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Local Winter Farmers Markets

There’s no need to wait for spring or summer for farmer’s market supplies; a few local winter markets are open throughout the cooler months and offer a plethora of fresh produce and other market items. Local markets that offer outdoor winter fare include the Proctor Market in

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Staff Sgt. Bertrand Foley on stage in Puyallup

It’s been more than a decade since Air Force Staff Sgt. Bertrand Foley, 62nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, acted in shows or directed his high school production of “Little Shop of Horrors.” He recalls his days as a thespian at Pleasant Valley High School in Brodheadsville, Pa.,

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JBLM Spouses learn about America over food

If you’re an international military spouse looking for ways to make your American transition a little easier and maybe learn some local and diverse cooking tips as well, you might want to look into the free International Spouse Orientation and Cooking Demonstration events planned at Joint


JBLM’s SKIES offers scholarships

SKIES Unlimited, Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s facility for dance, theater, martial arts, gymnastics, yoga and other youth-oriented programs just received another $2,500 grant from the Association of Washington Generals. The Association of Washington Generals is a service organization created by Seattle-area business people, along with former Washington

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Mentors can help local Gold Star Kids

There are still a few months before the annual Memorial Day weekend wear blue: run to remember program, but now is the time for service members to step up and help local kids through a two-month (or longer) mentorship program and run training, the Gold Star Youth


Former JBLM Ranger now weapons maker

RAINIER — Despite living off the grid on five acres outside Rainier, Wash., veteran Ranger Chris Rowley and his wife, Frances, aren’t exactly living the recluse life. The 43-year-old former farrier transitioned from Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment in July. His seven-year

Military Life

New USO center opens for business on Lewis Main

About 250 people packed a tent in front of the America’s Credit Union building on Lewis Main Monday morning for the opening of the new USO Northwest Camp Lewis Center. The event consisted a lot of thank you’s and remarks by a few USO, America’s Credit Union and


Fall fun in the South Sound

Fall is in the air, and the crisp, sweet aroma of apples, apple cider, pumpkins, fresh donuts and apple fritters permeate the air at Lattin’s Country Cider Mill and Farm, in Olympia — one of a handful of local farms dedicated to providing harvest and Halloween


Fall classes begin at SKIESUnlimited

September is the start of fall scheduling at SKIES Unlimited, Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s studio for the performing arts. A wealth of new courses are offered for budding artistic young people, as well as auditions Tuesday to Thursday for this year’s full-length production of the classic ballet, “The Nutcracker.” Numerous

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Retiree helps 6 different organizations

Retiring from the military doesn’t always mean one sees less of their fellow service members. At least that’s so for retired Army Lt. Col. Omar Thondique, an active volunteer with six different organizations and community groups on and around Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Thondique is JBLM’s August Volunteer

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JBLM to celebrate culture, diversity Feb. 20

African-Americans have played a huge role in American history, including as service members in times of war from the Civil War on. Currently more than 19 percent of the Army is made up of African-American Soldiers, 17 percent in the Air Force, according to the Department

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JBLM's Operation Baby Shower Jan 20.

Whether you just had a baby or you’re waiting on the arrival of that special bundle of joy, Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation has a baby shower planned just for you. Operation Baby Shower — a free event for new and expectant moms and

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Winterfest TODAY on JBLM

Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation’s new Winterfest event will take place at American Lake Conference Center Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Winterfest is expected to offer all the fun of the previous reception that used to take place at Family and MWR’s Fest Tent

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Mulryan reflects on years at JBLM

After completing 27 years in the Army, Joint Base Lewis-McChord Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Richard Mulryan is set to retire. His change of responsibility ceremony, with incomming Command Sgt. Maj. Kenny Clayborn, is scheduled at French Theater Monday at 10 a.m. His last day in his current

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Local light displays a must see

A sure sign of the Christmas season around the South Sound and beyond is the addition of holiday lights to neighborhoods and tourist attractions. Among the brightest display favorites over the past several decades are Zoolights at Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma and Fantasy Lights

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POW recalls Fort Lewis

Former German prisoner of war Günter Gräwe was 18 years old in August 1944 during what he calls the luckiest time of his life. That was shortly after he, as a new recruit in the German Army, was injured in the foot by a grenade in Normandy, France, and captured in

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McChord residents treated to free food, games

Free food, games, raffles and fellowship were the theme of the day Saturday as a few hundred service members and their families enjoyed the second annual McChord Field Housing Block Party at Carter Lake Elementary School. Many parents and children walked, rode bicycles, skateboarded or pushed strollers

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Flea Market and Oktoberfest Saturday on base

Two popular Joint Base Lewis-McChord events are combining this year for a day of fun and all things recycled — or German. The installation’s successful Fall Flea Market and Oktoberfest joins at Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation’s Fest Tent on Lewis Main Sept. 16 for what’s expected

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Get ready to boogie down at McChord Block Party

School may be starting, but there’s still time to party in the ’hood. Enhanced family readiness, spiritual resiliency and community bonding are the goals for the McChord Field Housing Block Party scheduled at Carter Lake Elementary School, 3415 Lincoln Ave., on McChord Field, Sept. 9 from 11

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JBLM event to highlight women’s equality

It’s been 100 years since women won the right to vote in this country, with some states allowing voting a few years earlier and others nearly a decade later. Here in the state of Washington, women’s voting rights passed in 1910, and the voting results were ratified 10 years

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