Starla Pointer

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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 ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Ray Mabey spins around with the men’s lightweight stone as he shows students the proper technique.

Stopping By: Strength and traditioning

Most people have seen a photo or video of the caber toss, a staple event of Scottish Highland Games. Burly men and women in kilts heft tree trunks stripped of branches, walk forward, then toss them so ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Longtime Dayton resident Wayne Beckwith talks about his love for working with mules. He’ll show them off Saturday at Farm Fest, an annual plowing competition at the Yamhill Valley Heritage Center.

Stopping By: Stubborn fascination

Mules combine the best characteristics of a donkey and a horse, according to Wayne Beckwith, who breeds and uses mules for agricultural work, trail riding and packing. Like their horse mothers, ...

Rockne Roll / News-Register##Lydia Dolence has been dancing since she was 5 and now choreographs stage musicals, as well as performing in them.

Stopping by: Making moves

Lydia Dolence first tap danced when she was 5.  Her teacher, longtime West Valley dance school owner Beverly Williams, noticed her potential and assigned her a solo version of “On the ...

Submitted photo##Body painter Natalie Fletcher used makeup-like paint to create the illusion that scenery can be viewed through a man’s chest.

Stopping By: 'A canvas with personality'

You may not notice Natalie Fletcher's art at first. It blends into the background. So completely, in fact, that at first glance the background is all you think you see. Look again and you'll ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Wisconsin native Ron Jalling had never seen the ocean before he shipped out with the Navy. He grew to love watching the waves.

Stopping By: Young sailor finds oceans of adventure

The first time Ron Jalling saw the Pacific, he was on a troop ship, sailing out of San Francisco Bay on his way to the Philippines. The young Navy sailor grew up in Wisconsin, far from either coast. But ...

Rohse: The rise and fall of a McMinnville rival

More than a century ago, McMinnvillans were worried. It appeared that a new town, a few miles up the road between McMinnville and Lafayette, was becoming a rival and had the potential of outsizing our ...

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