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Chloe the mule, with friend Alvin the pony in the background, loves giving rides to Jessica Reber and her 2 1/2-year-old daughter, Hazel. Chloe is a gentle, patient animal, Reber said.

Stopping By: Hybrid vehicle

  Chloe is looking forward to some fun: Many other mules and horses will be joining her at the Flying M Ranch for the Oregon Mule Skinners’ 35th annual Memorial Day Trail Ride. Just ...

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Dave Merz, who runs Carlton Valley Honey, offers three varieties in his shop, all named for the flowers from which his bees collect nectar: poison oak, forest flowers and blackberry.

Sweet as honey

Dave Merz’s great-great-grandparents kept bees in Switzerland before they immigrated to the U.S. in the 1880s. Two generations later, Merz donned a protective hood and jacket and became a beekeeper ...

The buzz on bees and honey

* Bees can't see white or red. Beekeepers often uses hives that are white so they appear neutral, and non-threatening, to bees. Merz paints his hives pale yellow, aqua, green and gray to help his bees ...

Shop offers Carlton Valley Honey

Three kinds of honey are available from Dave Merz's Carlton Valley Honey shop. They are named for the flowers from which bees gathered nectar to make the honey: Poison oak, blackberry and wild forest. ...

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Margaret “Marg” Johansen was known among fellow weavers for her innovative techniques and artistic eye. The longtime McMinnville resident died in 2004, the year this photo was taken.

Stopping By: Woven legacy

Katia Johansen, a textile conservationist who worked for the Danish royal family, flew from Denmark to Oregon in April to look at the tapestries created by her mother, the late Margaret Johansen. Well-known ...

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Marilyn MacGregor, Susanne Beukema and Pat Fritz, co-chairs of the Yamhill County Master Gardeners’ annual plant sale, prepare for the event.

Stopping by: Transplants thrive in gardening wonderland

Gardening in Oregon is a joy, according to Yamhill County Master Gardeners Susanne Beukema, Pat Fritz and Marilyn MacGregor. The three women don’t say that lightly. Their words are backed ...

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McMinnville High School senior Molly Janssen said she’s proud of herself and her friends for learning to stand up for themselves and persevere. Directing this year’s Mission Mac High pageant gave her a confidence boost.

Stopping by: Center stage and behind the scenes

Mac High senior finds purpose in performing arts Molly Janssen loves putting on a show, whether that means singing on stage at Gallery Theater or directing the action for the Mission Mac High ...

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Juanita Layton with some of the formal gowns she sells at Grandma’s Weddings. She’s been making wedding items for her shop for 38 years.

Stopping By: Grandma wants every bride to be her best

Perched in her rocking chair, Juanita Layton waited for customers to visit her shop, which is filled with clouds of tulle, silk and satin. “Wedding dresses! I love ‘em,” said ...

Rusty Rae/News-Register ## Bethany Lee began to enjoy writing as an adult. Her first book of poetry will be published this spring.

Stopping By: Rhythm of music, rhythm of words

Lafayette writer Bethany Lee’s poetry is influenced by rhythms and sound. The rhythm of music. The rhythm of the waves and the sound of the wind. The sound of feedback from her first readers ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register ## Dunk built a miniature 1920s-era casket maker’s office, which he plans to use in the town he’s creating to surround his outdoor model railroad.

Stopping by: Scaling down

On a certain scale, Jim Dunk is a land baron. His McMinnville yard is large enough to hold the equivalent of miles of railroad track, a mining operation and many associated buildings. There’s ...

Rusty Rae/News-Register ## Jim Phillips joined the Yamhill Fire Department in the late 1970s, when almost all its calls were for chimney or field fires. He switched to the fire board in 1988 to continue his community service work

Stopping by: Answering the call

YAMHILL — Jim Phillips and his wife, Cathy Laughlin Phillips, were having dinner one evening in 1978 when a fire truck pulled up outside. It wasn’t the first time Yamhill firefighters ...

Rusty Rae/News-Register ## McMinnville High School senior Keelie Grasley, pictured here with her painting, “Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution.”

Stopping by: With realism and humor

Keelie Grasley worked carefully to make the face on her painting, "Charles Darwin's Theory of Evolution," look exactly like that of the famed scientist. In fact, the McMinnville High School senior ...

Rusty Rae/News-Register ## Although it’s been less than a decade since she started walking for exercise, Ruth Mendes da Costa has collected dozens of medals for finishing 5K, 10K and half-marathon events.

Stopping by: One step at a time

If Ruth Mendes da Costa were to wear every medal she’s brought home from half-marathons, 10Ks and 5Ks, she wouldn’t be able to stand upright or take a step — the hardware would ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register ## Dunk built a miniature 1920s-era casket maker’s office, which he plans to use in the town he’s creating to surround his outdoor model railroad.

Stopping by: Scaling down

On a certain scale, Jim Dunk is a land baron. His McMinnville yard is large enough to hold the equivalent of miles of railroad track, a mining operation and many associated buildings. There’s ...

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