Marcus Larson/News-Register##Hollee and Chris McGrew have operated C & H Family Jewels Rock and Lapidary for years, but moved the business to Highway 99W and Northeast Blanchard Lane two years ago.

A love set in stone

Something about rocks appealed to Hollee McGrew as a young girl growing up in Dayton. “I guess I was just always fascinated by them,” she said. Her interest began on the playground. “I ...

Image: Oregon State University Libraries##Main Street in Forest Grove as it appeared in the early 1910s.

Offbeat Oregon: Sting on secret saloon didn’t go well

In 1899, the spiritual leaders of Forest Grove had a problem: There was a serpent in their Garden of Eden. Forest Grove was founded by members of the Congregational Church — a denomination directly ...

Marcus Larson / News-Register##Chef Dario Pisoni, standing, enjoys greeting guests at his event center east of Carlton, Agrivino. In his native Italy, it’s common for chefs to leave the kitchen to talk with diners.

Stopping By: Loving the food of Christmas all year

When Dario Pisoni was growing up in northern Italy, Christmas celebrations — all celebrations, really — meant a trip to his paternal grandmother’s house. He helped his nonna cook the ...

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Carlson: The science of affection between pet, owner

During heroic rescue efforts following Hurricane Katrina, many people, knowing their own lives were in danger, refused to leave their homes because FEMA did not evacuate pets along with their people. My ...

Rohse: Birth of bloomers helped bury the odious hoopskirt

Amelia not only won the battle, she won the war. In doing so, she gave women of all ages a gift for which they can forever be grateful. Amelia Jenks Bloomer helped put women in pants. Rohse Colored Glasses McMinnville's ...

Image: portlandcrime.blogspot.com##The wreckage of Oliver Kermit Smith’s car after it was blown to pieces by explosives in the parking lot of the Columbia Edgewater Country Club. Picture is from the files of Det. Walter Graven.

Offbeat Oregon: Sordid love triangle gone bad ended in deadly car explosion

Late on the evening of April 21, 1955, 35-year-old Portland attorney Oliver Kermit Smith left the Columbia Edgewater Country Club and walked to his car. He was probably a little tipsy; there had been a ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##McMinnville’s Grant Stephens plays George Bailey and son Caden plays young George in Gallery Theater’s current production of “It’s a Wonderful Life.” They were both already familiar with the story; it’s a tradition for the Stephens family to watch Frank Capra’s classic film every year.

Being George Bailey

Grant Stephens wanted to be George Bailey as soon as he saw “It’s a Wonderful Life” listed on Gallery Theater’s 2018 schedule. Caden Stephens wanted to be George Bailey, ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Angel and Isabel Aguiar discuss the various homemade ornaments adorning their tree, including ones featuring childhood pictures of their kids.

Holiday traditions: Keeping the faith

Christmas ended in Cuba two years before Angel Aguiar was born. Officially, at least. But Christians quietly kept celebrating. Their belief in God led them to ignore the dictates of Fidel Castro, ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Figures from the 1964 Christmas classic TV special “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” set up in a guest bathroom at the home of Dave Anderson and Melinda Mathiesen.

Home tour: A very vintage Christmas

It could be Christmas in the mid-1960s, or even earlier, in the home of Melinda Mathiesen and Dave Anderson. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, from the 1964 cartoon narrated by Burl Ives, illuminates the ...

Home tour: Five decorated homes, party featured

Melinda Mathiesen and Dave Anderson are among homeowners who’ve decorated for the 2018 Wine Country Holiday Tour of Homes. This is the 30th annual Christmas tour sponsored by Soroptimist International ...

Rohse: A tree tale

Perhaps it is time to put Arbor Day on our calendars in bigger type so we’ll take greater notice of it. Arbor Day is “Celebration of Trees Day,” and our trees need all the help they can ...

Rusty Rae/News-Register##Third Street Books employee stands in front of a large display of kids books in the store.

Pick of the literate

Librarians and booksellers offer their choices for gifts for bookish children

Carlson: Can your dog sense ghosts? Do you care?

I don’t know if I should be proud or worried that I’m starting to recognize an article by Dr. Stanley Coren as soon as I read the title. Granted, he is prolific. And his submissions to Modern ...

Marcus Larson / News-Register##Marti Crook is the second person from Soroptimist International of McMinnville to serve as regional governor. She’s also been president of the local club several times.

Stopping By: Leading with confidence

Marti Crook had always considered herself pretty quiet and not very outgoing. Yet there she was, standing in front of a room full of her peers at a Venture Club convention — an organization for ...

Susan Simmons photo##Octavio Solis, who has written more than 20 plays, will discuss his new book “Retablos,” a memoir of sorts that draws on his early years in El Paso, Texas.

Writing on the border: Award-winning playwright brings his voice to McMinnville

No one remembers the moment of birth — except, that is, award-winning playwright Octavio Solis. He was born at Riverside High School in El Paso, Texas, in 1972, during a read-through with fellow ...

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