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Triple Nickles protected the Pacific Northwest during Word War II

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Triple Nickles protected the Pacific Northwest during Word War II

On Thursday, Aug. 17, at 7 p.m., DuPont mayor Mike Courts will host "1945 Jumping into Fire: the True Story of the All African-American 555th Airborne Infantry Battalion in the Northwest" at Patriot's Landing. The presentation will be led by Bob Bartlett, PhD, a public sociologist at Eastern Washington University. "This

Gig Harbor mayor proclaims August 4 Military Appreciation Day

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Gig Harbor mayor proclaims August 4 Military Appreciation Day

Gig Harbor mayor Jill Guernsey read a proclamation to honor the 201st Expeditionary Military Intelligence Brigade, the family members and all military by declaring Aug. 4 Military Appreciation Day. It was a great way to kick off the 4th annual Military Appreciation Day held Friday, Aug. 4 at Sehmel Homestead

There is this place where the sky is big (part one)

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There is this place where the sky is big (part one)

Sitting right off Interstate 90, an eight-hour drive from Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) sits Missoula, Montana. You may have stopped for gas on the trek cross-country not realizing the marvelous vacation destination that awaits you.  Missoula offers the benefits of a city with modern up-to-date accommodations, the vibrant nightlife of

Restoring military vehicles as a hobby

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Restoring military vehicles as a hobby

Artist Andy Nichols makes fish out of glass, but not just any fish. The glass salmon and trout appear ready to leap into the Columbia River with their striking colors and dramatic shapes. The fish are a few of the many items created by artist Nichols at his studio in

A day in Sequim

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A day in Sequim

It's a good time of year to make a visit to Sequim, a beautiful town on the Olympic peninsula. The lavender is blooming and the whole town is buzzing with the vibe, even the trashcans and bike racks are painted lavender. There are plenty of activities to keep you busy

Step back in time with vintage dining

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Step back in time with vintage dining

It's a short 30-minute drive south to Chehalis for a different type of date night. The Chehalis-Centralia Railroad & Museum offers dinner trains and murder mystery dinner trains on the 100-year-old Cowlitz, Chehalis & Cascade No. 15 (CC&C #15), a Baldwin-built 2-8-2 "Mikado" type steam locomotive. It is one of only

Love of ceramics

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Love of ceramics

Friends Cheryl Johnson, military spouse, and Heather Cole-Smith, veteran, met in 2003 at a Ceramic Certification Class. They bonded over their love of creating art out of ceramic slip, the liquid mixture of clay in water. As their friendship developed they began to dream of one day owning a ceramic

Vietnam veteran supports local military

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Vietnam veteran supports local military

During the summer months, you can find Mike Caldwell at the Port Angeles Farmers Market, where he sells his handcrafted Western red cedar patio furniture. He always has a kind word for those serving in the military and often hands out cedar boxes to thank them for their service. One of

Where to go for day trips

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Where to go for day trips

Free time is limited during military exercises, but sometimes you may find yourself with a day or two and want to get out and explore.  The South Sound's natural beauty just begs to be explored, and the nice thing is you can do it and still have all the amenities

Washington State International Kite Festival

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Washington State International Kite Festival

The 2017 Washington State International Kite Festival kicks off Aug. 21 in Long Beach and runs through Aug. 27. It is a weeklong celebration of everything pertaining to kites. Famous kite fliers and thousands of spectators from all over the world converge on the area to participate in this annual

Combining art with nature

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Combining art with nature

One of the more unique museums on this year's list of Blue Star Museums is the Pacific Bonsai Museum in Federal Way. A majestic outdoor site surrounded by towering trees is the location for this showcase of art and nature. On exhibit now is "Natives," a creative collaboration between landscape artist

Nidoto Nai Yoni

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Nidoto Nai Yoni

A shameful moment in U.S. history comes to life on Bainbridge Island. The Eagledale Ferry Dock marks the spot where the first Japanese Americans were forcibly removed from their homes during World War II and incarcerated in concentration camps. Two locations on the island highlight this history, and once you

South Sound Craft Crawl

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South Sound Craft Crawl

South Sound craft breweries are becoming a destination and gaining recognition throughout the world.  In Olympia, The Fish Brewing Company is home to Beyond the Pale Ale, named the 2015 World's Best Beer by the World's Best Beer Awards. If you want to learn more about these great local brews,

Washington 6th most patriotic state

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Washington 6th most patriotic state

The personal finance website, WalletHub, recently released its report on 2017's Most Patriotic States in America.  Washington came in at number six.  Virginia took top honors, while New Jersey has the dubious honor of least patriotic state in the union.  WalletHub used 13 key indicators to determine the level of patriotism.  Max

Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island

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Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island

The Bloedel Reserve is one of the most distinctive public gardens in the United States. Founders Prentice and Virginia Bloedel created this beautiful landscape in the early 1950s and continued to make improvements during the years they lived there.   "Nature is but another word for health," wrote Henry David Thoreau, and

Olympia, a capital city like no other

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Olympia, a capital city like no other

Olympia is the capital city of Washington state and unlike most capital cities, it has a laid-back, kick off your shoes mentality. The city and its surrounding areas allow you to go at your own pace, to relax and disconnect.  Take a day to explore the top five attractions the

Get outside with JBLM MWR

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Get outside with JBLM MWR

The great outdoors is closer than you think, right here at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM). There are many fun, low-cost facilities and things to do, some even free. Freedom Park.  Located on the Fort Lewis side of the base.  Freedom Park has a seasonal, splash park for the little ones and

Free Tacoma museums for military

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Free Tacoma museums for military

This summer, five downtown Tacoma museums are participating in the Blue Star Museums Program, which offers free admission to active-duty military and their families. All the museums are within walking distance of each other and it makes a great day trip to Tacoma, especially on a rainy summer day.  "Tacoma museums

The Evergreen Fleet Cruise sets course

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The Evergreen Fleet Cruise sets course

For decades, the Evergreen Fleet Cruise has been an annual tradition hosted by the Tacoma Chamber of Commerce and the Tacoma Yacht Club. With a goal of fostering networking and community links between civilian and military leaders, more than 200 attendees and 18 yachts participated in this year's event, which

A weekend at Long Beach (Part 2)

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A weekend at Long Beach (Part 2)

The Long Beach Peninsula has enough activities to fill a week of vacation and allow plenty of time to relax and unwind. The Beach: Stretching for 28 miles, the drive on beach is spectacular in its length. All you can see for miles in either direction is sandy beach and crashing

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