Tag: Oregon’s Main Street

Sweet Lorane Community News – January 19, 2017

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

WooHoo! The snow and ice are gone and – I thought I’d never say this in January – our rain is back! So far, it doesn’t look like there is much flooding in this area, if any. Hopefully, now I can find something to talk about besides weather this week

One bit of Lorane news connected to the weather, however… Magdalina Ware, one of Lorane’s long-time residents, was helping a neighbor last week during the icy conditions and fell and broke her leg. When her granddaughter alerted us via the Facebook page, an outpouring of meals and love were sent Mag’s way and Jerol, who is not known for his cooking skills, apparently, is now able to heat up a variety of dishes to get them through until Mag is able to be up and around again. I’m sure that Mag is champing at the bit to be able to get down to Seven Feathers to play a game of bingo again. I know that I’ve earned somewhat of a reputation as a bingo fan, but Mag has me beat. Jerol… not so much. He tags along with her and plays the slots, but he almost always has a Zane Grey or other western novel on hand to immerse himself in while she is playing, if need be. Get well soon, Mag!

Speaking of bingo, the Lorane and Crow granges are resuming their dinner and bingo nights. Lorane’s will be on Saturday, January 28… the 4th Saturday of the month. Crow’s started theirs again last Saturday and will continue until summer on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays. They are both fun events for the whole family and help to support the individual granges.

Dinner will begin at the Lorane event at 5:30 p.m. and bingo for the whole family starts at 6:30 p.m. At Crow, dinner starts at 6:00 p.m. and bingo is at 7:00 p.m. Both are fun, raucous times and I hope to see big crowds there this spring. For Lorane, contact Lil Thompson (541-942-5701 for information; for Crow, the contact person is Connie Suing. I don’t have Connie’s contact information, but she can be reach via Facebook and or the newly activated Crow Community Facebook page.

Members of the Lorane Christian Church invites the community to join them on January 21st for the film, “Miracle From Heaven” that they will be showing at 5:30 p.m.

Jo-Brew and I have some talks lined up this month and next on the history of Pacific Highway/U.S. Highway 99 through Oregon. This month it will be Albany; next month, Junction City and Willamalane in Springfield. I’ve decided to do my introductory portion as a PowerPoint presentation so I can show vintage photos while I talk. Jo is the storyteller of our duo and loves to relate some of the stories told to her in the course of her extensive research of “Oregon’s Main Street.” We’d love to give some more local talks if any of the service clubs are looking for program speakers.

In addition, Jennifer Chambers and I have put together a talk on self-publishing if any of the writing groups in the area are interested. The one we gave to the Willamette Writers turned out really well. We’ve learned quite a few ins and outs about self-publishing over the years and we’d love to share our experiences. We don’t charge for either talk.

I’m in the process of preparing for two cataract surgeries in the coming weeks. I always thought I would be nervous if I ever had to have any type of eye surgery, but I’ve heard so many stories of how easy the surgery is, that I’m really looking forward to being able to see without eyestrain and blurry vision. It’s a bummer when reading comprises a good portion of your life. I’m not going to opt for the correction of my astigmatism at the same time, so I’ll continue to wear glasses. Besides, when the DMV insisted that I have my drivers’ license photo taken without my glasses, it gives me a shock now whenever I have to show ID… I look at that and say to myself… “Who IS that person?” I’ve worn glasses for the past 35 years and the out-of-pocket cost is more than I want to pay for what I understand would be a rather short term correction since I’d end up wearing reading and computer glasses most of the time, anyway.

Enjoy the rain!

Sweet Lorane Community News – May 19, 2016

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
May 19, 2016
By Pat Edwards

I’m writing this column almost a week before you read it because I have gotten myself into commitments for the whole weekend and I need every minute of prep time in the days leading up to it. Our family’s big event… and the one that I’m most looking forward to, is our son Rob’s 50th Birthday BBQ which, by the time you read this was last Saturday. I have been working on a commemorative birthday album for Rob for the past few months. I scanned almost every picture we’ve ever taken of him and helped myself to some that others have taken from his Facebook page and have designed a 13″ x 10″ hardbound photo album/book to present to him. I’ve also included messages and memories that other friends and family members submitted to me for inclusion. These are the publishing projects I most love. I did it for his sister Gloria a year ago, too… it seems I’ve begun a tradition. The one black cloud hanging over the Saturday festivities (literally) is the weather forecast for thunderstorms.

I inadvertently committed myself to counting ballots for the Lane Electric Coop election  on Friday, too. I’ve done it before and I’ve had a lot of fun. The staff at the LEC office makes sure we feel welcome and appreciated… they even provide lunch. Usually, my good friend, Judie Brantley, also of Lorane, and I partner while doing the counting and she and I have proven to be a pretty good team. Since I don’t get a chance to see her as often as I once did, it’s a fun way to reconnect.

Then on Sunday morning (last Sunday morning to you), Jo-Brew and I head to McMinnville to give one of our Highway 99 talks at the library there. By the time we get back, I have no doubt that I will be totally exhausted.

Speaking of Lane Electric Coop, I think this week would be a good time to include…

A Bit of Lorane History:

“In the 1920s, Lorane obtained its first electrical generating plant. The Blaine Addison family put in a Delco plant and wired their home and store for electric lights. There was a ‘pumphouse’ where the motor was housed which had shelves of glass batteries to keep the motor running. The house and store were destroyed by fire in 1932, but Harold Shortridge managed to save the old Delco plant and set it up again by the Lorane I.O.O.F. Lodge building.

“On April 3, 1933, permission was given to W.T. Anderson by the Lorane High School board to use the high school auditorium for a talk to be given on ‘Electricity and Power for the Community.’ The first electric power lines were put up by Pacific Power Co. in the late 1930s. They came into Lorane from Cottage Grove and provided power to those along the route into Lorane central, Territorial Road south and as far north as the ‘Y’ where Old Lorane Road meets Territorial Road. The REA had plans to run lines into Lorane from Eugene before World War II. Meter boxes were installed at homes along the way, but no electricity was supplied to the people along Territorial Road north, Old Lorane Road and Siuslaw River Road until after 1945, when the War had ended.

“Josie Doughty remembers buying her first electric refrigerator/freezer and washing machine from the 1947 Oregon State Fair.

“Before the time that electricity came to Lorane, and for some time afterwards, carbide lights, kerosene lamps and gasoline lanterns were commonly used.” (From Sawdust and Cider; 1987; 2006)

Sweet Lorane Community News – December 10, 2015

xciting news!! The Lorane Rebekah grant writing committee, consisting of Amy Struthers, John Wigle, Effie Hughes, with the assistance of Rural Art Center grant writer Lisa Livelybrooks, has received $2,500 from the Lane County Cultural Coaltion and $2,500 from Lane County Historical Society to help fix the roof of the Lorane Rebekah Lodge. The Rebekahs hope to raise another $5,000 this spring so the roofing can take place this summer. You can help by passing along your returnable bottles and cans to Sande Maxwell, recycling your metal in the bin outside the lodge, buying coffee and treats at their early Wednesday coffees, or with cash donations. Let’s make “Raising the Roof” a community project to benefit an organization which has provided so much to our community over several generations. Congratulations, Rebekahs!

The Crow High School drama class is presenting a winter program that includes two fantastic short plays and holiday carols on Wednesday, December 16, in the Crow Middle/High School cafeteria. The plays, “What, No Santa?” and “A Cowboy Christmas,” will be performed from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. that day, and again on Thursday, December 17, when all Crow Middle High School students will get to see the plays from 1:30 to 3:15 p.m. The program is open to the public both days and is free to all students. Donations from the public will gladly be accepted for the drama program, but otherwise, there is no charge.

Jim says that the Angel Tree at the Lorane Family Store has been very busy. Tags have all been removed from the tree on several occasions and the gifts are coming in. They are picked up on a regular basis and the tags are replenished each day. Please make sure we keep both of the trees (at the store and at Crow High School) stripped of the tags so that every child in our district can be remembered this holiday season. Good job, Lorane!!

I have no doubt that the Lorane food pantry organizers will soon be putting an official box in the Lorane Family Store, but until that happens, please feel free to drop off non-perishable food donations at the store. Jim will put them into a temporary box until they are collected by the organizers. We have proven each year that we live in a generous, caring and giving community.

I want to share a special gift that those of us who know and love Jo-Brew, my co-author for our OREGON’S MAIN STREET: U.S. Highway 99 books and former correspondent for the , were given this week. Jo had major surgery last Wednesday on what we all feared would be a life-threatening condition. Jo came through the surgery fine; a tumor was removed and she is expected to make a full recovery. Our prayers have been answered and we are so relieved to welcome this very strong, enterprising woman back to the road to good health. Let the healing begin!

Our Holiday Market booth at the Lane County Fairgrounds that Joe Blakely, Jo-Brew and I have rented to sell our books is doing a gangbuster business. Of course, Jo-Brew is not able to be there, although she was really looking forward to meeting her readers and signing books. To help with the work shifts, my colleague, Jen Chambers, has agreed to help fill in on some of the days at the booth when I can’t be there. She will be bringing her newly published book, “Remarkable Oregon Women; Revolutionaries and Visionaries” with her. So, if you plan to come by our corner booth at the southeast side of the exhibit building, we’ll have another wonderful Oregon history book to offer. Welcome Jen! and thank you.

Holiday Market booth

Jen Chambers and Joe Blakely at our Holiday Market booth at the Lane County Fairgrounds