Twinkling lights illuminate South Lane County

The holiday season is upon us in full force. The season is shining through the beautiful Christmas lights and lawn decorations as we travel the roads around Lorane.
I love driving down Oregon Avenue in Creswell. The beautiful twinkling white lights on the trees lining the street fill me with the spirit of the season. I feel that I’m in a fairyland. Good job, Creswell!
And, although I haven’t seen the display yet, I’ve been treated to pictures of the bright and colorful lights of the “tunnel” at the Village Green in Cottage Grove.
I know that the Veneta area had its own light parade a week ago and beautiful displays, too.
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I’m so thankful I did not give up on the choir, as I was close to doing.
At the first rehearsal, I felt I could never learn the parts I was to sing because I have always sung the melodies of the carols and wasn’t trained to read vocal music that frequently didn’t follow those melodies.
But with practice, I was able to figure it out and as I prepare for the first of three performances, I find I have enjoyed doing it very much, and am going to miss it and the great group of people I have been working with.
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Lorane resident Sharon Annett underwent surgery last week in New York to remove a tumor that is causing paralysis on the right side of her face. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Annett family, as are those of others hoping the surgery is a success.
The GoFundMe account in Sharon’s name has grown beyond the original goal to help pay for travel and care. Shauna Davis, a close friend, wrote recently on her Facebook page: “Even though the goal amount says it has been matched, there is still a big need! If you know Sharon and she touched your life, drove your bus to school or a game, invited you into her home, made you a sandwich, has been a listening ear … please consider donating! Every little bit goes a long way!”
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The local Angel Tree and food and clothing collection groups report that there has been a huge response for our local families. The volunteers met at the Lorane Grange and began wrapping all of the gifts donated to area children and putting together the food boxes. A warm clothing closet is available, as well.
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