When Julie Roshak was growing up in Georgetown, Texas, her grandmother lived across from the U Wash M laundromat on South Main Street. Laundromats are like everywhere else in Texas, Roshak said. People ...

 

 

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Book: Going to Bend

Petie and Rose have been best friends since they were adolescents in fictional Hubbard, a tiny town on the Oregon Coast, similar to Depoe Bay. (How I wish author Diane Hammond had made up a name for ...

 
Book: Athiest in the FOXhole

No matter your political leaning, you’ll have to admit that Joe Muto chose the perfect title for his memoir about spending eight years working for a conservative 24-hour news giant: “An Atheist ...

 
Book: The Lying Game

I almost put down “The Lying Game” after reading the first chapter. Not that I didn’t appreciate author Ruth Ware’s good writing, or that I was put off by the setting, a seaside ...

 
Book: What Einstein Told His Cook

I suspect the reason Robert Wolke wrote a sequel to his witty, wonderful “What Einstein Told His Cook” has more to do with the author’s own glee than the need to cover more topics. It’s ...

 
Book: Thursday's Children

“Thursday’s Children” could almost be a cozy mystery, if protagonist Frieda Klein weren’t a hard-boiled psychologist who believes — and states regularly — that she’s ...

 
Book: Smoke and Mirrors

Two children go missing on a late-November afternoon in 1951 in Brighton, England. Annie and Mark were last seen about 5 p.m., their friends say — they know because the Number 12 bus passed by close ...

 
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, ...

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Lightening the load

When Julie Roshak was growing up in Georgetown, Texas, her grandmother lived across from the U Wash M laundromat on South Main Street. Laundromats are like everywhere else in Texas, Roshak said. People ...

 
Holiday harmonies

The News-Register staff Three more performances remain for the 2017 Community Cantata Choir. The choir will perform at: n 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, at Newberg Christian Church, 2315 N. Villa Road, Newberg. ...

 
Offbeat Oregon: Hawaii-bound flight from PDX ditched off Coos Bay

At around 11 a.m. on the morning of Saturday, March 26, 1955, Florence Hollister was reclining on a comfortable window seat on a Boeing 377 Stratocruiser as the stewardess busily prepared a sumptuous lunch. The ...

 
Stopping By: A time for 'Jesus, decorations, family'

The Christmas season, like life in general, was magical during Paul Baidenmann’s childhood in Dutch Indonesia. Born in 1928, he enjoyed playing with his brother and other friends in the mild, tropical ...

 
Stopping By: Remembering visits from Sinterklaas

Twice, Paul Baidenmann doubted the existence of St. Nicholas, the storied bishop who brings candy and gifts to children who’ve been good. The first time, in 1932, the 4-year-old Dutch boy was attending ...

 
Happy Tails: New spay/neuter clinic is a local treasure

We live in a very special place. Those of us fortunate enough to live in the Yamhill Valley have a lot to be proud of — our world-renowned pinot noirs, the unsurpassed beauty of the surrounding hills, ...

Rohse: Oregon had a role in war between states

Although no Civil War battles were fought on Oregon soil, our state was considerably involved in that conflict — albeit in indirect ways. Oregon’s principal involvement pertained to protecting ...

 
Quilt complex

Room 7 of the old Willamina High School is haunted, at least for Jean Hill. She finds it almost impossible to go there for the weekly meetings of the Coastal Hills Quilters without hearing the words of ...

 
Festive, and then some

Christmas houses, Christmas books, Christmas trees, Christmas lights and Christmas trains — including one with Tom Hanks serving as conductor — celebrate the season at the home of Wayne and ...

Annual holiday tour will feature homes, celebration

Tickets are available for the 29th annual Wine Country Holiday Home Tour, a fundraiser sponsored by Soroptimist International of McMinnville. The Sunday, Dec. 10, event will benefit Soroptimist causes, ...

 
Offbeat Oregon: Airliner was blown out of the sky for insurance fraud

Stapleton Airfield, Denver, Colorado — Nov. 1, 1955. The killer is sitting with his wife and young son at a little airport coffee shop, chewing on his fingernails, trying to act natural. No doubt ...

 
Stopping By: Curator believes in magic of art

After spending holidays in her native England some years, and in Ireland or Morocco other years, young Marit Berning had pretty much decided she didn’t believe in Father Christmas anymore. Then, ...

Art piece: Permanent, yet ever-changing

With a minor in art, Marit Berning oversaw several art installations at Linfield College while still a student. After she graduated, she was hired as curator-in-residence. Her biggest mission was finding ...

Rohse: Favorite gifts are difficult to wrap

My kids are pleading with me for suggestions as to what I want for Christmas. I know I am difficult to shop for, so I try to think of something. I can’t think of a thing. I begin, then, thinking ...

 
Completion of his appointed rounds

Louis Rober needs to drop off a letter at the Willamina post office, a simple enough errand that should take less than a minute. However, no one can slip in and out of the small building off Maple Street ...

 
Review: At Gallery, a Shrek of a good show

Gallery Theater’s “Shrek,” which opened Nov. 24, is, quite simply, a super show. With great visuals, vocals and point-of-view, this romp-in-a-swamp is a must-see for the holidays. ...

 
Offbeat Oregon: Gunfight left three neighbors dead and a fourth hanged

In the 1890s, 47-year-old Kelsay Porter lived alone on a remote farm in the foothills of the Wallowas, in a tiny Union County community called Pine Valley. He was a shy, timid bachelor who had moved to ...

 
Stopping By: Getting them home

 

 

Stopping By: 'Treat pets like family'

The first procedure Yamhill County Pet Heroes does when it catches or receives a lost pet is to scan it for a microchip. Such chips are placed under the skin by a veterinarian so the dog or cat can be ...

 
Mathewson: Non-native nutria disagreeable in almost all respects

Louisiana’s Avery Island is a very interesting place. It consists of a large salt dome surrounded by swamp. The mining of salt from the island dates back to the early American Indians. Out At Perrydale Worth ...


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