Last week’s relatively cool Fourth of July may be followed by significantly higher temps this weekend for McMinnville’s annual summer bash, Turkey Rama, which kicks off Thursday, July 12, and ...

 

 

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Book: An Aegean April

Powerful entrepreneurs — you could call them “criminals” — have figured out a way to make loads of money off the refugees fleeing Syria and other countries via the Mediterranean ...

 
The Gunners / Rebecca Kauffman

I liked Rebecca Kauffman’s “The Gunners,” a story about lifelong friends who get together after several years to attend the funeral of one of their group. I really did. Not as much, ...

 
Book: Educated

In one of her first college classes, Tara Westover came upon a word she didn’t recognize in the description of a painting being projected onto a screen by her humanities professor. She raised her ...

 
Book: The Marvelous Misadventures of Ingrid Winter

When she and her husband were having their house built, Ingrid told the contractor to omit the shower stall listed on the bathroom plans. A tub would suffice, she figured, and there would be plenty of ...

 
Donut King / Ted Ngoy

Don’t expect recipes when you pick up Ted Ngoy’s memoir, “The Donut King.” And don’t assume a light-hearted romp, either. Ngoy, who fled his native Cambodia because of the ...

 
Book: The Nakano Thrift Shop

Hitomi, the protagonist in Hiromi Kawakami's novel, "The Nakano Thrift Shop," is a clerk in a used-goods store. Her boss, Nakano, and young assistant, Takeo, regularly travel to community members' homes ...

 
Book: A Man Called Ove

Ove is the kind of man who does what’s right, no matter what the consequences or costs to himself. People — especially beleaguered salespeople and government officials — often overlook ...

 
Book: Perennials

“Family first” has always been the motto for Eva “Lovey” Sutherland, her parents and sister, Bitsy. Yet Eva always felt slighted — Bitsy is cruel to her, cutting down her ...

 
Book: Crooked Hearts

Tom Warren drops out of college in the 1970s, he returns to Yuma, Arizona, to find his family’s home decorated for a party. No surprise — the Warrens always celebrate following a tragedy or ...

 
Book: "Sleeper

Leslie Glass opens her complex and suspenseful novel, “Sleeper,” with a trip into Yamhill County wine country. Two University of Oregon students cruise the Dundee hills, passing vineyards ...

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Chamber serves up a leaner Turkey Rama festival

Last week’s relatively cool Fourth of July may be followed by significantly higher temps this weekend for McMinnville’s annual summer bash, Turkey Rama, which kicks off Thursday, July 12, and ...

 
Stopping By: Signs of respect

Jerome Blankenship grew up watching his father, Gerry Blankenship, learn to design and carve signs, then post his creations at the entrances to cities, wineries and other sites all over Yamhill County ...

 
Lavendar Festival will flower in Newberg

NEWBERG — The scent of lavender will fill the air Saturday and Sunday, July 14-15, during the annual Willamete Valley Lavender Festival and Plein Air Art Show. The festival will run 10 a.m. to 6 ...

 
Happy Tails: Think you understand your dog's language? Think again

My husband often finds interesting stuff for me to cogitate on out there in Internet land. This morning, I awoke to find an e-mail with a link from him in my inbox. It opened to a website called “The ...

Rohse: Humans feel the need for speed

Speed could, perhaps, be called our Public Enemy No. 1. All of us battle that enemy. We’re driving down the highway, already late for a meeting, already exceeding the speed limit, but we press down ...

 
McMinnville Free Clinic: There to care

Mimi Devlin was laid off from her job in Washington state in November. She could have continued her health insurance through COBRA, the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985, which requires ...

 
Mathewson: 'Silver gray' a standout squirrel among Oregon's native species

Oregon has four species of native tree squirrels: the Douglas or chickaree (not to be confused with the Douglas ground squirrel, commonly called a gray digger); the Western gray, often called a silver ...

 
Offbeat Oregon: Abigail Scott Duniway thought she'd be remembered for novels

Abigail Scott Duniway is a name that’s very familiar to most Oregon history buffs. She was a pioneer, a journalist, a newspaper editor, and a tireless advocate for women’s suffrage. All of ...

 
Walking with purpose

Bailie Maxwell was 7 years old in 1996 when she was playing soccer at Joe Dancer Park and suddenly felt a sharp pain in her side. “I just thought I was drinking water too fast,” she said. Her ...

 
Museum hosts Mac’s Fourth of July festivities

Fireworks will light the skies over McMinnville Wednesday night in celebration of Independence Day. The Fourth of July event, centered at the Evergreen museums, also will include family activities, food ...

 
Giddy-up: Ponies a popular Willamina Fourth attraction

WILLAMINA — Kathleen Palanuk will return to the Willamina Old Fashioned Fourth of July celebration this year. She’ll bring some close friends with her as she’s done in the past. There ...

 
Stopping By: Nature and nurture

Wayne Bailey is a farmer, first and foremost. He learned to love and respect the land while growing up in Iowa, where he helped his father run a 450-acre farm. They grew corn, oats, soybeans and ...

 
Plenty of live music to be enjoyed this summer

The music industry has undergone a full evolution from product-based to experience-based. CD album sales and MTV have taken a back seat to streaming services and YouTube. Independent artists receive ...

Rohse: Baskett Slough is a peaceful refuge

Several years ago, when we often took Sunday afternoon drives, one of our favorites was to Baskett Slough, a wildlife refuge 10 miles west of Salem. The refuge was named for George J. Baskett who in October, ...

Happy Tails: Cute to a fault

I heard a very disturbing story in the news recently; you probably did, too. A French Bulldog puppy died in flight after the attendant insisted that the owner put the dog in the overhead compartment. The ...

Savvy Senior 062218

DEAR SAVVY SENIOR: What resources can you recommend to help seniors with vision loss? My husband, who’s 76, has macular degeneration that has progressed to the point that he can’t do a lot ...

 
Yard of the Month: Vegetables, front and center

Hannah DeMaster said the vegetable garden she grows in front of her home attracts a great deal of attention. She believes it’s what led the McMinnville Garden Club to present her with its ...

 
Aquilon Music Festival: Opera, classics come to Mac

Top vocal students from around the country will come to McMinnville in July to study and put on several public performances, including two full-staged operas, “The Marriage of Figaro” and the ...

 
Spreading the compost gospel

Gloria Lutz grew up on a farm, but she doesn’t remember people talking about composting all that much. “In the old days, you didn’t compost,” she said. “There was ...

 
Stopping By: In the garden

Birdsong comprises the soundtrack to David and Janet Lowe’s McMinnville garden. There’s a frog band, too, perched around the edges of a bowl filled with succulents. But the amphibious musicians ...


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