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Sweet Lorane Community News, August 6, 2020

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
August 6, 2020
By Pat Edwards

We woke up this morning to some rain, and after the hot days we’ve been experiencing, it actually felt good. For me, rain denotes a slowing down of our days and permission to stay inside and either snuggle into the day or to spend some quiet time on things that have been put aside until “we have a chance to do them.” There’s always a slight feeling of guilt for staying inside any more than we have to during the bright and sunny days of summer.

Our days, lately, have been filled with several “catch-up” doctor’s appointments for Jim, who has been reporting in electronically to his doctors during the earlier part of the pandemic, and a couple for me in addition to servicing our car and making bank and grocery runs for the store. So, life has continued to be busy for us despite temperature checks, masks and social distancing as we make our rounds.

Masks are not our favorite things, but we have learned to automatically put them on when we step out of our car into public areas. One incident provided me with a bit of a chuckle this week. I had been asked to speak at a small socially-distanced writing class at the Lamb Cottage in Spencer Butte Park. We all wore masks and sat well away from each other as I talked and answered the questions about self-publishing in the 8-person class. In my haste to get to the class on time, however, I forgot to wear my hearing aids. Normally, I can get along pretty well without them, but that day, as I was taking happy facequestions from the group, I found myself straining to hear what they were saying through their masks. While doing so, it suddenly dawned on me that I was pulling my mask down a little below my nose in order to hear better. Strangely, it seemed to help!

Hudson Ross Haxby 2This past week was an especially exciting one for us. Little 7 lb. 8 oz Hudson Ross Haxby joined our family on July 30. He was born to our granddaughter, Linsey Kau Haxby and grandson-in-law, Brent Haxby of Veneta. Hudson is their 2nd son and is adored by his big, 21-month-old brother, Sawyer. I’ve mentioned before in this column that boys are a rarity in our family. For the past 3 generations before Hunter was born, there has been only one male born to our family per generation. Hudson broke that tradition and we are loving it.

Linsey’s older sister, Stephanie Kau Furlong, and her husband Chad, have given us four great-granddaughters including little Cora who was born only six weeks ago; our grandson, Kevin Stevens, and his partner, Jazmine, presented us with sweet, beautiful Calliope 8 months ago, and we have another great-granddaughter due in November. I have no doubt that all will be raised more like brothers and sisters than cousins as our own grandchildren were. Each one is so special to us and they all brighten our days during the few times we are able to get together during this pandemic.

I haven’t been able to hold Hudson yet. His brother, Sawyer, had a cold when Hudson was born, and passed it on to his Grammy and Grampy Kau and his mom, so we’ve all been keeping our distance for now. On the day he came home from the hospital, though, Jim and I brought them some wonderful barbecued chicken from the Crow Grange’s annual feed, so we were met at the garden gate in front of their home and able to at least see Hudson in person and “ooh” and “aah” a bit.

We have been so blessed!

Sweet Lorane Community News, February 6, 2020

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
February 6, 2020
By Pat Edwards

The Crow Booster Club is organizing the 2020 Crow High School Alumni’s Basketball Games. They are scheduled to take place on Saturday, February 29, from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Crow High School gymnasium. Participants are charged a $10 fee which will go towards the district’s athletic programs in all of the schools.

Check-in is at 4:30 p.m. and, depending on sign-ups, there will be at least one women’s game at 5:30 p.m. followed by two men’s games. The Booster Club will also provide full concessions and some raffles. Those interested in playing should contact the school or Marissa McNutt Cooper right away as rosters have already begun to be filled.
They will be having two open gyms for anyone wanting to get back into the swing of things, on Sunday February 16th and Sunday the 23rd from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Crow High School.

This is such a fun event. Jim and I spent so many years watching our four kids and six grandkids playing not only basketball, but football, volleyball, baseball and competing in track meets. Our son, Rob Edwards, and our grandson, Kevin Stevens, have participated in the alumni games almost every year they have been played since graduating, and sitting in those stands again and cheering them on brings back so many wonderful memories for us.

I’ve tried to get our daughters, Gloria Edwards and Michele Edwards Kau, who still live in the area, to sign up to play again, but they prefer to be remembered from their “glory days” and both profess to be completely out of shape, although I don’t tend to believe that.

Our granddaughters, Stephanie Kau Furlong, Linsey Kau Haxby, and Hayley Kau, were outstanding athletes at Crow, too, but I haven’t been able to convince them to come out and allow Grandma and Grandpa Edwards to relive some of those special games they played… and Steph and Lins definitely won’t be playing this year since both are providing us with two new great-grandbabies soon.

Our other two granddaughters, Hannah and Natalie Edwards, didn’t attend C-A-L schools—they attended Creswell High School—but we were able to watch them play during their middle school years and they too have generated some wonderful memories for us.

Our family’s youth have tended to gravitate towards athletics, 4-H, and even some drama club events. Almost all of them played in the school bands and Natalie was quite active in the Creswell Middle School choir. But, regardless of each child’s interest, we have always been strong believers in the participation of these extracurricular activities and we have seen first-hand how they can build confidence, respect, responsibility and teamwork that have provided structure and a sense of purpose as they enter adulthood. We applaud each of the participating alumni and hope to be in the stands for another year on February 29th to cheer you on.

The annual Lorane Parent’s Night Out, sponsored by the Lorane Eta Theta Rho Girls’ Club #94, will be happening at the Lorane Rebekah Hall on Valentines Day, February 14, from 5:00 to 10:30 p.m. This group of responsible young girls will be offering free babysitting/daycare in a safe environment for the evening so the local (Lorane and Crow) moms and dads can go on a date or just relax at home, if they want. Adult advisors will also be on hand to chaperone. For information, contact head advisor, Tara Wigle at 541-520-4151 (cell) or 541-935-5245 (home).

There will also be an open house with Crow-Applegate-Lorane School Board on February 13 at 6:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

The Lorane Grange’s Spaghetti Dinner and Family Bingo for this month will be on Saturday, February 22 starting at 5:30 p.m. for dinner; 6:30 p.m. for bingo. We hope to see you there.

Sweet Lorane Community News, October 31, 2019

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
October 31, 2019
By Pat Edwards

I spent an enjoyable day last week participating in the Creswell Grange’s Holiday Bazaar. I reserved a table at the last minute and was pleasantly surprised to sell more books than I had hoped. A bonus was that I was able to spend the day with a group of nice people and visited with many who stopped by my table to chat. Thank you, Martin and Louise McClure and Patrick Dearth, especially, for your hospitality!

That same weekend, I volunteered to help with one of the game booths at the Applegate Harvest Festival in Crow. It’s been a long time since I’ve done something like that… the last similar event I attended was the Lorane Spring Fling which was held in the Lorane Elementary School during its final year in June 2011. The article I wrote about it can be found on my website at http://allthingslorane.com under “Writings” for those of you who would like to relive it.

Our granddaughter, Stephanie Furlong, and her husband, Chad, and daughters, Harper Lorane, Hayden Rae and Shiloh Kate all showed up at the Harvest Festival, dressed in Toy Story costumes that Steph had made. It brought back so many memories as I made my rounds in the cupcake walk with Harper and then went to visit the Fish Pond and bean bag throw with her after my shift ended. The gymnasium was filled with other family groups who were all In costume. What a fun evening!

In today’s column, I thought I’d tell you a bit about the new yoga group that I have recently joined in order to work on my core strength and balance following my recent surgery. My good friend and co-editor of Groundwaters, Jennifer Chambers, has obtained her certification as an adaptive yoga instructor and has been holding classes on Tuesday and Thursdays from noon to 1:00 p.m. at the Applegate Regional Theater, 87230 Central Rd., Eugene, north of Crow. The group is growing, so Jen has decided to offer another class on Wednesdays from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. Classes are varied, but include chair yoga, floor movements, meditation, and balance bar work. Balance bars are provided, but you’ll need to bring a yoga mat and dress comfortably. The classes are $4 per person, per class. It’s a relaxing, no-stress way of keeping at bay the aches and pains of those of us who don’t get as much exercise as we’d like. For more info, contact Jen at jenniferbyerschambers@yahoo.com.

Speaking of Jen, she’s rehearsing to portray one of the main characters in her most recent book, “Hesitate No Longer: Abigail Scott Duniway and Susan B. Anthony in Oregon,” in an exciting new play called “An Evening With Three Great Americans” taking place at the Applegate Regional Theater on Saturday and Sunday, November 16 and 17. Abigail Scott Duniway, the character that Jen portrays, was one of the main forces in obtaining women’s rights in Oregon. One of Abigail’s harshest critics in her fight for women’s voting rights was the editor of the Portland Oregonian newspaper, Harvey W. Scott—Abigail’s own brother.

Another of the great Americans being featured is Abraham Lincoln, who will be portrayed by Steve Holgate. Steve has professionally portrayed Lincoln on many occasions around Oregon and is said to do an excellent job. The third American will be Mark Twain, portrayed by Don Schmieding. I don’t know Don personally, but I’ve heard good things about his work. This should be a wonderful experience! You can order tickets on-line at http://www.art-inc.org.

The Lorane Movie Night for this month will be held on November 7th at the Lorane Grange. The scrambled title for this month’s feature is “Het Dogs Stum eb Zarcy” (PG, 1980). Hint: it’s an action Indie film. The Lorane Fire Department is this month’s sponsor. Check the Rural Art Center’s website for more details.

The Lorane Christian Church will be hosting the annual Lorane Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Sunday, November 17, at 5:00 p.m. at the Lorane Grange.
The Grange will be collecting not only non-perishable foods for the Holiday baskets, but they are also asking for donation of items for the U.S. soldier that they have “adopted” this holiday season. Contact Lil Thompson 541-942-5701 for suggestions for the items needed.