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Spectators watch last year’s McMinnville Fourth of July fireworks display near Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum’s Douglas C-47A Skytrain.

Afternoon, evening fun planned in McMinnville

We Three to perform before fireworks show at Evergreen Children’s activities, a cornhole tournament for adults, movies, music, food booths and, of course, fireworks will be featured Thursday, ...

Lafayette to hold annual July 4 parade

LAFAYETTE — Community members will mark Independence Day with activities on Thursday, July 4. The day will begin with a pancake breakfast served up by firefighters in the Lafayette Fire ...

Willamina’s popular logging show moves to new location

WILLAMINA – Ginny Wymore, a member of the Willamina Old Fashioned Fourth of July Committee, said she loves what the West Valley Community Campus has become. Wymore has witnessed how the ...

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Teen volunteers Sandra Hirschkorn and Anna Downs help out during True Vine Christian Fellowship’s vacation Bible school.

Bible school volunteers help make learning fun for kids

Dozens of children sang, played games and made craft projects last week during vacation Bible school at True Vine Christian Fellowship. The sessions were about more than fun. “God is so, ...

Marcus Larson / News-Register ## Derek Easterday spearheaded an Eagle Scout project to clean up the area around the windsock at the McMinnville Airport and repaint the surrounding markers in orange and white, so pilots can see them better.

Stopping by: Scout aims for ‘work that I’m proud of’

  When 9-year-old Derek Easterday became a Cub Scout, he was probably thinking more about fun and friendship with fellow members of Pack 454 than about community service. But as he grew ...

July 4 program will look at Declaration of Independence

  The Declaration of Independence will be the topic of a special program at the Veterans Band of Brothers meeting on Thursday, July 4. Bradford Smith, a captain with the US Navy Reserve ...

Savvy Senior: Tips for hiring an in-home caregiver

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, ...

Rohse: Kite flying isn’t just child’s play

Benjamin Franklin changed that concept when he published an account of a kite experiment that demonstrated that lightning was caused by electricity. Rohse Colored Glasses McMinnville's ...

Image: Leland John ##  Jonathan Bourne Jr. as he appeared when he was in his 30s.

Offbeat Oregon: 1890s ‘Hold-Up Session’ featured giant house party

At the time of this writing, the Oregon Legislature was stuck, unable to do anything; a group of lawmakers had gone off to Idaho for the express purpose of denying the legislature’s leaders ...

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Michelle Formway and Claire River, with Roger, one of their three cats. The couple use a painted garden stand to hold the extra produce they give away to neighbors.

Yard of the Month: Garden full of love

By HEATHER BROOKS   A love of gardening was ignited at a young age for both Claire River and Michelle Formway. Now the happy couple get to pass on their knowledge to their three 5-year-old boys. The ...

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Rehearsing on the Penguin Productions’ outdoor stage, Brandon Vilanova and Olivia Anderson enact Shakespeare’s famous balcony scene as Romeo professes his love for Juliet.

Penguin presents ‘Romeo and Juliet’ on outdoor stage

Penguin Productions, a professional summer theater company in the countryside near Newberg, will present “Romeo and Juliet” on Fridays and Saturdays, June 28 to July 13. Shows start ...

Image: Salem Public Library ## The four masted barque Arracan, one of the last of the British grain fleet in Portland, moored below the Broadway Bridge about 1913.

Offbeat Oregon: Bungling attempt marked end of shanghaiing era

The election of 1904 didn’t end the practice of shanghaiing in Portland, but it did put a huge and (eventually) fatal dent in it. Offbeat Oregon Finn J.D. John, an instructor at OSU, ...

Carlson: For many dogs, the Fourth is just plain scary

I just glanced at my calendar and realized that if I am going to write a column about you and your dog surviving the Fourth of July, I had better get in gear, because the dreaded day is only three weeks ...

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Dayton’s Carol Williams operates Your Fairy Godmother’s Closet, which offers free gowns for special occasions, like weddings and proms. She says she’s developed a knack for knowing which styles will suit various figures.

Stopping by: She says yes to all the dresses

Cinderella had a fairy godmother; Sleeping Beauty had three. So why shouldn’t real young women have a fairy godmother to help make their special days magical? Carol Williams wondered. It ...

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Patty and Rick Sorensen have roots in the UK. The sheep remind them of those roots, as well as greet visitors.

Stopping by: Creature features

Birds flock to the Patty and Rick Sorensen’s yard, turning the expansive garden into an avian version of Carnegie Hall. “I love their song,” Patty said, watching and listening ...

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