Marcus Larson/News-Register##Sarah Johnson became CASA’s director in November after serving as volunteer coordinator for several months.

CASA moving forward, needs more advocates for children

Court-Appointed Special Advocates, or CASAs, speak for children involved in court cases. In fact, they are the only unpaid people who specifically advocate for the children’s best interests, said ...

Rohse: A people of few words

One shortage that does not affect our world is “words”... and what a joy that is for our country: all the wonderful books, newspapers, magazines, movies, music, resulting from these words. ...

Rusty Rae/ News-Register##Dave and Deolinda Coelho continue Portuguese traditions with their children and grandchildren, and at their Amity winery, as well.

Holiday Traditions: Deolinda and Dave Coelho of Amity honor their Portuguese roots

When Dave and Deolinda Coelho were growing up, the Christmas season meant batting at piñatas, dining on delicious Portuguese food, going to Mass and enjoying huge family get-togethers — all activities they still enjoy as part of their heritage.

 

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Daniela Barrios-Briones dancing as Trixie, left, Tallulah Neal dancing as Sarah, center, and Natalie Fernandez playing the part of Marie, right, practice with other dancers for this weekend’s production of “The Nutcracker” put on by Marchant Dance Corporation/Oregon Children’s Ballet Theatre. The ballet will play at 7 p.m. tonight, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at McMinnville High School.

‘Nutcracker’ is back for 50th anniversary of a local holiday tradition

Clara, her sister Marie, Drosselmeyer, the Sugar Plum queen and fairies and other characters will come to life on stage in Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker,” staged by Marchant Dance Corp. and ...

Rohse: Health, happiness rest in purging old habits and forming new ones

Habits are important. First we make habits. Next, our habits make us, the English writer John Dryden, tells us. And, adds Dryden, “All habits gather by unusual degrees, as brooks make rivers, rivers ...

‘Flirting with the Devil’ to debut

“Flirting with the Devil,” the new film about a McMinnville woman’s encounter with serial killer Ted Bundy, will premiere Thursday, Dec. 16, at McMinnville Cinema 10. The showing starts ...

Rod Brown died Friday, Dec 10, at 75 after long illness.

Former Mac police chief remembered

Former McMinnville Police Chief Rod Brown, whom fellow law enforcement officers and friends called “a visionary” and “a good man,” died Friday, Dec. 10, in McMinnville following ...

Rusty Rae/News-Register##Fiona Gwozdz Mancill shows off the winter box she’s offering through her new business, the Snug Club. Subscribers receive four craft and cocktail boxes a year.

‘Snug Club’ aims to spark creativity, community

A new McMinnville business aims to spark people’s creativity and bring them together through craft-making and socializing. The Snug Club is based on owner Fiona Gwozdz Mancill’s experiences ...

Gabriela Leikam’s painting was inspired by a family visit to the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival.

Columbus fifth-grader’s art chosen for state ag calendar

A field of tulips drawn by a McMinnville fifth-grader is one of 13 winners in a statewide calendar art contest sponsored by Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC). Gabriela Leikam of Columbus Elementary ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register## Gypsy Rose Carriage owner Don Price and draft horse Frankie are offering rides — donations  accepted — on Saturdays during the Christmas season. Pickup is near Serendipity at Third and Evans streets in downtown McMinnville.

Clip-clopping in a winter wonderland

Don Price offers carriage rides downtown during the Christmas season to help people celebrate the holidays and to give Frankie, his horse, something fun to do. “He enjoys the work and the attention,” ...

Pets can visit Santa Claus; and people can fulfill pets’ wishes

Santa Claus will greet dogs and cats during Homeward Bound Pets’ annual “Santa Paws” event Sunday, Dec. 12. Children and adults also are welcome. The holiday fundraiser will run from ...

News-Register file photo##Mary Martin, pictured here in 2017 for a feature in the News-Register, died Tuesday.

Mary Martin, community advocate, dies

Mary Martin, a businesswoman and community advocate in McMinnville for 65 years, died Tuesday in Willamette Valley Medical Center. She was 85. Services are pending under the direction of Macy & Son ...

John Wayne Rasmussen

Former Museum director Rasmussen dies at 63

John Wayne Rasmussen, long-time supporter, board member and former director of the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum, has died at the age of 63. Ramussen, a Gresham resident, is survived by his ...

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Carlton Bakery pastry chef Lisa Bernard rolls a freshly prepared sponge cake with chocolate cream filling made with Valrhona chocolate, which is made near Bernard’s childhood home in the Rhône Valley of France. When decorated, the cake will resemble a log, a French Christmas tradition called “Bûche de Noël.”

Holiday Traditions: French native brings traditional Bûche de Noël log cake to Oregon Christmas

Series looks at traditions shared by local residents who grew up elsewhere

Free breakfast program plans Christmas celebration

The Saturday Breakfast Program serves about 150 morning meals each week, year-round, in an effort to provide sustenance and comfort to people in need. With Christmas on Saturday this year, organizers ...