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Exceptional women

Two local women connected to Joint Base Lewis-McChord were recognized by the Soroptimist International (SI) of Olympia June 3.     The banquet honored 19 exceptional, yet unsung, women who've gone above and beyond the call to make their community a better place in their professional careers or personal volunteer efforts. Detectives,

Local airman slated to change the cider game

Military Life

Local airman slated to change the cider game

Tart Cidery is a startup company, but co-founder Nick Timm is anything but a novice when it comes to turning apples into something amazing. Growing up on an apple and cherry orchard in central Washington, the Air Force veteran and current Reserve member learned how to brew hard cider at

Harbor History Museum

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Harbor History Museum

The Harbor History Museum sits overlooking Gig Harbor, an appropriate location for a museum focusing on the unique heritage of the peninsula. At 7,000 square feet of permanent galleries, it is a smaller museum, but it packs a bunch of history in its creative exhibits. The permanent exhibits are professionally designed

A general center of support

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A general center of support

Waller Hall adds a distinctive element to Joint Base Lewis-McChord's history. It is the cornerstone of support for soldiers. Named in 1998 to honor Lt. Gen. Calvin A.H. Waller, it is the welcoming and departing center for all JBLM soldiers. Waller twice commanded Fort Lewis from August 1989 to November 1990 and then

Military Life

Mental Matters, Part 2

The mind is a complex and cavernous place, and its health fuels emotional stability and clarity. Unfortunately, mental health is sometimes overlooked, pushed into the shadows by its physical counterpart. Often, mental health issues and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are stigmatized within the military, much to the detriment of soldiers

Vashon Island

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Vashon Island

On a recent Saturday morning, I traveled to Vashon Island with the family. Within five minutes, we had met a woman who ventured down the Yukon River with her husband and a gaggle of dachshunds. We also experienced our first "Black Lives Matter" protest. That is just the kind of

Local lunches on Naval Base Kitsap

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Local lunches on Naval Base Kitsap

Lunch time comes quickly for most servicemembers on Naval Base Kitsap (NBK), especially when their day starts at 6 a.m. Regardless of whether you're on NBK Bangor, NBK Bremerton, or NBK Keyport, it's worth noting that most servicemembers get released for lunch around 11 a.m., and nothing fills a restaurant

Fresh catch seafood in the South Sound

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Fresh catch seafood in the South Sound

One of the many great things about living in the Pacific Northwest is the abundance of fresh seafood. And equally fortunate is that seafood isn't difficult to find across the South Sound.  Whether you like it deep fried, spicy, grilled, or even combined with other fresh Northwest ingredients, there are

A twin achievement

Military Life

A twin achievement

Some traditions are harder to break than others, especially when it comes to a family's dedication to serving in the military. Children in military families oftentimes take up the same mantle their mothers and fathers did when they become adults themselves, even if they do so along different paths. Amber

Camp Eagle

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Camp Eagle

Once again, Camp Eagle landed at Carter Lake Elementary School on Joint Base Lewis-McChord and gathered children under its wings to keep them on the learning path. For the last 10 years, Charter Lake has sponsored a special four-day event featuring presenters from such organizations as Fire Station 106, JBLM

Outdoors

Festival of Sail

Tacoma has a long and interesting history of maritime commerce, development and lore. The City of Destiny's official motto is even, "where rails meet sails," reflecting a dedication to the waterfront as a necessary and much-loved part of the city's growth. This week, Festival of Sail Tacoma 2017 will reconnect Tacoma

Celebrate love and life

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Celebrate love and life

If you're from Olympia, or a visitor, you probably noticed a couple things about the city. One of them being dreadlocks and pajamas are a common fad that the community wears very well. And what I really hope that you took away from your visit is how loud and proud

America's Car Museum turns 5

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America's Car Museum turns 5

America's Car Museum (ACM) is an imposing four-story building with a shiny chrome roof that mimics the gleam of a new auto. The museum opened June 2, 2012, and since that date has received visitors from all 50 states and 47 countries around the world. The ACM houses a larger

Vinny makes WA pie

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Vinny makes WA pie

ANNOUNCER: The problem with identifying your menu to a region is that in our global world, there are always people from those places ready to discredit what you do.  Fair or not, New York Vinny's in Lacey gets the same bad rap on Yelp.  And having eaten there, the boys

Love Letters at Olympia Little Theatre

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Love Letters at Olympia Little Theatre

Love Letters by A. R. Gurney presents 50 years in the life of a loving couple, Melissa Gardner and Andrew Makepeace Ladd III, as seen through letters they wrote to each other beginning in the second grade and continuing until maturity. Traditionally, the play has been presented with different actors

New kid in town

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New kid in town

Jeff Pasek is relatively new to Olympia. He moved here from Ohio in 2014. The first I heard of him was when I saw a post about this show on Facebook. I was excited by the vibrant color and exuberance of his paint application. So I Googled him and found

Sweet vulnerability

Music

Sweet vulnerability

Honesty in music can be a hard row to hoe. In most cases, the verisimilitude of a song is just that: the appearance of truth. Even when uncomfortable things are being revealed, the rock star will tend to make themselves look good. There are lots of exceptions to the rule,

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JBLM troops fire HIMARS via C-17

An M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System moves off of a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft. The HIMARS races to its firing spot, the launcher-loader module moves into position, and the operator presses the button. Within a matter of minutes, six rockets head toward their targets and the

Local, veteran-crafted beer at Odd Otter Brewing Company

Military Life

Local, veteran-crafted beer at Odd Otter Brewing Company

With more than 217 breweries in Washington state alone, there's no shortage of well-crafted, local beer for servicemembers near Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) to enjoy. It should come as no shock that local businesses like Odd Otter Brewing Company, a small, veteran-owned craft brewery dedicated to military appreciation, have cropped

Seven homemade goods you can ship downrange

Military Life

Seven homemade goods you can ship downrange

Deployment is rough all around; there's no denying that fact. It's hard on both the soldiers who are away as well as for those back home. One way to help make it easier is to make and ship items to those located overseas. Not only is it a little piece

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