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The Military Dream Big Fair

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The Military Dream Big Fair

On Saturday, Feb 16, the Military Dream Big Fair will take place at the Capital Christian Center in Lacey. The event is produced by The Ranger, Northwest Airlifter and JBLM Living newspapers and sponsored by USAA. It's a great opportunity for military and family members to learn about employment and

JBLM spouse to coach national cheer team

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JBLM spouse to coach national cheer team

Two military students and a spouse from Joint Base Lewis-McChord will be part of the USA National Cheer Team at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi March 14-22, 2019. JBLM's Stacie Pogoncheff is the head coach. She took over from her daughter Kelbie Pogoncheff, who founded the

Humpback, Orcas, and Grays

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Humpback, Orcas, and Grays

Orcas have been spotted in the South Puget Sound near the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, and as far south as Priest Point in Olympia in recent weeks. Farther afield, a few humpback whales have been seen in the Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Rare still this time

Holiday shopping in Gig Harbor

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Holiday shopping in Gig Harbor

With an eclectic downtown waterfront district with small locally owned shops and nationally recognized stores at the Uptown Gig Harbor Shopping Center, holiday shopping is pleasant in the coastal village of Gig Harbor. New this year is the Olympic Towne Center located on Point Fosdick Dr. NW. Downtown Gig Harbor is

Special Forces Bourbon raises $22,000

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Special Forces Bourbon raises $22,000

On Monday, Dec. 3, representatives for the Heritage Distilling Company (HDC) presented a check for over $22,000 to the Special Forces Chapter 16 Association. HDC has now donated over $100,000 in the last four years; raised from the sale of Special Forces Bourbon.  "Bottle sales of the 2018 run of Special

Tokeland

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Tokeland

The cute little town of Tokeland sits on the north end of Willapa Bay and the southwestern coast of Washington state. The pristine bay is a wonder to behold and has miles of undeveloped shoreline. There are two reasons to visit Tokeland: Nelson's Crab and The Tokeland Hotel. Both of

A one-of-a-kind holiday show

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A one-of-a-kind holiday show

It has to be something special to brave the traffic and drive from the South Sound area up to Bellevue. Snowflake Lane is the something special. The event has become a well-loved holiday tradition with up to 10,000 spectators attending each evening. "Snowflake Lane is a one-of-a-kind, free holiday show you

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

Military Life

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

Military Life

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,

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