Sweet Lorane Community News

This week, as we begin the process of transitioning from summer to fall, I have some announcements and events to put on your calendar.
Robin Rene (O’Brien) posted the following information on the Lorane, Oregon Facebook page about her son, Chad Alden Andrews (March 3, 1981 – Aug. 19, 2018).
“With great sadness, I need to inform the local people of the passing of my youngest son, Chad. We are planting a tree with his ashes on my place, and will have an open-gate day so people can come to see it and share things they remember if they want. We will announce the date for that soon. His brothers, Jerry and Robert, still live in Lorane, as do I. Jerry’s wife, Kristy, and son, Timothy, are also Loranians. His father, Robert, is a resident of Cottage Grove. He has a nephew Jalin in Crow, Logan in Tigard and Addyson in Springfield. Chad was an organ donor and the care center says his organs saved the lives of three people, and his corneas will restore vision to two more. Our family is very upset and grieving at the moment, and I am posting here so we can avoid telling it over and over. We welcome your thoughts, prayers, good energy or whatever your belief system allows you to send our way. Thanks. Robin Rene”
Chad attended the Crow-Applegate-Lorane schools and was remembered by many. Among the comments were these: “My last memories of Chad were as a bright, energetic, funny and creative teenager.” and “He was a bright light and one of my favorite kids back when he was at Crolane.”
We send the family our heartfelt condolences at this time. I can’t think of anything worse than losing a child, no matter what age…
The Rural Art Center’s Ukulele Club is revving (strumming?) up again and lessons/practices will be held on Thursdays, beginning Oct. 4, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Crow Middle/High School Music Room. Beginners through accomplished players are invited and welcome to join in the fun. More information can be found on the Rural Art Center Facebook page.
A new Lorane resident, Kirsten Barnes, is offering gymnastics to local kids soon. She is seeking a venue for her mobile classroom. Message her on our Facebook page if you are interested in your child participating.
Mark your calendars for a public hearing being held to discuss the Sudbury Charter School proposed for the Lorane area. It will be held at the Applegate Elementary School cafeteria on Thursday, Sept. 6, at 7 p.m. You are urged to come join in the discussion, and to find out how it will impact not only the Lorane community, but the Crow-Applegate-Lorane School District, as well. More information can be found at
One last notice for this week: The Balance Restoration Nursery on Chambers Mill Road, south of Lorane, has posted a job opening for seasonal employees who preferably have Wetland Restoration experience, to work with plants, greenhouse construction and the restoration of soil. The employment will run from Sept. 24 to Dec. 20, three days a week from 8- to 10-hour days with pay $11 to $14 per hour. Contact: [email protected]; or the Balance Restoration Nursery LLC Facebook page.
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