Photo by Douglass Fletcher Sisk##Gretchen Yoder, right, judges Kristine Rothwell in the caber competition at a Scottish Festival in Enumclaw, Washington, in 2019. Rothwell is one of the Titan athletes who will throw in McMinnville this year.

Stopping By: Great Scot

Celtic Heritage Alliance member Gretchen Yoder throws her experience in support of competition 

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Now that she is retired from her insurance agency, Chris Browne will have more time to spend with her hydrangeas and other flowers in her garden. She loves surrounding herself with friends, as well.

Stopping By: Mover and shaker since 1978, Chris Browne makes new plans

Chris Spika Browne hadn’t heard of McMinnville in 1978 when she applied for the job of Chamber of Commerce director. Forty-three years later, it’s hard for her to imagine not being part of ...

Rohse: Will history become buried in clutter of sports’ record data?

I worry a bit about two things that are foolish to be concerned about because I can do nothing about them. The first of these has to do with a person who has a body that is not tailored to the purposes ...

Rusty Rae News-Register ## Gregg and Leslie Rogers are surrounded by flowers in their southwest McMinnville front yard. The property is eye- catching despite the loss of two distinctive blue eucalyptus trees over the past winter.

Stopping by: Beauty beyond the trees

Couple’s yard shines despite loss of two striking eucalyptus trees Leslie and Gregg Rogers thought their beautiful front yard was a loss when their huge blue eucalyptus trees toppled ...

Rohse: Marking the words: ‘Education is something to live with, not on’

I want you to ask yourself two questions: “What is an education? And am, I, myself ‘educated?’” You don’t have to tell anyone your answers. This is just to satisfy yourself. Rohse ...

Marcus Larson News-Register ## Bunco players Claudia Wilson, Darlene Robins, Darlene LaDassor and Mona Clark react to Clark’s winning Bunco roll during their return
to the club’s monthly dice game.

Stopping by: Bunco forever

With every toss of the dice, with every tease and witty retort, it becomes clear that this Bunco game is not about racking up the most points. Rather, these women, who’ve been rolling dice ...

Rohse: The business of predictions will always have a future

Every one makes predictions. I predict that the Blazers will beat the Lakers. You may predict that it will rain tomorrow. Every one predicts. Rohse Colored Glasses McMinnville's Elaine Rohse ...

Rusty Rae/News-Register ## Nita Wiebke, a member of the Edible Landscape team, reviews the many herbs she has planted and tended to in her garden on Alpine Street.

Planting possibilities

On Alpine Avenue edible gardens are there for the tasting As people drive through McMinnville’s Granary District, they’ll notice the greenery growing in large round and square planters ...

Rohse: Let’s not get so big we squeeze out small traditions of caring

When I see on television the riots on the streets, the wanton destruction of property: broken windows, bashed in doors, one group battling another, I wonder if our country has grown up too fast. Rohse ...

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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 ...