Tag: Spring

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, April 19, 2018

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
April 19, 2018
By Pat Edwards

Two days, so far, of beautiful sunshine and warm temperatures! I’m in heaven. These 75-year-old bones are getting a bit creaky, so I’ve decided that, this year, I’m going to go at my spring planting and yardwork a little slower than I usually do. I don’t want to pay too dear a price the next day, so my goal is to get at least one major project done each day. Yesterday, I planted my petunia box. It holds 3 dozen plants that I stick through holes drilled through the front and sides of it as well as those that cover the top. Digging the old soil out and freshening it before I layer it on top of the plants protruding from the holes takes a bit of time, so I had a real sense of accomplishment when it was done. I have one more to do at my daughter’s house. I take pride in the fact that I built both boxes with my own hands a couple of years ago and when they are fully in bloom, they are a solid mass of color.

Today, was shrub planting day. Digging three holes and planting shrubs is all the physical work I want to do today since my back has said, “Enough!” but at least I can mark that one off my list now, too. I may even be up to doing some mowing this afternoon after I’ve written this column and worked on my new book a bit. (Fortunately, I use a riding lawnmower.)

The Easy Acres Neighborhood group is inviting the Lorane community to attend a Wildfire Prevention program to be held at the Lorane Grange on Sunday, April 29 at 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

The program will be conducted by Fire Planning Coordinator, Alex Rahmlow, of the Oregon Department of Forestry, District of Western Lane. We can all benefit from Alex’s presentation by preparing for this year’s fire season. We all know how scary wildfires are after experiencing one really close to home the summer of 2015. 11888121_1625459517709138_4611884414108457338_n

We hope there will be a large turnout, since the more people who care enough to take measures to diminish the chance of wildfires on their property, the safer we all will be.
Just a reminder… the Lorane Christian Church’s Bake Sale and Craft Faire will be held at the Lorane Grange on Saturday, April 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. They are renting tables to display your product for $5 each plus a 10% commission will be charged on sales. I’m going to have one of the tables there for my books, (They are crafts, aren’t they?) and am trying to decide whether or not to bake some goodies, too. I hope to see some familiar faces there that day although I won’t be able to stay to the end. Tracie DeBoer has agreed to watch over my table until closing. Be sure to sign up for a table!

Later, that evening, the Lorane Grange will be holding its Dessert and Bingo Night beginning at 6:00 p.m. It’s for the whole family and the progressive blackout game, played at the very end, is ripe for winning. They also have a 50-50 drawing and great desserts. It’s always a fun evening. Be sure to come if you get the chance.

Here’s an update on the fundraiser for the Crow High School Band trip to Washington, D.C. to represent Oregon in the “Parade of Heroes” that I included in a recent column. Thanks to so many of you out there, they are nearing their goal to guarantee that the band can go. Be sure to send in your donations to the high school office and/or buy a really great-looking t-shirt at https://www.bonfire.com/crow-high-school-band/. It looks like it’s going to happen!

I hope everyone has been enjoy this beautiful weather!

Sweet Lorane Community News – March 2, 2017

Fern Ridge Review                        
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
March 2, 2017
By Pat Edwards

Organizers are trying to get the word out about a special event that is coming up later this month for Crow High School alums. They are having a “Crow Country Club 66 Reunion Teen Dance ” to be held at the Crow Grange on March 25, beginning at 7:00 p.m. According to the flyer, it is “for those of us who attended these dances in the 60s or early 70s – Let’s Twist Again!” Those attending are asked to bring a potluck dessert. There will be no other charge for attending. They have set up a Facebook page as Country Club 66 at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1068936336567870/. I am sure that they would welcome new members.

Jim and I were able to go to last week’s Lorane Spaghetti Dinner and Bingo. Neither of us got to yell bingo, but it seems to be catching on with the community. According to Lil Thompson, more people attended the family bingo games than came for dinner… a first, I believe. It’s a fast-moving evening. Randy Eschleman keeps everyone awake and on their toes with his rapid-fire calling and everyone seems to have a lot of fun even if they didn’t get to pick a prize or win some cash.

If you get the chance, please make a point of coming out and supporting the Lorane and Crow Granges. These dinner and bingo nights for both of them are what helps maintain the buildings so that they can be used by each of the communities. And, I’m sure that of the local service organizations, including the Lorane Rebekahs, the local fire departments and churches, would welcome new members if you are interested in becoming a contributing part of our community.

Crow Middle/High School is in the top 50 high schools in Oregon at #47 according to U.S. News and World Report. It has been nationally recognized with a 93% proficiency in English and 85% proficiency in Mathematics and is well above the state averages. Congratulations to our Crow-Applegate-Lorane District #66 administration, teachers, staff and students for achieving this very important recognition.

I want to take this opportunity to thank the teachers at the Applegate School for allowing me to participate in their Dr. Seuss “Read Across America” event. I had the privilege of reading “The Cat in the Hat” and a portion of “Horton Hears a Who” to the kindergarten and 2nd graders. I was then directed to the 4th grade room where I had fun reading “Green Eggs and Ham” and a selection from the “I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today!”… specifically, “The Glunk That Got Thunk.”  I was really able to ham it up with those offerings and thoroughly enjoyed myself. Thanks, Applegate students, for being such exceptional audiences.

Mother Nature has been giving us a small preview of what’s to come… soon, I hope. We had a couple of nice days this past week that give me hope that we may eventually be able to go outside without either getting drowned or frozen. I even spotted some sunshine and blue skies a few times lately! We have crocuses blooming and the hyacinths are budded out. Daffodils aren’t far behind and have formed their buds, too.

This has been a rather difficult winter for Jim and me on several levels… of course, the weather hasn’t been ideal for any of us, and then there was the loss of both Outlaw and Shortie, our 4-legged children, as well as some surgeries for both of us. But we realize, too, that others have had their lives turned upside down in even more traumatic ways, so we can still count our blessings and be able to look to the future, surrounded by the love of family and friends.

Spring is on its way!