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Art spotting in Port Angeles

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Art spotting in Port Angeles

It is hard to compete with the natural beauty that surrounds the town of Port Angeles. Everywhere you turn, there is a stunning view of either the Olympic Mountains or the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Throw in the Ediz Hook and the port, and it is really remarkable. Competing

Keeping cybersecurity threats at bay

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Keeping cybersecurity threats at bay

Cybersecurity threats, or incidences, seem to be in the news with more frequency. State-sponsored incursions such as the alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election are on the rise, but who protects us against such attacks? A Washington Air National Guard unit, the 252nd Cyber Operations Group (COG), stands ready

Military family background influences Chef Jan Parker's cuisine

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Military family background influences Chef Jan Parker's cuisine

Jan Z. Parker, owner of Jan Parker Cookery, is not your average private chef. Her experiences as both a military brat and a military spouse have allowed her to travel extensively around the world and gain exposure to a wide variety of culinary experiences. Parker is beginning to have success conducting

Military home-buying challenges

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Military home-buying challenges

A huge benefit of serving in the military is the Veteran's Administration (VA) Loan Program. The program allows eligible veterans to purchase a home with no down payment and no requirement for private mortgage insurance, which can up the cost of a monthly mortgage payment. In this market, there is a

Gold Star Youth Mentorship Program

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Gold Star Youth Mentorship Program

Wear blue: run to remember began the Gold Star Youth Mentorship Program last year, and it was a huge success. The program pairs active-duty military members with Gold Star youth for a nine-week running program that culminates on Memorial Day, a particularly challenging day for those who have lost a

Love to party

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Love to party

Retired military spouse Susan Krogh turned her love and talent for parties into a successful party planning and catering business, Just Call Susan Party, in 2015, when she found herself an empty nester after her youngest child moved out. "After a few weeks self-pity, I picked myself up and started to

Super volunteer Dean Pace

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Super volunteer Dean Pace

Walking into the Medical Mall at Madigan Army Medical Center (MAMC) for the first time can be intimidating -- first you must navigate the revolving doors, then maneuver around the crowds at the pharmacy and then wonder "where do I go now?"  Luckily, volunteers like Dean Pace wearing cheerful red

Spring vintage markets

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Spring vintage markets

Most military homes are a reflection of the many duty stations, both in the U.S. and abroad, where the families have lived. At each new station, we add items to our home to remind us of our time at that location. With winter dragging on, it's time to start thinking

Best of Olympia 2018: South Sound Coffee Trail

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Best of Olympia 2018: South Sound Coffee Trail

Living in the Pacific Northwest, you quickly learn that coffee is more than just a morning beverage -- it is that concoction that gets you through the long, rainy winter days. This area is known for its local coffee shops, but have you ever considered where your coffee comes from?

Best of Olympia 2018: The Kissing Statue

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Best of Olympia 2018: The Kissing Statue

One of my favorite things to do in Olympia is the Selfie Tour, and my favorite stop is the Kissing Statue in Percival Landing Park. This is such a great photo stop.  You can take your photo with the statue, or stand to the side and take a photo with

Best of Olympia 2018: Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa

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Best of Olympia 2018: Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa

Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa was voted Best Spa in Olympia by readers of The Weekly Volcano. Located in Lacey, the spa offers facials, massages and hair removal services. "I think we stand out because we have an amazing team of very dedicated front desk associates, massage therapists and

Medford, Oregon (Part 2)

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Medford, Oregon (Part 2)

Crater Lake National Park has a haunting beauty in the winter months when storms from the Pacific Ocean dump an average of 43 feet of snow. Plan a full day from your lodgings in Medford to tour the park.  It is about an hour-and-a-half drive on Route 62 to the

McChord Spouses' Club

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McChord Spouses' Club

The McChord Spouses' Club (MSC) mission is threefold: to provide charitable, social and educational activities; to extend welfare support for military members, their families and the community; and to provide opportunities for giving back to the military community and promote the abilities of its spouses. The MSC is open to

Andersen Simulation Center

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Andersen Simulation Center

As you enter the smoke-filled room, the sounds of battle fill the air, and the heartbreaking groans of casualties cause your heart to beat a little faster. Realistic mannequins with blood gushing from realistic battle injuries and the smell of burnt flesh await medical treatment, some with body parts blown

Medford, Oregon

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Medford, Oregon

Medford is a great base for a visit to Southern Oregon to explore Crater Lake National Park and the Rogue Valley. Downtown Medford is a farm-to-table heaven that is surprisingly affordable. There are more than 30 culinary destinations with everything from fine dining to brew pubs. The town is known

Putting lives back on track

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Putting lives back on track

The mission of the Washington Youth Academy (WYA) is to provide a highly disciplined, safe and professional learning environment that empowers at-risk youth to improve their educational levels and employment potential and become responsible and productive citizens of the state of Washington. The academy, a division of the National Guard

Armed Forces Vacation Club

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Armed Forces Vacation Club

The Armed Forces Vacation Club (AFVC) offers space-available vacations to members of the U.S. military in time-shares around the world for a fixed price of just $349 per week. That works out to less than $50 a night. These units are much bigger than hotel rooms and often have a

Fort Lewis Military Family Member Scholarship

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Fort Lewis Military Family Member Scholarship

The 2018 Fort Lewis Military Family Member Scholarship application window is now open. Application packets are available online and the deadline is March 23. The Fort Lewis Military Family Member Scholarship Fund goal is to support soldiers by providing college education grants to their spouses and children. The scholarship program relies

Yoga trapeze

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Yoga trapeze

It seems like every time you turn around there is a new type of yoga. Recent versions are goat yoga and stand-up paddleboard yoga. One of the latest to hit this area is yoga trapeze. Lori Capra, owner of Gravity Yoga, LLC, brought the practice to Olympia and is among

Do you have what it takes to escape?

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Do you have what it takes to escape?

The door closes behind you. Suddenly, you leave Gig Harbor and enter into a dimly lit Mayan ruin. There is a sense of impending doom as you begin discovering the clues that will help you escape. Escape rooms -- live-action games in which participants have the opportunity to discover clues,

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