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New homes in Lacey

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New homes in Lacey

Two developments in Lacey offer local military families a brand new home starting in the low $300,000s -- something a lot of people didn't know was possible. Add to the fact that interest rates remain at historic lows, now is the time to have everything you want. These communities are built

Buying the farm

Military Life

Buying the farm

A home loan from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is one of the best-kept secrets in the home buying market. Often referred to as the USDA Rural Development Loan, it is a zero-down, 100-percent financing home loan designed to promote home ownership in less-dense communities across the nation. "Buying rural

Achieve the dream

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Achieve the dream

Most folks know that, since 1944, Veteran's Administration Home Loans have been helping veterans achieve the dream of home ownership. What is less well known is that VA Loans can also help qualifying veterans grow their financial portfolios through real estate investment. According to Brooke Villano of Veteran's Lending Group in

Turkey shoot

News Front

Turkey shoot

It is always desirable to shoot for eagles on a golf course during a Turkey Shoot.   But par is good, too. "It's about camaraderie," wrote Amber Young, a representative of America's Credit Union, in an email. ACU is sponsoring the 2017 Annual Turkey Shoot and Holiday Support Golf Tournament Nov. 3 at

Day trip to Vancouver, Washington

Travel

Day trip to Vancouver, Washington

In the drive south on Interstate 5, Vancouver is often overlooked, since people visit its more famous sister city, Portland, just across the Columbia River. However, Vancouver is a vibrant city with lots to see and do, particularly if you like history. First stop is the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

JBLM troops served vital role during OEF missions

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JBLM troops served vital role during OEF missions

Joint Base Lewis-McChord provided essential troops for the Operation Enduring Freedom combat duties in Afghanistan. In less than a month after the horrific Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the United States went on the offensive against al-Qaeda. In October 2001, Special Operations and air power began targeting the Taliban and al-Qaeda. These

Get your trunks ready

News Front

Get your trunks ready

October brings that time of the year to get the junk out of your trunk and fill it with candy for military youth. The Washington National Guard Child & Youth Programs is hosting its 8th annual Trunk or Treat event for military youth, veterans and their families, Oct. 28, from 2

Football, West Point and the 7th ID

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Football, West Point and the 7th ID

There is nothing like a nail-biter of a football game that binds Joint Base Lewis-McChord to the United States Military Academy at West Point. At the Oct. 14 Army vs. Eastern Michigan University game at Michie Stadium, the 7th Infantry Division was honored by the academy. The stadium is dedicated to the

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Learning the military's new retirement system

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — The Defense Department will implement the new Blended Retirement System next year. While no one needs to make a decision until Jan. 1, all service members should take advantage of training and informational resources to research their options during the

Family

Walk to Remember addresses loss of a child

One by one, the children’s names were spoken aloud, candles were lit and the silence was broken. “It’s really our passion to change the culture of silence around pregnancy and loss, to speak your baby’s name and tell your story,” said Miriam Krause, the guest speaker at Madigan

Outdoors

Fall fun in the South Sound

Fall is in the air, and the crisp, sweet aroma of apples, apple cider, pumpkins, fresh donuts and apple fritters permeate the air at Lattin’s Country Cider Mill and Farm, in Olympia — one of a handful of local farms dedicated to providing harvest and Halloween

Jaw-dropping views

Travel

Jaw-dropping views

The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area makes a great vacation destination, especially when you make Stevenson, Washington, and the Skamania Lodge your base for your time in the Gorge. There are so many activities, adventures and places to eat within 10-15 minutes of the lodge that you can easily

From field to global force

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From field to global force

From an argument over naming rights to a place of global importance, today's McChord Field holds a significant place in Joint Base Lewis-McChord's history. In 1927, Pierce County purchased a 771-acre piece of land for a municipal airport. John Rigney was the one to sell his land to make room for the

Milspo life covered on social media

Military Life

Milspo life covered on social media

Being a military spouse is almost like being inducted to a special club. There's insider info that you just get -- stuff that those who have never experienced simply wouldn't understand. Things like jokes, poking fun at policies, instances where "you just had to be there" (like a first-time PCS)

Electronic eccentricities

Music

Electronic eccentricities

As the years go on, it becomes more and more common for a sighing refrain to ring out among a segment of the population: Oh my God, it's not even Halloween, and the stores are already stocked with Christmas decorations. Yes, Christmas comes earlier every year, and there seems no

Real deal

Arts

Real deal

Susan Christian's paintings at Stable Studios are the real deal. They are painting as painting is meant to be: simple, straight-forward, unpretentious and with no trickery whatsoever. Some might see the cut-off figures, oddly elongated formats and mysterious scenes as gimmickry, but they're not; they are simply Christian being Christian

A gem in the harbor

Reviews

A gem in the harbor

ANNOUNCER: After all the tequila and tacos last week, Dutch and Jackie needed to kickstart this weekend with the most important meal of the day, breakfast ... well, maybe brunch if you get a late start. Enter NetShed No. 9 in Gig Harbor. Their menu boasts brunch staples with a

Storytime

Stage

Storytime

All the King's Women at Olympia Little Theatre is a cute, lighthearted play. The concept is inventive, and the structure is unique -- more an evening of storytelling and skits than a play. It is a series of eight short stories about the women in Elvis Presley's life, not his

Tinder Live

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Tinder Live

Online dating has survived years of skepticism and scoffing from those who believe true human connections can only be made in person; for some, admitting that they'd met their significant other on the Internet was felt to be a fairly taboo confession. But, with the Internet increasingly invading every aspect

Gig Harbor Film Festival

South Sound Cinema

Gig Harbor Film Festival

One of the best parts of autumn is the unbridled flow of quality films that tend to inundate theaters. Even disregarding the mainstream output that makes up the majority of what people will be seeing, the Pacific Northwest becomes overrun with film festivals. We've already written about the Destiny City

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