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Madigan turns 25

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Madigan turns 25

The "new" Madigan Army Medical Center turned 25 years old at exactly 10 a.m. this past Tuesday morning. Two hours later, a celebration of the center's opening Feb. 28, 1992, began. "I am still in awe of this place and what it stands for," commented Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Leslie Burger, who commanded

New bill streamlines licensure for military spouses

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New bill streamlines licensure for military spouses

Imagine you're the spouse of an active-duty servicemember and your family just transferred to a new state. (Some of our readers don't have to imagine. Welcome to Washington!) Moving is one of the most stressful and exhausting experiences in life, but it's par for the course in military life. Fortunately,

Vets get creative

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Vets get creative

Hundreds of veterans leave the military emotionally, mentally, and physically scarred, but many of those same veterans discover therapeutic healing and purpose through artistic expression. Through Saturday, March 4, the VA Puget Sound Health Care System will host its annual Creative Arts Festival at American Lake. The auditorium will be filled

Good fishing and therapy

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Good fishing and therapy

"I have said for a long time that we can do more good for these men and women in four hours what a psychologist can do in four months," said Elton Hyland, a Navy veteran and a member of Boating For Heroes. "We are humbled when these veterans feel good when

Brat at helm

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Brat at helm

Sue Scott assumed the mantle of Lakewood Historical Society president in November 2016.  She is a longtime resident of Lakewood, but prior to moving here, she lived a life of adventure as a military brat. "When we first moved here September 1959, we lived in the Fort Lewis Lodge for two

WWII POWs at Fort Lewis

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WWII POWs at Fort Lewis

In early June 1944, Hans Koerber entered a Rainier, Oregon, café and ordered a cup of coffee. He was cold, hungry and suffering from a leg injury. Unable to communicate clearly with the waitress, he wrote in pencil on a napkin, "I am an escaped German war prisoner." Koerber, along with another prisoner

KWA receives award for helping veterans

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KWA receives award for helping veterans

From their beginnings 45 years ago, Korean Women's Association has had connections to the military. In recognition of their ongoing helping hand that today hires military vets and that has had an ongoing dedication to serving those who have served their country, the statewide Yes Vets program recently presented KWA with

State Patriotic Day pays tribute to nation

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State Patriotic Day pays tribute to nation

One would be hard pressed to not already associate the American flag with patriotism, but the term, "Massing of the Colors", isn't necessarily a household name. "The American public in general may've automatically associated patriotism with Massing of the Colors," said Patriotic Day event coordinator, retired Maj. Gen. John Hemphill.  "But

Music to My beers

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Music to My beers

On Thursday, March 2, the Washington State History Museum in downtown Tacoma will rock with the sounds of the 90s while patrons sample tasty brews from Three Magnets Brewing Company in Olympia. Presented by the Washington State History Museum, Three Magnets Brewing and Obee Credit Union, the Music to My

The odd, the quirky and the fabulous

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The odd, the quirky and the fabulous

Hilarity, innovation and all-around fabulousness meets South Sound theater patrons this month in performances that seldom get reviewing because there are so few opportunities to see them, starting with Theater Artists Olympia's Playhouse Creatures in the intimate space of The Midnight Sun. This one started its run in February and

Puyallup has well-crafted food

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Puyallup has well-crafted food

ANNOUNCER: It's not that Puyallup hasn't been turning out better and better food, it's just that they haven't been doing so in the same numbers as Tacoma.  But, more and more, it is easy to say, that foodies can find finely crafted food in the valley - and Arista Pasta

Food Truck Lot set to open in Tacoma

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Food Truck Lot set to open in Tacoma

Food truck lovers in Tacoma will rejoice Monday, March 6, when the brand new Food Lot officially opens. Located at 1210 Tacoma Ave South, the Food Truck Lot will feature two different food trucks Monday through Friday between the hours of 11 a.m and 2 p.m for patrons to enjoy

Unidentifiable but fascinating

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Unidentifiable but fascinating

I was warned ahead of time by Salon Refu owner Susan Christian that Dan Barron's pop-up exhibition of "extraordinary" photos was going to be "exceedingly unnerving" and "incomprehensible." With words like that, how could I not be intrigued? So I took myself down to Salon Refu, the most innovative gallery in

Lo-fi two ways

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Lo-fi two ways

While there's certainly not a dearth of options for your entertainment dollar in the City of Destiny, it can still be reflexive to look at a place like Seattle with envy. A metropolis with an artistic bent like Seattle is, by its nature, positively lousy with shows every night of

Know what you want

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Know what you want

Putting the pieces together in the puzzle of purchasing a home can be challenging. The housing market has shown signs of rebounding from the 2008 housing loan debacle. In conjunction with the improvement of the job market and relatively low interest rates, many individuals are thinking about buying a home. "You want

Fort Worden, a historical gathering place

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Fort Worden, a historical gathering place

Endless opportunities for adventure, recreation, relaxation and enrichment through the arts abound at historic Fort Worden in Port Townsend. You can easily fill a weekend, a month or even a lifetime with things to do there. The Fort Worden Public Development Authority (PDA) and Washington State Parks entered into a co-management

Soldiers surrender Hoops 4 Heroes trophy

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Soldiers surrender Hoops 4 Heroes trophy

Basketball ruled the South Sound this past weekend. While high school teams from around the state hit the hardwood at the Tacoma Dome to vie for the WIAA state basketball championship, Saturday saw an equally epic match-up in the gymnasium of the Pierce Community College Health Education building, where soldiers

Award-winning art by military veterans

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Award-winning art by military veterans

A diverse range of art on display by military veterans inspired and entertained visitors to the 2017 VA Puget Sound Creative Arts Festival March 2-4 at American Lake VA Hospital in Lakewood. One-hundred and twenty-nine works were represented across 34 visual arts categories in fine arts, applied arts and craft kits.

A legislative experience

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A legislative experience

Natalie Trimble, a student at Lt. Gen. William H. Harrison Preparatory School, recently served as a page in the state House of Representatives during the 2017 legislative session. Rep. Dick Muri, R-Steilacoom, sponsored her for the Washington State House of Representatives Page Program.  She is the daughter of Lt. Col.

2017 Pierce County Reads kicks off

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2017 Pierce County Reads kicks off

The 2017 Pierce County (PC) Reads Open House Kickoff will take place at the Lewis Army Museum Saturday, from 3-5 p.m. The 2017 book selection is Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War, by Mary Roach.   Visitors can view displays of military uniforms from various time periods.  There will

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