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Bill Hall, who retired from the evidence room at the Portland Police Bureau, enjoys living in McMinnville. He and his wife, Carol, have been involved with the Yamhill County Historical Society and the SMART reading program. He also helps with the Band of Brothers vets group and coaches youth soccer.

Stopping By: A sailor’s life for him

When, on his first day of Navy boot camp, Bill Hall’s commanding officer told the men to write letters home to their mothers, Hall applied himself. It was about 2:30 a.m. when he took pen ...

Totem Shriver shows art at Linfield Gallery

The News-Register staff Totem Shriver shows art at Linfield Gallery “Path, Sky, Dream,” a solo show by artist and teacher Totem Shriver, will run through March 21 at the Linfield Gallery. Shriver, ...

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Lucifus Landswipe (Ethan Smith) and Sir Epptishus N. Skrootabull (Ian Bottenberg) conspire to steal the Proudwell family’s land in “The Perilous Passing of Prudence Proudwell.”

Amity serves up melodrama and dessert

Amity High School students will perform a melodrama and serve dessert during each performance, as well, Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 27 to 29. “The Perilous Passing of Prudence Proudwell, ...

Patton students to perform dinner theater

Patton Middle School’s Thespian Troupe 89053 will perform a dinner theater production of “Dinner at Eight, Dead by Nine,” Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21 and 22. Guests will be ...

Rohse: Civil War soldier told it like it was

The diary kept by John Ruby as a Union soldier during the Civil War of 1861-1865 is a revelatory story of that conflict in which more lives were lost than in any other American war. Rohse Colored Glasses McMinnville's ...

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The first page of the “Voters’ Book of Remembrance,” A.C. Edmunds’ double-sided election’s-eve flier, which insulted Portland voters badly enough to turn them off both temperance and women’s suffrage for nearly 40 years.

Offbeat Oregon: The ‘own-goal’ champ of state history

This is a continuation of the Offbeat Oregon column that appeared in last week’s Connections. A.C. Edmunds’ experience in Portland before the Civil War had been so short, and by his personal ...

Film fest keeps it short

Eighty-five films — chosen from 256 20-minute or briefer entries from around the world -— will be featured Friday through Sunday, Feb. 21-23, in the ninth annual McMinnville Short Film Festival. “It’s ...

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Nancy and Tom Paul do almost everything together, from reading the Bible to watching their granddaughters’ soccer games. Lucy, their Bichon Frise, is sitting on the couch to Nancy’s right.

Stopping by: Faith and family

Tom and Nancy Paul celebrated their first Valentine’s Day as husband and wife 50 years ago. They’d been married for two months. They were wed on Dec. 6, 1969, by a justice of the peace ...

Image: Library of Congress ## This drawing, from an 1874 issue of Frank Leslie’s Weekly, shows the Ohio women who were the Portland temperance workers’ primary inspiration, singing and praying before a saloon. This scene, drawn by S.B. Morton, is set in Logan, Ohio.

Offbeat Oregon: With a friend like A.C. Edmunds, suffragists needed no enemies

One of the most dramatic things that can happen in a soccer game is an “own-goal.” Not the kind where a player on offense bounces a shot off a defender and into the net, but the full-on ...

Newberg conference looks at criminal justice

“Hearing the Cries: Healing Injustice,” a conference on the criminal justice system, runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 6, and from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at ...

Rohse: The story of a Civil War soldier

It is a true story, although at times it seems almost unbelievable. It is told by John Ruby in the diary he kept as a Union soldier for almost the entire duration of the Civil War, 1861-1865. Rohse Colored ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register ## Josh Alvey has been learning to navigate the downtown area with a white cane. A condition called retinitis pigmentosa has caused a slow loss of eyesight since he was a child. He became legally blind by his early 20s; now, at 41, he has less than 5% of his total vision — “like looking through pinholes,” he said.

Not so easy getting around in new and sightless world

Last spring, Josh Alvey made the move to a new residence near downtown McMinnville. He was accompanied by his wife, Cody, and their 3-year old son. “We traveled the country extensively over ...

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Tango instructor Rebecca Rorick Smith, a McMinnville High School graduate, insists she is also a student of the dance. “The more you learn, the more there is to learn,” she said.

Invitation to the dance

Rebecca Rorick Smith means no disrespect toward Ginger Rogers. However, popular wisdom holds that Rogers had it rough as a dancer because she had to do everything Fred Astaire did — only ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register ## In rehearsal, several cast members of “Noises Off” discuss how best to perform the show they are staging, “Nothing On,” in this play-within-a-play. Gallery Theater’s production opens Friday.

Timing is everything

Gallery Theater will present “Noises Off,” a farcical play-within-a-play, Feb. 7 through March 1. The British comedy will play at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. ...

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Erica Stockdale participates in Toastmasters as part of her efforts in the management track at Platt Electric. Her company supports the program, which teaches communication and leadership skills.

Stopping by: Speaking of Toastmasters ...

  Carolyn Smithrud made it through her first speech at the Toastmasters club. It wasn’t easy, and she didn’t think she did very well, but she made it through. Her second speech ...

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