Sweet Lorane Community News, November 8, 2018

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
November 8, 2018
By Pat Edwards

My brother, Jim Burnett Sr., aka Jimminy Cricket in Groundwaters, is dying. He’s in the end stages of terminal esophageal cancer and has been told he has only a short time remaining.

Yesterday, my sister Barbara (I call her B.J.) and I drove to Vancouver where Jim and his wife Jonni currently live, to spend some time with him. He is no longer able to eat or even swallow and has not eaten anything considered “food” in about 2 weeks. He’s been existing on ice chips and up until yesterday, occasional sips of warm tea. Yesterday, the tea would no longer go down.

Despite all of that, we spent those seven hours talking, laughing, crying and sharing portions of our lives together that we have either kept hidden or have just not shared until now. Most of the talking was done by Jimmy. He seemed to need to open up and talk about his life and the parts of it that he has carried with him during his 81 years… his blessings, his regrets, his feelings of inadequacy, his proud moments, his sorrows and above all, his love for us, his family, and the many friends he has gathered over the years.

He talked about his frustration that none of us get a chance to take part in our own celebrations of life, and how he is reaching out to as many of his special people as possible via phone calls and emails to touch upon these special relationships one more time. He showed us pages of printed email messages that have begun to pour in to him from former co-workers, people whose lives he touched as a minister, and others he has not seen for some time. He sent them messages, telling them how each has touched his life in special ways and, in essence, to say goodbye.

Jim shared with us not only his acceptance, and even, excitement, of the journey he is about to take—“It’s time to set out on a new adventure.”— but also admitted to his nervousness about the actual process of dying.

Next Tuesday, he will be moving into a beautiful hospice center located close to his and Jonni’s home in Vancouver where he will be lovingly attended to until he is called home.
Just before B.J. and I wrapped ourselves in his wonderful hugs and said our “See you laters!”— not “Goodbyes”—he began to ask me to send word to our Groundwaters family of his great appreciation for the experiences that Groundwaters has given him over the years. While trying to get the words out, he broke into tears. Taking on the persona of Jimminy Cricket in the “Philosopher’s Corner” of each quarterly magazine and now the annual anthologies gave him a voice and a connection to each of you that he has long carried in his heart.

The only gift I brought to him yesterday, besides my presence, was the newly published 2018 Groundwaters anthology which he lovingly looked through as soon as I presented it to him.

I know that he would love to hear from any of you in a message sent to his email address of dadburnett13@gmail.com. In that way he can feel that he is participating in his own celebration of life.

Thank you all for your kind words to me and the concern that you have shown for his well-being. He’s in good hands.

Godspeed, Jimminy Cricket—Jim Burnett Sr.—my brother!

Sweet Lorane Community News, November 1, 2018

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
November 1, 2018
By Pat Edwards

Now that Halloween has passed, we can all begin settling in to winter and the fast-approaching holidays.

The second Lorane Movie Night of the season will be held on Saturday, November 10.
A soup, delicious bread and salad supper will be served at 6:00 p.m. This one will be “pie night,” so be sure to bring a pie to share! Then at 6:45 p.m., a silent, short cliffhanger—“Perils of Pauline,” will be shown followed by door prizes and popcorn refills. At 7:30 p.m., everyone can settle in for the featured movie, “Hidden Figures,” a 2016 biographical drama about Katherine Johnson, one of the human computers at NASA whose skill with mathematics enabled the early U.S. space program to take flight. Kevin Costner plays the NASA supervisor who recognizes her genius.

The next spaghetti dinner and bingo night at the Lorane Grange is scheduled for Friday, November 16 starting with dinner at 5:30 p.m.

Crow Grange’s dinner and bingo nights are on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month.

The fundraiser for Cody Tripp, held at the Crow Grange recently, was reported to be a huge success. The amount of participation and love shown was very much appreciated. It’s heart-warming to see how generous our small, rural communities can be.

The Crow High School Band leaves on Thursday, November 8, for its trip to Washington, D.C. to participate in the Parade of Heroes. The band was honored to receive an invitation to represent Oregon in the Veterans’ Day celebration in our nation’s capital. Loranian Mark Simonsen, a student at Crow High School, has been given the honor of playing Taps at all three memorial celebrations on Saturday, November 10.

A fun, free “Mini-Pie Making” class is being offered on Saturday, November 17 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. by the Creswell Grange. Learn how to make delicious and decorative apple, cherry, peach and chocolate cream mini-pies for the holidays. These can be adapted for other varieties, too. The classes are open to the public, but you are asked to pre-register so enough baking supplies will be on hand for all who attend. Contact Dottie at 541-895-2155 to register.

This year’s first annual Art in the Country festival, held in early August on the grounds of the Applegate Regional Theater, was considered a success, so the organizing committee, of which I’m part, has decided that the 2019 edition of it will be a 2-day event and will once again feature quality artists and authors. It will also have a beer and wine garden, food vendors and a kids’ zone. There will be live music on the outside performance stage; author readings and short plays will take place inside the theater, away from the other distractions. So, mark your calendars early for July 27 and 28, 2019. We’re getting an early start this year with signing up authors, artists, vendors and entertainers, so if you’re interested in participating in any of the entertainment, displays or booths, be sure to give Vicki Sourdry a call at 541-935-3636 or email her at art-inc@hotmail.com.

Sweet Lorane Community News, October 25, 2018

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
October 25, 2018
By Pat Edwards

We’ve been blessed with beautiful fall weather this year, but it appears to be gearing up for the rainy season this past week. I’ve noticed that in our yard and front pasture, especially, our oak trees are divesting themselves of lots of acorns. This is unusual for us as I don’t remember seeing as many acorns around until now. We haven’t had the overabundance of gray squirrels that many are reporting and our dogs discourage deer from entering the property, so when Jeff Levy of Lorane’s Balance Restoration Nursery put out a notice that he was needing white oak acorns, I contacted him. He came right out and harvested ours. If you have a good supply that hasn’t been eaten by wildlife, give him a call at 541-942-5530.

Halloween preparations are in full swing. The Crow-Applegate-Lorane School District’s “Harvest Festival” was held this past weekend and Lorane’s celebration on the actual day—Wednesday, October 31—the Lorane Christian Church will be hosting its annual “Trunk ‘n Treat” from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Local residents are encouraged to park their cars in the parking lot at the church where they can open their trunks to display Halloween decorations. Ghosts, witches, Cinderellas and superheroes can get goodies from each trunk while the adults, who are also encouraged to dress in costume, enjoy the hot soup and cocoa provided.

The age-old practice of trick or treating used to be a fun, exciting prospect when I and later, our children, were young, but it was also logistically challenging in the rural areas. Homes were frequently so spread out, with many of the houses at the end of long driveways, that most parents took their kids into familiar neighborhoods of friends and family in town.

Sadly, the rare, but very real dangers posed by sick predators who laced candy with hallucinogenic drugs or even razor blades, has almost brought that practice to a full halt. The church’s “Trunk ‘n Treat” is the ideal solution for a fun and safe time for young and old alike. Thank you to those who provide this and the harvest festivals for the area children.

GPosterroundwaters Publishing (aka Jennifer Chambers and me) is gearing up for its upcoming Groundwaters LIVE! event scheduled for Sunday, November 4, at 3:00 p.m. at the Applegate Regional Theater located north of Crow on the corner of Central and Fleck Roads. Our 2018 annual anthology is done and waiting to be distributed that day. As we do each year, 10 of our over 70 contributors will be giving 5-minute readings from their stories and poetry included in the 146-page book. If you haven’t experienced Groundwaters through its 11 years as a literary quarterly or the past 4 years as an anthology, you will be amazed at the quality of our local writing talent. Plan on joining us at Groundwaters LIVE! on November 4! It’s FREE and a fun way to spend a fall afternoon by honoring those who share their wonderful stories and verse with us.

Lil Thompson of the Lorane Grange asked me to let everyone know that the grange meets next on Thursday, November 1 at 7:00 p.m. They always welcome new members. The next spaghetti dinner and bingo event will be on Friday, November 16. There was no winner on the progressive blackout game last week, so there’s a good chance it will go next time.

The Crow Grange hosts a similar dinner and bingo night every first and third Saturdays during the school year. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. with bingo starting at 7:00.
These are family nights of fun. Plan on coming out to support your local grange!