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Marcus Larson/News-Register##Willamette Valley Medical Center’s lead chaplain, Hailey O’Keif, in the hospital’s chapel. She said she offers comfort to people of all faiths and those who aren’t religious; the chapel is open to everyone, as well.

Called to offer comfort

Just around the corner from Chaplain Hailey O'Keif's office is Willamette Valley Medical Center's chapel, an intimate room designed to be a sanctuary for those who want to pray, as well as those ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Gail Lee, pictured here in her McMinnville home with some of the many awards she’s won as an agronomist, extension agent and educator.

Stopping By: Journey of rediscovery

For some, the trip of a lifetime might involve tropical beaches and palm trees. For others, it might be a cruise down the Danube, a climb up the Great Wall or an expedition into the Amazon jungle. For ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Lance Morrison paints in a freestanding studio near his Yamhill home. Above, he’s seen with some of his atmospheric paintings of hummingbirds.

Stopping By: In the details

YAMHILL — When his daughter, Haley, turned 16, Lance Morrison decided to capture her essence in a painting. He’s a professional artist, after all, so it’s what he does best. Almost ...

Rockne Roll/News-Register##Ed Doughty taste tests a serving of gyudon, which he just prepared at his food cart. He loves cooking and enjoys working for himself.

Stopping By: Driven by flavor and faith

Ed Doughty said he likes to serve God by serving others — in particular, by making sure they are fed. That's the main reason he opened his own food cart a few months ago. "Sharing God's love is ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Luis Vidart, who lives near Yamhill, built a traditional Basque herders’ wagon using 90 percent recycled wood. Pulled by horses, the wagon features a sleeping platform, storage area and stove for heating and cooking — especially favorites such as lamb stew, he said. Vidart came to the U.S. from Spain at 18 to work as a sheepherder, then moved to Oregon as a logger.

Stopping By: Basque to basics

Luis Vidart was born in a pretty stone house in the shadow of the Pyrenees Mountains. White with green trim, the 300-year-old house featured 3-foot-thick stone walls and high windows, designed to take ...

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, ...

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