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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

Special Forces Bourbon

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Special Forces Bourbon

It's easy to toast the Green Berets and their families in our community - thanks to a special bottling a local distillery has done for our local Special Forces unit at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.      As of November 2016, sales of the 1st Special Forces Group Bourbon Whiskey have raised $40,000

Blue Star neighbors at Starbucks

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Blue Star neighbors at Starbucks

Blue Star Families and Starbucks brought together local nominees for the Blue Star Neighbor Award to celebrate their volunteer service which makes such a difference in military families' lives. The event took place at the Starbucks Military Family Store on South Tacoma Way last week. The Blue Star Neighbor Award is

2017 Pierce County Reads kicks off

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2017 Pierce County Reads kicks off

The 2017 Pierce County (PC) Reads Open House Kickoff will take place at the Lewis Army Museum Saturday, from 3-5 p.m. The 2017 book selection is Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War, by Mary Roach.   Visitors can view displays of military uniforms from various time periods.  There will

A legislative experience

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A legislative experience

Natalie Trimble, a student at Lt. Gen. William H. Harrison Preparatory School, recently served as a page in the state House of Representatives during the 2017 legislative session. Rep. Dick Muri, R-Steilacoom, sponsored her for the Washington State House of Representatives Page Program.  She is the daughter of Lt. Col.

Fort Worden, a historical gathering place

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Fort Worden, a historical gathering place

Endless opportunities for adventure, recreation, relaxation and enrichment through the arts abound at historic Fort Worden in Port Townsend. You can easily fill a weekend, a month or even a lifetime with things to do there. The Fort Worden Public Development Authority (PDA) and Washington State Parks entered into a co-management

Brat at helm

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Brat at helm

Sue Scott assumed the mantle of Lakewood Historical Society president in November 2016.  She is a longtime resident of Lakewood, but prior to moving here, she lived a life of adventure as a military brat. "When we first moved here September 1959, we lived in the Fort Lewis Lodge for two

Pacific Northwest Explorers discover local products

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Pacific Northwest Explorers discover local products

The Pacific Northwest (PNW) Explorers' February adventure focused on two local products, Johnny's Seasoning Salt and Almond Roca. "It is always an adventure with the PNW Explorers and sharing the comradery with military spouses.  Who would have thought my daughter's favorite candy is made in our own backyard of Tacoma,"

A day in Port Townsend

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A day in Port Townsend

Port Townsend is a Victorian seaport with a rich maritime history located on the Olympic Peninsula. On a sunny day, panoramic views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca compete with those of the Olympic mountain range.  It is no surprise, with the natural and historic beauty surrounding Port Townsend,

2017 Best of Olympia: Linnea's

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2017 Best of Olympia: Linnea's

When looking for the gift shop voted, "Best in Olympia," I didn't expect to find it in the lobby of the Capital Medical Center. With visions of shopworn teddy bears and tired floral arrangements in my head, Linnea's was a pleasant surprise.  The boutique is brightly colored and filled with

San Juan Island (Part 2): Things to do

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San Juan Island (Part 2): Things to do

There are so many interesting sites and things to do on San Juan Island that it can be hard to know where to begin. I recommend starting with the San Juan Islands Scenic Byway. The portion of the byway that is on San Juan Island contains 15 stops that give

Quiet season on San Juan Island (Part 1)

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Quiet season on San Juan Island (Part 1)

The quiet season on San Juan Island is a delight. It is an opportunity to have an island adventure without the bustle of the summer season.  The pace slows down, allowing you to interact with natives who have wonderful tales to share.  Visit with shopkeepers who toot the praises of

Wear blue and run for a great cause

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Wear blue and run for a great cause

wear blue: run to remember is seeking runners - active-duty, family members and members of the local community - to run the Seattle Rock'n'Roll Marathon June 18. Runners who sign up through wear blue: run to remember, will receive a $20 discount off the registration fee and free weekly training

Port Townsend cabins are a great retreat

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Port Townsend cabins are a great retreat

Serendipity and an Internet special brought Jennifer Dickey and her friend on her first visit to "these cute cabins in Port Townsend." Along for the ride was her beloved dog, Tana, who was battling cancer. Little did Dickey know that this was to be a life-changing experience.  In love with the

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

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