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Susie Ristuben

Susie Ristuben needs no introduction, but a friend offers one anyway: “This is Susie. Isn’t she fabulous?” Fabulous is right. Just don’t tell her that unless you want to make her blush. She balks at the term “socialite” and shrugs off the suggestion that she’s somebody in Tacoma/Gig Harbor society. But

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Mishmash

You’ve seen the shoulder bags made out of duct tape. How about those that have seat belts salvaged from old cars and junkyards that are used as tote bag straps complete with chunky metal push button clasps? The tote bags are Mishmash, a design line created by Allison Kline in

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In the bag

Dave’s Meats and Produce So close to my home I could walk, Dave’s Meats and Produce has the most sensational meat counter and the nicest folks working there. Fresh cuts, prepped and ready to cook, broil, sauté or grill provide an easy answer to “what will I prepare for dinner tonight?”

‘Tis the Season for ginger

Health

‘Tis the Season for ginger

Ginger is not just spicy, sweet and delicious, it's also tremendously good for you. And the holiday season is the perfect time to pack a punch with it in everything from the cookie tray to the cocktails. Here's why and how to include this efficacious superfood in your holiday festivities. Be

JBLM honors fallen

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JBLM honors fallen

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - A steady cascade of cold rain splashed atop the marble and granite headstones marking the final resting places of more than 1,000 fallen service members and their families at the Camp Lewis Cemetery on Joint Base Lewis-McChord Dec. 16. Moving row by row, soldiers and airmen placed green wreaths, laced with red ribbon, in front

Arby's opens on JBLM

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Arby's opens on JBLM

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD - The Army and Air Force Exchange Service opened a brand-new Arby's this week at the Lewis Main Exchange shopping center. Part of an ongoing mall and food court upgrade, Arby's offers slow-cooked and freshly sliced meats and BE FIT options. Lewis' Subway, Charley's Philly Steaks and Auntie

TMS AND TRICARE: A Long Overdue Union

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TMS AND TRICARE: A Long Overdue Union

The 21st century has seen the rise of anxiety and depression to become some of the more prevalent health concerns across all ages. According to the World Health Organization, depression is a widespread illness faced by about 264 million people of different age groups around the world. The prevalence of

Preparing for deployment makes all the difference

Military Life

Preparing for deployment makes all the difference

Life in the military is about being ready for deployment. You may be duty-ready, but don't overlook preparations on the home front, especially when it comes to your finances, says Carmen Hamilton, a branch manager with Harborstone Credit Union. That includes having or updating essential legal documents, organizing your finances,

Bringing light to a dark year

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Bringing light to a dark year

MADIGAN ARMY MEDICAL CENTER, Joint Base Lewis-McChord - There is little that can hunt the good stuff quite like a little girl in a dress that sparkles and twirls. If this notion is doubted, 5-year-old Jaina Synder offered overwhelming proof at Madigan Army Medical Center's annual Christmas tree and menorah lighting

How vets get vaccinated

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How vets get vaccinated

WASHINGTON - The Department of Veterans Affairs released a final plan Dec. 15 detailing the order in which veterans and staff will receive coronavirus vaccines as doses become more widely available. The VA is undertaking a plan to distribute vaccines to more than 418,000 employees and 10 million enrolled patients -

JBLM doc wins award

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JBLM doc wins award

NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland - Lt. Col. Luke Mease was awarded the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States (AMSUS) Preventive Medicine Award during the 2020 AMSUS Annual Meeting in National Harbor, Maryland, held Dec. 6-10. The AMSUS Annual Meeting is for military healthcare professionals and leaders to improve the effectiveness,

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Samurai's Hurricane

While it’s great to have brothers to give me wedgies, teach me about heavy metal and take slapshots at my face when they play street hockey, I’m especially thankful that I have sisters. Everything I know about girls I learned from them (and from watching “The Facts of Life”). My

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Visiting two favorite haunts

It is that time of year people. I finally got sick. It is tough not to succumb to it when everyone around you is hacking and sneezing. I never stood a chance. I did the obsessive hand washing, antibacterial soap, Emergen-C, and Zicam, which really helped the severity, because everyone

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Interview with a rat

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Last month, researchers in Indonesia made a shocking announcement. In an extremely rare scientific discovery, scientists say they’ve recently identified a new species of mammal — a giant rat — living and flourishing in the Foja Mountains rainforest in eastern Papua. According to the Chinese Zodiac, today we

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On local screens this week

27 DRESSES: “Knocked Up” and “Grey’s Anatomy” star Katherine Heigl is a perennial bridesmaid whose own happy ending is nowhere in sight. (PG) – BW Century Olympia: Fri-Thurs, Jan. 24 11:30 a.m., 12:45, 2:10, 3:30, 4:50, 6:10, 7:30, 8:50, 10:10. Galaxy Tacoma 6: Thurs

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"Mad Money" not worth much

There is something called “found poetry.” The term refers to anything that was not written as poetry, but reads as if it were. I would like to suggest a new category: found reviews. These are not really reviews, but serve the same function. I found one just now, and after

Official face mask coming

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Official face mask coming

The official Army-designed, -tested, and -refined face mask - the Combat Cloth Face Covering (CCFC) - will be provided to new soldiers during the second quarter of FY2021. This was one of the updates provided to the Army Uniform Board (AUB) during its 152nd meeting, which occurred on Nov. 18. In

Operation cookie drop

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Operation cookie drop

Maj. Jennifer Arce, Operation Cookie Drop co-organizer and 62nd Medical Squadron flight medicine nurse, and other volunteers box up cookies during Operation Cookie Drop Dec. 9, 2020, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The operation received more than 1,000 dozen cookies, which exceeded the goal of 700 dozen cookies for dorm resident

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