YC Heritage Center to host new history series

The Yamhill County Historical Society will host a new series of history programs, “Secrets of the Past.” The first two sessions are scheduled Tuesday, Oct. 9, and Tuesday, Nov. 13. Each will ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Evonne Cramer took art classes from teacher Harry Dawson when she was a student at McMinnville High School in the 1950s. She said she wasn’t serious about her painting until 20 to 25 years ago, though.

Soaking up the scenery

Artist Evonne Cramer likes to set up her easel, paper and watercolors in a scenic spot — a practice called plein air painting. But she doesn’t just paint the scene in front of her; she has ...

Rusty Rae/News-Register##Carlos Bueno and Jack Marontate, president of the Yamhill County Men’s Pool League, flank Kin Choi, owner of Kin’s Bar & Grill in Lafayette, one of the local establishments where members play. Marontate soon plans to hand over leadership of the league to Bueno, who’s currently serving as vice president.

Racking up a tradition

Some guys will “accidentally” shoot the cue ball right off the table. Then these would-be hustlers will slyly evoke obscure rules from the Billiard Congress of America or American Poolplayers ...

Rusty Rae/News-Register##Flowers bloom abundantly in Leonardo and Julia Ramirez’ backyard, which also features a slate wall and patio built by Leonardo. “I like to learn to do all of these kinds of things,” he said. The McMinnville couple won Yard of the Month for September.

Yard of the Month: Gardening brings sense of satisfaction to homeowner

Leonardo Ramirez says he is frequently asked for gardening advice. How does he maintain the numerous containers and beds overflowing with colorful blooms that surround his family’s home? The ...

Omark Industries##A timber faller watches from a safe distance as the fir tree he was working on goes down.

Offbeat Oregon: Watching bugs led to invention of the modern chainsaw

Sometime shortly after the end of the Second World War, a logger named Joseph Buford Cox was out in the woods — probably doing some informal timber cruising on a patch of salvage timber, one of the ...

Image: Canstock/mikelane45##American Marten

Mathewson: Marten sighting was one for the books

Without question, my favorite place to fly fish in Oregon since the mid-1950s has been the Metolius River. Before my father’s move from Oregon to Michigan in 1963, it was his favorite, also. So ...

Rohse: Fashion history full of curious fads

In his book “Costume 1066-1966,” John Peacock offers detailed sketches depicting the changing fashions during those 900 years. He writes about some of them with a sense of humor: “The ...

Carlson: Plenty to wag about in October

On one of those too-hot and too-humid days of August, I was feeling heat-related inertia in both mind and body, thinking I would never come up with another idea for this column. But then, voilà! ...

Starla Pointer/News-Register##Yamhill-Carlton High School graduate Melissa Slater will fulfill her dreams of teaching English in France this year. Afterward, she wants to join the Peace Corps.

She’s going to France to teach, and to learn

YAMHILL — Melissa Slater had planned to apply for the Peace Corps soon after she graduated from the University of Montana last May. But she put her plans on hold to accept a position in Teacher ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##After going through breast cancer themselves, Caitlin Sticka and Michelle Joel decided to reach out to other women who’ve suffered from the disease. Their non-profit With Courage provides care packages and a support group.

Stopping By: The color of courage

Women start program to support others facing the challenges of breast cancer

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Re-enactor Andrew Engel, portraying a soldier stationed at the Fort Yamhill garrison, works in the “kitchen,” slicing watermelon for the rest of his unit. The demonstration was part of a twice-yearly history day event at the state heritage area near Grand Ronde.

All quiet at the western fort

The Yamhill Valley was a great place to be an American soldier during the early 1860s. The Civil War here was very civil indeed. People got shot now and again, but that had nothing to do with the war. ...

Image: Washington Historical Society##The five-foot Wolf Electric Chainsaw is demonstrated on a small Douglas Fir tree in what is obviously a publicity photo. The generator powering the electric motor is somewhere out of sight and the photographer seems to have taken some pains to hide the cable.

Offbeat Oregon: Early portable chainsaws didn't cut it with loggers

For most people not intimately familiar with the logging industry, it’s easy to forget how new an invention the chainsaw is. Offbeat Oregon Finn J.D. John, an instructor at OSU, writes ...

Rusty Rae/News-Register##Gretchen and Steve Jones are in the process of retiring from their Select Seed farm, which has been in the family for 100 years. To their left is grandson Nathan Jones and warehouse manager Jason Galbreath.

Stopping By: Century on the farm

When Henry W. and Minta Jones bought a 640-acre parcel spanning both sides of the South Yamhill River in 1918, they probably didn’t think his descendants would still be farming there 100 ...

Submitted photo##Barbra (Elise Martin) and her brother Johnny (Samuel Hannigan) are the first unsuspecting victims of the living dead in Linfield Theater’s new production.

Linfield theater season opens with 'Night of the Living Dead'

The Linfield College theater will kick off its 99th season by staging “Night of the Living Dead.” Performances will start at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 20-22, in the Marshall ...

Rohse: Canning got the seal of disapproval

I enjoyed most of the chores that I had to do on the ranch. I liked bringing in the cows every evening. I liked going to get the horses, especially if I remembered to bring along a halter so I could ride ...

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