Rockne Roll/News-Register##Connie Foster sews a garland for her outdoor Christmas tree, which will be on display during the Soroptimists’ annual holiday home tour. She also made a tablecloth and quilts for the event.

In the spirit of Christmas, friendship

Connie Foster’s McMinnville home is filled with spirit this season. The spirit of giving. The spirit of friendship. The spirit of Christmas. “Every room reminds me of new friends,” ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##In Gallery Theater’s “A Christmas Story,” Ralphie (Connor Frost) fantasizes about how sorry his family (John Hamilton, Will Sandburg and Cathy Willoughby) would be if he went blind from soap poisoning.

Review: 'Christmas Story' aims for the heart

You’ll get a warm, nostalgic feeling from “A Christmas Story,” Gallery Theater’s live version of the film that’s become a must-see holiday classic. Fans of the film will ...

Image: F.J.D. John##Ward’s Butte as seen from the main intersection in Plainview, looking southward on Manning Road. Dave West’s farm was near the foot of the butte.

Offbeat Oregon: Prohibition liquor raid went horribly wrong

On a broad flat stretch of the Willamette Valley floor, just across the freeway from the town of Shedd, lies a little cluster of buildings and a Mennonite church — all that remains of the little ...

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Greens & Beans: Fixing up all of fall's edible cliches

National Eat Pie for Breakfast Day was duly celebrated in our house Nov. 25, with cold, creamy pumpkin pie and steaming hot bowls of cream of wheat. These foods go together better than you may have suspected. ...

Savvy Senior: How much you'll pay for Medicare in 2017

DEAR SAVVY SENIOR, I know there won’t be much of a cost-of-living increase in Social Security benefits next year but what about Medicare? How will the 0.3 percent Social Security raise affect our ...

Several Linfield groups to perform in concert

The Linfield College Department of Music will host a fall chamber music concert at 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8. A woodwind quintet, brass quartet, cello ensemble and pianists will play during the free program ...

Rockne Roll/News-Register##Kim and Nick Walton of Flag & Wire Coffee, pictured at their shop in the Granary District in McMinnville.

Stopping By: Running a good race

Coffee is more than a beverage to Nick and Kim Walton, proprietors of Flag & Wire Coffee house, roastery and distributorship in McMinnville’s Granary District.  It’s a way to bring ...

Rohse: How we suffered with the sinners in confession mags

Confession magazines were the favorite reading for us high school gals in Monument when I was then going to school — and never was one of those copies thrown away. That was during the Depression ...

Rockne Roll/News-Register##Photographer Michael Wilson at the Minthorne Gallery at George Fox University in Newberg. 
His show, “Ways of Working,” will continue at the gallery through Dec. 3.

Photographer explores three ‘Ways of Working’

Cincinnati artist uses various techniques to capture the people and landscapes of his hometown

Image: Ben Maxwell/Salem Public Library##Engineers P.W. “Casey” Jones and Floyd Robbins pose with the “Valsetz Zephyr,” a gasoline-powered self-propelled railroad coach that provided the passenger service between Valsetz and Independence, in 1938. The Zephyr was built in Seattle in 1918.

Offbeat Oregon: Once the state’s soggiest town, Valsetz is now just a memory

If you should ever get really lost while exploring the spaghetti tangle of Forest Service routes and old logging roads in the Coast Range woodlands west of Falls City, you just might stumble upon the mortal ...

Vietnam vets will speak at Band of Brothers

Larry and Carol Brown, who both served in Vietnam, will speak Thursday, Dec.1, at the McMinnville Band of Brothers gathering for veterans. The meeting will start at 11:30 a.m. in the conference room of ...

Linfield art show to open Nov. 30

Linfield College students will display their art in the annual Juried Student Exhibition, Wednesday, Nov. 30, through Sunday, Dec. 16, in the Linfield Gallery. An opening reception will be held at 5 p.m. ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Mom (Cathy Willoughby) cajoles Randy (Will Sandburg) to eat, confounding Ralphie (Connor Frost) and his dad (John Hamilton). “A Christmas Story” opens Friday at Gallery Theater in McMinnville.

Gallery to present 'A Christmas Story'

By STARLA POINTER Of the News-Register Gallery Theater will take a look back at holidays past with “A Christmas Story,” Jean Shepherd’s popular tale of Ralphie, his family, friends ...

Submitted photo##During his visit to Washington, D.C., memorials, McMinnville’s Ken Vronman holds a photo of himself from his Coast Guard days in the Korean War era. His ship sailed waters off Korea, predicting the weather.

Stopping By: A moving experience for a veteran

McMinnville’s Ken Vronman usually goes steelhead fishing in the fall. This year, though, he’s put his rod aside and taken a different sort of trip — a very special one to see the memorials ...

Submitted photo##The Youth Mariachi group of Newberg will perform in Yamhill Enrichment Society’s winter concert on Dec. 1. Proceeds will benefit local music programs.

Musical groups perform holiday concerts

Singers, mariachis play winter show NEWBERG -- The Yamhill Enrichment Society's winter concert on Thursday, Dec. 1, will feature the Occasional Quartet, the Enriching Lives Through Music Community ...

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