Starla Pointer

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Marcus Larson/News-Register##Flower girls Rebecca and Aeva toss rose petals and white rhododendron blossoms as bride Susan Dragoon makes her way to the wedding site.

Stopping By: Wedding of a lifetime

Fourth proposal is the charm for McMinnville couple who prefer to do things their way.

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Jan Jones, center, calls out “cues” to tell dancers which steps to use. Beginners are in the front row, directly behind Jones, with more experienced dancers toward the back.

Stopping By: Step right up

One day, Jan Jones wasn’t a clogger. The next day, she was. She attended a clogging demonstration in Medford about 15 years ago. A group of people wearing shoes with metal taps bounced in rhythm ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Dentist Adam
Diesburg shows his painting of an alien ship hovering over a farm - a scene reminiscent of
the famous 1950 Trent
sighting near Sheridan.
Diesburg displays his
artwork on the walls of his
McMinnville dental office.

Stopping By: Alien artistry

On a wall of Adam Diesburg’s dental office stands a cowboy, stern and stoic. Beside him, a creature from outer space reads him the riot act. The compact green creature — which Diesburg added ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Navy veteran Virgil Wray has painted many images of the battleship Missouri, on which he served during the World War II era. In this picture, a tanker — similar to the one on which Wray served from 1943 to ’45 — comes alongside.

Stopping By: Aboard the wide Missouri

Virgil Wray celebrated his 89th birthday at almost the same spot where he celebrated his 20th and 21st birthdays. But this time, there was a lot more fanfare. On March 10, Wray marked his birthday by ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Karen Huntsberger
discovered her father’s World War II journal, letters and flag years after his death. His writings told her about his
experiences as a medic, something he never discussed.

Stopping By: War Correspondence

Through letters home, woman gets to know the soldier in her father.

Rockne Roll/News-Register##Bryce, 6, Mason, 9, and Eliza, 5, share the Smark family passion for go-kart racing. Mason is one of the fastest drivers in regional series; Bryce began racing this year and Eliza will start soon.

Stopping By: Kart Kids

When he was 9 years old, Paul Smark rode BMX bikes around his neighborhood in Portland. In Canby, his future wife, Jennifer, was riding and showing horses. Their 9-year-old son, Mason, went in a different ...

Starla Pointer/News-Register##Longtime front desk volunteer Ed Kaleta chats with Ann Lane, director of the McMinnville Senior Center. “I have the gift of gab,” Kaleta said.

Stopping By : A friendly reception

If you’ve ever visited the McMinnville Senior Center on a Monday or Tuesday morning, Ed Kaleta already knows your name. If you are making your first visit, he’ll welcome you warmly and file ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Marianne Mills was one of the first female athletic directors at a large Oregon high school. Perry Stubberfield, her predecessor at Mac High, helped her learn the importance of networking, she said.

Stopping By: A Sporting Life

Marianne Mills will be inducted into the Oregon Athletic Directors Hall of Fame.

At Gilman’s Point, a milestone on the climb, Frank Gabriel poses for photos with another
climber, their guides and porters. The Tanzanian support
crew was friendly and knowledgeable, he said.

Stopping By: One heck of a trek

At 2:15 p.m. Thursday, March 5, Frank Gabriel stood on top of the world. After walking for eight days, up and down “insanely steep” terrain that often required him to crawl over boulders, ...

Tim Roberts at Linfield

Tim Roberts first came to McMinnville as a Linfield College student in the mid-1960s. He lived in Hewitt Hall. He first studied education, then shifted to the sciences, figuring that would help him get ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Retiring dentist Tim Roberts and his daughter, dentist Amy Wark, in the office where they ve worked together for 12 years. Wark is taking over her dad s practice.

Stopping By: All Smiles

Retiring dentist says improving patients' lives has made for a rewarding career

Marcus Larson/News-Register##A quilter herself, Anita Sommerfeld looks over some of the donated quilts CASA volunteers may give to the children with whom they work. A CASA’s job is to advocate
for what’s best for the kids involved in a court case.

Speaking up for kids

While attorneys, judges and social workers debate and argue about the adults involved in court cases, a special set of volunteers looks out for the best interests of the children. “It’s very ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Bonnie Leith, who will turn 100 on March 19, enjoys watching “Jeopardy” and
doing word search puzzles — especially if she has some chocolate-covered peanuts to snack on.

Looking at 100 years

Stopping By: McMinnville’s Bonnie Leith reflects on a good, long life.

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Tichenor’s career with the Army took him to bases around the world. He brought back this kimono after serving in Japan.

Cal Tichenor and the My Lai court martial

For Carroll “Cal” Tichenor, who retired from a military career as a Judge Advocate General’s Corps colonel, and from a subsequent civilian career as a Yamhill County Circuit Court judge, ...

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