Marcus Larson / News-Register## The Martins family -- Meghan, Gabriela, Gisele and Murilo -- decorate their tree for Christmas. They sometimes see snow during the holidays in McMinnville, something Murilo would never have experienced in his native country, Brazil.

Stopping by: Swimming through the holidays

When Murilo Martins was a boy, Christmas meant asking Papa Noel for gifts, partying into the night with his grandparents and swimming in the surf a few blocks from his home. The ocean was always ...

Rusty Rae / News-Register ## Susan Means plays the bass drum in the Second Winds Community Band. She drummed in her high school and college bands as well.

Rhythms of life

Rhythm has always played a major role in the life of Susan Means. She’s been a musician, a dancer, a mother, an unconventional student, a psychologist, a professor, a runner, a golfer, a ...

Service honors absent friends

The News-Register staff A Service of Remembrance will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, at the McMinnville First Baptist Church, 125 S.E. Cowls St. Co-led by members of the Baptist church as well ...

Rohse: The sociabilities of dishwashing

I like my automatic dishwasher better than the old-fashioned manual wash and dry. But of the two, that old-fashioned way is by far more sociable. Rohse Colored Glasses McMinnville's Elaine ...

Eaaumi/ Wikimedia ## The Abraham Tichner house as it appears today. Tichner had it built for his family in 1918.

Offbeat Oregon: How Abe Tichner hustled the rubes at 1870s county fairs

When Abe Tichner died, on April 29 of 1935, he was one of Portland’s most respected citizens. Offbeat Oregon Finn J.D. John, an instructor at OSU, writes about unusual and little-known ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register ## The Hartzell family’s formal dining table is set with neutral decorations, topiary and eucalyptus leaves for the Christmas season.

Decorating for family and friends old and new

For Rori and Ryan Hartzell, Christmas is about getting together with family and old friends. This year, they’ll open their home to many new friends, as well, as they take part in the annual ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register ## Natalia Novikoff shows off the favorite of her paintings, “Late Motherhood,” which depicts her cousin with her newborn. Novikoff has painted many scenes of her family and homeland since moving from Russia in 2010.

Holiday traditions: Snow in Russia, art in America

Artist Natalia Novikoff misses snow — real, Russian snow, the kind that once nearly covered her grandmother’s house or fell on the ice castles and slides her town built for the winter ...

Image: Oregon Historical Society ## Portland mayors Terry Schrunk and Dorothy McCullough Lee as they looked when they first took office — he at age 44, she at 48.

Offbeat Oregon: Mayors Lee, Schrunk set tone for city’s modern era

The history of Portland mayors in the 20th century largely comes down to the story of the struggle of progressive reformers against various forms of corruption and vice. Offbeat Oregon Finn ...

Rohse: Ranch of childhood remains only in memory

After I left home and went to college, I was so homesick I feared it might be fatal. Rohse Colored Glasses McMinnville's Elaine Rohse is fascinated by words, books and writing - and spends ...

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Laurie Lewis and Lynn Van Horn, wearing one of the jean jackets she’s turned into wearable art, sit in the studio Lewis built beside her Carlton home.

Stopping by: Birds of a feather

  Artists Lynn Van Horn and Laurie Lewis use their creative talents to make all sorts of things, from upcycled clothing to lampshades and whimsical sculpture. Their most important creation, ...

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George H. Williams as he appeared shortly after the Civil War. By the time he was inaugurated as mayor of Portland, Williams was in his 80s.

Offbeat Oregon: In 1800s Portland, at least one mayor paid to play

Today’s article continues our round-up of colorful mayors in Oregon’s largest and most powerful city —starting with one of the most famously dubious politicians ever to grace the office: ...

Handel’s ‘Messiah’ to be performed

  The McMinnville Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints presents Handel’s 1741 oratorio “Messiah” at 3 and 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, in McMinnville and 3 ...

Linfield choirs mark holidays

  The Linfield Concert Choir, Wildcat Men’s Glee Club and Cascara Voce will perform a winter concert, “Here We Come a-Wassailing,” on Wednesday, Dec. 4. The free program ...

Rohse: Many thanks for many things

Where shall I start? So many things for which to give thanks — and space and time are limited. Rohse Colored Glasses McMinnville's Elaine Rohse is fascinated by words, books and writing ...

Carlson: Life with dogs brings joy and loss

If you love dogs, and you live with dogs, you need to accept loss. Dogs don’t live as long as we do. If you have a toy breed dog, you may get more years to enjoy your companion. Those of you who ...

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