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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

VFW Narrows Bridge honors centenarian

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VFW Narrows Bridge honors centenarian

Leaving us at the rate of nearly 400 per day, and with fewer than a half million remaining, our World War II veterans are perhaps this country's most rapidly disappearing national treasure. So it was fitting for VFW Post #10018 in Ruston to pull out all the stops when one

Outdoor swimming pools in the South Sound

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Outdoor swimming pools in the South Sound

The weather forecast for the foreseeable future is going to be HOT! With high temperatures forecasted to be in the upper 80's and 90's, the mission for the day becomes: STAY COOL! And what better way to accomplish that mission than to head for the pure refreshment of an outdoor pool.

15 years of glass

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15 years of glass

On Thursday, July 6, Tacoma's own Museum of Glass (MOG) will mark 15 years of creating and promoting glass as an art form in the South Sound. The celebration will feature "cake and beverages during the day," said Jana Marcelia, MOG's director of communications, adding that the museum will be offering

Dystopian fiction set on JBLM

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Dystopian fiction set on JBLM

When retired Petty Officer 1st Class Kyle D. Pratt was a child, his family moved to a secluded home in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. Although he was a somewhat reluctant reader, with no TV and no radio, he soon turned to books - especially sci-fi books - to fill

Lincoln oldest JROTC in Tacoma

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Lincoln oldest JROTC in Tacoma

When Gen. Colin Powell was named National Security Advisor in 1987, he found that the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) program, established under President Woodrow Wilson in 1916, had become basically inoperative for many years. Powell, who as a college freshman joined the ROTC program at City College of

Getchell named new civilian AMC representative

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Getchell named new civilian AMC representative

Karen Getchell, a Tacoma native and mother to three grown sons who serves as the community liaison for Patriot's Landing in DuPont, has been named to the post of honorary commander to Gen. Carlton D. Everhart, II, Air Mobility Command.  In this two-year appointment, Getchell will serve as one of 10

Tour the rural

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Tour the rural

Some South Sound farms are open to the public during the spring months. That's great because spring is the perfect time to visit a farm. Barns are filled with the sounds of baby of animals of all sorts; fields are verdant with the spring green of newly emerged shoots; and

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