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Visiting Seattle Southside

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Visiting Seattle Southside

The Pacific Northwest Explorers headed to Seattle Southside for their latest adventure. Many in the group had only visited the area when going to the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and did not realize all the fun activities and eclectic restaurants they could visit. The group started their day at the Seattle Chocolate

Love of travel

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Love of travel

Trying to have a career as a military spouse is very challenging with the constant moves causing gaps in your resumé. Military spouse Mandy Kruger utilized her skills to start a travel blog and keep her resumé up to date with the frequent changes and unexpected aspects of military life. "Blogging

Holiday lighted boat parades

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Holiday lighted boat parades

Living along the Puget Sound affords us a few coastal traditions. One coastal tradition is a lighted boat parade. Often sponsored by local yacht clubs, these parades of boats are annual events, which helps to kick off the holiday season. Here are three lighted boat parades in our area. "The lighted

The Greatest Showman Sing-Along

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The Greatest Showman Sing-Along

If you love movies and you love karaoke, then you will love The Greatest Showman Sing-Along Sunday, Nov. 25, at the Washington Center in Olympia. This fun event is reminiscent of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Attendees are encouraged to dress in costume, so wear your best circus, animal or

Gifts that give back

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Gifts that give back

With the holidays upon us, it's the peak gift-giving time of the year. With veteran suicides at an average of 22 a day, wouldn't it be nice if your present could also help a veteran? Well it can. Here are some great options everyone is sure to love.A gift of

Orcas Island beckons

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Orcas Island beckons

Quiet season is upon the San Juan Islands, and the summer crowds have faded away. Orcas Island makes a great weekend getaway or a longer stay over the holidays. This jewel of an island is about to explode in popularity now that Oprah has purchased an estate and extensive commercial

Air Force veteran starts candy company which helps those with OCD

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Air Force veteran starts candy company which helps those with OCD

In 2002, when retired Master Sgt. Ellen Laguatan, owner, OCD Candy Company was still serving in the Air Force, she used to keep a jar of candy on her desk. Due to her Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, or OCD, she kept the candy color coordinated and organized. Her co-workers' favorite activity was

Getting ready for flu season

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Getting ready for flu season

The Madigan Army Medical Center Annual Flu Shot Drive will take place Nov. 19-21, and Nov. 26-30, from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the lower level of Medical Mall at Madigan. "This year all vaccine formulations purchased by the Department of Defense (DoD) are the quadra-valent vaccine which includes

Gig Harbor honors veterans

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Gig Harbor honors veterans

The waterfront hamlet of Gig Harbor has a variety of events and honors to celebrate Veterans Day Sunday, Nov. 11, and Veterans Day Nov. 12.  This year, Veterans Day is especially poignant as it marks the 100th Anniversary of the end of "The Great War" as World War I was

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What to know about homeowner’s insurance

One of the largest investments for most people is their home. The best way to protect your home is to purchase a homeowner's insurance policy. If you have a mortgage on your home, it is mandatory to have insurance coverage. So just what does homeowner's insurance cover? According to Rick Stevens,

Military daughters say ‘That’s My Dress’

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Military daughters say ‘That’s My Dress’

Adrianna Engelstad and her friend Lillian Smith-Magallanez, both students at Central Kitsap High School, attended the USO - Operation That's My Dress event. The two arrived at American Lake Conference Center on Joint Base Lewis-McChord not quite sure what to expect. The high energy Fashion Show with a performance by

Boeing partners with USO Pathfinder

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Boeing partners with USO Pathfinder

A day-long employment summit for military spouses and servicewomen took place at Joint Base Lewis-McChord Monday. The event was a partnership with The Boeing Company and the USO. The expo focused on helping to navigate the transition from military life to the civilian world with professional development and resources. The

The Finders Keepers Project

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The Finders Keepers Project

Up and down the west coast of the United States people love to beachcomb, and one of the most prized finds is glass fishing floats. It is much rare to find these today as they have been replaced in the fishing industry by plastic and aluminum floats. Lincoln City, Oregon,

Shop till you drop

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Shop till you drop

The Lewis Community Spouses' Club (LCSC) is hosting their annual Holiday Market Saturday, Nov. 3, at Lakes High School. The halls of the high school come alive with lots of vendors selling handmade crafts, stocking stuffers, Christmas and home décor, wreaths, candles, jewelry and clothing. Look for your favorite Direct

The Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge

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The Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge

With the holiday season rapidly approaching, this is a great time of year to make a quick weekend getaway to the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. President Ronald Reagan signed the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Act into law Nov. 17, 1986. As part of this act, $5

Ski season is near

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Ski season is near

The Pacific Northwest has some of the best skiing in the world due to the massive amounts of snow the Cascades receive each year. Mount Baker, north of Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), holds the world record for the most snow in a season. Here are some local things you need

Get ready to shop

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Get ready to shop

Gig Harbor's largest shopping and dining event of the year is Thursday, Nov. 8. The ninth annual Girls Night Out on the Gig Harbor Waterfront runs all day from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and is presented by the Washington Main Street Program. Dolly Mama Boutique, Olympic Property Group and

Navy veteran leverages DIY skills to start business

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Navy veteran leverages DIY skills to start business

Navy veteran, and now military spouse, Jasmine Schmidt, is the owner of AR Workshop in Gig Harbor. An AR Workshop is a boutique Do-It-Yourself (DIY) studio where they have all the materials you need to create custom home décor. "I discovered my passion for DIY when my husband was deployed," said

Vail Resorts honors legacy and the U.S. Armed Forces

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Vail Resorts honors legacy and the U.S. Armed Forces

In 1957, World War II veterans Pete Seibert, who served in the 10th Mountain Division, and Earl Eaton, an Army engineer, climbed to the top of Vail Mountain and decided to build a ski resort. Sixty-one years later, Vail Resorts includes 12 world-class mountain resorts and three urban ski areas.

Celebration of Honor

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Celebration of Honor

For the past 15 years, the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon has hosted the Celebration of Honor at the tribal-owned Chinook Winds Casino Resort in Lincoln City, Oregon. The public event honors active-duty personnel, military veterans and their families over five days on the casino grounds. There are

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