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Milanya Allen, a member of the Bacon Bits & Friends 4-H Club, holds a 7-week-old goat that soon will be entered along with its mom in the “Dam and Daughter” competition.


Even before the Yamhill County Fair & Rodeo officially opened Wednesday morning, local young people were busy tending and showing their animals in 4-H and FFA competitions. Brayden Bullock ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register ## Artist Dianne Barske chooses just the right colors for her latest painting. Her work has shown in galleries and is featured in her children’s book “Mukluks for Annabelle,” pictured below, about how the community helped an Alaskan elephant keep her feet warm.


Artist and writer Dianne Barske was showing her paintings at a gallery in Anchorage when she was approached by Sammye Seawell, founder of the Alaska Zoo, then called the Alaska Children’s ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register ## John and Beccie Holland enjoy growing flowers and vegetables in their Cypress Street yard.

Yard of the Month: Just the right ratio

Beauty and therapy thrive in the Hollands’ garden No need to look for Beccie and John Holland’s address as you drive south on Cypress Street; their bountiful flowers make it clear ...

Rusty Rae News-Register ## Ronan Godfrey turned one of the rooms in his family’s McMinnville home into his studio, where he created YouTube videos using Minecraft characters. A gift from the Make-a-Wish Foundation helped him become a video star and, in return, he’s raised money for Make-a-Wish to help wishes come true
for other kids with health problems.

Stopping by: Wishing on a YouTube star

 ‘Sub T Ronan’ battles illness, gives to others through his cyber skills

Rusty Rae/News-Register ## Elsie Williams enjoys the flowers and foliage surrounding the home where she’s lived since January 1993. Her abundant perennials, annuals, succulents, trees and bushes led to her receiving Yard of the Month honors in June from the McMinnville Garden Club.

Stopping by: Full floral palette

Beds of perennials, annuals and evergreens, separated by cushy green lawn, surround Elsie Williams’ home at 1035 N.W. Crestbook Court, winner of the June Yard of the Month honors from the ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register ## Mac High student Hector Guzman Martinez makes adjustments on his school project from last year, an air pressure controlled can crusher. Sadly, his team wasn t quite finished when school closed at the start of the pandemic.

Stopping by: Pushing himself

When Hector Guzman Martinez finished the first semester of his freshman year at McMinnville High School, he received a glowing report card: All A’s. His grades had been good at Duniway Middle ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register ## The precious memorabilia Starla Pointer has from her father fits into a shoebox: the passport he used as a Merchant Marine, a couple of discharge papers he received when he disembarked ships, his last pair of glasses and watch, lumber grading crayons and a holder that he used when he worked for the Pacific Lumber Inspectors’ Bureau. Her brothers have a few other items, including the hard hat their father wore to work in sawmills.

Mark holiday by asking, listening

I am fortunate to have interviewed and learned from many local veterans over the years. They’ve become friends and role models. To name just a few: Stan deStwolinski, founder of the local Band of ...

Rusty Rae/News-Register ## Joan Buccino, right, and her neighbor, Jan Stoven, are leading the effort to repair and save the Malone Cemetery, a tiny plot that dates from the mid-19th century. The family cemetery is located at 99W and Grandhaven Street, next to the Wilco Farm Store.

Hidden in plain sight

Every day, thousands of vehicles pass through the intersection of Highway 99W and Grandhaven Drive as they enter or leave McMinnville.  Some people, stopping at the traffic light, might take a moment ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register ## During a delivery to Carissa DeYoung, a teacher on special assignment at Columbus Elementary School, Bonnie Mann takes a minute to discuss the items in the family care bag. Mann delivers bags and other items to area schools on behalf of the Give a Little Foundation.

Stopping by: 'Kids first, always'

Bonnie Mann loves to see the smiles when she brings children gifts from the Give a Little Foundation. Smiles on the students’ faces. Smiles on the faces of teachers or counselors. A smile ...

Rusty Rae/News-Register##In an effort to help people without homes, Patrick Evans and Lee Eggers designed and are building small trailers that can be pulled behind bicycles.

Tiny trailers carry hope for homeless

More than two dozen people have comfortable places to sleep because of Turtledove Shelters, a McMinnville manufacturing program started by people who decided to stop talking about the homeless ...

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Susan Escure has been finance director for the McMinnville School District since 2008. She said she’s enjoyed her coworkers, as well as the work.

Stopping By: Count on a smile

Susan Escure may have come by her sense of humor because she grew up knowing both George and Martha Washington. She was raised in George, a “spot in the road,” with about 190 residents between ...

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Cheryl Wilkinson and her husband added a roof over their front porch and planted calla lilies, among many other foliage and flowering plants, helping them win the May Yard of the Month honor.

Stopping By / Yard of the Month: In Mac, a new start

A rectangular raised bed filled with flowers and foliage, a katsura tree and a newly added porch roof make Cheryl and Joel Wilkinson’s place catch the eyes of passersby — including members ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register ## McMinnville Masonic Cemetery sexton Johnny Edwards marvels at the American flag carved on his favorite tombstone. Amazing how a carver can make stone appear to drape like fabric, he said.

Stopping by: Stories in stone

Johnny Edwards’ workplace features the most magnificent views in McMinnville. It’s one of the quietest places to work, too. Although the wind often rustles the trees, few human voices interrupt ...

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Furniture bank Director Meghan Smith prepares a box of kitchen utensils, cups and plates for a needy family. The new program will supply furniture and other household goods to those who otherwise might have to choose between paying rent or buying food, instead of getting a bed or chair.

‘A good, clean start’: Nonprofit launches furniture bank

A new charitable organization, Share Inc. of Yamhill County, is starting a program to help people who are leaving behind distressed situations and moving into a house or apartment. A furniture bank supplying ...

A lasting impression

Don New and his wife, Martha Lee “Leah” New, landed in McMinnville in 1962 and quickly made their mark on the business community, the arts and health care. They were involved in the ...