Marcus Larson/News-Register ## Two-year-old Roger Buchholtz strides through a vast landscape of pumpkins as he searches for the perfect one at Heiser Farms.

Scenes from 2018

Images of the past year from the pages of the News-Register

The wreck of the Admiral Benson as it appeared in September 1930, three months after young Stan Allyn and Wally Stenlake explored it. By the time this picture was taken, it had sunk much further into the sand, and Stan and Wally could likely have paddled right up to the deck at the stern. (Image: Postcard) Rusty Rae/ News-Register##

Offbeat Oregon: Kids' shipwreck adventure couldn't happen today

The first day of summer vacation in 1930 was a real red-letter day for Washington High School students Stan Allyn and Wally Stenlake. Of course, every high-school kid looks forward to that first day of ...

Rohse: My stomach and its powers of persuasion

I am having problems with my stomach. It’s very troublesome. For one thing, my stomach is always making devious suggestions that I have no intention of following. And yet my stomach has such unimaginable ...

Carlson: Program helps patients with pets

My spirits were lifted when I came across an article about a project that brings out the best in us. When I share it with you, maybe yours will be, too. If you, too, are a loyal customer of Bi-Mart, maybe ...

Mark and Julia Hamilton show off one of their collaborative works. Asked if they ever disagree on a joint project, Mark quipped, “Sure we argue, just not about art.” Rusty Rae/News-Register##

Holiday traditions: Art and Nutcrackers

  Art fills the walls of Mark and Julia Hamilton’s home — works by other local artists, as well as their own encaustic paintings. This Christmas season, they’ve added decorations ...

Savvy Senior: Coping with seasonal affective disorder

DEAR SAVVY SENIOR: What can you tell me about seasonal affective disorder? I have always hated wintertime, but since I retired and am home a lot more, the dark and cold winter months make me depressed ...

Rusty Rae/News-Register## Russ Hosley says times have changed, and not in favor of Jim s trading post. Technology and big box stores have resulted in fewer visitors at the Highway 18 business, he said.

Closing the book on longtime landmark

  For the past 50 years, motorists along Highway 18 in Grand Ronde have been pulled off the road by the sight of a bedraggled old warehouse of a building that looked like it had seen better ...

Rusty Rae/News-Register## Warm Springs Indian Scouts in the field at the scene of the Modoc War, in 1873, pose for a photograph. Their leader, Capt. Donald McKay, is the man standing in the front. (Image: U.S. War Dep’t)

Offbeat Oregon: Oregon's own patent-medicine sensation?

    Ka-Ton-Ka cure-all actually produced in a Pennsylvania factory There was a time, in the late 1800s, when one of the most popular medicines in the country was a product painstakingly ...

Rusty Rae/News-Register##The Gigenas gather around their white flocked tree. At left are dad Manuel, mom Nevenka and son Mateo. At right are daughters Ariana, Kyara and Malia.

Holiday Traditions: A marrying of cultures

For both Manuel and Nevenka Gigena, childhood Christmases meant church, parties, dancing and special foods such as roast lamb or pig. Nevenka celebrated in chilly Cleveland, Ohio, where her Croatian parents ...

Rohse: Is a psychic power too much to ask?

On this year’s Christmas wish list, I have a request that I doubt that Santa can fill. It’s a gift I didn’t even know existed until I recently read about it. Rohse Colored Glasses McMinnville's ...

Savvy Senior: Social Security statements may contain errors

DEAR SAVVY SENIOR: I’ve heard that Social Security sometimes makes mistakes on our earnings record, which can reduce our monthly retirement benefits. How can I make sure this doesn’t happen ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Hollee and Chris McGrew have operated C & H Family Jewels Rock and Lapidary for years, but moved the business to Highway 99W and Northeast Blanchard Lane two years ago.

A love set in stone

Something about rocks appealed to Hollee McGrew as a young girl growing up in Dayton. “I guess I was just always fascinated by them,” she said. Her interest began on the playground. “I ...

Image: Oregon State University Libraries##Main Street in Forest Grove as it appeared in the early 1910s.

Offbeat Oregon: Sting on secret saloon didn’t go well

In 1899, the spiritual leaders of Forest Grove had a problem: There was a serpent in their Garden of Eden. Forest Grove was founded by members of the Congregational Church — a denomination directly ...

Marcus Larson / News-Register##Chef Dario Pisoni, standing, enjoys greeting guests at his event center east of Carlton, Agrivino. In his native Italy, it’s common for chefs to leave the kitchen to talk with diners.

Stopping By: Loving the food of Christmas all year

When Dario Pisoni was growing up in northern Italy, Christmas celebrations — all celebrations, really — meant a trip to his paternal grandmother’s house. He helped his nonna cook the ...

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Carlson: The science of affection between pet, owner

During heroic rescue efforts following Hurricane Katrina, many people, knowing their own lives were in danger, refused to leave their homes because FEMA did not evacuate pets along with their people. My ...

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