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Frank Maynard looks through a book by one of his favorite authors — cowboy poet Baxter Black — in a room featuring furniture Maynard built himself.

Stopping By: Nicer than he claims to be

No one would want to pick a fight with Frank Maynard. He grew up on a farm on Three Mile Lane, where, he said, “Dad used me as a forklift.” And the work developed his muscles. He further ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Lou Ann Goodrich looks through her portfolio of finished pieces, which usually start with photos of wildlife. Goodrich is an animal lover who is concerned about the environment.

Stopping By: Reality, with an artist's touch

DUNDEE — Artist Lou Ann Goodrich works hard to get just the right photographs, often going into the field to capture images of wild animals behaving naturally. But the photographs are only the beginning ...

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Linfield College visiting scholar Lily Lin shows off a traditional Chinese dress in her classroom on campus. Lin teaches language and Chinese culture classes.

Holiday Traditions: Fifteen days of festivities

For Lily Lin — known as Xiaoli Lin when she’s home in China — the New Year’s holiday is the major celebration of the year. Christmas is observed by many people in China, particularly ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##A Christmas tree decorates the living room of the Leahy family — parents Justin and Lindley, sons Ryder and Osian, and daughter Catalina. The Leahys live on Foothills Farm, near Carlton.

Holiday Traditions: Christmas pudding and a fox hunt

Justin Leahy celebrated childhood Christmases on a horse ranch in Ireland When Justin Leahy was growing up in western Ireland, Christmas began with Catholic Mass. He and his two brothers, one a year ...

Rockne Roll/News-Register##Gina Eggleton is excited about Christmas this year. Born in the Midwest, she grew up in England and celebrates the holidays with a mixture of British and American traditions.

Stopping By: Across the pond ... and back again

As her mother drove the chilly December highways from Iowa to New York, where the family would board a plane, 4-year-old Gina Eggleton clutched a wrapped gift. Her grandmother had told her not to open ...

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Ingo Nehls, a native of Germany, came to the U.S. to learn to fly helicopters, then started an aerial tour business. He runs Konect Aviation with his wife, Holly.

Holiday Traditions: Toy planes from the 'Christmas Man'

If Santa wanted to scope out the rooftops and chimneys of Yamhill County, he’d do well to call helicopter pilot Ingo Nehls. Nehls, who owns Konect Aviation with his wife, Holly, specializes in leading ...

Rockne Roll/News-Register##Connie Foster sews a garland for her outdoor Christmas tree, which will be on display during the Soroptimists’ annual holiday home tour. She also made a tablecloth and quilts for the event.

In the spirit of Christmas, friendship

Connie Foster’s McMinnville home is filled with spirit this season. The spirit of giving. The spirit of friendship. The spirit of Christmas. “Every room reminds me of new friends,” ...

Rockne Roll/News-Register##Kim and Nick Walton of Flag & Wire Coffee, pictured at their shop in the Granary District in McMinnville.

Stopping By: Running a good race

Coffee is more than a beverage to Nick and Kim Walton, proprietors of Flag & Wire Coffee house, roastery and distributorship in McMinnville’s Granary District.  It’s a way to bring ...

Submitted photo##During his visit to Washington, D.C., memorials, McMinnville’s Ken Vronman holds a photo of himself from his Coast Guard days in the Korean War era. His ship sailed waters off Korea, predicting the weather.

Stopping By: A moving experience for a veteran

McMinnville’s Ken Vronman usually goes steelhead fishing in the fall. This year, though, he’s put his rod aside and taken a different sort of trip — a very special one to see the memorials ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Bob and Sarah Marquis say they have loved their 35 years in Carlton. They moved to town when he became minister at the Carlton Assembly of God Church, from which they recently retired.

Stopping By: Guided by faith

Bob Marquis set out to be an educator and a coach. He loved young people almost as much as he loved sports, and found the perfect job in Stanfield, a small town near Hermiston. He could teach junior high ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Though he’s now retired, Vern Hinshaw visits Parkway Natural Foods several times a week for lunch and conversation. His daughter, Kathy, runs the store.

Stopping By: A wholesome life

89-year-old Vern Hinshaw has been nourished by faith, family and good food

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Jim Smith works in his McMinnville home studio, surrounded by his realistic pen-and-ink drawings and paintings. He taught himself to draw as a way to relieve stress.

Stopping By: Keeping it real

Jim Smith’s art echoes some of his many experiences and activities.  The cowboys and horses in his paintings are reminiscent of his youth on a cattle ranch at Selma, in Southern Oregon, and ...

News-Register file photo##Ellen Brittan managed Carlton Winemakers’ Studio for six years, in addition to serving on the boards of several state and local organizations, including the Oregon Wine Board and Visit McMinnville. She is now director of Linfield College’s wine studies program.

Stopping By: Grapes and gown

Ellen Brittan has long been fascinated with European culture — the foods, the wine and the languages in particular. It led her to major in French and Spanish language and literature in college, and ...

Rockne Roll/News-Register##Tanya Brauckman stores supplies and inventory in her “soap studio.” In addition to offering her products locally, she ships soaps to Dubai, where a partner sells them in an open-air market.

Stopping By: Clean living

Carlton soapmaker sticks to natural ingredients for her sudsy creations

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