When, on his first day of Navy boot camp, Bill Hall’s commanding officer told the men to write letters home to their mothers, Hall applied himself. It was about 2:30 a.m. when he took pen ...

 

 

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Book: A Better Man

I admire the work of Canadian author Louise Penny, and I was thrilled to find a new novel in her series about Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and the residents of the magical village of Three Pines, ...

 
Book: Family Album

Penelope Lively’s “Family Album” is not just about the big family that lives in Allersmead, a stately home in rural England; it’s also about the house itself. Lively looks ...

 
Book: French Fried

“French Fried” is a pleasant, entertaining light mystery, but possibly a bit misnamed. Main character Laurel is a chef proud of her cooking skills, in this case, the French specials ...

 
From the Children's Room

A monthly column from the children’s librarians at the McMinnville Public Library. In studies on children’s literature, statistics show that the diversity of the population is not yet reflected ...

 
Book: Mrs. Fletcher

Tom Perrotta’s novels usually take an in-depth look at characters’ inner thoughts — readers learn a lot about the things they express to no one else. That holds true in his latest, ...

 
Book: A Christmas Grace by Anne Perry

Seven years before “A Christmas Grace” begins, a ship wrecked off the west coast of Ireland during an epic storm. Villagers rescued the sole survivor, Connor Riordan, and nursed him ...

 
From the Children's Room

A monthly column from the children’s librarians at the McMinnville Public Library. Most kids familiar with our library are aware of our holiday collection — an entire wall of books about celebrations ...

 
Book: The Man who saw everything

Saul Adler is “The Man Who Saw Everything,” a 20-something British history scholar who specializes in studying dictators in the World War II era and its aftermath. He’s about ...

 
Book: Bark of Night

David Rosenfelt offers readers a charming, self-deprecating narrator in “Bark of Night.” Andy Carpenter is a bit of a coward, really, but he’s self-aware enough to realize he’s ...

 
Book: Gypsy Boy, My Life in the Secret World of the Romany Gypsies

Mikey Walsh didn’t measure up to his father and other men in the Romany Gypsy culture. They taunted him, beat him and abused him for his sensitive nature, artistic interests and lack of aggression ...

Features

 
Stopping By: A sailor’s life for him

When, on his first day of Navy boot camp, Bill Hall’s commanding officer told the men to write letters home to their mothers, Hall applied himself. It was about 2:30 a.m. when he took pen ...

Totem Shriver shows art at Linfield Gallery

The News-Register staff Totem Shriver shows art at Linfield Gallery “Path, Sky, Dream,” a solo show by artist and teacher Totem Shriver, will run through March 21 at the Linfield Gallery. Shriver, ...

 
Amity serves up melodrama and dessert

Amity High School students will perform a melodrama and serve dessert during each performance, as well, Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 27 to 29. “The Perilous Passing of Prudence Proudwell, ...

Patton students to perform dinner theater

Patton Middle School’s Thespian Troupe 89053 will perform a dinner theater production of “Dinner at Eight, Dead by Nine,” Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21 and 22. Guests will be ...

Rohse: Civil War soldier told it like it was

The diary kept by John Ruby as a Union soldier during the Civil War of 1861-1865 is a revelatory story of that conflict in which more lives were lost than in any other American war. Rohse Colored Glasses McMinnville's ...

 
Offbeat Oregon: The ‘own-goal’ champ of state history

This is a continuation of the Offbeat Oregon column that appeared in last week’s Connections. A.C. Edmunds’ experience in Portland before the Civil War had been so short, and by his personal ...

Film fest keeps it short

Eighty-five films — chosen from 256 20-minute or briefer entries from around the world -— will be featured Friday through Sunday, Feb. 21-23, in the ninth annual McMinnville Short Film Festival. “It’s ...

 
Stopping by: Faith and family

Tom and Nancy Paul celebrated their first Valentine’s Day as husband and wife 50 years ago. They’d been married for two months. They were wed on Dec. 6, 1969, by a justice of the peace ...

 
Offbeat Oregon: With a friend like A.C. Edmunds, suffragists needed no enemies

One of the most dramatic things that can happen in a soccer game is an “own-goal.” Not the kind where a player on offense bounces a shot off a defender and into the net, but the full-on ...

Newberg conference looks at criminal justice

“Hearing the Cries: Healing Injustice,” a conference on the criminal justice system, runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 6, and from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at ...

Rohse: The story of a Civil War soldier

It is a true story, although at times it seems almost unbelievable. It is told by John Ruby in the diary he kept as a Union soldier for almost the entire duration of the Civil War, 1861-1865. Rohse Colored ...

 
Not so easy getting around in new and sightless world

Last spring, Josh Alvey made the move to a new residence near downtown McMinnville. He was accompanied by his wife, Cody, and their 3-year old son. “We traveled the country extensively over ...

 
Invitation to the dance

Rebecca Rorick Smith means no disrespect toward Ginger Rogers. However, popular wisdom holds that Rogers had it rough as a dancer because she had to do everything Fred Astaire did — only ...

 
Timing is everything

Gallery Theater will present “Noises Off,” a farcical play-within-a-play, Feb. 7 through March 1. The British comedy will play at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. ...

 
Stopping by: Speaking of Toastmasters ...

  Carolyn Smithrud made it through her first speech at the Toastmasters club. It wasn’t easy, and she didn’t think she did very well, but she made it through. Her second speech ...

 
From the Children's Room

A monthly column from the children’s librarians at the McMinnville Public Library. Librarians are often asked to suggest books for specific readers based on their interests and reading level. Sometimes ...

 
Students of the month

McMinnville High School has named Carly Thorkildson and Annie Clayton students of the month. Carly is the daughter of Amy and Scott Thorkildson of McMinnville. She is being recognized for science. She ...

Rohse: People do the nicest things

From time to time, newspapers are criticized for emphasizing bad news — crime, tragedy, turmoil — to the exclusion of good news. True, in the news world, happy stories may not be the ones that ...

 
Stopping By: For auld lang syne

Robert Burns was the guest of honor Saturday, Jan. 18, at the McMinnville Celtic Alliance’s annual celebration of Scotland’s favorite poet. Burns, who lived from Jan. 25, 1759, to ...

Rohse: Through thick and thin, you’re covered

We Oregonians are hard to understand. We’re reluctant to go out in the slightest little sprinkle without an umbrella or raincoat, and yet we carry with us at all times the world’s most ...


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