Most people think McMinnville’s Habitat for Humanity chapter only builds houses. Actually, the nonprofit does something even more important: It builds homeowners. “Our partners learn so much ...

 

 

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Book review This is How It Ends

When “This is How It Ends” begins, Bruno has a well-paying job in Lehman Brothers’ main office, high above the streets of Manhattan. When the start of the 2008 recession leaves him adrift, ...

 
Book: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Christopher is a genius in math and science, but he can’t read other people’s facial expressions, understand figures of speech or control himself all the time -- at 15, though, he has learned ...

 
Book: Felix in the Underworld

Acclaimed novelist Felix Morsom, the protagonist created by “Felix in the Underworld” author John Mortimer, doesn’t really do much, physically. He hasn’t experienced much, either. He ...

 
Book: Consequences

“Consequences,” by Penelope Lively, Viking Adult books,  2007. “Consequences” spans about 70 years, from the mid-1930s to present day, and transports readers thousands of ...

 
Book: Derailed

Larry Widdoes teaches high school during the day and a writing class for prisoners at Attica in the evenings. One of his night class students drops off the surprising first chapters of a novel — ...

 
Book: Between You & Me

What a pleasure it is to read a book by someone who cares so much about language, she debated with herself over her copy-editing hiring test. Hyphen in? Hyphen out? That or which? One comma or two? Mary ...

 
Book: Bake Until Golden

Members of the Potluck Catering Club, a group of women who started out sharing recipes at church, return home to Colorado after a trip to New York to compete on a television cooking show. As “Bake ...

 
Book: Eureka

Otis Halstead has been a respectable, responsible citizen for 59 1/2 years. He’s served on community boards, raised a daughter, faithfully accompanied his wife to Sunday services, and guided the ...

 
Book: Buried in the Sky

When we think of mountain climbing, we usually think of Everest, the world’s highest peak. But many of the most serious climbers now consider Everest more of a tourist excursion than a real challenge ...

 
Book: The Pyramid

You may think you know all about Kurt Wallander, the brooding ace detective from the Ystad police in Southern Sweden. But even if you’ve read Henning Mankell’s entire series about the middle-aged ...

Features

 
Stopping By: Building homeowners

Most people think McMinnville’s Habitat for Humanity chapter only builds houses. Actually, the nonprofit does something even more important: It builds homeowners. “Our partners learn so much ...

 
Habitat made dreams come true

McMinnville Habitat for Humanity’s first set of homeowners reflected on the joys of having their own places in a News-Register story I wrote in December 1993. “Whatever we do in this house, ...

 
Mac will host fireworks spectacular

Peonies and chrysanthemums, waterfalls and fish, horsetails and spiders and other colorfully named fireworks will illuminate the skies over McMinnville on July 4th. The sky show will end an evening of ...

Willamina celebrates Fourth of July

The News-Register staff WILLAMINA — The annual Willamina Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration is scheduled for the Sunday and Monday of July 3 and 4. It will be capped Monday evening with a ...

Lafayette to have picnic, parade on 4th

The News-Register staff LAFAYETTE — Pancakes, a parade and a picnic will mark Independence Day in Lafayette. The highlight will be the patriotic parade, featuring bikes, wagons and floats decked ...

Rohse: Pleasant travels in the 'crown jewel'

Americans don’t have to cross an ocean to have a French experience. We can instead visit Quebec, the Canadian city with the French heritage and the predominantly French-speaking population. My son ...

Greens & Beans: Creating your own house granola

There is produce showing up at the farmer’s market that I don’t usually expect to see in June; summer squash, tomatoes, basil, even peaches, even as the late spring vegetables — tender ...

 
Flowers for Lupe

The McMinnville Garden Club’s Yard of the Month honors for June go to Jose and Lupe Elias. It took the help of an interpreter for the Spanish-speaking McMinnville couple to share the details. ...

Lions drive-in, fly-in breakfast Sunday

The McMinnville Lions Club will host its 30th annual Fly-in, Drive-in or Ride-in pancake breakfast Sunday, June 26, at the McMinnville Airport. Planes and cars will be on display during the breakfast, ...

 
A summer for the books

Some of them had red dots, some of them blue dots. Only when they matched a red dot with a blue bag or a blue dot with a red bag could they gain access to the bookmobile. That procedure authorized them ...

 
Stopping By: Faces and vases

Faces — happy, worried, perplexed and curious by turn — peer out from many of Mya Clover-Owens’ works of art. A head inclines, curious or thoughtful, forming “Crazy Man.” ...

 
Carlton goes a little bit country this weekend

CARLTON — Country music and a marching band will be featured this weekend as “Carlton Goes Country” during the 2016 Fun Days festival. Carlton Fun Days will open Friday, June 24, and ...

Rohse: On ranch, matches' value came to light

At the outset, let me assure you that I am not a pyromaniac. That being said, I admit that matches have a fascination for me, but only sturdy, dependable wooden matches — the kind that were an integral ...

Happy Tails: Lessons from Dallas' dog problem

Did you ever have a story from the news get stuck in your head and not leave you in peace? That is exactly what’s happening to me at the moment, and I’m hoping that writing a column might stop ...

Savvy Senior: How Medicare handles second opinions

DEAR SAVVY SENIOR, Does Medicare cover second medical opinions? The doctor I currently see thinks I need back surgery, but I would like to get some other treatment options before I proceed. What can you ...

Annual tour shows off local gardens

The McMinnville Garden Club hosts its annual Garden Tour and Faire between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday, June 26, at the corner of Cowls and Third streets. The event features garden wares, crafts, gifts ...

 
Garden party

When Mary and Dean Wimer show their S.E. Davis Street home for the 2016 McMinnville Garden Club Tour and Faire, they will be treated to what Mary refers to as her “salad bar.” Mary uses the ...

 
Offbeat Oregon: The Jackson County Rebellion Llewellyn Banks comes to power

The year of 1932 hit the Rogue River Valley as hard as it hit anyplace. That year was the psychological nadir of the Great Depression — a year of bank closures, suicides, hunger and civil unrest. ...

Greens n beans: The wonderfully adaptable quesadilla

Our house is always filled with food, but unfortunately, it is not always in ready-to-eat form. Most of the time this does not matter; I like to cook. But there are days — OK, weeks — when ...

 
Sheridan Days honors lost leaders

SHERIDAN — Wendy Bird understands what Ted Mayfield and Bob White meant to Sheridan Days over the years. “They were such a great team and such good friends,” she said. “They were ...


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