Fern Ridge Review
Sweet Lorane Community News
June 16, 2016
By Pat Edwards
A sad and scary addendum to my story in last week’s column took place this past week. Margaret Ream, who had surgery a little over two weeks ago, was coming home from Eugene with her husband Willy when a car went through the stop sign at the Spencer Creek/ Lorane Highway/Bailey Hill intersection and hit the passenger side of the Ream’s car. The accident sent Margaret back to the hospital where she spent a few more nights before she was able to safely return home. She suffered five cracked ribs and a bruised sternum and Willy, although not as badly injured, is feeling the effects of the wreck, too. Their granddaughter, Cassandra Ream, said, “Grandpa is very very sore. Grandma has breathing treatments to do to avoid pneumonia, but at least they’re home and safe. Words can’t express how much I love these two! We want to thank everyone for your love and continued prayers.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Ream family and we are so thankful that both Willy and Margaret are now ensconced safely at home so they both can heal.
Someone recently asked if there was going to be either a Lorane Celebration or at least a community-wide garage sale this year. In checking it out, I learned that there are no plans for a continuation of the Celebration and, unless the Grange can come up with an organizer, there may not be a community garage/yard sale on the calendar either. I’ll try to keep you posted, but if there is one, it won’t be until later in the summer.
For those who know the Doyle and Cindy Eubank family of Crow, you probably have already heard that their son-in-law, Scott, has been battling necrotizing fasciitis (flesh eating bacteria) in his left leg (from ankle to groin) for over a week now. His wife, Chelsea Eubank Pisani has not left her husband’s side and they are now at OHSU in Portland where he is being treated by a large team of doctors. At the time of this writing, he has undergone at least 5 surgeries with more scheduled to graft new skin on the 20″x 20″ total surface area that had to be removed because of the bacteria, but as of this writing he has been declared “bacteria-free” by his team of surgeons and doctors. To keep up-to-date on Scott’s progress, go to the “Scott Pisani’s Healing Journey” Facebook page where Chelsea is posting regular updates. They are asking for thoughts and prayers from the community… They have ours.
Some happier news is that one of my very favorite Lorane “ex-residents” is celebrating his 95th birthday soon. I can’t believe that Bridgie Maley has seen that many years. Bridgie is definitely someone worth celebrating! He’s always had a zest for life that transcends years and he and his wonderfully sweet Toby were always active participants in every Lorane event for decades until they moved closer to Cottage Grove several years ago to be closer to medical help for Toby before her passing. Knowing how much both were loved, I’m confident that they will have a large turnout for the Open House Birthday Celebration on Saturday, July 9 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. It will take place in Veneta, on the grounds of the foster care home where he is currently living at Morrison Landing, 88650 Winter Lane, Veneta. The cake cutting will be held at 2:30 p.m. and finger foods and beverages will be provided.
For those of you who can’t attend, the family hopes you will send Bridgie a video message or a picture that they can put into an electronic frame for him. These can be sent to Bridgie’s son Mike Maley at firstname.lastname@example.org or through Mike’s Facebook page. Cards can be sent directly to Bridgie at the above address, adding “Room #1″ to it.