lane Pomona Picnic. Another activity is still being considered but hadn’t been finalized in time for my column. Cruise participants will be able to purchase raffle tickets there for the Lorane Grange basket that will be filled with all kinds of goodies (including one of our Highway 99 books). Each grange has put together a similar basket and all will be displayed at the Crow Grange during the cruise and raffled off immediately following it. The winners of each basket will be announced at 3:00 p.m.

It seems like it will be a very interesting and innovative day for everyone! For more information, contact Laura Wyant at CruZintoGranges@aol.com.

** Give up? Ok… Here’s how Laura Wyant explains “Steampunk”: “With a backdrop of either Victorian England or America’s Wild West at hand, modern technologies are re-imagined and realized as elaborate works of art, fashion and mechanics. If Jules Verne or H.G. Wells were writing their science fiction today, it would be considered “steampunk.”