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 ...

From the Children's Room

A monthly column from the children’s librarians at the McMinnville Public Library. Librarians are often asked to suggest books for specific readers based on their interests and reading level. Sometimes ...

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Students of the month

McMinnville High School has named Carly Thorkildson and Annie Clayton students of the month. Carly is the daughter of Amy and Scott Thorkildson of McMinnville. She is being recognized for science. She ...

Rohse: People do the nicest things

From time to time, newspapers are criticized for emphasizing bad news — crime, tragedy, turmoil — to the exclusion of good news. True, in the news world, happy stories may not be the ones that ...

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Dressed formally in kilts and ties, members of the McMinnville Celtic Alliance board fill the head table at the third annual Burns Supper. The event, hosted by the alliance, attracted more than 150 people, twice as many as last year.

Stopping By: For auld lang syne

Robert Burns was the guest of honor Saturday, Jan. 18, at the McMinnville Celtic Alliance’s annual celebration of Scotland’s favorite poet. Burns, who lived from Jan. 25, 1759, to ...

Rohse: Through thick and thin, you’re covered

We Oregonians are hard to understand. We’re reluctant to go out in the slightest little sprinkle without an umbrella or raincoat, and yet we carry with us at all times the world’s most ...

Carlson: Dogs are smart in their own way

This is the first time my inspiration for a column topic has come from Women’s Day magazine. In fact, I don’t ever read Women’s Day magazine, probably because I assume that the people ...

Rusty Rae / News-Register ## A voracious reader and a regular writer of short stories and novels, Denny Bershaw relaxes in his McMinnville home with Bill Bryson’s latest book, “The Body: A Guide for Occupants.”

Stopping By: Rider to writer

One thing led to another for Denny Bershaw. His parents, his dentist and his schoolmates led him to study dentistry. Dentistry led him to join the Army. Being stationed overseas fueled his nascent ...

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DAR honors good citizens

Yamhill Chapter, Daughters of the Revolution, honored good citizens from five area high schools at their January meeting. The 2020 Good Citizens are Zoe Jane Zachary of Amity, Leo Maldonado of ...

Rohse: Wild pigs batter fields and forests

Humans work diligently to prevent numerous species of plants and wildlife from becoming extinct. Rohse Colored Glasses McMinnville's Elaine Rohse is fascinated by words, books and writing - ...

Savvy Senior: Food assistance programs can help seniors in need

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. Box 5443, ...

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