Savvy Senior: Resources to help with Medicare decisions

Dear Savvy Senior, I’m considering making changes in my Medicare coverage during the open-enrollment period. Can you recommend any free resources that can help with my choices? — Swapping ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##The domed ceiling above the Hillside Traditions foyer now features a mural depicting iconic Oregon scenes, as well as some of the activities enjoyed by the community’s residents.

Dome improvement

At 99, Betty Younker rarely takes long trips away from her home at McMinnville’s Hillside Retirement Community. Last month, however, she visited the Yaquina Head Lighthouse in Newport, Haystack ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Cooking class instructor Lynne Shore shows Bodhi Baller where to place a pizza crust in the oven.

Now they're cooking

WILLAMINA — Lynne Shore positioned four bowls of whole bell peppers on a table for 11 fourth- and fifth-grade students to slice and dice in her “Let’s Cook!” class at Willamina ...

Image: Offbeat Oregon##The entrance to Whale Cove, as seen from the headland at its southern end. This photo was taken at high tide, so the rocky reef — Bootlegger Rock — is mostly covered.

Offbeat Oregon: Liquor smugglers’ luck ran dry in Whale Cove

In the pitchy darkness after midnight on a blustery February morning just off the Oregon Coast, the 36-foot powerboat Sea Island was in big trouble. The Sea Island was a Canadian rumrunner out ...

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. ...

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