Savvy Senior: Make the most of your doctor visit

DEAR SAVVY SENIOR: I manage a large health clinic that treats thousands of seniors each year, and we’ve have found that patients that come prepared when they visit our doctors are much more satisfied ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Randy and Michele Wall’s neat lawn is edged with colorful flowerbeds. For Randy, “color is happy,” his wife says.

Yard of the Month: Blooming with cheer

A bountiful array of colorful blooms lining an impeccably maintained lawn has earned Randy and Michele Wall the McMinnville Garden Club’s Yard of the Month award for July. Michele, a manager ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Poets Susan Sweetland Garay of McMinnville and Moriah LaChapell of Yamhill are co-editors of “The Blue Hour Anthology.”

Chapter and verse

Susan Sweetland Garay never strays far from a notepad and pencil. She takes nonstop notes on her own life. You never know. They could be of use later. Some detail — the amount of salt she uses while ...

Image: Wikimedia Commons##An illustration from “Robur the Conqueror” (also know as “The Clipper of the Clouds”), a Jules Verne sci-fi novel from 1886. This shows the climactic scene, in which Robur’s airship, the Albatross, outperforms its lighter-than-air rival, the Go-Ahead. The Go-Ahead’s crew members are throwing ballast overboard to gain altitude.

Offbeat Oregon: Oregon called out California papers' UFO stories in 1890s

“Fake News” — meaning the kind that’s simply made up by a creative thinker sitting at a keyboard and pondering what will drive the most clicks — is having a moment just now. Offbeat ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##As Hamlet, Brandon Vilanova of Penguin Productions performs a scene on the troupe’s outdoor stage near Newberg. Penguin is staging a shortened version of Shakespeare’s play.

Stopping By: Field of plays

In a field near Newberg, under the sun or the stars, a dozen actors will bring classic plays to life over the course of three weekends starting Thursday. They call themselves “penguins,” their ...

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 ...

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