Gallery Theater offers free Christmas programs online

Performers from Gallery Theater will offer not one, not two, but a dozen Christmas programs this year, all online and free to view. Gallery’s “12 Days of Christmas” includes a new video ...

Second Winds Band plans holiday parade on Monday

Members of the Second Winds Community Band will drive through town for a "Holiday Parade" Monday night, Dec. 14. Band members will play their car radios, rather than their flutes and trumpets, ...

Cantata choir concert goes virtual for 2020

The popular Christmas Cantata, in which local singers, musicians and sign language interpreters celebrate the holiday with a musical program, will go virtual this year. With coronavirus pandemic restrictions ...

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Christmas Cantata sign language interpreters, from left to right, top to bottom, Myk Rose, Elaina Snow, Abby Luedeman and Caitlin Masterson perform “Little Town.”

Sign language interpreters bring songs’ meaning to all

Sign language interpretation starts from two places, Myk Rose said: translating directly from text, which can be practiced in advance using a written script, and interpreting from speech or song, which ...

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Matt Ross reaches up to secure some loose bulbs on a giant sphere-shaped display consisting of 3,600 lights. Below: Ross’ decorated home in Newberg draws plenty of spectators, many of whom donate to charitable causes — this year, FFA and science programs at Sheridan High.

Miles of lights: Educator pours skill and creativity into Christmas display

Matt Ross has lost count how many LED bulbs are now part of his impressive Christmas display. He knows, though, how many feet of extension cords it takes to power all those lights and moving displays, ...

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Matt and April Haller, their children and Wildwood Hotel staff pose for a portrait in a newly remodeled dining room. The Hallers plan to reopen the Willamina landmark soon.

New owners eager to reopen Wildwood Hotel

New owners Matt and April Haller plan to reopen the Wildwood Hotel, restaurant, bar and music venue in Willamina, once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. So far, only the restaurant is operational, offering ...

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Kate Miller, a native of Bangkok, Thailand, prepares a freshly cooked meal of pineapple chicken fried rice in her food truck, Kate’s Thai Cuisine.

Stopping by: Growing up in a ‘land of smiles’

Kate Miller didn’t grow up with Christmas.  In her native Thailand, residents observe New Year’s Eve and an even more important event marking the Buddhist new year, Songkran. The Songkran ...

Carlson: Rescue flight is uplifting news

By even the most conservative definition, optimism is hard work for me lately. Every time I turn on the news (why do I keep putting myself through that?), I hear yet another long list of important issues ...

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Yamhill Carlton High School teacher Jordan Slavish and former YC teacher Brittany Hartmann wear Christmas outfits, despite the heat, while filming a holiday-themed rocketry program for the Discovery Channel.

Christmas TV show features YC teachers

The Yamhill Carlton High School teachers who founded the schools rocketry and engineering program are featured on a Discovery Channel show that starts airing Thursday, Dec. 3. Jordan Slavish, a math teacher, ...

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Minister Sam Aldridge plays with his dog, Abigail, who often accompanies him to work at the Willamina Free Methodist Church. She will receive Christmas suprises later this month.

Stopping by, Holiday Traditions: 'All about hope'

The Christmas season is a busy time for a minister. By Dec. 25, Willamina Free Methodist Pastor Sam Aldridge is usually worn out.  But that neither dampens his enjoyment of the season, nor the hope ...

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Meals on Wheels volunteer John Davis hands a meal to client Jimmy Wickman, who returned home just in time to receive the delivery. The two men shared a few words in the light rain before Davis drove off to the next stop.

Stopping by: Delivering meals, smiles

John Davis, 80, has always loved driving. John Davis drove trucks and tractor-trailer rigs for the U.S. Postal Service, from which he retired after 41 years. He still enjoys driving, particularly ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register  ## Lucas Partin and his mom, Michelle, are thankful to be able to spend time at the Yamhill Carlton Soccer Club’s arena in downtown Carlton. In addition to playing there, Lucas, a seventh-grader, helps coach younger kids.

Thankful, even in 2020

Remember back in January, as many breathed a sigh of relief that 2019 was over and they could start anew? Little did we know. In 2020, we’ve fought over toilet paper and mask wearing, taken sides ...

Rohse: Giant sea scorpions are extinct, and other reasons to be grateful this year

I enjoyed gathering thanks for my 2020 list. Although some of them are rather strange, they are justly deserved. My first choice is for my extremely good fortune to have as a neighbor one who can thwart ...

Rusty Rae/News-Register ## Josh Huber, who enjoys his job with Monrovia Nursery, has worked for numerous companies through MV Advancements’ Supported Employment program.

Stopping by: At MV Advancements, real work for real pay

Over the decades, MV Advancements has offered a variety of job experiences for its workers with disabilities.  When the nonprofit started as Mid-Valley Workshop, the standard was having workers come ...

Rohse: Consider a culinary career

I suspect that some readers will have little interest in this column when they discover it has to do with recipes and chefs and the culinary profession. But hang in there. You may be surprised. You may, ...

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