Marcus Larson/News-Register##A maple at the southwest corner of Third and Galloway streets, photographed last month,
will likely be the first tree to be removed in the upcoming downtown project.

Five will be taken down, eight planted

Five downtown trees that are damaged or causing sidewalk breakage on or near Third Street are scheduled for removal next month under the city’s Downtown Tree Plan Public Works Supervisor David Renshaw ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Genne Sherman and her husband, Dick, discuss the long history of the playhouse Genne s grandfather built for her 6th birthday. Dick
restored the playhouse when their great-grandchildren were coming to visit their home in McMinnville.

Memories reside in tiny playhouse

Genne Sherman was 6 when she first made a pot of tea in her new playhouse. She poured a cup for her favorite doll, whom she had named Katherine. “Would you like a cookie?” she surely ...

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Mandy and Joseph Vadnay make their own chocolate from cocoa beans, which are cracked in the shop. The nibs are ground into a paste, to which sugar and, sometimes milk, is added.

Chocolate dream

Joseph Vadnay has loved chocolate from the time his Hungarian grandmother regularly offered him candy from her apron. Growing up, he also devoured chocolate from Van Duyn Chocolates in the Lloyd Center ...

Phase II of bypass on track

Phase two of the Newberg-Dundee bypass has been divided into sections, and Project Manager Andrew Walker of the state Transportation Department told the Parkway Committee last week that part A is on schedule. “We’re ...

Submitted photo##Items recovered by McMinnville police.

Hundreds of stolen items recovered by Mac PD

Two suspects, one from Albany and the other from Salem, have been linked to a burglary investigation spanning four months. An extensive amount of stolen property was recovered by by McMinnville Police ...

Area communities plan tree lightings, parades

Holiday activities are planned throughout Yamhill County. They include: * Amity’s annual Christmas event is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 3. Santa and the Amity Fire Department will lead a parade through ...

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The Grinch (Ben Blanco) prepares to ride in Friday afternoon s Santa Parade, which will roll through downtown McMinnville starting at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 26. The Grinch and his little dog, too, will be joined by real estate agents from Coldwell Banker of McMinnville and Newberg, who built the float using the company s blue and white colors, according to Tammy Cooley, one of the Coldwell employees.  We like to do it for the community,  she said, noting that agents will be handing out 3,000 candy canes, as well. More than two dozen other floats, marching groups and bands will take part in the parade, which marks the arrival of the Christmas season and Santa s first visit to McMinnville this year.

Santa set to arrive at Friday parade

Santa Claus is looking forward to cruising into McMinnville atop a fire truck Friday. “I’m elated and super excited for this year,” said Santa, whose phone interview was arranged by ...

‘Staycation’ prize offered in downtown promotion

Downtown businesses will add a special prize to its ‘Twere the Weeks Before Christmas promotion this weekend — the chance to win a “staycation.” Shoppers will receive “golden ...

County likely to have SEDCOR handle economic impact grants

Yamhill County will most likely hire SEDCOR to operate a grant program for businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to apply for a portion of the county’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) ...

Free community Thanksgiving dinner offered

McMinnville organizations will host a free, community Thanksgiving dinner Thursday for those who need food or companionship, or who have no place to go on the holiday. The dinner will run from 11 a.m. ...

COVID 19: Nurses tell Merkeley they need help

Nurses from across Oregon told Senator Jeff Merkley last week they desperately need help, and that the nation needs to invest far more in training new nurses. Critical Care Nurse Misty Richards appeared ...

Fun with fish

Ken Dollinger has a special passion for both fish and children, particularly students, to whom he can share his knowledge of a subject like the salmon life cycle. “Last year I was a certified angling ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Ken Dollinger leads a lesson on the lifecycle of fish.

Amity students get salmon's life lesson

Ken Dollinger announced his arrival to the Amity Elementary School front office staff through the intercom system at the front doors. The McMinnville retiree carried a cooler containing 100 salmon eggs. ...

McMinnville Habitat gearing up for new build to mark 30th anniversary

Habitat for Humanity’s McMinnville Chapter will celebrate 30 years of helping people into affordable homes with a new construction project involving local businesses and community members. “We ...

Rusty Rae/News-Register##Janet Zuelke uses fir, cones and other natural materials to make Christmas wreaths in her Carlton workshop. She grew up helping her mother make wreaths and continued the tradition when her own kids were young.

Continuing her mother’s wreath-making tradition

For most of the year, Janet Zuelke’s eyes are on the stars, as she’s one of the founders of the Carlton Observatory at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum. But in late fall, she focuses ...