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Best Hidden Gem: Topside Coffee Cabin

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Best Hidden Gem: Topside Coffee Cabin

Editor's note: The town of Steilacoom was selected by our readers as Best Hidden Gem. Our writer selected Topside Coffee Cabin as a reflection of the town's vibe. Topside Coffee Cabin, located in historic, downtown Steilacoom, is my favorite hidden gem. I began coming here before the sun started peeking out

Vacation on Whidbey Island and support veteran-owned businesses

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Vacation on Whidbey Island and support veteran-owned businesses

Military families often talk about what the future holds after the military, and those talks often include owning your own business, like a bed and breakfast or restaurant. On Whidbey Island, you can find many veteran-owned businesses you can support with your vacation dollars. It also gives you a chance

Navy pilot leverages G.I. Bill to open winery

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Navy pilot leverages G.I. Bill to open winery

Commander (R) Greg Martinez, owner of Holmes Harbor Cellars, is not your typical winemaker. He served in the United States Navy for 28 years as a pilot and flight instructor for the EA-6B Prowler and the EA-18G Growler. His call sign was "Elvis" for his musical abilities. His service in

Soldier turns college business plan into successful business

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Soldier turns college business plan into successful business

In 2010, 1st Sgt. David Morley began working at Spanaway Fitness Center upon his return from his 2nd deployment to Iraq. He immediately felt at home in its warm and welcoming environment. "It felt like a community of members. Everyone was nice and supportive. You feel at home the first

Tri-Cities, Washington

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Tri-Cities, Washington

The Eastern Washington towns of Kennewick, Pasco and Richland are situated around the confluence of the Yakima, Snake and Columbia Rivers and are known as the Tri-Cities. All those rivers make this a mecca for watersports, and with almost 300 days of sun a year, there is plenty of time

Walla Walla, Washington

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Walla Walla, Washington

Walla Walla is a beautiful town in Eastern Washington. It's internationally renown for its more than 140 wineries. The downtown area is charming and there is such a family feel about the area.  "It feels like what it was like when I was a child, riding your bike to school and

Steilacoom High grad joins family business

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Steilacoom High grad joins family business

New United States Military Academy (USMA), Cadet Candidate Rachel Forbes, began her Plebe summer, July 2, after graduating from Steilacoom High School. She is the fifth member of her immediate family to consider the Army as a career and will be the fourth to attend the academy. Her father, Col.(R)

Okanagan Military Tattoo

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Okanagan Military Tattoo

The 133d Army Band of the Washington Army National Guard is scheduled to perform at the Okanagan Military Tattoo in Vernon, British Columbia, July 27-28. The event is a demonstration of military drumming, piping and musical skills. The 2018 event features over 500 performers from all over North America. This

Chef Jan Parker's culinary talents wow military spouses

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Chef Jan Parker's culinary talents wow military spouses

The Lewis Community Wine Club recently hosted their last event of the year with a wine dinner cooked by Chef Jan Parker, who is also a member of the club. The wine pairings were selected by members Angie Melnyk and yours truly, who have headed the club for the past

Military students thrive

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Military students thrive

Clover Park High School (CPHS) graduates Tiffany Gail Martin and Marcus Dion Freeman II excelled during their years at the Lakewood school. Both have military parents and thrived despite the many obstacles they faced such as frequent moves and their parents' deployments. Tiffany Gail Martin, known by her friends as Stormy,

Pet-friendly Wenatchee

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Pet-friendly Wenatchee

Wenatchee, the apple capital of the world, is situated on the banks of the Columbia River and makes a great family getaway which can include the family dog. Plan to stay at the Holiday Inn Express Wenatchee, which is the most pet-friendly hotel we have ever visited. All rooms are

A fun day in La Conner

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A fun day in La Conner

 La Conner is a cute little waterfront town about a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM). Plan to find a place to park and enjoy this beautifully walkable town, filled with shops, museums and great places to eat. First stop, head towards the waterfront and visit the Scone Lady Bakery.

Military Scholars shine

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Military Scholars shine

Northwest Military is pleased to recognize Military Scholars from area high schools who graduate in 2018. These high school seniors are veterans of multiple schools and survivors of a military "career" that included a parent's deployments, leaving best friends, and rarely having a grandparent at Grandparent's Day. Like the Dandelion, the

A park, a picnic and a pooch

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A park, a picnic and a pooch

With the sun finally out, now is a great time to soak up some vitamin D by enjoying outdoor time with your favorite pooch. Washington state parks are very pet-friendly and most allow pets on leashes to enjoy the trails alongside you. Who wants to eat inside when it is

Astoria, Oregon (part two)

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Astoria, Oregon (part two)

There is so much to see and do in Astoria, Oregon, and being so close to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, it's a quick and easy weekend getaway.   The Astoria Column is an extraordinary attraction. It is located on Coxcomb Hill high above the downtown area. The column is the centerpiece of

Astoria, Oregon

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Astoria, Oregon

Astoria is a magical town. It's everything a historic port city should be: hills filled with Victorian homes, a historic downtown, eclectic shopping and delectable dining. The town has such a good mix of things to do that it is equally perfect for a family getaway or a couple's retreat.

The return of Blue Star Museums

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The return of Blue Star Museums

Blue Star Museums 2018 kicks off Memorial Day and runs through Labor Day. The program is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and a variety of museums in all 50 states. Since 2010, the Blue Star Museums program has offered free

JBLM hosts Retiree Appreciation Event

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JBLM hosts Retiree Appreciation Event

The Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) Directorate of Personnel & Family Readiness is hosting a JBLM Retiree Appreciation Event Friday, May 18, at the American Lake Conference Center. The event kicks off at 7:30 a.m. Breakfast will be available for purchase. Lt. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, I Corps commander, is scheduled to

“Vietnam Divided: War Above Southeast Asia”

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“Vietnam Divided: War Above Southeast Asia”

On May 26, the Museum of Flight will open a new exhibit, "Vietnam Divided: War Above Southeast Asia." It will be a permanent addition to the Great Gallery, the museum's glass-walled main exhibit area.  The new exhibit reinterprets four currently displayed aircraft and offers new perspectives while highlighting the tactics and

A gateway to success

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A gateway to success

Starting your career off in the military can be a great gateway to success in life. That's what Jeffrey Hellam, a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard and the proprietor of Hellam's Vineyard Wine Shop & Wine Bar in La Conner, Washington, did. He trained at the Motor Lifeboat School

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