By Molly • 

Excellence event honors two local businesses

Two local family businesses, Coelho Winery of Amity and Fruithill of Yamhill, will be honored in a special Excellence in Family Business ceremony Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Governor Hotel in Portland.

Coelho Winery was a winner in the micro category for businesses with nine or fewer employees.

The business began when Dave and Deolinda Coelho started growing grapes in 2004. The winery now produces more than 12,000 cases of wine annually, with sons David and Sam Coelho playing key roles.

Fruithill won in the small family business category, which recognizes operations with 10-24 employees.

A wedding gift in 1919 provided seed money for the purchase of a small farm and, generations later, the Schrepel family continues to operate Fruithill, producing and processing plums, hazelnuts, tart cherries, sweet cherries and wine grapes.

“We are honored to recognize such accomplished and successful family businesses,” said Sherri Noxel, director of the program. “The 2012 winners have strong connections between the generations and are thoughtfully building businesses that will be successful for many generations.” 

The awards are presented by Oregon State University’s Austin Family Business Program to recognize achievements in innovation, entrepreneurship and a commitment to community involvement. The program was founded in 1985 at the suggestion of Joan Austin of A-dec, a family-owned, Newberg-based manufacturer of dental equipment.



The sixth annual Civil War Chili Cook-Off and Hot Dog Feed will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at Freelin-Wade, 1730 N.E. Miller St. in the McMinnville Industrial Park.

The Civil War game matching the University of Oregon Ducks versus the Oregon State University Beavers will be held Saturday, Nov. 24, at Reser Stadium in Corvallis. 

Organizers are expecting up to 20 different pots of chili to be entered. While tasting is free, tasters vote for their favorite by donation, with the pot making the most money earning bragging rights.

Freelin-Wade employee Eric Jones has won for three consecutive years, but it is open to anyone. Those wanting to enter are asked to contact Melissa Wiedeman at 503-434-5561 or

The hot dog feed will feature grilled hot dogs with trimmings, chips and a drink for $4.

The Willamette Valley Medical Center donated the hot dogs, buns and chips. All of the money raised will go toward the Willamette Valley Cancer Foundation, a beneficiary chosen by Freelin-Wade employees, who call themselves “The Force.”



The 2012 awards dinner for the McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at the McMinnville Community Center, 600 N.E. Evans St. 

With the theme, “Scoring for the Home Team,” participants are encouraged to show their favorite sport team’s pride by dressing appropriately.

Local businesses and their representatives will be honored for their accomplishments during the past year. “On the Rocks,” a singing group from the University of Oregon who recently participated on the reality program “The Sing-Off,” is the featured entertainment.

Cost is $35, which includes a dinner catered by Rogue Gourmet Catering Company. For more information, contact Rhonda Pope at 503-472-6196 or



The Dancing Reindeer Christmas Bazaar, a fundraiser for Van de Veere Produtions, will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 16 and 17, at the McMinnville Armory, 333 S.E. Armory Way.

It will feature 35 local vendors and a cafe. For more information, call 503-560-2328. 


The Third Street Holiday Market will open at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at Atlas Decor, 334 N.E. Third St., McMinnville.

Hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, Dec. 27. 

For more information, contact Leslie Banke of Flourish Communications & Events at 971-237-3995 or 



A group of downtown businesses will host two “Holiday Hint List” events with evening hours, snacks and beverages.

The first will run 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14. It will feature wine, snacks and opportunities to fill out lists of gift suggestions.

Individuals can register their lists anytime through Friday, Nov. 30.

From 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, the store will open for shoppers wishing to act on those suggestions. Beer, snacks and gift wrapping services will be available.

Participating are La Bella Casa, 4 Elements, Abbie & Oliver’s Artisan Cheese, Accessory Appeal, Atlas Decor, Cupcake Couture, Currents Gallery, Found Objects, Inner Oasis, Mac Prescription Shop, Mes Amies, NW Food & Gifts, Oregon Stationers, Picadilly, Rag & Bone, Red Berry, R. Stuart & Co. Wine Bar, Third Street Books, Timmreck & McNicol, Velvet Monkey Tea and Yamhill Valley Dry Goods.



The McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce has a greeters set to run 8 to 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at NW Food & Gifts, 445 N.E. Third St.

Newberg’s Chehalem Valley Chamber has one scheduled for 8 to 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at the Lions Gate Inn, 401 N. Howard St.

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

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