Before she could plant broccoli and Brussels sprouts, Walla Walla sweets and summer squash, leeks and lettuce, Mary Kathleen Drew needed to prepare the soil. And before she could prepare the soil, she ...


 

 

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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

Blue sends anti-abuse message

Community members are asked to wear blue Wednesday, April 21, to demonstrate support for child abuse prevention. Blue is the color of Child Abuse Prevention Month, which runs though April. Blue pinwheels, ...

 
Stopping by: The straw solution

Before she could plant broccoli and Brussels sprouts, Walla Walla sweets and summer squash, leeks and lettuce, Mary Kathleen Drew needed to prepare the soil. And before she could prepare the soil, she ...

Rohse: There’s fun to be had at any age

I’d like to clear up a misapprehension many people seemingly have with regard to the elderly. They think elderly people don’t have fun. I don’t know whether that’s because they ...

 
Stopping by: Riveting story

Just before Rita Turner Milton graduated from McMinnville’s Lincoln High School, industrial arts teacher Jack Greiner invited her and other girls to take a shop class. The shop was usually boys’ ...

Rohse: Considering the whys and wherefores

Young children occasionally go through the “why” stage. A distraught mother may be questioned “why” countless times every day as to why things are why they are. “Why does ...

 
Stopping by: Brewer, Baker go against the grain

Amelia Bierly, who owns Bierly Brewery with her husband, brewmaster J.P. Bierly, was in her 30s before she ever tasted a malted milk ball or a soft pretzel — and then she had to bake them herself. Amelia ...

Rohse: Ways to make up for a lost year

We are often reminded that we have lost an entire year because of the coronavirus. Now, how do we go about getting back that lost year? We missed family gatherings, socializing with friends at weekly ...

A few Easter egg hunts spring up

The Easter Bunny will be hippity-hopping through Yamhill County on Saturday, hiding candy-filled eggs and other surprises for children to find in several cities. Because of continuing pandemic restrictions, ...

Carlson: Obesity a growing problem for dogs

There appears to be another epidemic to be concerned about. But before your anxiety level sky rockets, this one does not have the dire consequences of what we are living with now. Although it is serious, ...

 
Offbeat Oregon: Iconic Timberline Lodge could have been a gaudy skyscraper

High up on the side of Mount Hood, Timberline Lodge has over the years become an Oregon icon. Its rustic, WPA-financed design and construction strike most visitors as a good fit for the state’s general ...

 
Stopping By: The right volunteer for the job

Retired teacher Larry Kurtz was working as a medical transcriptionist in Salem when he noticed a News-Register posting for a very specific type of volunteer. Juliette’s House, the Yamhill County ...

Rohse:Here’s to those who made a difference

How rewarding it is to live in a city like McMinnville, where one can make a difference. How sad it would be to live where ideas are not considered but tossed aside, where the new is feared and avoided. Rohse ...

 
Stopping by: 'Endless paintings'

Driving from her new home in Amity to her studio in McMinnville, landscape artist Erin Hanson notices daffodils and oaks, green fields and hills, moody sky and rainbows. “I see 10 or 12 ...

Rohse: Ranchers dreaded hunting 'invasion'

Eastern Oregon ranchers dreaded deer-hunting season — or, at least, when I was growing up there as a kid, my parents did. We did not trust those hunters from the Valley. The problem was that the ...

 
Stopping by: Recovering the past

When he was a teenager, Gary Musselman often stopped by his grandfather’s upholstery shop on his way home from classes at McMinnville Junior High School or McMinnville High.  “He let ...

Rohse: Mother's rules, and a few of my own

I had a wonderfully happy childhood except for one unpleasantry that seems foolish to mention. That annoyance was bread crusts. My mother was not an overly strict disciplinarian, but she had three “commands” ...

Carlson: Cheery tidbits from the world of dogs

I’m calling this installment of my column “Kibbles & Bits’— a few short news items from the canine world inspired by the Health Talk page of the February/March issue of Dogster ...

 
Stopping By: Carving out a 30 year hobby

Donna Lunt disagrees with her husband on one point.  Bob Lunt claims he has no artistic talent or creativity. Donna says he does, and most people would agree she’s right. Bob, a 1952 Linfield ...

Rohse: Preserve county's identity and our own

One danger of the coronavirus not often considered is identity loss. Have you noticed that your friends aren’t speaking to you? Many of my friends are undergoing that loss, as am I. I don’t ...

 
Stopping by: Reading for life

As a child, Elide Sanchez Rivera stocked her own library with books she received as birthday and Christmas gifts. She treasured volumes such as “Dragon’s Keeper” and “The Homework ...


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