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Sweet Lorane Community News, January 9, 2020


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Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
January 9, 2020
By Pat Edwards


Well, we’ve made it into the new year without any major weather inconveniences, but most of us are still preparing ourselves for the possibility of another snow/ice storm that caused us to be without power and water last February. I’ve always considered that the more prepared we are, though, the less likely it will happen… something similar to Murphy’s Law.

Jim and I feel we’re much more ready to deal with another spate of bad weather than we were last year. Thanks to Brian and Michele—our daughter and son-in-law—we now have a large generator that should help us with water, lights and heat should the power go out for several days again, and if our water lines freeze, I have about 6 five-gallon containers of water stored away that we can use. Those measures should ensure that we won’t need any of it this year.

With the new year also comes tax-season. At least the normal cold and rainy days of our Oregon winters can be spent in a warm house while going through all of the unending paperwork and records-retrieval that is required to make sure that Uncle Sam has all of the information needed that will hopefully net us a refund. Of course, that’s generally proven to be wishful thinking, but miracles do happen sometimes.

The Lorane community has been quiet lately. Most of us have been so immersed in the holiday festivities and the adjustment back into whatever we consider “normal” in our lives that we are content to enjoy the quiet for awhile before we get back into the swing of things. So, there is not a lot to report right now.

The regular “1st and 3rd Saturday” Crow Grange bingo nights have already resumed for the new year (bingo starts at 6:00 p.m. and bingo at 7:00 p.m.); the Lorane Grange will be having its Spaghetti and Bingo night on Saturday, January 25, (dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m. and bingo at 6:30 p.m.); and the Crow Grange will be having its first bingo of the year on Wednesday, January 15 (games start at 7:00 p.m.)

The Crow Middle/High School art class has a new project and needs your help. Teacher, Pat Dixon, is asking for donations of old and/or worn books you don’t want, postcards, games with missing pieces, jigsaw puzzles, cloth, buttons, costume jewelry, etc., that can be used in their “Altered Art” project. Contact Pat at pdixon@cal.k12.or.us to arrange for a drop-off or pick-up time.

Lil Thompson asked me to let anyone know that the next Lorane Grange meeting will be on Thursday, January 16 at 7:00 p.m. They welcome new members and have lots of ideas to discuss.

As for me, personally, I’ve resumed my yoga class with instructor, Jen Chambers, at the Applegate Regional Theater, and actually welcomed the stretching and workout of my muscles and joints following a couple of weeks without it. I’ve found the small classes are not only beneficial, but very enjoyable, as well. It’s something I look forward to each week, now.

2020 has begun on a positive note for all of us in our family and we’re hoping that it has for your family, too. Now, if we can just get the scary and unsettling national and international concerns under control, it might begin a trend of lots of positives in all of our lives!

Sweet Lorane Community News, December 13, 2018

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
December 13, 2018
By Pat Edwards

The holidays this year are like a speeding train and taking a whole week out of my life to deal with the flu derailed my plans to get the house decorated and shopping started. I think I’m back on track for now anyway… at least the shopping part of it. Because our family has grown to giant proportions over the past few years, Jim’s and my focus is on making sure the little ones get to rip open presents on Christmas morning. The older members get small, funk, token gifts when we all gather at our house for a Christmas breakfast and then, later, a dinner for those who are able to stay. For the adults, our biggest blessing is to be together to celebrate.

I’m always reminded this time of year of a Christmas story told to me by one of Lorane’s “old timers,” Lyle Conrad, who Nancy, Marna and I interviewed in 1987 for our book. Lyle had grown up in the Ham Road area of Lorane and at the time of the interview, lived with his wife Hazel and family in their home at the base of Stony Point. The story was included in our books, Sawdust and Cider and From Sawdust and Cider to Wine.
“Lyle Conrad remembers his father, Orville, telling of one of his Christmases as a child. Orville said he was hoping to get an orange that Christmas, and sure enough, that was what he got. Orville said, ‘Well, at least I got my Hope.’”

Let’s all “hope” for those things that are attainable in our current circumstances, but never allow our dreams to darken. We all have the potential to work toward the goals we set for ourselves. We just need to want them badly enough.

The Angel Tree at the Lorane Family Store is continuing to have its “fruit” plucked daily and as of this writing it is bare again, thanks to the giving spirit of our community that is making sure that each child in our midst has his or her “hopes” fulfilled. Regardless of the holiday each family is celebrating, it becomes especially meaningful when we share our bounty with others. Thank you to all of the generous souls who have fulfilled an angel’s wish. Surprisingly (or maybe not so surprisingly) when you participate, you end up feeling that you are being gifted, too.

Just a couple events that I haven’t reported on recently that you may want to take part in…

Yoga classes are being offered at 9:30 a.m., Thursdays, and/or 6:15 p.m., under the stars, on Tuesdays. Yoga is a fun, safe way to develop balance, inner strength, flexibility, relaxation and stress relief! This class is for all levels regardless of yoga experience. It’s offered by Happy Hikers’ Fitness located at 29077 Cottage Grove-Lorane Road; call 818-535-0670 for more information or check out their Facebook page. A few spots are available; $12 donation is requested for each class.

Evening classes are held under the stars, in a yurt and a bonus of tea and cookies after the class is offered. Come let your inner radiance shine.

I have a note from Beverley Sieminski reminding those who expressed interest in the group she formed for spinning, knitting, crocheting, quilting—“whatever”—that they have begun meeting again. They met last Thursday and hope to interest others who might want to join them after the holidays. According to Beverley, it’s a very casual group that meets at her loft shop on Siuslaw River Road. She has lots of supplies and those who want to learn how to do one of these crafts are encouraged to attend. I don’t have Beverley’s contact info, but she can be messaged on the Lorane Facebook page.