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## Teresa Shelton looks over her stash of beads in her home studio, which doubles as an office for telecommuting to her job as an engineer. She’s always looking for more beads in more colors, she said.

Stopping by: A big world of tiny beads

Teresa Shelton is part of a worldwide community of artists who turn tiny beads into three-dimensional works of art. Shelton patiently strings seed beads using a technique called “contemporary ...

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More than 500 people stomped grapes for 3 1/2 minutes in the Oregon Mutual Insurance parking lot last year in an attempt to set a new world record.

Grizzly Grape Stomp hopes to crush world record this time

A second attempt to set the world record for grape crushing will be made Sunday, Oct. 20, at the Grizzly Grape Stomp, a free event sponsored by the McMinnville High School Grad Night committee. Organizers ...

Rohse: Good towns come in small packages

A landmark UN report released in May noted that a million species of plants and animals are in danger of extinction in the coming decades. Rohse Colored Glasses McMinnville's Elaine Rohse is ...

Savvy Senior: How to find help with debt

DEAR SAVVY SENIOR: Savvy Senior Jim Miller is a longtime advocate for senior issues and regular contributor to the NBC "Today Show."Send your questions to Jim at Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, ...

Image: The West Shore ## This cartoon was published in The West Shore in 1889 as a criticism of the quality of policing in Portland. The woman in the window on the extreme right is a prostitute negotiating with a prospective customer. It is possible, if not very likely, that this cartoon was drawn with the Carrie Bradley case in mind.

Offbeat Oregon: Portland bordello madam was real-life femme fatale

One of the most enduring and appealing tropes in popular fiction is the “femme fatale,” like Brigid O’Shaughnessy in Dashiell Hammett’s “The Maltese Falcon.” Offbeat ...

Rusty Rae/News-Register ## — Cassie Van Domelen, with one of the paintings she’ll show during Art Harvest. She’ll greet visitors at The Blue Goat, the restaurant she and her husband own in Amity.

Stopping by: Driven to create

AMITY — Artist Cassie Van Domelen prefers painting with acrylics, which allow her to use deep, rich colors and create interesting effects. But if that medium isn’t available, she’ll ...

Rohse: Seaweed more prized than its name implies

Experts predict that if world population continues to grow and our tired — and finite — land becomes less productive, the world as a whole may experience a food shortage. Rohse Colored Glasses McMinnville's ...

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Last month’s Rose City Comic Con marked Newberg resident Mya Sanders’ fourth comic book convention.

Passage to Nerdvana

A Newberg nerd and bibliophile follows her bliss to Rose City Comic Con Greedo shot first. Unfortunately, for him, he wasn’t up against some two-bit smuggler or stuck-up, half-witted, scruffy-looking ...

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The title page from the original 1854 edition of Part Two of the first novel-length work of (alleged) fiction ever published in Oregon, by Margaret Jewett Bailey.

Offbeat Oregon: Oregon’s first published novel a torrid page-turner

Early in the summer of 1854, an advertisement appeared in the Portland Oregonian — a tantalizingly feisty one, from an author braced for combat and essentially inviting the world to “bring ...

Savvy Senior: Flu vaccines for seniors may provide better protection

Flu vaccines for seniors may provide better protection Savvy Senior Jim Miller is a longtime advocate for senior issues and regular contributor to the NBC "Today Show."Send your questions to ...

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The miniature logging train in Michael Crain’s backyard railroad hauls a load of lumber as it makes its way past several workers.

Stopping by: Garden Tracks

  Michael Crain built a railroad, made it run, made it race against time ... and now his miniature locomotives and flatcars are still hauling logs out of the woods and to a sawmill, just ...

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News-Register ## Phil London and Zealand Reynolds planted a large patch of zinnias, dahlias and bachelor buttons in their front yard for a friend to use at her wedding. A small produce garden takes up much of their backyard.

Yard of the Month: Flowers in the front,  produce in the back

By HEATHER BROOKS Of the News-Register The front of the home of Phil London and Zealand Reynolds features an array of colorful flowers and various plants scattered along the sides of the yard. It ...

Image: pulpcovers.com ## A typical issue of True Confessions magazine. This is the literary genre of the first book published in Oregon.

Offbeat Oregon: Oregon’s literary legacy is built on a “True Confession” novel

In the world of literary works, there is a definite hierarchy. It’s occupied at the high end by the kind of subtle and masterful works that get raved about by New York book reviewers and ...

Savvy Senior: Who needs to see a geriatrician?

Savvy Senior Who Needs to See a Geriatrician? Savvy Senior Jim Miller is a longtime advocate for senior issues and regular contributor to the NBC "Today Show."Send your questions to Jim at ...

Ideas for dog lovers with allergies

It has been a long time since I devoted a column to dog allergies —and by this I mean people being allergic to dogs, not dogs being allergic to things, although that could be the topic for another ...

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