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Veteran dedicates his life to community service

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Veteran dedicates his life to community service

Tony Anderson understands firsthand what it means to work with the community, especially during difficult times. He has worked with Calvary Cemetery and has a special partnership with Mountain View Funeral Home as well. Together, each establishment has more than 100 years of experience working in the Pierce County area.

Veteran finds new meaning in Memorial Day

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Veteran finds new meaning in Memorial Day

Army veteran Mike Real has fond memories of being an MP with the 50th Military Police Company, 21st Support Command, while in Germany. His training and experience led him to eventually enter the police academy and work for the Los Angeles Police Department in California for 10 years. During his

Mount Rainier Memorial Garden and Mausoleum now open

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Mount Rainier Memorial Garden and Mausoleum now open

Located "in one of the most beautiful memorial parks in Tacoma," the newly opened Mount Rainier Memorial Garden and Mausoleum is, according to Mountain View Memorial Park's website, "a stunning new cremation estate garden development." With about a thousand burials a year, Mountain View Memorial Park's need for more space led

History of Memorial Day

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History of Memorial Day

Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans - the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) - established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Maj. Gen. John

Order of Sons of Italy in America seeks to preserve Italian history and culture

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Order of Sons of Italy in America seeks to preserve Italian history and culture

The United States of America has often been called a nation of immigrants and for good reason. The ancestors of the majority of U.S. citizens were born somewhere else. Down through the centuries, immigrants arriving in this country have faced language and cultural barriers that have resulted in suspicion and

Private memorializing becoming a popular alternative to funerals

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Private memorializing becoming a popular alternative to funerals

If you've never attended a military funeral, you should know that like everything else in the military, the proceedings are very uniform and strictly regulated. There are some subtle differences between military branches, and also depending on the veteran's rank and how they died, but they all follow the same

Pierce County Veteran's Advisory Council fights for vets

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Pierce County Veteran's Advisory Council fights for vets

The transition from military life to civilian life is never easy, especially for combat veterans. Yet most of them manage to navigate the twists and turns with surprising dexterity. However, too many vets can end up sidelined by the inevitable bumps in the often rocky road from being a soldier

Cigarettes still dangerous to the force

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Cigarettes still dangerous to the force

There's a lot of hype regarding tobacco these days; it's difficult to walk down the street or sit in five o'clock traffic without seeing someone take a drag of a cigarette or become immersed in the cloud-like puffs of smoke from electronic cigarettes. Although we now know more than ever

Annual Sea Hawkers Banquet honors military

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Annual Sea Hawkers Banquet honors military

This year's Sea Hawkers Booster Club Annual Banquet was held on Armed Forces Day in the Bellevue Hilton Hotel's Grand Ballroom and held back no stops in honoring the military during the festive evening. "They did an outstanding job this year with all of the dedications to the servicemembers in attendance,

Narrows Brewing releases new IPA

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Narrows Brewing releases new IPA

Tacoma's own Narrows Brewing Company will celebrate the release of a very special IPA, May 26. Labeled "Release Point IPA," this lower than average ABV, "user friendly" IPA was created to honor and support the work of the Night Stalker Association West. According to the organization's treasurer and spokesperson, Corey Hall,

Run! Zombies!

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Run! Zombies!

For the third consecutive year, the Captain Meriwether Lewis Chapter of the Association of the United States Army and its local subchapters are poking fun at the likelihood of a Zombie Apocalypse - an event some in the U.S. fear will happen, and are making preparations to survive. The AUSA 5K

Space exhibit launches at Museum of Flight

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Space exhibit launches at Museum of Flight

People are intrigued by the mysteries and promise of space travel. Not only in fictional media, where popular stories have taken viewers to "the final frontier" or to "a galaxy far, far away," but in the real world as well. Astronauts are viewed as gods among men. Even the ones

Lost in K-Town

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Lost in K-Town

Karaoke has always had a special place in my heart. As a kid, my mom bought my sister and I a plastic karaoke machine with a few CDs of disco-era hits, which, consequentially means I've sung "Car Wash" more times than any sane human should. Singing karaoke, however, is absolutely terrifying

Back to Eden ... nudist style

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Back to Eden ... nudist style

Never let it be said Kathy F., owner and operator of Arcadia Romantic Getaway near Shelton, is clamoring for publicity. Over the last 22 years, she's greeted guests on her six-acre property, most of whom heard about it from other delighted patrons. This place has devoted fans. Kathy estimates her

12 great restaurant decks

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12 great restaurant decks

Hurry - the sunny summer weather is coming, but it won't last for long.  Make plans now to enjoy the amazing South Sound views of blue skies, glistening mountain peaks and stunning shorelines from the deck of a local restaurant.  If you start the minute the sun peaks through the

Muddling in the dark

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Muddling in the dark

Since indie recording became a thing, Olympia has always seemed to be on the forefront of propping up and supporting idiosyncratic solo artists. Whenever an album needs to be made by one person in a bedroom or tiny studio somewhere, musicians come out of the woodwork to provide backing vocals,

Smokey Joe's Cafe

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Smokey Joe's Cafe

I confess to having gone into Tacoma Little Theatre's production of Smokey Joe's Cafe under the mistaken impression that I was about to see a jukebox musical, when it's actually a revue that assembles almost 40 tunes by the songwriting team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. With absolutely no

NW Art proudly featured

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NW Art proudly featured

"NW Art Now" at Tacoma Art Museum is a big, colorful, and cutting-edge exhibition of new and recent works by 24 regional artists. Included are 47 works in a wide range of media including painting, sculpture, craft-based work, as well as conceptual, performance, installation and digital projects. One of the

Scholarships fund military families

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Scholarships fund military families

Military kids move around a lot. They have to pack up and relocate throughout their childhoods, what with their parents being transferred from base to base. Coming from a military family myself, with veterans on both sides, this is how I wound up with a father born in France, a

Combat Infantryman's Association serves community

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Combat Infantryman's Association serves community

"I averaged about a purple heart a year; it's an award that doesn't take a lot of brains to get," Jake Robinson said with a chuckle. Robinson is a retired Green Beret with two decades of service under his belt. He did multiple tours in Vietnam and was wounded several times.

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