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Grace Adams poses in the backyard of her mother’s McMinnville home with her mom’s rabbits, Paddington and Panda. As president of the state organization, the graduating senior is looking forward to leading a team of FFA officers. Serving at the state level has been a goal since she was a freshman.

Stopping by: Leadership and opportunity

Grace Adams called her FFA adviser in tears. “What’s wrong?” asked Mitch Coleman, who’s taught agriculture and led FFA programs for three decades at Dayton High School. Nothing ...

Rohse: Superstitious? You may be in luck

It all began about 3500 B.C.: the attempt to outwit evil and bad luck by dreaming up a way of getting around it and replacing it with good luck. These efforts were known as superstitions. Rohse Colored ...

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Leroy Brown of Lafayette, who served in the Marines, enjoys photographing everything from race cars to birds.

Stopping by: Picturing the world

Leroy Brown uses his camera to capture the beauty, the movement and the action around him. “I love Oregon,” said the former Marine, who’s been stationed in more than half a dozen ...

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Spencer Veatch heard that Love INC was almost out of bicycles, so he collected them as part of his effort to become an Eagle Scout. The bikes will given to people who need transportation.

Scout helps with bicycle ministry

Boy Scout Spencer Veatch heard that Newberg Love In the Name of Christ had no more bicycles to fix and give away. So he went searching and found some. He collected 25 used bicycles as part of ...

Rohse: In early days, a good doc was hard to find

Roads and bridges were not the only scarcities in early Yamhill County. There also was a shortage of doctors and hospitals. The earliest doctors arrived with the explorers and independent fur traders. ...

Carlson: Sharing just doesn’t come easily to dogs

My May 2020 issue of Whole Dog Journal arrived this week, and among the articles was one called “Changing of the Guardian,” by Pat Miller, about dogs and resource guarding. Happy Tails Nancy ...

Image: Oregon Historical Society ## Sam Simpson as he appeared on the frontispiece of The Gold-Gated West: Songs and Poems, a posthumous collection of Simpson’s work published in 1910.

Offbeat Oregon: Quest led to madness and death

By 1899, when Samuel L. Simpson’s drinking problem finally got around to killing him, he was essentially Oregon’s poet laureate — the Stewart Holbrook of the 1800s. Offbeat Oregon Finn ...

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Uber driver Mark Warner poses with his work vehicle. He prefers the night shift on Portland streets; that’s when he hears the best stories, he said.

Stopping by: Fares to remember

Mark Warner is someone people talk to. Maybe it’s because he listens, or because he’s a stranger, or because the former preacher has had an array of experiences, which gives him empathy. ...

Rohse: Is census participation important? Count on it

No one is going to come knocking at my door. I’ve done it — filled it in — dropped it in the mail slot. I won’t have to do it for another 10 years: I’ve submitted my 2020 ...

Image: Oregon Historical Society ## California Street in Jacksonville as it appeared in the mid-1880s. The town probably looked not much different in 1868 when Sam Simpson and Ted Harper came through on the trail of the Wilson brothers’ stash of gold.

Offbeat Oregon: Wildest lost-cabin gold mine story may be true … or not

The “lost cabin gold mine” is a certifiable Western trope. If every ounce of legendary gold buried in an old log cabin became real and hit the banks at the same time, it would probably crash ...

Savvy Senior: Pneumonia vaccines don’t offer coronavirus protection

DEAR SAVVY SENIOR: Savvy Senior Jim Miller is a longtime advocate for senior issues and regular contributor to the NBC "Today Show."Send your questions to Jim at Savvy Senior, P.O. ...

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Columbus special education teacher Jerod Harney in the school’s courtyard garden, which he and his students maintain throughout the year.

Stopping By: Helping students bloom and grow

  Teaching is Jerod Harney’s second career, or his third, if you count being a stay-at-home dad. After studying mass communications at Grand View University in his home state of Iowa, ...

Paper Gardens entrants can read work online

  Writers who entered the Paper Gardens Yamhill County literary contest, as well as other writers and artists, can share their work Friday, May 15, at the Chehalem Cultural Center’s ...

Rohse: In the younger years of Yamhill County

In the early 1840s, settlers began heading out on the Oregon Trail for the Land of the Setting Sun, in numbers reminiscent of a Saturday sale. Rohse Colored Glasses McMinnville's Elaine ...

Carlson: Dogs are a planet’s best friends, too

I’m writing this on Earth Day. It is raining with an absolutely biblical kind of vengeance out there, but I can deal with that — this is Oregon, after all. Happy Tails Nancy Carlson ...

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