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    How small problems can grow — or not

    I just survived having a very sore big toe, and it was no fun. It’s amazing how much something that begins as a small annoyance can end up having such a big impact. The problem started back in 2010 when I went to the Olympics in Vancouver. No, I didn’t injure myself competing at curling...

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    New loan model supports women entrepreneurs

    Helping banks get to “yes” on small business loans for women entrepreneurs has never been more important to America’s economic health then it is right now. That’s because smaller firms have driven our recovery, both nationally and locally. Small businesses are creating...

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    Summer’s end means change of pace on Key Peninsula

    As families with school-age children gather clothes and equipment for upcoming classes and cram as much “vacation time” as they can into these last few days, the rest of us notice the calendar shifts for some of our activities that have taken a break for the summer.

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    Gardening requires both patience and a sense of humor

    Peter Rabbit was very naughty. He was always stealing vegetables from Mr. McGregor’s garden. That’s what I remember from reading “The Tale of Peter Rabbit,” Beatrix Potter’s famous children’s book, when I was in the second grade. I proudly stood in front...

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    Small businesses gain federal contracts

    I am proud to announce that the federal government met its small business federal contracting goal for the first time in eight years.

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    Volunteerism is alive and well in Gig Harbor

    As we approach the start of the school year (shriek!), you may be thinking of scheduling out activities for the upcoming school year and into fall and winter. Maybe you have thought about the possibility of volunteering during the upcoming months, but have not known were to look for options.

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    Plenty of springtime offerings on Key Peninsula

    April showers — some with hail, some with thunder and lightning, and some that brought fresh snow in the mountains — are making a unique weather statement around here.

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    Beginners’ lessons for modern road-trip planning

    I have a vacation coming up in a few weeks, my first on the Gateway’s dime. I share this information not to gloat about escaping the Northwest for sunny Arizona at the height of March’s drear, but rather to impart a couple of the lessons that I’ve learned in preparation for ...

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    Key Peninsula full of authors, resources for fellow writers

    The Key Peninsula is alive with working authors. Four new books will be on the shelves in the next few months, including two by first-time authors Ted Olinger and Don Tjossem.

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    Time to update an outdated peninsula map

    Four months and change into my time at the Gateway, I’ve begun to feel acclimated to the sometimes challenging geography of our coverage area — the way the meandering Key Peninsula Highway deceives you into thinking you’ve already driven past your destination, or the vital importance...

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