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Sweet Lorane Community News – June 9, 2016

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
June 9, 2016
By Pat Edwards

Welcome to a classic beginning to an Oregon summer! Last week, a few brave hay farmers were able to get their fields cut, raked, baled and picked up before the change in weather. Some, however, held their breaths, hoping that the cooler temps and “chances of showers” were not going to ruin the hay that was cut but not yet dry enough to bale.

I am so glad that Jim has finally dismounted from his tractor, given up the fields he has tended for so long and is looking closer to home for his projects. For the first time in 52 years of marriage, I’m able to hand over the lawn mowing duties and share the yardwork with him. Wow! What a gift!

The new Lorane Directory, which has been set up on Facebook, is getting some use, it appears. Thank you to Chris Starfire for setting it up and to Marissa McNutt Cooper and Patrick Dearth for helping to administrate it. It gives members a chance to list for sale items in the area so that our regular Lorane, Oregon Facebook page can be kept for community discussions, concerns and announcements. The Lorane Directory is also meant to provide community members information on resources within the community. In looking through the actual directory list, however, I notice that several of our service organizations and activity and interest groups have not added their listings yet. If this is going to be a truly helpful resource, they need to be added, but the information must come from the organizations themselves… i.e services provided, meeting times and places, need for new memberships, contact information, etc.

I had a request the other day from an AmeriCorps volunteer who is working on a food systems assessment for Southern Lane County. She needed to find out how to get in touch with those who are running the Lorane Bread Basket food pantry. I was able to track down the information for her and she got in touch with one of the organizers, but this is one of the reasons why we need to have info on our service organizations posted (Bread Basket, Senior Lunches, Grange, Rebekahs, Theta Rho, Boy Scouts, Fire Department, Church, Community Association, Growers Market, etc.). The most important reason, however, is for those new to the community to learn what services are available to them and how they can participate as volunteers or make use of the services they provide. I was told that some of the food has to be thrown out because there are not enough requests for it during the year. I’m sure that families in the area who are struggling could use it if they knew it was available.

Let’s all encourage the community members who offer a skill or product and organizations that offer services to make sure that they are listed on the Lorane Directory so that it can truly be a useful tool for all of us. The directory file can be found at https://www.facebook.com/notes/999281663489459/Lorane%20Directory/999298380154454 or just type in “Lorane Directory” in the Facebook search box. Go to “Files” and select the Lorane Directory file.

Sweet Lorane Community News – April 28, 2016

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
April 28, 2016
By Pat Edwards

Thank you to Lil Thompson once again for passing on some Crow-Applegate-Lorane School District news that I can use in this week’s column. There’s not a lot of Lorane news to report right now and I haven’t come up with any ideas to share, so it’s very welcome.

Lil also reminds me that the Lorane Grange meets this month on Thursday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m. The grange is just one of our local organizations that could use new members to help carry on their many services to the community. We have very active service groups at not only the grange, but the Lorane Rebekahs, the Lorane Christian Church, the Lorane Fire Department, the Theta Rho group for young girls, a Boy Scout group, a Lorane Community Association, the Lorane Bread Basket which provides food and help to families in need, and the Senior Meals Program. I may have missed others and I apologize if I did. They could all use an infusion of new members who want to work through these organizations to serve our community. Hopefully the new Lorane Directory page on Facebook will be including information on each of these organizations, their meeting days/times, their visions and needs and their contact information. Helping others always seems to help make the problems in our own personal lives much more manageable.

Now, for the school district news…

On May 12, the C-A-L School District will be hosting a Kindergarten Roundup event at 3:15 p.m. at Applegate Elementary. If you have a child who will be 5 years of age prior to September 1, 2016, he or she is eligible for the 2016-17 school year.  Applegate offers a full-day program, five days a week. Come meet your teacher, see the classroom and allow your child to interact in a classroom setting. Be sure to bring your child’s immunization records and a copy of their birth certificate. For further information, call the district office at 541-935-2100.

Because the area schools are aging, the district has been working with an architecture firm, community members and staff to develop a 10-year Master Plan for repairs, renovations and/or replacements of the current buildings and property. In order to allow district residents to review the findings and see, firsthand, what is being discussed, there will be two open house events and tours of the schools held in May. The first will take place on Tuesday, May 10 at 6:00 p.m. at the Crow Middle/High School. Then, on Saturday, May 14, a second open house will be held at the Applegate Elementary from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Your input is being sought once you have had a chance to review what is being considered.

Congratulations to the staff and students at the Crow High/Middle School for making the U.S. News and World Report’s top schools in Oregon list.

Don’t forget to treat your favorite mother to the Crow Grange’s Mother’s Day Breakfast on Sunday, May 8, if you’re fortunate to still have your mother in your life. I no longer am able to do special little things for my mother. She passed away at the age of 96 in 2012 and I still miss her. It’s an unbreakable bond for many people… it has been for me. Honor your mother… and your father… for giving you, not only life, but the tools to allow you to maneuver and make your way through this crazy world we live in.

Sweet Lorane Community News – December 03, 2015

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
December 03, 2015
By Pat Edwards

Now that we are looking through the rearview mirror at Thanksgiving 2015, our community is gearing up for Christmas 2015.

The members of Theta Rho will once again be hosting a Parents’ Night Out on Friday, December 11 from 5:00 pm to 10:00 p.m. at the Lorane I.O.O.F. Lodge Hall. The girls are providing free child care for children ages 2 to 12 years of age. There will be crafts, games, snacks and fun for all the children who will be closely supervised by Theta Rho girls and adult advisors. Contact Tara Wigle 541-935-5245 or Mary Houle’ 541-942-9341 with questions or for more information.

As a reminder, too, plan on attending the Lorane Grange Christmas dinner on Sunday, December 13 at 1:30 p.m.  The traditional dinner of turkey, gravy, ham and potatoes are furnished by the grange; everything else is potluck and those who are attending are asked to bring a salad, side dish or dessert. The whole Lorane community is invited.

The Lorane Angel Tree has now been installed at the Lorane Family Store and I believe there is now one at the Crow Middle/High School. The store’s tree is located by the little library at the back of the first aisle. I hope that everyone is generous and takes one or more names off the tree for whom they can buy gifts. Jim and I began participating in this several years ago, selecting two – one for a boy and one for a girl. Jim has taken great delight in buying the gift for the boy all on his own (we don’t have too many boys in the family!) and I select the girl’s gift. It means so much to us to imagine the children’s excitement when opening them. I highly recommend it for everyone. If you have any questions or if you would like to add children’s names to the tree, please call Marissa McNutt-Cooper at 541-517-6608 (Lorane) or the coordinator at Applegate Elementary at 541-686-5140 (Crow).

The Applegate Winter Program, held at the Applegate Elementary School is scheduled for Tuesday, December 15. It will include dinner at 5:30 p.m. and school performances by the bands and choir at 7:00 p.m.  Everyone is asked to bring canned or non-perishable foods to be used in the food boxes that will be made available to C-A-L families in need.

While participating in the West Lane Holiday Bazaar a few weeks ago, I was approached by someone who asked why Lorane and Crow were not coordinating their food and gift baskets and trees through the very successful Mid-Lane S.A.N.T.A. Project headquartered in Veneta. Their advertising includes Lorane, Crow and other local communities and they welcome and invite us to join them in coordinating and planning the activities and events associated with S.A.N.T.A. I wanted to pass her invitation on to our local organizers. More information on the project can be found at http://www.midlanecares.org/holiday-programs/.

The Rural Art Center is sponsoring its next half-day of art on Friday, December 11. It’s open to elementary kids in the C-A-L School District. Middle and high school students are also welcome as volunteers. Adults may also volunteer, but they need to pass a background check before being accepted.  Alyssa Shepherd will guide the students through the annual holiday ornament and candlemaking.  Classes are $10, but scholarships are available.  Contact Alyssa at 541-556-8151 or malyssa2@yahoo.

The R.A.C. Lorane Movie Night will also be holding its next movie… the 1925 oldie-but-goodie “The Gold Rush” featuring Charlie Chaplin on Saturday, December 12. “This classic silent comedy includes two of Chaplin’s most famous skits (he eats a most creative meal). Capturing the optimism of the gold-seekers and the hardships and romance they found, this is the film Chaplin most wished to be remembered for. “ (95 minutes). There will also be short entertainment provided by the Ukulele Club and the on-screen version of Tiny Tim singing “Tiptoe Through the Tulips.” The non-profit beneficiary of the evening will be the RAC Ukulele Club.

There are lots of activities to participate in locally, so be sure to plan some of your holiday entertainment within the community, if at all possible.