Starla Pointer

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Marcus Larson/News-Register##Susan and Dan Wheeler work as a team in both their creative endeavors and their business, Fire’s Eye Gallery, on Highway 18 west of McMinnville.

Stopping By: An Unbreakable Bond

From clay and glass and fire, Dan and Susan Wheeler have forged a relationship that makes them partners in business and life. Dan is a potter who makes functional, beautiful items from porcelain clay. ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Jasper the husky and friend Casey take turns chasing each other at the dog park on Riverside Drive in McMinnville.

Stopping By: Unleashed enthusiasm

Luna’s ears pricked up when she heard the most magical word. “Park!” said her mom, Fe Reynaga. What joy! What excitement! Luna jumped into the car. It was time — oh yes! — ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Debbie and Cal Kearns, in front of the lot where the new Dayton Mercantile will be built, next to the Block House Cafe and across from city park. Debbie and two friends are opening the shop.

Stopping By: Where love lives

When Corvallis native Debbie Anvick first met fellow Oregon State University student Calvin Kearns, she saw a man who was kind and good, peaceful and stable. Perfect, in fact, except for one thing: He ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Mia Audova leaps during practice in the Van de Veere dance rehearsal room at Gallery Theater.  Kathleen Van de Veere was her first teacher. This fall, Mia will start an intensive dance program in Philadelphia.

Stopping By: Good pointe

At age 12, Mia Audova left everything familiar — her home in Lafayette, her classroom at Patton Middle School, her family — in order to pursue her dream of becoming a prima ballerina. Only ...

Rockne Roll/News-Register##Hilda Farris dances the mambo as she leads the McMinnville Community Center’s senior exercise class.

Stopping By: Dance leader retiring anew

Partway through a recent senior exercise class, the recorded music switches to a sensual Latin beat. Seniors tap their feet to “The Macarena,” a popular dance tune that tells the story of ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Officer Doug Cummins shares laughs with Mac High students. He’s been based at the school for five years and earlier was resource officer at the middle schools.

Stopping By: School resource officer enjoys teaching kids about law enforcement

While he’s there to enforce security, prevent and investigate crime, and make arrests when necessary, the role School Resource Officer Doug Cummins really relishes is that of educating students. He’s ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Grayson Goings and his mother, Courtney, enjoy a day of fishing at Willamina Creek in Blackwell Park. Several of the county parks have water access.

Stopping By: Parks offer peace, picnics and play

Only a few miles west of McMinnville, Ed Grenfell County Park offers a kind of quiet you won’t find in town — a musical quiet, lush with the rushing of Baker Creek, the singing and calling ...

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 ...

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