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Sweet Lorane Community News, February 27, 2020

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
February 27, 2020
By Pat Edwards

I’m needing to play “catch-up” this week since I skipped out on last week’s column.

Jim had his much-needed and long-awaited back surgery on February 19 and he was in the McKenzie-Willamette Hospital for three nights before I was able to bring him home on Saturday morning.

Our house definitely had an empty feeling those three nights, but I didn’t realize how much our pets had missed Jim. When he came home, his doctors had instructed him to take frequent short walks through the house with his walker. Even though he’s been using his walker in the house for months now without the animals seeming to notice, the day I brought him home and on the first walk he took, our cat, Jo-Jo, jumped up on the seat of his walker. When I picked up Jo-Jo and put him back on the floor so Jim could begin his walk, Jo-Jo immediately jumped back on and majestically rode the full route with Jim. He caught multiple other rides for the first two days that Jim was home. Our two dogs, Toby and BB, were also in attendance and obviously were glad that he was home safe and sound.

Jim has a long road to travel to regain the strength in his affected leg and the balance he needs to wean himself away from his walker, but most importantly, the terrible leg pain is gone. There is only minor pain from the surgery site which is getting better each day. So, once again we are counting our blessings.

Huge thanks to Tracie DeBoer, our store manager, and our wonderful ladies – Cynthia, Shelby, Kat and Janis – who have been running the store in Jim’s absence. I don’t know what we would have done without them!

The Lane County Territorial Project team has set up the next public meeting to share the design and construction plans of the project taking place in the Lorane area. Please mark your calendars for Tuesday, May 19, 2020, at 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Lorane Grange. The first phase of the project will officially begin on June 15 and is supposed to be finished by November 20, 2020 at Stony Point, north of Lorane.

I have been asked to remind everyone about the upcoming Celebration of Life for a lady I have had much respect for over the years. Twinkle Morton (April 3, 1948 – October 20, 2019) was a long-time member of the Fern Ridge School Board and she was involved in many other community activities and events. I got to know Twinkle several years ago when I began working on developing a Community Calendar with Twinkle, her partner Joan Mariner, and other local ladies. We never finished the project because another calendar was published before ours was done, but the time I spent was well-rewarded by the experience of working with these ladies who have given so much to their communities.

Twinkle’s Celebration of Life will be held on March 7, 2020 at the Fern Ridge Middle School in Elmira, Oregon at 1:00 p.m. The family requests no flowers, but if anyone wishes to honor her memory, a gift to the Greenhill Humane Society or “Yellowstone Forever,” the Yellowstone Foundation, would be appropriate.

Just a quick follow-up on the column I wrote recently about the helicopter crash in California that took nine precious lives, including Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna… I watched the delayed broadcast of the celebration of life for this father and daughter that followed the Oregon Women’s Basketball game against Stanford. UO’s Sabrina Ionescu’s eulogy was amazing, but I was absolutely blown away by the 20 minute talk given by Vanessa Bryant, Kobe’s wife and GiGi’s mother. This beautiful, strong woman shared personal insights and memories of the loved ones that she and her other three daughters lost that day, and she did it with love, grace and respect. The sorrow and pain were there, but she was able to talk about them without breaking down totally… something that I couldn’t have done.

The event itself was tasteful and respectful towards all whose lives were lost that Sunday. Though the time was late, I couldn’t break away from watching it until it was over. The many eulogies presented were heart-warming, but the two musical presentations out of several that took my breath away and brought me to tears were Alicia Keys’ rendition of the beautiful “Moonlight Sonata” by Beethoven and Christina Aguilera’s emotion-packed “Ave Maria,” sung in Italian. If you did not get a chance to see it, you might want to stream it or watch the various features on You-Tube. It’s well worth the time.

Sweet Lorane Community News, January 16, 2020

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
January 16, 2020
By Pat Edwards

Life right now is rather mundane following the “busy-ness” of the holidays. For Jim and me, the days are filled with doctors’ appointments, yoga classes, and trips to town to run errands for the store… with one exciting exception…

We have season tickets to the 2020 UO women’s basketball games along with our son, Rob, daughter, Michele, son-in-law, Brian, and the Steve and Renee Grube family. Last night had to be one of the best games I have seen played—anywhere. University of Oregon Duck, Sabrina Ionescu, who is considered by most to the be the best college basketball player in the nation—set records last night for highest UO women’s career scoring and her own single-game scoring at 37 points.

What is so amazing about this team, is not only the supreme player it has in Sabrina, but the standards that each of the team members represent. Regardless of whether kids today are even interested in athletics, the unselfish team play and work ethic on the floor make them ideal role-models for today’s youth—both girls and boys.

I’d much rather our grandchildren’s role models come from the high school and college ranks rather than the professional levels of any activity or career because those who are succeeding are doing it for the pure love of working towards a goal, whether it be athletics, music, science, agriculture, business, education or any other endeavor that has caught their interest. Just doing it for the monetary rewards should be secondary. Good game, Ducks!

As for current activities and news of the Crow Middle/High School, here’s some information passed on to me by Lil Thompson.

The 2020 version of the Ukulele group is once again meeting every Thursday at the school’s music room from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. They have a wonderful time learning to play these instruments and perform at various events around the area. If you’re interested in joining them, just show up at one of the practices.

In addition, the Crow High School welding classes are selling decorative wall-hanging metal hearts made from horseshoes in various colors. They have a hanger welded on them where hats, backpacks, necklaces or other items can be hung on them. To see and/or order them, call the office at 541-935-2227. Proceeds go to help fund the welding class.

The Applegate Regional Theater is also recruiting people for their Reader’s Theater group which reads scripts and acts out skits for area audiences. They perform not only at the ART, but also for senior groups in assisted living centers around the county. Rehearsals are kept to a minimum and there is no memorization involved. They are fun to watch since many of the readers really get into their parts and tend to really “emote” while reading, using different voices and accents. If you’re interested, contact Vicki Sourdry or Marti Byers at the Applegate Regional Theater, 541-935-3636 or art-inc@hotmail.com.

Well, we made it through this past week’s snowstorm warnings with little (if any) “white stuff” on the ground. Here’s hoping we escape the remaining winter and early spring without any extreme weather, as well.