Marcus Larson/News-Register##Ginevra Weasley, a professor of muggle studies at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, leads a class at the McMinnville Community Center. When not teaching potions and spells, she goes by the name Lydia Driver.

Wizards in training

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry continues to undergo a major reconstruction following that spot of unpleasantness in May 1998, when multiple areas of the main building and adjacent areas were ...

News-Register file photo##Lafayette Historical Museum volunteer Sarah Miller, right, describes the many historical objects the museum has on display with visitors, from right, Dave Rucker, Gladys Pyne and Stephen Cone.

County museum to mark Oregon's birthday

LAFAYETTE — The Yamhill County Historical Society will celebrate Oregon’s birthday with a special event Saturday, Feb. 13. Oregon became a state Feb. 14, 1859. The party will run from 1 to ...

##Lisa Ohlen-Harris of Newberg will teach a workshop on memoir writing this spring. She is the author of  The Fifth Season: A Daughter-in-Law s Memoir of Caregiving.

Terroir adds workshop series

Yamhill County bloggers, poets and other writers can enroll in “WordStudio,” a new series of creative writing courses offered by organizers of the annual Terroir Creative Writing Festival. Six ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Lance Nuttman describes his love of theater and music — and, often, musical theater. He’s been seen and heard in “Oklahoma,” “Into the Woods,” “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” and other shows at Gallery. He says he enjoys the camaraderie and spirit of collaboration he’s found in the theater world.

Stopping By: Into character

Acting is a challenge Lance Nuttman loves. “Music is easy,” said Nuttman, who has been seen in several musicals and other shows at Gallery Theater since 2011. “Acting, I have to work ...

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Rohse: Sweet memories of childhood

I’m hungry for Mother’s angel food cake. And her Brown Betty. And her candied parsnips — brought to mind by a conversation a few weeks ago. At dinner, our group of six began reminiscing ...

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Happy Tails: More puppy don'ts

You may or may not remember that when last we were together, I was prattling on about an article from Modern Dog magazine’s winter 2015-16 issue called “How Not to Train Your Puppy.” Happy ...

Savvy Senior: What's the magic number for retirement?

DEAR SAVVY SENIOR: Can you help me calculate about how much my wife and I need to save for retirement? We are both in our late-fifties and want to see where we stand. Looking Ahead Savvy Senior Jim ...

Marcus Larson / News-Register##Lafayette investigator Rachel Hayward searches for long-lost stories.

History detective

Lafayette investigator locates long-buried stories

Submitted image##A still from the animated work “Speak, Thou Vast and Venerable Head,” by Julia Oldham.

Four-woman art exhibit inspired by Melville novel

“The Fifth Wheel,” an exhibit featuring new work by four female artists who took their themes from “Moby-Dick,” will open  Wednesday, Feb. 10, in Linfield College’s James ...

Wikimedia/Finetooth##Sheep Rock towers over the John Day River in the John Day Fossil Beds in Eastern Oregon.

Offbeat Oregon: Bizarre dinosaur 'bone wars' waged by rival paleontologists

Throughout the 20-year personal vendetta known jocosely today as “The Bone Wars,” Oregon was never more than a minor theater of operations. For the most part, the two cowboy-paleontologists ...

Mayor's Ball goers will kick up their heels Saturday night

It will be all about kids and country Saturday, Feb. 6, at the McMinnville Mayor’s Charity Ball.  Kids as in Kids on the Block, the after school activity and enrichment program that serves ...

Paper Gardens entries due in a month

Entries are due by March 1 for the annual Paper Gardens creative writing contest. Yamhill County children 6 to 12, youths 13 to 17 and adults can enter poetry or prose. Entry fee is $10 for adults and ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Danny Wilser said he loves working in his new bakery’s kitchen, which glistens with stainless steel. The open space also makes it easy for him to chat with customers while he’s working.

Stopping By: Flour, yeast and magic

Danny Wilser placed a slab of butter atop a rectangle of dough, beginning the lengthy process of folding and rolling that would eventually create numerous layers of crisp pastry. He eased the ...

Courtesy City of Dayton##Steamboat Oregona 1915-Dayton Ferry Landing.

Rohse: Waterways were lifelines in early Yamhill Valley

Once upon a time, long ago in Yamhill land, there were no roads. Our highways were rivers — and our land was blessed with three. The Columbia was our I-5, our interstate highway. The Willamette ...

Hardy Boys: Taking life’s plot twists as they come

I thought bringing a puppy into our family was going to be our major life change this year. However it seems our little Scout was merely a harbinger of an abundance of adventures — and, er, “growth ...

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