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Hailey's Harvest

Military Life

Hailey's Harvest

Hailey Fort of Bremerton has been caring for the homeless population of Kitsap County for more than four years. She brings them food, toiletries and warm coats, and she's even working on providing shelter to people who don't have a place to stay. In fact, during the past year, she's

Playing with local history

Travel

Playing with local history

I watched as the bituminous coal glowed red in a forge. Blacksmith Ray Baker looked and said the coals' temperature exceeded that of molten lava. He shoved a steel rod into the coals; minutes later, he withdrew it and used a pair of tongs to twist it into a circle. This was

Military spouse heads up care package initiative

Military Life

Military spouse heads up care package initiative

Maggie Connors and her husband are no strangers to long months apart. With more deployments under their belt than she can remember, this military spouse knows how much the small packages they receive from home matter to servicemembers when they are overseas. Although Connors is a busy financial advisor with Edward

Paying tribute

Military Life

Paying tribute

There may be a lot that is unknown about military families and specifically, the Gold Star Community, but thanks, in part, to the drive of one individual and her chapter, that uncertainty is being erased. "Casualties of war don't just happen in the battlefield, so being able to honor that service

Out of Africa

Reviews

Out of Africa

Let's start with the question of "where." The closest Ethiopian eatery to most Weekly Volcano readers is Dukem Restaurant and Market, near the intersection of 518 and 509 highways in Burien. It's in a tightly packed strip mall. Don't let that stand in your way. In fact, bring an empty

A mystic journey continues

Music

A mystic journey continues

Technically, Arlo Guthrie is a one-hit wonder. Thus saith Billboard, anyway. The only chart hit Guthrie enjoyed was a still-familiar number called "City of New Orleans." You know: "Good mornin', America, how are ya? Don'tcha know me, I'm your favorite son ... " The catch is it's not a song

'Embroidered Spaces'

Arts

'Embroidered Spaces'

Canadian artist Amanda McCavour's installation, "Embroidered Spaces" at South Puget Sound Community College, is a magical, gossamer world that is, quite frankly, unlike anything I have ever seen. And believe me, I have seen a lot of art. A lot. But nothing like this. McCavour draws with thread by stitching on

Entourage 2?

Stage

Entourage 2?

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is an odd little number, a simultaneously zany comedy with references and themes, and a steadfastly old-fashioned play about clashing personalities briefly coming together. There are stretches of reality-breaking whimsy surrounded by cynical allusions to shallow pop culture (a fictional Entourage 2 becomes

In the bedroom

Music

In the bedroom

Before we talk about some bands this week, it must be acknowledged what an amazing job Obsidian has been doing, as of late. The relatively new cafe/bar/venue has been absolutely killing it with their shows, quickly rising through the ranks of music spots in Olympia with at least one surefire

VA home loans

Military Life

VA home loans

Buying a home can be stressful. Selecting a home and securing a mortgage can sometimes feel overwhelming. The ins and outs of a Veteran's Administration (VA) home loan can add to the confusion. Companies like Veteran's United Home Loans can walk you through the process. Part of the original G.I. bill,

Benchmark Communities comes highly recommended

Military Life

Benchmark Communities comes highly recommended

Buying a home is a detailed process that can sometimes feel very daunting. Right off the bat, there are a multitude of questions from pricing, options, colors, and even choosing the right neighborhood for you and your family. There is also the question of which home builder to trust. Benchmark

Military Life

At the science fair

Over 700 of Washington state's brightest young minds gathered at Bremerton High School April 1 and 2 to compete for top honors at the 59th Annual Washington State Science and Engineering Fair (WSSEF). Students in grades 1-12 travelled from all over the state of Washington to share their carefully planned

Transitioning made easier

Jobs & Education

Transitioning made easier

Transitioning from military service to a civilian career field just got a whole lot easier with a brand-spanking new initiative called VIE-25. "The program is an opportunity for readiness in securing very good employment," said Jennifer Weinmann, a worker-retraining advisor at Clover Park Technical College (CPTC). "The majority of servicemembers transitioning

From kevlar to couture

Military Life

From kevlar to couture

A thread, a needle and a little imagination is all Maria Kountz needs to create a one-of-a-kind piece that her customers will love. As lead seamstress and designer at Tactical Tailor in Lakewood, you'll find Kountz elbow-deep in fabric. "It was somewhere around seven or eight years old that I snuck

JBLM housing switches owners

Military Life

JBLM housing switches owners

Housing at Joint Base Lewis-McChord just changed hands. Earlier this month, Lincoln Military Housing announced that it has expanded its portfolio by 16 percent with the acquisition of over 5,000 housing units at JBLM. The company oversees more than 36,000 military family homes on 35 installations in almost a dozen states and

Military Appreciation Day

News Front

Military Appreciation Day

There are a lot of things about military life that are just plain tough for military families. Deployments are hard on military relationships. Changing schools every few years is difficult for military children. Always being the "new kid" wherever you go can take its toll on everyone in the family,

Exceptional family fair in DuPont

Military Life

Exceptional family fair in DuPont

If it is true that it takes a village to raise a child, then it is doubly true that it takes a village to raise a special needs child. Parenting any child is a challenge; parenting one (or more) of these exceptional children can, at times, be overwhelming. Exceptional parents need

Princess in combat boots

Military Life

Princess in combat boots

Melissa Kinney is not your typical princess. Sure, the Lakes High School Daffodil Princess makes statements befitting a princess and dons the jonquil gown of the 23-member 2016 Daffodil Court, but there's more to her than heels and gowns: This princess wears combat boots and heads up the Lakes High

Inspiring from the front lines

News Front

Inspiring from the front lines

They had come to hear about character development, about leadership in the Army. And Greg Gadson, a retired Army colonel and guest speaker, brought the 100 soldiers to their feet as he spoke about overcoming his challenges. In 2007, a roadside bomb blew Gadson's legs off while he was serving in

Military kids given a boost

Military Life

Military kids given a boost

There are an estimated 60,000 military youth members spread all across Washington state, and April - the Month of the Military Child - serves as the ideal month to honor their sacrifices. A Military Kids and Families Summit, with various guest speakers and youth panel members present, took place during the 

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