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Chapels more than structures on JBLM

  Chapels may be most known for weekend worship services, but they account for a fraction of what happens in chapels on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Several base chapels offer weekly and daily religious activities for all ages and denominations. The installation currently conducts 31 worship services and 51 religious

Schools

Homeschooling an education option

In a few months, Amy Bolduc's kids will have lived in three states in three years. But they haven't changed schools once. The three Bolduc children, ages 5 to 11, have been homeschooled for the past two years. As an Army Family, they've moved from Texas to Washington,

Schools

Embry Riddle keeps servicemembers flying at McChord campus

  There are many college degrees offered at Joint Base Lewis-McChord installation campuses, but only one school may offer the dedicated experience that an education in aviation has to offer. Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, ranked fourth in the Top 100 military-friendly schools by Military Times in 2010,

Schools

JBLM children learn life skills early during SKIES Unlimited classes

Joint Base Lewis-McChord community members don't need to travel far to participate in extracurricular classes, but the benefits derived from them might help to take them far - along with their children - in their life pursuits. The Schools of Knowledge, Inspiration, Exploration and Skills Unlimited is

Lucrative endeavor

Ragnet

Lucrative endeavor

In every issue of this fine rag my hack team of wannabe journalists and I tackle some of the most laughable criminal acts that have recently happened in our area. Then - if we're doing our job - we write about those crimes in a way that makes you chuckle,

Helen of Toy

Advice Goddess

Helen of Toy

QUESTION: My wife of three years complains that I'm not romantic anymore. In the beginning, I did romantic stuff all the time. I still love her very much, but I guess I'm subconsciously reacting to the fact that I've nabbed her forever. (There's definitely something to be said about "the

Housing

Troops Should Budget Wisely in Face of Fluctuating COLAs

Pentagon officials are reminding service members stationed overseas to leave out cost-of-living pay when planning their personal budgets, due to fluctuations in the rate. The cost-of-living allowance, or COLA, paid to those stationed outside of the continental United States to off-set foreign costs, routinely is affected by

Military Life

Exchange scares Up Chance at $3,000 in Winnings in Halloween Contest

The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is forgoing the tricks and going right for the treats in its latest contest as it gives away two $500 Exchange shopping sprees, ten $100 gift cards for the runners up and 20 $50 gift cards for third place. The "Halloween

Business News

Bosses in the house

National Boss Day is Oct. 16, 2011. But this year, it came a little early, in the form of the 446th Airlift Wing Employer Orientation Day on the first day of October here. Thirty-four civilian employers set their alarm clocks early and bee-lined to McChord Field

Win tickets to "Tucker & Dale vs. Evil" (Closed)

PROMO

Win tickets to "Tucker & Dale vs. Evil" (Closed)

(THIS CONTEST CLOSED. CONGRATULATIONS TO AUTUMN, MIKE, MEGAN, ADAM AND DAN) We're giving away five pairs of tickets to the opening weekend of Tucker & Dale vs. Evil at The Grand Cinema in Tacoma. Tucker & Dale vs. Evil is one of those gory, good-spirited horror comedies, similar to Shaun of the

Kids

Tickets for Disney on Ice available

The wildly successful "Toy Story" movie franchise produced by Pixar for Disney has spawned everything from action figures and video games to bed sheets and body wash. So it's not that much of a leap for Disney on Ice creators to make it into a show playing at ice arenas around

Military Life

Attending a Military event? Tips to keep the soiree stress-free.

There you are, new to post - you feel fresh and alive in this new military life, ready to tackle whatever obstacle the Army might throw at you. Staff duty shifts breeze by you, weeks in the field are shrugged off and the alterations lady knows your name. A few

Housing

The Final Housing Inspection: What to Know and How to Pass

We have all been there. A set of brand new orders come through, and the excitement of a new place sends your brain into a tailspin of emotions. Locations awaiting your arrival, chock full of potential adventure; you are ready to go. Then, the feeling sinks a bit, realizing that

Neighborhoods

Vitamin D Deficiencies in the PNW

Spend a few months in the Pacific Northwest, and you will immediately notice that sunshine is something this part of the country can use a little more of. But did you know that there is scientific proof between the lack of Vitamin D, and higher risks of diseases? In short,

Kids

Where to Go with your Tot

We all know a good way to interact and burn energy with your kids is to play endless rounds of ‘Ring Around the Rosie', or ‘chase' around the house. With that said, it only takes one case of cabin fever to send us reeling to the nearest playground, hoping there

Neighborhoods

Tattoos: Military discounts, rules and favorite spots

If you're thinking about a tattoo, or if you're getting another since rumor has it they tend to be addictive once you get started, there are a few things to consider, from placement to cost to the artist doing the work.   Deciding what you want and where you want it on

Neighborhoods

Ultimate Frisbee leagues in Tacoma

For those looking to get involved in a competitive league this fall but not quite sure what sport to choose, Ultimate Frisbee might be just the thing. Ultimate Frisbee combines the non-stop movement and athletic endurance of soccer with the aerial passing skills of football. The game is played by two

Explore

Release your inner Meat Loaf: Karaoke at Puget Sound Pizza

One of the more casually terrifying things a person can experience in their everyday life is to sing in front of a group of strangers. It's a uniquely vulnerable position to be put in, and it frankly surprises me how many people are willing to expose that side of themselves

Explore

A fall trip to the Oregon Coast

For many, a summertime trip to the Oregon Coast sounds like hell. There is the heat, the traffic and the raised prices on everything from hotels to hot dogs.  There are also the crowds of people, swarming around everywhere, from the shore break to the downtown streets.   Yes, a summertime beach

Schlitz, meet schmaltz

Stage

Schlitz, meet schmaltz

I suppose one of the defining traits of legendary talent is that it cannot be reproduced. Thousands of doughy Elvis impersonators later, there's still just one King, and Beatlemania remains a mere echo of the Fab Four. Likewise, there has only ever been, and can only ever be, one Virgina

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