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 By Pat Edwards    News    February 20, 2020 

Life is either a daring adventure ... or nothing

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.” – Helen Keller Looking back over the...

 

Kobe's complicated legacy

This past week, many of us – possibly most of us, in the U.S. – experienced the horrific pain of the loss of multiple young lives. Fatal accidents as well as premature death of those generations...

 
 By Pat Edwards    News    January 30, 2020

Celebrating a century of local knowledge

COTTAGE GROVE - On Saturday, local man Charles "Chuck" Booher, now of Yoncalla, celebrated his 100th birthday with a party at the Cottage Grove Community Center. I had the pleasure of meeting him whil...

 
 By Pat Edwards    News    January 23, 2020

Three cheers for the Ducks women's basketball team

LORANE – Life right now is rather mundane following the business of the holidays. For Jim and I, the days are filled with doctor appointments, yoga classes, and trips to town to run errands ...

 
 By Pat Edwards    News    January 16, 2020

This time, we're prepared for snow

Well, we've made it into the new year without any major weather inconveniences, but most of us are still preparing ourselves for the possibility of another snow/ice storm that caused us to be without...

 
 By Pat Edwards    News    December 26, 2019

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...

 
 By Pat Edwards    News    December 19, 2019

Lorane loses longtime resident

LORANE –Another of our longtime Lorane residents has passed. Donna Moore was a kind, sweet woman. She and her husband Larry had been married for 68 years and were both active in the Lorane Grange...

 
 By Pat Edwards    News    December 12, 2019

Still stickin' with the choir

LORANE – I am part of the Fern Ridge Community Choir, which plans to do a holiday singalong concert the week before Christmas. A few columns ago, I told you how difficult it was for me to learn...

 
 By Pat Edwards    News    December 5, 2019

Giving thanks for another great-granddaughter

LORANE – The holiday season seemed to come swooping in this year. It seems that once I passed 50 or so, the days, weeks, months and years have taken on the speed of an express train. Once the...

 
 By Pat Edwards    News    November 28, 2019

Memorable nights: Reliving history and watching powerful performers

LORANE – Thank you to Nanette Bordner, the lifestyle director for the Junction City Retirement and Assisted Living Center, for inviting me to give a talk on the history of the Pacific Highway, U.S....

 
 By Pat Edwards    News    November 21, 2019

Time spent, and its changing ways

LORANE – Each year, time seems to go faster and faster. Thinking back to my youth, it seemed as though the days, weeks and years, kept at a leisurely pace. There was time to go to school, do...

 
 By Pat Edwards    News    November 14, 2019

Singing the praises of joining the choir

I stepped out of my comfort zone this last week. I’ve always loved music and whenever possible, I sing along with it ... Jim and I are seasoned “car radio singers.” We know every word to the...

 
 By Pat Edwards    News    October 31, 2019

Losing Our Faith in Healthcare System

Today, the day has finally arrived for Jim to have the epidural injection that will, hopefully, relieve him of the sciatica pain that he has been experiencing since he fell and broke his pelvis in...

 
 By Pat Edwards    News    October 10, 2019

Movie nights in Lorane will keep you

The Rural Arts Center has announced its 2019-2020 lineup of movies for the Lorane Movie Night series. Just one thing, though... Their new licensing agreement won’t let them advertise the movies to...

 
 By Pat Edwards    News    October 3, 2019

Fall is flush with special memories

This past week was the beginning of fall, and it certainly feels as though it’s earlier than usual, weather-wise. I’ve always enjoyed the cooler, sunny days of fall that we usually have through...

 
 By Pat Edwards    News    September 26, 2019

Recent accident stirs heeded warning: Drive safe on treacherous Territorial

Around 7 p.m. last night our dogs began barking and whining to get outside. They’ll do the same when they know it’s time to race the school bus or garbage truck up the hill (inside our...

 

Remembering lifelong Loranian, Nancy O'Hearn

LORANE – Last week, I lost a very special friend. How do I begin to tell you about Nancy O'Hearn? Nancy's family in Lorane goes back five generations, when her great-grandparents settled in the...

 
 By Pat Edwards    News    September 5, 2019

Mary Ford was always a model citizen

LORANE – Oh my gosh! As I look at the calendar, I realize that August is on the verge of escaping us for another year! By the time you read this, it will be September – the beginning of fall and a...

 
 By Pat Edwards    News    August 22, 2019

Sweet Lorane Community News

It’s been a while since I reported anything about Jim’s and my adventures since his accident that fractured his pelvis in three places last April. Amazingly, he was able to enjoy our 11-day vacati...

 
 By Pat Edwards    News    August 1, 2019

Fire Road blaze reminiscent of 2015 fire

'In early August, 2015, Lorane was in the news – and not in a good way. A fire had broken out along Territorial Road south of Lorane and caught the hillside between the Mitchell and Matchulat...

 
 By Pat Edwards    News    July 25, 2019

Art in the country is this weekend

This week I want to share with you the story of a special organization I have had the privilege of being closely affiliated with over the past 10 years or more. I have mentioned my work with the...

 
 By Pat Edwards    News    July 11, 2019

Sweet Lorane Community News

I hope that everyone had a fun and safe Fourth of July this year. I can remember as a kid the fun we had. Some of my fondest memories of the Fourth of July were of our family joining my grandparents,...

 
 By Pat Edwards    News    July 4, 2019

Sweet Lorane Community News

A couple of weeks ago, I promised to tell you a bit more about our wonderful 11-day American History East tour that we took at the end of May. The tour itself was only in Washington, D.C. for two...

 
 By Pat Edwards    News    June 27, 2019

A tribute to Latham from Lorane

I have been following the story of the closing of the little Latham Elementary School by the Cottage Grove School District this past week. It brings back memories and the heartache that the people of...

 
 By Pat Edwards    News    June 20, 2019

Lorane: A new start and an old writing style

Noel Nash, the new owner and publisher of The Creswell Chronicle, asked me to drop by the office the other day to discuss what new and exciting changes they are planning for the paper. Part of his...

 

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