Submitted photoMcMinnville High science teacher Jared Larson standing on arctic tundra during the fellowship program trip.

Cold science

Jared Larson saw his first wild polar bears during a trip to the Arctic in 2012 — big males hunting for food and mothers shepherding their babies away from potential danger. One moved within a few ...

Marcus Larson/News-RegisterKory Knutz stands next to an eight-column Corinthian hearse used in the 1800s.

History buff

Kory Knutz studies Yamhill County’s past to learn how events and practices shaped what we do and say today

Rockne Roll/News-RegisterLucy Sepeda feeds a piece of wedding cake to Jesse Perez following the ceremony.

Pair tie the knot at care center

Care home residents find true love in Sheridan.

Marcus Larson/News-RegisterGlenn Smith describes his family as he stands in front of a giant rug featuring their portrait on it.  The rug was made for a family reunion a few years back.

Waves and wings

Glenn Smith has survived a plane crash, battled 12-foot waves on Lake Tahoe and posed as a drug runner, all in the name of helping others

Marcus LarsonYamhill-Carlton High senior stands outside his school. Daughters of the American Revolution named Bibb winner of its annual Good Citizenship contest.

Leadership and service

Serving others, community comes naturally for Yamhill-Carlton High School senior

Starla Pointer/News-RegisterOver tea and brownies, members of the McMinnville Public Library’s afternoon book club discuss what to read next. The group has read more than 130 novels and nonfiction books together since 2000.

Book clubs help readers branch out

Discussion groups give members a broader view of the written word

Marcus Larson/News-RegisterCarlton American Legion Memorial Post 173 Commander Renee Ohler sees her role as one of making sure other members can pursue their interests.

Camaraderie and service

American Legion commander strengthens veteran participation 

Marcus Larson/News-RegisterElectricians Karol Crowder, left, and her husband, Andy, enjoy working together. Here, they install a new lighted sign at The Block House Cafe in Dayton.

Current events

Electrician enjoys the variety of challenges she faces each day on the job

Marcus Larson/News-RegisterPhaijit Phrommala Nofsinger, known as Mayla, pauses between cooking tasks in her Thail food cart in Carlton. She loves to prepare authentic dishes from her homeland, where New Year’s and the Water Festival are the largest celebrations of the year.

A joyful time in Thailand

New Year’s festivities feature food and family

Marcus Larson/News-RegisterZora shows off wall hangings of the Three Kings, the wise men said to have given gifts to the Christ child. In Puerto Rico, they are featured in lights on hillsides as well as on ornaments and other decorations.

Tending the kings' camels

Zora Santiago Lam recalls beloved Christmas customs in her native Puerto Rico

Marcus Larson/News-RegisterLynn Harrell, who grew up in Australia, holds an authentic digeridoo, “not one of the tourist ones.” The musical instrument is made from a hollow branch. Harrell’s mother, Lorraine Jones, and their dachshund are also pictured. Earlier, Jones spoke to the dog, who was interrogating a visitor. “Do get back, Luv,” she said.

Christmas Down Under

Santa's visit marks start of summer vacation in sunny Sydney, Australia

Marcus Larson/News-RegisterTom Kopecki works on his farm, where he raises goats and cows, as well as poultry. He loves the animals and would like to hear them talk, as an old Polish tradition holds.

'The best time of year'

McMinnville’s Tom Kopecki recalls boyhood Christmases in a Poland very different from today’s

Marcus Larson/News-RegisterVioleta Ramsay in the Spanish room at Linfield College, where she has taught since 1990.  The room features murals depicting her native Mexico.

Emphasis on family and friends

A day of socializing and giving was part of festivities in north Mexico state

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Envoy Brenda Fries assumed leadership of McMinnville’s Salvation Army in July.

'Heart to God, hand to man'

New head of Salvation Army continues mission of service

Marcus Larson/News-RegisterGene leads a tai chi class at Hillside Retirement Communities. Participants go through a series of eight meditative poses that help them improve their balance.

The healing arts, Mac style

Gene Corbin says tai chi is good for the body and mind

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