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Marcus Larson/News-Register##Tom Miller talks about his old 1950 Chevrolet he drove as a teenager; he now has the same model, only this one is painted green.

Stopping By: Hard work, luck make a happy life

A lifelong McMinnville resident, Tom Miller can tell you who owned what, who did what, where and when it happened, and numerous other details of local life over the past 70-plus years. How cold was the ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Evonne Cramer took art classes from teacher Harry Dawson when she was a student at McMinnville High School in the 1950s. She said she wasn’t serious about her painting until 20 to 25 years ago, though.

Soaking up the scenery

Artist Evonne Cramer likes to set up her easel, paper and watercolors in a scenic spot — a practice called plein air painting. But she doesn’t just paint the scene in front of her; she has ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##After going through breast cancer themselves, Caitlin Sticka and Michelle Joel decided to reach out to other women who’ve suffered from the disease. Their non-profit With Courage provides care packages and a support group.

Stopping By: The color of courage

Women start program to support others facing the challenges of breast cancer

Rusty Rae/News-Register##Gretchen and Steve Jones are in the process of retiring from their Select Seed farm, which has been in the family for 100 years. To their left is grandson Nathan Jones and warehouse manager Jason Galbreath.

Stopping By: Century on the farm

When Henry W. and Minta Jones bought a 640-acre parcel spanning both sides of the South Yamhill River in 1918, they probably didn’t think his descendants would still be farming there 100 ...

Rusty Rae/News-Register##The late Milly Armstrong collected scraps from outfits she made for her daughter, Gay, for many years before finishing her Sunbonnet Sue quilt. The piece features 30 Sues in a variety of activities, from skating to walking her dog.

Stopping By: A quilt named Sue

Eighteen-month-old Gay Welliver posed in her favorite dress — white with little pink roses beside her new baby brother’s crib in a photo announcing the expansion of Colin and Milly Armstrong’s ...

##Youngsters dive and frolic in the concrete pool on Star Mill Way in 1947, with the old mill still standing in the background. The pool was built in 1934 with help from the Works Progress Administration. Swimmers loved it, despite the cold water.

Stopping By: Diving into history

After a day spent picking beans or other crops, teenager Connie (Howard) Heim raced home to shower and grab her swimsuit. Then she pedaled her bike along West Second Street to the city swimming pool, ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Sawyer Cook peers through a giant telescope, which allows him to see Jupiter during an evening star party in Carlton.

Stopping By: Star struck

CARLTON — As the sun sinks, Venus appears in the west, high above the coastal foothills. It’s a brighter dot in a still-bright sky, becoming more visible to the naked eye by the minute ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Rebecca Siegfried, creator of Dr. Lucy products, was inspired by the way European women make skin care part of their lifestyle, she said. A poster in her office shows a window view of Paris.

Stopping By: Natural beauty

Rebecca Siegfried’s ancestors came from Europe — her paternal line from Berlin, Germany, and the Alsace region of France; her maternal side from Germany and Ireland. She was thrilled to have ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Artist Adam Rupniewski discusses one of his favorite pieces, titled “Lofty Room.” It’s his jazzy interpretation of “A Man Seated Reading at a Table in a Lofty Room” created by one of Rembrandt’s pupils.

Stopping By: See for yourself

Artist Adam Rupniewski finds creative stimulation in places and things, in music and prose, in reality and in dreams. The latter sparked much of the work he’s currently showing at the McMinnville ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##The Yamhill County Fair’s open class superintendent, Alice Howell, says she never knows what items will be submitted for judging. “It’s always fun to see what comes in,” she said.

Stopping By: Friend of the fair

As a youngster in La Grande, Alice Howell loved entering the county fair.  Her family had a large garden, and she and her two brothers marked off smaller squares for their 4-H plots. At fair time, ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Susan West and Elizabeth Hill check details on the wine country section of the tree skirt, which has “spokes” sewn to each side. The completed piece will be displayed in Washington, D.C.

Stopping By: Sewing circle

Picture the center circle of a basketball court. Now picture it made of cloth and covered with Oregon highlights: lighthouses along the coast, Multnomah Falls, Native American symbols, Crater Lake, the ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##As Hamlet, Brandon Vilanova of Penguin Productions performs a scene on the troupe’s outdoor stage near Newberg. Penguin is staging a shortened version of Shakespeare’s play.

Stopping By: Field of plays

In a field near Newberg, under the sun or the stars, a dozen actors will bring classic plays to life over the course of three weekends starting Thursday. They call themselves “penguins,” their ...

Rockne Roll/News-Register##Youngberg Hill owner Wayne Bailey inspects vines in the Jordan Block of his vineyard.

Stopping By: Nature and nurture

Wayne Bailey is a farmer, first and foremost. He learned to love and respect the land while growing up in Iowa, where he helped his father run a 450-acre farm. They grew corn, oats, soybeans and ...

Rockne Roll/News-Register##David Lowe patrols for weeds around a group of succulents. A gravel path travels alongside the property line in the backyard.

Stopping By: In the garden

Birdsong comprises the soundtrack to David and Janet Lowe’s McMinnville garden. There’s a frog band, too, perched around the edges of a bowl filled with succulents. But the amphibious musicians ...

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