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 ...

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Marcus Larson/News-Register##A peace pole proclaims “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in four languages in the yard of Ben and Liz Stein in McMinnville.

Stopping by: Garden of peace

A grizzly bear once observed Ben and Liz Stein’s yard from its perch atop the stump of a sequoia. Now it has moved closer to the house, and sits watching the goldfish dart about the front-yard pond. “It’s ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Candle maker Stephanie Sherman repeatedly transfers hot wax between two metal pots to cool it down before pouring it into molds.

Stopping By / Waxing poetic: Business burns with passion for creating candles

Everyone has a passion. For Stephanie Sherman, it’s candles that really light her fire. She burns candles for their scent and gentle light. But she also makes and sells them, both for everyday use ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Artist Phyllice Bradner demonstrates her printing press with a piece comprised of several sacred symbols. Her prints will be featured in an upcoming Currents Gallery show.

Stopping By: Mirror images

Print artist exhibits works, and how they are made, in Currents Gallery show

Photo by Douglass Fletcher Sisk##Gretchen Yoder, right, judges Kristine Rothwell in the caber competition at a Scottish Festival in Enumclaw, Washington, in 2019. Rothwell is one of the Titan athletes who will throw in McMinnville this year.

Stopping By: Great Scot

Celtic Heritage Alliance member Gretchen Yoder throws her experience in support of competition 

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Now that she is retired from her insurance agency, Chris Browne will have more time to spend with her hydrangeas and other flowers in her garden. She loves surrounding herself with friends, as well.

Stopping By: Mover and shaker since 1978, Chris Browne makes new plans

Chris Spika Browne hadn’t heard of McMinnville in 1978 when she applied for the job of Chamber of Commerce director. Forty-three years later, it’s hard for her to imagine not being part of ...

Rusty Rae/News-Register ## Vicki Gunn uses a bucket of gray water -- already used for rinsing vegetables or washing dishes —- to water part of the garden outside her Yamhill home. She reuses as much water as possible.


Plenty of mulch, companion plantings and intentional shade help Victoria “Vicki” Gunn reduce water consumption in the garden that surrounds her home in Yamhill. When she does give ...

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