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Prom shoes

I was surfing the Internet for prom shoes and shoes for the springtime when I came across a Web site called www.shoes.com. On the site, I saw the cutest pair of red patent shoes that strapped across the ankle and had an opening over the tops of the toes with

Holiday shopping  in Portland

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Holiday shopping in Portland

Portland is about a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, and you can make it a day trip for holiday shopping or extend as an overnight trip to enjoy some of the city's sights, as well. The big advantage is the tax-free shopping, which saves you almost 10 percent compared to

Cutting down your own Christmas tree

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Cutting down your own Christmas tree

Did you know that Christmas trees are an agricultural crop that provides another income stream for local farms? Once a tree is cut, another is planted to take its place. Tree farms are a busy social hub during the weeks following Thanksgiving, with cut-your-own tree opportunities and seasonal fun like

Fantasy Lights will fill you with cheer

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Fantasy Lights will fill you with cheer

For the past 25 years, the Pierce County Parks has delighted thousands of families from near and far with miles of elaborate displays that can fill even a Scrooge with holiday cheer.  From Nov. 28 through Jan. 1 from the hours of 5:30-9 p.m., Spanaway Lake Park will be transformed into

The Opal Lounge

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The Opal Lounge

ANNOUNCER: South Tacoma Way in Central Tacoma isn't exactly a destination spot for diners, as the mall up the street tends to reap the shopping traffic. The newly revamped Opal Lounge, however, may just pull some crowds south this holiday season. Adding to what was already a well known bar,

A mesmerizing show at SPSCC

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A mesmerizing show at SPSCC

Under the direction of Lauren Love, the theater at South Puget Sound Community College has become one of the region's premiere theaters, presenting challenging and professional-level shows one after another. Witness last year's two-part Angels in America and earlier this year, Fun Home, both of which were the talk of

AF releases FY20 Selective Retention Bonus program

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AF releases FY20 Selective Retention Bonus program

Air Force officials released details Nov. 20 on the fiscal year 2020 Selective Retention Bonus program, which includes 72 eligible Air Force specialties. "The Air Force works hard to retain our highly trained and experienced airmen, and the annual Selective Retention Bonus program is a key element in that effort," said

Changes to TSP coming in December

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Changes to TSP coming in December

According to the thrift savings plan website, all TSP participants must have validated contact information and use two-step authentication to log into the TSP My Account beginning in December 2019. "It's a security measure," says Vic Villarreal, 21st Force Support Squadron personal financial readiness leader. "In today's world of high-tech and

AF says CBD products not okay to use

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AF says CBD products not okay to use

Cannabidiol oil, also known as CBD oil, is growing in popularity as an ingredient in health and pet products, but is it okay for service members and federal employees to use? The simple answer is no. These products may contain tetrahydrocannabinol and can cause airmen to test positive during a urinalysis

A visit to the tip of the Olympic Peninsula

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A visit to the tip of the Olympic Peninsula

Heading out to Neah Bay and Cape Flattery is a doable day trip from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, but it is a long one at almost four hours each way. Spending the night on the Olympic Peninsula when it isn't daylight savings time is advisable, as it gets dark so early now.

JBLM culinary specialists try out for new opportunity

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JBLM culinary specialists try out for new opportunity

Five U.S. Army soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) competed for an internship through a hands-on process at a local restaurant, interviewing during its busiest hours to earn one of the coveted opportunities last week. The culinary specialists, from the 7th Infantry Division and 593rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command, tested their skills

Team Madigan

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Team Madigan

On Friday, Nov. 15, Madigan highlighted Eric Steen, a visual information specialist, and Odis Crosby, a public affairs graphic artist, for designing and printing Madigan's new "Wall of Excellence" display in the Medical Mall on the first floor near the Adolescent Pediatric Clinic. This display highlights some of Madigan's safety,

Carter Lake Elementary welcomes new principal

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Carter Lake Elementary welcomes new principal

In September, Carter Lake Elementary School, one of the newest additions to the Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) school system, welcomed a new principal. Marianne Rupprecht brings both a fresh perspective and a breadth of experience to Carter Lake. What kind of response have you had from students/parents/teachers about Carter Lake? Carter

Wreaths Across America seeking volunteers, donations

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Wreaths Across America seeking volunteers, donations

Holidays can be an especially hard time for remaining military spouses, families, friends and/or community members of service members who are no longer with us. The Wreaths Across America (WAA) program helps to honor and remember those fallen and to help teach the next generation the importance of honoring those who

Brave for my Family

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Brave for my Family

When his father deploys, 9-year-old Davidson considers himself "man of the house" -- it's a role he's filled eight times. Davidson's father, Dave Whetstone -- the surname is a pseudonym for security reasons -- is a Green Beret currently on his 10th deployment. Dave has deployed nearly every year of Davidson's

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Military families worried about moldy conditions at JBLM

SEATTLE — Military families in Washington state have raised concerns saying housing at their base made them sick. AD: Couple counseling on JBLM - couples can receive $300 - confiedential from unit/command.  More information here CLICK KOMO-TV reported Thursday that multiple families who were living on Joint Base Lewis-McChord are now

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So clutch

Now that the excruciating holiday events have transpired and your bank account has regained consciousness, it’s time to splurge on yourself a bit. This winter, fashion is all about ridding ourselves of the redundant trends of seasons past. I’m still suffering severely from skinny pants overload, but even worse are

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The Drug Purse

Some holidays have a higher purpose. Thanksgiving, yes; Memorial Day, yes; Christmas, yes. These days are supposed to inspire some sort of personal reflection or appreciation or spirit of giving or love of mankind. Then there are the holidays that are just for the hell of it. New Year’s Eve

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Atomic Housewives, .38 special and more

Saturday, Dec. 29 BLUES john nemeth, junior watson Two headliners are sliding into Jazzbones to quench your post-Christmas blues thirst. John Nemeth, white, sounds black, and I don’t believe he’s trying. Entrenched in tradition, the Boise native plays in the fashion of old-school blues, R&B and soul singers of the ’50s and ’60s.

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Q Dot

Congratulations to First Night organizers for including a little something dirty in their New Year’s Eve lineup. Bouncing us into this pivotal year will be Federal Way-based emcees Q Dot and Fame Rilla, members of Federal Way-based mini label Tre’dmarks.  Q Dot, a.k.a. Quincy Henry, has been getting glow for

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