By Molly • Molly Walker • 

Design consultation offered to MDA members

Members of the McMinnville Downtown Association are being given the opportunity to meet with Mary Beth Branch and Rhonda Feero about potential property improvements.

Branch holds a degree in architecture and Feero owns and operates an interior design business. Appointments are available between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24.

Participants will be able to spend half an hour with one of the two professionals in pursuit of property improvement suggestions. Following the consultation, forms will be provided for small grants, available to help selected applicants jump start projects.

MDA Manager Cassie Sollars said this is a great time to consider making improvements, as the 2014 Oregon Main Street conference will be held in McMinnville in October. To schedule a free appointment, contact Sollars at or 503-472-3605.



A grant from the Erath Family Foundation will support an Oregon Wine History Archive internship for a Linfield College student.

The archive was created in 2011 at Linfield. It houses historical documents and memorabilia from early wine grape growers and wine producers in the Willamette Valley, along with materials related to the current Oregon wine industry.

The Erath grant, named for local wine pioneer Dick Erath, will fund an internship lasting part time during the academic year and full time during the summer.

The intern will work with college archivist Rachael Woody to learn skills related to acquisition, preservation, organization and display of historical materials. He or she will also help produce and disseminate the history through Linfield’s Digital Commons, traveling exhibitions, research articles and presentations.

“This grant represents one more important step in Linfield’s partnership with the Oregon wine industry,” said President Thomas Hellie.



Jeri St. Onge has been hired as a marketing and special projects manager for Sheridan’s J.W. Millegan Inc., Carlton LLC and their Wallace Bridge equestrian center resort project.

St. Onge has more than 35 years of marketing experience, at both the division and corporate levels, with Comcast, Tropicana Entertainment and Spirit Mountain Casino.

Long active in civic affairs in the West Valley, she is currently serving as president of the Coastal Hills Chamber, member of the Willamina City Council and member of the boards of Travel Yamhill Valley and the Willamina Farmer’s market.



Kris Holcombe has opened Valley Archery in Bunn’s Village, 8089 N.E. Highway 99W.

The business features archery sales, service, instruction, practice and competition for beginning to expert-level shooters. Services include bow building and tuning.

For more information, contact Holcomb at 971-241-4013.



Alan Kanaskie, forest pathologist with the state Department of Forestry, will discuss conifer diseases at a Yamhill County Small Woodlands Association meeting set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22.

The meeting will be held in the OSU Extension Service auditorium at 2050 N.E. Lafayette Ave. Participants are invited to bring tree farm samples or photos for identification of infestations.

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

Applications for membership will be available at the meeting. Alternatively, they may be downloaded at

For more information, e-mail



A dinner fundraiser to support Mac High’s Engineering and Aerospace Sciences Academy is being hosted by the EASA parent group from 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, at Sandwich Express, 711 N.E. Highway 99W.

EASA will receive a percentage of sales, rangin from 10 to 30 percent, depending on the amount of total sales for the evening.



Meat, a butcher shop that opened last year in the Granary District, has gone out of business. So has Paulee, a high-end restaurant opened 18 months ago at the south end of Dundee.

Apparently joining the two short-lived businesses in calling it quits is a much longer-lived McMinnville business — Gibb’s Tobacco.

The tobacco shop was a fixture at 1220 N.W. Adams St. in McMinnville. Handwritten closed signs have been posted in the windows.



Downtown McMinnville’s monthly Art & Wine Walk, coordinated by local merchants, will run 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18.

Participating stores will feature extended hours. Several will be offering wine tasting, live music and other special events.

For more information, contact



The McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce has a greeters set for 8 to 9 a.m. Friday at Christensen Auto, 3080 N.E. Highway 99W.

Newberg’s Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce has one scheduled for 8 to 9 a.m. Friday at Advanced Orthopedic Physical Therapy, 700 Deborah Road, Suite 250, Newberg.


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

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