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Rekindled romance leads to new business venture

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Rekindled romance leads to new business venture

In an effort to rekindle their romance after the birth of their first child, Washington Army National Guard helicopter pilots, Heidi and Ray Leonard, ventured into a Pinot's Palette studio for a date night in early 2015. Pinot's Palette provides an upscale paint and sip experience, a way to enjoy

Application window open for Fort Lewis Family Scholarship Fund

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Application window open for Fort Lewis Family Scholarship Fund

The Fort Lewis Family Scholarship Fund is seeking applicants for its merit-based scholarship program. Applications must be postmarked by March 24, 2017. Last year, the fund distributed $30,500 in scholarships. "The fund awards scholarships to three military family groups: high school seniors, current post-secondary students and military spouses," said Scholarship Coordinator

A camp, a castle and a courtship

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A camp, a castle and a courtship

Tucked behind a moss, encrusted brick wall, sits an imposing 500- year-old Tudor, gothic mansion, the only English castle in the Pacific Northwest, and, just across the bustling I-5 corridor, sits the imposing Joint Base Lewis-McChord, considered the 7th largest city in Washington state.  To see what these seemingly disparate

Snowshoeing at Longmire

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Snowshoeing at Longmire

Snowshoeing is a fun, easy-to-learn winter sport, and one of the most accessible areas to try it out is Longmire in Mount Rainier National Park. Plan your trip This time of year, the weather is unpredictable in Mount Rainier National Park. Plan to get an early start, but always check the park's

A thrift shop friendship

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A thrift shop friendship

Fort Lewis Thrift Shop assistant managers Julie Maddry and Kelli Weinerth are well versed in the art of thrift shopping. What started as a hobby has become a full-time job for the two military spouses. The two met when they first moved here. Weinerth moved from Camp Walker in Daegu, South

Spouse leaps into hair

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Spouse leaps into hair

The warm, welcoming atmosphere envelopes patrons the minute they walk in the door of Shea Alexander Salon and Boutique in DuPont. The successful salon is the result of the hard work and dreams of owner and military spouse Kimberlee Calvin, who took the leap and opened her business in February

Top Pot Doughnuts comes home

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Top Pot Doughnuts comes home

Military "Brats", Mark and Michael Klebeck, cofounders of Top Pot Hand-Forged Doughnuts and Coffee, will soon be opening two new locations of their very successful cafés in the Tacoma area. The first Top Pot opened in Seattle in 2002, has a rabid fan base, and is a successful family-founded business. The

Family-friendly fun in the mountains

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Family-friendly fun in the mountains

White Pass Ski Area is locally known as the place to ski with families. A two-and-a-half hour drive from the Joint Base Lewis-McChord area; it is an easy day trip. Before your first visit, take the time to view the White Pass website, especially for beginners.  There is a section on

Spouse expeditions

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Spouse expeditions

The Pacific Northwest Explorers are an active group of military spouses who enjoy learning and exploring the local communities and sites surrounding Joint Base Lewis-McChord. This month's adventure focused on a day in downtown Puyallup. The group started their adventure with breakfast and coffee at the Rose Restaurant. This homey, local

'Show Us Your 22' to end veteran suicide

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'Show Us Your 22' to end veteran suicide

The National Alliance to End Veteran Suicide (NA2EVS) has established the "Show Us Your 22" campaign. Twenty-two veterans per day take their own lives. The concept of the campaign is to increase awareness of this issue. NA2EVS requests that everyone in the community join the campaign.  According to Rod Wittmier, NA2EVS

Operation Deploy Your Dress

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Operation Deploy Your Dress

The Lewis Community Spouses Club (LCSC) at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) has recently been selected to become part of Operation Deploy Your Dress (ODYD).  Based out of Fort Bliss, Texas, ODYD was founded in December 2015 with a mission to work with generous people around the country to provide free

Holiday stocking stuffers

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Holiday stocking stuffers

There is an art to filling a holiday stocking. Although not typically holding the biggest Christmas gift, it nonetheless holds an element of excitement as you reach into it to find out what wonders lay nestled inside. Each stocking should hold small, inexpensive gifts carefully selected for the recipient and

'A Night to Remember' at the Spouses' Club

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'A Night to Remember' at the Spouses' Club

The Lewis Community Spouses' Club (LCSC) hosts their annual fundraiser, "A Night to Remember - Celebrating 100 Years of Camp Lewis" at the American Lake Conference Center, March 17, 2017.  Proceeds from this event help LCSC continue their history of giving away an average of over $20,000 a year to

The Warrior's Christmas Tale

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The Warrior's Christmas Tale

The National Alliance to End Veteran Suicide (NA2EVS) is sponsoring Blankets for Hope Dec. 17-18.  The blanket and clothing drive is one chapter or event as part of the annual Warrior's Christmas Tale.  According to Tony Dayton, president of NA2EVS and an Iraqi War veteran, "Every veteran has a tale

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