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Book: Summer Reading

“Summer Reading,” by Hilma Wolitzer, Ballantine Books, 2007. After I read the synopsis for “Summer Reading,” I quickly took it to the check-out desk at the library. But a few days ...

 
Book: The Tall Pine Polka

Although reading the first two paragraphs of the prologue is as jarring as stepping on a rock, settling in with the first chapter of “The Tall Pine Polka” is like pulling on your favorite, ...

 
Book: Absolutely True Lies

Holly Gracin was offered a job by her hometown newspaper, but instead she took her newly minted journalism degree to Hollywood. She had always dreamed of reviewing movies and writing about the stars. In ...

 
Book: The Canterbury Sisters

In this modern — and highly readable — take on Chaucer, a group of American women make a pilgrimage to Canterbury Cathedral, all seeking their own version of a blessing. All except Che, that ...

 
Book: The Cat Who Played Brahms

“The Cat Who Played Brahms” is a gem — one of the best in author Lillian Jackson Braun’s jewelry box full of “Cat Who ...” books.  Braun, who died in 2011 ...

 
Book: The Last Word

Ambitious young writer Harry Johnson is assigned to write a biography of one of his heroes, Indian-born journalist and novelist Mamoon Azam. Azam, who’s a bit of a recluse, ranks as one of Britain’s ...

 
Book: The Art of Not Having It All

British journalist and humor columnist Melissa Kite writes that she turned down, rather rudely, her sweet teenage boyfriend’s proposal of marriage. Now 40-ish, she’s wondering if that was a ...

 
Book: My Organic Life

When newlywed Nora Pouillon moved to the U.S. from her native Austria in the mid-1960s, a friend showed her around her new neighborhood in Washington, D.C. She was overwhelmed — and horrified — ...

 
Book: Re Jane

“Re Jane,” the title of Patricia Park’s new novel, is a play on words: It’s all about Jane, the narrator, and it’s also how this 20-something’s name is written in her ...

 
Book: The Rosie Project

Author Graeme Simsion starts his novel by introducing Don, an associate professor of genetics at a major university in Australia. His colleague Gene, who makes up 50 percent of his total number of friends, ...

Features

 
Mayor's Ball goers will kick up their heels Saturday night

It will be all about kids and country Saturday, Feb. 6, at the McMinnville Mayor’s Charity Ball.  Kids as in Kids on the Block, the after school activity and enrichment program that serves ...

Paper Gardens entries due in a month

Entries are due by March 1 for the annual Paper Gardens creative writing contest. Yamhill County children 6 to 12, youths 13 to 17 and adults can enter poetry or prose. Entry fee is $10 for adults and ...

 
Stopping By: Flour, yeast and magic

Danny Wilser placed a slab of butter atop a rectangle of dough, beginning the lengthy process of folding and rolling that would eventually create numerous layers of crisp pastry. He eased the ...

 
Rohse: Waterways were lifelines in early Yamhill Valley

Once upon a time, long ago in Yamhill land, there were no roads. Our highways were rivers — and our land was blessed with three. The Columbia was our I-5, our interstate highway. The Willamette ...

Taking life’s plot twists as they come

I thought bringing a puppy into our family was going to be our major life change this year. However it seems our little Scout was merely a harbinger of an abundance of adventures — and, er, “growth ...

Greens n Beans: Homemade cheese? Yes, please

Our family Christmas dinner tradition for some decades has been homemade lasagna. Once upon a long time ago, that involved plenty of work, but was fine for everyone. Now, some of us are gluten-free, some ...

 
Program preps teens for takeoff

Elliott Walker wants to go to the moon. Kyra Clark just wants to go home. Welcome to the Civil Air Patrol, official civilian auxiliary of the U.S. States Air Force. It’s a lot like the ...

 
Starry night

Ray Justice didn’t have to wait long to hear his grandson, Max, perform at the annual Jazz Night Swinging on a Star fundraiser. Max was part of the first group to take the stage. He played keyboards ...

 
Stopping By: Teen of note

By STARLA POINTER<br/>Of the News-Register ‘We are blessed with numerous freedoms — to express our opinions, to bear arms, to practice our religion — but we’ve begun to take ...

 
Reading and writing

If you want to be a writer, first be a reader, children’s author Judy Sierra told Memorial Elementary School students Thursday. “A writer is a reader,” she said several times during ...

DAR honors good citizens

##Pennington ##VandeWalle ##Montelongo ##Desmond Yamhill Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, named an Amity High School senior its good citizen of the year at its January luncheon. Cody ...

Rohse: Don't leave home without ... everything

Mother taught me a lesson that I shall never forget: “Don’t leave home without it.” At times, I feel I learned that lesson too well. As a little kid when I left for school, Mother said, ...

Happy Tails: New puppy? Avoid these mistakes

Many of us have made, and hopefully still remember, our 2016 New Year’s resolutions. Modern Dog magazine adds to this burden by giving us 14 things to resolve not to do in an article called “How ...

Love is in the air and on the stage

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Gallery Theater will offer an evening of love songs. “A De-Lovely Night” will start at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, in the theater at Second ...

Relief nursery holds diaper drive

A Family Place, a program offered by Lutheran Community Services to help women and their children, is holding a diaper drive at local banks throughout February. Diapers can be donated to the Banks for ...

 
Not alone, not forgotten

The doors of McMinnville Cooperative Ministries open the second Thursday evening of every month, inviting local homeless people in for a warm meal and even warmer feeling of belonging. Among the ...

 
Offbeat Oregon: Jitney Wars pitted entrepreneurs against monopoly

The working stiffs, lunch pails in hand, shiver in the chill of an early January morning. The streetcar is late, again; and when it arrives, they’ll pack aboard to be taken slowly and uncomfortably ...

 
Play’s 25-year journey spent in good company

Miss Daisy Werthan is a formidable character: set in her ways, which she knows are best; outspoken; both an unstoppable force and an immovable object. And she’s determined not to let others see the ...

 
Stopping By: Embracing a life full of thorns

Marguerite (Elkington) Keiffer, a gifted musician whose natural talents were discovered when she was 5, has suffered a lifetime of health problems, including a stroke that left her unable to play her piano. But ...

 
Savvy Senior: Could you have COPD?

Dear Savvy Senior, I have struggled with some shortness of breath for the past five years or so. I just thought I was getting older and out of shape, but a friend recently mentioned I may have COPD. What ...


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