Tag: Territorial Highway Project

Sweet Lorane Community News; August 26, 2021

Fern Ridge-Tribune News
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
August 26, 2021
By Pat Edwards

The recent cool mornings and milder days these past couple of weeks are a welcome change. I haven’t had to worry about having to go out, either in the early mornings or late evenings, to water plants because of the heat. Some of my plants have gotten a bit sunburned because I was forced to water them mid-day a couple times. It was either that or not water them at all when they needed it.

Thanks to our neighbors who have been following the restrictions and taking care during this extreme fire season, we have not had any major fire scares closeby. There were a few small fires that were quickly put out and I think we all owe our local fire fighters a big ‘thank you’ for being so well-prepared. Of course, it’s not over yet, but it almost feels as though an early fall is beginning to settle in on us. Goodness knows, we could use some good rain showers. It seems that the East Coast has a monopoly on the rain right now, though.

The road construction on Territorial Highway at Stoney Point is progressing nicely. We can now see the route that the new road will take us as we slowly work our way through the flaggers and gravel detours that keep changing on us each day or week. There are still some long delays at times to allow drainage work to be done in areas next to the road and most of us who travel Territorial often know that we need to tack on an additional 10 to 20 minutes to our travel time if we need to be somewhere at a certain time.

The other day, I had an appointment in Cottage Grove, but was late in leaving the house. Normally, the 30 minutes I allow myself for travel time would have been enough, but as I approached the construction zone, I decided to head over the hill to Creswell instead of chancing being held up too long at Stoney Point. Even at that, I was 10 minutes late to my appointment and had to call ahead to let them know I was on my way. The lab tech was not too happy, but I was eventually forgiven. Today, I had a 7:00 a.m. appointment in Cottage Grove and allowed myself 45 minutes. This time I decided to go through the construction zone and take Cottage Grove-Lorane Road since traffic was not too heavy going south and it was being controlled by traffic lights at Stoney Point. I got to my appointment with time to spare.

We all need to plan ahead and adjust our lives to the constrictions we feel each day from construction zones, speed limits, mask mandates, and unforeseen circumstances that might interfere with or interrupt our plans. We’re all in this—whatever “this” is—together. Getting angry, frustrated, belligerent or placing the blame on others is only going to complicate our lives. If we are always looking for the thorns, we will miss the beauty of the roses.

Looking back at my years on earth… and that’s almost 79 of them… I’ve experienced many more roses than thorns. Even the thorns are important, because they make me realize how beautiful the roses were (and are), and how blessed I have been.

Let’s strive to be kind to each other.

Sweet Lorane Community News – July 2, 2021

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
July 2, 2021
By Pat Edwards

I hope everyone was able to enjoy the 4th of July this past weekend. More importantly, I hope that each of us, regardless of which way we lean on the political spectrum, took the time to really appreciate how blessed we are to live in this wonderful country as we celebrated its birthday. Patriotism isn’t just flag waving; it’s showing respect for not only our flag, but for all of those Americans it represents. The democracy that has made it great must be cherished and protected as must the rights that our U.S. Constitution provides each and every one of us. May God Bless America!

Now that the COVID restrictions have been lifted in our state, we can now begin to resume more “normal” lifestyles, but it’s obvious that it’s going to take a bit of time. Jim and I went to the Olive Garden the other day for lunch after the restrictions were lifted. There was a half-hour wait and when we were called in to be seated, the waiter apologized for the delay. The seating still appeared to be at 50% occupancy and the waitress was obviously busy. She apologized each time she passed our table, saying that she’d be with us as soon as possible. When she arrived at our table to take our orders, she explained that they are not able to open to full occupancy because they are short on employees. It seems that few people are applying to work these days.

After lunch, we went to the Verizon store on Coburg Road to figure out why our internet at the store has not been working well. After we checked in, we were told that our wait would be about 45 minutes before we could be waited on… they were short-handed and were having trouble meeting the needs of their customers in a timely manner. We see so many “help wanted” signs around town… not just in fast-food places, either. It’s time to get our economy moving by filling vacant jobs. There are a lot of good ones out there.

Lorane has some upcoming events scheduled and I’m sure there will be others announced soon.

The Lorane Grange is bringing back its monthly family Dinner and Bingo Night, but instead of dinner this time, it will be dessert only. It will be taking place on Friday, July 16, at 7:00 p.m. All ages are welcome. It’s always been a fun evening to visit with neighbors, laugh and enjoy being a bit social again. Please mark it on your calendars and join us. Proceeds go to grange projects throughout the year.

The Lorane Community Association and Lorane Grange are planning a community-wide yard/garage sale on Saturday, August 14. You can opt to have your sale at your home in Lorane or rent a table from the grange. Maps to all of the participating sales will be provided at each stop. To sign up, contact Louise McClure or a member of either organization.
A lot of progress is being made on the Territorial Highway project at Stony Point, north of Lorane. Currently, much of the pavement has been removed through the curves and the reroute of where the new road will go is evident. Vehicles must pass through on one-way gravel areas and its imperative that everyone wait until a green light is given them before proceeding. A few incidents of impatient drivers moving forward on red have caused near-collisions on the narrow routes. There is no room to pass when you meet on-coming traffic. Let’s stay safe by adding a few more minutes to our travel time to compensate for the delays. We are all anxious for this major construction project to be completed. Thanks to all of those who are working so hard to make it happen.

Sweet Lorane Community News, April 15, 2021

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
April 15, 2021
By Pat Edwards

Welcome news for parents, teachers and administrators in the Crow-Applegate-Lorane School District was announced last week. Beginning this Monday, April 19, the district will eliminate its A/B hybrid class scheduling, which alternated in-person days for middle and high school (grades 7-12) students. Instead, they will begin in-person morning classes 4 days per week as the elementary grades have been doing since late January. The classes will run from 8:20 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and the afternoons will be devoted to virtual distance instruction by the C-A-L staff with additional support interventions on Fridays.

The success of the in-person classes in the elementary school has allowed our district to be among Lane County’s earliest to come back on an in-person basis. Kudos to the administrators, teachers and staff who have worked so hard to make this happen—safely—for our district’s students.

The construction on the Territorial Highway project has resumed this week. Much of the initial work is taking place off the road. Flaggers have been in place this past week to keep the traffic flowing both ways through the site at a safe speed without delays. We are expecting, however, that as the work progresses, we will need to plan for some delays, up to 15 or 20 minutes in length, at each end.

Thankfully, almost all of our adult family members have gotten at least their first shot of the COVID vaccine or are planning to do so as soon as they are eligible. It’s a good feeling to know that we can venture out a bit even though we continue to wear masks and social distance in public.

A few weekends ago, after getting our 2nd Pfizer injections, Jim and I drove to Florence for a leisurely clam chowder lunch at Mo’s while watching crabbers along the dock pull up their pots to check for their day’s catch. Some, who came up empty or with few legal-sized crabs, threw their old bait out as a treat for the ever-vigilant seagulls and fish before restocking the crab-pot with fresh. It provided the entertainment we have been missing for some time, since Jim is no longer able to walk on the beach as we once loved to do.

On the way home, we ventured into the local casino, masked, after having our temperatures checked, and donated a $20 bill in the non-smoking room before heading home. It was set up with every-other slot machine out of play or with acrylic dividers between players, and attendants patrolling and wiping down those being vacated. We felt quite safe in the environment that was provided.

Now that the sun’s out and the temps are reaching into the high 70s and low 80s, our focus is turning more and more to outside chores and fresh air. I’ve already dealt with a pickup load of bark-o-mulch this spring and we’ll be getting another load this weekend. The birds I wrote about last week are apparently “passing the word” a bit and a few more of their family and friends have begun visiting our feeders.

We live in a beautiful world if we take the time to seek out the positives and stop looking for and dwelling on the negatives. Certainly, we must care—care for the injustices we see around us; for the heartbreaking struggles our country is experiencing. We must try to make a difference in whatever ways we can, but we cannot lose sight of the joys that await us each day if we just take the time to look for them.

If a choice is possible, let us choose to be happy.