Tag: Montana

Sweet Lorane Community News, July 13, 2017

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
July 13, 2017
By Pat Edwards

I’m lovin’ these bearable summer days this year. The mid-to-high 70s and low 80s are perfect as far as I’m concerned… especially if there is a light breeze, which there has been.

On our trip to Montana before the 4th, the weather there was in the 70s and quite comfortable, but I received a note from our friends who we visited in Helena and they said that right after we left, the temps soared to “the high 90s and low 100s!” According to Connie, “it’s been 15 to 20 degrees above normal each day and looks like the rest of the month is going to follow suit. We had a 5.8 earthquake last week and aftershocks continue. It was definitely not one we could sleep through and was the biggest one in 18 years for Montana. The topping on the cake is the severe thunderstorms rolling thru each afternoon and lightning starting immediate fires. July is never fun but this year tops them all.”

The poor Montanans experienced not only a harsh winter this year, but now their summer sucks. I think I’ll stick in Oregon. I’m figuring that we must have brought the good weather back with us!

I reported most of the upcoming Lorane events last week, but here’s another item to put on your calendar…

The Lorane Christian Church is sponsoring its annual “Worship in the Park” at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, August 27, this year. It will once again be held at the Martin family’s, Farmin’ Creek event center on Siuslaw River Road. A potluck lunch will follow the church service, as well as horseshoes and swimming in the pond. This is something you don’t want to miss.

Matt Van Wyk and the owners of Alesong Brewery in Lorane just announced on the Lorane Facebook page that their doors are now open for business. “I just wanted everyone to know we are finally open! Regular hours are 12:00 to 8:00 p.m., Friday through Sunday. We’re planning a Grand Opening celebration on Saturday, July 22, with a food cart and a couple of live musicians. Stop by and say hello!”

Many residents in our area are working hard to rid their properties of Tansy Ragwort which seems to be enjoying a resurgence throughout Lane County. The bright yellow weed that is springing up in fields and pastures right now is poisonous to livestock, especially horses and cattle. It’s vital that whenever you see a plant, even in your yard, that you pull it out by the roots if at all possible (or at least cut it), and put the plants into a black garbage bag where they will be contained. One suggestion is to leave the bag full of tansy out in the sun for a few days to let them “cook”… ensuring that they can no longer germinate. If they are left lying on the ground, they will continue to fully seed.
If the tansy plants you encounter, however, have a number of yellow and black caterpillars on them, don’t disturb them. These caterpillars are the larvae of the Cinnabar moth which eat tansy exclusively and kill the plant they are working on before it goes to seed.

Cinnebar moth

Cinnabar moth and larvae

Let’s all be good neighbors and bring this unwanted plant under control since it spreads quickly once it goes to seed.

I realized that I failed to give the date of this year’s Lorane Ice Cream Social in last week’s column. It is always held on the 2nd Sunday in August. This year it will be on August 13 and it usually begins at 1:00 p.m. Marissa McNutt Cooper is soliciting volunteers to help with the new booths and events that are being planned to celebrate the Lorane Fire Department’s 40th anniversary. Call her at 541-517-6608 for more information or to volunteer.

Don’t forget! The Lorane Christian Church is planning a bake sale in the parking lot of the Lorane Family Store on July 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. I know only too well, from personal experience, what great things they have to offer.

Sweet Lorane Community News, June 22, 2017

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
June 22, 2017
By Pat Edwards

Today, as I write this, we are preparing to begin our 10-day vacation in Montana to visit our youngest daughter, Kelly, and her husband, Justin. They just completed the building of a beautiful new dream home on Flathead Lake and we are to be their first guests. Pretty exciting stuff! We are really looking forward to seeing them and their home as well as some special friends who live in Helena.

Lorane news is really sparse right now, so instead, I want to share with my readers some words written by a Lorane resident whose willingness to be open and honest have made him very special to those of us who know him as well as those who are benefiting by his words outside of Lorane.

Michael Matchulat, aka Michael Matchy on Facebook, has spent the last two years waging a battle that all of us dread and few of those preceding him have survived for this long. He was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer and has gone through more than any of us can imagine. He started off strong, but today, as you will see, he has attained even greater strength, wisdom and insight… but I’ll let Michael tell it in his own words…

Michael Matchulat pic

“About two years ago, my perspective on everything was forced to change. I used to be a regular grain of sand in the mass of the universe, but now my goal is to not cause irritation by blowing into someone’s eye.

“My team (of doctors) has biopsied, poked, cut, glued, scanned and implanted countless items, and regrown parts of me (some several times) to make me part of the 5% who live to 24 months with this much cancer. I won this battle, but the war is far from over.

“The most shocking element for me is how much this disease has become a part of me. I never wanted that; I was always told never to let something define you. Well, this is a big one and it’s who I am now.

“People often wonder what would happen if they were shot, stabbed, in a car crash, or lost their previous abilities. Well, I know what happens in my reality, and I’ll tell you… The outpouring of support is overwhelming. Don’t test it. Two percent of original patients live to 5 years, so that’s a new goal for me.

“In the blink of the eye I’ve watched friends die, go from terminal to independent, and watched as conversation mates struggle to comprehend what I’m going through and try to give certain advice straight from their chocolate starfish.

“We all have our struggles in life; we can’t compare those with each other. Just don’t try to make death and living a competition. Do it your own way and be happy you found out how. We are all beating to a different metronome.

“My team and I have some significant battles coming up very soon and I hope the last two years were a good warm up and preparation for the great things to come for us all.


Please feel free to share his words with others. Thank you, Michael.