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Rockne Roll/News-Register##As Alex Penfold, left, steadies Jo Jo, Owen Amerson of Yamhill listens to the dog’s heart and lungs. Owen, who grew up on a farm, plans to become a veterinarian, a choice the week at Oregon State University confirmed.

Stopping By: Vetting a career path

McMinnville High School junior Jordan Montario had up-close exposure to a possible career last week at an Oregon State University program in veterinary science. “I want to experience everything,” ...

Rockne Roll/News-Register##Tiffany Henness takes her morning run on the linear trail in her West McMinnville neighborhood. She used to run in the evenings, she said, but morning workouts fit better with her busy lifestyle.

Stopping By: Running for life

Running changed Tiffany Henness for the better. As it happens, her new passion put her in the position to better someone else’s life, too. And Henness said, “My faith says it’s not luck, ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Al Arguedas, in front of his McMinnville home, has lived in the United States since 1964 and McMinnville since 1979. “I love this country,” he says. “It’s an honor to be here.”

Stopping By: Proud to be American

Al Arguedas loves the homeland he chose for himself. His choice was influenced by a remark in President John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s inaugural address of January 1961: “Ask not what your country ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##David Howard plays a hymn at First Presbyterian Church in McMinnville. He’s retiring this month after 28 years as the church’s organist. “My playing is worship,” he says.

Stopping By: Playing for God

Organist David Howard slipped on special shoes — snug leather uppers with heels and soles that slide easily across the pedals — before he sat down at the keyboard in the McMinnville ...

Rockne Roll/News-Register##Gary May, top left, offers treats to George, Leonie and Gracie as his wife, Susan, looks on at their home in McMinnville. The three mastiffs are the Mays’ personal pets.

Stopping By: Big dogs, big hearts

Susan and Gary May have helped more than 240 English mastiffs in the decade they've been running a rescue and adoption program for the breed. They remember each of the massive dogs as an individual. There's ...

Rockne Roll/News-Register##Jerry Perry, right, and other American Legion Riders prepare for a group ride to Dayton at American Legion Post 21 in McMinnville. They went to support Rider Jim Connolly, who was playing with Second Winds in the Dayton park.

Stopping By: Help on wheels

The desire to help veterans brings them together. The thrill of the open road binds them. The roar of a dozen or two powerful motorcycles carrying American flags? That gets them noticed. Stopping ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Square dance caller Leonard Snodgrass calls out each move during the Braids & Braves dance. Snodgrass said he has to plan the calls so couples end up together.

Stopping By: Beyond the call

Braids & Braves square dancers wouldn’t do-si-do without Leonard Snodgrass, the “caller” who tells them when to step forward or back, turn right or left, or spin their partners. “For ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Nate and Jennie Ramer partner at a Braids & Braves dance. Four couples form a square that moves according to directions from the caller.

Stopping By: Hip to be square

The music might be “All About That Bass” or a Macklemore song, but the dance moves will still include sashays, pass-throughs and allemande lefts and rights, with a few do-si-dos sprinkled in. ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Rhonda Robins poses with the friendly scarecrow she made to resemble her dad, Milt Robins, who loved to garden. His overalls, shirt and glasses adorn the scarecrow.

Stopping By: One of a kin

A very special scarecrow greets visitors to Rhonda Robins’ McMinnville garden. Tall and smiling, the scarecrow resembles her late father, Milt, who joined her mother, Ruth, in starting the garden. ...

Marcus Larson / News-Register##John Castle and Dewdrop in one of Castle’s small greenhouses. He enjoys propogating plants here. Dewdrop likes watching the chickens in the adjacent coop.

Stopping By: Tending the Castle garden

The “grandfather tree,” a venerable Douglas fir so large it would take at least half a dozen children to link their hands around it, stands watch over the Castle place. So do an array of native ...

Rockne Roll/News-Register##Kaylee Williams, right, shows classmate Ashley Dickens her media alert bracelet during recess at Yamhill-Carlton Intermediate School. Kaylee was recently diagnosed with diabetes.

Stopping By: A canine for Kaylee

YAMHILL — Shortly after Kaylee Williams was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, she and her family visited some friends whose daughter also suffers from the disease.  The older girl’s service ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Kurt Gibson-Zeigler, who recently joined the ranks of docents at the Evergreen Aviation Museum, shows off a MIG fighter jet similar to the one he flew in India. A Royal Air Force pilot, he spent time 
on an exchange in India that happened to coincide with the 1971 Indo-Pakistani War.

Stopping By: Flying for queen and country

On Dec. 10, 1972, a few days after arriving at his new base in India, Royal Air Force pilot Kurt Gibson-Zeigler heard a sound he’d never expected — the winding blare of a klaxon, just like ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Benita Cole and Xena enjoy living in McMinnville, where a sunny bedroom serves as the artist’s studio.

Stopping By: With an artist's eye

Busy with her technology job, artist Benita Cole didn’t paint much for a few years. Then, when she tried again, her paintings didn’t meet her expectations. “I thought I couldn’t ...

Rockne Roll/News-Register##Nadya King, left, and Terra Stein paint in a section of Sepha Nisbet s Witness Tree in the Currents Back Door Studio in McMinnville.

Stopping By: Nurturing creativity

Everyone can be creative, according to Sepha Nisbet, artist, teacher and catalyst for others’ creativity. “I want to spark fire in people,” said Nisbet, who refers to herself as a creative. ...

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