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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

The flowers are blooming

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The flowers are blooming

There are some stunning South Puget Sound gardens that hit their stride beginning April 1. Typically, gardens have shorter operating days and hours, or are closed during the winter months. Early spring bulbs are already popping up, and look for shrubs such as Rhododendrons to peak in April and May.

Pacific Northwest Explorers

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Pacific Northwest Explorers

The Pacific Northwest (PNW) Explorers is a subclub of the Lewis Community Spouses' Club (LCSC) on Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM). Subclubs are a membership perk of joining LCSC. The PNW Explorers typically meet on the third Thursday of the month to get out and explore the local area. The group schedules

A fun day in Poulsbo

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A fun day in Poulsbo

"Little Norway" or the "Viking City," either one is an apt description for charming Poulsbo. Plan to spend your day in the downtown historic district. This walkable Norwegian village has interesting museums, shopping, art galleries, restaurants and cafés all within a short walk of each other and located on a

Faded Paige's

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Faded Paige's

Faded Paige's is a play on owner Paige Ullery's name. Strolling through her spaces in two vintage/antique markets, you will find refinished and repurposed furniture, handmade signs and all sorts of handpicked vintage and antique goods. Ullery started her business after becoming disenchanted with the 9-to-5 grind. "I came home one day

Art spotting in Port Angeles

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Art spotting in Port Angeles

It is hard to compete with the natural beauty that surrounds the town of Port Angeles. Everywhere you turn, there is a stunning view of either the Olympic Mountains or the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Throw in the Ediz Hook and the port, and it is really remarkable. Competing

Keeping cybersecurity threats at bay

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Keeping cybersecurity threats at bay

Cybersecurity threats, or incidences, seem to be in the news with more frequency. State-sponsored incursions such as the alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election are on the rise, but who protects us against such attacks? A Washington Air National Guard unit, the 252nd Cyber Operations Group (COG), stands ready

Military family background influences Chef Jan Parker's cuisine

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Military family background influences Chef Jan Parker's cuisine

Jan Z. Parker, owner of Jan Parker Cookery, is not your average private chef. Her experiences as both a military brat and a military spouse have allowed her to travel extensively around the world and gain exposure to a wide variety of culinary experiences. Parker is beginning to have success conducting

Military home-buying challenges

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Military home-buying challenges

A huge benefit of serving in the military is the Veteran's Administration (VA) Loan Program. The program allows eligible veterans to purchase a home with no down payment and no requirement for private mortgage insurance, which can up the cost of a monthly mortgage payment. In this market, there is a

Gold Star Youth Mentorship Program

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Gold Star Youth Mentorship Program

Wear blue: run to remember began the Gold Star Youth Mentorship Program last year, and it was a huge success. The program pairs active-duty military members with Gold Star youth for a nine-week running program that culminates on Memorial Day, a particularly challenging day for those who have lost a

Love to party

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Love to party

Retired military spouse Susan Krogh turned her love and talent for parties into a successful party planning and catering business, Just Call Susan Party, in 2015, when she found herself an empty nester after her youngest child moved out. "After a few weeks self-pity, I picked myself up and started to

Super volunteer Dean Pace

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Super volunteer Dean Pace

Walking into the Medical Mall at Madigan Army Medical Center (MAMC) for the first time can be intimidating -- first you must navigate the revolving doors, then maneuver around the crowds at the pharmacy and then wonder "where do I go now?"  Luckily, volunteers like Dean Pace wearing cheerful red

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