Rockne Roll/News-Register##Hannah DeMaster grows flowers and vegetables in raised beds in her front yard. Her three children “enjoy watching things grow,” she said.

Yard of the Month: Vegetables, front and center

Hannah DeMaster said the vegetable garden she grows in front of her home attracts a great deal of attention. She believes it’s what led the McMinnville Garden Club to present her with its ...

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Aquilon Music Festival: Opera, classics come to Mac

Top vocal students from around the country will come to McMinnville in July to study and put on several public performances, including two full-staged operas, “The Marriage of Figaro” and the ...

Rockne Roll/News-Register##Clay Wesson, left, shows his recently started compost pile to Joe and Nicholas Bernards during Zero Waste McMinnville’s Compostpalooza event held Saturday, June 16, at the McMinnville Grange.

Spreading the compost gospel

Gloria Lutz grew up on a farm, but she doesn’t remember people talking about composting all that much. “In the old days, you didn’t compost,” she said. “There was ...

Rockne Roll/News-Register##David Lowe patrols for weeds around a group of succulents. A gravel path travels alongside the property line in the backyard.

Stopping By: In the garden

Birdsong comprises the soundtrack to David and Janet Lowe’s McMinnville garden. There’s a frog band, too, perched around the edges of a bowl filled with succulents. But the amphibious musicians ...

Submitted photo##Classic rock band Two-Bit Rumor will play the Saturday evening set during Carlton Fun Days.

Carlton will rock on Fun Days

CARLTON — “Carlton Rocks” is the theme for the 2018 Carlton Fun Days celebration, which will take place Friday and Saturday, June 22 and 23. Booths and a beer garden will open in the ...

Rohse: Jumping through hoops

Not all of us humans are good athletes although we well may be pretty skillful at jumping through hoops. Jumping through hoops however is not really much of a physical challenge. Rather I regard it as ...

Savvy Senior: Cheap cell phone plans for seldom-calling seniors

DEAR SAVVY SENIOR What are the cheapest cell phone plans available to seniors today? I’m 78-years-old and want it primarily for emergency purposes. Infrequent Caller While unlimited high-speed ...

Geoffrey Dairiki/Wikicommons##A Dachshund, with his handler, looking for a hidden rat in a Barn Hunt trial.

Happy Tails: The extensive sporting life of dogs

So last Happy Tails I shared with you my find at Bi-Mart — there was a pile of FREE dog magazines, namely “Spot Magazine — the Awesome Pet Guide 2018”, April/May issue. I read on ...

Rohse: Mounds of mystery

The puzzle of the mysterious mounds — found in the Willamette Valley and virtually all over the world — has long gone unsolved. You, many times, may have walked by these curious blips on the ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Tire Toss competitors Chuck Hosley and Kathy Rommel round the cones, completing the course in the fastest time winning the event, during last year’s Sheridan Days,

Sheridan Days ready to roll

SHERIDAN — Friendships and relationships can span decades in smaller communities like Sheridan. “I was Sheridan-born and raised,” said Sheridan Days Committee Chair Wendy Bird, who was ...

Stopping By: Fond memories, future goals

McMinnville High School graduated more than 500 students Friday night — and more than 500 stories. Their class motto was a Walt Disney quote, “All our dreams can come true if we have the ...

Heather Brooks/News-Register##Evelyn Kilgore reads a Rattlesnake bite fate card given by volunteer pioneer woman Barbara Miller after she retells a bit of history about Scott’s Bluff. Luckily, the group had purchased a snake bite kit before they began the journey. Observing is: (standing, from left) Marley Darling Peterson, Tomas Merlier, Kilgore, Suri Fontecha, (sitting, from left) Jessica Paola, Gavin Lieuallen.

Life on the trail

Memorial Elementary School held its annual Oregon Trail Day on Friday, June 1. This is the second year activities were coordinated by volunteers Katie Newman and Jami Sims. Volunteers and students dressed ...

Ben Maxwell/ Salem Public Library##Howard A. Black, curator at Grant County Museum in Canyon City, Oregon, holds the skull of Berry Way and a “California collar,” or noose, of the type Way was hanged with, in this 1963 photograph.

Offbeat Oregon: “Paint your Wagon” meets “Perry Mason,” but playing for keeps

Exactly 155 years ago today, Deputy Frank McDaniels returned home in Canyon City after a long and grueling manhunt. McDaniels was exhausted. But he’d gotten his man. He had murder suspect Berry ...

Rockne Roll/News-Register##Following a career as an engineer, Ed Fredenburg has found a new mission in retirement as a CASA volunteer.

A mind for science, a voice for children

Retired nuclear engineer finds new challenge in helping children in court

Rockne Roll/News-Register##Erica Fitzgerald saddles up. A native of the Bald Peak area, she started taking riding lessons at 5. She quickly decided that her life would revolve around horses.

Stopping By: Harnessing a love of horses

Working with horses can change people’s lives for the better, according to Erica and Josh Fitzgerald, who run FitzGerald Farms, a multi-faceted equine business in Yamhill. They know that ...

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