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A green and white house of history

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A green and white house of history

In 1917 there were almost 2,000 buildings on Camp Lewis, and all of them wore nothing but the splinters of the wood they were made of. There was one exception, though. The Camp Lewis House - sometimes referred to as the Hostess House - wore a coat of white paint with green

History in a dry dock

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History in a dry dock

Sitting on large wooden blocks at the Lake Union Dry Dock Company, the USS Turner Joy (DD-951) looked large and naked. Lifts, generators and other tools surrounded the ship's hull. The gritty remains of sanded-off paint and water converged and covered the bottom of the dock. Once a new coat of high-quality

2017 Best of Olympia: Burial Grounds

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2017 Best of Olympia: Burial Grounds

Don't let the black exterior and the ravens migrating through it bother you. Rather, think of the visual as an entry into a unique experience. With this expectation, it is easy to see that Burial Grounds, a coffee shop located in Olympia since 2010, is the polar opposite of a Starbucks

Heaven on Earth

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Heaven on Earth

Beauty comes from within. At Olympus Spa, a family-owned business dedicated by a husband to his wife as a gift of honoring women, the attitude is that an individual's true beauty can only be achieved when one feels healthy. In other words, this spa pampers women's minds, bodies and spirits. "We offer women

History in an old inn

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History in an old inn

It's no surprise that the Lewis Army Museum comes with almost 10 decades of history behind it. Built in 1919, the edifice takes the shape of a Swiss Chalet-style structure; it remains the last building from a recreational area called Greene Park called the Red Shield Inn. When World War I ended,

Headstone history

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Headstone history

The weathered headstone is just about a century old. On the aged stone is chiseled the name of Lee Whalen, and that he had been assigned to Company B, 347th Machine Gun Company. The Seattle Daily Times reported that he had died after a brief illness in October 1917, a month after

Networking talent

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Networking talent

The nation's economy is only as strong as the talents of the people who work in it. Some of those individuals are veterans. Work of Honor, which began operations in 2015, is a community of veterans and business professionals committed to combining best business practices and military operational strategies in providing a

USS Olympia docks here

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USS Olympia docks here

MM1 (Machinist Mate 1st Class) Brandon Brown carefully poured white paint from a five-gallon bucket into a bright orange paint tray. "I like doing this for the community," the native of Texas said as he rolled the paint onto a wall inside Olympia's Salvation Army building. Not far away, MM1 Arturo Madrigal

From MREs to the dining room

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From MREs to the dining room

Hungry for a career in the restaurant industry? Not surprisingly, there's a connection between working in a restaurant and serving in the military. When a soldier completes a mission, there is immediate feedback in the form of an after-action report.  When a chef or server prepares or delivers a meal to a

Overcoming loss professionally

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Overcoming loss professionally

There's a sign on the wall in Rich Snider's office on which the words "Whatever It Takes" appear. Those three words are the guiding philosophy behind the thoughts and actions of the employees at Mountain View Funeral Home in Lakewood. "Working in this profession is a calling," explained Snider, the home's sales

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555 Able fund helps all

Being able to commit to an ideal is a worthy endeavor. That's the reason why there is a 555 Able Soldier and Family Fund to support the soldiers and families of the 555th Engineer Brigade, or Triple Nickel. The brigade's motto is "Willing and Able." The brigade is comprised of three battalions totaling

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A marathon history lesson

The lessons of history are sometimes bittersweet. "There is a hallowed piece of Ranger history here," commented Spc. Sheldon Evans, as we sat and talked in the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment's Combat Readiness Training Center, or CRTC. The bond between Rangers runs from the Revolutionary War to the present. The history

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No land swap

The hope that the city of Lakewood and Joint Base Lewis-McChord could affect a land swap has fallen through. An effort to relocate businesses in McChord Field's "impact area," the land most adjacent to the runway, to different property that the Joint Base would offer up, won't move forward as hoped. Development

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Military families turned out for party at Marymount Car Museum

Five-year-old Isabelle Poole sat quietly as a barber trimmed her hair. "We're fixing her hair," her mother, Karen Poole, said. "This past Thursday she tried cutting her own hair, so today's event came at a good time for us to stop by," she added with a thin smile. I began to get the

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Citizenship highlighted at Mt. Tahoma's JROTC competition

Cody McCartney stood ramrod straight at attention. In front of him stood a Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) cadet from the University of Washington. The inspector looked and sounded serious. Very serious. One of 21 Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets from South Kitsap High School Wolf Battalion, McCartney, a senior, faced a

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Aficionado Cigar Lounge in Tacoma expands service

The Aficionado Cigar Lounge serves as a refuge for those seeking a spot to smoke a fine cigar. "This is a great place to come and enjoy one," commented Brian Larson as he relaxed next to Mr. Punch, the wooden statue just inside the front door that greets customers. Mr. Punch, an

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47th Combat Support Hospital leads efforts to raise cancer research funding at Joint Base Lewis-McChord

There are 175,000 reasons to shave your head. That number represents the children who are annually diagnosed with cancer. Their fight against this deadly disease is an uphill brawl; more children in this country die of cancer than any other disease. Saturday afternoon in the Joint Base Lewis-McChord MWR Special Events Tent,

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A Sip of Community: Tacoma's Odd Otter Brewing offers novel experience

In the orchestra of craft beers, the Odd Otter Brewing Company sits first chair. And those chairs happen to sit in an historic building in downtown Tacoma. Wedged in at 716 Pacific Ave., the building's history and the beers served therein create a sense of connectivity to the community. "Tacoma is

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Mayor of Lakewood wins bet with JBLM commander

It looks like Joint Base Lewis-McChord's commander, Col. Chuck Hodges, will be making good on his bet with Lakewood's mayor, Don Anderson. The city and JBLM enjoy a very good relationship that both Anderson and Hodges prize. But that didn't stop them from making a friendly wager on the outcome of

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Servicemembers held for Ebola monitoring at JBLM go home

Technical Sgt. Joe Greene happily returned home to Montana late Tuesday afternoon. "I was ready to get back to my family for Christmas," he said during a telephone interview from his home in Montana. "I missed Thanksgiving with them." One of 15 individuals monitored for Ebola symptoms, Greene spent 21 days in

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