Tag: Michael Matchulat

Sweet Lorane Community News, June 21, 2018

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
June 21, 2018
By Pat Edwards

We have some really big events coming up soon in both Lorane and Crow, so I want to try and cover several of them this week.

Before I begin, I want to comment on how important it is that no matter where you live, we need to support our own communities and the fundraisers and celebrations that are taking place throughout the year. So many of us have concerns about the current national situation, but we all feel so helpless in trying to make a difference. I believe that change starts small—locally—and tends to grow from there. By participating in our own communities, we are able to discuss our differences and work together to build values and to make positive things happen. It just grows from there. So, let’s do it!

First up on my calendar is the fundraiser for Michael and Amber Matchulat on Saturday, July 7. The Lorane community is spearheading the drive. Michael has been fighting Stage 4 colorectal cancer for 3 years now and it has depleted their resources. A community benefit dinner and dance are being held at King Estate Winery where a silent auction, live auction and raffles are also being held. The 150 available tickets for the dinner have been sold out and there’s a long waiting list for cancellations, but raffle tickets are still for sale. The website link is posted on the Lorane, Oregon Facebook page. Thank you to King Estate and the hard work being done by so many people!

The 15th Annual Crow Car Show, scheduled for Saturday, July 14, is being held at the Crow High School football field this year. The proceeds from this very popular event goes towards academic as well as athletic support of all of our Crow-Applegate-Lorane School District’s students regardless of age. The car show is hosted by the Crow Booster Club that has done so much for our schools through the years. There will be a free pancake breakfast, raffles, auctions, displays and activities for the whole family… and admission is FREE!

Saturday, August 4, is proving to be a real challenge for everyone. There are 3 major local events happening that day, but as I’ve mentioned in previous articles, if you want to make a day of it, you can partake in each one.

yard sale psoterThe earliest starting time is the Lorane Community-Wide (Yard) Sale taking place at 9:00 a.m. on August 4. It will run until 3:00 p.m. There will be sales happening at the same time throughout the Lorane area and maps will be provided for those wanting to browse each one. Tables are also being rented at the Lorane Grange and I have made the lawn area around the old Dew Drop Inn, next to the Lorane Family Store, available for anyone wishing to set up tents in which they can display their wares. All rental fees will be donated to the Lorane Grange.

After finding your treasures, you can then head towards Crow were you’ll find some good times, good entertainment and good food and drink for the rest of the day.

The newest event in the area, the Art in the Country Festival, will begin at 10:00 a.m. on the grounds of the Applegate Regional Theater, north of Crow. The site is located on the corner of Central and Fleck Roads and is 2 miles south of West 11th on the grounds of the former Central Elementary School. It runs until 6:00 p.m.

The Art in the Country Festival is described as a “fine art and author” fair and will feature displays and booths with a variety of fine art produced by Oregon artists and with over 20 Oregon authors sharing and reading from their latest books. Members of the theater will offer dramatic readings, as well. It will also have a beer and wine garden, food concessions, live music, 2 entertainment stages and a kids’ fun zone.

Last, but certainly not least, is the Crow Grange’s Chicken ‘n Pickin BBQ taking place from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. that same day. Save room for dinner that includes a half chicken, corn-on-the-cob, baked beans, a roll, lemonade or coffee and ice cream. The cost is $10 per person and they are willing to package it “to go.” They will even entertain you with live music!

I’ll need to tell you all about the August 12 Lorane Ice Cream Social in next week’s column.

Congratulations to the Creswell Grange for their recent Ice Cream Social event! I understand it was a lot of fun and that quite a few of our Lorane Grange members were there to support it. That, to me, is what the growth of “community” entails. Supporting your neighbors, whenever possible, as well as your own.

Sweet Lorane Community News, May 31, 2018

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
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.

33732032_10155644700510784_6336980175141470208_nThere’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!

Sweet Lorane Community News, March 8, 2018

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
March 8, 2018
By Pat Edwards

Jo and RobinI apologize for the abrupt ending to last week’s column. I was dealt a huge blow in learning about the death of my colleague, Jo-Brew, while I was trying to write it.

Jo, for many years, was a columnist for the Creswell Chronicle and was quite proud of being able to share her essays with its readers. In her recent memoir called Ripples in the Water that I helped her publish just before Christmas 2017, she told about her time there:

When Helen Hollyer, a woman I’d known as a good realtor, but was now the publisher of the Creswell Chronicle, contacted me, I was curious. She asked me to help the Creswell library by bringing my books to sell at a special event featuring local authors. I was thrilled and eager to go. I’m not sure if I sold any books, but I was glad to be there with some of the authors I’d taken workshops from or with.

Helen asked me to consider writing an occasional column for the Creswell Chronicle. I decided to try it and sent one in. Getting a copy of the paper in the mail with my column in it spurred me on and I hurried to send in another. Somehow I kept sending and she kept publishing, weekly, for seven years until she sold the paper.”

For those of you who knew her, the family is planning a celebration of Jo’s life at the Community of Christ Church on March 25, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. It’s located at 1485 Gilham Road, Eugene and all are welcome.

In lieu of flowers, Jo would have encouraged memorial donations to the Lane Library League. Contact information can be found on their website at http://lanelibrary.org/

Randy RampCongratulations to Randy Ramp, son of Monte and Tiny Ramp of Crow, for his nomination as “Administrator of the Year for OCCA” from Sherwood High School where he serves as Athletic Director.

Randy grew up in Crow, graduated from the Crow schools and then was the head girls’ basketball coach at Crow High School during the time our daughters, Michele and Kelly, played there.

A fundraiser is being planned at Papa’s Pizza Parlor Thursday, March 29 beginning at 11:00 a.m. for our hometown hero, Michael Matchulat, who has been battling Stage 4 colorectal cancer for the past couple of years. The purpose is to help defray some of the huge medical expenses he and his wife Amber are facing. Michael’s most recent blog gives you an inside view of what he’s facing.

Michael MatchulatWhy do I act like a five year old at the dessert buffet? Because I love pie… and cake… and Jello. There’s a scan on Monday and as much as I know faithfully as proven fact (hope and pray) that the chemo is working, I have no idea what’s going to happen once the rays go into the Scantron 4000 and it tells someone how much less cancer I’m still fighting.

The five year old is the gauge I have to use now after a painful conversation with one of the pediatric oncology transplant nurses who was being my angel for the day. Kids don’t know anything differently than going to the hospital and getting poisoned in order to live. They go, they soak up the chemicals, and they have a better shot at being a kid longer. And many of them die.

Love your important stuff like a child. Live like that nurse around those children she helps every day so they can smile one more time at whatever they want. Love like that child with the one indicator of pain being the wash of joy from their being. At the bottom of the pile of ashes is what you’re hiding from yourself. It’s always going to be there.

And visit your dessert bar. I’m the first in line. Thank you, Michael.

Reminder: A series of meetings called “Mentoring Ideas to Plans” geared to help us learn how to sharpen and hone our life skills are being offered at the Lorane Grange every Tuesday until May 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to participate.