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Oregon Soccer Volunteer of the Year award nominee Lucas Partin joins in a game of Sharks and Minnows during a recent youth practice in Carlton. Lucas has been playing since kindergarten and helping coaches almost as long.

Stopping by: 'Soccer is it'

13-year-old volunteer coach focuses on his passion so younger kids can do the same Lucas Partin loves playing soccer. He also loves helping younger kids learn about both the skills needed in ...

Rohse: Hanson, D.C.? The story of our nation’s pre-president

What a shocker it would be if you picked up tomorrow’s newspaper and a blaring headline announced evidence George Washington was not our first president. About the only thing that could come as ...

Rusty Rae/News-Register ## Julian, 3, helps his parents, Jonathan and Melissa Martinez, with their flowers and other plants. Their yard, which features a pond and waterfall, was honored by the McMinnville Garden Club this month.

Yard of the Month: A garden crafted with care

Bees, fish and flowers thrive in Martinez family’s lush yard Bees love visiting the yard of Jonathan and Melissa Martinez, 480 S.W. Russ Court, McMinnville. They can buzz through the roses, ...

Rohse: Home ec rules: no dishwashing parties or deep-cleaning bird cages

I hate to admit it but when it comes to home economics, I am an illiterate ignoramus. Perhaps that was because of my early concept of home ec. I thought it mainly referred to being a good cook and having ...

McMinnville Senior Center to reopen

The McMinnville Senior Center will re-open its doors Aug. 23 after being closed since March 2020 due to the coronavirus. Hours of operation starting on Aug. 23 will be Monday through Thursday ...

Rusty Rae/News-Register ## Retired Mac High track and cross country coach Vic Downs collects vintage and collectible watches. In the background are plastic tubs of watches and watch parts.

Stopping by: Time on his hands

Vic Downs probably has more watches than there are minutes in a day. In fact, since the McMinnville man started his collecting with a very special family watch, Downs estimates that “about ...

Rohse: Dracula: Man or monster?

A few weeks ago when some of us were having a delightful dinner and interesting conversation, a male guest asked, “Can any of you tell me whether Count Dracula was just fictional, or was he a living, ...

Submitted photo/Scott Carl##Yamhill County Fair & Rodeo ambassadors Cydney Stables and Grace Adams are welcoming visitors to the event, which continues through Saturday on the fairgrounds in McMinnville.

Ambassadors welcome fair visitors

Cydney Stables, a June graduate of Amity High School, is serving as the 2021 Fair and Rodeo Ambassador. She is working with Grace Adams, the 2020 ambassador on some events. Adams wasn’t ...

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Milanya Allen, a member of the Bacon Bits & Friends 4-H Club, holds a 7-week-old goat that soon will be entered along with its mom in the “Dam and Daughter” competition.

BEAKS AND HOOVES AND BOOTS

Even before the Yamhill County Fair & Rodeo officially opened Wednesday morning, local young people were busy tending and showing their animals in 4-H and FFA competitions. Brayden Bullock ...

9-11, 20 years later: Tell us your memories

The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 form a terrible moment imbedded in the memory of nearly every American. As we approach the 20th anniversary of 9-11, we ask, “what does it mean to us today?” With ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register ## “Tea for Three” at Gallery Theater looks at the lives of first ladies, from left, Betty Ford (Holly Spencer), Lady Bird Johnson (Sharon Morgan), and Pat Nixon (Cathy Willoughby).

Gallery presents play about first ladies

‘Tea for Three’ opens Friday in McMinnville   Three first ladies reveal what life was like in the White House in “Tea for Three,” a play that opens Friday, Aug. 6, on Gallery ...

Marcus Larson News-Register ## Yamhill County Fair open class super- intendents Kimberly Zoutendijk and Jody Hildebrant sort through the various ribbons
that will be awarded to arts, crafts and food exhibitors.

Stopping by: TEAM EFFORT

Volunteers work behind scenes at county fair Thousands of people will enjoy the Yamhill County Fair and Rodeo this year — they may enjoy it more than ever, in fact, since they missed the ...

Rohse: An immune system trained for long-distance endurance

I know nothing about medicine and, of course, I am not a doctor. If I were, I would like to undertake a research project pertaining to immune systems. That interest goes back to when I was a second grader ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register ## Artist Dianne Barske chooses just the right colors for her latest painting. Her work has shown in galleries and is featured in her children’s book “Mukluks for Annabelle,” pictured below, about how the community helped an Alaskan elephant keep her feet warm.

Stopping by: WARM MEMORIES OF A COLD CLIMATE

Artist and writer Dianne Barske was showing her paintings at a gallery in Anchorage when she was approached by Sammye Seawell, founder of the Alaska Zoo, then called the Alaska Children’s ...

Rohse: Walker a faithful companion

Last week, a friend asked what I was writing about this week. I told her I was writing about walkers — but not the kind of walkers that use two legs to walk — rather, it was about those devices ...