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Marcus Larson/News-Register##Artist Adam Rupniewski discusses one of his favorite pieces, titled “Lofty Room.” It’s his jazzy interpretation of “A Man Seated Reading at a Table in a Lofty Room” created by one of Rembrandt’s pupils.

Stopping By: See for yourself

Artist Adam Rupniewski finds creative stimulation in places and things, in music and prose, in reality and in dreams. The latter sparked much of the work he’s currently showing at the McMinnville ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##The Yamhill County Fair’s open class superintendent, Alice Howell, says she never knows what items will be submitted for judging. “It’s always fun to see what comes in,” she said.

Stopping By: Friend of the fair

As a youngster in La Grande, Alice Howell loved entering the county fair.  Her family had a large garden, and she and her two brothers marked off smaller squares for their 4-H plots. At fair time, ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Susan West and Elizabeth Hill check details on the wine country section of the tree skirt, which has “spokes” sewn to each side. The completed piece will be displayed in Washington, D.C.

Stopping By: Sewing circle

Picture the center circle of a basketball court. Now picture it made of cloth and covered with Oregon highlights: lighthouses along the coast, Multnomah Falls, Native American symbols, Crater Lake, the ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##As Hamlet, Brandon Vilanova of Penguin Productions performs a scene on the troupe’s outdoor stage near Newberg. Penguin is staging a shortened version of Shakespeare’s play.

Stopping By: Field of plays

In a field near Newberg, under the sun or the stars, a dozen actors will bring classic plays to life over the course of three weekends starting Thursday. They call themselves “penguins,” their ...

Rockne Roll/News-Register##Youngberg Hill owner Wayne Bailey inspects vines in the Jordan Block of his vineyard.

Stopping By: Nature and nurture

Wayne Bailey is a farmer, first and foremost. He learned to love and respect the land while growing up in Iowa, where he helped his father run a 450-acre farm. They grew corn, oats, soybeans and ...

Rockne Roll/News-Register##David Lowe patrols for weeds around a group of succulents. A gravel path travels alongside the property line in the backyard.

Stopping By: In the garden

Birdsong comprises the soundtrack to David and Janet Lowe’s McMinnville garden. There’s a frog band, too, perched around the edges of a bowl filled with succulents. But the amphibious musicians ...

Stopping By: Fond memories, future goals

McMinnville High School graduated more than 500 students Friday night — and more than 500 stories. Their class motto was a Walt Disney quote, “All our dreams can come true if we have the ...

Rockne Roll/News-Register##Erica Fitzgerald saddles up. A native of the Bald Peak area, she started taking riding lessons at 5. She quickly decided that her life would revolve around horses.

Stopping By: Harnessing a love of horses

Working with horses can change people’s lives for the better, according to Erica and Josh Fitzgerald, who run FitzGerald Farms, a multi-faceted equine business in Yamhill. They know that ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Ty Marshall in his Linfield College office, which is filled with set designs and memorabilia from his 31 years as a set designer and theater professor at the school. Marshall is retiring, but will continue working on the dory project he started with students and Brenda Devore Marshall, his wife and Linfield colleague.

Stopping By: Stage magic

Although he's passionate about theater today, Tyrone "Ty" Marshall wasn't drawn by the footlights as a teen. He never wanted to act, sing or take a bow. He preferred industrial arts, drafting plans or ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Ashley Allen leads her Memorial Elementary School class in a math exercise. She and other McMinnville educators say developing relationships with students is the key to good teaching.

Stopping By: For noted teachers, caring is the key

When it comes to education, there's something more important than math books or field trips or the number of minutes spent in P.E. class; more important than breakfast in the classroom, up-to-date technology ...

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##Fred Graff loves the deep, resonant sound of the baritone saxophone. He also plays tenor, alto and soprano sax.

Stopping By: All that jazz

CARLTON — Fred Graff plays all sorts of instruments, from harmonica and accordion to low brass and reeds. But saxophones are closest to his heart — and his voice. He plays all four ...

Rockne Roll/News-Register##Aaron VanEpps and Shaun Strong, pastor of The Oak Grove Community Church, sing during a session of Thrive, a ministry for developmentally disabled adults.

Stopping By: Joyful noise

The 98th Psalm tells Christians to be loud and proud in declaring their faith. "Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth," verse 4 says. "Break forth into joyous song and sing praises!" The men ...

Rockne Roll/News-Register##McMinnville High School leadership student Evan Ewing and teacher Susanne Sayles go over ideas for a class project. Sayles, who was in leadership when she was a Mac High student, said it’s her favorite class to teach.

Stopping By: Learning and leading

Susanne Sayles was a student leader when she was attending McMinnville High School. Now in her fifth year at as a teacher at Mac High, she works with current student leaders, who in turn help other students ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Debbie Harmon Ferry on a rare day when she’s not wearing purple, one of Linfield’s school colors. She serves as the college’s director of alumni services.

Stopping By: A champion for her alma mater, hometown

By STARLA POINTER Of the News-Register When Debbie Harmon Ferry leaves her office in Linfield College's Melrose Hall, she throws her purple coat over her purple dress and grabs her purple umbrella. It's ...

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