Marcus Larson/News-Register##Ralph Juda depended on cloth and cord when he was a paratrooper in World War II. Now the retiree works with a more solid substance, wood, in the shop at his home in McMinnville.

Stopping By: Down to earth

Ralph Juda once trusted his life to cloth and cord. Now he takes pleasure in a more solid substance — wood. Juda, a McMinnville resident since 1991, often loses track of time when he’s in ...

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Women friends support one another in “Calendar Girls.” Shown are cast members Pruella Centers, Pamela Hough, Melissa Thomas, Virginia Kincaid and Kelly Ashton.

Play: A revealing look at friendship among women

“Calendar Girls,” a comedy-drama the director says will evoke tears as well as laughter, will open Friday, Jan. 27, at Gallery Theater. The show, which tells the story of women who find a ...

Submitted photo##Oregon State University professor of microbiology Bruce Geller has been researching molecular medicine for more than a decade.

Molecule shows ability to thwart antibiotic resistance

CORVALLIS — Oregon State University researchers have developed a new weapon in the battle against antibiotic-resistant germs — a molecule that neutralizes a bug’s ability to destroy the ...

Rohse: Where unloved gifts are laid to rest

On Memorial Day, I do not visit or take flowers to my little private cemetery. It is the graveyard of Christmas gifts. I suspect that you, too, have such a place. These private graveyards are not just ...

Savvy Senior: How to guard against Medicare fraud

DEAR SAVVY SENIOR: What are the steps seniors need to take if they suspect Medicare fraud? Suspicious Sandy Medicare fraud costs taxpayers more than $60 billion every year, making it one of the most ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Ruth May browses the titles at the Friends of the McMinnville Public Library book sale. The sales are held the second Saturday of alternate months.

Never enough books

People who have a little trouble picking something out at the McMinnville library’s bimonthly used book sale can count on a little help from Duane Bond. The president of the Friends of the McMinnville ...

Image: F.J.D. John##The eastern shore of Abert Lake, one of the remnants of the inland sea called Lake Chewaucan, as seen from Highway 395. Abert Lake, the waters of which are very salty, is home to a dense colony of brine shrimp on which migrating waterfowl rely for food.

Offbeat Oregon: Small, salty lakes hint at network of inland seas

Westward bound on the old Applegate Trail in the early 1850s, the party of settlers halted in confusion at the shore of a vast, placid lake. Its waters stretched nearly all the way to the horizon, with ...

Author: Seniors must serve as their own health care advocates

Wildlife biologist Marcy Houle more often works with animals that have four legs than two. She helps interpret the behavior of birds and insects, too. “I give a voice to things that have no voice,” ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Retired teacher Tim Duerfeldt practices a foreign language to pass the time while giving blood Thursday at the Dayton Fire Station. It was Duerfeldt’s 172nd donation since 1963. His O-negative blood is considered universal — a quality that makes it especially valuable. “The need is great; the rewards are high,” he said. “Please give blood.”

Drawn to donate

The American Red Cross has issued an emergency request for blood and platelet donors. Snow and ice on Northwest roads has forced cancellation of more than 20 blood drives in the last two weeks. That translates ...

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Frank Maynard looks through a book by one of his favorite authors — cowboy poet Baxter Black — in a room featuring furniture Maynard built himself.

Stopping By: Nicer than he claims to be

No one would want to pick a fight with Frank Maynard. He grew up on a farm on Three Mile Lane, where, he said, “Dad used me as a forklift.” And the work developed his muscles. He further ...

News-Register file photo##Sharon Morgan and David Bates were among those honored for  Driving Miss Daisy.

'Producers,' 'Driving Miss Daisy,' top Gallery awards

“Driving Miss Daisy” and “The Producers” topped the list of Gallery Theater award-winning shows for 2016, each receiving both “best play” in its category and several ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register file photo##Joshua Humlie, left, Manuel Humlie and Bethany Blanchard of We Three perform music for the children in the Sue Buel Elementary School library.

Humlies to perform in First Baptist concert series

We Three, the Humlie family band featuring Joshua, Bethany and Manny, will perform Friday, Jan. 20, as part of the McMinnville First Baptist Church sesquicentennial series. The church is celebrating ...

'Calendar Girls' delayed due to weather

Gallery Theater has delayed the opening of “Calendar Girls” because the winter storms have caused the cast and crew to miss rehearsals and production times. The comedy-drama will open Friday, ...

Rohse: Oregon storms for the history books

As 2016 said goodbye with cold nights, snow and black ice, and 2017 welcomed us with bitter chill, sleet and more snow, one wonders if this 2016-17 winter will be one of the “grandaddy” kind. Those ...

Rockne Roll/News-Register##From left, Janice Logan, Elaine Mitchell, Beth Murphy, Becky Souders and Marsha Restorff assemble the layers of a quilt on a frame at the McMinnville Senior Center.

Quilting for a cause

Every Tuesday for three hours, a group of women gather in a room in the McMinnville Senior Center to put together quilts for people who need a little more warmth in their lives. Even the quilters can’t ...

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