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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 3, 2016

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
November 3, 2016
By Pat Edwards

On Thursday, November 17, the Lorane Hookery Group, sponsored by The Rural Art Center, will be on-site at the Camas Country Mill Schoolhouse (91949 Purkerson Road, between Alvadore and Junction City) hooking their rugs, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  A special guest, Tammy Pavich, writer from Rug Hooking Magazine, will be joining in. The group invites you to bring your project, ask questions and give rug hooking a try! Finished pieces will be on display.

A Meal Train has been set up by some local residents for the Bowman family who lost their little girl, Payge, to an automobile accident on Cottage Grove-Lorane Road a few weeks ago. The organizers are asking local people to help the family during this time with meals or “even with a simple prayer.” For those who want to provide a meal, go to https://www.mealtrain.com/trains/2g9z97 and enter the date and the dish that you would like to prepare for the family.

The recent barn dance-fundraiser for the Bowman family was a huge success according to the organizers, Roberta Miller and Pam Kersgaard. It was very well attended with an estimated 90 people there. Pam remembers counting 60 people on the dance floor during the Virginia Reel alone.

The dance featured the Hanson Family, an award-winning group from Veneta known for their “Western Swing, Cowboy Yodeling and Blazing Harmony.” They taught and played dances such as the Virginia Reel, Scottish Polka, the Butterfly, Cane dance, Polka, 2-Step and more. You can check them out at http://www.hansonfamilymusic.com/

Another dance is being planned in November, but they might have to find a bigger venue as the grange was absolutely packed. More later…

Here are some dates to put into your calendar… The Lorane Christian Church will host their annual Thanksgiving Dinner at the Lorane Grange on November 13 at 5:00 p.m. Everyone in the community is invited.

The Lorane Taco Dinner and Bingo Night, held at the Grange, will resume on Friday, November 18, beginning at 5:30 p.m.; bingo for the whole family begins at 6:30 p.m.

The Lorane Grange’s annual Christmas Dinner is December 11 at 1:30 p.m.  Lorane residents are invited. The Grange will provide the turkey, potatoes, gravy and dressing. Those attending are asked to bring a side dish or dessert.

The Crow Grange will hold it’s annual Thanksgiving Potluck and Open House on Thursday November 16th at 6:30 p.m. The Grange provides the turkey and dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy. They ask friends and neighbors to bring a side dish and/or dessert and join them for a fun evening. Contact Connie at 541-556-2609 or Ruth at 541-935-3119 for more information.

The 2016 Groundwaters anthologies are now in the Lorane Family Store if you’ve been waiting to get one.

Jen Chambers and I just delivered our last talk of the year to the Willamette Writers group at Tsunami Books in Eugene last Thursday night. We were asked to deliver a talk called, “So You Think You Want to Self-Publish?” We had a very interested and responsive group as an audience. It’s so much fun to do these informal, interactive talks about things that we can share. It takes away the “public speaking onus” from the event and allows it to be more of discussion among people with a similar interest. Thank you, Willamette Writers, for inviting us.

Sweet Lorane Community News – October 20, 2016

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
October 20, 2016
By Pat Edwards

The community is still reeling from the death of 4-year-old Payge Bowman in an automobile accident last week. The proceeds of the upcoming barn dance to be held on Friday, October 28, at the Lorane Grange will go to the Payge Bowman fund. It will be from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. and donations will be taken at the door. A suggested donation per family is $10.

The dances will include a combination of squares, line dances and reels. The caller will tailor his calls to the abilities of those attending and the music will primarily be provided by fiddles and guitars. For more information, contact Roberta Miller (360-318-6028) or Pam Kersgaard (541-942-6193).

The Rural Art Center is once again offering free ukulele lessons for children and adults alike. Anyone interested should contact Pat Dixon – pdixon@cal.k12.or.us or Lisa Livelybrooks@ruralartcenter@gmail.com. If you don’t have your own ukulele, some are available for a refundable damage deposit. The classes are being held every Thursday from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. The next lesson is October 27.

Applegate Elementary and the C-A-L Booster Club is hosting a Halloween Carnival on Saturday, October 29 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Volunteers are needed to help run the booths, so if you are able to help, please contact Jen McNutt-Bloom (541-520-4868 or jennifermcnuttbloom@gmail.com) if you have some time available.

The Rural Art Center’s “Half Day Art Program,” being held at the Applegate Elementary on November 2, will be making Hawaiian Kapa-style paper using cornhusks and pebbles. Be sure your kids are signed up to participate. Go to the RAC website at http://www.ruralartcenter.org/ to find contacts and information on other programs they offer.

Another of RAC’s programs that is starting again is the Rug Hookery Group. The group gathers the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 9:30 a.m. at the Rebekah Lodge hall. They also meet on the first Thursday every month from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Lorane Fire Hall.

A blurb from their website says, “Please let us know if/when you are coming by sending an email to ruralartcenter@gmail.com so we can be sure that we have the materials you will need.” You will need to bring scissors, a rug hook and a hooking frame. A “kit” including backing material with a design drawn on it and wool strips to hook into it and some of the supplies listed above are available to buy at the meetings.

The Siuslaw Watershed Council will be holding its October general meeting at the Lorane Grange on Wednesday, October 26 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. All local residents are invited to attend. The doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the admission is free.

The topics of the program include “Changing Northwest Climate” and what the USDA Northwest Climate Hub is doing to address climate impacts on farms, forests and rangelands.” – a presentation by Dr. Gabrielle Roesch-McNally, USDA Climate HUB; and “Federal Cost-Share Programs for the Upper Siuslaw” by Dave Downing, District Manager, Upper Willamette SWCD. For more information, contact the Siuslaw Watershed Council at 541-268-3044 or e-mail watershed@siuslaw.orgor visit http://www.siuslaw.org.

Don’t forget the TEDxVeneta event on Friday, October 28 at the Applegate Regional Theater. For more information, you can contact its organizer, Jennifer Chambers (jennifer@groundwaterspublishing.com) or visit its website at http://www.tedxvenetawomen.com.