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Sweet Lorane Community News – March 30, 2017

Fern Ridge Review                        
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
March 30, 2017
By Pat Edwards

Mother Nature could have been a little more benevolent towards families who had special plans for Spring Break this past week. Most of us, in fact, are just waiting for a long enough break in the weather to dry things out a bit so that we can fire up the lawn mowers, finish cleaning up the fallen limbs and tree damage caused by this past winter’s ice storms, and just generally get outside and enjoy some sunshine. It’s amazing what a few days of sunshine will do to our general dispositions, too.

I have to admit that having three surgeries in two months time took my mind off the weather for the most part. Both cataract surgeries and an arthroscopic knee surgery were, themselves, fairly easy compared to what I had imagined them to be. I feel very fortunate at how easily they went… or at least I did until my eyes began to rebel. The burning and weeping I experienced for about a week’s time recently limited my ability to drive my car or work on my computer for more than a few minutes at a time. For me, it was a major catastrophe… the computer limitations, especially… and I found myself trying to finish one editing and two book publishing jobs while squinting through eyes that seemed to think I was peeling some pretty potent onions. The lubricating eye drops that the ophthalmologist gave me following the surgeries didn’t seem to help at all, so when I went back in to see him to get some relief, I was given some anti-inflammatory drops and at the first application, I felt a wonderful relief. The burning has subsided and I’m no longer a menace on the road and I was finally able to complete the jobs I started. In fact, be sure to look for these new books on-line and in local bookstores soon: “Tangent – An Unusual Romance” by Veneta’s own Michael Foster; and “Reflections on Age: Stories and Poetry from the Heart” by Gus Daum of Eugene.

On Wednesday, April 5 the Rural Art Center will be sponsoring its “Half day art class” with Kathy Johnson as the instructor. As a former teacher in the Crow-Applegate-Lorane school district, Kathy brings years of classroom experience and will be working with the students on Chinese brush painting.  For more information, call the district office at 541-935-2100.

The Crow High School seniors are trying to raise funds for their class graduation party. You can help by picking up a flyer and eating lunch or dinner at Panda Express on Seneca Street in Eugene on Friday, April 7. If you present the flyer when you order your meal, proceeds will go to the C.H.S. senior class. I was told that the flyers can be downloaded from the school district website, but they are not there as of this writing. You can pick up one at the high school office and I will try to have copies available at the Lorane Family Store, too.

If you have a child who will be ready for kindergarten this coming fall, Applegate Elementary will be holding its Kindergarten Roundup on Thursday, April 13 at 3:15 p.m. at the school. Children must be five by September 1, 2017. You and your child can meet the teacher and check out the school and classroom. For more information, call the district office at 541-935-2100.

The Crow-Applegate Church of the Nazarene will be sponsoring an Easter Egg Hunt at the church on Saturday, April 15. Call the office at (541) 935-1331 to get the time and details.

More dates to remember: Thursday, April 6, 6:00 p.m. – Crow Booster Club meeting at the Crow High School cafeteria to discuss a new group being formed by the Applegate Elementary School parents.

Friday, April 7, 5:30 p.m.  – Pizza and movie, “The Risen” at the Lorane Christian Church.

Tuesday, April 11, 9:00 a.m. – Lorane Community Group will be meeting at the Lorane Deli.

Sweet Lorane Community News – March 16, 2017

Fern Ridge Review                        
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
March 16, 2017
By Pat Edwards

I apologize for begging off from my column-writing duties last week. I had arthroscopic knee surgery scheduled for the day I usually try to turn in my columns and as I sat down the day before to get one out early, I was absolutely blank. I didn’t want to waste space talking about my surgeries or the weather and I had covered all of the upcoming events that I knew of, so Pam and Scott were kind enough to give me the week off.

As for my surgery, it went extremely well; I was off crutches and walking on my own at the end of the day following surgery and I have since (on Day 3 and Day 5) taken two 1-mile-long walks with our new little buddy, Toby. At one week since the surgery, I still have some swelling and the injection sites are still healing, but I’m good and no longer in pain.

So! That covers the surgery… and what can I say about the weather, but with the daffodils, crocuses and primroses blooming and a bit of sun peeking through the clouds quite often, how can we deny that spring is not on its way? Enjoy!

I have been asked to remind everyone about spreading the word on the upcoming “Crow Country 66” Reunion Dance featuring the music from the 1960s and 1970s that is being planned for Saturday, March 25 at 7:00 p.m. at the Crow Grange. There is no charge for this event and I don’t believe that you need to be a Crow alum to attend. Besides your dancing shoes, you are asked to bring a potluck dessert to share.

Another reminder… the Lorane Grange and Rural Art Center are joining forces once again this year to host the annual Lorane Talent Show. It’s a free event open to anyone, of any age, who wants to participate. Almost any kind of family-friendly talent is welcomed and encouraged. Maybe you are not a piano virtuoso, a Fred Astaire-type dancer or a Top-10 recording artist, but you have a special knack from your school days – however many years ago that may have been. What about doing a recitation, humorous skit, cheerleading or gymnastic moves, twirling a basketball on your index finger like a Globetrotter, telling jokes…? Or maybe you have a unique ability to do something amazing. If so, you are asked to sign up and share your talents with the community.

The show will be at the Lorane Grange on April 2, beginning at 3:00 p.m.  You can sign-up in advance by emailing ruralartcenter@gmail.com or calling Lil Thompson at 541-952-5701.  Come entertain everyone in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. I’m told that there is room for twenty 5-minute acts.

ATTENTION APPLEGATE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PARENTS: A discussion is currently taking place on the Crow Community Facebook page about an interest in establishing a PTA/PTO/PTC group at the Applegate Elementary School to represent the younger students. It has been suggested that instead of forming an entirely new non-profit group, that a committee, branching off of the current Crow Booster Club be set up for the purpose of fundraising and filling the elementary school needs and interests. Please be sure to join in on the discussion if you are interested in forming such a group.

The newly re-established Lorane Community Group will be meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 11 at the Lorane Deli. They are seeking new members who want to help shape the way our community grows.

The group’s focus will be to create collaboration between the Grange, Rebekahs, Rural Art Center and Fire Department in order to build community. The plans are to set up separate committees that will key in on specific projects and meet separately. Projects being considered include a mural; “Welcome to Lorane” signs; an exercise group; disaster preparedness plan; community-wide yard sale event;  Growers Market, Santa’s Helper project; and food box drives.

If you’re interested in any of these projects, please plan to attend the April 11 meeting.