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Marcus Larson/News-Register##In the studio at his McMinnville home, Ralph Kraft uses a soldering iron to fuse together colored glass sections of a pig. Once the solder cools, the portrait is like one piece, he said.

Stopping By: Breaking into art

Piece by tiny piece, Ralph Kraft builds pigs and peacocks, roses and roosters, dancers and dragsters. He creates pictures of people and places as well, all rendered realistically and intricately in colored ...

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An ex-smoker herself, Janice Primozich is passionate about helping others quit the habit. She taught smoking cessation programs for Kaiser Permanente for many years and now volunteers to teach classes for the Willamette Valley Cancer Foundation.

Quitter. Winner.

Health educator Janice Primozich has a great deal of empathy for the students in her smoking cessation classes, as she knows how much suffering can accompany trying to quit. But she also knows how wonderful ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Dan Hilbert designed his necktie and his furniture, as well as many unique clocks. This one, featuring various shades of orange, won a blue ribbon at Sheridan Days one year. It’s called “Clockwork Orange.”

Stopping By: Making time

Dan Hilbert deals in hands and faces, bevelled edges and beading, pendulums and precision movements. He makes time. Or, at least, designs devices that help us keep track of it.  “I want to ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Stefanie Van Dyke prepares for the arrival of her first class at Newby Elementary School, where she herself went to grade school. Van Dyke joined the McMinnville district this year.

Stopping By: New at Newby once more

By STARLA POINTER<br/>Of the News-Register When Stefanie Van Dyke was touring Newby Elementary School in August, preparing for her job as a kindergarten teacher there, she spotted a giant tiger ...

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Teddi Beard, manager of the wood products division, applauds for clients who are being honored at the MV Advancements picnic. Beard, who is retiring in September after 38 years with MV, said her favorite part of the job is seeing clients learn work and social skills so they can become more independent.

Stopping By: Helping others become independent

Teddi Beard retiring from rewarding 38-year career teaching vocational skills The first time Teddi Beard visited Mid-Valley Workshop’s wood products plant near Amity, she saw the executive director ...

Rockne Roll/News-Register## Doreen VanTyne at Studio L Salon in McMinnville. She has a more regular schedule these days; for years, she traveled to filming locations to style actors’ hair.

Stopping By: Lights! Camera! Hair! Makeup!

Who’s the most challenging client for a hair stylist? Rapunzel, perhaps? Doreen VanTyne of Lafayette has met her. She styled the fairytale princess’s lengthy braid for an episode of “Grimm,” ...

Rockne Roll/News-Register##Priscilla Heinzman shows some of her prize-winning quilts in her Dayton home. She, her mother and her sisters inspire one another to sew and make crafts.

Stopping By: Big quilts, small quilts, doll quilts, wall quilts

DAYTON — Priscilla Heinzman works for months or years on some projects, sewing together tiny pieces to make one-of-a-kind quilts. Other times, she rapidly turns out five smaller quilts — designed ...

Rockne Roll/News-Register##Susan Read discovers fascinating details as she pores over historical records at the Yamhill County Historical Society museum.

Stopping By: Volunteers work together to finish history book

Dedicated volunteers are keeping track of the history of Yamhill County and help teach others about it. Some Yamhill County Historical Society volunteers spend time running events like Harvest Fest, which ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Longtime firefighter and law enforcement officer Steve Warden loves being part of the community. Someday, though, he’d like to live in a more remote area with horses, cattle and quiet.

Stopping By: Being neighborly

Long before he became a firefighter himself, Steve Warden saw neighbors and family friends volunteering their time and effort to put out fires, administer first aid and assist people in myriad other ways. It ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Olivia Cheser has always loved music, especially singing and playing her cello. Next year, she will play in an orchestra at Oregon State University, where she will major in music production.

Stopping By: Hometown strings

YAMHILL — Olivia Cheser can’t remember a time when she didn’t live in Yamhill. She was 2 months old when her parents, who met as students at Yamhill-Carlton High School, moved back to ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Jason Kiff will spend plenty of time at his keyboard as a computer science major at Oregon State University this fall. When not studying, he plans to play drums and run.

Stopping By: Forward, march

If everything goes the way Jason Kiff hopes, he will be on the field in Oregon State University’s Reser Stadium this fall.  But not in a Beaver football jersey. Instead, the freshman will be ...

News-Register file photo##In 1998, Oregon Mutual Insurance Co. employees work on a Habitat for Humanity house on Adams Street in Lafayette.  From left are Jason Youngblutt, Eric Watt, Mike Heidinger and Kim Kinion.

Stopping By: Building homeowners

Most people think McMinnville’s Habitat for Humanity chapter only builds houses. Actually, the nonprofit does something even more important: It builds homeowners. “Our partners learn so much ...

Rockne Roll/News-Register##Mya Clover-Owens sits at the pottery wheel in the McMinnville High School art room. She fell in love with ceramics and other forms of art at Mac High and won a national competition with one of her vases.

Stopping By: Faces and vases

Faces — happy, worried, perplexed and curious by turn — peer out from many of Mya Clover-Owens’ works of art. A head inclines, curious or thoughtful, forming “Crazy Man.” ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##James Cameron poses next to the Titan II Missile and other exhibits he oversees as a docent at the Evergreen Space Museum.

Stopping By: A new kind of mission

During his stint in the Navy, Petty Officer 2nd Class James Cameron sailed the equivalent of seven trips around the world. He came home to Oregon to build things, including elevators that carry ...

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