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Zoo to host Gold Star Spouses and their families

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Zoo to host Gold Star Spouses and their families

Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium will be hosting the Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) Gold Star Spouses' Day Recognition Event, 10 a.m. until noon, Saturday, April 14. Put on by the JBLM branch of Washington Survivor Outreach and Survivor Outreach Services in partnership with Sarah Vargo, the Survivor Outreach Services coordinator

Free all-day seminar for those affected by PTSD

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Free all-day seminar for those affected by PTSD

On Saturday, March 31, at the Best Western Liberty Inn in DuPont, the Regional Education and Training Center's (RETC) Institute for Post Traumatic Growth will present a free all-day seminar entitled "Exploring Post Traumatic Growth: A Training for Veterans and Others Impacted by Trauma." Sponsored by grants from the Windows of

First Responders retain possession of Hoops 4 Heroes trophy

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First Responders retain possession of Hoops 4 Heroes trophy

Thursday night's game rocked Pierce College's Health Education Building as a couple hundred spectators cheered on an epic match-up featuring true sports heroes as Pierce County First Responders took on the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Soldiers in the third annual battle for the Hoops 4 Heroes trophy. It wasn't just all fun

Best of Olympia 2018: Fish Brewing Company

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Best of Olympia 2018: Fish Brewing Company

During the past two decades, microbreweries have become a ubiquitous feature of the South Sound scene. With more than 50 small-craft breweries in the region, it takes something special for a microbrewery to rise to the top of the heap and be crowned among the "Best of...." Fish Brewing Company has

Fort Lewis and The Great War

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Fort Lewis and The Great War

On Sunday, Feb. 18, at 2 p.m., the DuPont Museum and Historical Society will present a program by local historian, author and artist, retired Army Sgt. Alan Archambault at the DuPont Community Presbyterian Church. The presentation will feature the history of Fort Lewis and its integral role in the United

Hoops 4 Heroes game to benefit soldiers

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Hoops 4 Heroes game to benefit soldiers

February has arrived. That means that March is right around the corner, and with the arrival of the windy month, all thoughts turn to ... basketball, of course! There's March Madness, there's the WIAA High School Championships and there's Hoops 4 Heroes. Put on by the DuPont/Steilacoom Subchapter of the Captain

JBLM spouses knit Little Hats for Big Hearts

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JBLM spouses knit Little Hats for Big Hearts

Military spouses from JBLM and other military family members from around the South Sound have been knitting and crocheting up a storm this year. Next month, neonatal units in the Seattle area will be the recipients of their labors of love as part of the American Heart Association's (AHA) national

Veterans satisfy South Sound's thirst

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Veterans satisfy South Sound's thirst

With the presence of Joint Base Lewis-McChord and a growing reputation for fine craft beers and spirits, it seems fitting that so many distilleries in Tacoma would be veteran-owned. Started by retired Army Sgt. Andrew Fairchok and former airman Rodney Kaeding, the Old Soldier Distillery brews what their website describes as

Operation Thanksgiving Dinner welcomes JBLM newcomers

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Operation Thanksgiving Dinner welcomes JBLM newcomers

When soldiers first arrive on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, it can take a week or two -- or sometimes even longer -- to in-process and start work at a new unit. Those weeks can be frustrating and tedious during the best of times, but when new arrivals find themselves stuck in

An advent calendar for grown-ups

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An advent calendar for grown-ups

While enjoying an adult beverage on a trip to China a few years ago, Jennifer Steifel, president of Gig Harbor's Heritage Distilling Company (HDC), and Hannah Hanley, HDC's director of strategic communications, came up with a brilliant idea: an advent calendar for grown-ups. A calendar where each traditionally numbered flap

Victorian Country Christmas Festival to celebrate 30th anniversary

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Victorian Country Christmas Festival to celebrate 30th anniversary

Christmas is the season for family traditions. Everything -- from food to decorations and holiday outings -- reflects the way things have always been done, sometimes for generations. For more than a generation now, many residents of the South Sound region have included the Victorian Country Christmas Festival among their

Home away from home

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Home away from home

When former Army captain Dr. John Hotchkiss, Army major Dr. Owen McGrave, and their friends, Army National Guard Sgt. Pablo Monroy, Derrick Peacock and Teresa Smith, decided to add one more microbrewery to the vibrant South Sound microbrew scene, they wanted it to be ... well ... different. As Hotchkiss

Maritime theme defines Puget Sound style

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Maritime theme defines Puget Sound style

Arguably, one of the benefits of military life is the opportunity to live in many different parts of the country. As a resident, there is the opportunity to experience the culture, the food and the scenery of a place in a way that a tourist simply can't. Decorating one's home

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

South Sound clinics offer cutting-edge therapy

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South Sound clinics offer cutting-edge therapy

Considering what they do over a lifetime, it is no wonder that the joints and bones of the feet are often among the first parts of the body to show signs of overuse. Fallen arches, arthritis, tendonitis and fasciitis can make even simple tasks painful and exhausting. Since 2002, Foot

The story behind the wall

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The story behind the wall

Just north of Steilacoom Blvd., across the street from Fort Steilacoom Park, the stone wall is hard to miss. A decorative remnant of a much earlier time, it stands guard around an assortment of massive brick buildings, now known as Western State Hospital, and the remains of the 19th century

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JustTri half-marathon to raise funds for vets, cancer

Sunday, Sept. 17, runners will descend upon Fort Steilacoom Park to participate in JustTri's inaugural 2017 Lakewood Half Marathon, 10K and Savannah's 5K Run. According to 22-year Army veteran, Lt. Col. Marc Chung, founder of JustTri Athletic Events, "The 2017 Lakewood Half Marathon, 10K & Savannah's 5K Run are community supported running events

Pull for a Soldier

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Pull for a Soldier

Friday, Sept. 8, the Gig Harbor Sportsman's Club will host the second annual Pull for a Soldier trapshooting competition. This fundraiser will benefit the Permission to Start Dreaming Foundation, "a Gig Harbor-based foundation that raises funds for alternative therapy programs that help veterans and their families find a light through

Best live music venue: Jazzbones

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Best live music venue: Jazzbones

Located in the midst of Tacoma's bustling food and entertainment scene, Jazzbones has been a Tacoma fixture for more than 15 years. The iconic 6th Avenue restaurant and nightclub boasts live music six nights a week accompanied by an assortment of beers on tap, creative cocktails and scrumptious snacks. The venue,

Best hair salon: Supernova Hair Salon

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Best hair salon: Supernova Hair Salon

Hair is often the first thing people notice, therefore, hair styles should be as individual and unique as the people who wear them. Finding a hair salon isn't difficult -- there seems to be one on every corner. But finding a hair salon where every stylist sees each customer as

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