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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 ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Rex Smith with his wife, Agnes, and their dog, Willow. Smith calls his wife his best buddy. Willow runs the house, he joked.

Stopping By: So many ways to help

Helping someone is the best thing a person can do, said Rex Smith, a pastor and veterans’ chaplain who spends his days listening and counseling. “If someone needs encouragement, comfort ...

Starla Pointer/News-Register##Robin Pederson taps out the beat as Newby Elementary’s after school choir rehearses an African number. She said she often chooses African tunes to teach students about musical rhythm.

Stopping By: For choir leader, singing is key to life

Years ago, choir singers were taught to stand still, blending their voices as an immobile unit. Not so with the choirs Robin Pederson directs at McMinnville High School and in the larger community.  Stopping ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Ben Frum grew up in McMinnville and caught the theater bug in Carol Scofield Burnett’s junior high drama class. He’s gone on to take part in more than 250 shows — but always backstage.

Stopping By: Set builder exiting the stage

Ben Frum may be building his final set at Gallery Theater.  After decades of involvement with most of the community theater’s productions, he’s ready to retire from the unpaid job. Not ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Dan Homeres often paints in his home office, which he also uses when writing poetry and fiction. Zelig, a Cairn terrier-dachshund mix, is his assistant.

Stopping By: 'Light is everything'

If you look closely at the scoreboards in Joe Dancer Park, where hundreds of McMinnville’s young people play ball each year, you’ll see more than just numbers indicating the number of runs, ...

Rockne Roll/News-Register##Jessica Solis, left, high-fives David Knuts during McMinnville High School’s Unified Sports basketball game against Forest Grove at The Furnace on Feb. 17.

Stopping By: Hustle and heart

Both unified sports basketball teams — the home team from McMinnville High School and the visitors from Forest Grove — cheered as an announcer introduced the players on a recent Wednesday night. Starting ...

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