Submitted photo##Members of the D’Gadabouts ride horses at Sunriver, one of the group’s regular destinations each year.

D’Gadabouts program lands grants for travel

D’Gadabouts, an excursion program for adults with developmental disabilities, has received a three-year, $6,000 grant from the Trillium Fund, which operates under the auspices of the Oregon Community ...

Greens & Beans: Tips to trick the palate

Sometimes the trick to getting plenty of cheese flavor or sweetness into baked goods is to use what one cookbook refers to as “a powerful lot.” But sometimes a person doesn’t want to ...

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Terry Filer of McMinnville rediscovered her Native American heritage through the flutes and drums her mother’s ancestors played for centuries.

Music maker

Terry Filer knew she was of Native American heritage on her mother’s side. However, it went barely noticed during her childhood in California. She was born in Oklahoma, where her mother had deep ...

Rockne Roll/News-Register##Dave and Cindy Johnson comb through a hat rack for evidence during “Dying for Love,” an interactive murder-mystery play at the McMinnville Public Library on Feb. 10.

Library asks amateur detectives 'Whodunit?'

The victim’s body had been solemnly carried away by the time more than 40 amateur sleuths charged up the stairs to the second floor of the McMinnville Public Library. But a taped-off outline showed ...

News-Register file photo##The Hoover-Minthorn House Museum in Newberg.

Offbeat Oregon: Lonely Newberg orphan grew up to be president

One wintry November day in 1885, a passenger train pulled into the depot in Newberg, and a lone little plain-dressed Quaker boy stepped onto the platform. He was 10 years old, this boy, with a serious, ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Stan and Virginia de Stwolinski look over their album of wedding photos.

Stopping By: Enduring love

When he entered college, freshman Stan de Stwolinski knuckled down to his studies for three weeks. Then he met a girl, and studying moved to second place in his life. They smiled at each other from their ...

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Newbies, experts invited to gardening workshops

The Yamhill County Master Gardeners’ fifth annual Spring into Gardening event is slated for Saturday, March 11, at the McMinnville Community Center. This year’s theme is “Living Healthy ...

Carlson: Bracing for the bag ban

The winds of change are blowing across our nation, folks, and McMinnville won’t be spared. The good news is the particular change I am thinking of is quite progressive. As I write this, the McMinnville ...

Rohse: Words to grow up by

My mother had many “maxims” that she used in her parental training. Although I often did not understand these, I came to learn that Mother did not regard them as debatable. As I understood ...

Savvy Senior: Helping a driver give up the keys

DEAR SAVVY SENIOR, What tips can you recommend that can help me deal with my mom’s bad driving? At age 83, her driving abilities have declined, but I know she’s bound and determined to keep ...

Image: F. Gleason/Wikimedia##An 1840s hand-tinted engraving of Sutter’s Fort as it appeared in its heyday.

Offbeat Oregon: California Gold Rush sparked by a failed Oregon farmer

Most residents of Western Oregon complain about the rain — especially this time of year. But arguably nobody has ever had more cause to complain about the soggy Willamette Valley climate than James ...

Wikimedia##Oregon ground squirrel, left, and Douglas’ ground squirrel, right, as illustrated in “Natural History of the Ground Squirrels of California,” (1918) by Joseph Grinnell and Joseph Dixon.

Out at Perrydale: Did gray diggers vanish with the hedgerows?

The acreage on which our house now stands was once a farm, likely established in the late 1800s or very early 1900s. The original house and barn were torn down about 1935, but a wonderful old two-story ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Forensic scientist Liz DeVisser in the Human Anatomy Lab she coordinates at Linfield College. She says her field is nothing like what’s portrayed on TV.

Bodies of evidence

Liz DeVisser’s best friend as a little girl, Laura, had a majestic backyard with a pool and magnificent stonework, huge trees and a waterfall. For DeVisser, it seemed the magical setting of a magical ...

Submitted photo##The art of Laura Hughes will be on display at Linfield College through March 11.

Artist works with light, color, reflection

“Almost Perfect,” a mixed-media installation created by Portland artist Laura Hughes, will run Wednesday, Feb. 15, through Saturday, March 11, at Linfield College. The show can be seen in ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Dorothee Kim works at her Navajo loom, a simple frame that holds the warp; she moves the weft strings over and under with her fingers.

Stopping By: Creating with fingers and string

Dorothee Kim uses her fingers and strings to create, whether it’s music or textiles. Kim is a professional violinist. She played with the Linfield Chamber Orchestra for 20 years after moving to ...

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