Starla Pointer

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News-Register file photo##In 1998, Oregon Mutual Insurance Co. employees work on a Habitat for Humanity house on Adams Street in Lafayette.  From left are Jason Youngblutt, Eric Watt, Mike Heidinger and Kim Kinion.

Stopping By: Building homeowners

Most people think McMinnville’s Habitat for Humanity chapter only builds houses. Actually, the nonprofit does something even more important: It builds homeowners. “Our partners learn so much ...

Rockne Roll/News-Register##Mya Clover-Owens sits at the pottery wheel in the McMinnville High School art room. She fell in love with ceramics and other forms of art at Mac High and won a national competition with one of her vases.

Stopping By: Faces and vases

Faces — happy, worried, perplexed and curious by turn — peer out from many of Mya Clover-Owens’ works of art. A head inclines, curious or thoughtful, forming “Crazy Man.” ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##James Cameron poses next to the Titan II Missile and other exhibits he oversees as a docent at the Evergreen Space Museum.

Stopping By: A new kind of mission

During his stint in the Navy, Petty Officer 2nd Class James Cameron sailed the equivalent of seven trips around the world. He came home to Oregon to build things, including elevators that carry ...

Rockne Roll/News-Register##Emma Gardner and Anna Johnson have become good friends since both were chosen as Rotary exchange students to Brazil. Although they’ll spend the year in different parts of the country, they are preparing for the trip together.

Stopping By: Bound for Brazil

McMinnville High School sophomores Emma Gardner and Anna Johnson are heading to Brazil this summer — not to watch the Olympics, but to learn about the world and about themselves. They have been ...

Rockne Roll/News-Register##Walt Fulcher’s barbershop is filled with military-themed toys and memorabilia. He has more at home, he said; his wife suggested he take part of the collection to his shop.

Stopping By: The barber of Yamhill

YAMHILL — Veterans get a bonus when they come in for a haircut with Walt Fulcher, the barber of Yamhill. With each cut or trim or shave, they also receive a message about the benefits of joining ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##President Jane Brady talks about the history of PEO Chapter Y. Brady is a third-generation president of the McMinnville group. Her grandmother, Stella Sitton, and her mother, Anne McCullum, also held the office.

Stopping By: Celebrating sisterhood

PEO sisters work hard to provide scholarships and grants so that other women can learn and achieve their dreams. And that’s been the raison d’etre for McMinnville’s PEO Chapter Y for ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Charlotte Clemmer of Sheridan preserves memories of her eldest brother, Carlton Henley, who died in World War II.

Stopping By: Peace of her heart

As a preschooler, Charlotte (Henley) Clemmer waved goodbye to her eldest brother, handsome Carlton Lee Henley, as he went off to fight World War II. She never saw him again, but 70 years after he died ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Rhonda Kroeker checks the stock of pants available in the Blessing Room. Donations come from individuals and stores such as New to You, and items that aren’t selected by local customers are passed on to missions overseas. Kroeker started the ministry seven years ago.

Stopping By: Blessings in store

CARLTON — In 2009, visitors to the then-new Blessing Room squeezed into a couple of small rooms in the back of an old house next to Carlton Assembly of God Church. They dropped off donations, then ...

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McMinnville Women s Choir director Betty Busch leads warm-ups during a rehearsal at McMinnville Cooperative Ministries. Busch also leads Jubilate, a social-justice-focused choral group in Corvallis.

Stopping By: The power of music

Conductor Betty Busch and the 40 or so members of the McMinnville Women’s Choir love making music together. But singing is not the main purpose of the group, according to Busch, who founded ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Yvonne and Ted Phillips volunteer to deliver newsletters twice a week at Hillside Retirement Community. They moved there two years ago and love it.

Stopping By: Couple share lifetime of love

"Oklahoma" opened on Broadway March 1943, and soon everyone was singing Rodgers and Hammerstein's popular melodies. No surprise, then, that Yvonne Preisser chose a tune from the musical for her ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Chemeketa student Aldrich Yanez grabs a quick snack bar from the STORM Table, staffed by Jamie Corff. Corff and other students run the table, which offers a changing array of items to help with studies.

Stopping By: Adding college to her life

Mother of two embracing her return to higher education Jamie Corff tried college once, immediately after graduating from high school in her home state of Wyoming. Stopping By Starla Pointer, ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register file photo##Josiah Phillips on the Gallery Theater stage as Hoke, driving the cantankerous Miss Daisy (Sharon Morgan) to the grocery store.

Stopping By: Acting out loud

Josiah “J.P.” Phillips took a deep breath, expanding his diaphragm to fill his lungs to their fullest extent. He opened his mouth, relaxed his throat and let the air flow across his vocal chords ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Longtime nurse Melva Proctor will have more time to spend with Finella, her West Highland terrier, and other animals now that she’s retired. She also plans to do some quilting.

Stopping By: A lifetime of teamwork

LAFAYETTE — What Melva Proctor will miss most, now that she’s retired from a half-century career in nursing, is the teamwork.  She loved helping patients deal with their fears, as well ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Jack Higginbotham, a nuclear engineering professor at Oregon State University, stands inside the Spruce Goose — a marvel of engineering, he said. He gives tours of the Goose on Fridays, when he’s volunteering as a docent at the Evergreen Air & Space Museums.

Stopping By: Star search

Space is truly the final frontier, according to Jack Higginbotham, an Evergreen museum docent, nuclear science professor and head of the NASA Space Grant Consortium for Oregon. And he’s pretty happy ...

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