Tag: Sound of Music

Sweet Lorane Community News, April 25, 2019

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
April 25, 2019
By Pat Edwards

Glorious Spring! It definitely is a season of rejuvenation. With each year that passes, I feel my age as we make our way through the winter doldrums and rain, but as the sun begins to come out and the ground begins to bring forth the daffodils, tulips and other beautiful blooms, I feel my lost energy returning. This past week, I bought a carload of flowers to plant and I’ve actually planted most of them already—I’ve even watered them several times. The dogs and I have taken some short walks up the hill despite the havoc the uphill climb does to my back, and our sweet, wonderful daughter, Gloria, has mowed the lawns in Lorane twice now.

They say that time heals all wounds… Jim’s have a ways to go yet, but he’s gaining strength and losing some of the pain that his recent accident inflicted on him. He was even able to get on the riding lawnmower at home and tame some of that lush green grass that’s threatening to become a hayfield. Life is good these days.
Activity in the community is blooming, too. There are several new things to tell you about this week.

The date has been set for the community meeting regarding the upcoming Territorial Highway Project in the Lorane area. Be sure to add this to your calendar if you have questions or concerns about how the project will affect your property. It will be held at the Lorane Grange on Thursday, June 20, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The grange has offered to provide beverages and finger foods for those attending. Thank you, Lorane Grange, for once again providing such a valuable and welcoming community venue.

Lisa Livelybrooks has just announced that next year, the Crow-Applegate-Lorane School District will begin participating in an exciting new project called “Roots of Empathy.” This program was developed in Canada to encourage young children to be kinder to each other and, thus to reduce bullying. In the program, the 2nd grade classroom(s) will be visited nine times by a baby that will have been born between May and August of 2019, and its parent. The students will have an opportunity to observe and interact with him/her during those visits. The idea is that because a baby can’t explain and externalize how it is feeling, children learn to recognize and identify the baby’s emotions, and become more emotionally astute themselves. It’s been proven to reduce bullying. Google “Roots of Empathy” to learn more about it.

Lisa is heading up an effort to sign on a volunteer who will agree to 3 days of training and 21 short (20 minute) visits to the classroom throughout the next school year. If this program interests you, please contact Lisa at 541-935-9502 or llivelyb@gmail.com, or the Crow-Applegate-Lorane District Office at 541-935-2100.

The Crow Grange will be hosting its annual Mother’s Day Breakfast on Sunday, May 12, from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. Breakfast includes pancakes or biscuits and gravy, sausage, eggs, juice and coffee. They don’t charge for the breakfast, but donations will be gladly accepted.

Jim and I had the pleasure of attending “The Sound of Music” at the Cottage Theater last night. It was three hours of pure pleasure for this huge fan of the movie—and now, play. Our daughters and I have watched every showing of the movie that we could over the past 54+ years since it debuted in 1965 with Julie Andrews playing the lead. My soul breaks into song whenever I hear, “Raindrops on roses…” or “Do (doe), a deer, a female deer.” But one of my favorite songs from the show has to be, “Climb Every Mountain…” Last night, it was especially sweet, because I was able to hear our niece, Tracy Nygard, as Mother Superior, sing a magnificent rendition of it. It literally brought chills.

Thank you to the whole cast of the Cottage Theater production for providing us a such a fantastic evening.

Sweet Lorane Community News – November 30, 2017

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

I’m going to cheat a bit and use Marissa McNutt-Cooper’s words to tell you about Lorane and Crow’s Angel Tree Project.

“It is that time of year again. We are getting ready for our annual Angel Trees. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the trees, they are trees that will soon be located at the Lorane Family Store and Crow High School gymnasium. They are decorated with felt Angels that have suggestions/ideas for gift or necessity items for a child in our community whose family is in need of assistance this holiday season. The forms went out with the Weekly Buzz newsletter to all children attending Crow-Applegate-Lorane schools. I just wanted to let everyone know to be on the look out for them in your children’s backpacks.

“Also, the Angel trees are for families in need of assistance with children age birth through 18 who live in Lorane or Crow. The children do not have to be of school age or attend CAL schools—just live in our community. If you or someone you know is in need of assistance this year, please return the form to the school office or contact me at 541-517- 6608. Please know that all information received is completely confidential and that the Angels on the trees do not include names; just age and gender.”

Marissa has been heading up this project for the past several years and it has proven to be a popular and much-appreciated way for each of us to give to our community. Combined with the food boxes, these gifts allow those less fortunate to experience the joy of the holiday season, too. Please open your hearts and your wallets this year. Thank you, Marissa for all that you contribute to the Lorane community!

The Community Ukulele group will be performing at a couple of events this holiday season. The first is only a possibility, but they are hoping to participate in the Crow Middle/High School Choir and Band’s Winter Concert to be held on Wednesday, December 6, at 7:00 p.m.

Then, on December 9, they will provide the “pre-movie” entertainment at the December Lorane Movie Night, featuring my all-time favorite, “The Sound of Music,” also at 7:00 p.m.

The Applegate Elementary School will be holding their Winter Concert on Tuesday, December 12, at 7:00 p.m. Along with that will be their Canned Food Drive.

My last holiday reminder is for the Lorane Grange’s Christmas Dinner and Open House, scheduled for Sunday, December 10 at 1:30 p.m. I’ve given you full details in past columns, but one thing new they are suggesting is that you bring a simple and/or funny “white elephant” gift to exchange.

Long-time Lorane resident, Patrick Dearth has announced this past week that he and his wife, Teresa, are opening a new business in Lorane called the Lorane Saw Shop and Small Engine Repair. They hope to provide repair and winterizing services locally and offer free pick-up and delivery for the Lorane/Crow area. Included in their plans is to make some loner and rental equipment available. They also hope to establish a mentoring program by holding various classes (i.e. blade sharpening and seasonal preparedness) at the Lorane Grange. His shop is located at 80485 Old Lorane Road in Lorane, and his phone number is 541-520-5383.

Sweet Lorane Community News – November 23, 2017

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
November 23, 2017
By Pat Edwards

Well, we’ve survived the overeating frenzy of another Thanksgiving day. Oh! How good it was (and still is), though. Jim and I had 22 people at our house for a 4:00 p.m. dinner followed by two tables full of card games going until after 10:00 p.m… There were at least 8 playing Contract Rummy at the big dining room table and four of us playing Pinochle at the smaller game table in the family room. Gosh! It’s been years since I played Pinochle. I had forgotten how much fun that can be. Having family and friends gather at our house each year is so special for us and we know how blessed we are to have each other.

The next Lorane Movie Night sponsored by the Rural Art Center will be held on Saturday, December 9. It will feature what has got to be my very favorite movie of all time… “The Sound of Music” with Julie Andrews. My daughters and I know the lyrics to every one of the songs in that show by heart. We must have seen the movie dozens of times… “Do, a deer, a female deer; Re, a drop of golden sun…”

There will be a pre-show that night featuring the Community Ukulele Club leading a sing-along. This sounds like an evening I could really get into… maybe they can even strum a few lines of “My Favorite Things,” although I’m having a hard time envisioning a ukulele version of it.

The soup dinner will begin at 6:00 p.m. followed by the pre-show at 6:45 and the movie at 7:30 p.m. There will also be doorprizes drawn. The suggested admission price is $7.00 for adults; $5.00 for children with most or all of the proceeds going to the each night’s sponsoring area non-profit organizations.

A reminder… The Lorane Grange will be holding its annual community Christmas dinner and Open House on December 10, beginning at 12:30 p.m. The turkey and trimming dinner is free! We are encouraged to bring a dessert or side dish to share, but no one will be turned away. Unfortunately, I will be working our booth at the Holiday Market that day, so I won’t be able to go, but I know from past years that it’s a great event.

Speaking of our booth at the Holiday Market, if you are planning to go between now and Christmas Eve, plan on stopping by to say “Hi!” Joe Blakely, Jennifer Chambers and I share the space in the far southeast corner of the hall at the fairgrounds where it is located. It’s just down the back wall from the entertainment stage and food booths. We offer our collection of Oregon and Lane County history books. They make great holiday gifts. I have to laugh, though… so many people who buy a book from us confide that, “Of course, I’m going to read it before I give it to – (name the family member) – for Christmas.” Even if you’re not in the market for books, we’d love to have you stop by to chat. I’ve seen so many people I haven’t seen in years there, and some who are neighbors that I have never met.

The Angel Trees will be going up at Lorane stores and at Crow High/Middle School again this year. Be sure to plan to take one or more tags off the trees to fill with a holiday gift for a local area child in need. These gifts are so important in making the holidays less stressful for the families that have fallen on hard times. ‘Tis the season to be generous.