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book review The Dutch House

Danny Conroy’s father is a self-made man who parlayed an eye for rentable property into a fortune. Unfortunately, his discriminating eye failed him when he purchased a home for his wife ...

 
Book: The Little Paris Bookshop

“The Little Paris Bookshop” begins with a mystery: Monsieur Perdu (“lost” in French) shoves aside a bookcase and opens the door to a room he hasn’t used in 21 years. Stepping ...

 
Book: Beautiful Ruins

This is a delightful, laugh-out-loud, maybe cry-a-little novel that sweeps through time and around the globe — from World War II to the present day, from Beaverton to Hollywood to the Italian ...

Book: Button Holed

The protagonists of cozy mysteries usually have interesting professions or hobbies they pursue while solving crimes on the side. Hannah Swenson bakes cookies while helping the police in Joanne ...

 
Book: The Camera Never Lies

Australian author David Rawlings gives readers an intriguing premise in “The Camera Never Lies”: What if photographs revealed the whole truth, emotional as well as physical, rather ...

 
Book: The Revisioners

Ava has moved in with her paternal grandmother in the opening paragraphs of “The Revisioners,” Margaret Wilkerson Sexton’s novel about women’s relationships and one family’s ...

Book: The Country Guesthouse

Hannah Russell has a miserable time at a work retreat: Her phone and computer are locked away, and her coworkers envision the long weekend as a time to drink and play, rather than bond and improve ...

 
Book: Word to the Wise

Librarian Lindsey Norris enjoys a great life as director of the Briar Creek library as Jenn McKinlay’s “Word to the Wise” begins. She has a great dog and an even better fiance, ...

 
Book: Out of the Past

Carmona Leigh is a plain young woman with a modest trust fund. Her neighbor, Alan Field, is a striking young man with a love of money, but no cash of his own. As “Out of the Past” ...

 
Book: Due for Discard

In “Due for Discard,” author Sharon St. George gives us a likeable mystery that will make readers think twice about social problems — and solutions, such as a restaurant that ...

Features

 
Christmas activities around the county

- Amity’s annual Christmas event is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 3. Santa and the Amity Fire Department will lead a parade through the streets starting about 5:30 p.m. At 6 p.m., Mayor Rachel ...

 
Memories reside in tiny playhouse

Genne Sherman was 6 when she first made a pot of tea in her new playhouse. She poured a cup for her favorite doll, whom she had named Katherine. “Would you like a cookie?” she surely ...

 
Stopping By: On history’s cutting edge

Railroad enthusiast Gary Brooks faithfully crafts working replica sawmill and other miniatures  

 
Gallery to host musical fundraiser

Gallery Theater performers will sing showtunes in a live musical revue and fundraiser that will play one weekend only, Nov. 12-14. “All Together Now! — A Global Event Celebrating ...

 
Stopping by: A policy of giving back

When Rick John drives the streets of McMinnville, he notices familiar houses in every neighborhood. “I’ve been in that one, and that one, and that one,” he says to himself. Back ...

 
Stopping By / Waxing poetic: Business burns with passion for creating candles

Everyone has a passion. For Stephanie Sherman, it’s candles that really light her fire. She burns candles for their scent and gentle light. But she also makes and sells them, both for everyday use ...

 
‘Our voices for peace’: First Baptist hosts special art show, concert

The Peace and Joy Art Exhibit at First Baptist Church, 125 S.E. Cowls St., runs through Oct. 17, 1 to 5 p.m. each day in the chapel and outer mezzanine of the church, entrance off First Street. Art on ...

 
Plaid company: People pack fairgrounds for return of Scottish Festival

The skirl and drone of bagpipes, rhythmic tapping of drums and grunts of athletes tossing heavy objects filled the Yamhill County Fairgrounds Saturday and Sunday. The McMinnville Scottish Festival had ...

Virtual fundraiser will benefit A Family Place

A Family Place Relief Nursery will benefit from “Champions for Children,” a virtual fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 16. The evening will include information about how A Family Place is helping ...

 
A ‘moving’ portrait of love, friendship starts Friday at Gallery

Gallery Theater will present “Love Letters,” about two people reading the notes and cards they’ve exchanged over 50 years. The production will run Oct. 15 to 24, with 7:30 p.m. ...

Women’s choir to rehearse in person again

The McMinnville Women’s Choir will return to in-person rehearsals and performance this fall. Rehearsals will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, starting Oct 5, at First Baptist Church, 125 S.E. ...

 
Stopping By: Great Scot

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

 
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 ...

 
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 ...

 
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 ...

 
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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