Rohse: Stirrup memories: Lore about the Pony Express continues riding on

The Pony Express was in operation only about 18 months, from April 1860 to October 1861. But it played a celebrated important role in American history and was of great financial importance ...

##This pro-masking editorial cartoon appeared in the Nov. 1, 1918, edition of the long-defunct Santa Barbara Daily News.

Nichols: Deja flu - Lessons of the 1918 pandemic

Over the past two years, historians and analysts have compared the coronavirus to the 1918 flu pandemic. Many of the mitigation practices used to combat the spread of the coronavirus, especially before the development of the vaccines, have been the same as those used in 1918 and 1919 — masks and hygiene, social distancing, ventilation, limits on gatherings, quarantines, mandates, closure policies and more.

 

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Nancy Schick talks about one of her favorite pieces of art, a large painting she picked up while traveling in in country of Togo in West Africa. Togo is one of “only” 55 countries the retired teacher has visited.

Stopping by: Teacher and traveler

Nancy Schick has indulged her love for travel by visiting out-of-the-way places, as well as popular locations, all around the world. “You need to get out there to broaden your horizons,” the ...

Rohse: World needs special powers of music

When Turkish cattle breeder Mehmet Akgul reported increasing his milk yield by 5% by playing classic music for his cows, it was big news. Said Akgul, “If this music produces relaxation in humans, ...

Burns Supper honors poet with haggis and bagpipes

A few tickets are still available for the 2022 Burns Supper, hosted by the Celtic Heritage Alliance in McMinnville. The evening, a celebration of the poetry of Robert Burns, will include haggis and other ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Artist James Violette talks about one of his
creations, “Midmod Floor Lamp,” on display at The Gallery at Ten Oaks in McMinnville.

Stopping by: A play of light

At first glance, you might think James Violette works with only with wood, metal, wire and cloth. But he also works with less tangible media: illumination. The McMinnville artist usually uses a computer ...

Submitted photo##Mark Pauletto uses his specialized truck and claw to lift a heavy load. The claw is attached to an arm that can reach over fences or debris to grab a load without disturbing its surroundings.

Send in the claw: Owner says specialized truck makes lifting easy

Removing a fallen tree or setting a decorative boulder in place might require several laborers and a forklift or other piece of heavy equipment. But Mark Pauletto of Carlton said his special ...

Rohse: Never forget the travails of the historic Oregon Trail

What a loss it would be if Oregonians were to forget one of our state’s most important events because of mercurial history eroding it away. That event was the Oregon Trail. Much is being done to ...

Linfield students offer hula lessons

Linfield University’s Hui O Lökahi Club is hosting hula lessons throughout the month of January to raise funds for its annual Lu’au & Ho’ike later this year. Classes are slated ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Local woodworker Dan Heins describes the many different kinds of products he creates for customers, including finely crafted wood bowls that he turns  on his lathe.

Stopping By: Beauty by turns

Dan Heins shapes wood, restores vintage furniture and creates new items using talent that he says is not his own. Rather, he said, it’s God who’s responsible for his ability to cut and build ...

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 ...

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