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Marcus Larson/News-Register##Harry Fuller peers through a spotting scope for a closer look at a large group of birds resting at Baskett Slough. He suggests new birdwatchers use binoculars with at least 8x40 power.

Stopping by: Pecking order

Edges are the best places to view birds — where the edge of a city meets the edge of a forest or where the water meets the land, according to master birdwatcher Harry Fuller. Edges contain a buffet ...

Rusty Rae/News-Register## Merica Ribali of McMinnville, a student at Western Oregon University, joins an evening prayer session at Church on the Hill.

Stopping by: Prioritizing prayer

Standing in a pew near the front of the Nazarene Church on the Hill’s sanctuary, Tina Chase lifted her hands high in the air as she began to pray. Raising her hands to God is “kind of a surrender,” ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register ## Leland Payne would rather spend time on his land among the trees, birds and wildlife, than he would sitting down for a newspaper interview.

Stopping by: For Yamhill tree farmer LeLand Payne, nature has always been the best teacher

LeLand Payne remembers walking over the hills and through the woods northwest of Yamhill as a boy in the late 1930s and ‘40s. He enjoyed every step — and he still does as he ...

Marcus Larson/ News-Register ## World War II Navy veteran Steve Bellanco holds a photo of himself not long after joining the Navy in 1943. Soon the 18-year-old he joined 10,000 others on a troop ship headed for the South Pacific. The trip was the first time he d seen the ocean.

Stopping by: A young man in the South Pacific

Christmases and New Year’s Days went by without much notice when Steve Bellanco was serving in the South Pacific during World War II. “We had the usual food, wholesome but nothing special,” ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Maggie, above, the “assistant innkeeper” at the The Carlton Inn Bed & Breakfast, greets visitors from her usual seat in the living room. She and her mom, Joka Moree, below, moved to the inn Dec. 5, 2016. Moree decorated the Carlton Inn with items and themes representing her Dutch heritage. Each bedroom is named for a Dutch painter, and tulips and other flowers fill every space.

Stopping By, Holiday Traditions: The Dutch house

As a child in The Hague, the capital of South Holland and the entire Netherlands, Joka Moree started the holiday season the evening of Dec. 5, when she and her two older brothers placed their shoes ...

Rusty Rae/News-Register##Brazil native Guilherme Brandao and his family, daughter Aline, son Rafael and wife Julie, have lived in Carlton four years. He became a citizen in June and was elected to the city council in November.

Stopping By, Holiday Traditions: Feliz Natal in São Paulo, Merry Christmas in Carlton 

When Guilherme Brandao was growing up in São Paulo, Brazil, Christmas meant getting together with extended family at his grandparents’ house.

They exchanged gifts at midnight. Kids knew the presents came from their parents or other relatives.

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Kate Miller, a native of Bangkok, Thailand, prepares a freshly cooked meal of pineapple chicken fried rice in her food truck, Kate’s Thai Cuisine.

Stopping by: Growing up in a ‘land of smiles’

Kate Miller didn’t grow up with Christmas.  In her native Thailand, residents observe New Year’s Eve and an even more important event marking the Buddhist new year, Songkran. The Songkran ...

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Minister Sam Aldridge plays with his dog, Abigail, who often accompanies him to work at the Willamina Free Methodist Church. She will receive Christmas suprises later this month.

Stopping by, Holiday Traditions: 'All about hope'

The Christmas season is a busy time for a minister. By Dec. 25, Willamina Free Methodist Pastor Sam Aldridge is usually worn out.  But that neither dampens his enjoyment of the season, nor the hope ...

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Meals on Wheels volunteer John Davis hands a meal to client Jimmy Wickman, who returned home just in time to receive the delivery. The two men shared a few words in the light rain before Davis drove off to the next stop.

Stopping by: Delivering meals, smiles

John Davis, 80, has always loved driving. John Davis drove trucks and tractor-trailer rigs for the U.S. Postal Service, from which he retired after 41 years. He still enjoys driving, particularly ...

Rusty Rae/News-Register ## Mike Freeman, current president of Friends of the Library, and Neil Kunze, past president, prepare books for the fundraising book sale to be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, in the McMinnville Public Library’s Carnegie Room. The men are good friends and reading buddies, in addition to being library volunteers.

Stopping by: Friends from the first page

Mike Freeman and Neil Kunze are true “friends of the library,” and no wonder: Both are book-lovers by nature, avid readers who enjoy discussing what they’re learning. The like-minded ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Mike Larson and his youngest daughter, Heidi Davis, are partners in The Larson House, a restaurant opening soon in Yamhill. They also run Carlton Corners, an eatery and gas station in Carlton.

Stopping By: Father, daughter to open new Yamhill restaurant

Heidi Davis dreamed for many years of having her own restaurant. As a teen in a Clackamas Community College restaurant management class, she drew up plans for an eatery based on her family name and one ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Remy Drabkin of Remy Wines punches down a tub of fresh 2020 Sangiovese grapes in early October. The process allows the grapes to ferment evenly. Drabkin, who serves on the McMinnville City Council and contributes to a number of local charities, was named Outstanding Junior Citizen this year.

Stopping By: Crafted by her hometown

Remy Drabkin has been active in the community most of her life. A McMinnville city councilor, Drabkin volunteered at the International Pinot Noir Celebration as a girl — her mother, Joan Drabkin, ...

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Michael Pollock holds Scrumpy, whom he adopted from Homeward Bound Pets. He doesn’t leave home without her — except when he goes to the store, since he won’t leave Scrumpy locked in his truck

Stopping by: A man and his dog

Scrumpy’s companionship makes all the difference in Michael Pollock’s clean life Michael Pollock thought he was a happy man. He had kicked a debilitating, 35-year drug and alcohol ...

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Debbie Lockwood of Sheridan has been taking pictures since she was young. When she received her first digital camera, she said, she “took off,” taking hundreds of shots. She carries a camera everywhere.

Stopping by: She calls the shots

Local photographer’s work will be part of updated antique mall in Lafayette Debbie Lockwood has the right background for art photography. Her father, a minister, “always had a camera wherever ...

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