When she accepted a job at McMinnville Water & Light 40 years ago, Mary Ann Nolan didn’t realize she was slipping into a position that would fit her like a glove. “I’m really suited ...

 

 

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Book: The Daughter of Time

How much of a classic is Josephine Tey’s “The Daughter of Time,” a modern-day (1951) police investigation of a 15th century murder case? It’s such a classic that the next book ...

 
Book: Underground in Berlin

Although she was constantly in mortal danger, Marie Jalowicz removed or covered the yellow star marking her as a Jew and walked freely through the streets of Berlin during World War II. Well, not exactly ...

 
Book: The Wangs vs. The World

Charles Wang (pronounce that with a soft “a,” more like “wong”) emigrated from Taiwan and made his fortune manufacturing and selling cosmetics in the U.S. But his heart has always ...

 
Book: Two Good Dogs

“Two Good Dogs,” by Susan Wilson, 2017, St. Martin’s Press. Chance, a battered pit bull, intuits when humans need comfort and calming. He provides the service for his best human friend, ...

 
Book: Next Year for Sure

I’m not sure I liked what happened in “Next Year for Sure” — it wasn’t how I would do things — but I did like reading Zoey Leigh Peterson’s debut novel. She captures ...

 
Singing Sands / Josephine Tey

Vanity rears its extraordinarily ugly head — the one it so admires in every mirror — in “The Singing Sands,” a character driven mystery by Josephine Tey (one of the pseudonyms used ...

 
Book: Do I Make Myself Clear?

How eagerly I awaited a copy of “Do I Make Myself Clear? Why Writing Well Matters”! I ordered it through interlibrary loan right after hearing an interview with author Harold Evans on National ...

 
Book: The Purple Swamp Hen

The title character is the narrator of the first story in Patricia Lively’s collection of whimsical and real-life stories. Readers quickly recognize the time and place of which the swamp hen speaks ...

Book: The Outside World

Tova Mirvis follows two Orthodox Jewish families in “The Outside World,” a funny and touching novel set in Brooklyn, Israel and, though it may seem odd, Memphis, Tennessee. Shayna and Naomi ...

 
Review: The Man Who Wanted to Know Everything

One relationship is getting underway and another is beginning to disintegrate in “The Man Who Wanted to Know Everything,” D.A. Mishani’s third novel about Israeli police investigator ...

Features

 
Stopping By: 'Suited to service'

When she accepted a job at McMinnville Water & Light 40 years ago, Mary Ann Nolan didn’t realize she was slipping into a position that would fit her like a glove. “I’m really suited ...

 
Rohse: The long journey of our erratic rock

One Sunday afternoon after we’d lived in McMinnville a couple of years — and many times driven by the Erratic Rock sign between here and Sheridan— we decided it was time to find out why ...

 
Greens & Beans: Cooking when time is short

Here's a question to ponder: If you only have about 30 minutes to cook in the morning, do you make soup for tonight’s supper, muffins or cookies? Different answers make sense on different days, ...

 
Offbeat Oregon: Beached ship had to 'sail' through the woods

Throughout the history of the U.S. Lifesaving Service, before and after it became part of the Coast Guard, there have been more than enough uncomfortable and dangerous jobs to go around. But it’s ...

 
A big screen classic

NEWBERG — Ted Francis was having trouble getting around by 1999. But, by thunder, he had been showing movies in Newberg since Douglas Fairbanks Sr. and Buster Keaton were lighting up the silent ...

 
Stopping By: Spanish steps

On her 68th birthday, which fell on July 1, Esther Youngberg celebrated with a piece of Spanish cheesecake and a good, long walk. She skipped the cheesecake the next day, but did continue the walking. ...

 
Gallery Theater's 'Stop Kiss' looks at love and violence

Two young New Yorkers — one a newcomer, the other a veteran of 11 years in the city — become friends, then discover a growing mutual attraction. Finally, they share their first romantic ...

’60s group performs at fairgrounds

The Sons of Champlin, a rock band formed in the late ’60s by vocalist, keyboardist and guitarist Bill Champlin, will headline the Celebrate McMinnville Concerts Friday and Saturday, Oct. 13 and 14, ...

Rohse: A sparkling link to Dr. Goucher

From Yamhill County’s murky past of previous centuries, the name of two prominent doctors comes to mind — Goucher. In both Amity and McMinnville are roadways remembering that name: Goucher ...

 
Carlson: Nature or nurture? No easy answer

Back in the days when I had to work for a living, many were the times I sat in the teachers’ lunch room discussing the educator’s perennial question: nature or nurture? Scenario: A kid from ...

 
Photo essay: Scenes from harvest

Harvest time in Yamhill County isn’t just about grapes. Located in one of the richest growing regions in Oregon, local farms, large and small, grow sweet corn, tomatoes, leafy greens, potatoes, squash, ...

 
Offbeat Oregon: Murderer learned limits of 'Unwritten Law'

The late 1880s in Oregon, and around the country, saw a substantial rise in the number of murderers who tried to invoke the “Unwritten Law” to justify their crimes. The “Unwritten Law” ...

Historical society marks 60 years; Soroptimists seeking members

Historical society marks 60 years The Yamhill County Historical Society will mark 60 years with a party on Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Yamhill Valley Heritage Center, 11275 S.W. Durham Lane, McMinnville. An ...

 
Greens & Beans: Leftover oatmeal? Turn it into bread

Oatmeal has been making a regular appearance on our breakfast table of late, but I keep forgetting to eat it as I scramble to make use of every morning minute. Seems wrong to waste it, though, so into ...

 
Stopping By: Where kids can be kids

The evergreens are the same size they were when first planted at Scotty’s Playhouse, which opened in October 2007. But over the decade, the trees have watched thousands of youngsters run and slide ...

Savvy Senior: Get a handle on prescription meds

DEAR SAVVY SENIOR: I’m concerned that my 80-year-old mother is taking too many medications. She currently takes 10 different drugs prescribed by three different doctors, which I think is causing ...

Rohse: The best gifts don't cost a cent

It’s early to be thinking about Christmas, but if you have need of great gift ideas for your kids, at affordable price tags, here are ideas to consider. An afternoon of shopping won’t provide ...

 
They have a point

When dueling with rapiers on rocky terrain, it is best to employ Bonetti’s defense, because one’s opponent will undoubtedly attack with Capoferro. However, Thibault cancels out Capoferro unless ...

 
Stopping By: Easy in the saddle

George Milne and his registered quarter horse, Wasatch, haven’t spotted any bears in the almost two years they’ve been riding together in Yamhill County. They haven’t been looking, actually. ...

Artists will open their studios for annual tour

Nearly 40 artists will open their studios Sept. 29-Oct. 1 and Oct. 6-8 for the annual Art Harvest tour, sponsored by the Art Alliance of Yamhill County. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the event, ...


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