The Gnometown Tale of Gnome Loren
It had been a long time since the gnomes had gathered together at the river. The troll had been living quietly under the bridge, and the long winter was finally over! Gnome Daws started the fire just before dark, which meant it was time to gather! The gnomes of Dawson all sat in a half-moon at the gathering spot to hear Fat tell the tale of Gnome Loren. Young Loren had married Fat’s daughter, Carole, as soon as they finished college. Soon after, the carrier pigeon brought news that Loren would move to Germany to help with the fight against the evil trolls and goblins. Loren, Carole, and their little gnome, Jody, packed their belongings in their knapsacks and flew on the big Eagle over the ocean. While living there, the family welcomed a new little gnome, Jay.
Fat then recalled the day the young Femrite family returned and decided to make Gnometown their home. Loren began making cabinets for the gnome homes in Dawson and the tall people miles and miles away, while Carole taught the young gnomes in elementary school. Loren became very involved in his church and enjoyed teaching Sunday School to the young gnomes and taking them on church trips. He helped his friends organize the Gnome Hope Network and served on many boards and councils. He and Carole were so happy they had decided to raise their young gnomes in the same community they grew up in!
Loren was a quiet gnome with many thoughts and ideas always filling his head. He loved sitting around the tree stump visiting with friends. They shared new ideas for building homes, preserving their parks, and how to continue to make Gnometown the great little community it is. One day, Loren gathered at the old Oak tree by the river with Doc Phil, Farmer Gerry, and other friends on the gnome council. They had a long discussion and decided they needed a way to help gather the money and acorns from the community and distribute them to the community. Gerry looked at Loren and said, “It’s a lot easier to raise money than to give it away.” How true that was! When Gnometown is in need, the hearts on the gnomes’ sleeves grow! The trouble was getting it where it needed to go. Loren took on the task of helping organize the Gnometown Community Foundation. The foundation helped collect acorns and money and gave it away to gnome projects. Mayor Richard needed money for the new swimming hole, Gnome Vern asked for help with needs at the school and to upgrade to a newer clamshell & stump seats in the Gnome Auditorium, Bob and Marlene filled their Ford Gourds with Meals on Wheels for gnomes in need, and Gnome Eloise used it to fill Gnome Street with flowers. The foundation helped fund the many Gnometown events and so much more!
When Gnomemaker Doug moved away, Gnome Areta needed to find someone new to help preserve the history of Gnometown. Alta, Ruth, and Sharilyn would share stories, but they would need an artistic gnome who was patient enough to make the gnome statues. But not just any statues - these would be at least 10 apples high!! That’s 10 times larger than the average gnome! Everyone knew Loren was the gnome for the job. They all tipped their hats to the right to vote yes for the new gnomemaker!! If you take a stroll through Gnome Park, you’ll see these mischievous and helpful gnomes, with a bend in their hats and their hearts on their sleeves, created with love by Gnome Loren.