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Marcus Larson/News-Register##Fred Hisaw, now 90, sat for this portrait when he was 7 years old. The artist’s father read “Huckleberry Finn” aloud to the boy so he’d sit still.

Stopping By: Successful by degrees

Before he retired from teaching at Oregon State University, biology professor Frederick Hisaw often joked with his students.  Here he was, teaching them college courses, he would say, and ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Fascinated by planes since boyhood,  McMinnville’s Bill Lawrence, here with wife Bonnie, still yearns to make a solo flight. The 92-year-old is considering flying lessons.

Stopping By: Upwardly mobile

Bill Lawrence has always been fascinated with machines that ascend. Planes, mostly. He saw his first as a boy in Buffalo, New York. The biplane came to town for a skydiving show. As young Bill ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Melanie Martinoff with a few items of Welsh origin, including her grandmother’s old cookbook. Martinoff spent many years living on the south coast of Wales before moving to the U.S.

Holiday Traditions: Memories of a magical holiday in Wales

As a child, Melanie Martinoff made sure to leave a pillowcase at the foot of her bed before going to sleep on Dec. 24. When she awoke the next morning, it would be filled with presents. Father Christmas ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Ignacio Veles and his wife, Ibeth, work together in their bakery, Noah’s, on Highway 99W in McMinnville. Both are from Michoacan, Mexico.

Holiday Traditions: Fit for a Christmas king

As a boy, Ignacio Veles helped a local baker made breads, pastries and holiday cakes in Buenos Aires, his small hometown in Michoacan, Mexico. Today, he bakes Kings’ Day cakes and other sweets at ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Paul and Jan Baidenmann plan to celebrate Christmas this year by attending a church service and enjoying a meal with family members. The couple married in 2013.

Stopping By: A time for 'Jesus, decorations, family'

The Christmas season, like life in general, was magical during Paul Baidenmann’s childhood in Dutch Indonesia. Born in 1928, he enjoyed playing with his brother and other friends in the mild, tropical ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Marit Berning matches together artists and spaces, as she did with this mobile by Britain’s Martin Richman for the atrium of Walker Hall on the Linfield College campus. Richman is known worldwide for capturing light in his sculptures.

Stopping By: Curator believes in magic of art

After spending holidays in her native England some years, and in Ireland or Morocco other years, young Marit Berning had pretty much decided she didn’t believe in Father Christmas anymore. Then, ...

Stopping By: 'Treat pets like family'

The first procedure Yamhill County Pet Heroes does when it catches or receives a lost pet is to scan it for a microchip. Such chips are placed under the skin by a veterinarian so the dog or cat can be ...

Rockne Roll/News-Register##Kimball Kiess describes the improvements made to her backyard south of McMinnville to help facilitate her animal rescue operation. Kiess holds lost pets found and posted to the Yamhill County Pet Heroes Facebook page until they can be reunited with owners.

Stopping By: Getting them home



Rockne Roll/News-Register##Artist Cindy Clark put down her drawing pens to create a number of pieces based on shoes. Each has a theme, including her sentimental favorite, the Moulin Rouge shoe, which is topped by a windmill.

Stopping By: Art and sole

Some artists start with a lump of clay, squeezing or spinning it into shape. Others start with a hunk of marble, chipping away the excess to reveal the figure hidden inside. Some start with stretched canvas, ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##With several canvases set up in his backyard in McMinnville, artist Rick Schanche adds paint to a landscape. He likes to work fast, using large brush strokes and moving among several canvases at once.

Art in motion

When Rick Schanche was studying art at the University of Oregon back in the 1970s, professor Ralph Baker advised him to keep busy and push to develop his talents and skills. “That stayed with me,” ...

Rockne Roll/News-Register##Alice Wicks has served as head of the Amity Public Library since 2011. She started as a volunteer 25 years ago.

Stopping By: A library life

AMITY — A building brought Alice Wicks to Amity. The same building, now housing the public library, has been keeping her there. Wicks, who has spent more than two decades of paid and volunteer work ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Wrapping up a 40-year career, Mary Ann Nolan is retiring as head of administrative services with McMinnville Water & Light.

Stopping By: 'Suited to service'

When she accepted a job at McMinnville Water & Light 40 years ago, Mary Ann Nolan didn’t realize she was slipping into a position that would fit her like a glove. “I’m really suited ...

Submitted photo##Tim Youngberg snapped a photo of his mother, Esther, as she paused on a high-altitude section of the trail. She said she loved the views of valleys, but wasn’t so happy about the steep inclines she had to climb. By the end of her walk, though, she could scale them without huffing and puffing, she said.

Stopping By: Spanish steps

On her 68th birthday, which fell on July 1, Esther Youngberg celebrated with a piece of Spanish cheesecake and a good, long walk. She skipped the cheesecake the next day, but did continue the walking. ...

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##Children try to decide what to do first at Scott’s Playhouse. Inspired by the late Scotty Banke, the playhouse offers slides, climbing areas and lookouts.

Stopping By: Where kids can be kids

The evergreens are the same size they were when first planted at Scotty’s Playhouse, which opened in October 2007. But over the decade, the trees have watched thousands of youngsters run and slide ...

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