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Holiday guide: stuffing vs. dressing

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Holiday guide: stuffing vs. dressing

In honor of the holidays being upon us we set out on a quest to better understand some of the common food debates often had around tables piled high with turkey, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and more! We start with one of the most frequent debates, what to call the bread

Holiday guide: Tis’ the Season for Zoo Lights

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Holiday guide: Tis’ the Season for Zoo Lights

The Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium has reimagined their spectacular holiday light display in order to still bring their annual holiday display in a safe manner to South Sound families. Kicking off Nov. 27 and running through Jan. 3, 2021, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. During this time the entire

Back from the Middle East

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Back from the Middle East

The 301st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, completed its mission as Area Support Group-Jordan Tuesday. In a virtual transfer of authority ceremony, the 301st MEB, led by Col. Derek Ulehla and Command Sgt. Maj. James Marsh, turned over responsibility of its Base Operating Support-Integrator mission to the 143rd Regional

Free trees for troops, Drive-in movie

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Free trees for troops, Drive-in movie

A Christmas tree certainly brightens the holiday season. Military can receive free Christmas trees, Dec. 5, by appointment on Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM) as part of the Trees for Troops holiday tradition. It is one of several holiday activities that will go forward on base during this global pandemic. Events include

Madigan & Bremerton unite

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Madigan & Bremerton unite

BREMERTON, Wash. - With an eye on enhancing joint operation capability and a hand on improving personal and professional competency, Navy Nurse Corps officers have teamed up with Madigan Army Medical Center for clinical sustainment training. According to Lt. Cmdr. Candice West, seven nurses from Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command

Food: Less can be more

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Food: Less can be more

If you're planning a smaller Thanksgiving gathering this year because of social distancing, you don't have to give up the turkey, stuffing, pie and other traditional fare. Thanksgiving feasts have typically been tailored for a crowd: big birds, large casseroles, and so on. Your favorite recipes might serve 10 or more.

Holiday guide: Tis’ the season for charcuterie boards

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Holiday guide: Tis’ the season for charcuterie boards

With the holiday season right around the corner we know that everyone is starting to think about the best dishes to accompany their celebrations, no matter what they look like this year. And one of our absolute favorite's is charcuterie boards. They're the perfect appetizer or an entire meal that

Holiday guide: Tis’ the season to find the perfect Christmas tree

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Holiday guide: Tis’ the season to find the perfect Christmas tree

It's about that time to pile the kids in the car and head out in search of the perfect Christmas tree. And we're not talking about a Charlie Brown Christmas tree, we're talking a big ole' tree with lots of room for tinsel and ornaments. Here are the best places

Building dedicated to hero

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Building dedicated to hero

Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher Boyle, the 1-229th Assault Reconnaissance Battalion command sergeant major, unveils the Crandall Hall placard during the 1-229th ARB building dedication at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Nov. 13, 2020. 1-229th ARB dedicated its battalion headquarters to Olympia resident retired Col. Bruce (Snake) Crandall, an aviation pioneer and former

TRICARE open season has officially kicked off

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TRICARE open season has officially kicked off

TRICARE open season has officially kicked off and will run through Dec. 14. What decisions you make during these six week's impacts your coverage for an entire year, so it's important to be prepared with the health care answers needed to make the best decision for your family.  As part of

Watch what you flush

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Watch what you flush

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - On a recent tour of the Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) wastewater treatment plant (WWTP), Eric Rogers, a wastewater treatment plant operator, stated that, "This four year old facility is state of the art for wastewater treatment. Allowing us to preform nutrient removal, which is very important.

Madigan welcomes new CSM

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Madigan welcomes new CSM

MADIGAN ARMY MEDICAL CENTER, Joint Base Lewis-McChord - Serving in a medical role within the military is possibly the most overtly people-oriented position possible. Putting on the uniform is always about serving the nation, but donning the Army Medical Command patch with its serpents and sword implying the caduceus symbol

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Tis’ the season to find the perfect Christmas tree

  It's about that time to pile the kids in the car and head out in search of the perfect Christmas tree. And we're not talking about a Charlie Brown Christmas tree, we're talking a big ole' tree with lots of room for tinsel and ornaments. Here are the best places

Take school on the road with Experience Olympia

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Take school on the road with Experience Olympia

COVID-19 has undoubtedly changed the way we learn, work and explore. But as we all get better at exploring while also social distancing, Experience Olympia & Beyond has made that even easier with their Taking School on the Road Program: Read. Watch. Go. This program goes beyond just a different way to

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Flying Boots

Bandito Betty and I took a little trip up to the South 38th and Pacific Avenue area last weekend to check out Flaming Dragon Tattoo. Directly across the street I see a neon sign that dons a blinking boot with wings. I can literally hear it screaming at me —

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Freddy Parish is the real deal

Writing about music for the Weekly Volcano, which circulates in both Tacoma and Olympia, presents an interesting predicament. The musical scenes and climates of the two cities are polar opposite. For the most part, things that go over well in Olympia bomb in Tacoma — and vice versa. Have you

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Tacoma gets hammered!

After extensive research, I was able to determine that 9 Pound Hammer is a dive bar in Seattle, Wash., an old folk song, a punkabilly band in Kentucky, a small sledge hammer, and a Southern rock band in Tacoma fronted by Dustin Lafferty. Like the hardware it was named after,

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Eye-popping

It’s a two-cliché show: eye-popping and mind-boggling. It’s “Renoir as Printmaker: The Complete Works, 1876-1912” at Tacoma Art Museum. Some consider Pierre-Auguste Renoir one of the lesser of the great French impressionist painters. Admired for his glowing, rosy colors, he is nevertheless considered far too romantic and too syrupy sweet. His

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Oly Rollers roll on

Smash! Bang! Kapow! Bodies colliding at high speeds. Bruises, bumps, and (occasionally) broken bones. While the above description may evoke thoughts of the NFL playoffs, I’m actually talking about Roller Derby — and specifically the Oly Rollers, who will do battle against Kitsap County’s Slaughter County Roller Vixens Sunday, Jan.

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Kem, Wester Daywick and more

Friday, Jan. 18 R&B kem What happen to classic soul music? Where are the Barry Whites and Teddy Pendergrasses of today? Maybe I’m not paying close enough attention to the R&B charts, but it seems hip-hop is crossing over into that realm and it’s not hitting my soul. When I first heard

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