Fern Ridge Review
Sweet Lorane Community News
July 23, 2015
By Pat Edwards
Does this summer seem to be one with many-too-many entries in the “bad news” column? Just reading the Register-Guard has become extremely depressing with all of the crime going on in Lane County. Then for the community of Lorane, we’ve had very special families experience major health issues and the passing of special young people, especially. It’s difficult to keep a grip on all of the good things that we get to experience in life these days. So, it’s even more important for us to concentrate on our blessings and embrace our loved ones and know how very fortunate we are to have them in our lives.
Lorane’s latest loss was the accidental death of 26-year-old Chris Howell who grew up and went to school in Lorane until he moved to Texas with his mother and siblings in his junior year at Crow High School. Chris was the son of Alan and Debbie Howell. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps following graduation in Texas and attended Texas Tech University after serving one tour of duty in Iraq. He was apparently 4-wheeling off of Gowdyville Road when his Jeep rolled over, pinning him beneath it. He passed away the next day while undergoing a second surgery. His death has shocked our whole community and we are all grieving for his parents, brother David and sister Rachel (Rush). Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Howell family.
I’ve already talked about the community fundraisers that are being organized for another young Lorane man, Michael Matchulat, who is undergoing treatment for Stage 4 colorectal cancer. Here are some dates and times that I’d like to remind you of…
On July 27, Papa’s Pizza on West 11th in Eugene has issued a flyer that will earn 50% of your purchase that day which will go to the Michael Matchulat fund. Check the Lorane Facebook page to download a copy of the flyer.
On August 1, the Lorane Grange is hosting a Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser for Michael from 7:00 -11:00 a.m. at the Lorane Grange. They are hoping for a large turnout, so please consider starting your day on a positive note!
In addition, an account has been set up on YouCaring for Michael at http://www.youcaring.com/michael-matchulat-388090# for those who wish to make a cash donation to his considerable medical expenses.
The annual Crow Grange “Chicken n Pickin” BBQ is also coming up on Saturday, August 1 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. They will be serving a chicken dinner consisting of a half of a BBQ chicken, fresh corn on the cob, baked beans, roll, lemonade or coffee and ice cream. Your dinner will be accompanied by the “Poodle Creek Pickers” old-time fiddler group. The cost: $10.00. For information, call Connie Suing at 541-556-2609 or Ruth Teafatiller at 541-935-3119. You’ve got your day’s meals taken care of… breakfast at the Lorane Grange and dinner in Crow!
Now, to end my column on a really good note… at least for our family. Our granddaughter, Hannah Edwards of Creswell, won the 4-H Intermediate Reserve Champion Sheep Showmanship Award at the Lane County Youth Fair this past week. Congratulations, Hannah! We are so proud of you!