By Molly • Molly Walker • 

Carlton Crush taking grape stomp registrations

Registration is now available for competitions, including the grape stomp, barrel rolling race and wine thief relay, to be held at the 2014 Carlton Crush Harvest Festival on Saturday, Sept. 13. It is the signature event for the Carlton Business Association.

The grape stomp will be limited to 24 teams of four people with registration costing $85 per team; the barrel rolling race is limited to 16 individuals at a cost of $15 each; and the wine thief relay is limited to eight teams of two people at a cost of $25 per team.

In addition, registration forms for the artists’ market are open for craft vendors and merchants, with a limited number of booths available, at a cost of $50.

The festival is designed to celebrate the unique culture of Carlton and Yamhill County. Other activities will include a vintage Thunderbird car display, food and beverages, midway games for children and helicopter rides.

For more information or to register, visit the website at or call Pat Swanick, event chair at 216-533-6968.



Pending sales of residential real estate sales rose 27 percent for May 2014, when compared to May 2013. There were 146 pending sales for the month.

Year-to-date, however, pending residential real estate sales are up only 2.9 percent, with a total of 568 from January through May. There have been 466 closed sales with an average sales price of $255,600, which is up 12.1 percent from the same period in 2013.



Rebecca Quandt has taken the position of marketing and promotions coordinator at the McMinnville Downtown Association, replacing Kendra Lindell.

Quandt has a degree in urban planning from the University of Washington and a masters in historic preservation from Clemson University in S.C.

“We feel extremely fortunate to have found her,” Cassie Sollars, MDA manager said of Quandt. “She’s remarkably talented and has some good experience.”

However, Sollars also will miss Lindell.

“She is such a sweetheart,” said Sollars. She said Lindell is talented and capable and just very nice.



A workshop on soil health, sponsored by the soil and water conservation districts for Yamhill, Polk and Marion counties, will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, at the Chemeketa Eola Viticulture Center, 215 Doaks Ferry Road N.W., Salem.

James Cassidy and Nick Andrews from the OSU Extension Service and Cory Owens from the Natural Resource Conservation Service will discuss principles and practices to build better soils.

Cost to attend is $10, payable at the door. Space is limited and those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP to Marc Bell at 503-623-9680 or



Kevin Gebhart, a financial advisor for Edward Jones in McMinnville, will host an educational seminar “Advisory Programs: A Disciplined Approach to Investing” at 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 24, at the McMinnville Senior Center, 2250 N.E. McDaniel Lane.

Gebhart will discuss different approaches to managing investments, the benefits of professional research, selection and monitoring of investments, the value of automatic rebalancing to help keep investments in line with the objective of the person’s portfolio and whether an advisory program might be a good fit for an investor.

For more information, contact Gebhart at 503-472-0234.



The Columbia River Camaro Club will host a show and shine car show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 21, at Spirit Mountain Casino, 27100 S.W. Salmon River Highway, Grand Ronde.

There will be 41 trophies offered for cars of all makes and models. For those wanting to participate, the vehicle registration fee is $20 on-site. Registration is open at 7:30 a.m. Spectator admission is free.

There will also be vendors offering local products.

For more information, call 1-503-879-2350 or 1-800-760-7977.



The Starbucks located at Linfield College will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for a trial period through June 27. Based on the volume of sales, adjustments to the weekday operational hours may be announced.

The facility will also be open special hours to accommodate specific groups of campus guests.

For more information, visit the website at



Mary Ann Lord and Donna Lux, both hair stylists formerly with Hair It Is, are now at Generations Salon, 1304 N.E. Highway 99W, McMinnville, after Hair It Is moved from its Lafayette Ave. location because of the new apartment complex planned for that area.



Eola Hills has opened a satellite tasting room in the McMinnville Mercantile Building at 448 N.E. Third St. The winery’s main tasting room is in Rickreall.



The Monroe Event Center is now open and available for rental at 121 S.W. Monroe St., Sheridan.



The McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce has a greeters event set for 8 to 9 a.m. Friday at Applied Physics Technology, 1600 N.E. Miller St.

Newberg’s Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce has one from 8 to 9 a.m. Friday for Open Hands Massage Therapy at the chamber office, 115 N. College St.


Molly Walker, the News-Register’s business editor, can be reached at or 503-687-1272.

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