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Empowered vision

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Empowered vision

Mary Helen has worked at The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. for over 40 years. "I am one of the small percentage of people who are blind and who are employed," she said.   Nationwide, 70 percent of those who are blind are unemployed. "My steady employment at The Lighthouse has provided the

Working so vets can play outside

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Working so vets can play outside

It's great to be outside! "The outdoors, a lot of times, is about freedom," Ed Bronsdon, the executive director of Outdoors for All, said in a recent news article. Founded in 1979 at Snoqualmie Pass in order to teach 15 children with disabilities to ski, the Seattle-based foundation is dedicated to bringing

USO - always serving

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USO - always serving

The USO strengthens America's servicemembers by keeping them connected to family, home and country throughout their service to the nation. As a congressionally chartered, nonprofit organization, the USO is not part of the government and does not receive any government funding. In fact, USO Northwest relies entirely on the generosity of

Beating blood cancer

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Beating blood cancer

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is dedicated to finding cures for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma while at the same time improving the quality of life of patients and their families. The LLS, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, which was founded in 1949, is the world's largest voluntary health organization

First in the medical community

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First in the medical community

For close to a quarter of a century, the Madigan Foundation has steadfastly, and consistently, labored to make the lives of servicemembers, their families, retirees, and the Madigan Army Medical Center's staff better and healthier. Created in 1995, the nonprofit 501(c)(3) foundation is unique in the community of military medicine. "The Foundation

Food for action

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Food for action

About 40 percent of the food produced annually in this country ends up in landfills. Meanwhile, there are millions of Americans who go hungry. Closer to home, one in seven people in Washington state live with the threat of hunger. One in five of them are children. "Hunger doesn't have to happen,"

Dignity in providing help

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Dignity in providing help

The Minutemen were citizen soldiers who volunteered before the start of the American Revolution to fight British soldiers at a minute's notice. This spirit of responding quickly in helping today's citizen soldiers is evident in the work of the Minuteman Fund of Washington. "The fund provides assistance grants to Washington National Guard

Picture perfect

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Picture perfect

Families that stay at one of the two Fisher Houses at Joint Base Lewis-McChord are under stress, perhaps far from home, and always worried about the well-being of a loved one. Especially if that loved one is a baby. "We have a large neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) here at Joint Base

Abolishing a stigma

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Abolishing a stigma

When asked to describe in a single word what HERO House NW meant to them, three individuals who use the clubhouse took up the challenge and answered. "Welcoming," said Jarod. "Home," replied Tatiana. "Exuberating," concluded Jamaal. "People welcome me and treat me like family," explained Tatiana, "and I don't have to worry about the

Grub Gossip

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Grub Gossip

The sun is still blazing in quiet moments here and there but seriously though, it's fall. It's chilly, moist and my husband's just happy that he doesn't have to mow the lawn as often ... though I'm warming up my raking muscles. Festival season is over; it's time to cozy

Souper Pho

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Souper Pho

ANNOUNCER: Open just over a month, Souper Pho in Tacoma's Westgate Center is designed with family in mind. A little taste of several Asian cuisine favorites will surely fit the bill for everyone. Jackie and Dutch are always up for a menu with lots of options.JACKIE: Souper Pho is one

LGBTQ benefit show

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LGBTQ benefit show

Humans have the capacity for doing a great many things -- good, bad and indifferent. We've all been inundated in our lives with moments of cruelty, both on a large scale, and on a smaller, more insidious one. Our instincts for conflict, exclusionism, and a fear of uniqueness have resulted

A once in a lifetime opportunity

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A once in a lifetime opportunity

The Broadway Center presents Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition in the Tacoma Armory. The late Renaissance master's famous fresco on the Sistine ceiling and its accompanying "Last Judgement" painting on the back wall of the chapel have been photographically reproduced at the original size on special fabric that mimics the

Newsies at Tacoma Musical Playhouse

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Newsies at Tacoma Musical Playhouse

Disney's Newsies at Tacoma Musical Playhouse is a romping, stomping look at the beginnings of the labor movement, based on the true story of a historic strike by newsboys that brought business to a standstill in New York in 1899. Newsies won Tony awards for Best Choreography (Christopher Gattelli) and

So continues the tour

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So continues the tour

Would you be comfortable hanging out with your exes? What if one of those relationships was, to put it mildly, tempestuous? Imagine you and your ex were musicians. Could you tour the country with that person, singing songs that remind you of both the best of times and the worst

Start fall with film, art and books

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Start fall with film, art and books

October may be the official arts month for Tacoma, but Lakewood is giving the gritty city a run for its money later this month with the arrival of the 6th Annual Lakewood Film, Art and Books Festival. That's right. Lakewood is kicking off the fall season with a free, three-day,

The best haunted houses near JBLM

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The best haunted houses near JBLM

It's that time of year again; pumpkin patches, apple picking, hay rides, and bloody corpses with chainsaws chasing after you through the darkness. That's right, it's haunted house season, and we found the best ones you won't want to miss. Yell Manor Triad Arts Theatre102 Yelm Ave. E., Yelm Oct.

Rutledge Corn Maze

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Rutledge Corn Maze

The Rutledge Corn Maze has become a family tradition for many local families and it's easy to see why. With a fall nip in the air, it's time to head out to the farm and see all they have to offer. The corn maze officially opens Sept. 22 and the

Go underground in Portland

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Go underground in Portland

"Shanghaiing," or kidnapping people and forcing them into servitude, is an undeniable part of Portland's past. Between 1850 and 1941, thousands of people were shanghaied while patronizing saloons, brothels and gambling dens along Portland's waterfront district. They were tricked, drugged and imprisoned in underground "shanghai tunnels" until they could be

Grub Gossip

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Grub Gossip

I stepped out onto my porch on a grey morning and felt that chill. You know the one, the first of the season that tells you that autumn has finally arrived. I turned quick on my heels and immediately began to snag the scarves and hats that I'll be donning

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