Marcus Larson/News-Register ## Gerardo Partida holds the first gift he ever gave to his mother, a postcard with his picture on it. He made it in May of 1972, when he was an 11-year-old boy in Campo General, Mexico.

Holiday traditions: The gift of education

One of the best gifts Gerardo Partida ever received was a bicycle — not because it was something to play with, but because it made getting to school not only easier, but possible. The bike ...

Rohse: Fragrant foes battle it out in war of the noses

It was not really a war. There were no battlefields. Luckily, there were no casualties. No oil wells or large land areas were at stake. Rohse Colored Glasses McMinnville's Elaine Rohse ...

Image: Oregon Historical Quarterly ## When they first arrived in Salem, Drs. Adeline and Gideon Weed rented an office on the second floor of this book shop, in 1858.

Offbeat Oregon: Asahel Bush crossed swords with state’s first woman doctor, and lost

On any list of Oregon “firsts,” there’s one name that almost never pops up: Dr. Adeline M. Weed. Offbeat Oregon Finn J.D. John, an instructor at OSU, writes about ...

Savvy Senior: IRS introduces form designed for older taxpayers

DEAR SAVVY SENIOR, A couple months back I read that the IRS will be offering a new senior-friendly tax form this tax season that will be easier to use. What can you tell me about this? Paper ...

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Ollie Johnson and his wife, Ramona, both can speak some Norwegian, the language of his heritage. His parents wanted him to speak English as a child, but he studied Norwegian in school. She learned a little from a roommate of Norwegian heritage, she said, but not words she can repeat in public.

Holiday Traditions: ‘Jul’ is more joyful these days

  Christmas wasn’t much of a celebration during the Great Depression in North Dakota. But when Olaf “Ollie” Johnson was a little boy, his mother managed to prepare some ...

Image: Oregon State Bar Bulletin ## This family portrait shows Martha Carson Lavadour, David and Letitia’s daughter, with her husband Narcisse and son Nelson, circa 1875.

Offbeat Oregon: Neighbor’s theft of widow and orphans’ home was too much for jury

  Especially in the late 1800s, the Oregon frontier was no stranger to acts of judicial lynching — where the local legal system was corrupted to provide cover for murder. Offbeat Oregon Finn ...

Rohse: Finding the magic all around us is the trick

If there seems to be no magic in your world-weary existence, be assured —there’s plenty out there. Rohse Colored Glasses McMinnville's Elaine Rohse is fascinated by words, books ...

Carlson: Spay/neuter question is complicated

I’ve actually been considering writing a column about this topic for a few years now, but I had serious doubts about whether it would be helpful. The question: Should we be spaying and neutering ...

Marcus Larson / News-Register## The Martins family -- Meghan, Gabriela, Gisele and Murilo -- decorate their tree for Christmas. They sometimes see snow during the holidays in McMinnville, something Murilo would never have experienced in his native country, Brazil.

Stopping by: Swimming through the holidays

When Murilo Martins was a boy, Christmas meant asking Papa Noel for gifts, partying into the night with his grandparents and swimming in the surf a few blocks from his home. The ocean was always ...

Rusty Rae / News-Register ## Susan Means plays the bass drum in the Second Winds Community Band. She drummed in her high school and college bands as well.

Rhythms of life

Rhythm has always played a major role in the life of Susan Means. She’s been a musician, a dancer, a mother, an unconventional student, a psychologist, a professor, a runner, a golfer, a ...

Service honors absent friends

The News-Register staff A Service of Remembrance will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, at the McMinnville First Baptist Church, 125 S.E. Cowls St. Co-led by members of the Baptist church as well ...

Rohse: The sociabilities of dishwashing

I like my automatic dishwasher better than the old-fashioned manual wash and dry. But of the two, that old-fashioned way is by far more sociable. Rohse Colored Glasses McMinnville's Elaine ...

Eaaumi/ Wikimedia ## The Abraham Tichner house as it appears today. Tichner had it built for his family in 1918.

Offbeat Oregon: How Abe Tichner hustled the rubes at 1870s county fairs

When Abe Tichner died, on April 29 of 1935, he was one of Portland’s most respected citizens. Offbeat Oregon Finn J.D. John, an instructor at OSU, writes about unusual and little-known ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register ## The Hartzell family’s formal dining table is set with neutral decorations, topiary and eucalyptus leaves for the Christmas season.

Decorating for family and friends old and new

For Rori and Ryan Hartzell, Christmas is about getting together with family and old friends. This year, they’ll open their home to many new friends, as well, as they take part in the annual ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register ## Natalia Novikoff shows off the favorite of her paintings, “Late Motherhood,” which depicts her cousin with her newborn. Novikoff has painted many scenes of her family and homeland since moving from Russia in 2010.

Holiday traditions: Snow in Russia, art in America

Artist Natalia Novikoff misses snow — real, Russian snow, the kind that once nearly covered her grandmother’s house or fell on the ice castles and slides her town built for the winter ...

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