Marcus Larson/News-Register##Coastal Hills Quilter Cris Darr cuts fabric for a new quilt. She’s one of the original members of the group, which recently celebrated its 20th anniversary.

Quilt complex

Room 7 of the old Willamina High School is haunted, at least for Jean Hill. She finds it almost impossible to go there for the weekly meetings of the Coastal Hills Quilters without hearing the words of ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Sandy Bartnik and her husband, Wayne, love decorating for Christmas. This year, they’ll open their McMinnville house for the Soroptimists’ Wine Country Tour of Homes.

Festive, and then some

Christmas houses, Christmas books, Christmas trees, Christmas lights and Christmas trains — including one with Tom Hanks serving as conductor — celebrate the season at the home of Wayne and ...

Annual holiday tour will feature homes, celebration

Tickets are available for the 29th annual Wine Country Holiday Home Tour, a fundraiser sponsored by Soroptimist International of McMinnville. The Sunday, Dec. 10, event will benefit Soroptimist causes, ...

Image: FBI##Investigators carefully collected the wreckage of Flight 629 and arranged it in a Denver warehouse. The large piece in the foreground is the airliner’s tail section, which was blown clean off the fuselage by the blast; the rudder has been removed so the piece would fit through the warehouse door.

Offbeat Oregon: Airliner was blown out of the sky for insurance fraud

Stapleton Airfield, Denver, Colorado — Nov. 1, 1955. The killer is sitting with his wife and young son at a little airport coffee shop, chewing on his fingernails, trying to act natural. No doubt ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Marit Berning matches together artists and spaces, as she did with this mobile by Britain’s Martin Richman for the atrium of Walker Hall on the Linfield College campus. Richman is known worldwide for capturing light in his sculptures.

Stopping By: Curator believes in magic of art

After spending holidays in her native England some years, and in Ireland or Morocco other years, young Marit Berning had pretty much decided she didn’t believe in Father Christmas anymore. Then, ...

Art piece: Permanent, yet ever-changing

With a minor in art, Marit Berning oversaw several art installations at Linfield College while still a student. After she graduated, she was hired as curator-in-residence. Her biggest mission was finding ...

Rohse: Favorite gifts are difficult to wrap

My kids are pleading with me for suggestions as to what I want for Christmas. I know I am difficult to shop for, so I try to think of something. I can’t think of a thing. I begin, then, thinking ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##John McCleery is retiring after 15 years as Willamina’s postmaster and 38 years in the postal service. He knows just about everyone in town on a first-name basis, McCleery said.

Completion of his appointed rounds

Louis Rober needs to drop off a letter at the Willamina post office, a simple enough errand that should take less than a minute. However, no one can slip in and out of the small building off Maple Street ...

Rockne Roll/News-Register##Shrek (Dennis Fisher) is content living on his own in a swamp — until he meets Donkey and other friends and falls for a princess.

Review: At Gallery, a Shrek of a good show

Gallery Theater’s “Shrek,” which opened Nov. 24, is, quite simply, a super show. With great visuals, vocals and point-of-view, this romp-in-a-swamp is a must-see for the holidays. ...

##The Portland Morning Oregonian’s staff artist published this sketch of convicted murderer Kelsay Porter shortly before his execution.

Offbeat Oregon: Gunfight left three neighbors dead and a fourth hanged

In the 1890s, 47-year-old Kelsay Porter lived alone on a remote farm in the foothills of the Wallowas, in a tiny Union County community called Pine Valley. He was a shy, timid bachelor who had moved to ...

Rockne Roll/News-Register##Kimball Kiess describes the improvements made to her backyard south of McMinnville to help facilitate her animal rescue operation. Kiess holds lost pets found and posted to the Yamhill County Pet Heroes Facebook page until they can be reunited with owners.

Stopping By: Getting them home

 

 

Stopping By: 'Treat pets like family'

The first procedure Yamhill County Pet Heroes does when it catches or receives a lost pet is to scan it for a microchip. Such chips are placed under the skin by a veterinarian so the dog or cat can be ...

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Mathewson: Non-native nutria disagreeable in almost all respects

Louisiana’s Avery Island is a very interesting place. It consists of a large salt dome surrounded by swamp. The mining of salt from the island dates back to the early American Indians. Out At Perrydale Worth ...

Rohse: Drawing inspiration from the stars above

It’s getting harder to see the stars nowadays. Or, is it that we humans are getting too apathetic to look up on a clear night and marvel at that sight? What a sad happening if we humans were to ...

Savvy Senior: Home modifications can help seniors age in place

DEAR SAVVY SENIOR, What tips can you recommend to help make a home safer for aging-in-place? My 76-year-old mother wants to stay living in her own home for as long as possible, but she doesn’t have ...

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