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Free classifieds/auctions for local troops

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Free classifieds/auctions for local troops

They say if we build it they will come, and that is exactly the idea behind nwXchange.net, the new classified and auction site designed to help military and their families at JBLM and Naval Base Kitsap buy and sell from each other at no charge ... ever. Since 1951 Swarner Communications

Garden tours

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Garden tours

Pacific Northwest gardening is different than a lot of places in the country. Here, we are a lot about temperate plants, moss, lichens and woodland plants - but in a good way. Our gardening here features the color green, as in conifers and native plants that provide a carpet of

Tour the rural

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Tour the rural

Some South Sound farms are open to the public during the spring months. That's great because spring is the perfect time to visit a farm. Barns are filled with the sounds of baby of animals of all sorts; fields are verdant with the spring green of newly emerged shoots; and

Day trips with friends

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Day trips with friends

I recently polled some of my military spouse friends and asked, "Where do you like to go to spend a day with a friend?" I was not surprised when I received three different answers. Sumner: Laura Williams, a retired military spouse, recommends Sumner. "There is so much to do," she said. "The Buttered

Walk close to home

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Walk close to home

This time of year in Washington is like magic. The rain is maybe coming to a stop, and the skies are hopefully more clear and sunny. Lucky for us, we don't have to travel far to experience the beauty in our backyard. There are several great, easy hikes within a

Get in touch with your adrenaline

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Get in touch with your adrenaline

Never let it be said that the Pacific Northwest isn't filled with adventurous pursuits. From watersports to amazing aerial adventures, get out of the city, and you'll find high adventure around every bend. Skydiving If high adventure is what you seek, jumping out of a plane to catch sight of Northwest scenery

Kitsap County: RX for city doldrums

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Kitsap County: RX for city doldrums

Eighteenth century writer Samuel Johnson once drolly observed that "when a man was tired of London, he was tired of life." Johnson's remark definitely isn't applicable to Pacific Northwesterners. Their cure-all? Venturing off to greener pastures (hey! This is the Evergreen State, right?) such as can be found in Kitsap County,

Swim with sharks

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Swim with sharks

The shadow a shark casts on the ground as it passes above you is much bigger than the shark itself, but just as terrifying as it is in the movies. In fact, it almost feels cinematic to watch the shadow's tail twitch as it suddenly changes direction under your feet,

Triple-A ball in T-Town

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Triple-A ball in T-Town

Are you and the family looking for all of the excitement of a professional baseball game but in an intimate environment at a more affordable price? Then get your family, significant other and/or friends together and take them out to the ballgame to see the AAA team of the Seattle Mariners

Experience tranquility

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Experience tranquility

Daily, hidden stressors take many forms to wreak havoc on sanity in ways that impact performance at work and at home. Thankfully, there are local businesses that help individuals unwind, re-center and take a breather from the nonsense that can throw them out of balance. Founded in 1975, Radiance Herbs and

Washington state spring fair

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Washington state spring fair

It's tempting to say that state fairs are as American as apple pie, but they're already a cliché for something so homespun and wholesome that it'd be gilding the lily to compare it to anything else. The Sandlot - a fundamental document, like A Christmas Story, of simple American living

Top 5 non mall places to shop

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Top 5 non mall places to shop

The default shopping destination in the Tacoma area is usually the Tacoma Mall, which is a fine choice, especially on rainy days since the mall is fully enclosed. However, non-mall shopping destinations offer an alternative - something more local and often more unique. Whether you're shopping for jewelry, clothing, food,

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Where to see color in the NW

Recent rains have primed the ground, and the warmth of spring is setting flowers to budding. If you’re ready to feast your eyes on tulips or dally among the daffodils, there are a plethora of pretty posies highlighted in upcoming Pacific Northwest parades and fancy floral

2017 Best of Olympia

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2017 Best of Olympia

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Online guides for 2017

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Veterans Day   Fall Guide   Fall Welcome Guide   Best of Tacoma 3D   Mobility Guardian   Freedom Fest   Freedom Fair   Memorial Day   Armed Forces Day   Summer Guide   Homes & Living Guide   Spring Career Guide   Spring Welcome Guide   Best of Olympia    

"First Round" for 5th Battalion

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"First Round" for 5th Battalion

Fifth Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment commander Lt. Col James Dunwoody was anxious to get out the door. The unit is part of the 17th Field Artillery Brigade, which is under the command of Col. Andrew Gainey. "We are ready to deploy," Dunwoody said during a telephone interview on Tuesday afternoon. "It is

Freezing at JBLM

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Freezing at JBLM

A sense of uncertainty surrounds President Trump's recent federal hiring freeze. On Monday, Jan. 23, the President issued a two-page executive order implementing a job freeze on all federal employment. It will last for 90 days and end in late April. He said the directive is a stopgap measure to control the

Forever a soldier

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Forever a soldier

Lt. Gen. Stephen Lanza never talked about himself last Thursday morning during his exit interview. He talked about building community relationships, the Pacific Pathways, implementing innovative training, and the pride he has in the soldiers he has led. Lanza accomplished all this during his tenure as Joint Base Lewis-McChord's top soldier. But he

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Registration time

Whether you're good at scooping hot grounders and tossing a strike to first base or drilling a kick past the goalkeeper from 20 yards out, Teresa Hatch has a word of advice for you. "Sign up," said Hatch, Joint Base Lewis-McChord's intramural sports director. During the next couple of months, JBLM's intramural

Taking off the jacket

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Taking off the jacket

Sexual abuse and assault are criminal acts. The command of Joint Base Lewis-McChord takes very seriously the issue of sexual assault and abuse by, of or on any soldier. The Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) guidebook is a company-level reference tool for commanders and soldiers, the Department of the Army, civilians

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