Rockne Roll/News-Register##The Trappist Abbey’s window-filled church was built in part with wood taken from the abbey’s property, the majority of which is managed woodlands.

A peaceful path

Carl John Benedict died as he lived ... mowing the grass. For more years than most monks at Our Lady of Guadalupe Trappist Abbey can count, Brother John mowed the grass down by the ponds. The site lies ...

Rockne Roll/News-Register##Annette Clark, left, leads a Better Bones & Balance class at the McMinnville Senior Center. The class is based on research conducted by the OSU Bone Research Center.

Class helps seniors find their balance

Ann Scott is very proud of her sprained ankle. She sprained it when she stumbled rising from her chair to answer the phone. Her foot fell asleep and it threw off her balance. Scott knows what ...

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McMinnville Women s Choir director Betty Busch leads warm-ups during a rehearsal at McMinnville Cooperative Ministries. Busch also leads Jubilate, a social-justice-focused choral group in Corvallis.

Stopping By: The power of music

Conductor Betty Busch and the 40 or so members of the McMinnville Women’s Choir love making music together. But singing is not the main purpose of the group, according to Busch, who founded ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Hal Carter (Daniel Bradley) slow dances with Madge (Analeasa Fisher) in Linfield’s production of “Picnic.”

Linfield theater to perform Picnic

The News-Register staff Linfield theater stages ‘Picnic’ Linfield College theater students will perform William Inge’s “Picnic” Thursdays through Saturdays, May 5-7 and ...

Greens & Beans: Discovering a smoothie sensation

I believe I swore, at some point, not to land on the smoothie bandwagon. Especially the green one. That most dire of fates hasn’t happened — kale should be sauteed with onions and olive oil, ...

Rohse: Travel to Tillamook was 'awful' two-day endeavor

I recently boarded a plane in Portland and arrived at my destination the same day — a distance of thousands of miles. Our great-grandparents would have marveled at that. But I, a 2lst century spoon-fed ...

Savvy Senior: Replacing vital documents

DEAR SAVVY SENIOR: Can you tell me how to go about replacing important lost documents? My wife and I recently downsized to a retirement community, and somewhere in the move we lost our Social Security ...

Oregon Department of Transportation History Center##In this 1949 photo-graph, a bridge is under construction on Highway 99W at what was then the southern edge of McMinnville.

Highway to history

A lady and gent motoring down Route 99 in the Roaring ‘20s might have heard a very special roar coming up fast behind them, prompting them to pull their Ford Model A off to the side of the ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Yvonne and Ted Phillips volunteer to deliver newsletters twice a week at Hillside Retirement Community. They moved there two years ago and love it.

Stopping By: Couple share lifetime of love

"Oklahoma" opened on Broadway March 1943, and soon everyone was singing Rodgers and Hammerstein's popular melodies. No surprise, then, that Yvonne Preisser chose a tune from the musical for her ...

Paper Gardens celebration May 5

Winners of the 2016 Paper Gardens creative writing contest will be honored Thursday, May 5. The Arts Alliance of Yamhill County, which sponsors the contest, will host the celebration. It will ...

Savvy Senior: When does it pay to take Social Security early?

DEAR SAVVY SENIOR, I will turn 62 in a few months and am trying to decide when to start taking my Social Security retirement benefits. Almost everything I read on this topic tells me it’s better ...

Rohse: Battles won, lost on the ranch

In the late 1920s, when Mother and my stepfather, Lynn, married and bought a ranch in Eastern Oregon, they had dreams. Never did they suspect that those cattle ranching years also would be war years. They ...

Carlson: Here, Vanity Fair Superb Dream ... I mean, Buddy

I have several friends and one sister considering getting puppies now that spring is finally here. If you have ever shared this delightful and, yes, challenging experience, you know there are myriad decisions ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Diane Trainor and Paul Sullivan spend a Monday morning hanging out with the birds at the Rotary Nature Preserve at Tice Woods in McMinnville.

Birds of a feather

Harry Fuller began his passion for birdwatching by observing the curious habits of Cardinals, Blue Jays and Orioles. Then the rotten, no-good blankety-blanks went on strike. So he decided to start watching ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register file photo##Rose Arnott (Karen Kumley) and Antony Wilding (Jeff Peterson) discuss his Italian villa.

'Enchanted April' charms

London in February is damp and depressing, especially when you’re hampered by being the “fairer sex” and your marriage is as stagnant as a puddle on Carnaby Street.  Why ...

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