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A day of smiles

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A day of smiles

Sarah Barlow knelt down, turned her digital camera around, and showed a small group of students from Steilacoom High School the pictures she had taken of them. "It is so amazing to be here, to see the awesome smiles of these kids," said the 10th grade student at Steilacoom High School. Barlow

Films of dependable strengths

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Films of dependable strengths

A series of films can be the span of a bridge that runs from the past to the future. The South Sound Veterans Partnerships will present Healing, Hope and Harvest at 5 p.m. in the Capitol Theater in Olympia, June 5. Local veterans created five short but inspirational films, each lasting between

U.S. Army veteran publishes debut children's book

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U.S. Army veteran publishes debut children's book

When children's book author Lewis A. Howard, a U.S. Army veteran, puts his headphones on to listen to Mary J. Blige, P. Diddy, and The Black Eyed Peas, it ignites a fire within him and gets his creative juices flowing. "I start listening to music and it tells me, ‘Let's do

Puyallup River Rock Festival

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Puyallup River Rock Festival

There are few art forms more uniquely American than rock and roll - the music genre originated in the 50s when great artists like Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley had the genius idea to combine blues/R&B and country music. The Karshner Museum and Center for Culture & Arts, owned by

Rodeo family fun

Outdoors

Rodeo family fun

Who doesn't enjoy a rodeo? Horses and cows and calves and bulls and cowboys and cowgirls - what's not to love about that? On Saturday and Sunday, June 4 and 5, the Roy Pioneer Rodeo will put on a great rodeo experience that's fun for the whole family. Located in the

The Wiz at Tacoma Musical Playhouse

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The Wiz at Tacoma Musical Playhouse

The Wiz hit Broadway like Soul Train on steroids in 1975, winning seven Tony Awards, including best musical. It was followed-up three years later by a popular film version starring Diana Ross and Michael Jackson. To ask any community theater to follow that is a tall order. Tacoma Musical Playhouse

Eating close to Thea Foss Waterway

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Eating close to Thea Foss Waterway

Announcer: The greater South Sound area is not lacking in waterfront dining. From Browns Point, slicing through the downtown, around the bend at Point Defiance and on down to Olympia, diners can have views of ships, ferry boats, kayakers, seals and islands to their heart's content.  You can eat on,

A peek at the future

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A peek at the future

I almost missed seeing the "11th Annual Student Art Exhibition" at South Puget Sound Community College. It has only another week to run. If I were cynical enough, and I admit that I often am, I could say, "What's the big deal? It's only a student show." There's some truth

Muddling through

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Muddling through

One of my favorite Christmas songs - and I like so very few - is "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." It's a lonely little number that reflects the quiet ambience of winter, while still largely sending a positive message. The most interesting part of the song, though, comes at

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Lakewood celebrates

It's hard to believe, but it really has been two whole decades since Lakewood first incorporated into a city. That means that right around the time the rest of us were nervously re-spooling our Scotch-taped Tragic Kingdom cassettes with a #2 pencil, ensuring our Jinco pants had the precise amount

'Future of Flight' and Boeing tour

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'Future of Flight' and Boeing tour

The Seattle area is known for many things - rain, the Puget Sound, coffee. It's also known as the birthplace of the world's biggest aerospace company, Boeing. Today, Boeing has plants and offices in many other locations, but its largest factory remains just north of Seattle in Everett. And that factory

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New site bridges JBLM and community

Looking for a site that allows you to get to know the Joint Base Lewis-McChord community on a personal level? MyJBLM.com will bring you personal stories from behind the military veils of JBLM and the community, and launches in early June. The website will promote public involvement and improves information

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Annual Retiree Appreciation Day

Joint Base Lewis-McChord will host the Annual Military Retiree Appreciation Day, or RAD, event from 7:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the JBLM American Lake Conference Center June 3. The purpose of this event is for retirees in the Pacific Northwest region to acquire new acquaintances, receive assistance from federal and

Clover Park High School's JROTC receives distinguished unit with merit award

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Clover Park High School's JROTC receives distinguished unit with merit award

Clover Park High School's Junior Reserve Officer's Training Corps (JROTC) received the 2015-16 Air Force JROTC Distinguished Unit with Merit Award. This award recognizes Air Force JROTC units that have performed above and beyond normal expectations and distinguished themselves through outstanding service to their school and community, while meeting the

JROTC instructor made big impact

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JROTC instructor made big impact

After serving in the Navy for 20 years, both driving and working on submarines, Commander Alan Mandigo knew that he would like to spend his military retirement teaching but wasn't exactly sure what. Very quickly, Mandigo found his second calling by becoming a Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) instructor

Northwest military brat publishes young adult novel

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Northwest military brat publishes young adult novel

Life as a military brat can be vastly different than childhood portrayed in the media. It can be difficult to keep long-lasting friendships when your family continuously relocates from base to base around the country, and for some, around the world. Couple that with an earlier loss of innocence compared

Withstanding the quake

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Withstanding the quake

The Cascadia Subduction Zone, or CSZ, is a sleeping giant. Stretching a bit over 600 miles from Vancouver Island, British Columbia to Cape Mendocino, California, it last awoke over 300 years ago. At 8 a.m. this past Tuesday, a simulated disaster began when nature's alarm clock sounded, the giant stretched and a

JBLM neighbors staying strong

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JBLM neighbors staying strong

When you stop at a convenience store or gas station, you don't often think of your money giving back to anything beyond a gas company. However, Nisqually Markets has locations throughout the South Sound, and funds do more than buy gas and candy bars. Founded as part of the Nisqually Indian

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YesVets movement applauds employers hiring vets

When Rep. Gina McCabe, (R-Goldendale), met with military veterans in 2015 in her 14th District, located in southeast Washington, she discovered many of them were powerless to find meaningful work. She acted quickly and sponsored House Bill (HB) 2040 to encourage employers to hire more veterans In 2014, there was a

Para-educator, military spouse receives high honor

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Para-educator, military spouse receives high honor

Growing up in Washington D.C., Marie Lanham was first introduced to the safety patrol in elementary school. She happily volunteered for the position during 4th, 5th and 6th grades. Lanham could not have known just how much that experience would impact her in the years ahead or how her experience

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