Sweet Lorane Community News, February 7, 2019

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Sweet Lorane Community News ,
February 7, 2019
By Pat Edwards

By the time you read this, Jim and I will have returned from our 4-day visit to Anthem, Arizona to visit our youngest daughter, Kelly, and her husband Justin Fontaine. Since my submission deadline takes place while we are away, I’m submitting this short column ahead of time…

The gears have begun to turn on the proposed realignment of Territorial Highway between Gillespie Corners and Lorane. The Oregon Department of Transportation is proposing to pay Lane County $30 million over several years to take on the ownership of Territorial Highway which has, until now, been a state highway. Much of the proposed money will be used on a safety project to straighten the curves and widen our section of Territorial where there are no shoulders or areas suitable for passing the increasing number of bicyclists who ride it in the good weather months.

The county has already taken steps to outline a plan to survey a new alignment of the section that will include and address the long-term problem of the Stony Point curves and the geological shifting and sinking of the pavement itself. It’s long been a safety concern for all of us who drive that stretch on a daily basis… especially since trees were cut last year to make way for new power lines and the edges of the pavement leading up the hill are not protected by guardrails.

The Lane County Board of Commissioners was to meet last Tuesday to vote on the arrangement, but because I am writing this early, I won’t be able to include that information in this column.

Our own Karen Pidgeon, a professional artist who, with Alix Mosieur, gave us our beautiful mural, is one of 25 artists whose work is featured in the Eugene Love Show, a non-juried art exhibition that examines “the concept of love.” Karen’s piece, titled “Wolves at Play” is one of those being used to promote the event. You can visit the exhibit that will take place in downtown Eugene just off Kesey Square (located on Broadway and Willamette) in the lobby of the Broadway Commerce Building.

Here’s a reminder about some of the upcoming events I’ve mentioned in past columns:
Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at the Fern Ridge Middle School: The Celebration of Life for former Veneta mayor, Sandy Larson; Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at the Fern Ridge Middle School.

Friday, February 15, from 4:30 to 10:30 p.m.: The Eta Theta Rho Girls Club’s free Parents’ Night Out for Lorane and Crow parents… free childcare!

More details on both of these events can be found in my January 24, 2019 column that’s posted on my website at https://allthingslorane.com/category/newspaper-columns.

I hope you enjoyed your snow while Jim and I were enjoying our Arizona sunshine.

Sweet Lorane Community News – January 31, 2019

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News ,
January 31, 2019
By Pat Edwards

Today is one of those days when I’m starting to write my column with no idea where I’m going with it. So, I’m interested in how it will develop, myself.

The most obvious observation I have this morning is what a glorious week we have been having, weather-wise. Someone remarked to me yesterday that we’re having a “February spring,” but we all know how deceiving that can be. I can feel the stirrings of spring fever, but I’m trying to settle them back into place for now. Let’s just enjoy it while it lasts.

Jim and I will soon be spending a few days with our daughter, Kelly, and her husband Justin, in Arizona. We’re both looking forward to seeing them in their winter digs. They are just not into spending another cold winter in their beautiful home in Montana as they did much of last year. They are trading the bears that stop by to visit them in the fall for the bobcats, coyotes and, as spring approaches, the rattlesnakes of Arizona. Fortunately, the bears and snakes hibernate, so now’s a good time for us to visit.

Life-long Crow resident, Daryle Bloom, has retired his auto repair business in Crow and has begun teaching shop classes at Crow Middle/High School in small engine repair. His last request for donations of broken small engines for the last class was so successful, he’s trying again.

“Wanted… seized-up or non-running small engines to use for high school shop class.” The ones donated last time were a great success and he extends his thanks to all who donated. The students loved working on the engines and they actually got many of them running again. He now has a new group of 8th graders coming in and would like to have more engines available for them to work on. You can respond to his posting on the Lorane or Crow Facebook pages or leave a message at the high school… 541-935-2227. If you have an old lawnmower or weedeater that no longer works, he will be glad to take it off your hands.

loranegeneralstoreAn exciting announcement was made this week by the management of the Lorane Deli. Beginning February 5th, it will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday and will have a dinner special each night along with their standard burgers, sandwiches and more. The dinner specials will be posted on the Lorane Facebook page soon.

This is welcome news for the Lorane community. We’ve been needing an option for evening meals where you can drop by on your way home from work or after a long day’s gardening or painting project.

loranecountrycafe300dpiI remember the days when the Lorane Country Café was in business in the late 1980s and the 1990s. The Giles offered delicious comfort food while we kicked back and relaxed— sometimes while still in our work clothes. No reservations were required and the booths and counter were usually full. Neighbors could catch up on the news and gossip and go home without having to face a sink full of dishes.

I hope that the whole community will give its full support to Peggy, Jesse and crew. They’ve been successful in making the Deli a popular meeting place in the mornings and have a loyal following. Let’s show them how much we appreciate their willingness to take this on.

Sweet Lorane Community News – January 24, 2019

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
January 24, 2019
By Pat Edwards

I’m going to try to get back on track this week with Lorane news, although there isn’t much of it right now. I missed reminders on a few events that have come and gone, but my hope is that I can share some of the messages from my heart with you, as needed, too.

Crow Middle/High School has announced that a new program on the study of Agriculture and Natural Resources has been approved. Students will now have the opportunity to explore careers in those fields. I also understand that the Crow-Applegate-Lorane school board also approved the establishment of an FFA Chapter.

To me, this is great news. Along with being offered instruction in some of the manual trades – mechanics, construction, welding, etc.—students who either might not be destined for a 4-year college education or who plan to go to college, but have shied away from considering agriculture and/or natural resources since the demise of the timber industry in Oregon, will get a chance to get some hands-on experience in these fields before setting their goals. It’s long been my belief that too much emphasis has been placed in recent years on getting formal college educations that they may not be able to afford and may lead no where. Kudos to C-A-L!

Mark your calendar! Lorane Eta Theta Rho, the girls’ youth service organization sponsored by the Lorane Rebekah Lodge has set a new date and time for their annual “Parents’ Night Out.” In the past, they have offered the gift of a night out to the parents of local children in the C-A-L school district during the holiday season. This year, however, they have scheduled it for Friday, February 15, from 4:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Parent’s Night Out is an evening where Eta Theta Rho Girls Club #94 provides free babysitting/daycare for the evening so parents can go on a date, relax at home, or do whatever they’d like to do, sans children. It is chaperoned by Eta’s adult female advisors. It will be held at the Lorane Rebekah Lodge at 80284 Old Lorane Rd, Lorane OR 97451. Contact Tara Wigle, Head Advisor (cell – 541-520-4151; or home – 541-935-5245), for more information.

The Celebration of Life for Sandy Larson, Veneta’s former mayor and friend to many of us from areas all over Lane County, will be held on Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at the Fern Ridge Middle School in Elmira. Parking is expected to be limited at the school, but the lots at the Fern Ridge District Office, Elmira Elementary School and possibly, the church next to the Middle School are being made available, too. In lieu of flowers, those who want to contribute to Sandy’s memory are encouraged to do so through Mid-Lane Cares, Friends of the Fern Ridge Library, or the Applegate Regional Theatre.

My good friend and co-editor of Groundwaters, Jennifer Chambers, has been asked to conduct a 6-week series of classes called “A Winter Writing Workshop” on the basics of writing short stories and fiction. Jen, a recognized author of various genres of books and stories, has recently lectured around Oregon on her two most recent books, Oregon’s Remarkable Women: Revolutionaries and Visionaries and Hesitate No Longer: Abigail Scott Duniway and Susan B. Anthony in Oregon.

The classes will be held on Wednesday nights, beginning on February 20 and continuing through March 27 at the Fern Ridge Library’s Konnie Room from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The cost will be $50 for the entire series and you will get personalized feedback on your stories from Jen.

For more information, contact Vicki Sourdry, c/o Friends of the Library, at vsourdry@hotmail.com; 541-337-7007