Marcus Larson/News-Register##Navy veteran Virgil Wray has painted many images of the battleship Missouri, on which he served during the World War II era. In this picture, a tanker — similar to the one on which Wray served from 1943 to ’45 — comes alongside.

Stopping By: Aboard the wide Missouri

Virgil Wray celebrated his 89th birthday at almost the same spot where he celebrated his 20th and 21st birthdays. But this time, there was a lot more fanfare. On March 10, Wray marked his birthday by ...

Submitted photo##Lise Grimelund-Kjelsen as Poppy, Heidie Ambrose as Sammy,
Nicholas Granato as Jack McCracken, Naomi Boydston as Tina and Geoffrey Rath as Roy in Linfield College’s production of “A Small Family Business.” The show’s two-week run starts
Thursday, May 7.

Linfield theater plans 'Small Family' show

The Linfield College theater will present Alan Ayckbourn’s comic morality play, “A Small Family Business,” Thursday through Saturday, May 7-9 and 14-16, with a matinee on Mother’s ...

Beans & Greens: Seeds of good food

Crops are — finally, barely — beginning to ripen. This is a glorious moment, the meaning of which is so easily lost, with all the imported bounty of the grocery store offerings. Greens ...

Rohse: The hospitality of ranch wives

As a rancher’s wife in Grant County, I would have been a loser. Eastern Oregon’s hospitality dictum would have been my downfall. I loved having company for meals — if I was expecting ...

U.S. Navy photo##The B-25s of the Doolittle raiders as they appeared during the voyage to the launch point.

Offbeat Oregon: Famous Doolittle Raid had roots in Pendleton

When Imperial Japanese aviator Nobuo Fujita hatched his plans to bomb the United States with a submarine-launched seaplane, he had retaliation in mind. The Americans had recently sent 16 twin-engine bombers ...

Savvy Senior: Understanding Medicare enrollment

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you give me a rundown on Medicare’s enrollment choices and rules along with when and how to apply? I turn 65 next year and want to make sure I know what to do. Almost Retired   Savvy ...

News-Register file photos##These are a few of Karl Klooster s favorite things: Dragging the Gut, the UFO Festival and the International Pinot Noir Celebration.

Writing and getting paid for it

After completing this week’s Connections section feature on Mark “The Magician” Siegel, I reflected on the fact that this would be my final story as a full-time employee for Oregon Lithoprint ...

Submitted photo##McMinnville-based rock group Thunder Road has advanced in a Battle of the Bands competition. Fans may vote by text message even if they can’t attend the next round.

Local Thunder Road in BOB semifinals

Thunder Road, which has its origins in McMinnville, has advanced to the semi-finals in the highly competitive Battle of the Bands at Jubitz Truck Stop in Donald, located east of Champoeg at I-5. The five-piece ...

Linfield Opera Theater to perform

Linfield College vocal students will present fully staged scenes from operas and musicals on Sunday, May 3. The free presentation will start at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium on campus. The ...

News-Register file photo/Marcus Larson##Mark Siegel wows a crowd with
card tricks during last year’s Carlton Crush celebration. The Delphian School assistant headmaster has been fascinated by magic since his
childhood in Southern California.

Magic Mark

Delphian School administrator displays masterful sleight of hand

Marcus Larson/News-Register file photo##Gallery Theater’s production of “The Diary of Anne Frank,” featuring Anna Johnson
in the title role, continues through May 9.

Play Review: Anne Frank

You’ll fall in love with Anne Frank (Anna Johnson, who could hardly be better in the role) in Gallery Theater’s production based on the diary she kept while hiding from the Nazis during World ...

Shutterstock.com##The dog park is frightfully crowded. How
about taking me for a nice walk instead? There’s a good chap.

Happy Tails: A few more bones to pick

Another batch of annoying human behaviors Last time, I wrote about a Modern Dog magazine article by Steven Dumo called “12 Things Humans Do that Annoy Dogs.” I’m afraid I editorialized ...

Binfords & Mort Publishers##This map of the Columbia River’s entrance, drawn by Harold C. Smith, shows the location of all 151 known shipwrecks of vessels over 25 tons, as of 1950 when
the map was published in Gibbs’s book. It doesn t include incidents in which the vessel involved was merely damaged.

Offbeat Oregon: Stranded French sailors miraculously saved

Back in the 1800s, when a sailing barque struck bottom while crossing the Columbia River bar, its chances of survival were very close to zero. Sometimes a frantic throwing-overboard of everything in sight ...

Submitted photo##Dr. Jim Rickards, a McMinnville radiologist, has come up with a way to overcome the shortage of dermatologists in Yamhill County by introducing tele-dermatology.

Skin care now just a keystroke away

Dermatology care is more accessible these days in Yamhill County, thanks to what started as a sort of medical Eagle Scout project. Dr. Jim Rickards, a McMinnville radiologist, serves on the Oregon Health ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Karen Huntsberger
discovered her father’s World War II journal, letters and flag years after his death. His writings told her about his
experiences as a medic, something he never discussed.

Stopping By: War Correspondence

Through letters home, woman gets to know the soldier in her father.

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