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Soldier for life

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Soldier for life

Only about 15 percent of soldiers in the Army stay to serve 20 years, the numbers gets even smaller for those who stay past 20 years. It's something not many soldiers accomplish. Command Sgt. Maj. Pamela K. Williams is one of those soldiers whose dedication and commitment to her soldiers, sustained

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Dickens Festival, glass sale and more

THE FILM I’ll hang her up! The Associated Ministries hosts a screening of “It’s a Wonderful Life” tonight at the Blue Mouse Theatre to benefit the Family Emergency Fund. Yeah! Wonderful, yes, but remember that Frank Capra’s postwar holiday classic is about a guy who, for much of the film, is on a

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Sparkles style

You’ve seen him around, without a doubt — spinning every Thursday night at The Monsoon Room, or maybe behind the drum kit at The Scuzztones show, or possibly at The Spar in Old Town Tacoma — looking all Keith Moon-ish. He’s DJ Jimmy Sparkles, and he’s one cool cat. The

JBLM tree lights up Gig Harbor

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JBLM tree lights up Gig Harbor

For nearly two decades, Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) has gifted the city of Gig Harbor with a Christmas tree. Each year, Gig Harbor works with its partner unit, the 201st Expeditionary Military Intelligence Brigade, to select and cut a Douglas fir to take center stage for its holiday festivities. This collaborative

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Juniper Drive

Born and bred in Tacoma, Lindsay Hartwell of Juniper Drive has been creating jewelry and other designs on and off for 14 years. “I don’t know if I have one style,” explains Hartwell. “It’s eclectic or artsy — definitely folk art. Each piece is a unique style in and of

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The Buzz and the Bazaar

The Buzz While the Internet is a fantastic way to try out new music, I still relish getting in my car and driving to a real store where I interact with live people. I’ve been listening to My Chemical Romance songs, both old and new, on the band’s Web site for

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas

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Irving Berlin’s White Christmas

The 1954 film White Christmas occupies an odd little corner of the holiday entertainment pantheon. While it's certainly a favorite for some families, it doesn't frequently get mentioned alongside established classics like It's a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, and A Christmas Story, despite starring old Hollywood stars like

2018 Holiday Guide #2

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2018 Holiday Guide #2

A guide on local holiday shopping, events and more! Come back each week for more holiday ideas. Click here to view our interactive 2018 Holiday Guide #2.

Holidays enhanced by community

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Holidays enhanced by community

The 446th Airlift Wing Airman and Family Readiness Center, located at McChord Field, continues to be a hub of support and resources -- especially during the holiday season. "(We want) all the folks we work with to have the happiest holidays possible," said Master Sgt. Kathleen Myhre, NCO in charge of

Shop small, local, and handmade

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Shop small, local, and handmade

The big box retailers are in full swing, decking their fluorescent-lit halls with tinsel, bows, and baubles. Boxes upon boxes of kitchen gadgets, electronics, and toys line the paths while you hunt for something special and unique. You're not going to find it in there. On Saturday, we suggest you

Children’s Museum breaks ground

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Children’s Museum breaks ground

Joint Base Lewis-McChord's Children and Youth Programs has partnered with the Children's Museum of Tacoma to turn the old skating rink at 2275 Liggett Ave. into a Children's Museum annex. The Children's Museum of Tacoma was established in 1985 by parents, teachers and community leaders to create unique resources for area

Green to Gold program provides opportunities

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Green to Gold program provides opportunities

Second Lt. Blake Pickel began his career in the Army when he enlisted in 2007. Today, he serves as the executive officer for the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division's support medical company after commissioning in 2017 through the Green to Gold scholarship program. "When I first came in,

Operation Turkey Drop

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Operation Turkey Drop

The turkeys came tumbling out of the back of an Old Cannery Furniture Warehouse truck. As soon as the vehicle had stopped, the back door was quickly opened and a number of hands began to unload 160 frozen turkeys to hand off to another pair of hands. The line of

Air Force wins Final Battle

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Air Force wins Final Battle

A team of six Air Force men and women bested the Army and Navy to capture the first-ever Inter-Service Alpha Warrior Final Battle held at Retama Park on the outskirts of San Antonio Nov. 17. Captain Mark Bishop of Air Mobility Command, Capt. Noah Palicia of Pacific Air Forces, Capt. Jennifer

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Dirty laundry

You’re working two jobs, going to school part-time and trying to have a social life.  When will you do laundry? Now. But you’re now faced with the daunting realization that you have eight loads to do. Just getting the stuff bagged up and out to your car is an overwhelming challenge.

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Digging the holidays

While Natasha has been busy getting grumpy about the holidays, I absolutely love it. This season is one of my favorite times of the year. Just today roommate Ian and I decorated for the season. I broke out my actual Charlie Brown Christmas tree, we strung icicle lights around the mantle, and

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Rockin’ the holidays

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Dashing through the snow. We three kings of Orient are. Have yourself a merry little Christmas. I can’t stand that crap. I grew up in a fundamentalist Catholic family, and I was blessed at a very, very young age with the ability to sing soprano, alto and tenor. With those

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Spoken word poet has a lot to say

Lucas Smiraldo looks like your average middle-aged man with thinning hair and a pudgy mid-section, but he has a fire in him that he needs to release. His chosen form of creative expression is spoken word poetry — something he’s been doing since 2000. He was inspired by the movie

SPOUSE magazine - November 2018

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SPOUSE magazine - November 2018

To receive an email announcing the latest Spouse magazine, click here. To read the November 2018 Spouse Magazine, click HERE, In this month's issue: <<< Ski season is near <<< Kaley Rhoden and Hanna Smelser <<< Navy veteran leverages DIY skills to start her own business <<< Salamone's Pizza <<< Childcare Aware helps military families <<< Explore

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These boots are made for ...

Bootsy McGhee. Some say that’s me. There are people in this world who collect all sorts of things — stamps, baseball cards, automobiles and the like. My collector’s items are a little out of the ordinary, and they’re one of the biggest components of my personal brand identity. CFM boots. Normally I’d spell out what

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