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Sweet Lorane Community News – December 8, 2016

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
December 8, 2016
By Pat Edwards

I can’t believe that the holidays are upon us already! As nice as our family Hawaiian luau was for Thanksgiving, I’m having a hard time adjusting to the fact that Christmas is just two weeks away. When I think about what I need to fix for our annual prime rib dinner on Christmas Day, my mind keeps conjuring up visions of turkey and dressing.

This is the second time in 74 years that I have seemingly “lost” Thanksgiving. The first time was back in 1983 when I was released the day before Thanksgiving from a week’s stay at the hospital following surgery, only to be rushed back a half-day later with a high fever. They thought it was a complication of the surgery, but instead, an ultrasound revealed that I had a large tumor encapsulating my left kidney. I spent Thanksgiving Day in a feverish fog and had my kidney removed on Black Friday. I had a lot to be thankful for that year because, despite the 80-20 odds against me, the tumor proved to be benign. I don’t dig up those memories often, for obvious reasons.

Fortunately, this year’s “lost” holiday was not really lost… just different, and I’m having a hard time adjusting to the fact that it’s time to decorate and prepare for Christmas. But, you know, I can deal with that!

If you get a chance, try to make one of the two performances of “A Fairytale Christmas Carol” by the drama group on December 12 and 15 at 7:00 p.m. at Crow High School. Admission is $5 per adult and $3 for students and children. They encourage you to bring an item for the S.A.N.T.A. project of Veneta. By doing so, you will receive a $2 discount. Toys, dolls, stuffed animals, games, books, and coats for children 3-17 are needed.

The Lorane food boxes are in all organizations (Rebekah Lodge, Fire Hall and Grange) and the Lorane Family Store. The donated food will go to deserving families within the community. If you know of a family in our community that would benefit, please contact Marissa Cooper. There is a list of items that are suggested for donation at the Lorane Family Store. You may also contact Roberta Miller, who lives in the house across from the Grange.

An Angel Tree has been set up at the Lorane Family Store, too, as well as at Crow High School. Selecting an ornament from the tree will ensure that a local child or teen will have a good Christmas this year. All food and gifts must be in by December 15.

Get in the holiday spirit by attending the Winter Concert at Applegate Elementary on Tuesday, December 13. The program begins at 7:00 p.m. The school district has always benefited by a strong music program. For many years now, under the direction of Mr. Pat Dixon, our students have gotten a good introduction to band and choir, and the concerts always have provided joy to the holiday season.

Joe Blakely, Jo-Brew, Jennifer Chambers and I are sharing a booth at the Holiday Market located at the Lane County Fairgrounds again this year. We’re not only selling our mainly Oregon history books, but even better… we’re getting to see and visit with friends we have not seen in years who happen to be passing by. I enjoy that part of it, especially. If you visit the Holiday Market, stop by and see us. We have a corner booth in the southwest corner of the main building, just down from the entertainment stage. We’d love to have you drop in and say “hi.”

Sweet Lorane Community News – November 5, 2015

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
November 5, 2015
By Pat Edwards

Hooray for Lorane resident, Marilyn Wenger-Cooper! She spent several days on a respirator in the ICU at RiverBend with kidney failure and under-functioning heart and lungs. But, she is back!… at least she’s off the respirator, awake and in a regular room in the Heart and Vascular Center at RB. She scared the daylights out of our whole community. Marilyn has been a long-time clerk at the Lorane Family Store and is a member of our LFS family. In fact, she’s worked for Jim and me for much of the 38 years we’ve had the store. We’ve been in to see her several times and although she was looking like she had been through a war (she was), her smile and sense of humor are still intact. Welcome back, Marilyn! Jim looks forward to putting you back on the schedule when you are feeling better.

Thanks to a large response to the Rebekahs request for donations of scrap metal as a fundraiser for one of their building projects, the large dumpster is full. Since some of us have been slow in getting our metal brought in, another empty dumpster will replace the full one to, hopefully, be filled again. Let’s make sure that we fill this one, too.

It’s time to mark your calendars for the upcoming annual Thanksgiving Dinner sponsored by the Lorane Christian Church and held at the Lorane Grange. It will be held on Sunday, November 15 at 5:30 p.m. and is free to all local residents. Each family is asked to bring a dessert to share. It’s a wonderful event and a good chance to meet and visit with your neighbors.

The Crow Grange is also planning an annual Thanksgiving potluck on November 19.

Holiday plans are in the works for the local food drives and the annual Angel Tree. For me, the holiday season is not so much about ourselves, but to give thanks and show our care and concern for others. The Lorane Community Association will soon be installing Angel Trees at the Lorane Family Store and probably Crow Middle/High School.

Also, collection boxes will soon be placed all around Lorane to gather non- perishable canned goods and other necessities for the food baskets. It’s a joint effort put on by the Rebekah Lodge and the Lorane Fire Department. If you know of any family who would benefit from a food basket, please contact  Sande Maxwell (541-942-5083 or sandemaxwell@wildblue.net) or Betty Willoughby (541-942-7539), and be sure to be generous in your giving this year. These baskets have been so very important to our local families in the past.

I will provide more information on both the Angel Tree project and the Food Drive in upcoming issues.

I wanted to also alert you to what’s become a huge event for the West Lane area, including Crow, each year. It’s the gigantic Fern Ridge Holiday Bazaar to be held on Friday and Saturday, November 20 and 21 between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. each day. Local churches, organizations, businesses and schools will be participating and I’ve heard that this year there are more offerings than ever signing up. I’m not sure if my information is correct, but I was told that at least 20 sites will be participating. Groundwaters is taking part in the Lane County Authors’ table that will be set up at the Applegate Regional Theater site in the former Central School on Central Road north of Crow. We plan to offer books from many local authors, including many from the Veneta, Elmira and yes, even Lorane areas. Many of the authors will be manning the booth both days. The Applegate Regional Theater (ART) will have lots of other offerings of crafts, and mostly handmade, quality merchandise and food. They usually have live musical entertainment and we might even talk some of our Groundwaters’ poets into doing a few readings. It sits right next door to the Central Grange which also has a large selection of booths and tables. Be sure to put us on your list! Maps will be available.

And, authors… if we haven’t contacted you and you want to participate, please email me at edwards@groundwaterspublishing.com or paedwards42@yahoo.com.