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Jason James, a pilot for American Airlines, stands in front of the 747 parked at the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum. James plans to turn the behemoth into a classic aviation-themed tasting room, transforming the empty cargo craft into an elegant experience where he ll share his love of wine and flying.

Stopping by: Staying on a jet plane

Airline Capt. Jason James fell in love with aviation in 1969, when he was 5 years old. Aboard the Boeing 707 taking his family from their native Trinidad to a new home in New York City, he gasped ...

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Vietnam veteran Prather reflects on his time flying Huey helicopters during the war. For years, he didn t talk about his service, but now he tells stories as a docent at the Evergreen Aviation Museum.

Stopping by: Life-changing moments

Vietnam veteran, museum docent looks back on service   As the 2010-11 school year approached, Lonnie Prather’s six youngest grandchildren went shopping for clothing and supplies. Prather took ...

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Lea Sea, a certified registered nurse anesthesiologist, works with patients at McMinnville’s Willamette Valley Medical Center and travels to Africa to help with surgeries through the GhanaHope Foundation.

Stopping by: ‘Helping is ingrained in who I am, what I do’

Anesthesiologist Lea See spends most days working in the operating room at Willamette Valley Medical Center. But through the McMinnville-based GhanaHope Foundation, she’s also had a chance to help ...

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Susan Howard watches as Herbie enjoys a conversation with John Corona, 9, during a visit to the McMinnville Public Library. Howard and Herbie take part in the library’s Read to a Dog program on the fourth Friday of each month.

Stopping By: Short and sweet

The baby bulldog earned his official name when he burrowed into Ross Howard’s beard and fell asleep against his neck. “He just snuggles up to us,” Susan Howard declared to her ...

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Jessi Adrian and Martin Solano both have been associated with movies all their lives. They met when he visited her video store looking for films; soon, he said, he was coming to the store to see her, instead.

Stopping by: Times change, but movie rental store keeps rolling

It’s a good thing Martin Solano and Jessi Adrian are movie buffs. Owners of The Reel Hollywood Video, McMinnville’s sole remaining video rental store, Adrian and Solano have to know ...

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Mother dog Brooklyn, center right, and several of her year-old offspring run around Amity City Park during a first-birthday reunion. Eight of the nine young Labradoodles made it to the party.

Stopping by: A furry family reunion

AMITY — Half the family rushed to the entry gate when Sarge arrived at the reunion. The firstborn of nine, Sarge had earned her nickname because she started barking orders at her sisters ...

News-Register file photos ## Holly Spencer has been acting at Gallery Theater since she was a teenager. One of her recent roles include the seductive Mrs. Robinson in the current production of “The Graduate.”

Stopping By: Life in character

As a very shy girl, young Holly Spencer never would have guessed she’d be playing the bold Mrs. Robinson in a stage version of “The Graduate.” In fact, during her elementary ...

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Scott Law, in his office at the Amity Fire Station, says he’s “very, very happy” to have the chance to serve the district in a professional capacity.

Stopping by: A burning desire to serve

Longtime volunteer firefighter and EMT is now a division chief One of Scott Law’s earliest memories involves a Christmas morning fire at the Flying M Ranch west of Yamhill. Law, now division ...

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Gregg and Rachel Spiegelman bought their farm near Yamhill and Carlton, in part so that their two sons, Drew and Jake, could grow up with animals. Farm life allows them more family time, too. “We want a nicer, less stressful lifestyle,” Rachel said.

Stopping by: Making way for ducklings

  June 12 was a most exciting day at Drake Farms near Yamhill. The babies arrived. Gregg and Rachel Spiegelman had been preparing for ages, almost as if they were about to add a third ...

Rusty Rae/News-Register##Emmy, Leah and Cody Wilson think they’ll score a bull’s eye with their new business, West Coast Axe, located on First Street in McMinnville. Throwing axes offers “stress-relief, competition and, most of all, fun,” Leah says.

Stopping By: Opening axe

Watching her daughter, Emmy, aim tomahawks during Boy Scout camp gave Leah Wilson the idea for a new cutting-edge business: West Coast Axe. “For stress-relief, competition and, most of all, fun,” ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Laurien Hamilton enjoys spending time in her backyard. A health care program manager, she calls herself an extrovert by training but an introvert by nature.

Stopping By: Quieting the mind

Sometimes we run into barriers that stop us or slow us down. To McMinnville resident Laurien Hamilton, the most daunting barriers are emotional ones we impose on ourselves or accept when others thrust ...

Marcus Larson / News-Register ## Derek Easterday spearheaded an Eagle Scout project to clean up the area around the windsock at the McMinnville Airport and repaint the surrounding markers in orange and white, so pilots can see them better.

Stopping by: Scout aims for ‘work that I’m proud of’

  When 9-year-old Derek Easterday became a Cub Scout, he was probably thinking more about fun and friendship with fellow members of Pack 454 than about community service. But as he grew ...

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Patty and Rick Sorensen have roots in the UK. The sheep remind them of those roots, as well as greet visitors.

Stopping by: Creature features

Birds flock to the Patty and Rick Sorensen’s yard, turning the expansive garden into an avian version of Carnegie Hall. “I love their song,” Patty said, watching and listening ...

Rusty Rae/News-Register ## Artist Tricia Wente, pictured in her Lafayette studio, used pastels to create her portrait of 2018 Rose Festival Queen Kiara Johnson.

Stopping By: Personalities in paint

LAFAYETTE — Tricia Heiser Wente has painted portraits of children, businessmen, families, even royalty — one of her more recent works is the official portrait of 2018 Rose Festival ...

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