The Historical Society sells the Lafayette Church


News-Register file photo## The Yamhill County Historical Society has sold an 1890s church in Lafayette. It housed exhibits that have now been moved to the Yamhill Valley Heritage Center near McMinnville.

The Yamhill County Historical Society has sold the historic church that served as the original location for its museum exhibits.

New owners took over Poling Memorial Church in Lafayette on Saturday, January 15. Realtor Mike Morris said the buyers wanted to renovate the 1894 structure into a single-family residence.

The 3,702-square-foot building was listed at $175,000, a very attractive price in today’s market, Morris said.

Formerly an evangelical church, it was used as a museum for over 50 years. Previously, it contained the bulk of YCHS household exhibits, furniture, personal items and photographs.

More records, textiles, and other artifacts were housed next door in the Miller Log Cabin, which was built in 1994.

The 2,600 square foot log cabin remains on the market, listed at $495,000. It could also be converted into a house; buyers would need to add a kitchen and a full bathroom.

“We’ve had quite a bit of interest,” Morris said.

In late 2021, YCHS moved its collection to the Yamhill Valley Heritage Center near Highway 18 southwest of McMinnville, where agricultural exhibits and other items had previously been displayed.

The non-profit Heritage Center, 11275 SW Durham Lane, is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. A donation of $5 is suggested.

For more information about the historical society, go to or call 503-472-2842.

2021 sees permits for $87.6 million worth of projects

Builders and landlords obtained permits for $87.6 million in construction projects in McMinnville in 2021, including $35.8 million in new commercial buildings and $41.2 million in residential properties.

From Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, builders paid $2.9 million in permit fees, including system development fees that will help the city pay for infrastructure maintenance and upgrades.

When permits are withdrawn, the city also collects a construction excise tax on behalf of the McMinnville School District, which is available for educational capital projects. In 2021, the district received $1.38 per square foot for residential construction and 69 cents per square foot for non-residential construction.

Builders applied for permits for 90 commercial structural projects. They ranged from renovations at Third Street dining spaces to new construction such as the Pebble dental office and the tiny Boutique Retreat, both of which are under construction along Ninth Street between Alpine and Lafayette avenues. .

The largest permit won in 2021 was for the new science complex at Linfield University. The $19.7 million project includes the construction of a new building and the renovation of Graf Hall, an existing science building adjacent to the new construction.

The business permits also included totals of $451,000 for plumbing work, $545,000 for alarms and fire suppression systems, and $5.4 million for mechanical work. The work took place in various buildings throughout the city.

Residential projects total $38.4 million for 143 single- and two-family dwellings and $2.8 million for 79 other structures, such as garages. Many of the permits were for homes being built in the northwest portion of McMinnville.

Other residential permits totaled $13,500 for demolition, $14,500 for fire sprinkler systems, $3.4 million for mechanical work and $720,000 for plumbing.

New building

A “mixed-use commercial” building is under construction at 629/631 NE First St., McMinnville, just west of the Post Office parking lot.

Silas and Amy Halloran-Steiner have obtained the building permit, which indicates that the structure will comprise 2,700 square feet over three floors.

The restaurant reopens

Geraldi’s reopened on Wednesday after being closed for some kitchen upgrades, as well as during the holidays. The restaurant at 226 NE Third St. also offers new menu items.

House Management

The McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce is about to launch its annual Chamber Leadership Class, which introduces business people to the city and its for-profit and non-profit organizations, as well as tips on the leadership in general.

The class meets monthly to visit local businesses, government organizations, and nonprofits. Discussion topics include teamwork, education, social services, public safety, health care, basic services, business and industry, culture and history and others.

Each leadership class chooses a project that will help the community. One year, for example, the class raised money for new equipment for the soup kitchen at St. Barnabas.

Many people who have taken the course have gone on to leadership roles in the community.

The 10-month program costs $750 for Chamber members and $850 for non-members. For more information on how to register or participate, contact Rhonda Pope at the Chamber office, 503-472-6196, or email [email protected]

To melt

More than three dozen restaurants and other businesses will participate in Melt Down 2022, an annual fundraiser for the Yamhill County Food Bank featuring special grilled cheese creations.

Restaurants will offer special grilled cheese sandwiches with unusual cheeses, meats and other special additions; some will include tomato soup or other accompaniments. For every sandwich sold, they will donate $2 to YCAP for the food bank.

Other businesses will offer drinks or Melt Down-related items such as clothing or cooking items.

Look for a list of participants and more information on the Melt Down in an upcoming edition of the News-Register.

cookie season

The Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington sell cookies at their annual fundraising event.

Scouts from McMinnville and other parts of Yamhill County are among those taking the lead.

Scouts is offering a new cookie this year, Adventurefuls. The “brownie-inspired” cookie features crème caramel and sea salt.

Additionally, Scouts offers their nine traditional cookies, including Thin Mints, Samoas and Tagalongs.

Proceeds from cookie sales are donated to Girl Scout projects and activities throughout the year. According to Karen Hill, CEO of Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington, selling cookies also teaches Scouts business skills.

Cookies are available until March 13. They can be purchased from local scouts and from stalls the girls have set up in front of local stores and other locations as permitted by COVID regulations.

In McMinnville, kiosks are planned at Safeway, Albertsons, Walmart and Wilco Farm Store between February 18 and March 12. Booths will also be set up at Select Market in Sheridan and in Newberg stores during this time.

Visit to find a location or get general fundraising information.

Room reception

Alt CoWorking, 609 NE Third St., McMinnville, will host the McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce Greeters Program on Friday, January 28. It will take place from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.

The January 21 Greeters had been scheduled at Alt Coworking with BCC Business Consulting as host, but it was changed to a virtual event.

The Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce in Newberg is also planning a Greeters program from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Friday, January 28.

For more information, visit the McMinnville Chamber website,, or Newberg’s website,

Museum grants

The Oregon Heritage Commission offers grants, typically between $2,000 and $10,000, to museums for collections, heritage tourism, and education and interpretive projects.

“This program is quite broad and can be used to collect the full spectrum of Oregon’s history, preserve it, and share it,” said Katie Henry, Oregon Heritage Coordinator. “We hope to see proposals that are both creative and practical.”

Projects could include those related to COVID-19 challenges, as well as cataloguing, archival storage, disaster preparedness, curation, marketing, improving visitor experience, staff training, l education, school classes and camps.

In the past, Oregon Heritage has funded projects at the Sheridan Museum of History, the Hoover-Minthorn House in Newberg, and other sites across the state.

An online grant workshop will be offered from 2-3 p.m. on February 8. Prior registration is required.

To register and get more information, go to or contact Kuri Gill at [email protected] or 503-986-0685.

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