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Rutledge Corn Maze

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Rutledge Corn Maze

The Rutledge Corn Maze has become a family tradition for many local families and it's easy to see why. With a fall nip in the air, it's time to head out to the farm and see all they have to offer. The corn maze officially opens Sept. 22 and the

Keeping a Career on the Move

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Keeping a Career on the Move

Hiring Our Heroes and the Military Officers Association of America are hosting a full day Keeping a Career on the Move Military Spouse Employment Symposium at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) Monday, Sept. 24, at the American Lake Conference Center. The event is free and open to all military, veteran, and

Hall of Valor

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Hall of Valor

The Hall of Valor, a new gallery at the Lewis Army Museum on Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), opens Saturday, Sept. 15. The gallery is a series of five bays each representing two battles that units associated with Camp Lewis, Fort Lewis or JBLM (depending on the year) fought in. "So much

Bringing a taste of Louisiana to the PNW

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Bringing a taste of Louisiana to the PNW

Mo' Bowl Cajun is one of the popular Army Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) contracted food trucks located on Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM). Air Force MSgt. Ret. Timothy Lee Singleton and his wife, Lori, own the food truck business. Timothy served for 20 years as a Satellite and Microwave Technician.

Getting ready for Restaurant Week

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Getting ready for Restaurant Week

For those new to the South Sound, a fun fall event is Tacoma Restaurant Week, which is actually two weeks in October, Sunday through Thursday, 21-25 and Oct. 28-Nov. 1. Many of the top restaurants in Tacoma take part offering three-course lunches at $15 and three-course dinners for $30. This

Is private school a good fit for your family?

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Is private school a good fit for your family?

Frequent moves can be challenging for military children, and some local families on Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) have chosen the private school option to help mitigate it. Private schools are usually small, with a low student-to-teacher ratio. Many of the local private schools also offer substantial financial aid to military

Where to stay when on-base lodging is full

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Where to stay when on-base lodging is full

Holidays and PCS season often find lodging at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) with no room at the inn. Whether you like your lodging brand new or historic, there are options just outside the gates of JBLM. DuPont offers newer lodging and is close to restaurants and shops. Two hotels are located

Visit the dazzling new Pacific Seas Aquarium

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Visit the dazzling new Pacific Seas Aquarium

After more than four years of planning and construction, the dazzling, new 35,000 square-foot Pacific Seas Aquarium at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium will open Friday, Sept. 7, with a program and dedication at 9:30 a.m. The showpiece of the new facility is Baja Bay, a 280,000-gallon tank with

TRICARE Prime around JBLM

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TRICARE Prime around JBLM

There are many options for medical treatment through Tricare Prime while stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM). Tricare Prime is the medical plan that has no enrollment fees or copays for active-duty military families. In the JBLM area you have two options, the Puget Sound Military Health System which includes

Hidden gems near JBLM

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Hidden gems near JBLM

Quaint towns and fun activities surround Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Traffic can be challenging and its nice to have places to visit that don't involve getting on Interstate 5. Most people are familiar with the city of DuPont, but they are thinking of the modern, planned community of Northwest Landing with its

Working with wolves

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Working with wolves

Spc. Mary K. McKeand is a Stryker Systems Maintainer with 1-14 Calvary Warhorse, D Trp, FST. She visited Wolf Haven International in January of this year and fell in love with it, and their mission to preserve the habitat.  "I learned about the volunteer opportunities after my first tour and Wolf

Lewis Community Spouses’ Club Super Sign-Up

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Lewis Community Spouses’ Club Super Sign-Up

Moving to a new location can be a daunting experience, especially when leaving your friends and family behind. The Lewis Community Spouses' Club (LCSC) is a great resource for military spouses to meet new people and contribute to their local community. The new year kicks off Tuesday, Aug. 21, with

Hanford B-Reactor historical tours

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Hanford B-Reactor historical tours

A visit to the Hanford Unit of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park located in Richland, is enriching and offers a fascinating STEM tour for children, and a greater insight for adults to understanding the complexities of nuclear negotiations with North Korea and Iran. The B-Reactor National Historic Landmark is

133rd Army Band of the Washington Army National Guard

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133rd Army Band of the Washington Army National Guard

Members of the 133rd Army Band of the Washington Army National Guard spent six days in Vernon, British Columbia, rehearsing and performing in the 5th annual Okanagan Military Tattoo, which took place at the Kal Tire Place arena July 28-29. The 133rd's G7 Dixieland Band rocked it out of the

Camo2Commerce launches two new training programs for military spouses

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Camo2Commerce launches two new training programs for military spouses

Camo2Commerce is offering two new training programs for military spouses. "Camo2Commerce is honoring the year of the spouse by launching two competitive cohorts for training in two different focus areas: nonprofit fundraising and entrepreneurship," said Michele Helfgott-Waters, Camo2Commerce Education/Special Projects Program Manager. "There is no charge to participate in these cohorts.

Best Staycation: Hotel Murano

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Best Staycation: Hotel Murano

Weekly Volcano readers have selected Hotel Murano as the Best Staycation. It is easy to see why. This beautiful hotel sits in the heart of downtown Tacoma in the midst of all the action. The hotel takes Tacoma's love of art glass to a new level with its museum-quality art

Best Hidden Gem: Topside Coffee Cabin

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Best Hidden Gem: Topside Coffee Cabin

Editor's note: The town of Steilacoom was selected by our readers as Best Hidden Gem. Our writer selected Topside Coffee Cabin as a reflection of the town's vibe. Topside Coffee Cabin, located in historic, downtown Steilacoom, is my favorite hidden gem. I began coming here before the sun started peeking out

Flaming Geyser State Park

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Flaming Geyser State Park

On this "A Park, a Picnic and a Pooch", we headed northeast to Flaming Geyser State Park. It is a nice, scenic drive from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, following the Green River as you get closer to the park. There are no markets close to the park, so you will need

Vacation on Whidbey Island and support veteran-owned businesses

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Vacation on Whidbey Island and support veteran-owned businesses

Military families often talk about what the future holds after the military, and those talks often include owning your own business, like a bed and breakfast or restaurant. On Whidbey Island, you can find many veteran-owned businesses you can support with your vacation dollars. It also gives you a chance

Navy pilot leverages G.I. Bill to open winery

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Navy pilot leverages G.I. Bill to open winery

Commander (R) Greg Martinez, owner of Holmes Harbor Cellars, is not your typical winemaker. He served in the United States Navy for 28 years as a pilot and flight instructor for the EA-6B Prowler and the EA-18G Growler. His call sign was "Elvis" for his musical abilities. His service in

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