Marcus Larson/News-Register##Charlie (Logan Yates)
talks with his Grandpa Joe (Ben Sparrow) and other grandparents about his wish to find the golden ticket so he can win a tour of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory.

Patton puts on 'Chocolate Factory'

Patton Middle School will perform “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” Friday through Sunday, May 29 to 31. The show, adapted by Richard George from Roald Dahl’s popular novel, features ...

Submitted photo##Park goers can hunt for hidden treasure — “tangleboxes” filled with a stamp proving their success — in 10 county, city and state parks this summer. Clue-filled Tangleboxing passports cost $3.

Tangleboxing in the parks

For Suzanda Branson, Yamhill County’s parks mean fun, family, fresh air and fantastic views. “That’s the beauty of living here,” said Branson, an avid parks user and member of ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Grayson Goings and his mother, Courtney, enjoy a day of fishing at Willamina Creek in Blackwell Park. Several of the county parks have water access.

Stopping By: Parks offer peace, picnics and play

Only a few miles west of McMinnville, Ed Grenfell County Park offers a kind of quiet you won’t find in town — a musical quiet, lush with the rushing of Baker Creek, the singing and calling ...

Back against the wall

It took 20 minutes to walk my 5-year-old two blocks to pre-school. It took twice as long to get him up, fed, dressed and out the door. He didn’t want to wear the school’s field trip shirt. ...

Rohse: The South's many charms

I never want to live anywhere except McMinnville. But after a recent trip to Georgia and South Carolina, admittedly the South has much to offer. For example, I’m thinking that Southerners are more ...

Greens & Beans: Eating all of your vegetables

Part of the fun of vegetable gardening is that it can introduce you to unusual foods you’re not likely to find in the grocery store. A good CSA subscription can do the same, and you may even find ...

No tears for the Cry Guy?

By noon on Memorial Day, one wilted and sickly looking flower had been placed at the grave of John Alvin Ray. Wayne Ojua, who serves on the board of the Hopewell Cemetery, 14 miles southeast of McMinnville, ...

Recording artist Callaghan will perform at Ken Wright Cellars in Carlton.

Walk in the Park times three

Carlton’s Walk in the Park Foundation, a nonprofit that raises money for community needs in the twin towns of Yamhill and Carlton, is planning to host three fundraising events this summer. The first ...

doolittleraider.com##The flight crew of the “Bat Out Of Hell,” in front of their B-25 before setting
out on their mission. Pictured are pilot W.G. Farrow; co-pilot R.L Hite; navigator G. Barr; engineer-gunner H.A. Spatz; and bombardier Jacob DeShazer.

Offbeat Oregon: Doolittle raiders made history in startling ways

This is the final installment in a series about Oregon’s connection to the famous Doolittle bombing raid on Japan, conducted in 1942 just a few months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Offbeat ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Flower girls Rebecca and Aeva toss rose petals and white rhododendron blossoms as bride Susan Dragoon makes her way to the wedding site.

Stopping By: Wedding of a lifetime

Fourth proposal is the charm for McMinnville couple who prefer to do things their way.

Marcus Larson/News-Register##The plaque at Malone Cemetery describes its 1850 dedication, and notes that
while the plot is believed to include about 25 graves, only 15 names are known.

Rohse: McMinnville cemetery remembered by few

Malone Cemetery, McMinnville’s historic treasure, is old. Old, even for a cemetery. And it is ailing. This first dedicated cemetery between North and South Yamhill rivers was dedicated as a perpetual ...

Happy Tails: Tech designed for the pet set

I don’t know if there’s a term for the opposite of geek, but if there is, it could describe me. Not that I’m cool, although it may be that geekiness is cool these days. But I have absolutely ...

Rockne Roll/News-Register##Client Dharam Friedberg and Aztec Max get reacquainted Tuesday as Justin Leahy of Foothills Farms adjusts the horse’s bridle. Willamette Coast Ride, Justin
and Lindley Leahy’s luxury horseback tour company, caters to experienced English-style riders.

Haute on the trail

John Wayne never had it so good. Imagine the hard, dusty ride to El Dorado. The Duke stops halfway, and some nice people provide a cozy stable for his horse. Meanwhile, the Duke takes an air-conditioned ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Hal Sheldon spends time with his three mules Gus, Otis and Lizzy. They like him, he said. “They know you’re the guy who’s been feeding them, so they buddy right up.”

Hoofing it

It’s not that Gus, Otis and Lizzy don’t enjoy trail riding. They love being out on the trail, as long as they don’t encounter a mean dog or some other threat. And when they’ve ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Jan Jones, center, calls out “cues” to tell dancers which steps to use. Beginners are in the front row, directly behind Jones, with more experienced dancers toward the back.

Stopping By: Step right up

One day, Jan Jones wasn’t a clogger. The next day, she was. She attended a clogging demonstration in Medford about 15 years ago. A group of people wearing shoes with metal taps bounced in rhythm ...

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