Fern Ridge Review
Sweet Lorane Community News
January 5, 2017
By Pat Edwards
It hasn’t escaped anyone’s attention that Mother Nature has decided to issue a very strong proclamation that winter is taking place here in Lane County. First, we’ve learned, once again, how to cope without electricity for days at a time during the ice storm; then after a couple of weeks’ reprieve, we dug out our heavy-treaded shoes and boots, coats, scarves and gloves to go out into the snow to warm up our cars if we had no choice but to be somewhere other than home. The lucky ones were those who were able to stay home and off of the treacherous roads.
Unfortunately, I had to be out in it both Wednesday and Thursday. There was a long-awaited doctor’s appointment which I couldn’t afford to reschedule, and the next day, Jim and I needed to accompany our son to an equally long-awaited and essential medical procedure so that we could drive him home to Cottage Grove afterwards.
I’m a good snow driver on the country roads where there is little traffic. My 4-wheel-drive SUV navigated the hills and curves really well when I kept it at a steady 30 mph and a bit faster approaching and climbing hills, but the worry about what other drivers were going to do was a bit nerve-wracking. Some, I felt, traveled a bit too fast and other oncoming drivers insisted on taking their half of the road out of the middle when going around curves, especially. When I got to Eugene on Wednesday, it was downright scary. Cars and small pickups were fishtailing all over the place; and I saw a couple of them doing 180’s and 360’s in the middle of the street. Getting back home both days felt really good.
I’m writing this on Friday and the ominous forecast is calling for another equally devastating ice storm with strong possibilities of power outages like we had before Christmas. Hopefully, that storm will pass us by. We have not even gotten the tree destruction of the first one cleaned up yet, although I would be grateful if some of the tenuous ones in our front pasture come down on their own rather than having to be cut down. I worry about those who have them near their homes, though.
Lorane is reeling from the recent death of one of our own this past week. David Doughty who, along with his twin brother Duane and other siblings, was born and grew up in Lorane, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday morning with what I’ve heard was untreated pneumonia. I don’t have information on services yet, but when the family releases them, they will be posted on the Lorane Facebook page.
David was loved by so many in the community and his death at such a young age is a blow to all who knew him. He was the son of Delwin and Beth Doughty. His grandparents, James Albert and Rosa Lee Doughty settled in the Lorane area in 1943, and his father and uncle set up a logging business at that time. Later, Delwin and Beth established D.A. Doughty and Sons, a sand and gravel business in partnership with their sons.
Our heartfelt condolences and prayers go out to David’s wife Jeannie and daughters Christie and Carrie, as well as the rest of their family, for their loss.
Hopefully, by the time that this column is read, we will have returned to our normal complaints of too much winter rain and chances of mild flooding… that’s so much better than the sub-freezing temps and icy road conditions. I think we can put this winter into our own personal record books as one of the worst we’ve had in a long time.
Happy 2017, everyone!