John Davis, 80, has always loved driving. John Davis drove trucks and tractor-trailer rigs for the U.S. Postal Service, from which he retired after 41 years. He still enjoys driving, particularly ...


 

 

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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 ...

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Stopping by: Delivering meals, smiles

John Davis, 80, has always loved driving. John Davis drove trucks and tractor-trailer rigs for the U.S. Postal Service, from which he retired after 41 years. He still enjoys driving, particularly ...

 
Thankful, even in 2020

Remember back in January, as many breathed a sigh of relief that 2019 was over and they could start anew? Little did we know. In 2020, we’ve fought over toilet paper and mask wearing, taken sides ...

Rohse: Giant sea scorpions are extinct, and other reasons to be grateful this year

I enjoyed gathering thanks for my 2020 list. Although some of them are rather strange, they are justly deserved. My first choice is for my extremely good fortune to have as a neighbor one who can thwart ...

 
Stopping by: At MV Advancements, real work for real pay

Over the decades, MV Advancements has offered a variety of job experiences for its workers with disabilities.  When the nonprofit started as Mid-Valley Workshop, the standard was having workers come ...

Rohse: Consider a culinary career

I suspect that some readers will have little interest in this column when they discover it has to do with recipes and chefs and the culinary profession. But hang in there. You may be surprised. You may, ...

Mac’s Santa parade canceled

Don’t worry about Santa Claus; he will definitely find his way to McMinnville this year, even if it means strapping masks onto the noses of his reindeer. But the annual holiday parade through ...

Senior center friends offer early Thanksgiving meal

  Friends of the McMinnville Senior Center are selling Thanksgiving dinners, which will be served on a drive-through basis on Saturday, Nov. 21. Dinners cost $10 each. They include turkey, ...

Rohse: Our many odd turns of phrase

My Webster’s dictionary is said to include more than 450,000 entries. When you start putting these words together, it’s no wonder that some strange combinations result. One of these is, “Keep ...

 
Stopping by: Friends from the first page

Mike Freeman and Neil Kunze are true “friends of the library,” and no wonder: Both are book-lovers by nature, avid readers who enjoy discussing what they’re learning. The like-minded ...

 
Stopping By: Father, daughter to open new Yamhill restaurant

Heidi Davis dreamed for many years of having her own restaurant. As a teen in a Clackamas Community College restaurant management class, she drew up plans for an eatery based on her family name and one ...

YC Together Cares hosting auction

Yamhill Carlton Together Cares is hosting its annual auction fundraiser online this year. There’s still time to bid before the “Fall into Flavors” auction closes Oct. 31. Auction items ...

 
Halloween activities offered around county

Health authorities have suggested a low-key Halloween in order to lower the risks of spreading coronavirus. Several local organizations and churches are offering social distancing Halloween activities, ...

 
Groups, teams getting some in-person practice

McMinnville High School singers are learning to harmonize far apart, but at least they’re together again. “It’s really nice to be with the others,” said Kaiya Miller, choir president ...

 
For the love of Halloween

Mike and Shannon Brooks make their house as frightening as possible for Halloween. Naturally, that includes some clowns. “Mike has scary clowns hanging up. He’s always trying to scare me,” ...

 
Getting creative with arts education

Vocal teacher Robin Pederson was thrilled when the McMinnville High School Twilighters started rehearsing in-person again last week. “This is huge,” she said of the 45-minute rehearsals held ...

Rohse: It's time to manage those minutes

I’m often out of sorts because I don’t have enough time. True, I am allotted exactly the same number of hours and minutes as you, but I would just like more time in each day. Although I am ...

 
Stopping By: Crafted by her hometown

Remy Drabkin has been active in the community most of her life. A McMinnville city councilor, Drabkin volunteered at the International Pinot Noir Celebration as a girl — her mother, Joan Drabkin, ...

Rohse: Brands: Forging a ranch's identity

Cattle ranchers cannot protect livestock from theft or loss as easily as they protect their greenbacks, credit cards and licenses tucked snuggly in billfolds and hip pockets. But they are fortunate that ...

 
Stopping By: New house has net-zero impact

Solar panels, extra-thick walls and a roof covered by soil and sedums will help keep John Mead and Jenny Berg’s new home cozy year-round. The net-zero home will produce as much energy as it uses ...

Rohse: Want to feel connection? Join the club

These days, along with virus germs being wafted around, there is a lot of loneliness. How welcome will be the return of those former convivial gatherings and enjoyable camaraderie. If you are feeling ...


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