Tag: Weather

Sweet Lorane Community News, April 14, 2022

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Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
April 14, 2022
By Pat Edwards

This past couple of weeks were rather strange, weather-wise, even for Oregon. The week before last we actually had our first “shirt-sleeve weather” days. The 70 degrees were glorious and I was able to get some good weeding done in our big flower bed at the bottom of the hill. The next day or so, Jim and I had an appointment in town. It was the first time in three days we had gotten in the car to go anywhere. As I walked out into the driveway, I noticed that the hood and top of my dark burgundy-colored car were bright yellow. When I got in the car, I could not even see through the windshield and when I turned on the window washer and wipers, yellow streaks formed across the window before finally washing down the side of my car. I hadn’t realized that the pollen counts had gotten that high. I was going to run it through the car wash in town, but decided against it as I was sure it would just return to its yellow hue in short order. The next morning, our dog, BB, began snuffling through his nose. It wasn’t a cough, but I could tell he was having some respiratory distress. After several “snuffle sessions,” I realized that he, too, had been affected by the yellow shower of pollen. I gave him a Claritan that morning and by the next day, he was much better. I’ve continued his allergy pill each day until we began to have some serious rains which I knew would stop the pollen barrage for awhile, anyway. The ensuing rain was welcome, but not the cold. April showers are one thing when they’re accompanied by some warmer temps, but I’m definitely not a fan of the dips into the 30s and 40s during the day, too.

Then, a couple of days ago, I looked out the window to see snow almost covering the grass. Snow in April? There wasn’t a lot, but a layer of white had definitely replaced the yellow blanket on my car. It lasted until mid-morning before it was gone. I can’t remember a later snow in my almost 80 years in Oregon, but when I looked up the record for Eugene, we didn’t quite get there. The latest snowfall recorded in the Eugene area was on April 29, 1951. I lived in Oregon at the time—Lebanon, Oregon—and I was in the 2nd grade at Queen Anne Grade School. I don’t remember it… kids don’t remember late snowfalls, but I can sure remember the biggest snow we’ve ever had in Oregon. It was in January 1969.

That year, we still owned our homeplace on Lorane Highway where we raised our family, but we had rented it out for a couple of years to move to Monroe. Jim had been transferred to Corvallis to manage the Mayfair Market there. The long drive had become more than he wanted to do each day. We had a lot of snow in Monroe, but “at home,” near Lorane, we were told that we had almost 4 feet of it that January. (It was a record single snowfall in Eugene that year at 47.1″ that still stands). It caused havoc. We lost a loafing shed that was attached to our barn, but some of our neighbors had roofs collapse and large trees came down all over the county, some crushing anything in their paths. No one went anywhere for at least 3 days before the roads could be plowed, but a lot of sleds were hooked up to tractors and Jeeps and even more made sledding slopes on any available hill or incline, including roads. We had to tramp down or dig walkways through the snow in order to get out of the house to do chores. It’s not something native Oregonians west of the Cascades are used to having to do. But, for the most part, it was fun… and definitely memorable.

I hope everyone had an Easter filled with family this year. Things are beginning to feel a bit more “normal.”

Sweet Lorane Community News, September 9, 2021

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Sweet Lorane Community News
September 9, 2021
By Pat Edwards

Mother Nature has begun hinting at the possibility of fall in the air this past week. Not only are the temps a bit cooler, but I understand that a few drops of rain fell the night before last. Then, there’s the big red maple tree that stands guard over Jim’s tool shed beside our driveway. Many of its green leaves have turned bright red and are beginning to skitter away in the breeze. That “skitter,” I know, will eventually become an avalanche which I’ll have to deal with later on, but I will welcome the season change this year.

My poor, parched flowers in the beds around our house and at the bottom of our road are getting as much well-water as I feel comfortable giving them right now. We have a large storage tank that stays filled to supplement our water usage during the summer, but our neighbors who live on the hill above us have to haul water to their homes and I feel guilty for using any more than I have to, even though I know that, most likely, we aren’t connected to the same source. So, I’m managing to keep the flowers alive, but they’re not looking too happy right now. We will all welcome the first good rainfall, I know.

Labor Day has ‘come and gone’ this year and I understand that the Crow-Applegate-Lorane students are back in class again. I can only imagine how excited most of them were to get back to in-person schooling with their teachers and classmates and to a sense of normalcy, but I also understand what a strain this must be for the parents who are worried about the health and safety of their unvaccinated children under the age of 12 during these scary times. I admit to being a big proponent of the wearing of masks until a vaccine for these children is available or until we get a handle on the spread of the Delta variant of Covid. I dislike wearing masks in public everywhere I go, but even though Jim and I have been fully vaccinated since April, we understand that by continuing to wear them, we may prevent spreading the virus to someone who isn’t… including our local school children. That’s important to us, despite our own minor discomfort. If we can all get on board the “same train” with the goal of defeating this variant and preventing other, more harmful ones from developing, maybe we can all once again concentrate on making our lives and relationships a whole lot better than they have been this past year and a half.

In addition to the return to classrooms, our high school and middle school students have begun their fall sports schedules. Football and volleyball teams have been formed and have already started on their game schedules. Oh, how we miss the days of sitting on the benches or walking the sidelines, cheering on our children and grandchildren each sports season. The good news is that our oldest great-granddaughter, Harper Lorane Furlong, started her first week as a first grader at Glide and plans to enroll in soccer, I believe. We hope to make some of those games soon. We’re so excited to begin rootin’ for a new generation.

While we’re on school news, I want to alert our parents and other interested residents that the Crow-Applegate-Lorane School Board meeting on September 16, will be taking place at the Lorane Grange from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. If you have any concerns or just want to find out how the in-person classes and health and safety measures are doing in the district, plan on attending. It will be open to the public, and masks will be required.

In addition, the Lorane Grange will be sponsoring another family Dessert and Bingo Night on Friday, September 17 at 7:00 p.m. There was a good attendance last month even though masks were required. We had a fun evening with good camaraderie and lots of laughs. Please plan on joining us.

The Crow Grange, after a year’s hiatus, will be bringing back its own bingo nights beginning Saturday, September 18 at 7:00 p.m. There will be no dinner provided at this first one—only desserts—but the plans for the future events to be held on the first and third Saturdays of each month will include dinner. Contact Connie Suing csuing@hotmail.com or 541-556-2609 for more information.

Sweet Lorane Community News – January 26, 2017

Fern Ridge Review
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Sweet Lorane Community News
January 26, 2017
By Pat Edwards

“Sunshine, lollipops and rainbows…” Well, maybe our days have not quite reached those particular sentiments expressed by Lesley Gore so many years ago, but this past week has certainly been an improvement over what we’ve been experiencing, weatherwise.

The Ukulele Club, sponsored by the Rural Art Center has resumed its lessons on Thursdays in the Crow Middle/High School music room. Age groups, 4th grade through adult, are invited to join them. Beginners meet from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. and the class for those who have already had some lessons is at 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. each Thursday afternoon. If you’re interested, plan on joining them. From what I understand, it’s a fun group.

With all the dissension over politics on a national level these days, many people are feeling helpless about not really having a say in what is happening in our country. Individuals frequently cannot see how their efforts leave any major impact. But one way that you can see result of your caring is by serving your community in some way. By doing so, you can feel a rewarding sense of pride and accomplishment. Here are some great opportunities for area residents to make a real difference in our community.

Three positions are opening on the Lorane Fire Board and they are asking for applications from local residents who are interested in having a say in how our Lorane Rural Fire Department is run. Please contact a member of the Lorane RFPD for more information. The Fire Chief is Tom Soward and the Assistant Fire Chief is Jim Bailor. Go to their website at https://loraneorfd.samariteam.com to send a message or call and/or leave a message by phone at 541-942-1233.

In addition, the Crow-Applegate-Lorane School District #66 is seeking volunteer patrons to serve on the Budget Committee this year. They will hold 2-3 meetings in May and a meeting in June with the school board and administration. If you are interested, contact Lee Ann in the district office at 541-935-2100.

I hope that these positions fill rapidly. Help is needed and the time you spend in service to your community will bring rewards, not only to Lorane or Crow, but to yourself, as well.