Marcus Larson/News-Register##Remy Drabkin of Remy Wines punches down a tub of fresh 2020 Sangiovese grapes in early October. The process allows the grapes to ferment evenly. Drabkin, who serves on the McMinnville City Council and contributes to a number of local charities, was named Outstanding Junior Citizen this year.

Stopping By: Crafted by her hometown

Remy Drabkin has been active in the community most of her life. A McMinnville city councilor, Drabkin volunteered at the International Pinot Noir Celebration as a girl — her mother, Joan Drabkin, ...

Rohse: Brands: Forging a ranch's identity

Cattle ranchers cannot protect livestock from theft or loss as easily as they protect their greenbacks, credit cards and licenses tucked snuggly in billfolds and hip pockets. But they are fortunate that ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##John Mead and Jenny Berg’s recently finished house features green elements such as solar panels, 10-inch thick walls and a rainwater collection system.

Stopping By: New house has net-zero impact

Solar panels, extra-thick walls and a roof covered by soil and sedums will help keep John Mead and Jenny Berg’s new home cozy year-round. The net-zero home will produce as much energy as it uses ...

Rohse: Want to feel connection? Join the club

These days, along with virus germs being wafted around, there is a lot of loneliness. How welcome will be the return of those former convivial gatherings and enjoyable camaraderie. If you are feeling ...

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Michael Pollock holds Scrumpy, whom he adopted from Homeward Bound Pets. He doesn’t leave home without her — except when he goes to the store, since he won’t leave Scrumpy locked in his truck

Stopping by: A man and his dog

Scrumpy’s companionship makes all the difference in Michael Pollock’s clean life Michael Pollock thought he was a happy man. He had kicked a debilitating, 35-year drug and alcohol ...

Rohse: Proud to be a rare ‘galloneer’

The gallon or so of blood in our body is an amazing thing. Oh, the stories our blood tells our doctors. Oh, the incredible component parts it contains. Oh, its generosity in granting transfusions. Oh, ...

Carlson: To ignore or not to ignore

I admit I did have a premonition that jumping might become a problem with my darling Basset, Beau Dacious. John and I had driven to Sacramento to meet him and hopefully impress his breeder that we would ...

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Debbie Lockwood of Sheridan has been taking pictures since she was young. When she received her first digital camera, she said, she “took off,” taking hundreds of shots. She carries a camera everywhere.

Stopping by: She calls the shots

Local photographer’s work will be part of updated antique mall in Lafayette Debbie Lockwood has the right background for art photography. Her father, a minister, “always had a camera wherever ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register ## Harold Washington sits near the MV Advancements building. The nonprofit is one of the organizations he’s helped over many years of quietly contributing to the community.

Stopping by: In good company

Honored for civic work, Harold Washington says he can’t take all the credit   Harold Washington prefers to be known by the company he keeps. “My dad said if you want to be a good person, ...

Carlson: Bones of contention

Either people who write for dog magazines are into lists, or I tend to gravitate toward articles that include lists, since the organizational work is pretty much done for me. Happy Tails Nancy ...

Carlson: Zoom adds zip to pandemic-era training

Since I got my first basset hound puppy back in the 90’s I have had only one ambition for my dogs — to get them certified as therapy dogs. Back in those days I was working as a school counselor ...

Carlson: Is mischievousness in your dog

It is with a sigh of relief I report my basset hound puppy, Beau Dacious, now 18-months-old, but still very young at heart, has slowed down somewhat — quite a bit actually — with his destructive ...

Rohse: Handwashing was once a hard sell

How pleased Dr. Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis would be to note that handwashing is being stressed today as one measure to help control coronavirus. He was among the first to focus on the importance of handwashing, ...

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Robin Miguel prepares vegetables at the Soup Kitchen @ St. Barnabas. She said she enjoys the creative challenge afforded by donations from gardeners in the community.

Stopping by: She lives a philosophy of giving

Soup kitchen chef wants everyone to have access to nutritious meals Robin Miguel hitchhiked across the country looking for the meaning of life, and found it: helping others, especially by feeding ...

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Facilitators Chelsie Sanders and Tierney Ferguson lead a Rethinking Barriers job skills class at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church. The course helps people who have faced barriers to employment, such as past drug use, prison or homelessness.

Putting their minds to it

Program helps job seekers let go of self-defeating beliefs and behaviors By STARLA POINTER Of the News-Register Some job seekers have already overcome major problems — gotten off drugs, ...

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