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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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Donna Reynolds examines a pretty glass as she sorts through household items donated for the Presbyterian Church rummage. She said she’s seen some unusual items during the sorting process, such as a Swedish rubber band.

Stopping By: Running the show

McMinnville woman steps into lead role to preserve beloved rummage sale Donna Reynolds was 7 years old when McMinnville Presbyterian Church started its annual rummage sale, which draws hordes ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register ## Robert Walker is working on distributing his late friend Dick Miller’s collections to good homes. Right now, they fill his garage.

Stopping by: A strange and precious inheritance

When handyman Robert Walker began helping Richard and Ruth Miller with the upkeep on their house, he had no idea what a great friendship they’d develop — or that his relationship with ...

Rusty Rae/News-Register ## Steve Rupp has been an advocate for public art since he moved to McMinnville in 1998. He said the art enhances his favorite city.

Stopping by: Motivated by beauty

Science and art may seem like opposites, but retired electronics engineer Steve Rupp sees parallels between his career and his passion for sculpture, paintings and performance. “Art and ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register ## Muriel and Miles Dresser met in McMinnville, graduated from Linfield College, and returned a few years ago after retiring. They said they love living at Hillside Retirement Community.

Stopping by: Meeting of the minds

One Valentine’s Day, Miles Dresser and Muriel Dresser shopped separately for greeting cards that would express their love. Each found the perfect card, with gentle humor as well as affection. When ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register ## Milton Roten enjoys getting lunch at Coyote Joe’s every Monday, Thursday and Friday. He’s in good health and, at 100, boasts that he can eat whatever he wants — including cookies.

Stopping by: A good, long life

WILLAMINA — Week in and week out, Milton Roten hosts a Bible study at his home. He opens his large-print King James version, which he keeps within reach of his favorite chair, and reads and ...

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Emma Monteith starts shaping clay during ceramics class at Dayton High School. “You never know what your gonna make at the start.” she said. “This time it just happened to be a vase.”

Stopping by: Exploring opportunities

DAYTON — In her essay for the Daughters of the American Revolution good citizenship contest, Emma Jo Monteith called the U.S. “awe-inspiring.” “We have many opportunities ...

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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 ...

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