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JBLM soldier makes All-Army team

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JBLM soldier makes All-Army team

Sixteen servicemembers reported Aug. 23 to the military's first training camp for women's rugby, including a soldier from Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Armed Forces Sports has been working for about a decade to set up a female rugby program, said Steven Dinote, who directs the sports program for The Department of Defense. "It's

The American way

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The American way

There is a connection between the 2005 devastation of New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina and this year's massive forest fires in eastern Washington. Denise Dhane is that connection to Operation Firestorm. The vice president of the DuPont Sub-Chapter of the Association of the United States Army, Dhane and Don Ham, the commander

JBLM body building championship

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JBLM body building championship

Ronald Raymond isn't expecting Arnold Schwarzenegger to show up flexing and posing. But Raymond is hoping some facsimiles arrive, or at least some want-to-be look alikes step up on the stage Saturday, Sept. 5 at the body building championship at Joint Base Lewis-McChord's Nelson Recreation Center. It's all about incentive. "That's right,"

Ch-ch-ch-changes

Outdoors

Ch-ch-ch-changes

I've lived in Washington for seven short years now, but yes, I have made the pilgrimage to Puyallup to attend the state fair. It's a rite of local citizenship. My wife, an immigrant from that far-off land called Wichita, impressed upon me an obligation to sample Fisher scones with raspberry

Tugboats and talent

Outdoors

Tugboats and talent

Boat lovers of all ages will be thrilled with the 42nd Annual Olympia Harbor Days taking place over Labor Day weekend, Sept. 4-6. This free, three-day festival aims to celebrate the history of tugboats in the South Sound. Guests of the festival can come down to Olympia's Percival Landing Park

Cascadia Grill

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Cascadia Grill

If your culinary tastes range between chili cheese fries and steak and lobster, or anything else in between, then the Cascadia Grill in Olympia is just the place for you.  It is a family-friendly restaurant offering fresh food from nearly any food category that you may be craving at that

Have popcorn, will travel

South Sound Cinema

Have popcorn, will travel

According to Priceline, round trip air fare to Mumbai is currently running around $1,300. Happily, the Lakewood Arts Commission is giving away a cinematic tour of five Asian cities free this Labor Day weekend. You'll be home by Monday night, and all you'll buy is the snacks. First stop: 1938 India,

The Grand Cinema to offer grand discounts

South Sound Cinema

The Grand Cinema to offer grand discounts

Downtown Tacoma's only nonprofit, independent movie theater is proud to once again announce an annual Back to School admission special during the month of September for students and educators. Throughout the entire month of September, admission to any film screening will cost only $5.50 for K-12 and higher-education students, teachers

Fun, new pop-up show

Arts

Fun, new pop-up show

The difference between what B2 Gallery is calling it's "Pop-Up" shows and its regular shows is 1) the Pop-Ups don't run as long and 2) the art is more reasonably priced. As for the quality of the art, there is little or no difference. The "Pop-Up at B2" running through Sept.

Satan Said Dance

Music

Satan Said Dance

There was a time when, for fans of indie music, the genre of dance went underground. For the late ‘80s and into the ‘90s, dancing became persona non grata at most aboveground indie shows, due to the massive influx of irony and detachment. It's hard to pin down exactly when

Lakewood Playhouse Theatre Day

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Lakewood Playhouse Theatre Day

To celebrate a local treasure, the city of Lakewood has proclaimed Sept. 18 Lakewood Playhouse Theatre Day. The day will include a special ribbon-cutting ceremony presented by the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce a reception with food provided by Carr's Restaurant and a house full of local dignitaries and actors from

Wrestling dreams

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Wrestling dreams

As Sgt. Whitney Conder walked around the wrestling mat last July, proudly holding the U.S. flag above her head, it was a moment of celebration and fulfillment. Wrestling for the U.S. Pan American Games team in Canada, at 116 pounds, Conder had just won a gold medal, beating her opponent from

Uncle Spidey and his 21 four-legged nieces and nephews

Military Life

Uncle Spidey and his 21 four-legged nieces and nephews

He talks about them like an uncle talks about his favorite nieces and nephews; perhaps that accounts for the mysterious "Uncle Spidey" nickname.  He's not a huge guy.  He has a quiet intensity about him that seems fitting for an individual who has served in the Marine Corps and has

Artillery jobs for women?

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Artillery jobs for women?

Army leadership has recommended that field artillery military occupational specialties - or MOSs - 13B (cannon crewmember) and 13D (automated tactical data systems specialist) be open to women, the Army's chief of field artillery said. "We are waiting on a Department of the Army decision in reference to Field Artillery MOS

Casino gives military a whopping discount

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Casino gives military a whopping discount

If you're wanting to get away off base to play a round of golf, reignite the romance with your spouse, or maybe finally get to meet your favorite rock star, Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton, a 40-minute drive from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, has what you need. The resort offers three

National Guard youth go to summer camp

Military Life

National Guard youth go to summer camp

Military youth serve, too. That's clearly evident when realizing how many currently have a parent away from home helping battle against more than 700,000 acres blazing across Washington state. If anyone, besides the servicemembers assisting, deserves an opportunity to get their minds off of the impending real danger that battling wildfires brings,

Have a ball with local bowling leagues

Military Life

Have a ball with local bowling leagues

The rainy season will soon be upon us here in the Pacific Northwest, so now is a great time to look for indoor activities.   Youth bowling leagues begin September 19 at Sounders Lanes Family Fun Center - and get free bowling for your family, Saturday September 12 from 10 a.m.

LGBT Military Discussion Group from JBLM

Military Life

LGBT Military Discussion Group from JBLM

It's no secret that there are gay, lesbian, and transgender soldiers on post at Joint Base Lewis-McChord; however, despite the repeal of the military's Don't Ask Don't Tell policy, many of them are still closeted. "I knew from active-duty there were LGBTs on post," said retired Sgt. Dana McCormick, president of

SPOUSE Magazine: September 2015

Spouse magazine

SPOUSE Magazine: September 2015

SPOUSE magazine is a free, online magazine that addresses the unique needs and interests of military spouses at Joint Base

Salmon Festival and fun run returns

Military Life

Salmon Festival and fun run returns

McChord Field opens its gates to military and civilians alike Sept. 19 for its third annual Salmon Run and Bake. This is a festival celebrating not only outdoor activity, but also one of the cornerstones of Washington state culture and history: salmon. There are three different races participants can choose from:

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