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Gold Star families learn to cope with loss

Military Life

Gold Star families learn to cope with loss

When a servicemember dies, it's not just the death of a warrior. It's the death of someone's child, parent or sibling. Over the weekend, the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) hosted families of America's fallen military members at its TAPS Joint Base Lewis-McChord Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp for

Winter adventure hikes

Outdoors

Winter adventure hikes

If you're a fan of Bear Grylls' rugged outdoor survival TV show, and if you're looking for your own exciting outdoor adventure, then you'll want to talk with Robert Conrad. For the seventh straight year, Conrad, the program manager for Northwest Adventure Center at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), will lead an

Give an Hour

News Front

Give an Hour

Give an Hour plans to work together, and not compete, with the Puget Sound community to bolster and assist the mental health needs of the servicemembers that live there. "We are not interested in competing with other organizations, taking center stage, or self-righteousness," said Tacoma Community Collaborative Project Coordinator for Give

Light Dental Studios to provide free dental care

Military Life

Light Dental Studios to provide free dental care

A beautiful smile goes a long way, and good oral health keeps away life-threatening diseases. But too often, adults and children go without regular dental checkups - and it's not because they don't care or because they don't have time. Dr. Steve Broughton, founder and president of Light Dental Studios, said the

Army Emergency Relief offers scholarships

News Front

Army Emergency Relief offers scholarships

Army Emergency Relief, or AER, has announced the opening of its scholarship application period. Applications will be accepted until May 1. AER supports both the Spouse Scholarship Program, as well as the Maj. Gen. James Ursano Scholarship Program for dependent children. Scholarship specifics and applications are available on AER's website. The Spouse

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Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve seeks volunteers

The Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) is actively looking for qualified individuals to join their organization on a volunteer basis. This Department of Defense office was established in 1972 and works closely with members of the Guard and Reserve to work with their civilian employers. The ESGR

Basketball set to tip off

Military Life

Basketball set to tip off

If you've got the energy and desire and you enjoy competition, Joint Base Lewis-McChord's intramural program has an outlet for those LeBron James or Stephen Curry wannabes. The JBLM intramural basketball league starts play Jan. 19 and runs to March 24. Last year, there were 50 basketball teams with 12 players on

Free expeditions for disabled veterans

Benefits & Deals

Free expeditions for disabled veterans

Thoughts of having a disability may hinder veterans from thinking that they should partake in an adventurous expedition. However, if anyone has deserved the right to explore and experience the Rocky Mountains, the Grand Canyon, the Shawangunk Mountains in New York, the mountains of Nepal and more, shouldn't it be those

Outdoor adventure awaits

Outdoors

Outdoor adventure awaits

They're the equivalent to the outdoor answer man. They're Jacques Cousteau, Jim Whittaker and Jean Claude Killy all rolled into one. Whether you're looking for a place to hike, swim, ski or go whitewater rafting, or whether you're looking for a place to dock your boat or ride your four-wheeler, then

In Memoriam

News Front

In Memoriam

The boy within defined the man people knew and loved. "It was the boy in the man who cared so much for us," said long-time friend Joe Cyr last Friday afternoon during a service commemorating the life of Larry Saunders. "I loved the boy in the man." He died on the afternoon of

Retirement changes on the way

Military Life

Retirement changes on the way

Planning for the future is a subject that everyone has heard since elementary school; planning for our financial future is a topic that too few people understand, or are prepared to do. The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) recently released information on the upcoming changes to military retirement plans.

Mexican restaurants que amamos

Features

Mexican restaurants que amamos

We don't really care to enter the debate what is authentic Mexican food and what's not.  We like home grown recipes from Mexico, and we also enjoy the Americanized versions of Mexican food.  Both have a place in our stomachs.  After several years away from these pages, we are back

A Tacoma time capsule

South Sound Cinema

A Tacoma time capsule

It's remarkable to think about how new the art form of motion pictures is. To this day, some people don't even consider films to be an art because of how new they are. A little over a century ago, the Lumiere brothers began filming things as simple as someone doing

Do svidaniya, Banya

Travel

Do svidaniya, Banya

In movies, the second a guy walks into a Russian spa, he gets whacked by some goon from the Organizatsiya. That violent fantasy couldn't be farther from the truth. This is the first in a series of Volcano articles about winter getaways within reasonable driving distance of the South Sound. For

Scott Young at Stable Studios

Arts

Scott Young at Stable Studios

Is it kosher for an art critic to say he doesn't know what he thinks about an exhibition he's reviewing? Somehow it doesn't seem right, and yet we're human. Sometimes it takes us more time than we have to study an artist's work and mull it over before coming to

Not just for kids

Stage

Not just for kids

Watching TMP Family Theater's Junie B. Jones was a joyful experience. This upbeat musical is based on the popular children's book series by Barbara Park. And it's not just for children. My wife and I don't have any young children, and we enjoyed it as much as many musical comedies

Desolate disco

Music

Desolate disco

In the days since David Bowie passed, an overabundance of think-pieces were published about the effect that he had on generations of weirdos, experimenters, LGBT kids and astronautic explorers. Bowie gave permission to so many people to live out their wildest ambitions and their most taboo desires. I've spent a

Awards recognize 62nd Airlift Wing's best of the best

News Front

Awards recognize 62nd Airlift Wing's best of the best

On Jan. 15, 104 people attended a special breakfast at the McChord Co-located Club; the 62nd Airlift Wing 2015 Annual Awards Breakfast. The crowd, consisting of primarily airmen and officers with a smattering of civilians, assembled with all the reverent silence one would expect of a military awards banquet, and

Work of Honor

Jobs & Education

Work of Honor

Networking works, and it is true that knowing someone in a business gives a prospective employee a better chance of being hired than what they know. In other words, in many instances it is whom you know rather than what you know that is important to breaking into the job market. Col.

Teaming up for transition

Jobs & Education

Teaming up for transition

For the past 40 years, the University of Phoenix has existed "to provide working adults with higher education at times convenient to them" (www.phoenix.edu) through both online and campus-based classes, including classes held on the campus of Clover Park Technical College (CPTC) located at 4500 Steilacoom Boulevard SW in Lakewood. "CPTC's

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