Work is continuing on the new First Federal headquarters, a nearly 32,000 square foot building at Third and Baker streets on the west end of downtown McMinnville. The three-story building will ...


 

 

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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

 
Stopping by: Pecking order

Edges are the best places to view birds — where the edge of a city meets the edge of a forest or where the water meets the land, according to master birdwatcher Harry Fuller. Edges contain a buffet ...

Newberg celebrates MLK Day

Dr. Carol Parker Walsh began her address with a simple request, directed at white people: “Raise your hand if you would be happy to be treated as this society in general treats people of color, marginalized ...

 
Gallery, LaCroute awarded'decade' honors

Gallery Theater and avid arts supporter Ronni LaCroute are among honorees in the Broadway World Regional 2020 Awards. Gallery was named “Community Theater of the Decade” and its December 2019 ...

 
Rose Marie Caughran, 'force of nature' in Mac, dies at 92

Everybody, it seems, has memories of Rose Marie Caughran, McMinnville’s former library director and longtime city volunteer who cared for trees and kept the downtown area tidy almost until her death. Caughran ...

 
Stopping by: Prioritizing prayer

Standing in a pew near the front of the Nazarene Church on the Hill’s sanctuary, Tina Chase lifted her hands high in the air as she began to pray. Raising her hands to God is “kind of a surrender,” ...

 
First Federal six months from moving into new headquarters

Work is continuing on the new First Federal headquarters, a nearly 32,000 square foot building at Third and Baker streets on the west end of downtown McMinnville. The three-story building will ...

Rohse: Romans prized cleanliness, opulence

The fall of the great Roman Empire has by some historians been attributed to the overindulgences of the populace — its fondness for the good life and opulence. Rich Romans could afford massages, ...

Carlton considering finalists

CARLTON — Carlton city councilors are meeting in executive session today to decide which of four finalists will be the best fit as Carlton’s next city manager. Councilors, city staffers ...

City-owned house slated for demolition in Sheridan

SHERIDAN — A house owned by the city of Sheridan will be demolished after suffering extensive damage in a July fire, the city council determined at this month’s work session. “It’s ...

Signs to help beautify Willamina's downtown

A beautification and signage project on Willamina’s Main Street is moving forward, the city council learned Tuesday night. The project was approved in August. The city, a member of the Oregon ...

Carlson: Great and small ways to help creatures in need

Around the holidays, every time I checked my mailbox at least half of its contents were requests for donations to charitable nonprofits and worthy causes, and I suspect this probably happened to you, too. ...

 
Stopping by: Passing on the joy of learning

Although she has plenty of experience as a full-time teacher, Ashley Bellwood Allen, like all her colleagues, faced unfamiliar challenges when the pandemic changed school, work and life in general in March ...

 
Stopping by: For Yamhill tree farmer LeLand Payne, nature has always been the best teacher

LeLand Payne remembers walking over the hills and through the woods northwest of Yamhill as a boy in the late 1930s and ‘40s. He enjoyed every step — and he still does as he ...

Rohse: Opening eyes to a winged world

My son and his wife are birders. I was not familiar with the term “birder” until they introduced it to me. I looked it up in my dictionary to see if my kids had made it up. My dictionary advises, ...

Mac library offers new "Shelf Help" service

Jan. 4: Corrected to say the staff, rather than volunteers, delivers the books.   ------ McMinnville Public Library has added a new service to its program delivering books to patrons’ homes. Through ...

 
Dayton woman carries on husband's festive tradition

Leslie Overgard didn’t decorate her house on Main Street in Dayton in 2019. Her husband, Duane Overgard, had died suddenly that February at age 59. He had always loved decorating for Christmas, ...

 
Elf off the shelf

[Note: Misty Town of the McMinnville Parks and Recreation Department coordinated a phone link between the North Pole and McMinnville last week, so local children could chat with reindeer, Mrs. Claus, toy ...

Rohse: The daze of our lives

In the past when someone didn’t know what day of the week it was, they were regarded as addled. Rohse Colored Glasses McMinnville's Elaine Rohse is fascinated by words, books and writing ...

 
Music to their ears and eyes: Middle school teacher mixes learning with concert

As Patton Middle School eighth-graders watch, classically trained pianist Maryellen Barks appears on their computer screens. Barks, an instructional assistant at Columbus Elementary School, plays several ...

Rohse Need a few more gift ideas, Santa?

What a fine arrangement our calendar has for us. Just a few weeks ago we celebrated Thanksgiving with a myriad of good things to eat and things for which to be thankful. Now comes Christmas with gifts ...


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