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Beth Caster finds the positive wherever she goes, from downtown McMinnville to areas of the county where she’s showing property to potential buyers. She especially likes her real estate office in McMinnville, an airy building decorated with local art, much of it provided by friends.

Stopping by: Kindness first

McMinnville Realtor and civic booster Beth Caster lives her philosophy of treating others respectfully   Beth Caster always focuses on the positive. “Life is good,” reads the T-shirt ...

Rusty Rae News-Register ## Mark and Susan Gorrie enjoy growing all sorts
of flowers, from rhododendrons to roses. Their shaded back yard also includes a fish pond.

Yard of the month: Couple’s garden alive with fish, flowers, art

Susan and Mark Gorrie won’t be the only hosts welcoming guests during the McMinnville Garden Club’s annual garden tour this Sunday, June 12. Visitors also will be greeted by the koi ...

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Allen Fernandez and Ire Staten practice preparing a meal in their culinary classroom at McMinnville High School. Both qualified for the national SkillsUSA competition, which they will attend in mid-June.

Stopping By: Just add talent

National competition next on the list for two Mac High students who cook for culture and family For Allen Fernandez and Ire Staten, cooking and serving food is about family and culture. Both ...

Marcus Larson News-Register ## Beth Moline shows one way she uses the fruit of her favorite plant, the pineapple guava. She cuts the ripe fruit into chunks and lets it steep in gin.

Yard of the Month: Uncommon garden

Nurturing edible and unusual plants is hobby, therapy for Mac woman   Ruby rhododendrons, orange and yellow ranunculus — and the most impressive garlic ever — make passersby pause at ...

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Stopping by: Mac mayor moves on

Scott Hill leaves for Utah, with a fond look back at years of service to a town he’s loved for three decades   For Scott Hill, McMinnville will always be home. He and his wife, Donna, soon ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register ## Retiring teacher Robin Pederson sings along with her class, demonstrating how the different parts should sound. She said her final year at McMinnville High School has been a good one — especially since students have been able to return to rehearsals indoors.

Stopping by: Robin’s swan song

Retiring McMinnville High School music teacher Robin Pederson said she’s looking forward to seeing — and hearing — former students at her final concert in May. Pederson, ...

Marcus Larson News-Register ## American Legion volunteer Terry Naig serves Ken Godwin a biscuit during the Battle of the Branches breakfast last Satur- day. Navy and Coast Guard veterans were joined by members of other branches for the event.

Stopping by: Competitive camaraderie

Navy and Coast Guard veterans served up bacon, biscuits and gravy, and a hefty serving of humor at their edition of the McMinnville American Legion’s Battle of Branches breakfast April 2. “I’m ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register ## Jan Allen is a new volunteer with Edible Landscapes of Yamhill County, or Edible Yamhill for short, which encourages growing vegetables and fruits wherever possible. Allen, who runs Heater Allen Brewing with her family in the Gateway District of McMinnville, is hoping to learn more about plants when she helps with Edible Yamhill’s container demonstration gardens along Alpine Avenue this summer.

Stopping By: Ready to dig into gardening

Edible education sprouts for Jan Allen, as a love of plants grows along Alpine Avenue   Jan Allen is looking forward to planting and tending one of Edible Yamhill’s big container gardens along ...

Rusty Rae News-Register ## Cami Nyquist found a way to link e-com- merce with help- ing local charities.

Stopping by: Spokes of giving

Why does Cami Nyquist devote her time to a company that collects used items, sells them to raise money for charity and, in doing so, trains individuals and nonprofits how to use the Internet to ...

Rusty Rae/News-Register##Ray Crain, Linfield University Black Student Union president, reflects on programs for Black History Month. “Racism is still with us,” he said. “I want people to see us like us, not like a color.”

Stopping by: The struggle to be seen, heard

Linfield University master’s degree candidate Ray Crain, who goes by “Ray Ray,” likes to carry his research materials and other belongings in his backpack. It’s handy, and he always ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Local woodworker Dan Heins describes the many different kinds of products he creates for customers, including finely crafted wood bowls that he turns  on his lathe.

Stopping By: Beauty by turns

Dan Heins shapes wood, restores vintage furniture and creates new items using talent that he says is not his own. Rather, he said, it’s God who’s responsible for his ability to cut and build ...

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Carlton Bakery pastry chef Lisa Bernard rolls a freshly prepared sponge cake with chocolate cream filling made with Valrhona chocolate, which is made near Bernard’s childhood home in the Rhône Valley of France. When decorated, the cake will resemble a log, a French Christmas tradition called “Bûche de Noël.”

Holiday Traditions: French native brings traditional Bûche de Noël log cake to Oregon Christmas

Series looks at traditions shared by local residents who grew up elsewhere

Rusty Rae/News-Register##Gary Brooks shows off the working miniature sawmill, which he reconstructed over 18 months at the Yamhill Valley Heritage Center. He also volunteers in the museum’s real sawmill. Both turn trees into lumber, the real mill for building projects and the tiny mill for rulers.

Stopping By: On history’s cutting edge

Railroad enthusiast Gary Brooks faithfully crafts working replica sawmill and other miniatures  

Submitted photo##Grandpa Rick John enjoys spending time on his small “ranch” with his grandkids, from left, Hannah, Lucy, Jackson, Oliver and Kameron.

Stopping by: A policy of giving back

When Rick John drives the streets of McMinnville, he notices familiar houses in every neighborhood. “I’ve been in that one, and that one, and that one,” he says to himself. Back ...