Fern Ridge Review
Sweet Lorane Community News
May 31, 2018
By Pat Edwards
Springtime brings on the joy contained in that Lesley Gore song of long ago… “Sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows, everything that’s wonderful…” I’ve got the teeny-boppers scratching their heads and saying, “Who? What’s she talkin’ about?” but those of us who were around in the 1960s have probably now got that tune stuck in our heads for at least the rest of the day. (And yes… I know that I referred to that same song in this column a year and a half ago.)
I probably work harder and perspire (okay—sweat!) more profusely this time of year than any other, but it’s my favorite season. I come in the house, aching all over, but I feel good to be working muscles that are becoming more and more passive as my lifestyle slows down.
My war on out-of-control grass and weeds is finally making a degree of headway, in my favor. Oh… I still have a ways to go, but I’m seeing and feeling progress.
There’s a big event coming up in the Lorane and Crow communities that I’d like all of our friends and neighbors to participate in, even if you don’t live in either community. A group has taken on the task of raising enough funds and volunteer time and labor to try and build a home for one of our favorite young area couples. Michael Matchulat and his wife Amber, bought property in Lorane near King Estate Winery, that had on it a small, single-wide mobile home needing more repairs than it’s worth. Their intent when they got married almost 3 years ago was to replace it with a modest home. At about that time, however, Michael was diagnosed with Stage 4 colorectal cancer. It’s a hideous disease that has so far involved many, many surgeries, chemotherapy programs, poking, prodding, cutting away and tampering with various parts of his body and causing a great deal of pain and discomfort. Michael has faced each procedure and decision to try something new with unwavering courage. He’s not a dreamer; he’s a realist who knows he has no choice but to face whatever fate awaits him. He’s voiced his fears, anger and frustration with us and has allowed us to accompany him on the journey that he’s been on through blog-type postings on Facebook. Many of his entries are written with tongue-in-cheek humor, but the tragic circumstances are visible just below the surface and the reality of it is gut-wrenching. I’ve included some of those journal entries in this very column in the past, so many of you have met him through these pages, too.
Michael’s future is uncertain. He, more than anyone else, knows this. He worries about leaving Amber and works at whatever jobs he can between treatments. He was a well-respected deputy sheriff until cancer brought everything to a screeching halt. The medical bills have eaten away what insurance coverage they have as well as the proceeds of an earlier GoFundMe drive.
Now, a group of can-do residents and friends in Lorane and Crow are working to raise the funds to at least put a down payment on the building of a new home on their property. A major event is being planned in Michael and Amber’s honor. It’s a community benefit that will include dinner, live music, dancing and an auction of some great donated items. It will be held at King Estate Winery’s Vineyard Pavilion on Saturday, July 7, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale now for both the dinner/dance ($25 per person) and a raffle ($2 each or 11 for $10) that they will be holding, as well. You do not have to be present to win the raffle.
There is a website set up where you can buy the dinner tickets on-line or you can purchase them directly from one of the organizers. Go to the Matchy Kick Ass Party Facebook page to get the link to the website, as it is too long to include here.
The Lorane Family Store also has a limited supply of the 2,000 tickets that are being sold for the raffle. For more information, donation offers or tickets, contact DeAnn Butterfield Jahnke via the FB page or Marissa McNutt Cooper (541-517-6608).
Happy 54th anniversary to my husband and best friend, Jim Edwards!