Marcus Larson/News-Register##Charlie (Logan Yates)
talks with his Grandpa Joe (Ben Sparrow) and other grandparents about his wish to find the golden ticket so he can win a tour of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory.

Patton puts on 'Chocolate Factory'

Patton Middle School will perform “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” Friday through Sunday, May 29 to 31. The show, adapted by Richard George from Roald Dahl’s popular novel, features ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Flower girls Rebecca and Aeva toss rose petals and white rhododendron blossoms as bride Susan Dragoon makes her way to the wedding site.

Stopping By: Wedding of a lifetime

Fourth proposal is the charm for McMinnville couple who prefer to do things their way.

Marcus Larson/News-Register##The plaque at Malone Cemetery describes its 1850 dedication, and notes that
while the plot is believed to include about 25 graves, only 15 names are known.

Rohse: McMinnville cemetery remembered by few

Malone Cemetery, McMinnville’s historic treasure, is old. Old, even for a cemetery. And it is ailing. This first dedicated cemetery between North and South Yamhill rivers was dedicated as a perpetual ...

Happy Tails: Tech designed for the pet set

I don’t know if there’s a term for the opposite of geek, but if there is, it could describe me. Not that I’m cool, although it may be that geekiness is cool these days. But I have absolutely ...

Rockne Roll/News-Register##Client Dharam Friedberg and Aztec Max get reacquainted Tuesday as Justin Leahy of Foothills Farms adjusts the horse’s bridle. Willamette Coast Ride, Justin
and Lindley Leahy’s luxury horseback tour company, caters to experienced English-style riders.

Haute on the trail

John Wayne never had it so good. Imagine the hard, dusty ride to El Dorado. The Duke stops halfway, and some nice people provide a cozy stable for his horse. Meanwhile, the Duke takes an air-conditioned ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Hal Sheldon spends time with his three mules Gus, Otis and Lizzy. They like him, he said. “They know you’re the guy who’s been feeding them, so they buddy right up.”

Hoofing it

It’s not that Gus, Otis and Lizzy don’t enjoy trail riding. They love being out on the trail, as long as they don’t encounter a mean dog or some other threat. And when they’ve ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Jan Jones, center, calls out “cues” to tell dancers which steps to use. Beginners are in the front row, directly behind Jones, with more experienced dancers toward the back.

Stopping By: Step right up

One day, Jan Jones wasn’t a clogger. The next day, she was. She attended a clogging demonstration in Medford about 15 years ago. A group of people wearing shoes with metal taps bounced in rhythm ...

Marcus Larson / News-Register##Cloggers click their taps as they shuffle, bounce and turn through a musical
number during a Monday
afternoon session at the McMinnville Senior Center.

Tapping out the rhythm

Cloggers arrive at the McMinnville Senior Center in tennis shoes or flats or work boots. Then, as they chat with other dancers, they change into special shoes fitted with metal taps at the heel and toe. Taps ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Lynn Crowell’s charming mixture of herbs,
vegetables, flowers and fruiting shrubs made her yard a winner with the McMinnville Garden Club. She designed her McMinnville property to be beautiful, productive, edible and easy to maintain, with raised beds set in gravel paths.

Yard of the Month: A little of everything, and a lot of charm

Flowers, herbs and vegetables snuggle together comfortably in Lynn Crowell’s yard in Southwest McMinnville. The effect is so charming the McMinnville Garden Club awarded her its Yard of the Month ...

Portland author Eileen Stark will be at the library from 10 am to noon to sign her book, “Real Gardens Grow Natives.”

Rohse: Plant sale highlights native varieties

On my calendar, I’ve circled in red May 23. You may want to do so, too. On that Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Carnegie Room at McMinnville Public Library, the Cheahmill Chapter of the ...

Greens & Beans: Breakfast isn't just for breakfast

Breakfast for supper is a marvelous thing. Mind you, supper is good. The word supper can conjure up deliciously cozy visions of tables laden with vegetable pot pie and steaming hot biscuits with butter ...

Photo:“Brick” Holstrom, far right, with his B-25 crew members in 1943.

Offbeat Oregon: Oregonians flew in raid over Tokyo

Of the 80 American Army aviators who flew the Doolittle raid in April of 1942, at least seven were former Oregonians. Actually, with only one or two exceptions, all were former Oregonians, having been ...

Tom Henderson/News-Register##Rob Totorico (aka Lord Roberto Totorico) of Newberg serves as rapier marshal of the Society for Creative Anachronism’s Shire of Mountain Edge, which includes Yamhill County. He and other area SCA members gathered recently at McMenamins Grand Lodge in Forest Grove.

Knight moves

Yamhill isn’t known as a particularly rowdy community, but a fight breaks out almost every Thursday night. Locals can practically set their watches by it. A crowd of fighters starts to gather at ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register file photo##Parade participants get in touch with their inner space cadets. The event is a lighthearted highlight of
the UFO Festival, which draws visitors from near and far, far away.

Interstellar Celebration

Thousands of UFO enthusiasts, from serious ufologists to sci-fi fans, will descend on McMinnville Thursday through Sunday, May 14 to 17, for the 16th annual UFO Festival. They gravitate to McMinnville ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Dentist Adam
Diesburg shows his painting of an alien ship hovering over a farm - a scene reminiscent of
the famous 1950 Trent
sighting near Sheridan.
Diesburg displays his
artwork on the walls of his
McMinnville dental office.

Stopping By: Alien artistry

On a wall of Adam Diesburg’s dental office stands a cowboy, stern and stoic. Beside him, a creature from outer space reads him the riot act. The compact green creature — which Diesburg added ...

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