Sweet Lorane Community News, March 15, 2018

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
March 15, 2018
By Pat Edwards

Spring is definitely in the air. I’ve been feeling it for a long time, but haven’t been able to enjoy it. I caught a nasty virus after our trip to California and it’s taken me over two weeks to even come out of the fog of sinus headaches, constantly dripping nose and cough spasms. My doctor gave me a prescription for antibiotics but told me not to fill it for several days… about halfway into my second week. I can understand the hesitancy with not wanting to use antibiotics unless we absolutely have to, but the fact that we must wait two weeks to get better on our own is a bit daunting.

Anyway, I’ve emerged from the fog finally and have been rebuilding my energy level. I even painted our guest bathroom yesterday. Jim tried mowing the lawn, but it was still a bit too wet, leaving large wet clumps of grass trailing the lawnmower. Soon it will need to be done every few days! I’m ready!

The Lorane Church ladies are holding a bake sale at the Lorane Family Store on Saturday, March 24, beginning at 10:00 a.m. As we have all learned, plan to get there early to have a good selection of all of the yummy cookies, brownies and other sweets that are offered.

Later that evening, the Lorane Grange will have another delicious spaghetti dinner and bingo night starting at 5:30 p.m. The progressive blackout amount continues to grow and is very “winnable,” so be sure to come and enjoy all of the fun and hi-jinx, not to mention the good food.

On Sunday, March 25 at 10:00 a.m., the Lorane Christian Church, will present a moving, inspirational opportunity to experience “The Last Supper” to commemorate Easter by bringing the major biblical event to life. Everyone is invited to take part.

The Lorane talent show will be happening on Sunday, April 8, a week after April Fools Day this year. Actually it would have been a perfect time to schedule it on April 1st. The show runs from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m and it’s free! This fun event is sponsored jointly each year by the Lorane Grange and the Rural Art Center. The organizers try to fit 20 five-minute acts into the program in an hour’s time, so if you’re interested in taking part, figure out what you’d like to share with everyone and sign up for a spot. According to Lisa Livelybrooks, “We have had chicken roping, a professional show tune performance, a clarinet solo, a tap dance, and a burped ABC song.” So build up your courage and get in on the fun. To sign up, send an email to the Rural Art Center at ruralartcenter@gmail.com or contact one of its members or a Lorane Grange member. And… if you’re too chicken or totally lacking in the talent department, mark it on your calendars so you can enjoy watching everyone else perform.

or contact one of its members or a Lorane Grange member. And… if you’re too chicken or totally lacking in the talent department, mark it on your calendars so you can enjoy watching everyone else perform.

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.

Sweet Lorane Community News, March 1, 2018

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
March 1, 2018
By Pat Edwards

Lorane’s own Birth to Beyond and Oregon Institute for a Better Way have come up with another extremely valuable program for our area. (The Oregon Institute for a Better Way is the group which sponsored the 3-day Preservation and Canning Clinic in Lorane this past fall.) This current program is a series of meetings called “Mentoring Ideas to Plans” to learn how to sharpen and hone our life skills. One of the topics currently under discussion is “doing income taxes OLD SCHOOL! We seem far removed from the fine print of the income tax forms and the details are constantly changing! Come talk, drink tea and connect!”

The meetings take place every Tuesday until May 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Lorane Grange.

Information on other topics and details can be obtained by visiting the Oregon Institute for a Better Way Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/intentionalcommunities/ or contact Misty Burris.

A fundraiser is being planned at Papa’s Pizza Parlor beginning at Thursday, March 29 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.

As I am writing this column, I just received a phone call that breaks my heart. I’m going to share the news with you now as by the time it is in print, the information will be out. The phone call was from a woman at the emergency room of Sacred Heart River Bend. She had been instructed by family to deliver the devastating news that my good friend and co-author, Jo-Brew, passed away this morning.


The two of us have become so close over the years we’ve worked together. She was a strong, vibrant, knowledgeable woman who shared so much of herself with me. Our years as colleagues and friends were rich and rewarding and I am going to miss her so very much.

With this said, I am going to close out this week’s column. I find I cannot continue further. I’m not quite over the flu I’ve had this week and I won’t be able to join her wonderful family at this time. My thoughts, prayers and love are with them… Ken, Mike, Melissa, Bob, Jeff, her grandchildren and great-grands. I think they know that.

Godspeed, Jo!

Sweet Lorane Community News, February 22, 2018

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
February 22, 2018
By Pat Edwards

Unfortunately, due to the recent spate of winter weather—aka, snow—the planned Lorane Barn Dance was cancelled. Plans are to reschedule it for another time. I know there are a lot of disappointed people. Many were really looking forward to going.
Another cancellation was the weekly Birth and Beyond meeting. Hopefully, things will become more “spring-like” soon.

The Crow Booster Club, which serves and supports projects benefiting all of the students in the C-A-L schools, is having a Bingo and Soup Dinner Fundraiser on Saturday, March 10. The 5:00 p.m. Soup Dinner will be $3/child; $5/adult, and at 6:00 p.m., BINGO begins. It is $5 per single game pack and $1 for the blackout game which will pay out $100 to the winner if they bingo in an allotted number of calls. A consolation pot of $25 will be paid if the bingo does not go in the allotted number. There will also be a 50/50 raffle for those who want to participate. All proceeds are earmarked to support the Crow-Applegate-Lorane School District.

I’ve received word that another former long-time Lorane resident has passed away. Nora Olson was a big part of Lorane while here. She was a nurse, but did so much more than that for the community while here. She served as the Noble Grand of the Lorane Rebekahs and volunteered in other capacities. Many of the comments posted to the notice on the Lorane Facebook included the words, “She made me laugh” and “She was always willing to help someone out…” She was born in Vienna, Austria and came to Lorane from her homes in New Hampshire and Maine, I believe. Jim and I extend our condolences to the Olson and Brackett families for their loss.

Jim and I just returned from a 5-day trip to the San Diego area of California. We went with my sister, Barbara, and her husband Dwight, to see our half-sister and brother who live down there. A cousin also lives in Camarillo, California, so we flew into Burbank and made that our first stop, driving the next day to San Diego. That was actually the worse part of the whole trip. I dislike driving Belt Line during rush hour, but it’s a piece of cake compared to the 405 traffic. It took us about an hour longer each way than it used to.

We had a beautiful hotel in the Old Town/Mission Bay portion of San Diego with a fantastic view. The time we spent with our older sister and brother was very special to us. Our sister, Virginia, recently moved to a memory-care facility following the death of her husband, but we were greeted with huge hugs and her memory for years past was extremely sharp. Together, they gave us a tour of the Point Loma area where they grew up as well as the old lighthouse where many military ships passed on their way out to sea during World War II. It was a special time in which we shared special memories.
Now it’s time to get back to work…

Sweet Lorane Community News, February 15, 2018

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
February 15, 2018
By Pat Edwards

I am writing this column earlier than usual as, by the time you read it, we will have left on a short vacation. I’ll have to tell you a little about it next week. In the meantime, I have some news to share…

Because of the great attendance and the fun had by all after the last similar event, the Lorane Grange is hosting a Barn Dance on Friday, February 23. It will be happening between 7:00-10:00 p.m. The music group will be announced later on the Lorane Facebook page as soon as arrangements have been finalized. All ages are welcome to participate and a suggested donation per person is $10. There will be refreshments served at the intermission.

The Lorane Community Association has got some big plans in the works if everything falls into place, according to the minutes of the last meeting.

Their main issue is addressing the Lorane Community food basket program. The current storage space needs to be repaired and revamped. Misty Burris is working with Food for Lane County to expand the pantry stock and they are hoping to involve other organizations in the community to help run it.

Little Lorane Library has outgrown its current space and the issue will be addressed sometime in March.

Also, the possible creation of a neighborhood watch is being revisited. The Lane County Sheriff’s Department and Oregon State Police offices are being contacted about issues the community has regarding the seasonal break-ins and lack of response from law enforcement agencies.

The Easy Acres Neighborhood Group has already held two meetings to set up its own Neighborhood Watch. We’re planning to share information with the Lorane group.
In a response for more recognition and support for veterans returning from war zones, the LCA wants to make an effort to reach out to local vets and establish more connections. A proposed veteran-specific banner will be added to the reader board and discussions of future activities are in the works.

The LCA also wants to assist a member of the community with the building of a house. According to Mina Knittel, Secretary of the Lorane Community Association, ideas for a fundraiser, work party, etc are in the works and will be decided at the next meeting.
In years past, communities and neighbors came together for barn-raisings! Why not a house in Lorane? I strongly believe that communities need more of these projects where neighbors can join together in helping each other. I’m proud of those who are not afraid to set goals and reach for the stars. Good for you, LCA!

The next monthly meeting of the group is scheduled for Thursday, March 1 @ 9:00 a.m. at the Lorane Deli.

More next week!

Sweet Lorane Community News, February 8, 2018

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

Lorane Country Cafe

Goodbye to the Lorane Country Cafe. Thanks for the memories!

We had a major event take place in Lorane this past week. We said goodbye to a piece of Lorane’s recent history when the Lorane Country Café was used for a practice burn by the Lorane and South Lane fire departments. I think that most agreed that although it was sad for those of us who have such good memories of stopping by for a delicious meal, usually cooked by Bette Giles or her son Dale, it was time. It had sat vacant for several years now, only being used occasionally by a private individual. Then the property was sold to Brian and Doug Coombs and veteran brewer, Matt Van Wyk of Alesong Brewing and Blending who built a nice new brew-pub building on the hillside above it. The café was deteriorating rapidly and when representatives of the fire groups contacted Alesong about using it for a practice burn, the owners felt it was the best option. In doing so, it provided the Lorane and South Lane Fire Departments much-needed practice on procedures they may face in real-life situations. There are pictures of the burn posted to the Lorane, Oregon Facebook page. Thank you to the participants for giving its demise a sense of purpose.

Mark your calendars: The Crow Booster Club is having a Bingo and Soup Dinner Fundraiser at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 10. Everyone is invited to attend.

A Little Bit of Lorane History: Lorane Country Café (written in 2006)
After seven long years of working after work and on weekends, Dale and Bette Giles opened the doors of their new restaurant, the Lorane Country Cafe. They located it next to their home and adjacent to the entrance to King Estate Winery on North Territorial Road. The property that had at one time been part of Bette’s family’s homestead. Dale had always promised Bette that someday he would build her a restaurant if she would run it and after moving back to Lorane from Alaska in 1979, they began the fulfillment of that promise. The bright and airy building seated 45 patrons and the full set of windows on the front overlooked fields and vineyards. They catered to local patrons who preferred good basic foods and in doing so, attracted others from Eugene, Cottage Grove, Veneta and other parts of Oregon looking for a good meal in a beautiful setting. They offered 3 daily specials and homemade pies, biscuits and soups. It was always difficult to find help at the store because of the rural location. Bette employed local people and in the summers she hired high school students. But she always believed that it is important for teenagers to participate in school activities during the school year. In an article for the Lane Electric Ruralite, Bette was quoted as saying, “I hate to see them tied up with work. Their high school years should be a special time in their lives. There is lots of time left for work.”

The Giles ran the restaurant for 17 years with the help of their two sons, Dale “Ben” and David, and their daughter Deeann Giles Brewer and eventually closed it in 2003 after not being able to find a buyer. In 2005, Richard Boyles purchased the land and building and at this writing, it is standing vacant, awaiting a new infusion of life. The Giles sold their home and other property at the same time and moved to Arizona where they have chosen to retire. Their daughter Deeann Brewer remains in Lorane with her husband Jeff and son Christopher Davis Brewer, and Dale, Jr. is currently living in Lake Havasu with his family. Their son, David, passed away in 2008. (From Sawdust and Cider to Wine, 2006)

Sweet Lorane Community News, February 1, 2018

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
February 1, 2018
By Pat Edwards

I can’t remember when the first day of February has been so encouraging. Usually, by this time of winter, I am sick of the rain and the mud. Historically, February has always been my least favorite month of the year and I’m usually ready to seek out some sunshine. We may regret it later, but this year we have been blessed with much less rain, more strings of dry—and sometimes even sunny—days. We’ve had some sub-freezing temps, but not an unbearable amount and no snow or electrical outages.

As I write this, a strong winter sun is shining through the trees on the hill outside my window. The winter blues have not set in this year, and I’m enjoying our lengthening days of daylight… and yes, I know—I may eat those words this summer.

This week, our grandson called and said he had just completed the first of two planters he is building that will reside outside our store in Lorane. He asked me if I would bring home some flowers from town to plant in them. My first thought and comment, was… “This is not the time of year to plant flowers, Kev. If we have a major freeze, they won’t survive.” But, then I thought of the hardy, tough primroses that seem to survive whatever Mother Nature throws at them in my own flower beds. And, even though it’s too late to plant my favorite spring bulbs—daffodils, tulips, crocuses and hyacinths—I found some sturdy-looking potted hyacinths in a garden shop that were ready to bloom. They were outside and looked like they would at least put up a good fight if we have another freeze. I came home with enough to fill the new planter, and we shall see…

So, for me, this is proof that I can feel positive in February. The winter doldrums that frequently rob me of a lot of possibilities are not present this year. I’m thankful for that.
Now, on to some Lorane and Crow news…

The Lorane Christian Church will be hosting its annual “Friendship Banquet” on Sunday, February 11, at 5:30 p.m. This year, it will be held at Izzy’s on West 11th in Eugene, next to Fred Meyer. Everyone is invited and encouraged to come and share a social evening with neighbors and friends.

The Lorane Bread Basket group wants to remind anyone in the community who is in need to contact them as they offer food baskets all year round—not just during the holidays. If you know someone who could use one, please call 541-520-3643 or 541-952-7752. They will be glad to help.

Next week, February 5-9, is Spring Homecoming Week at CHS. Each day will be assigned a theme so students can dress-up each day according to the theme. Thursday is going to be Dress as Your Favorite Staff Member Day, and it ends with Spirit Day on Friday; the Homecoming Dance is that night. I personally want copies of pictures from anyone who chooses to dress up like teachers, Michele or Brian Kau, especially. If anyone does, please send them to me at paedwards42@yahoo.com for a special project I’m working on.

The project is no secret, as I had to tell our daughter, Michele, about it earlier, but I’m working on a 50th birthday album for her and hope to have it printed in time for her birthday on March 7. Anyone who would like to send a birthday greeting, memory or photo for me to include, should get them to me by February 15. I know she’s got many friends and former students out there who have some fun memories that will bring her joy when she reads her book.

Happy February, all!