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Rusty Rae/News-Register##Terry and Jody Hall are building a new home in Carlton. The owner of Square Deal Construction, Terry usually does remodeling, but he said yes to a house that fits his wife’s love of castles.

Stopping By: A home fit for royalty

Soon a knight in shining armor will have a home in Carlton. A real knight, in real armor, albeit a tiny version. But the statue will live in a castle, which is under construction on the east side ...

Rusty Rae/News-Register##Sharon and Owen Johnson stand among their flags, including examples from different periods in American history. They display them every day on Wallace Road in McMinnville.

Stopping By: Flags forever

Every day is flag day for Owen and Sharon Johnson of McMinnville. While many people put out flags in honor of the recent Memorial Day weekend, the Johnsons display theirs every day. And not just ...

Rusty Rae/News-Register##Horticulture student Gabriella Neal, left, talks with teacher Brian Altree in Mac High’s greenhouse, where students are growing seedlings for Saturday’s Edible Landscapes plant giveaway. In the background is Lazlo Tyler.

Stopping By: Seeds of learning

Brian Altree likes a good surprise, especially in the garden. “I like to grow perennial flowers that die back after the first frost,” said Altree, struggling to name just one favorite ...

Rachel Thompson/News-Register##Stan Varuska, a native of Carlton, relaxes at home near Gaston. A veteran, he continues his activities with the Carlton Memorial Post of the American Legion – including making sure flags are posted on patriotic holidays.

Stopping By: A purposeful life

U.S. Navy veteran Stan Varuska has continued serving his country and community through membership in the American Legion. Among other duties, he has overseen the flag program for his post, Carlton ...

Rachel Thompson/News-Register##Jason Gonzalez and his parents, Juan Gonzalez and Rosalba Gonzalez-Carrillo, have returned to McMinnville with their food truck, Tacos El Paraiso, which is decorated with paintings of agave. The truck is typically parked at Lafayette Avenue and 13th Street.

Stopping By: 'A good team'

Back when their children were young, Juan Gonzalez and Rosalba Gonzalez-Carrillo were looking for jobs that would allow them to work while caring for the kids. They wanted something different than ...

Rusty Rae/News-Register##Janet Gahr and Brian Bailey enjoy a laugh in the business they’ve owned for more than 35 years, Incahoots. They enjoy greeting customers and working with the plants and gifts available in their shop at 905 N.E. Baker St., McMinnville.

Stopping By: A creative place

It’s always the season for planting and growing at Incahoots, a business that thrives on change

Rachel Thompson/News-Register##Eunice McAvoy of Lafayette reflects on her long life as she prepares to cut into one of several birthday cakes she’s eaten this year in honor of turning 107. McAvoy credits God for her longevity, as well as her happiness over the years. Among other activities, she has enjoyed painting china plates and tiles and serving as a supervisor for china painting at the Yamhill County Fair.

Stopping By: A faith-filled life

A couple years ago, Eunice McAvoy bought an airline ticket for a trip to Texas so she could visit her daughter. The Lafayette resident filled out the paperwork with her birthdate and other details. When ...

Rachel Thompson/News-Register##Kathy and Wayne Beckwith plan to return to India as volunteers at an international school that promotes peace. They first went there as Peace Corps volunteers soon after they married in the 1960s.

Stopping By: The Beckwiths' Call

Kathy Beckwith and her husband, Wayne, are looking forward to returning to India, where they started their marriage as Peace Corps volunteers and where they have spent time helping at a school on several ...

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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, ...