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Fall Welcome Guide 2017

Welcome to the Pacific Northwest. In order to help you get the most out of your stay or visit, we present our bi-yearly guide on what to do and see.

A resource for Puget Sound families.

Welcome to the Northwest

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Welcome to the Northwest

This is a military town, and boy, are we fortunate it is. The active military have been our neighbors here since 1917.

Quality education for JBLM families

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Quality education for JBLM families

Uprooting and moving across the country can be one of the most stressful components of changing duty stations for servicemembers and their families.

Is private school a good fit for your family?

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Is private school a good fit for your family?

Frequent moves can be challenging for military children, and some local families on Joint Base Lewis-McChord have chosen the private school option to help mitigate it.

Exploring the Pacific Northwest

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Exploring the Pacific Northwest

Imagine it's a warm Friday afternoon at Naval Base Kitsap (NBK) and you're in uniform, eagerly waiting for the clock to hit 5 p.m. so you can get off-post and head home for a weekend of fun.

MWR welcomes fall

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MWR welcomes fall

Even though fall doesn't officially start until Sept. 22, there's already a crispness in the air and a rustling in the leaves at Joint Base Lewis-McChord that hint at the upcoming season.

On the hunt for a home

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On the hunt for a home

Finding the right home can be quite the journey. Whether you're a new transplant to Joint Base Lewis-McChord or have been stationed here for some time, if you're looking to settle down in the South Sound, or at least find the neighborhood that is...

How to take advantage of on-post amenities

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How to take advantage of on-post amenities

On-post events and amenities are a great way to have fun in the military community.

Continue your college education at JBLM

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Continue your college education at JBLM

Most of us remember being 17 and impatient to graduate from high school and put chalky classrooms and tedious homework assignments far behind us. Most of us also remember the hard realization years after graduation that an education is seldom...

Put your heart into it

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Put your heart into it

Volunteering should be fun. Of course, it should be meaningful, too, but there's no denying that when we spend our free time helping others, it doesn't hurt to give back through organizations and activities that reflect our real interests.

Fetch! Summer fun at the dog park

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Fetch! Summer fun at the dog park

For dog owners in the Pacific Northwest, summer is the best time of year to explore bustling city parks and hunt for the perfect off-leash dog park.

Where to stay when on-base lodging is full

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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.

Environmental stewardship

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Environmental stewardship

If you ask servicemembers why they joined the service, no doubt you'll get a mixed bag of responses, ranging from "I wanted to defend our country" to "I wanted to travel the world with a sense of purpose."

Point Defiance

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Point Defiance

There are some places in the South Puget Sound that hold every bit of charm the Pacific Northwest is known for: long beaches, natural forest, rich gardens and jaw-dropping views of neighboring islands and coastline.

Hooked on a feeling

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Hooked on a feeling

With nearly 8,000 lakes in the state, Washington offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy the water. For those of you new to the area, what follows is a very partial listing of some of the lakes nearby that offer opportunities for swimming,...

World-class wine

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World-class wine

Not every region in the U.S. can boast that it produces world-class wine right in its backyard. Residents of the Pacific Northwest, however, have a long list of bragging rights that come with being home to some of the most fertile wine regions in...

Best outside eateries

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Best outside eateries

During the unusually dry summer this year, I found myself searching for places I could eat, drink, and socialize outside where I could fully enjoy sunshine.

The story behind the wall

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The story behind the wall

Just north of Steilacoom Blvd., across the street from Fort Steilacoom Park, the stone wall is hard to miss. A decorative remnant of a much earlier time, it stands guard around an assortment of massive brick buildings, now known as Western State...

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