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Sweet Lorane Community News – November 24, 2016

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
November 24, 2016
By Pat Edwards

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday! Here are a few events that are happening this week in our community.

The Angel Trees are now up at the Lorane Family Store and the Crow High School Gymnasium. The Angels on the trees will include an age, gender and a suggestion of a gift or item that the child is in need of, such as shoes, coat or p.j.s. Please be sure to return the unwrapped gifts no later than December 15, to give Santa’s elves enough time to wrap before delivery. We are still accepting requests for assistance, so if you or someone you know is in need of assistance putting gifts under the tree this year. Please contact Marissa at 541-517-6608. The only requirements are that you live in Lorane or Crow or that your child attends a C-A-L school and are between the ages of birth to 18.

The Crow Booster Clubs alumni tournament is coming up fast! The tournament will be December 9 and 10. There will also be a silent auction, raffles and dessert social on Saturday before Saturday’s games. We are still looking for alumni for the women’s and men’s teams. If you are interested in playing, sign ups will be held at 5 p.m. on Friday the 9th at the high school gym. If you aren’t interested in playing, you can still come out; support your alma mater and cheer on your former classmates. It is a really fun weekend, hope to see you there! If you have any questions please contact Booster Club President Linda Lay at 541-844-5840

The RAC monthly Movie Night will be held December 10 at the Lorane Grange starting at 6pm. They will be showing the classic original “It’s a Wonderful Life” starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed. There will also be a Uke Club concert and holiday sing along. It will be a fun night for the whole family.

The Lorane Grange is holding their annual Christmas dinner and open house December 11th at 1:30 p.m. at the Lorane Grange. All are invited to attend! The grange will provide the turkey, ham, potatoes and beverages. Please feel free to bring a side dish or dessert and a non-perishable food item for the Lorane Community Christmas food baskets.

Thank you to the Fern Ridge Review and Creswell Chronicle for allowing me to fill in for Pat while she and her family were away on vacation. I appreciate the opportunity to write about our sweet little community. Thank you! Marissa McNutt-Cooper

Sweet Lorane Community News – October 15, 2015

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
October 15, 2015
By Pat Edwards

People in Lorane have been asking me for updates on Lloyd Porter who had a massive stroke about a month ago. It left him paralyzed on his left side and unable to speak. His wife Jeri was able to provide me with some details… Since Lloyd was released from the hospital, he has been at the Hillside Heights Rehab Center at 28th and McLean in Eugene. They are now trying to get him into the Oregon Rehab Center at the Sacred Heart-University Campus site where he will undergo intensive therapy for about 3 weeks to help him transition to his home environment. Jeri is hoping that will happen in the next one or two weeks.

Lloyd is able to speak in sentences now, but has problems finding the right words still. He’s kept his fantastic sense of humor and when he can’t find the right word, rather than showing distress, he will recite favorite phrases with a twinkle in his eye. His left side paralysis is improving, too. He can cross one leg over the other now. When I asked Jeri if he is open to visitors, she told me that, yes… he definitely would love to have his friends drop by to visit. He will probably be at Hillside for another week, at least.

Groundwaters had a wonderful turnout at our Groundwaters Live! Program held at the Fern Ridge Library last Tuesday to introduce our new “first annual issue” of the popular magazine. I’ll let Sandy Larsen tell you about it in the article that she is writing for the Fern Ridge Review, but if anyone is wanting to obtain a copy of the book, we are trying to set up distributors in the various areas around Lane County. It will definitely be in the Lorane Family Store in Lorane after we’ve gotten a new deliver of the books. Hopefully, we’ll get someone set up to carry them in Veneta, Cottage Grove and/or Creswell and Eugene, as well. In the meantime, contact me at edwards@groundwaterspublishing.com or paedwards42@yahoo.com if you would like to reserve a copy. They are $12 each.

The Rural Art Center’s mural project has unveiled the beautiful new historical mural painted by Crow Middle School students under the supervision of muralist Jessilyn Brinkerhoff. Funded by a grant from Target, their work was done through their American History and Literature classes and the result is a striking 20′ x 2.5′ painting that will hang in the library at the Crow Middle/High School. What a wonderful lesson in both history and art for our students! Thank you, RAC!

The next Lorane Grange’s Spaghetti Dinner and Family Bingo night will be held on Friday, October 23, beginning with dinner at 5:30 p.m. Bingo will begin at 6:30 p.m. No one won the blackout jackpot last month, so it’s growing. Come out for a great evening of good food and company plus lots of laughs.

Congratulations to the Crow High School volleyball team. They are entering the playoffs on Saturday, October 24, to determine the 3rd seed into the State Tournament. It will be held at Crow High School gym at 1:30 p.m. Come out and cheer them on!

When the game on October 24 is over, though, you’ll need to head back to Crow to attend the Crow Booster Club’s annual Sportsman Auction to be held this year in the Crow Middle/High School gymnasium. Doors open and the silent auction begins at 5:00 p.m., followed at 6:00 p.m. by a BBQ dinner. The live auction begins at 7:00 p.m. The items being offered include “hunting, fishing and camping gear; trips; spa, tools, quilts, wine, an off-road expedition trailer, and much more.” It will also include prizes provided by the elementary classes and baskets of goodies from the middle and high school classes. Besides the silent auction, there will be a dessert auction, too. The proceeds from this event will go toward helping the students in the entire school district… not just the athletic program.  Dinner tickets are $16, but there is no charge for the auction. To get your tickets and reserve your spot, contact crowboosterclub@yahoo.com or call Linda Lay (541-844-5840) or Diane Lassen (541-517-9030). Come out and support your C-A-L schools!

Reminder: free ukulele lessons for Crow-Applegate-Lorane students in grades 4-12 will begin on October 15 and held every Thursday from 3:30-5:00 p.m. Authentic ukuleles will be provide. The first concert performance will be held the night of the December RAC dinner and movie at Lorane Grange.   Contact Pat Dixon (pdixon@cal.k12.or.us) or Lisa Livelybrooks (ruralartcenter@gmail) for more information.

Sweet Lorane Community News – October 8, 2015

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
October 8, 2015
By Pat Edwards

It seems as though I’ve had to report sad news quite a bit in this column over the past month. I have another to report, and then we’ll try to get back into the things that don’t tend to pull so painfully on our heartstrings.

Lovina Ford obitTwo weeks ago, I learned of the passing of one of my very favorite people from the Crow area. I had not known Lovina Ford long, as so many others in the Crow area have. We became “table-mates” with Ruth Teafatiller at the Crow Grange bingo nights about 3 years ago. Lovina had been attending the twice-a-month sessions with her young great-grandson, Brendon, for several years before that. It was obvious how much she enjoyed Brendon’s company. It was only one of many activities they did together, one-on-one. You could see the strong bond that connected them. I was told that Lovina volunteered at the Applegate Elementary in Brent’s classroom on a regular basis and was adored by not only the children, but the teachers and administrators, as well.

She always had a sparkle in her eye and a smile on her face and she obviously enjoyed life. Like Charlotte Mitchell, who also recently passed, there was a lot of use of the word “spit-fire” in the stories told about her. Unfortunately, Lovina suffered a massive stroke about a year ago and had been in rehab centers and under the care of caretakers since then. She passed away on September 21.

I attended a standing-room-only memorial service for her at the Eugene Elks Lodge last week and learned about the phenomenal life this beautiful, vibrant lady lived on their ranch with her husband Steve, a rodeo cowboy, and how they raised not only their own 3 children, but a good many of the neighbors’, as well. Brenden was at the service with the rest of the close-knit family and a recording that he made, singing one of their favorite songs, was played. Apparently, following her stroke, Brenden loved to visit his great-grandma, and brightened her days by singing to her. Brenden is immensely rich in having had her in his life, as are we all, and I can only imagine how much he will miss her. Rest in peace, Lovina!

I missed telling you about the first in the 2015 Rural Art Center Movie Series at the Lorane Grange. This year’s theme is “Public Domain” and features a group of oldies-but-goodies. The October movie was “Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein” (1948).

According to a RAC promo: “We’re serving soup (including a vegetarian choice) and bread before the festivities.  After all, it’s about more than entertainment; it’s about rubbing elbows with far flung neighbors, getting in out of the cold and damp, supporting local organizations, door prizes, popcorn and coffee, the surprises and the good movies. Gather at the Lorane Grange at 6:00 p.m. every second Saturday of the month, October through March.”

The November 14 movie will be “Royal Wedding” with Frank Sinatra (1951). In addition to dancing with his sister (Jane Powell), and his new love (Sarah Churchill) Astaire dances with a hat rack, and on the walls and ceiling of his room in this romantic musical comedy set in London at the time of Queen Elizabeth’s wedding. (93 min). The shorts and entertainment accompanying it will be a vintage dance shorts collage and a mystery guest dancer. It’s pie night – bring a pie to share. The non-profit beneficiary will be the RAC scholarship fund.

The full schedule and all the information you might need about this series can be found at http://www.ruralartcenter.org/#!movie-night/ck0q.

The next Spaghetti dinner and bingo night at the Lorane Grange will be Friday, October 23 beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Just a reminder. Now that the Lorane Deli is closed, there is a regular group meeting for coffee, muffins and conversation each Wednesday morning at the Rebekah Lodge from 7:00-9:00 a.m.

The free Ukulele Club is starting up on October 15 at Crow Middle/High School. I believe that it’s open to all ages who want to learn how to play the ukulele. Contact the district music teacher, Pat Dixon, at pdixon@cal.k12.or.us or Lisa Livelybrooks at ruralartcenter@gmail.com for more information.

Volunteers are needed to help artists teach K-6  half day art classes.  Contact ruralartcenter@gmail.com or call Alyssa -541-556-8151.

Mark your calendars for the upcoming Crow Booster Club’s Annual Sportsman Auction to be held on October 24. Classes K-12 will participate with projects and the Crow Middle/High School will have themed baskets to auction in addition to the other many spectacular items that will offered. This event has proved to be highly successful and helps support the Booster Club’s funding of the C-A-L School District’s student activities, athletics and other projects benefiting all age groups from K-12.

Thanks to Lil Thompson for providing me with these school activity reports. We’re hoping that someone will come forward who can write a column specifically for the C-A-L schools! Interested? Contact the district office at 541-935-2100.