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Mount Rainier in a day

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Mount Rainier in a day

Military families are rarely stationed near friends and family. A new duty station often triggers lots of visitors who want to see all the sights but are limited on time. Mount Rainier in a day allows you to experience the highlights quickly.  It is a lot of driving, but the

Lewis and Clark reach the Pacific Ocean

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Lewis and Clark reach the Pacific Ocean

The story of Lewis and Clark's epic adventure to reach the Pacific Ocean is one every child learns when studying United States history.  What was once just a story on paper jumps to life when exploring the sites on either side of the Columbia River at The Lewis and Clark

Home away from home

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Home away from home

Some of my fondest memories growing up are from the week we would spend at Pensacola Beach each year. You can make your own memories nearby in the San Juan Islands. There are many rental options available - from a condo on Friday Harbor and a luxury resort on Orcas

Evergreen Elementary celebrates grand opening

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Evergreen Elementary celebrates grand opening

On Thursday, April 20, at 5 p.m., the Clover Park School District (CPSD) hosted the grand opening celebration of the Evergreen Elementary School on Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM). The event included a ribbon-cutting ceremony, student performances, presentations and self-guided tours of the school. According to CPSD superintendent Debbie LeBeau, "Washington state

Exceptional women connected to base honored

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Exceptional women connected to base honored

Flavia Garcia Hulsey from the Team Red, White and Blue (RWB), Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM)/Tacoma Chapter and Holly Constantine from the Association of the United States Army (AUSA), DuPont Subchapter, are two women that will be honored May 5 at the South Sound Exceptional Women banquet hosted by Soroptimist International

Knickknacks and bric-a-brac

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Knickknacks and bric-a-brac

A knickknack is a small item used as an ornament while bric-a-brac is a miscellaneous collection of small objects commonly of ornamental or sentimental value. This boring definition discounts how much fun it is to shop and curate the perfect look for your home or add to a collection you are

Whale watching in the San Juans

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Whale watching in the San Juans

It was one of those rare days in the San Juans when the sea was completely calm and still. The sailboat gently bobbed in the quiet cove. Capt. Hobbes Buchanan brought his breakfast up on deck and got the surprise of his life. "I found myself accidentally in the middle of

Transitioning from military to business owner

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Transitioning from military to business owner

Transitioning from the military can be a challenging life experience. Throw in a move and launch a business into the mix, and you either sink or you swim.  For orthodontist Kirk Dahlke, DMD, MS, who transitioned from the Army in 2016 and opened Dahlke Orthodontics, it has been a period

San Diego getaway

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San Diego getaway

With a little research on the Delta Airlines website, we were able to fly my family of four to San Diego, California, for 80,000 miles. Taking a direct flight from Sea-Tac, we landed in San Diego in less than three hours. Lodging proved a little more challenging. Our

Pelindaba Lavender

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Pelindaba Lavender

Pelindaba Lavender is nestled in a quiet valley on San Juan Island. The vision of owner, Stephen Robins, the farm is a tourist destination, an Open-Space Preservation Project, and a business that is now the largest on-farm producer of handcrafted lavender products in the country.  Robins has done all this

Free evening gowns for military spouses

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Free evening gowns for military spouses

Sequins, Chiffon and Tulle, oh my! Racks of glittery ball gowns hang waiting for their new owners to select them at "Operation Deploy Your Dress" (ODYD) first gown giveaway, April 20, at the LCSC Schoolhouse on Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM. Dresses have been arriving from all over the country donated by

Day trips with friends

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Day trips with friends

I recently polled some of my military spouse friends and asked, "Where do you like to go to spend a day with a friend?" I was not surprised when I received three different answers. Sumner: Laura Williams, a retired military spouse, recommends Sumner. "There is so much to do," she said. "The Buttered

Explore the world's largest building

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Explore the world's largest building

Excitement builds as the shuttle bus pulls up to the Boeing Factory, which houses the Everett Production line. The factory is truly massive and is listed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest building in the world by volume. It sits on 98.3 acres.  So how big

Food, fun and friends

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Food, fun and friends

When wondering where to go for that mid-day meal, check in with "The Lunch Bunch," one of Lewis Community Spouses' Club's subclubs. This fun group of military spouses meets once a month to enjoy lunch at local area restaurants. "Every month we have a volunteer hostess. She picks the new

Break out of the date night rut

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Break out of the date night rut

The typical date night usually involves getting dressed up and going to a fancy restaurant or maybe taking in a movie. After time, this can begin to feel a little stale. Here are three ideas to shake things up a bit. Bull's Eye Indoor Range Shooting at a range is an exciting

Finding a good family child care provider

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Finding a good family child care provider

Moving to a new area can be challenging when you have young children needing child care. Many families turn to caregivers who provide care in their own homes to have a more family-like atmosphere. But how can you be sure it is a safe environment? At Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Family Child

Put a little sparkle in your life

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Put a little sparkle in your life

Whenever I am in a bad mood or the 100th day without sun is starting to get to me, I love to go to my favorite blog, SparklingCharm.com.  The brainchild of Joint Base Lewis-McChord military spouse, Gwyn Nielsen, Sparkling Charm is an online space literally designed to make you happy. Nielsen

Military family feels call to foster

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Military family feels call to foster

Air Force veteran and military spouse Virginia "Ginny" Krause keeps her hands full as a foster parent while raising three children. Since arriving at Joint Base Lewis-McChord three years ago, the Krauses have fostered two long-term children and one emergency placement and provided respite care for other foster parents. "My wife

Every Day is Veterans Day

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Every Day is Veterans Day

Marine Corps veteran and Purple Heart recipient Justin Constantine designed and created a desktop calendar to honor servicemembers and veterans. "There's no desktop calendar specifically honoring veterans and servicemembers," he said.  "This is a great way to show our greater military community how much we appreciate their service and sacrifice." The Every

"Why War: Causes of Conflict"

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"Why War: Causes of Conflict"

The Flying Heritage Collection (FHC) in Everett recently opened a new interactive exhibit which explores the causes of war through unique, interactive and hands-on experiences. "Why War: The Causes of Conflict" explores the history of military conflicts throughout a country's history by focusing on the root causes. The modern exhibit uses

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