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Don and Joan Brown: A McChord life

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Don and Joan Brown: A McChord life

Back in the far-off days of 1976, when Peter Frampton ruled the airwaves and Fort Lewis and Air Force Base McChord were separated, Maj. Gen. (retired) Don and Joan Brown moved onto McChord, and the four years they spent there are ones they will remember for the rest of their

An Army life

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An Army life

Marion Sydenham Ball was born in 1923 in Ft. Missoula, Montana, as she puts it, "a child of the 4th Infantry Regiment." When Pearl Harbor was bombed on December 7, 1941, Ball interrupted her college studies to enlist in the Army Nurse Corps, but shortly after the war ended, she

A candied history

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A candied history

Innovation can make history. Take Brown & Haley's Almond Roca as one such example. At the beginning of World War I in 1914, Harry Brown and J.C. Haley started a candy company in Tacoma, Washington. In 1916, Brown & Haley began producing a confection called the Mount Tacoma Bar.  As the war wore

Ranger newspaper celebrates 66 years

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Ranger newspaper celebrates 66 years

The Ranger newspaper may not be 100 years old like Joint Base Lewis-McChord, but it's been covering the base longer than it hasn't. Established in January 1951, The Ranger has reported on a big portion of the base's history, starting publication just after the 2nd Division here deployed to fight in

Application window open for Fort Lewis Family Scholarship Fund

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Application window open for Fort Lewis Family Scholarship Fund

The Fort Lewis Family Scholarship Fund is seeking applicants for its merit-based scholarship program. Applications must be postmarked by March 24, 2017. Last year, the fund distributed $30,500 in scholarships. "The fund awards scholarships to three military family groups: high school seniors, current post-secondary students and military spouses," said Scholarship Coordinator

Texas actor plays Navy SEAL in "SIX"

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Texas actor plays Navy SEAL in "SIX"

While growing up in the small town of Waxahachie, Texas, Donny Boaz had absolutely no aspirations for the Hollywood scene. Through and through, he was dedicated to sports and used that as his motivation in life. In 1999, at the age of 18, Boaz walked through the doors of a

A century of service

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A century of service

Ambition in the service of education is a desirable mission statement. This endeavor is commendable as the 7th Infantry Division turns a century old. "We're commemorating the one hundred years of the division's establishment as a division headquarters," explained Lt. Col. Frederick Williams, the division's public affairs officer, "in order to

JBLM's history includes amusement park

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JBLM's history includes amusement park

In 1917, when 91st Division commander, Maj. Gen. Henry A. Greene, sought to put young Camp Lewis recruits on a straight and narrow path, Progressive Era political reform and social activism emerged in the form of an amusement park just outside the camp's main gate. The vision for the Camp Lewis

Superheroes

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Superheroes

This Saturday, Jan. 28, marks the start of another Chinese year of the rooster. Depending on which calendar one observes, it'll be New Year's Day of either 4654, 4714 or 4715. Traditionally, celebrants dine on communal hot pot, seafood and cured meats. They exchange packets of money or other gifts,

Finding the rhythm

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Finding the rhythm

It's really hard to say no to live music. Living in Olympia, especially, we are fortunate to be in an area that is rich with artists and musicians. What can be tough to find is a place that plays live music that accommodates general music lovers. Meet Rhythm and Rye.  This

"My Name is Rachel Corrie" at Harlequin

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"My Name is Rachel Corrie" at Harlequin

At long last, Rachel Corrie has come home to Olympia in the form of Harlequin Productions' presentation of My Name is Rachel Corrie. This is Olympia's first-ever locally-produced full theatrical performance of the play based on the life and writings of the Olympia native who was run over and killed

Anne de Marcken's Invisible Ink

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Anne de Marcken's Invisible Ink

Anne de Marcken, whose stunning "Redaction Project" at Salon Refu this past spring I reviewed in this column, is at it again with another intriguing, intelligent and engaging art project. This time it is what she calls a "performative piece" at the Feast Art Center. This project defies easy categorization. It

Lush and glitchy

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Lush and glitchy

One of the nice things about being even marginally aware of one's local music scene is the ability to watch as artists grow and evolve. This isn't something that we necessarily become privy to once a band has broken through that cultural membrane to find mainstream success. Sure, we got

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Adams receives the Order of Saint Maurice

Nearly 29 years after retiring as an infantry officer in the Army, a veteran from Steilacoom was awarded the Order of Saint Maurice, the highest honor an infantryman can receive from the National Infantry Association, Tuesday. Retired Col. Frank Adams, recipient of the Order of Saint Maurice,

A stylish job

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A stylish job

If you're wondering what's next after the military, Maria Ferns and Michael Shea both have a simple suggestion: cut hair. Or learn to be a cosmetologist. At the Olympia Barber School in Olympia and at the Summit Salon Academy in Tacoma, there's an open door for military veterans looking for a

Service jobs after the military

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Service jobs after the military

For many of our military members, the decision to enlist was the result of the desire to serve our country. For them, there was no better career choice than to proudly volunteer their services for the better of their country until their retirement. Once they fulfill their military obligations and

Rekindled romance leads to new business venture

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Rekindled romance leads to new business venture

In an effort to rekindle their romance after the birth of their first child, Washington Army National Guard helicopter pilots, Heidi and Ray Leonard, ventured into a Pinot's Palette studio for a date night in early 2015. Pinot's Palette provides an upscale paint and sip experience, a way to enjoy

See the big shows

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See the big shows

Seattle and Tacoma boast plenty of crowd-pleasing events, from sporting extravaganzas at Safeco Field and CenturyLink to star-studded concerts at the Tacoma Dome. But those events would not be nearly so pleasant if it wasn't for the efficient management of the crowds they attract. That's where Staff Pro comes in. Staff

Overcoming loss professionally

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Overcoming loss professionally

There's a sign on the wall in Rich Snider's office on which the words "Whatever It Takes" appear. Those three words are the guiding philosophy behind the thoughts and actions of the employees at Mountain View Funeral Home in Lakewood. "Working in this profession is a calling," explained Snider, the home's sales

From MREs to the dining room

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From MREs to the dining room

Hungry for a career in the restaurant industry? Not surprisingly, there's a connection between working in a restaurant and serving in the military. When a soldier completes a mission, there is immediate feedback in the form of an after-action report.  When a chef or server prepares or delivers a meal to a

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