Rusty Rae/News-Register##Model builder Gary Brooks shows the miniature animal shelter building to Ronnie Vostinak, director of Homeward Bound Pets. Brooks built the HO-scale model from architectural plans for the new shelter, which HB Pets will build on Loop Road. Supporter Donn Callaham and his wife, Nancy Woodworth, inspired the project and Callaham added the scenery around the model.

Stopping By: Modeler constructs pint-sized pet shelter

While ground has not yet been broken for Homeward Bound Pets new animal shelter, the structure already can be seen and touched in the nonprofit’s office in the Mack Building, 117 N.E. Fifth ...

Rusty Rae/News-Register##Dennis Wolfenbarger likes to use the computer station at the far end of the counter in the Sheridan Davison Auto Parts/Napa store, where he’s the manager. “I can sneak out the back faster,” he joked.

Stopping By: From 'scared kid' to veteran parts pro

Dennis Wolfenbarger applied for a job at Davison Auto Parts in McMinnville right after he graduated from Sheridan High School. He was happy to be hired to start work Aug. 11, 1973. He had no idea, ...

Rachel Thompson/News-Register##Dayton FFA member Mallorie Turley works with her pigs, Goose, bottom left, and Maverick, which she named for “Top Gun” characters. She raised them from piglets to show at the Yamhill County Fair.

Stopping By: Pieces of the Fair

Mallorie Turley, a member of the Dayton FFA program, was pleased with the performances of Maverick and Goose at the Yamhill County Fair. She had been raising the pigs since late March, when they ...

Rusty Rae/News-Register##Kaye Sawyer said she and friends started by taking food to people camping under bridges and in the woods. That led them to start the Yamhill County Gospel Rescue Mission.

Stopping By: Hearts for the homeless

As a 911 dispatcher, Kaye Sawyer often talked with, or heard about, people experiencing some of the worst moments of their lives, including those who had no shelter on a cold, rainy night and those ...

Rachel Thompson/News-Register##Beloved dogs Leo and Sammy join Kevin Peterson in the yard he and wife Helen have been tending since coming to McMinnville eight years ago. They brought many sculptures with them when they moved to Oregon from Minnesota.

Stopping By / Yard of the Month: Cultivating joy in McMinnville

Hostas, hydrangeas and honeysuckle welcome visitors to the home of Helen and Kevin Peterson in west McMinnville. A carved horse, playful children, Buddha images and other statuary also decorate ...

Rachel Thompson/ News-Register##Bobbi Dabling cuddles Tucker, her beloved cat. She spends time with Tucker when she’s not swimming or doing other activities with her daughters and friends.

Stopping By: She is the champion

All in fun, exercisers at one end of the pool at the McMinnville Aquatic Center started chanting “We will, we will rock you,” aiming their words at swimmers on the other end in a mock ...

Rusty Rae/News-Register##Tim McDaniel and his pup, Doug, show off the array of native plants the McMinnville resident grows from seeds he has collected.

Stopping By: Encouraging respect for Oregon’s native plants

Tim McDaniel is a native of McMinnville who grew up as part of the McDaniel Seed Company family. He’s been in the area for many, many years. But his time here is short compared to the native ...

Rachel Thompson/News-Register##Karen and Ken Jansen of Lafayette share a moment in their garden. The couple have been married for 61 years. Karen works in her garden daily, and the results show in its lush flowers and greenery.  She s an artist,  Ken said.

Stopping By: Love, laughter and gardening

Many people — and a bestselling book — have claimed that everything one needs to know can be learned in kindergarten. Ken Jansen of Lafayette begs to differ. “Everything I needed ...

Rusty Rae/News-Register##McMinnville native and mechanic Dave Williams greets friends and customers — who are also friends — during a retirement party June 9. Williams is retiring after working on cars professionally for 50 years.

Stopping By: Dave Williams retires after keeping his auto shop running for 50 years

Crowds formed when Dave Williams announced he was retiring from his auto repair business, which he’s been running for 50 years. “Congratulations!” everyone told Williams as they ...

Rusty Rae/News-Register##Janis Braich recalls her 24 years on the McMinnville School Board, the longest tenure of any recent member of the volunteer group. Braich helped with hiring two superintendents and district changes that included greatly reducing the dropout rate.

Stopping By: Champion of public education reflects on 24 years on school board

Longtime McMinnville School Board member Janis Braich had her first experience with public education when she took a job as a school nurse in the Estacada School District. She hadn’t gone ...

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 ...

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