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Weekend getaway to Cannon Beach

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Weekend getaway to Cannon Beach

In early spring before the summer crowds, Cannon Beach has a sleepy small-town vibe which makes it a very relaxing place to get away. You know when a town has beach in its name there will be an exceptional one. The iconic Haystack Rock dominates the beach and serves as

Top 10 must-see places to visit

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Top 10 must-see places to visit

The natural areas surrounding Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) are stunningly beautiful. There are three National Parks, rocky beaches, rushing waterfalls, historic towns and even a foreign country all within a short drive from the base. This list is compiled from an informal survey of military families and are the places

Five local museums you may not have heard about

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Five local museums you may not have heard about

Tacoma has a well renowned museum district, but these five local gems are spread throughout Pierce County. Each has its own charm and captures the joy of collecting something you are passionate about. Tacoma Telephone Pioneer Museum Now that most people use cellphones, many children have never even seen a telephone. This

How to make friends at a new duty station

Military Life

How to make friends at a new duty station

You can say I am an expert at PCSing, as I have completed 30 moves and experienced these adventures as a child, servicemember, and now a spouse. Each has its own challenges, especially if you tend to be more introverted. Just remember, for military spouses, we are all in the

Children of Fallen Patriots

Military Life

Children of Fallen Patriots

David Kim founded the Children of Fallen Patriots in 2002 after serving with Sgt. William Delaney Gibbs who was killed in action during Operation Just Cause in Panama in 1989. Kim never forgot him, or the daughter he left behind. His memory spurred Kim to establish the organization, which now

Volunteers to be honored for military nonprofits

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Volunteers to be honored for military nonprofits

The Soroptimist International of Olympia will honor three volunteers for military nonprofits at the third annual South Sound Exceptional Woman Awards Banquet Saturday, May 4. The event honors women who help their organizations make the community a better place. This year, 20 women will be recognized as Exceptional Women. The

Spokane -- a surprising wine destination

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Spokane -- a surprising wine destination

Spokane has no estate wineries but is rapidly becoming a wine destination due to its downtown Cork District. Focused in the urban core of downtown Spokane, there are 16 award-winning wineries within walking distance of each other. Throw in a great food scene with two James Beard Chef semifinalists, Jeremy

Military jets return to Ruston Way this 4th of July

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Military jets return to Ruston Way this 4th of July

It has been more than five years since the U.S. Armed Forces military aircraft have participated in Tacoma's 4th of July Freedom Fair and Air Show due to Sequestration. Three military aviation community outreach single ship demonstration teams from the Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy are scheduled to appear

Volunteers restore car for a disabled veteran

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Volunteers restore car for a disabled veteran

LeMay Docent and veteran Dennis Blowers is surrounded by vintage cars during his volunteer hours giving tours of the LeMay Family Collection at Marymount. He began to think about his fellow Vietnam veterans and decided to put a plan into action. Blowers wanted to donate a van to give to

Military spouse testifies at State Capital

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Military spouse testifies at State Capital

Whitney Thrasher-Stafford, mediator and social worker, is also an Army spouse who, like many military spouses, was frustrated with two of the main issues that affect military families when they PCS to a new duty station, education for military children and spouse employment. She recently appeared at a Public Hearing

A full day of adventure

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A full day of adventure

The sprawling Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum packs quite a bit on its large campus that dominates the landscape. The two museum buildings are architectural gems with walls of soaring glass. In addition, there is a movie theater and the Wings and Waves Waterpark with a real Boeing 747 aircraft

Army veteran finds joy coaching soccer

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Army veteran finds joy coaching soccer

Coach Tim Beam is an Army veteran who served two tours in Iraq as a Utilities Equipment Repairer. In his free time he now wears many hats as a soccer coach, and holds two volunteer positions with the Fircrest Soccer Club (FSC). Like many parents, when his two boys began playing

Hoops 4 Heroes set for March 7

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Hoops 4 Heroes set for March 7

On March 7, the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) DuPont-Steilacoom Subchapter of the Captain Meriwether Lewis Chapter presents the fourth annual Hoops 4 Heroes, soldiers versus first responders basketball game. Proceeds from this event will benefit the subchapter which supports the military communities at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM)

Best of Olympia 2019: Wagner's European Bakery & Cafe

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Best of Olympia 2019: Wagner's European Bakery & Cafe

My favorite thing about Olympia is the cinnamon bread at Wagner's European Bakery & Café. It's their signature bakery item and you can see why. Unlike most cinnamon bread which is thickly rolled with just a thin swirl of cinnamon, Wagner's version is thinly rolled creating a swirl that is

LCSC auction tickets on sale

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LCSC auction tickets on sale

The Lewis Community Spouses' Club's (LCSC) Annual Charity Event (ACE) will take place at American Lake Conference Center Friday, March 22. This year's theme is Derby Night. "It is an honor to be a part of the LCSC's Annual Charity Event, Derby Night, this year. I am excited to help

Cameo Heights Mansion

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Cameo Heights Mansion

With the hustle and bustle of military life, sometimes you need to get away for some couple time. The Cameo Heights Mansion, set amidst a 400-acre orchard and vineyard, is the perfect getaway. Sitting on a bluff overlooking the Walla Walla River, this charming bed and breakfast is conveniently located

AAFES offers career advancement

Jobs & Education

AAFES offers career advancement

Many military spouses think of working at the Base or Post Exchange as a job opportunity but are unaware of the career potential. The Army Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) offers programs that provide a pathway into management. The Exchange's Retail Management Academy (RMA) and Restaurant Operations Management Academy (ROMA) programs

Exploring Seattle’s iconic attraction

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Exploring Seattle’s iconic attraction

A fun day trip in Seattle includes exploring the site of the 1962 World's Fair. The Seattle Center has such an interesting history, with many of the buildings and attractions part of the fair. With the space race heating up, science became the theme, and many of the attractions were

Deadline for local military scholarships near

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Deadline for local military scholarships near

Military children face a variety of challenges including frequent moves and parental deployments. One benefit is there are a variety of scholarships available, both locally and nationally, to help defray the cost of college for military kids. Many deadlines are rapidly approaching, so hurry and get your applications in. The Scholarships

Made to Fit Meals

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Made to Fit Meals

Like many people, Chef Mike Komiti, owner of Made to Fit Meals, struggled with weight issues and the resulting health issues of prediabetes and moderately high blood pressure. His doctor informed him he needed to make some dietary changes or risk severe health problems in the future. Prior to becoming a

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