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Sweet Lorane Community News, January 9, 2020


Pat 2020 headshot Creswell Chronicle

My new headshot for the Creswell Chronicle

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
January 9, 2020
By Pat Edwards


Well, we’ve made it into the new year without any major weather inconveniences, but most of us are still preparing ourselves for the possibility of another snow/ice storm that caused us to be without power and water last February. I’ve always considered that the more prepared we are, though, the less likely it will happen… something similar to Murphy’s Law.

Jim and I feel we’re much more ready to deal with another spate of bad weather than we were last year. Thanks to Brian and Michele—our daughter and son-in-law—we now have a large generator that should help us with water, lights and heat should the power go out for several days again, and if our water lines freeze, I have about 6 five-gallon containers of water stored away that we can use. Those measures should ensure that we won’t need any of it this year.

With the new year also comes tax-season. At least the normal cold and rainy days of our Oregon winters can be spent in a warm house while going through all of the unending paperwork and records-retrieval that is required to make sure that Uncle Sam has all of the information needed that will hopefully net us a refund. Of course, that’s generally proven to be wishful thinking, but miracles do happen sometimes.

The Lorane community has been quiet lately. Most of us have been so immersed in the holiday festivities and the adjustment back into whatever we consider “normal” in our lives that we are content to enjoy the quiet for awhile before we get back into the swing of things. So, there is not a lot to report right now.

The regular “1st and 3rd Saturday” Crow Grange bingo nights have already resumed for the new year (bingo starts at 6:00 p.m. and bingo at 7:00 p.m.); the Lorane Grange will be having its Spaghetti and Bingo night on Saturday, January 25, (dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m. and bingo at 6:30 p.m.); and the Crow Grange will be having its first bingo of the year on Wednesday, January 15 (games start at 7:00 p.m.)

The Crow Middle/High School art class has a new project and needs your help. Teacher, Pat Dixon, is asking for donations of old and/or worn books you don’t want, postcards, games with missing pieces, jigsaw puzzles, cloth, buttons, costume jewelry, etc., that can be used in their “Altered Art” project. Contact Pat at pdixon@cal.k12.or.us to arrange for a drop-off or pick-up time.

Lil Thompson asked me to let anyone know that the next Lorane Grange meeting will be on Thursday, January 16 at 7:00 p.m. They welcome new members and have lots of ideas to discuss.

As for me, personally, I’ve resumed my yoga class with instructor, Jen Chambers, at the Applegate Regional Theater, and actually welcomed the stretching and workout of my muscles and joints following a couple of weeks without it. I’ve found the small classes are not only beneficial, but very enjoyable, as well. It’s something I look forward to each week, now.

2020 has begun on a positive note for all of us in our family and we’re hoping that it has for your family, too. Now, if we can just get the scary and unsettling national and international concerns under control, it might begin a trend of lots of positives in all of our lives!

Sweet Lorane Community News, March 21, 2019

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
March 21, 2019
By Pat Edwards

This past week has been a really strange one for Jim and me. For one thing, we had more doctors’ appointments to go to and errands to run than usual, but the most bizarre part of the week was that we only had one car between us. Jim had to take his pickup into town for some much-needed repair work and I had to delivery my car to a body shop to repair damage it sustained when the portable canopy I keep it in collapsed in the recent heavy snowfall. Fortunately, our insurance covered a rental car. We have always run our own errands with Jim doing store business in the early-morning hours—I’m talking 4:00 a.m.—two or three days a week, and me doing my own “thing” during the day in my car.

Fortunately, he agreed to cut out the early-morning trips to town. We did them while we were in town anyway for doctors’ appointments, and I became the designated driver in the rented mini-van, making several trips to take him to the store at 6:30 a.m. to open, picking him up again when he either needed to go to an appointment or when it was time to go home. Consequently, I have put all my writing and publishing projects aside and we’ve had a bit more “together time” than usual. In a way, it’s been kind of a nice change of pace.

Pat Dixon, the art and band teacher for the Crow-Applegate-Lorane School District is asking for help from the community for an upcoming class project in art. He’s planning for the class to make a “soft sculpture” that requires the use of LOTS of wire coat hangars and white or light-colored bed sheets. He is needing at least 100 coat hangars and a dozen or more sheets.

According to Pat, “If you have any amount of these things and are willing to donate them, I will even come by your home in the Crow area and pick them up personally.”

Earl Ford obit pic

Sadly, I have just learned that another of Crow’s life-long community members, Earl Ford, has passed. Earl and Mary Ford have been fixtures in Crow for as long as I have been involved with the school district and much longer. Earl and my husband Jim served together for many years on the C-A-L School Board and Mary was the district’s much-loved secretary during the time our kids were in school. They both were regulars at all of the sports events that their kids and ours participated in.

We saw Earl and Mary last month at this year’s alumni basketball tournament at Crow High School. It’s the first time I had seen them in a long while, but they both looked good. Earl stopped by to comment to Jim about old times. It will seem strange to know he’s gone.

Our daughter Gloria wrote a message of condolence to Earl and Mary’s daughter, Laurie, and expressed our collective family’s thoughts:

“Your parents have always been amazing pillars of the community and the news of your father’s passing absolutely breaks my heart! I feel so blessed and grateful to have been able to spend a bit of time with them at the alumni basketball tournament last month! This life is far too short and we need to embrace and hold dear those we love! You and the family are in my thoughts and prayers. Your dad was a loved, respected, and admired man who will be missed by many…”

Earl Ford’s Memorial Service has been scheduled for Monday, April 1, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. It will be held at the Lane Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home, 5300 W. 11th Ave, Eugene.

Earl Ford obit

Sweet Lorane Community News, November 15, 2018

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
November 15, 2018
By Pat Edwards

I know that my last column was heavy-duty, but I wanted to share my brother’s experiences with you. Jim and I went to see him again yesterday (last Wednesday), and Jimmy is in a hospice care center. Although he was visibly more frail, his spirit was as strong as ever. I’m not sure that he will still be with us by the time you read this, but he has taught me so much about how important it is to be open with your loved ones and share this final journey with them. We will grieve when he has gone, but he has instilled so much of himself in our lives these last days, that letting go will be much less traumatic. I have been blessed to have him for a brother throughout my life and, oh, how I will miss him.

Now to get back to some community matters that I need to share with you…

The Grange Thanksgiving community dinners for both Lorane and Crow have already been held, but knowing how good they are each year, I’m sure there was a nice turnout for each. I didn’t get word of their dates until it was too late to include them in my column. I apologize if some missed out who hoped to participate.

The 9-member Crow High School Band has returned from its trip to Washington, D.C. It had the distinction of being the only band in Oregon to be invited to participate in the Veteran’s Day Parade of Heroes on Saturday, November 10, and a ceremony at the Iwo Jima U.S. Marine Corps Memorial on Sunday, November 11.

Band member and trumpet player, Mark Simonsen, was given the honor to play “Taps” at the memorial ceremony in the nation’s capital.

I’m told that despite the very cold weather, the band members and its director, Pat Dixon, represented their school and state admirably. They not only fulfilled their obligations at the events, they all worked very hard for months to raise the needed funds to pay for their travel expenses while they were there. Thank you to Band Director, Pat Dixon, the Crow High School band and the community members who helped make such a fantastic experience happen. We are proud of each of you.

Several video recordings are posted on the Lorane and Crow Facebook pages for any of you who want to experience snippets of their performances.

Collection boxes are being placed in many of Lorane’s businesses and organizations for donated canned and non-perishable food items. These will be used for holiday baskets and provisions for those in our community who need them. Let’s all be generous enough to fill them multiple times during the holiday season so that each of us can enjoy our own celebrations with family and friends. Contact Marissa McNutt Cooper or Roberta Pietila Miller if you have questions or suggestions about what might be needed most or to nominate a person or family who would benefit.

I hope that each of you enjoys a warm and happy Thanksgiving Day this year. We really need to take time to stop and reflect on all the good things in our lives that we sometimes take for granted.

Blessings to each of you.