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Remembering an almost 30-year family tradition

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Remembering an almost 30-year family tradition

In April 1989, Gary Stedman lost his beloved wife to breast cancer. He wanted his three young children to become comfortable going to a cemetery, so he began to take them to the Fort Lewis Cemetery to place flags at each gravesite prior to Memorial Day. Stedman was in charge of

New book from New York Times bestselling  author JoAnn Ross

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New book from New York Times bestselling author JoAnn Ross

Local New York Times bestselling author JoAnn Ross' new book, Herons Landing, will be available May 22. This is the first novel in her new Honeymoon Harbor series; the title comes from the Great Blue Herons that nest in a tree near the home (called Herons Landing). The novel is

22 flags for 22 too many

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22 flags for 22 too many

The Student Veterans of Tacoma Community College (SVOTCC) is drawing attention to the staggering statistic that an average of 22 veterans commit suicide each day in the United States. The group is hosting an event, 22 Flags for 22 Too Many Veteran Suicides, through May 26 and will place 22

New location for JBLM Armed Forces Day Community Celebration

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New location for JBLM Armed Forces Day Community Celebration

This year's Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) Armed Forces Day Community Celebration will take place at Heritage Park on JBLM - McChord Field from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, May 19. This marks the first time since becoming a joint base Oct. 1, 2010, that the event will be held

The snow is melting

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The snow is melting

Mount Rainier looms over Joint Base Lewis-McChord and just begs to be explored. Winter weather limits your options to explore, but now that spring is here and weather is warming up, Mount Rainier National Park roads will soon be opening up for the season. At this time of year, weather conditions

Yakima

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Yakima

Yakima is known to most military stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord as a training area, but the town and surrounding valley have so much more to offer. Dramatic views of the eastern side of Mount Rainier, plenty of outdoor activities, agritourism and a hopping downtown make it well worth the

MilSpouseFest 2018

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MilSpouseFest 2018

On Thursday, May 17, military spouses will converge on the McGavick Conference Center in Lakewood to take part in MilSpouseFest (MSF) 2018. Presented by USAA, the program was founded by military spouses to provide a way to meet new friends, network, learn and have fun. The day is designed to be

Northern California

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Northern California

The first thoughts when California comes to mind are San Diego, San Francisco or Yosemite National Park, and many overlook the northern part of the state which is about a nine-hour drive from Joint Base Lewis-McChord. This beautiful area of the state has fun attractions, stunning natural scenery, a giant

Summer fun in Whistler

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Summer fun in Whistler

Whistler is well-known as one of the top ski resorts in North America, but it is also a great destination for a summer vacation. If you are an outdoor enthusiast, up your game with a trip to Whistler this summer and try a variety of adrenaline-packed adventures. The Tourism Whistler Official

Zip lining in the Pacific Northwest

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Zip lining in the Pacific Northwest

The Pacific Northwest is known for its dramatic scenery. Zip lining is a great way to get off the ground and get a different perspective on the views while enjoying an exhilarating experience. High Life Adventures This one was my teenage boys' favorite and that was due to the "Zwing." This crazy

Explore the natural side of Ocean Shores

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Explore the natural side of Ocean Shores

The south shore of Ocean Shores is a natural undiscovered treasure just waiting to be explored. Visit the Oyhut Wildlife Recreation area, which is a birdwatcher's paradise. Hop in an electric boat or on a stand-up paddleboard and discover 23 miles of freshwater lakes and interconnected canals. Or visit Damon

Meet Michael Curry

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Meet Michael Curry

Boy Scout Michael Curry is a junior at Bellarmine Preparatory School and a member of Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Troop 436 in Lakewood. He is the son of Dr. Thomas Curry and his wife Rachanee Curry, both Army veterans.   He's been active in scouting since joining the Cub Scouts in

New CAP commander

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New CAP commander

On April 14, at the Red Lion Inn and Conference Center in Wenatchee, Lt. Col. Shelly Norman assumed command as the new Wing Commander for the Washington Civil Air Patrol (CAP). She was also promoted to colonel and is the first female commander in the 76-year history of the CAP

It's Tulip Town

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It's Tulip Town

The 2018 Skagit Valley Tulip Festival runs through April 30. The festival is designed to be a driving tour and highlights the agriculture of the Skagit Valley. The tour is in its 34th year and people from all 50 states and more than 93 countries visit during festival time. It

Madigan Foundation seeks support

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Madigan Foundation seeks support

The Col. Patrick S. Madigan Foundation's Sixth Annual Benefit Breakfast will take place April 19, at the Tacoma Country & Golf Club. The guest speaker is Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Kenneth Farmer. Attendees will also learn about the foundation's programs. The event is free and the public is welcome. Guests will

Military student selected to audition for The Voice

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Military student selected to audition for The Voice

Ciara Kaluhiokalani Jefferson, a senior at Lakes High School and daughter of Anthony Jefferson Sr. and Sgt. Angelique Jefferson, was recently selected to audition for The Voice, a reality singing competition on NBC. Ciara is 18 years old and has been singing for more than three years. While living in Hawaii,

Authentic Korean experience

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Authentic Korean experience

The Pacific Northwest Explorers, a sub club of the Lewis Community Spouses' Club, ventured to South Tacoma Way, recently, to an area referred to locally as Koreatown. This international zone has a wide variety of shops and restaurants that are authentically Korean. If your family has been stationed in South

Spring Break in Whistler, B.C.

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Spring Break in Whistler, B.C.

Whistler is a scenic five-hour drive north of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, with the last hour-and-a-half spent on the dramatic Sea to Sky Highway. If you are driving on a sunny day, allow a little more time to make stops along the way. One must-see is Shannon Falls Provincial Park. It

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Purple up to support military kids

In 1986, Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger designated April as the Month of the Military Child to celebrate military kids and the sacrifices they make. The Department of Defense has continued this tradition for over 30 years. Show Your Support. April 13 is designated "Purple Up Day." On this day, wear purple

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Where to stay when on-base lodging is full

Holidays and PCS season often find lodging at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) with no room at the inn. Whether you like your lodging brand new or historic, there are options just outside the gates of JBLM. DuPont offers newer lodging and is close to restaurants and shops. Two hotels are located

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