Starla Pointer

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Peggy Gelbrich, right, helps Kathy Roth hold up her version of the “Magic of Winter” quilt. Roth and several other “Grange Girls” hope to show their versions of the pattern in Sisters this year.

Stopping By: Quilting camaraderie

Quilters lug their sewing machines, piles of fabric, patterns, scissors, rulers and other equipment to the McMinnville Grange once a month to cut, sew and finish projects. They could sew at home, without ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register ## McMinnville High School senior Mallory Mead, here with an acoustic guitar in a school practice room, is a member of the jazz band and Twilighters rhythm section. She’ll be among the performers at the upcoming Jazz Night fundraiser.

Jazz guitarist plays music in the moment

Mac High senior enjoys experimenting with sound For Mallory Mead, music is “a spiritual thing.” Whether she’s playing her guitar by herself or with fellow McMinnville High School musicians, ...

Rusty Rae/News-Register## Bob Moxley of Amity holds the helmet that took a bullet in Vietnam. Grazed and bleeding, he kept on fighting. He had just turned 19 at the time.

'Once you've died, you really start living'

Robert “Bob” Moxley looked through his scrapbook stuffed with memorabilia of his service in the Vietnam War — local currency; propaganda fliers offering rich rewards to American ...

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Brian Trent enjoys an afternoon walk near the McMinnville Community Center accompanied by his pastor, Shaun Strong. Trent often walks 10 to 13 miles in a day.

The road to wellness

When Brian Trent started his fitness routine, he said, “I huffed and puffed” after slowly walking only a few blocks. A year and a half later, he feels refreshed after walking three miles in ...

Mark and Julia Hamilton show off one of their collaborative works. Asked if they ever disagree on a joint project, Mark quipped, “Sure we argue, just not about art.” Rusty Rae/News-Register##

Holiday traditions: Art and Nutcrackers

  Art fills the walls of Mark and Julia Hamilton’s home — works by other local artists, as well as their own encaustic paintings. This Christmas season, they’ve added decorations ...

Rusty Rae/News-Register##The Gigenas gather around their white flocked tree. At left are dad Manuel, mom Nevenka and son Mateo. At right are daughters Ariana, Kyara and Malia.

Holiday Traditions: A marrying of cultures

For both Manuel and Nevenka Gigena, childhood Christmases meant church, parties, dancing and special foods such as roast lamb or pig. Nevenka celebrated in chilly Cleveland, Ohio, where her Croatian parents ...

Marcus Larson / News-Register##Chef Dario Pisoni, standing, enjoys greeting guests at his event center east of Carlton, Agrivino. In his native Italy, it’s common for chefs to leave the kitchen to talk with diners.

Stopping By: Loving the food of Christmas all year

When Dario Pisoni was growing up in northern Italy, Christmas celebrations — all celebrations, really — meant a trip to his paternal grandmother’s house. He helped his nonna cook the ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Angel and Isabel Aguiar discuss the various homemade ornaments adorning their tree, including ones featuring childhood pictures of their kids.

Holiday traditions: Keeping the faith

Christmas ended in Cuba two years before Angel Aguiar was born. Officially, at least. But Christians quietly kept celebrating. Their belief in God led them to ignore the dictates of Fidel Castro, ...

Marcus Larson / News-Register##Marti Crook is the second person from Soroptimist International of McMinnville to serve as regional governor. She’s also been president of the local club several times.

Stopping By: Leading with confidence

Marti Crook had always considered herself pretty quiet and not very outgoing. Yet there she was, standing in front of a room full of her peers at a Venture Club convention — an organization for ...

Rusty Rae/News-Register##The Humlie siblings, Bethany, Joshua and Manny, practice for their upcoming album release concert, which will be held Nov. 28 in the Crystal Ballroom in Portland.

Stopping By: We Three siblings stay in tune with one another

When he was a youngster, Joshua Humlie often told his younger sister and brother, Bethany and Manny, “Practice your instruments! You’ll thank me later!” He was parroting their parents, ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Edith “Duffy” Reynolds spends one day a week in the church office, in addition to her other volunteer work. A Linfield College graduate, she’s been a member of the McMinnville First Baptist Church since 1954, when she returned to town to teach at her alma mater.

Stopping By: At 90, looking back on a life of learning, teaching

When Edith Reynolds was a teen, her younger brothers started calling her “Duffy.” Stopping By Starla Pointer, who is convinced everyone has an interesting story to tell, has been ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##McMinnville’s Jerry Anton says he tries to depict energy and love in everything he paints. Before beginning, the retired commercial artist takes time to carefully think through his works, which are often inspired by sacred geometry and tai chi symbols. His paintings are on display through the end of the month in the Narthex Gallery at the McMinnville Presbyterian Church.

Positive energy: Jerry Anton's life is powered by art, meditation and optimism

Commercial artist and painter Jerry Anton depended on fine motor skills to make his living and his art. Yet he didn’t get upset when a stroke suddenly robbed him of the use of his right hand. ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Ann Widen shows off one of the decorative pumpkins she made with weathered boards her husband removed from their fence. The stems came from real pumpkins at Draper Farms.

Stopping By: Cranking out the crafts

Ann Widen grows real pumpkins outside in her garden and creates whimsical pumpkins inside in her craft room. She and her crafting partner, her husband Dave, work together to make all sorts of other decorations, ...

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