Marcus Larson/News-Register##Michael and Linda LeClair met through the Bouncing Baby Boomer Band, which evolved into the group Lil’ Queenie. The couple have been married since 1998.

Stopping By: Music royalty

CARLTON — Lil’ Queenie band member Linda LeClair is not much bigger than her signature instrument, the baritone saxophone. And she’s the only woman in the soul, blues and rock group. However, ...

Rohse: Tales don't get any taller than these

One of our country’s favorite folk heroes, although mythical, for many Americans was quite real. Paul Bunyan was so real to some lumberjacks that they insisted they had personally known him. And ...

Savvy Senior: Highly trained assistance dogs provide help, love

DEAR SAVVY SENIOR: What can you tell me about assistance dogs for people with disabilities? My sister, who’s 58, has multiple sclerosis and I’m wondering if an assistance dog could help make ...

Rockne Roll/News-Register#Stephanie Zook will display about 60 of her handmade baskets during the Coastal Hills Art Tour this weekend in Willamina. Designed to be sturdy and useful, the baskets “are made the old-fashioned way,” Zook said, “using no nails, glue or staples, just woven.”

Willamina weaver basks in her craft

WILLAMINA — Stephanie Zook went to great lengths — hundreds of miles to be exact — to develop the basket weaving skills she now possesses. The rural Willamina woman’s work will ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##With several canvases set up in his backyard in McMinnville, artist Rick Schanche adds paint to a landscape. He likes to work fast, using large brush strokes and moving among several canvases at once.

Art in motion

When Rick Schanche was studying art at the University of Oregon back in the 1970s, professor Ralph Baker advised him to keep busy and push to develop his talents and skills. “That stayed with me,” ...

Rohse: These insects aren't as scary as they look

As a kid, just as I feared that porcupines could throw quills, so, too, I feared earwigs. That was because of stories I had heard about those frightening creatures. They could get in your ear and burrow ...

Happy Tails: Are breed tests worth the cost?

I have owned dogs for most of my almost 70 years in this world. I have found that having dogs in my life has been fulfilling, comforting, enjoyable and, occasionally, hilarious. The other thing that I ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Princesses from a number of faraway lands hand out candy at Twist Salon.

Photos: Dressed to impress on Third Street

Swaggering pirates, dancing ballerinas, good witches trying their best to look bad, “Star Wars” characters, superheroes, skeletons and a host of other costumed children took over the streets ...

Image: Oregon History & Memories Facebook group##Currier’s Village as it appeared during the late 1930s, full of late-model luxury cars.

Offbeat Oregon: Little-known resort was packed with celebrities

Little-known Lakeside resort was packed with Hollywood stars   For people like Bing Crosby, Lily Pons and Clark Gable, success in show business came with some distinct drawbacks ... millions of ...

Mathewson: Eurasian collared dove a relentless colonizer

In late July 2016, I boarded a plane in Portland for a direct flight to Reykjavik, Iceland. From Reykjavik, I took a flight to Glasgow, Scotland. From Glasgow, I took a train to Aberdeen. There, I was ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Leslie Lucier, on the set of Gallery Theater’s “Stop Kiss.” Lucier, who plays Callie, says the show is one she’s wanted to do for 15 years.

Stopping By: From the start, hooked on theater

As a child, Lesli Lucier liked to watch actors performing in TV shows and movies. “I can do that,” she told mother Laura Okorn and big sisters Shelli, Traci and Cindi.  At 10, when she ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Amity High School students pay homage to victims of the Holocaust during the final scene of their play, “And Then They Came for Me.” The show runs Nov. 1 to 3.

Amity students put on Holocaust play

AMITY — “And Then They Came for Me,” a multimedia production based on the life of Anne Frank and other victims of the Holocaust, will play Nov. 1-3 in the Amity High School theater. Curtain ...

Linfield to present 'Ada and the Engine'

Linfield College students will present “Ada and the Engine,” a play about math, music and romance, Thursday through Sunday, Nov. 2-5 and 9-11.  Shows are at 7:30 p.m. except on Sunday, ...

Greens & Beans: Harvests gone wild

Hawthorne berries, Oregon grapes, rose hips, blue elderberries — there’s a wealth of wonderful things that you can harvest from a hedgerow or overgrown orchard and make into all kinds of lovely ...

Rohse: A little bit of this, a little bit of that

Are you — an avid reader — so busy that you can scarcely read a quarter of a page before thinking of something you absolutely must do? And if you’re in the middle of a paragraph and ...

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