By Pat Edwards
The Lorane Christian Church’s friendship no-host dinner will be held at Sizzler Steak House on Gateway Boulevard in Springfield, Sunday, Feb.12, at 5:30 p.m. They hold this dinner each year as a purely social get-together for the people of Lorane. It’s a great way to renew old friendships and get caught up on all the news. If you are interested in signing up for a reservation, call MarKay Wilson at 541-942-7252.
Last Saturday, the Lorane Grange enjoyed a fantastic turnout for its spaghetti dinner and bingo night. Lil Thompson tallied 40 who ate dinner and 23 who stayed to play bingo. The next night in the series will be Saturday, Feb. 25. Plan on joining us.
A group of Lorane residents are trying to rekindle interest in the Lorane Community Association, which, over the past year, suspended its meetings. Pam Kersgaard and Beth Robinson encouraged those interested to meet for breakfast and conversation at the Lorane Deli last week. They are hoping the social setting will lead to a renewed interest in community projects.
The Crow-Applegate-Lorane school board meets at the Lorane Grange on Feb. 16. An executive session begins at 6:30 p.m. and the open board meeting will begin at 7 p.m. This is a perfect opportunity to learn about and get involved in the operation of our children’s schools.
With that said, the school board needs to fill some vacancies on its budget committee. Participants will need to commit to three or four meetings during May and June. Call the district office at 541-935-2100 to request an application.
And, as I mentioned in last week’s column, there are three Lorane Fire Department board positions available that need filled. Visit or call 541-942-1233.
On a personal note, there is a large contingent of community members hoping to obtain and establish a community center at the former Lorane Elementary School. The building is once again being offered for sale by the latest owners. We were not able to work out the details to obtain ownership, unfortunately. Now the price tag is $650,000 for the buildings and four acres of land, or a package deal of $1,000,000 with a “Tier 1 processing, retail cannabis uses allowed.” That’s not what I had ever envisioned for what was for decades, the heart and soul of Lorane.

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