Sweet Lorane Community News, September 20, 2018

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
September 20, 2018
By Pat Edwards

Lorane and Crow areas have some upcoming events that I need to tell you about this week.

I’m a little late in getting this info out, but if you’re interested, you will only miss the first of several video/discussion classes on Bible study. Randy and Marty Eschleman will be leading the classes.

“Ever thought you would like to read through the Bible at least once in your life? You can cross this off your bucket list by joining us for an informal video/discussion class called “The Story,” starting September 23, 2018, 5:00 p.m.,” says Marty Eschleman. The classes will be held in the dining room of the Lorane Christian Church.

41937271_693244401026163_6070082497822064640_nThe Crow community is spearheading a large fundraiser for one of its own. Crow High School graduate, Cody Tripp, battled cancer throughout his high school years and still managed to graduate on time with his Class of 2013. A year later, he was pronounced cancer-free. Unfortunately, his cancer has returned. While he has health insurance to help cover treatment, there are many extra costs for him including travel expenses to the treatment center 130 miles away and lost wages.

A dinner is being held on Saturday, October 27, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., at the Crow Grange in his name. The proceeds will help defray some of these expenses. The dinner will include a full Swiss steak dinner and homemade pumpkin pie. There will be door and raffle prizes, live music and a silent auction. For more information, please contact organizer, Patrick Dearth (541-520-5383) or Connie Suing (541-556-2609). The Crow and Lorane areas have already proven they have huge hearts and take care of their own. Let’s do it again!

Drill Team_Page_1Member, Kate Morrow, of Lorane wants me to pass on the following information… The Desperados Co-ed Drill Team and Riding Club invites interested horse lovers to join in the fun. They are offering a 7-week walk/trot “Intro to Drill Team 101″ course. The classes will be held on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. at the Oregon Horse Center’s Prairie Arena at 90751 Prairie Road in Eugene. October 1 is a free ride, but if you want to continue, the charge for the remaining 6 classes is $60 per person. You must provide your own well-mannered horse (no stallions) and it is open to ages 12 to adult. Those under 18 years of age must wear a helmet and have a legal adult guardian present. Oh! To be young again!—One of the things I miss most is being able to ride my horse.

The Lorane dinner and bingo night sponsored by the Lorane Grange will begin another round of fun monthly evenings on Friday, October 19. I believe that the dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. and bingo will get started at 6:30. I’ll have more definite details closer to the date.

Groundwaters logo BCI’ve been working steadily on the 2018 Groundwaters anthology this past month and a half, and almost have it completed. It will be another good one with at least 60 contributing local authors and poets. We hope to have another Groundwaters LIVE! event to launch the book at the Applegate Regional Theater on Sunday, October 21. The books will be available at the event. More details will follow when we have them.

Enjoy our beautiful fall weather!

Sweet Lorane Community News, September 13, 2018

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

September is always a really busy time for our family… not only back-to-school for our teacher/family members and the younger generations, as well as the beginning of volleyball and cross-country seasons, not to mention football season, but it’s also filled with birthdays, birthdays and birthdays. It seems as though we have been celebrating non-stop the past two weeks.

My birthday falls on the 11th day of September and up until 2001, I enjoyed the spotlight… somewhat. But suddenly that day has held much more meaning to me than ever before. “My day” is one that is observed around the world and it gives me the opportunity to turn my thoughts away from myself and onto those of us whose hearts broke that day.

ecMdnydeiI believe that we all need to be reminded of how we felt… the unbelievable terror, pain and anger… and how we reached out to one another in order to get through it. That day was my 59th birthday and for each year that I’m allowed to live, I will remember and grieve for not only those who lost their lives, but for us as a nation.

I strongly believe that we need to get back to that mind-set of joining together instead of thinking only of ourselves and our differences with others. We need to stop taking offense at those differences and embrace them as the means for each of us to work together towards a common goal. We seem to have forgotten what it is like to “agree to disagree” and move towards one another, finding and building on those things we share, instead of distancing ourselves.

Impossible? Probably close to it, but each grain of sand in the form of respect we show to others, can build, accomplishing much more than drawing lines and pointing fingers.
Always remember September 11, 2001 and the impact it had on all of us that day. We can honor those who died that day by vowing to make something positive grow from the heartbreak.

Someone posted a thank you on the Lorane Facebook page on “9-11.” She said, “I would like to commend the person who played “Taps” this evening at 8:00 p.m. It was a very special tribute to those who died on September 11, 2001. Thank you and God Bless!!!”
Now, that is something I would have loved to hear. Whoever the person was added his/her grain of sand to our shore. Thank you.

I apologize for turning my column into an essay. I didn’t know what I was going to write about when I sat down at my computer this morning. Sometimes, I just need to let it flow and this is what came forth.

In a related matter, a group called “The Stand Down for Veterans,” led in the Lorane area by Mike and Joanne Cantrell, is collecting warm coats, jackets and sweater for both men and women veterans. There are collection bins at the Lorane Family Store and at the Grange where residents can leave warm garments to be taken to the Fairgrounds for distribution on October 5. Please drop your donations off soon.

free-vector-pow-mia_064865_pow-miaAlso, September 21st is the date for the National POW-MIA Day. There will be a table set up at Bi-Mart in Creswell and at the VA Center in Eugene. Its purpose is to bring awareness of the Missing-in-Action veterans that have not come home yet. Try to stop by these locations to support this cause.

Lorane’s own Lil Thompson has a brother, SSgt. William W.W. Stubbs, who has been MIA in Vietnam for many years now. He was a Green Beret. Let’s not forget.

Sweet Lorane Community News, September 6, 2018

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
September 6, 2018
By Pat Edwards

Now that school has started and everyone is looking towards fall, community activities are starting up again.

This month, the Crow Grange will resume its monthly bingo and dinner event that helps to provide funding to maintain their building and grounds. It’s a fun evening that the whole family can participate in. It sponsors two dinner and bingo nights a month—on the first and third Saturdays. They break for the winter holidays and summer vacation, so their first dinner and bingo evening will be on Saturday, September 15. Dinner is served beginning at 6:00 p.m. and bingo starts at 7:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to join them for the food, fun and games.

The Lorane Grange will be getting back into its own dinner and bingo schedule beginning in October. I’ll let you know the exact date closer to the time.

The Lorane Christian Church is sponsoring a class called “Financial Peace” starting September 18th. This is a 9-week course on how to get out of debt, budget your money and build wealth. It will be held at the Lorane Grange on Tuesday nights from 7:00-8:30 p.m. You must register on-line at FINANCIAL PEACE REGISTRATION. The cost for the class is $109, but if you need financial assistance, the church can help with part of that. Contact Heidi Rusten Langstraat on the website for questions or info.

The Lorane Rural Art Center has released its line-up of movies to be shown for this upcoming season. They are seeking sponsors to provide homemade soup—3 gallons of meat-based soup and/or 3 gallons of vegetarian—at each of the scheduled movie nights.

The movies include:

  • October 13: “Bend It Like Beckham”
  • November 10: “Hidden Figures”
  • December 8: “The Book Thief”
  • January 12: “East Side Sushi”
  • February 9: “Far From the Madding Crowd”
  • March 9: “Beasts of the Southern Wild (?)” (This last one has not been locked in yet and it may change.)

For more information, contact Rural Art Center board member, Chris, at stacool28@gmail.com or call 541-942-3511.

As reported in an earlier column, former Crow graduate, Chad Alden Andrews, passed away on August 19. His mother, Robin Rene (O’Brien), sent this update that I’d like to share.

I got a letter yesterday from the Life Center Organ Donor Network in Cincinnati… they are the family liaison for organ donors. They told me that all the transplants donated by Chad were successful and the hospital is flying a flag out front with Chad’s name on it. They also sent me a small flag and 100 “Donate Life” wristbands which I will put out to share at his memorial.

Note: The date of the memorial celebration will be announced when it has been determined.

We’re sending prayers and our thanks to all of the fire fighters who have been working so many hours, days and weeks to try to control the many wildfires in the area. We especially thank those who worked so hard to contain the fires that broke out near Curtin, along I-5 that could have easily headed our way.

It’s so sad to witness the destruction of so many trees, wildlife and even, in certain areas, homes, property and human life. It’s pretty scary. Thank you to those of you who are willing to put your lives on the line. Your efforts have not been overlooked!