By Molly • Molly Walker • 

Freelin-Wade helps See Ya Later

A check for $6,184 has been presented to the “See Ya Later” Foundation by employees of Freelin-Wade, which operates a plastic tubing plant in the McMinnville Industrial Park.

The Freelin-Wade fundraising committee, known as The Force, choses a local nonprofit each year for a series of fundraising events. The year-long series includes everything from a Valentine candygram to a Civil War chili cook-off.

The events are also designed to raise awareness for the beneficiary.

“See Ya Later” was inspired by 12-year-old Scott Banke, who died of cancer. It awards youth camp scholarships, sponsors the “Seeds of Hope” support program for families facing life-threatening medical conditions, and awards memorial scholarships in Banke’s name to graduating seniors fromYamhill County schools.

Melissa Weideman, who chaired Freelin-Wade’s 2013fundraising effort, said, “This was a great year. We’re not a big company, but so many people came together and worked so hard for this. I’m proud of this accomplishment.”

Weidman said the events were fun for the employees. She said they were joined in many cases by other members of the community in helping out.



The seasonally adjusted jobless rate for Yamhill County dropped to 6.6 percent in December, compared to 7.0 for the state as a whole, according to the state Employment Department. That represents an improvement from November’s 6.8 percent, continuing a trend.

For the year, the county added a net 580 non-farm jobs, a 1.9 percent increase. Private non-farm employment was up 650, but public sector employment was down 70, partially offsetting the gain. Manufacturing accounted for 360 of the new private sector jobs and construction for 60.

From November to December, total non-farm employment dropped 560. However, that figure represents an improvement on a seasonal loss normally running 580.

The county now has a total civilian labor force of 47,727. Some 3,146 were listed on the local unemployment roll.




Kevin Hudson has been named manager of the Occupational Medicine Clinic at McMinnville’s Willamette Valley Medical Center.

He spent 15 years as an exercise physiologist, then managed clinics in Southwest Washington for seven years, before coming to Mac.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from Portland State University and a master’s in health care administration from Walden University, which offers online programs.

The clinic provides injured worker care, employment physicals and other services. For more information, contact Hudson at 503-435-6553 or



Sales are now underway in the 20-unit first phase of the Grapevines at Amity Park project. The developer is AR Amity LLC, the builder Coast to Coast Development and the marketerEcoPro Realty Group.

The homes, strung alongside Amity City Park and Salt Creek, start at $199,900. Detached and semi-detached, they feature three to four bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms and an array of sustainability features.

For more information, contact Elba Cox at 1-855-326-7767 or



A new Angela Estate tasting room will open this weekend in the space previously occupied by Paulee at 1410 S.W. Highway 99W in Dundee. Three other wineries will also be offering tasting at the facility — Evening Land Vineyards, Le Cadeau and Tertulia Cellars.

They will be joined by a second Babica Hen Café outlet. The original continues to operate at 15964 Boones Ferry Road in Lake Oswego.

For more information, call 503-636-45012.



The Amity-Dayton Community Cohort, a group of community members who were part of the leadership training program staged by the Ford Family Institute, is planning to stage a “Treasures of the Heartland” fundraiser to finance “gathering stations” in each community.

The fundraiser will run 5:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at Stoller Family Estate, 16161 N.E. McDougall Road in Dayton.

Tickets are $125 each. Only 72 will be sold.

Purchasers will be treated to live entertainment and a five-course dinner prepared by Chef Wendy Bennett. The event will also features live and silent auctions and a display of historical and classical modes of transportation, with photo options.

The “gathering stations” are expected to cost $15,000 each. They will feature informational kiosks, along with covered benches and bicycle racks.

For more information, contact Evonne Foshee at 503-864-2508 or Mary AnnStoller at 503-868-7173.



Kathy Stoler, owner of the La Rambla restaurant next door, is slated to open The Gem Creole Saloon on Sunday, Feb. 2, at 238 N.E. Third St. in downtown McMinnville.

La Rambla offers cuisine from Northern Spain. The new establishment will feature New Orleans-style Creole and Cajun cuisine, along with an array of large-screen television sets featuring sports coverage.

For more information, call Stoler at 503-435-7189.



A new Subway sandwich shop has opened at 146 Bridge St. in downtown Sheridan. It is situated just down the street from the high school.



Noel and Leigh Ann Jones have purchased the former home of the McMinnville International School at 533 N.W. Adams St. They are planning to move their business, Pacific Frame & Gallery, into the new quarters.

The gallery and frame shop is currently located downtown at 421 N.E. Third St.



Tamami Chocolates will be moving into La Bella Casa, at 406 N.E. Third St. in downtown McMinnville, on Feb. 1. The business previously shared space with Anthony Dell Cellars, which closed its Third Street tasting room in December.



The McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce has a greeters set for 8 to 9 a.m. Friday at Job Growers, located in the WorkSource Oregon Building at 370 N.E. Norton Lane.

Newberg’sChehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce has one scheduled for 8 to 9 a.m. Friday at Newberg Graphic offices at 500 E. Hancock St. It will feature Relay for Life.


Molly Walker, the News-Register’s business editor, can be reached at or 503-687-1272.

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