Marcus Larson/News-Register##Participants in Reetsie Fuller’s Thursday art group learn to paint, burnish and carve goards. Kaler Howard painted this image of the Europa, a Dutch sailing ship.

Group creates art out of gourds

Artist Reetsie Fuller burns detailed artwork onto gourds, often creating bowls designed with wildlife drawings. She freehands all her pieces, which have sold for upward of $1,500. Fuller insists ...

Grab your lawn chair; it's outdoor theater season

Shakespeare is coming to Yamhill County, with two outdoor theater companies — Willamette Shakespeare and Penguin Productions — planning open-air performances of the Bard’s plays. In ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Marilyn Olson keeps three large harps in her home, as well as a few loaners for her students. She took up the instrument 15 years ago after many years teaching piano.

Attached to strings

If you can’t carry a tune in a bucket, maybe it’s because you haven’t been to Marilyn Olson’s house yet. Once there, you might quickly learn you have a magnificent range, near-perfect ...

Rohse: Important to the planet, warts and all

I know that porcupines can’t throw their quills. I know that a bald eagle is not really bald. I know the difference between the track of an elk and a deer. But, despite being a native Oregonian, ...

Savvy Senior: Can a debt collector garnish my Social Security wages?

DEAR SAVVY SENIOR: Can my Social Security benefits be garnished if I have some outstanding debts? I just turned 62 and would like to start collecting my retirement benefits, but want to find this out ...

Image: Marion County Historical Society##Sen. John F. Kennedy greets Mary M. Barr at the Salem airport on Sept. 7, 1960.

Offbeat Oregon: Oregon was JFK's make-or-break state in '60 primary

As the 1960 Democratic presidential primary neared, Sen. John F. Kennedy was looking at Oregon with increasing apprehension. At that time, Oregon was the first Western state to hold a mandatory primary ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register file photo##Hallie Simmons, Kenady McCloskey, Amaya Williams and Allie Hargis enjoy a quick — and exciting — ride on the Extreme Scream attraction last year at the Turkey Rama carnival.

Chamber serves up a leaner Turkey Rama festival

Last week’s relatively cool Fourth of July may be followed by significantly higher temps this weekend for McMinnville’s annual summer bash, Turkey Rama, which kicks off Thursday, July 12, and ...

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Lavendar Festival will flower in Newberg

NEWBERG — The scent of lavender will fill the air Saturday and Sunday, July 14-15, during the annual Willamete Valley Lavender Festival and Plein Air Art Show. The festival will run 10 a.m. to 6 ...

Rockne Roll/News-Register##Jerome Blankenship concentrates on repainting one of the city of McMinnville signs carved by his father, the late Gerry Blankenship.

Stopping By: Signs of respect

Jerome Blankenship grew up watching his father, Gerry Blankenship, learn to design and carve signs, then post his creations at the entrances to cities, wineries and other sites all over Yamhill County ...

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Happy Tails: Think you understand your dog's language? Think again

My husband often finds interesting stuff for me to cogitate on out there in Internet land. This morning, I awoke to find an e-mail with a link from him in my inbox. It opened to a website called “The ...

Rohse: Humans feel the need for speed

Speed could, perhaps, be called our Public Enemy No. 1. All of us battle that enemy. We’re driving down the highway, already late for a meeting, already exceeding the speed limit, but we press down ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Volunteer Rachael Krebs checks Shelia Fisher’s blood pressure. Until her visit to the McMinnville Free Clinic, Fisher hadn’t seen a doctor in 20 years.

McMinnville Free Clinic: There to care

Mimi Devlin was laid off from her job in Washington state in November. She could have continued her health insurance through COBRA, the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985, which requires ...

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife##Western gray squirrel.

Mathewson: 'Silver gray' a standout squirrel among Oregon's native species

Oregon has four species of native tree squirrels: the Douglas or chickaree (not to be confused with the Douglas ground squirrel, commonly called a gray digger); the Western gray, often called a silver ...

Image: Horner/Gazette-Times##Abigail Scott Duniway as she appeared in the late 1800s.

Offbeat Oregon: Abigail Scott Duniway thought she'd be remembered for novels

Abigail Scott Duniway is a name that’s very familiar to most Oregon history buffs. She was a pioneer, a journalist, a newspaper editor, and a tireless advocate for women’s suffrage. All of ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Participants in this year’s Relay for Life fundraiser walk around the Patton Middle School track as the sun sets. This year’s event ran from noon to midnight Saturday, June 23.

Walking with purpose

Bailie Maxwell was 7 years old in 1996 when she was playing soccer at Joe Dancer Park and suddenly felt a sharp pain in her side. “I just thought I was drinking water too fast,” she said. Her ...

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