Back in 1973, an Oregon State University extension agent contacted numerous young mothers in the McMinnville area, asking if they’d like to join a new homemakers’ club.  It would ...

 

 

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Book: Our Short History

When Karen Neulander is diagnosed with Stage 4 ovarian cancer, she considers her alternatives: Pills? A gun? A rope?  But, as much as she — briefly — wants to give up, she cannot. She ...

 
Book: Welcome to Paradise

Former high school sports star Al “Big Al” Tuschman is just as competitive on the sales floor as he was on the gridiron. Tall, handsome (in a non-threatening way) and easy-going, he wins every ...

 
Book: Do or Diner

Trixie Matkowski grew up watching her aunt and uncle run a classic diner in upstate New York. Now grown and newly divorced, she’s returned to the small tourist town and purchased the diner, some ...

 
Book: Blue Plate Special

If you’re expecting a novel about food, Frances Norris’ “Blue Plate Special” is not what you’re looking for. (Good news: there are half a dozen other novels and memoirs out ...

 
Book: The Summer that Melted Everything

Fielding Bliss is the son of a prosecutor who sees himself as an arbitrator of good and evil. He knows what evil looks like, but just to be sure, he puts an ad in the local paper inviting the devil to ...

 
Book: Pet Friendly

“Pet Friendly” is an enjoyable, if light, little book. Readers won’t be surprised much by the twists and turns of the story, but they will be charmed by Archie and his human friends — ...

 
Book: Today Will Be Different

I love Maria Semple’s stories: fun, fresh, quirky and thought-provoking, too. In “Today Will Be Different,” Semple revisits territory she created in “Where’d You Go, ...

 
Book: Unbecoming

Grace — or Julie, as she calls herself in France, since the French pronunciation is “easy on the tongue” — is a chameleon who quickly adapts to any setting in order to get what ...

 
Book: Kitchen Confidential

The best thing about Anthony Bourdain’s writing is how clearly readers can hear his voice.  You may not like what he’s saying — I, for one, am appalled by the fondly remembered, ...

 
Book: Cat People

While the extended title strikes me as desperate -- if something really is hilarious and entertaining, you don’t need to tell readers in the title — “Cat People” is an amusing and ...

Features

 
Stopping By: Learning together

Back in 1973, an Oregon State University extension agent contacted numerous young mothers in the McMinnville area, asking if they’d like to join a new homemakers’ club.  It would ...

 
Carlson: A big win for disabled students

Last summer, I wrote a column about the first case involving a service dog to ever be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court: Fry vs. Napoleon Community Schools. I ended the column by saying I’d let you ...

 
Adaptive egg hunt planned for special needs kid

An adaptive egg hunt, with carnival games and other activities as well as a search for Easter eggs, is scheduled for children with developmental, physical or intellectual disabilities and their families. Oak ...

 
Savvy Senior: How to stop the snoring

DEAR SAVVY SENIOR: Over the past few years my 57-year-old husband’s snoring has gotten much worse. It’s to the point that I have to either wear earplugs or move to a different room. Any suggestions? Sleep ...

Rohse: Wartime tales shared through vet’s book

McMinnvillan Gene Webber, in his 90s, did something that every Yamhill County man and woman should do. For his family, he wrote a book about an important chapter in his life: “World War 2 — ...

 
Resonating through the generations

It took a while, but Jade Andrade finally found her voice. It was hiding inside a trumpet. The Newberg middle schooler took up music in second grade. She went through the guitar and violin before picking ...

 
Gardening calendar

The Oregon State University Extension Service provides monthly tips for gardeners. Here are the recommendations for December:   Planning * Plan your vegetable garden carefully for spring, ...

 
Offbeat Oregon: Saloon a souvenir of the age of shanghaiing

Low on the east bank of the river, in the shadow of the Fremont Bridge, stands a narrow brick building that looks like it’s right out of the 19th century. It’s not — almost, but not ...

 
Stopping By: Safe as houses

The first dwellings Doug Cruikshank built were temporary: snow caves that block out icy wind and help winter hikers survive extreme weather. The dwellings he now helps build are permanent: Habitat for ...

 
Gould Piano Trio to perform at First Baptist

The Gould Piano Trio will perform “An Evening of Classical Music” Wednesday, March 29, at McMinnville First Baptist Church. The free program will start at 7 p.m. in the church at 125 S.E. Cowls ...

 
Greens & Beans: Post-Pi Day pie

I have only recently been introduced to the charming concept of Pi day, and missed celebrating it on the actual day, to no one’s surprise – but have now made up for the lapse, with a beautiful ...

Rohse: Let's take time to learn about lime

Settlers who headed for the “land of the setting sun” via the Oregon Trail expected to find everything they needed in Oregon Country. It was the promised land. They knew for sure that it had ...

 
Offbeat Oregon: Did Sir Francis Drake really stop by in 1579?

If Newport resident and British-born historian Bob Ward is correct, Oregon has another name — an older one: Nova Albion. That’s the name Sir Francis Drake gave to the spot on the West ...

 
Land of luck and lore

On St. Patrick's Day, Ireland aficionado shares surprising story of an unsainted, non-Irish priest

Exhibit explores Iran's visual culture

The Linfield Gallery will feature the work of Eugene-based artist Tannaz Farsi Wednesday, March 22, through Saturday, April 29. Her solo exhibition, “The Points of Departure,” explores different ...

Pianists to perform at Linfield

Participants from a piano masterclass will perform a recital at 7 o’clock tonight, March 17, in the Vivian Bull Music Center at Linfield College. Admission is free. Professor Albert Kim and visiting ...

Flavors of Carlton tickets on sale

CARLTON — Tickets are now available for Flavors of Carlton, a gala fundraiser that will feature food prepared by 10 chefs, along with beer and wine from an array of local venues. The event will include ...

 
Stopping By: Piece officers

YAMHILL — Bobbie Abernathy-Bebereia’s husband, Gregg, made it home safely every night during his years serving as a sheriff’s deputy. But not every law enforcement officer, firefighter ...

 
Linfield grad directs slice-of-life play

Linfield College’s theater will show “Circle Mirror Transformation,” a contemporary play about the impact the dramatic arts can have on a person’s life, Wednesday through Saturday, ...

 
Amity High students to perform comedy

The News-Register staff AMITY — High school students will perform “You Can’t Beat the House” Wednesday through Friday, March 15 to 17. Curtain will rise at 7 p.m. each night in ...


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