Newberg included on list of best places to visit around Portland, dealdership gets new manager, butcher shop closes

Newberg among best places to visit around Portland

Newberg ranks No. 1 among the nine towns you must visit around Portland for 2018, according to the online travel site "Only in Your State." McMinnville ranked No. 2 and Dayton came in third. The site describes Newberg as a quaint college town and home to George Fox University. For more information visit, www.only

Newberg Dodge dealership has a new manager

Steve Abell is the new general manager at Newberg Dodge. Abell spent 28 years at the Kuni auto group at the Lexus dealership in Portland. He just got married, moved to McMinn­ville and his wife works at Providence Newberg Medical Center.

"I saw this opportunity come up and it worked out perfectly for me," he said. "I had a philosophy at the Lexus store, we can replace cars but we can't replace our customer. I like to see that our customers are treated like a guest in our home."

Butcher shop Valley Meats closes its doors

Valley Meats in Newberg closed its doors Nov. 18. "We are closing due to product costs and lack of profit trying to make it affordable and appealing to our customers," said a note on the door of the Everest Road business. "Essentially, what we make does not cover the cost to run the business and keep us open without going into further debt. We tried our hardest to make it this far and really appreciate all who have shopped with us and enjoyed our products."

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