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Rockne Roll/News-Register## Doreen VanTyne at Studio L Salon in McMinnville. She has a more regular schedule these days; for years, she traveled to filming locations to style actors’ hair.

Stopping By: Lights! Camera! Hair! Makeup!

Who’s the most challenging client for a hair stylist? Rapunzel, perhaps? Doreen VanTyne of Lafayette has met her. She styled the fairytale princess’s lengthy braid for an episode of “Grimm,” ...

Rockne Roll/News-Register##Priscilla Heinzman shows some of her prize-winning quilts in her Dayton home. She, her mother and her sisters inspire one another to sew and make crafts.

Stopping By: Big quilts, small quilts, doll quilts, wall quilts

DAYTON — Priscilla Heinzman works for months or years on some projects, sewing together tiny pieces to make one-of-a-kind quilts. Other times, she rapidly turns out five smaller quilts — designed ...

Rockne Roll/News-Register##Susan Read discovers fascinating details as she pores over historical records at the Yamhill County Historical Society museum.

Stopping By: Volunteers work together to finish history book

Dedicated volunteers are keeping track of the history of Yamhill County and help teach others about it. Some Yamhill County Historical Society volunteers spend time running events like Harvest Fest, which ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Longtime firefighter and law enforcement officer Steve Warden loves being part of the community. Someday, though, he’d like to live in a more remote area with horses, cattle and quiet.

Stopping By: Being neighborly

Long before he became a firefighter himself, Steve Warden saw neighbors and family friends volunteering their time and effort to put out fires, administer first aid and assist people in myriad other ways. It ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Olivia Cheser has always loved music, especially singing and playing her cello. Next year, she will play in an orchestra at Oregon State University, where she will major in music production.

Stopping By: Hometown strings

YAMHILL — Olivia Cheser can’t remember a time when she didn’t live in Yamhill. She was 2 months old when her parents, who met as students at Yamhill-Carlton High School, moved back to ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Jason Kiff will spend plenty of time at his keyboard as a computer science major at Oregon State University this fall. When not studying, he plans to play drums and run.

Stopping By: Forward, march

If everything goes the way Jason Kiff hopes, he will be on the field in Oregon State University’s Reser Stadium this fall.  But not in a Beaver football jersey. Instead, the freshman will be ...

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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