Marcus Larson/News-Register##Paula Strawser and Bob Westbrook add a layer of mulch between rows of potatoes. “This is a grass-free and weed-free garden,” said volunteer Alan Wenner. “It makes for easy gardening.”

Growing together

Doris Crain grows pizzas at the McMinnville Community Garden. Some assembly is required, but many of the parts are available. Growing tomatoes and basil is easy. Cultivating pepperoni poses a few problems. She ...

Image: Oregon Historical Quarterly##Llewellyn A. Banks as he appeared in the mid-1920s.

Offbeat Oregon: Southern Oregon populist leader had plans for a guerilla uprising

The months that followed the election of 1932 in Jackson County were nerve-wracking ones for everyone involved. Newspaper publishers Llewellyn Banks and Earl Fehl, leaders of a belligerent populist uprising ...

Religious art show to open

Paintings, prints and sculptures with religious and spiritual themes will be on display in the First Presbyterian Church starting Sunday, July 24. An opening reception will run from 11:45 a.m. ...

Foundation hosts martial arts camp

McMinnville's See Ya Later Foundation is hosting a karate and self-defense kids camp the Wednesday and Thursday of Aug. 17 and 18. at McMinnville Oregon Dojo, 318 N.E. Third St. The camp will ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Faith Gerstel poses for a portrait while volunteering as a member of the CERT emergency response team during theJuly 4th Spectacular at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum.

Stopping by: Matters of Faith

When a need or opportunity arises, you can count on Faith Gerstel to step up. So when Newberg American Legion Post 57 needed a new leader in the early 1990s, Gerstel said yes, becoming the post’s ...

Phil Matthews photo/Creative Commons##Raised-earth sculpture depicting Sultan the Pit Pony.

Rohse: The plight of the pit ponies

From the mid-18th century until well into the 20th, countless ponies that should have been gamboling in green pastures lived in darkness in the bowels of the earth. They were pit ponies and worked in coal ...

Happy Tails: Deciding when your pup should socialize

This week, I am going to discuss a thorny dilemma that anyone who has ever owned a puppy in this century has confronted: how and when to start socializing your puppy while keeping him safe from infectious ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##A little library invites locals to grab a book while admiring the yard of Brian and Jenifer Rucker, who designed the garden to be drought tolerant.

Patience the key to gardening on a budget

Brian and Jenifer Rucker claimed McMinnville Garden Club Yard of the Month honors for July. It’s the second time they’ve earned the title. “The garden is my husband’s baby,” ...

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Pining for further glimpses of peregrines

My wife, Marge, and I made the move from Salem to Perrydale in July 1990. The following month, my brother, Bud, and his wife, Kathy, traveled from Louisiana, where he teaches at LSU, for a visit. Bud ...

Amity hosts pancake breakfast

The Amity Valley Women’s Club and the Amity Volunteer Firefighters host their 59th annual pancake breakfast from 6 to 11 a.m. Sunday, July 24, at Amity City Park. The menu includes pancakes, eggs, ...

Dayton show will feature cars, trailers

DAYTON — North Valley Cruzzers will host their 16th annual car show Saturday, July 16, adjacent to the Dayton city park.  Cars, trucks, motorcycles and vintage trailers will start arriving ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Tim Tharp stands in front of a 25-foot martini glass made of wood, his first— certainly not his last — novelty art pieces he has put on his Grand Ronde property.

Roadside attraction

GRAND RONDE — Tim Tharp is a Vietnam vet who enjoys rebuilding vintage cars. A former lumber broker, he shares a home on Salmon Road, just off Highway 18 in Grand Ronde, with his wife, Janny. Those ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Olivia Cheser has always loved music, especially singing and playing her cello. Next year, she will play in an orchestra at Oregon State University, where she will major in music production.

Stopping By: Hometown strings

YAMHILL — Olivia Cheser can’t remember a time when she didn’t live in Yamhill. She was 2 months old when her parents, who met as students at Yamhill-Carlton High School, moved back to ...

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Derby Days: Frogs, fun and green grass

YAMHILL — Derby Day activities will get underway Friday evening, July 15, with the coronation of the festival queen. One of the princesses — 2016 Yamhill-Carlton High graduate Olivia Cheser ...

Willamina 'art farm' hosts fifth Wildwood MusicFest

By EMMA NOLANOf the News-Register staff This year’s Wildwood MusicFest and Campout will run July 15-17 on the Roshambo Art Farm in Willamina.  Twenty-three musicians have been booked for the ...

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