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Richard “Dick” Wood reminisces days before his 100th birthday. He was born Feb. 23, 1920, in Dayton, Ohio, and grew up admiring the Wright Brothers. He spent many years as a mechanic for United Airlines.

Stopping by: Everything airplanes

When a pilot scooped up young Richard “Dick” Wood and set him in the cockpit of a World War I plane in 1925, the 5-year-old was smitten. From that day onward, “everything was ...

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Bill Hall, who retired from the evidence room at the Portland Police Bureau, enjoys living in McMinnville. He and his wife, Carol, have been involved with the Yamhill County Historical Society and the SMART reading program. He also helps with the Band of Brothers vets group and coaches youth soccer.

Stopping By: A sailor’s life for him

When, on his first day of Navy boot camp, Bill Hall’s commanding officer told the men to write letters home to their mothers, Hall applied himself. It was about 2:30 a.m. when he took pen ...

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Nancy and Tom Paul do almost everything together, from reading the Bible to watching their granddaughters’ soccer games. Lucy, their Bichon Frise, is sitting on the couch to Nancy’s right.

Stopping by: Faith and family

Tom and Nancy Paul celebrated their first Valentine’s Day as husband and wife 50 years ago. They’d been married for two months. They were wed on Dec. 6, 1969, by a justice of the peace ...

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Erica Stockdale participates in Toastmasters as part of her efforts in the management track at Platt Electric. Her company supports the program, which teaches communication and leadership skills.

Stopping by: Speaking of Toastmasters ...

  Carolyn Smithrud made it through her first speech at the Toastmasters club. It wasn’t easy, and she didn’t think she did very well, but she made it through. Her second speech ...

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Dressed formally in kilts and ties, members of the McMinnville Celtic Alliance board fill the head table at the third annual Burns Supper. The event, hosted by the alliance, attracted more than 150 people, twice as many as last year.

Stopping By: For auld lang syne

Robert Burns was the guest of honor Saturday, Jan. 18, at the McMinnville Celtic Alliance’s annual celebration of Scotland’s favorite poet. Burns, who lived from Jan. 25, 1759, to ...

Rusty Rae / News-Register ## A voracious reader and a regular writer of short stories and novels, Denny Bershaw relaxes in his McMinnville home with Bill Bryson’s latest book, “The Body: A Guide for Occupants.”

Stopping By: Rider to writer

One thing led to another for Denny Bershaw. His parents, his dentist and his schoolmates led him to study dentistry. Dentistry led him to join the Army. Being stationed overseas fueled his nascent ...

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Evan Ewing loves singing, playing roles on stage and competing in speech. The McMinnville High School senior, who hopes to become a professional actor, will perform at Jazz Night Saturday, Jan. 25.

Stopping by: Born for the stage

Evan Ewing has always had a passion for the arts — singing, dancing, performing in general. No wonder, since he was born into a family that lives and breathes theater, speech and music. His ...

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 ## Katie Porter visits the McMinnville Aquatic Center, where she swam while growing up and coached as a young adult. Hearing fellow swimmers talk about injuries inspired her to pursue physical therapy.

Stopping By: Making a world of difference

When physical therapist Katherine “Katie” Porter started swimming as a child, she didn’t realize she was beginning to train for her future career. If she became a therapist or ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register ## Gerardo Partida holds the first gift he ever gave to his mother, a postcard with his picture on it. He made it in May of 1972, when he was an 11-year-old boy in Campo General, Mexico.

Holiday traditions: The gift of education

One of the best gifts Gerardo Partida ever received was a bicycle — not because it was something to play with, but because it made getting to school not only easier, but possible. The bike ...

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Ollie Johnson and his wife, Ramona, both can speak some Norwegian, the language of his heritage. His parents wanted him to speak English as a child, but he studied Norwegian in school. She learned a little from a roommate of Norwegian heritage, she said, but not words she can repeat in public.

Holiday Traditions: ‘Jul’ is more joyful these days

  Christmas wasn’t much of a celebration during the Great Depression in North Dakota. But when Olaf “Ollie” Johnson was a little boy, his mother managed to prepare some ...


Traveling the world one conversation at a time

During my first December in McMinnville, in 1978, a Saturday stretched ahead of me. My Linfield College roommate was on the way to Portland, along with several other residents of Grover Hall, so ...

Marcus Larson / News-Register## The Martins family -- Meghan, Gabriela, Gisele and Murilo -- decorate their tree for Christmas. They sometimes see snow during the holidays in McMinnville, something Murilo would never have experienced in his native country, Brazil.

Stopping by: Swimming through the holidays

When Murilo Martins was a boy, Christmas meant asking Papa Noel for gifts, partying into the night with his grandparents and swimming in the surf a few blocks from his home. The ocean was always ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register ## The Hartzell family’s formal dining table is set with neutral decorations, topiary and eucalyptus leaves for the Christmas season.

Decorating for family and friends old and new

For Rori and Ryan Hartzell, Christmas is about getting together with family and old friends. This year, they’ll open their home to many new friends, as well, as they take part in the annual ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register ## Natalia Novikoff shows off the favorite of her paintings, “Late Motherhood,” which depicts her cousin with her newborn. Novikoff has painted many scenes of her family and homeland since moving from Russia in 2010.

Holiday traditions: Snow in Russia, art in America

Artist Natalia Novikoff misses snow — real, Russian snow, the kind that once nearly covered her grandmother’s house or fell on the ice castles and slides her town built for the winter ...

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