By Molly • Molly Walker • 

Century Farm program invites applications

The Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program is now accepting applications for centennial and sesquicentennial honors for 2014.

Families who have continuously farmed portions of their family acreage for the past 100 or 150 years are invited to apply. The deadline is May 1.

Successful applicants will received a personalized certificate that includes acknowledgment by the governor and director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture. They will also be honored during a special ceremony and reception at the Oregon State Fair in Salem on Aug. 23.

The program began in 1958. So far, 1,156 families have earned centennial designation and 26 sesquicentennial designation.

The application and program guidelines may be obtained by visiting or contacting Andrea Juenzi at 503-400-7884 or



Kiri Withnell has opened Withnell Family Hair Design at 117 N.E. Fifth St., Suite B.

Withnell said opening her own salon was a longtime goal, held ever since she started beauty school. She said her mission statement is, “Affordable and friendly for the whole family.”

She can be contacted at 971-241-4110 or



Pending residential real estate sales for January were essentially unchanged from the previous January in Yamhill County, according to the Regional Multiple Listing Service.

There were 94 pending sales and 63 closed sales listed for the month. The average sales price was $251,900, up 12 percent, and the average time on the market 176 days, just under six months.

In addition, one commercial sale was closed, at a price of $381,500, and six land sales, at an average price of $96,100.



Steve Bowers of the Oregon State University Extension Service, known as “The Tree Man,” will speak about forest roads at a meeting of the Yamhill County Small Woodlands Association set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26. It will be held at the Extension Service auditorium, at 2050 N.E. Lafayette Ave.

A social period will preceed the session at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments and door prizes will be provided by Elmer Parker.

Applications for membership will be available. They may also be downloaded at

For more information, e-mail



Bank of America is planning to close its Willamina and Newberg branches May 9. It mailed notices to depositors last month.

The move will leave Willamina with no bank branch of its own. City Councilor Jeri St. Onge, the council’s liaison with the chamber of commerce, said the chamber has formed a committee to seek a replacement.



Geoff and Amy Jones are the new owners of the Taco Del Mar, across from Lowe’s at 1259 S.W. Booth Bend Road. Geoff said he and his wife work at the store nearly every day and are getting lots of positive feedback.



Linfield College Professor Lisa Weidman will discuss topics related to mass media and public relations in a lunch and learn session of the McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce, set for 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, at Oregon Mutual Insurance, 400 N.E. Baker St.

Cost, which includes a catered lunch, is $20 for members and $10 for non-members. Space is limited.

For more information, contact Rhonda Pope at or 503-472-6196.



Dr. George Siegfried, who practices at the Dunn Chiropractic Clinic, recently completed a 24-hour continuing education seminar on whiplash and permanent soft injuries. It was led by Dr. Dan Dock, a board-certified chiropractic orthopedist based in Duluth, Minn.



The McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce has a greeters set for 8 to 9 a.m. Friday at Gallery Ballet, 906 N.E. Eleventh St. Newberg’sChehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce has one scheduled for 8 to 9 a.m. Friday at the offices of Dr. Leslie Mitchell, 440 Villa Road.

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

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