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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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##George Milne and Wasatch, named for the mountain range in Utah, where Milne went to college and lived during the early years of his retirement. The two have been riding together for more than two decades. “He’s a good horse,” Milne said.

Stopping By: Easy in the saddle

George Milne and his registered quarter horse, Wasatch, haven’t spotted any bears in the almost two years they’ve been riding together in Yamhill County. They haven’t been looking, actually. ...

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Ginny and Randy David in front of their collection of Imperial Iron Cross glassware. They have many collections of their own, and sell vintage items to others under the name G&R Antiques.

Stopping By: Finders, keepers

Just as Alice climbs through the looking glass into a fantastical world, Ginny and Randy David find enchantment by looking through glass of all sorts, from stamped-out dishes given away in the 1930s to ...

Rockne Roll/News-Register##Jessica Whiting, here with Annabelle the donkey, has loved animals since childhood and has taken in a variety of species on her farm near Carlton. She says being with them is like therapy.

Stopping By: A calling for caring

Since her aunt Greta and great-aunt Lillian were nurses, it was inevitable, perhaps, that people asked young Jessica Whiting if she planned to enter nursing. She didn’t. She considered nurses “strong ...

Rockne Roll/News-Register##Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum Curator Terry Juran, left, and volunteers Allen Herkamp and Kirk McFarland pore over photo albums that belonged to Arlene Johnsen, a flight attendant killed in the explosion of TWA Flight 800 in 1996.

THE STUFF OF HISTORY: The curator: Creating exhibits that educate and enthrall

When Curator Terry Juran looks across the floor of the Evergreen Aviation Museum, he sees much more than a collection of aircraft. He sees a collection of stories. Stories of the development of flight, ...

Rockne Roll/News-Register##Evergreen Aviation Museum Collection Manager Mickey Anderson pulls U.S. Air Force Gen. Merrill McPeak’s mess dress uniform from a protective bag. The museum plans a McPeak exhibit.

THE STUFF OF HISTORY: The acquisitions department: Volunteers archive tens of thousands of objects; many more await

To find uniforms and photographs and documents to flesh out Evergreen Museum’s exhibits, curator Terry Juran doesn’t have to look far. Thousands of those items are already carefully documented ...

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Debra McNulty finishes one of her dog drawings during a break at McMinnville Toyota. McNulty, the dealership’s general manager, creates her lifelike art whenever and wherever she has time.

Stopping By: Artist draws on her love of animals

George, a bearded dragon, accompanied his owners to Mac Toyota when they went down to pick up their new car. General Manager Debra McNulty noticed the colorful lizard. “I just had to take a photo ...

Rockne Roll/News-Register##As Alex Penfold, left, steadies Jo Jo, Owen Amerson of Yamhill listens to the dog’s heart and lungs. Owen, who grew up on a farm, plans to become a veterinarian, a choice the week at Oregon State University confirmed.

Stopping By: Vetting a career path

McMinnville High School junior Jordan Montario had up-close exposure to a possible career last week at an Oregon State University program in veterinary science. “I want to experience everything,” ...

Rockne Roll/News-Register##Tiffany Henness takes her morning run on the linear trail in her West McMinnville neighborhood. She used to run in the evenings, she said, but morning workouts fit better with her busy lifestyle.

Stopping By: Running for life

Running changed Tiffany Henness for the better. As it happens, her new passion put her in the position to better someone else’s life, too. And Henness said, “My faith says it’s not luck, ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Al Arguedas, in front of his McMinnville home, has lived in the United States since 1964 and McMinnville since 1979. “I love this country,” he says. “It’s an honor to be here.”

Stopping By: Proud to be American

Al Arguedas loves the homeland he chose for himself. His choice was influenced by a remark in President John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s inaugural address of January 1961: “Ask not what your country ...

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