By Molly • Molly Walker • 

Four charities receive grants

First Federal has awarded four local nonprofits a total of $4,750 in the latest round of its community giving program.

Love INC of Newberg received $2,000 to cover the cost of peanut butter for the Friday backpack program it operates at Newberg elementary schools.

Through the program, which is expected to serve 100 families this year, two loves of bread, a jar of peanut butter and a jar of jelly are sent home with participating children each weekend. The organization gets the backpacks, bread and jam on a free or deep-discount basis, leaving peanut butter as its leading cost item.

The Community Compassion Fund, which provides emergency assistance for people in crisis in Yamhill County, was awarded $1,500.

The fund helps with basic needs such as rent, utilities, medical bills and other needs on a one-time per year basis. A total of 206 were helped between Nov. 2, 1012 and May 31, 2013.

The Yamhill County Treatment Courts Foundation received $750 for its Clean & Sober Housing Project, which helps with the cost of rent in a recovery house for adult drug court participants in the early stages of rehab.

Finally, the Hillside Foundation was awarded $500 to help provide emergency assistance for the elderly.

“We are happy to support these organizations with their community efforts,” said Rene’ Bittle, the bank’s executive vice president and chief savings officer.

Grant applications for the next funding period are currently being accepted. The deadline is June 13.

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Lucetta Elmer will speak on “Filling Worlds with Flowers” at the next gathering of Women in Business, an affiliate of the McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce.

It is set to run 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 20. Cost is $10 for members and $12 for non-members.

For more information, contact or 503-472-6196.



Super Wash has agreed to donate $1 for every $8 car wash and $1.50 for every packet of car wash tokens to the Yamhill Community Action Partnership during the month of May. The facility is located next to Walmart at 2185 N.E. Highway 99W.

General Manager Scott Cure said Super Wash franchises conduct a May charity project every year. This is the local business’s second year of participation.

In addition, Cure said, a food bin is being made available for those who want to donate non-perishable items.



The Allison Inn & Spa, which opened in Newberg in the fall of 2009, has been named No. 2 among the nation’s “green” hotels by the travel website TripAdvisor. Heading the site’s top 10 list was Bardessono, a resort developed in the California wine mecca of Yountville.

TripAdvisor limited consideration to properties that had achieved platinum status in its GreenLeaders program. It factored in reports from travelers posted in conjunction with its Popularity Index.

Of The Allison, it said: “Blending seamlessly into 35 acres of hillside in the Willamette Valley, this 85-room resort was designed with sustainability in mind. The property boasts a “living roof,” which provides insulation to reduce energy use.

A TripAdvisor reviewer commented, “The inn is very environmentally conscious. Glass bottles for filtered water in the room are refilled, linens are only changed by request.”




The third annual Girls’ Night Out, a free event sponsored by the Willamette Valley Medical Center, will be held from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the McMinnville Community Center, 600 N.E. Evans St.

Vendor booths will feature foods, wines, jams, jewelry, soaps, spices, cosmetics and other items.

“What more could a girl ask for?” said Carrie Schadewitz, one of the event organizers. ”And If that does not get you there, how about a fashion show?”



Business After Hours, a program of the McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce, will run 5:15 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Golden Valley Restaurant & Brewery, 980 N.E. Fourth St. in downtown McMinnville. Owner Peter Kircher and his staff will discuss what’s new and provide a tour.

Cost is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. To RSVP, call 503-472-6196.


McMinnville’s Arctic Circle has decided to drop its chain affiliation and begin operating locally as Burgers & More.

According to Manager Andrew Hernandez, the menu will be expanded, but almost everything will stay the same at the outlet, located at 1025 N.E. Baker St.



The McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce has a greeters set for 8 to 9 a.m. Friday at The Brooks Street House, 1409 S.E. Brooks St.

Newberg’s Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce has one set for 8 to 9 a.m. Friday at the French Prairie Gardens, 17673 French Prairie Road in St. Paul.


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

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