Senior Times -- August 2019

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August 2019

Volume 7 • Issue 7

Funding for LIGO STEM center approved New facility to up visitor capacity by 4,000 a year

Possible casino in the works near King City

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Experience, dining passes offer discounts Page 7

Benton-Franklin Fair and Rodeo turns 65 Page 14


Which Zane Grey novel, set in Franklin County, is celebrating its 100th anniversary? Answer, Page 13

BY JEFF MORROW for Senior Times

The first detection of gravitational waves from deep space were recorded at the Laser Interferometer GravitationalWave Observatory, or LIGO, out on the edge of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in September 2015 and announced in February 2016. Ever since that announcement, people from all walks of life—many of them students—have wanted to visit the observatory. Many do for the public tour that happens the second Saturday of each month —and more still via K-12 site visits and dedicated tours. But the facility has a problem handling the large number of enthusiastic fans. That situation, though, soon will change. In May, Gov. Jay Inslee signed off on the state’s 2019-21 capital budget, which includes $7.7 million earmarked to build a STEM Exploration Center at LIGO Hanford Observatory. (STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math.) Michael Landry, the head of LIGO, is excited about the new center. “None of the interest (in LIGO) has waned,” Landry said. “We’re currently at 6,000 people a year visiting. We have to turn people away far more than we’d like.” The new facility will help bring in 10,000 visitors a year. uLIGO, Page 3

Courtesy Hanford History Project at Washington State University Tri-Cities Pictured is a float by General Electric to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the startup of B Reactor during the 1954 Atomic Frontier Days parade. Written on the back of the photograph is “Vivian Helgeson, Bob Loeffelbein on float.” There are no identifications for the others. The city of Richland will hold Atomic Frontier Day from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14 at Howard Amon Park to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Hanford.

Events celebrate 75 years of Hanford history BY SENIOR TIMES STAFF

Community-wide events to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Hanford B Reactor kick off this month. The world’s first large-scale nuclear reactor went critical for the first time on Sept. 26, 1944. Built in just under a year, the reactor and the 1,200 or so other buildings that populated the Hanford site by that time were the product of the

efforts of some 50,000 men and women from across the country who came to live and work at Hanford Camp. The fruits of their labor were instrumental to the success of the Manhattan Project and to the larger war effort. Events are planned to pay tribute to their work. Here’s a roundup of events: • Wings & Wheels, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, Richland Airport, uHANFORD, Page 2

Richland folk fest pays tribute to power of music

BY LAURA KOSTAD for Senior Times

The 23rd annual Tumbleweed Music Festival in Richland Labor Day weekend pays homage to a folk music legend who would have celebrated his 100th birthday this year. It seems fitting for the Tri-Cities to celebrate Pete Seeger, an American folk singer who won a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. The banjo-strumming Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is the inspiration for the birth of the Tri-Cities’ folk music advocacy group.

Micki Perry and her late husband John Perry founded Three Rivers Folklife Society, or 3RFS, in 1988 after befriending Seeger in the 1970s. “It was such a magical time to get to know someone that we had always admired and looked up to and whose music we loved,” said Micki, who is now in her ’70s, but still serves as Tumbleweed’s program chair. John, who worked in the nuclear field, moved his family from Beacon, New York, to the Tri-Cities in 1976 to pursue a job with the Washington Public Power Supply System. uTUMBLEWEED, Page 12


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1903 Terminal Drive: The Port of Benton event includes a war bird, experimental and antique airplanes, hot rods and classic cars, motorcycles and military vehicles, food vendors. Free admission. • “People of the Manhattan Project: Building an Atomic City” exhibit, Sept. 1-30, Art Center at Washington State University TriCities, Richland. Features items from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Hanford collection, as well as Hanford History Project collections. • Hanford artworks, Sept. 1-30, Allied Arts Association’s Gallery at the Park, Richland: Displays of Hanford or early Richland-related artworks. • “The Hanford Story in Sand” with “America’s Got Talent” champion Kseniya Simonova, a sand artist, 7 p.m. Sept. 5-6, Hanford High School Auditorium. Simonova will use her sand art talent to tell the Hanford story. Hanford High orchestra will be performing with her. Cost is $25 plus service fee at • “I’m Not Done Glowing Yet!” with comedian Paul Rodriguez, 8 p.m. Sept. 26-28, Joker’s Comedy Club, Richland. Cost is $30 plus service fee at brownpapertickets. com. • Day’s Pay lecture, 3-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12 and 4-6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, Richland Public Library. Descendants of the Day’s Pay crew will discuss the role of their parents in the war and impact Hanford’s employees made in the war effort. • Atomic Frontier Day, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, Howard Amon Park, Richland. City of Richland festivities include a souvenir scavenger hunt, activities for kids, a parade, exhibitors, mess hall dinner, historical tours and demonstrations. Free.

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Day’s Pay pilot Arlys Wineinger, left, talks with Ground Crew Chief Salvadore Leto. Wyatt Wineinger, son of Arlys Wineinger, along with other family members of Day’s Pay crew will be speaking at the Day’s Pay History lecture Sept. 12-13 at the Richland Public Library.

• The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra, 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, Richland High Auditorium. Cost is $25 plus service fee at Richland High’s orchestra will be opening and performing with the group. • Mid-Columbia Symphony’s “From the Vault,” 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, Richland High Auditorium. The symphony will honor its past by performing pieces the orchestra played in the 1940s and ’50s. Tickets range from $10 to $56 at • Ride the Reactor, 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21. A variabledistance mountain bike or cyclocross ride that begins and ends at the B Reactor. Route uses paved and gravel roads. Limited to up to 150 cyclists. Cost is $40 which includes ride, catered lunch and tour of B Reactor. Register:

• Mid-Columbia Mastersingers’ “Nuclear Dreams: An Oral History of the Hanford Site,” 6 p.m. Sept. 27-28 and 2:30 p.m. Sept. 29, inside B Reactor facility’s main room. An oratorio for chamber chorus, small orchestra and two soloists that explores the memories, night dreams and inner lives of people who lived on the land or worked at Hanford. Music by Reginald Unterseher. Libretto by Nancy Welliver. Transportation provided by bus. Cost is $75 at • Richland Players’ 75th anniversary performances, August to May 2020. The community theater group celebrates its diamond anniversary with a retrospective of plays performed over the past 75 years, one from each decade, plus a play to represent going forward to the next 75 years. For full schedule of events, go to


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LIGO, From page 1

The catch is the earliest the new center could open is fall 2021. “That’s subject to permitting,” Landry said. “But we’ll do everything we can to make that date.” LIGO is what Landry calls a “quiet site.” “Constraints on the building come from the science,” he said. No construction can be done while LIGO is in the middle of an observation run, which it has been since April and will be until May 2020. This might be easier to understand by describing what LIGO is. It’s a large-scale physics experiment and observatory to detect cosmic gravitational-waves—waves in space and time—as an astronomical tool. At the time of its initial funding, LIGO was the largest and most ambitious project ever funded by the National Science Foundation. The facility, which uses lasers to detect changes in the relative length of the 2.5-mile, L-shaped arms, and thus gravitational waves, has a sister facility in Louisiana. Together, those two facilities, in conjunction with the Virgo detector in Italy, confirm when a gravitational wave actually takes place. The instrumentation is so sensitive that a truck driving by can set it off. So all three facilities must confirm the same thing. Landry said the first observatory run in 2015-16 was for four months. The second run in 2016-17 was for nine months. This newest run already has been successful. “We’re getting a potential gravitational wave signal more often than once per week,” Landry said. In fact, not a week after the third run began in April, the New Science website reported LIGO and Virgo had already spotted a pair of black holes colliding about 5 billion light years away. “This third observation run, we’re excited,” Landry said. “The next down time will be for 1½ years.” Landry hopes all the permitting will be in place when that time comes and that the bids from the architect and construction company will have been accepted. Landry said there are plenty of center supporters.

Courtesy Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory A conceptual drawing shows what the $7.7 million STEM Exploration Center at LIGO Hanford Observatory could look like. The earliest the new hands-on learning center could open is fall 2021. It’s expected to attract 10,000 visitors a year.

He mentions former 8th District state Rep. Larry Haler, who learned about the potential facility in 2015. “In 2018, we received $411,000 for a conceptual design,” Landry said. “Larry Haler helped get the funds for that.” Others who were of “tremendous help” were state Sen. Sharon Brown, and 8th District Reps. Brad Klippert and Matt Boehnke. In addition, Rai Weiss, LIGO founder and co-recipient of a 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics for the discovery of gravitational waves, spoke to state legislators in Olympia earlier this year about creating the exploration center. Terence L. Thornhill Architect of Pasco created the conceptual rendering. “It’s beautiful,” Landry said. “The purpose of it is to really house the 5,000-square-foot exhibition space. It’ll primarily be for K through 12 students, the general public, and universities and colleges.” The hope is not only to help young people think about being scientific but to help them come up with ideas behind critical thinking and evaluation. “The exhibit hall, it’s not a museum,” Landry said. “It’s a hands-on facility, for playing and teaching, so ideas will be infused in them.” Landry says the sister Louisiana facility has 50 exhibits.

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“We have a sense of some exhibits (we’ll use),” he said. “Another element to the center is the tour interaction, and the time in the central room. People are invited into the control room.” During the second Saturday of the month public tours, Landry said visitors ask scientists in the control room questions, and they are answered right then and there. Landry is amazed at the interest from far and wide.

“I had a gentleman who flew in from Japan just for this tour,” Landry said. “He took in the B Reactor tour when he was here too. We’ve all had that type of experience. People coming from the Netherlands, Hungary, just for this tour.” He expects more of that. “We’re highly excited,” Landry said. “The universe is awash in gravitational waves.”

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS Bring your grandchildren and families to events with a star.


• National Night Out: 5:30-7:30 p.m., John Dam Plaza, 815 George Washington Way, Richland; 5-8 p.m., Flat Top Park, 4705 W. Van Giesen St., West Richland; 5-7:30 p.m., Southridge Sports & Events Complex, 2901 Southridge Blvd., Kennewick; 6-8:30 p.m., 1520 W. Shoshone, Pasco; and 5-7 p.m., Community Center, 806 Dale Ave., Benton City. Go to: Free


• 13th annual Legends of Washington Wine: 6-10 p.m., Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center, 2140 Wine Country Road, Prosser. Tickets are $125. Go to:


• The Moneta Project Memory Café: 8-10 a.m., 1834 Fowler St., Richland. RSVP: 509-735-1911. Free • Cold War Patriots Former Hanford Workers Informational Meeting: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Red Lion Hotel, 802 George Washington Way, Richland. Contact: 888-9038989. Free


• Cold War Patriots Former Hanford Workers Informational Meeting: 10 a.m. & 2 p.m., SpringHill Suites by Marriott, 7048 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick. Contact: 888-903-8989. Free


• Cuisine de Vin, benefiting the Children’s Developmental Center: 7-11 p.m., Terra Blanca Winery, 34715 N. Demoss Road, Benton City. Tickets are $65-$110. Go to:


• KRLD Wings and Wheels: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Richland Airport, 1903 Terminal Drive. Contact: 509551-0432 or 509-375-3060. Free • Grand Parade: 10 a.m. to noon, Historic Downtown Kennewick. Go to: Free • Family Bingo: 3-5 p.m., Richland Community Center, 500 Amon Park Drive. Contact: 509-9427529. Free • Sundown in Tri-Town: 4-8 p.m., Pasco Farmers Market, Fourth Avenue and Columbia Street. Free • Benton Franklin Fair Demolition Derby: 6:30-10 p.m., Benton County Fairgrounds, 1500 S. Oak St., Kennewick. Tickets start at $15. Go to: bentonfranklinfair. com. • The Garden Party, benefiting Mid-Columbia Ballet: 7:30-10:30 p.m., Reach Museum, 1943 Columbia Park Trail, Richland. Tickets are $50-$75. Contact: 509-946-5417.

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• Benton Franklin Fair & Rodeo: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday to Friday; 10 a.m. to midnight Saturday,

Benton County Fairgrounds, 1500 S. Oak St., Kennewick. Tickets start at $20. Go to:


• Adult Education Financial Workshop “Protect Your Credit Score”: 6-7 p.m., Kennewick Community Center, 500 S. Auburn St. Contact: 509-585-4303. Free • End of Life Dinner Discussion “Aging America”: 6-7:30 p.m., Chaplaincy Health Care, 1480 Fowler St., Richland. RSVP: Free


• Prosser Beer and Whiskey Festival: 5-10 p.m., Prosser Wine and Food Park, 2840 Lee Road. Tickets are $30-$65. Go to: • Three Rivers Folklife Society Contra Dance: 6-9 p.m., Memorial Park, 350 N. 14th Ave., Pasco. Tickets are $5 for seniors 65+. Go to:


• Show & Shine for Hunger: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Columbia Park, Kennewick. Go to:


• Memory Care Café: 10 a.m. to noon, Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Drive. Contact: 509-9427680. Free


• The Moneta Project Memory Café: 8-10 a.m., 1834 Fowler St., Richland. RSVP: 509-735-1911 or Free


• Tumbleweed Music Festival: 6:30-10 p.m., Howard Amon Park, 900 George Washington Way, Richland. Go to: tumbleweedfest. com.


• Tumbleweed Music Festival: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Howard Amon Park, 900 George Washington Way, Richland. Go to: tumbleweedfest. com. • ASAP’s Paws for a Cause Fundraiser: 6-10 p.m., Clover Island Inn, 435 Clover Island Drive, Kennewick. Tickets are $30. Call: 509-539-1865


• Tumbleweed Music Festival: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Howard Amon Park, 900 George Washington Way, Richland. Go to: tumbleweedfest. com.


• Prosser States Day Celebration: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Historic Downtown Prosser. Go to: Free

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Land buy may open door to tribal casino Colville Tribes buy 184 acres near King City BY ROBIN WOJTANIK for Senior Times

The Colville Tribes’ $10.8 million purchase of 184 acres of Franklin County farmland could set the stage for a future casino just northeast of King City in Pasco. Opening a casino could take “many years” since the land off Highway 395 would first need to be transferred into federal trust status through the Bureau of Indian Affairs or the U.S. Department of the Interior, said Rodney Cawston, chairman of the business council for the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation. “That can take some time,” he said. “And then afterwards we apply for the permit for the casino, and that can take some time as well.” The tribes own and operate three other casinos: 12 Tribes Resort Casino in Omak, Mill Bay Casino in Manson and Coulee Dam Casino in Coulee Dam. Though a casino project is years away, the Colvilles want the land just north of the new AutoZone distribution center to begin generating money. In the interim, there’s been talk of putting a gas station or convenience store, or maybe even a hotel on the property. It also could be left as farmland for the time being. “One way or another, we’d like to try to do something to begin generating some revenue,” Cawston said. The May 16 land buy took the city of Pasco by surprise. “The city learned of the purchase through the media. That said, we are excited at the prospect of this investment by the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation and look forward to a long and collaborative relationship,” said Dave Zabell, Pasco’s city manager. Franklin County Commissioner Bob Koch felt it was too early to comment but pointed out that Franklin County could potentially lose the tax base for the land if it was moved into a federal trust. Cawston said the tribes intend to work with Tri-City leaders, including city and county governments, as they make plans for the land. Tribal committees are being reorganized, and Cawston said he expects this to be one of the first issues they’ll take up. “We want any tribal economic development project to benefit the entire area, creating good-paying,

Courtesy Google Earth/Graphic design by Shawna Dinh The 184 acres of undeveloped land bought by the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation are just off Highway 395, northeast of King City, in Franklin County.

new jobs, increasing tourism and providing a catalyst for a number of new businesses,” Cawston said. The land is important to the Colville Tribes because it’s where their ancestors once lived. “There’s just such close personal ties to those areas,” Cawston said. “That’s where (our) ancestors lived and where a lot of (our) ancestors were buried and where we gathered. We wanted to build a stronger relationship to protect those lands and encourage our tribal membership to go back to those lands.” Cawston said the tribes have always talked about buying back some of their former homelands but got serious about it in the last two to three years. “We began actively discussing this as a council and for a lot of different purposes,” Cawston said. “We still try to maintain our relationships with federal and state agencies for when anything occurs within our traditional homelands. If there are sacred sites or archeological sites that have been disturbed or could potentially be disturbed, we hope they would take our comments and considerations of those lands because once they’re taken out of state or federal ownership, the tribes no longer have access to those lands.” The tribe bought the undeveloped farmland from private owners because of its cultural significance. The Tri-City area is the traditional homeland of the Palus, one of the 12 tribes in the Colville confederation. The property is expected to be used for economic development that benefits Colville members who face challenges in Okanagon and Ferry counties, where some of the tribes

were relocated in 1885. “Both of those counties probably have some of the highest unemployment rates and are some of the most economically challenged rural areas in Washington. So that’s forced a lot of our tribal membership to look for employment elsewhere,” Cawston said.

He said he encourages tribal members to get experience elsewhere and bring back what they’ve learned to benefit others. Several hundred of the 9,365 enrolled Colville tribal members live in the Tri-City area. “When you look at that recent history, it wasn’t that long ago, even within my generation. I knew some of the Palus elder people across the reservation who still lived in those areas and were moved to Colville,” Cawston said. “They never really felt that was their homeland. From those earliest of times, our people wanted to return back to those lands but were never successful in being able to do so.” The Colville reservation includes 1.4 million acres of land, consisting of tribally-owned lands held in federal trust status for the Colvilles; land owned by individual Colville tribal members, most of which is also held in federal trust status; and land owned by other tribal or nontribal entities.

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Senior Times • August 2019 uBRIEFS Tri-City writers chronicle Hanford, Manhattan Project

Hanford and Manhattan Project history buffs can preorder “Something Extraordinary,” a book about the history of Hanford nuclear reservation and the Manhattan Project co-written by local authors C. Mark Smith and Robert L. Ferguson. “Something Extraordinary” is billed as a “comprehensive narrative of the geopolitics and atomic research that led to the creation of the Manhattan Project …” Ferguson is the author of “Nuclear Waste in Your Backyard: Who’s to Blame and How to Fix It” and “The Cost of Deceit & Delay.” He also has extensive experience in the nuclear industry. Smith’s books include biographies on Congressman Doc Hastings, state Sen. Harry P. Cain and Tri-City civic leader Sam Volpentest. Their collaboration on Hanford and the Manhattan Project can be preordered for $16.95 at cms-author. com/purchase-cms-author-books.

Trios Health receives award

Trios Health received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines Target: Stroke Honor Roll Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes Trios’ commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

Edward Jones sponsors Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Edward Jones financial advisors in the Tri-Cities and Prosser are looking for volunteers, donations and participants for October’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The annual fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association is Sunday, Oct. 13 and will start at the Columbia Park bandshell. Participants receive a free T-shirt. For more information, go to or call 509-946-7626. A hotline was established by Edward Jones and the Alzheimer’s Association for those affected by the disease: 844-440-6600.

Franklin PUD manager announces retirement

Debbie Bone-Harris, Franklin PUD’s senior public affairs manager, is retiring at the end of November. She began her career at Franklin PUD in 2003 and has held various roles throughout the utility with

responsibility for community events, communications, legislative affairs and public involvement. Bone-Harris is that she is also a clothing and textile advisor through WSU Extension and is an experienced instructor at national sewing and design conferences, holding both national and international awards for her work. She is an accredited licensed instructor through Martha Pullen Sewing and has been published in numerous magazines for her creative design and sewing skills.

City of Richland seeks committee members

The city of Richland is looking for volunteers to serve on the following boards: Americans with Disabilities Act Citizens Review, Economic Development, Library, Lodging Tax Advisory, Personnel and Utility Advisory commissions. Members of boards, commissions and committees provide advice, decide appeals or civil violations, take public testimony, and review and make recommendations on land use and other regulations. Applicants must be Richland residents. Applications are due by Monday, Aug. 12. For more information, call 509-942-7388 or go to

Tri-Cities Community Health to give exchange support

Tri-Cities Community Health has been selected to provide in-person support in Benton and Franklin counties for the Washington Health Benefit Exchange in 2020. The chosen vendors will oversee the free in-person assistance available to Washington Healthplanfinder customers signing up for health and dental insurance plans for 2020. Public health agencies, regional health networks and community organizations were selected across the state for the upcoming open enrollment period.

Kadlec to welcome K9 security team to campus

Kadlec Regional Medical Center is expanding its security team on the Richland hospital campus to include professionally trained canine security officers. Kadlec’s program will be the second K9 medical facility team in the state and will begin in November after training a dog and its handler, which are in the process of being selected. K9 handler Pat McKenna and dog Serge perform similar work at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane.

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Revamped Tri-Fun program offers food, venue deals BY ELSIE PUIG for Senior Times

Get a digital pass to experience some of the Tri-Cities’ best locally-owned dining and entertainment options for a fraction of the cost. Tri-Fun, a membership-based program providing deals at local eateries and venues, is growing under new ownership. Jane Winslow, owner of WinSome Design in Richland, bought Tri-Fun from Preston House, owner of the TriCity Papa John’s franchise, in September 2017. House launched TriFun in December 2016. WinSome Design, a brand development and marketing firm, rebuilt the e-commerce portion of the website to make it easier for participating venues and for members to redeem their rewards. “We reimagined it from the ground up to make the customer experience easy,” Winslow said. Here’s how it works: To redeem benefits, members use a special code online provided by the business. Members can either buy an Experience Pass or a Dining Pass—a new membership option not previously available. For a $50 annual membership, Experience Pass members can participate in more than 20 activities at 19 different venues, including a chocolate candy making party at Baum’s House of Chocolate, a live concert and appetizer at Emerald of Siam, a glass fusing project at The Glass Punty, a watercolor paint and sip event at The Wet Palette: Uncork + Create, or ice skating at the Toyota Arena. It also includes admission to the East Benton County History Museum and the Reach Museum, among other benefits. The total value of the Experience Pass is $345, or the cost to visit each of the venues separately. “The best benefit of the Tri-Fun

Experience Pass is that we have things for everybody, for little kids, teens, as well as adults and seniors,” Winslow said. The Dining Pass offers 10 buy one, get one free entrées that can be used at 20 different local restaurants, including Foodies, Foodies Too, Kimo’s, Emerald of Siam, Europa, Frost Me Sweet, Nomad, Fast & Curryous and more. The total value of the dining pass is $225. For participating businesses, Tri-Fun is a free marketing program. WinSome Design invests in direct mail, social media, video, streaming media for digital downloads, as well as feather flags, table tents and rack cards to promote Tri-Fun membership and benefits to customers. “It’s great for small businesses because they don’t have a ton of money to put into marketing, it’s slow organic growth,” she said. “We help with that.” Becky Brice, owner of The Wet Palette in Richland, has signed on. “I wouldn’t continue to be a venue if I wasn’t experiencing a positive return for my business, just in the amount of branding and exposure I get for my business and associating with other venues that are local and striving to create a culture in Tri-Cities that shops local,” she said. “I was a venue before the overhaul and Jane made it 10 to 20 times better,” Brice said. “She has always been attentive and helpful. She knows because she has also built a small local business.” Another benefit to participating companies is the passes provide them with an up-sell opportunity on items and services not provided through the pass. “To the businesses we partner with, we are a free marketing program. We market them as part of Tri-Fun to drive customers to their business. On the customer-facing side, we provide a heck of a deal to locally owned-businesses and restaurants,” Winslow said.

Photo by Elsie Puig Becky Brice, right, owner of The Wet Palette: Uncork + Create in Richland, is one of the local businesses participating in the Tri-Fun program. Tri-Fun owner Jane Winslow is at left.

Experience passes are sold per person—not family—but passes can be shared among family members. For example, if you buy four Experience Passes, each pass must be used by a different person. Gift cards for Tri-Fun passes also are available. In the future, Winslow hopes to add more venues, restaurants and experiences—especially in the theater and performing arts sector—and offer addi-

tional passes. “We’re picky about who we add and why. I want locally owned-businesses and different experiences, no franchises or licensees,” Winslow said. “I would love to take this on the road and build this in other small markets as well,” she said. » Tri-Fun:; 509-531-0121;


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Most of Pasco’s senior services programs take place at the First Avenue Center, unless otherwise listed. Activities, times and location subject to change. For more information, call 509-545-3459. • Adult Lap Swim: noon to 1 p.m. and 6-7 p.m. through Aug. 23. Memorial Aquatic Park, 1520 W. Shoshone. $2 per person. • Basin Wood Carvers (18+): 1-3 p.m. Thursdays. Cost: Free. • China Painting (18+): 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays. Bring your own project and supplies.

• Cribbage (40+): 1-3 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. • Drop-In Snooker (50+): 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Cost: $1 per day. • Enhance Fitness (40+): Class focuses on stretching, balance, low impact aerobics and strength training. 10-11 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Call 509-545-3456 to register. Location: Pasco City Hall Activity Center, 525 N. Third Ave., Pasco. • Foot Care for Adults (18+): Get your feet cared for by a licensed,

registered nurse. 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays by appointment only. Cost: $30. Call 509-545-3459. • Happy Feet Foot Care (60+): Get your feet cared for by a licensed, registered nurse. 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays by appointment only. Cost: Free with suggested donation of $12 to $15 per person. Clients must meet federal and state guidelines for eligibility. Call: 509-545-3459. • Mexican Train Dominoes: 12:30-3 p.m. Mondays. Cost: Free.

• Pinochle (40+): 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. • Wavemakers Aqua Fit: Class for those with arthritis, fibromyalgia, lower back pain, muscle weakness, those who use a cane or a walker and anyone who loves the pool. Location: Oasis Physical Therapy, 6825 Burden Blvd., Suite D, Pasco. This class is offered on various days/times. To register, call 509-545-3456.

Prosser Senior Community Center 1231 Dudley Ave., Prosser • 509-786-2915 •

All activities are at the Prosser Senior Community Center unless otherwise listed. Activities, times and locations subject to change. For more information, call 509-786-2915. • All-you-can-eat breakfast: 8-11:30 a.m. the last Sunday of each month. Location: dining room. Suggested donation: $6 adults, $3 for those 8 and younger. • Bingo (18+): 9:30 a.m.

Wednesdays. Location: dining room. Three cards for $1. • Bingo at Night (18+): 6 p.m. second Friday of the month. $10 buy-in. • Birthday Celebration: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. third Friday of the month. Call 509-786-1148 to verify. Location: dining room. Provided by Meals on Wheels. Suggested donation of $2.75.

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• Enhanced Fitness: 2-3 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Location: dining room. Free. • Foot Care Wednesday: For appointment, call: 509-303-0079. Fill out foot care application for assistance at center or $25 for private pay. • Mahjong: 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Location: living room. Free. • Meals On Wheels: 11:45 a.m. Monday through Friday. Location: dining room. Suggested donation of $2.75. For reservations, call 509786-1148. • Pinochle: 5:30 p.m. Thursdays.

Location: living room. Bring potluck dish to share. Free • Table Pool: Noon to 3 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays. Free. • Tai Chia Quan: 6 p.m. Mondays; beginners first Monday of month; 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays open practice for club members. Location: dining room. Call: 509-430-1304 • Wellness Class: 10:30 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays. Taught by Cheri Eisen of Sirius Therapeutics. Location: living room. $4 per session for members, $5 for others. Call: 816-510-5025.

West Richland Senior Center 616 N. 60th, West Richland 509-967-2847 All activities are at the West Richland Senior Center. For more information, call 509-967-2847. • Potluck Lunch: noon, second Tuesday of the month. Bring a dish to share. • Bingo: noon, third Monday of the month. Hot dog luncheon at noon. $3 suggested donation. • Pinochle: 1 p.m. Mondays.

• Bunco Potluck: noon, first Wednesday and third Friday of the month. • TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Fitness: 11 a.m. Thursdays. • Exercise: A co-ed, light cardio class, led by exercise video, is 9 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. A donation of 50 cents for members and $1 for others is requested.

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All activities are at the Kennewick Community Center unless otherwise listed. Activities, times and location subject to change. For more information, call 509-585-4303. • Bingo: 1-3 p.m. every Wednesday. Cost: $1. • Couples Party Bridge: 1:45-6 p.m. second Sunday of each month.

Cost: $1. RSVP: 509-586-3349. • Bunco: 1-3 p.m. Fridays. Cost: $1 per day. • Chinese Mahjong: 1-4 p.m. Wednesdays. Cost: $1 per day. • Dominos: 12:30-2 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. Cost: 50 cents per day. • Indoor Walking: 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. Cost: $1 per

day. Location: Southridge Sports Complex, 2901 Southridge Blvd., Kennewick. • Party Bridge: 12:30-4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Cost: 50 cents per day. • Pinochle: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays and Fridays. Cost: 50 cents per day.

• Sewing: 6-8:30 p.m. Thursdays. Cost: $1 per day. • Woodcarving: 1-3 p.m. Wednesdays. Cost: 75 cents per day. 9 a.m. to noon Fridays. Cost: $1 per day. Bring supplies or borrow from the class.

Richland Community Center 500 Amon Drive, Richland • 509-942-7529 •

All activities are at the Richland Community Center unless otherwise listed. Activities, times and location subject to change. For more information, call 509-942-7529. • ACBL, Duplicate and Party Bridge: Various groups. For a schedule of each group, cost and location, visit the Richland Community Center or call 509-9427529. • American Mahjong: 12:30-4 p.m. Thursdays. Location: game room. Cost: free. • Birthday Club Social: noon to 12:30 p.m. second Tuesday of each month. Location: lounge. Cost: free. • Bridge Buddies: 5:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursdays. Location: game room. Cost: $1. • Chess Club: 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sundays, Richland Public Library, • Cribbage: 8:30-1:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Location: lounge. Cost: free. • Dominoes: 1 p.m. Thursdays.

Location: lounge. Cost: free. • Fitness Room: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. Location: Fitness room. Cost: $2 per day or $8 per month. • Foot Care for Fabulous Feet: Have a licensed registered nurse specializing in geriatrics care for your feet 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursdays. Location: wellness room. Cost: $30. For an appointment, call 509-9427529. • Greeting Card Recycling: 9-11 a.m. Mondays. Location: meeting room. Cost: free. • Golden Age Pinochle: 6-8:30 p.m. Fridays. Location: game room. Cost: $1. • International Folk Dancing: 7-9 p.m. Thursdays. Location: Riverview room; 6-9 p.m. the first Saturday of the month for a potluck and dancing. Location: activity room. • Party Bridge: 8:30-11:30 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Location:

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Tumbleweed Music Festival When: Begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30. Performances run from 11 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31 and Sunday, Sept. 1 during Labor Day weekend. Where: Howard Amon Park, adjacent to Richland Community Center, 500 Amon Park Drive. Information:; Facebook @tumbleweedfest; Instagram and Twitter @tweedmusicfest. Three Rivers Folklife Society:; 509-946-0504.

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The couple helped to form 3RFS after discovering there was no official folk-centered group in the area. Back in Beacon, the Perrys had been loyal followers and close friends of Seeger and his wife Toshi. The Perrys were directly involved in many environmental activism efforts, including the Seegers’ Hudson River Sloop Clearwater nonprofit, which advocated for the cleanup of the then heavily polluted Hudson River. In 1966, in association with the Clearwater Sloop campaign, the Seegers started an annual environmental music festival that is still held each summer; it’s now called the Great Hudson River Revival. The Tumbleweed Music Festival began in 1997. Folk music rose to popularity in the 1960s. Micki defines it as “a huge umbrella that embraces blues to blue-

grass, Celtic to old-time, and singersongwriters writing their own stuff.” Seeger, one of those talented musicians, died Jan. 27, 2014, at the age of 94. In honor of what would have been his centennial birthday, the theme of this year’s Tumbleweed Music Festival is “The Power of Song,” a nod to both the title of the 2007 PBS documentary on Seeger’s life and influence, as well as music’s ability to inspire social change. Several of the workshops at this year’s festival pay tribute to his legacy. Festivalgoers will have the opportunity to attend workshops such as “For Pete’s Sake: Singalong,” “Songs of Hope and Community,” “Pete Seeger Kids Songs,” and more than 30 others. This year’s Tumbleweed festival features more than 100 free-to-thepublic acoustic concerts taking place

Courtesy David Carson Steve Ackerman and Mimi Geibel perform as Waterbound at last year’s Tumbleweed Music Festival. This year’s event is Labor Day weekend and they’ll be performing again.

across two indoor and five outdoor stages. A variety of musical artists will perform, from amateurs to traveling professionals, with a new concert beginning roughly every 40 minutes on each stage. “If you come to Tumbleweed, you’re sure to find some music that you will love and not know you needed in your life,” said David Carson, who has been volunteering at the festival for about 16 years and is this year’s festival lead coordinator. Since almost all of Tumbleweed’s performances are free—except for the $14 Saturday night headliner concert fundraiser featuring Cosmo’s Dream, The Drunken Maidens, and Tom Rawson and Ellen van der Hoeven, and a $10 Sunday evening contra dance— Howard Amon Park will remain open to the public throughout the weekend, enabling parkgoers to go about their holiday activities with live music as their backdrop. The festival is put on by the nonprofit 3RFS “to support folk music and bring music and events to people,” according to Carson. 3RFS is all-volunteer-run. It organizes and sponsors non-smoking, alcohol-free monthly musical and artistic performances and open mics at local coffeehouses, as well as contra dances, song circles and more. “When it comes down to putting on the festival, our volunteers are the bedrock and the lifeblood,” Carson said. Volunteers can sign up on the Tumbleweed festival website. With an estimated 4,000 festival attendees per day and growing gradually year by year, Tumbleweed seems to be going strong, Carson said. For the first time, this year Tumbleweed will broadcast live footage from the free performances on Twitter and Instagram as part of an effort to connect with the younger generation.

Tumbleweed organizers agreed that engaging youth has become an ever more pressing challenge as the years progress and the folk generation ages. Micki noted that most of the performers also are older, in their ’50s and ’60s. “It’s something that most folklife societies are trying to deal with …,” Carson said. “Once (youth) do come, and experience Tumbleweed and hear something they like, they are more likely to come back.” “It’s why we started having Friday night concerts about four years ago,” Micki said. “(The) concert is made up of younger, up and coming performers … maybe as many as 10 groups performing this year,” Carson added. “We’ve been trying to work out some ways to reach out to a younger crowd.” One way is by getting Tri-Tech Skills Center students involved. “We go to Tri-Tech and try to get people involved in their music and broadcasting audio visual program to help with the sound and be emcees and we have the open mic stage, which is run by the Tri-Tech kids, and we have kids from the culinary classes helping in the kitchen,” Micki said. Carson said it costs about $35,000 to put on Tumbleweed each year, which goes to paying performers and overhead expenses. He said money is raised through a combination of sponsorships from the city of Richland, individuals and local organizations, as well as other fundraising efforts. In addition to concert revenues, Tumbleweed swag is sold at the information booth, and $5 raffle tickets are sold for a Fender guitar. A silent auction will be in the Richland Community Center. Attendees are encouraged to catch Ben Franklin Transit bus No. 25 to get to this year’s event, as parking will be limited due to a nearby construction project.

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Bicounty fair and rodeo roots run deep


Sixty-five years ago this month, the Benton County Fair and Rodeo came into its own. Officially! By tradition, the bicounty fair is said to have begun in the late 1940s with the ending of the annual Grape Festivals, which for decades highlighted the area’s rich agricultural history and practices. Spinning off from that was the county fair. In the late 1940s and early 1950s, it was called the Benton County Fair and Rodeo, with the apparent understanding that Franklin County was embedded in the enterprise, if not officially in name. Newspaper accounts would reference the bicounty fair. It became so in 1954 when the August gathering of farmers and cowboys became officially known for the first time as the Benton Franklin Fair & Rodeo, a tradition that still stands nearly seven decades later. The royalty court reigning over that first officially named bicounty fair was headed by Queen Mary Jean Mullineaux of West Richland who

Courtesy East Benton County Historical Society This promotional fair photo from 1954 features Queen Mary Jean Mullineaux.

demonstrated excellent skills in horsemanship. Her quartet of princesses were JoAnn Austin of Kennewick, Sandra Wade of Prosser, Teddy Anderson of Pasco, and Marlene Ross of Kennewick, The 1954 Benton-Franklin County Fair began on Friday, Aug, 27, and concluded on Sunday night, Aug, 29.

In the tradition of fairs, the 1 ½-hour parade in downtown Kennewick on the second day of the fair and rodeo drew 15,000 parade enthusiasts to the mid-morning event, taking in the colorful highlights that included riders on horseback, bands, clowns, royalty and creative floats in the organizational, commercial and civic categories. Today’s parade is

always on the Saturday before opening of the fair. This year it’s at 10 a.m. Aug. 17 in downtown Kennewick. Introduced in the 1954 fair parade procession was the military’s new Nike guided missile anti-aircraft weapon. Col. Nathaniel Borden, commanding officer of Camp Hanford, promised and delivered the missile for display in the parade, along with marching troops. Anti-aircraft artillery guns were being replaced by the guided missiles as part of Camp Hanford’s ongoing role in protecting the Hanford nuclear site. The Nike missile and marching troops weren’t Camp Hanford’s only contribution to the parade. Its U.S. 72nd Army Band took first place among marching groups in the parade. The Tri-City Elks organization took the sweepstakes award in the 1954 parade. It was something of an electrical power tie for best float in the commercial division. Tied for first were both the Benton County Public Utility District, and the Franklin County Public Utility District. uFAIR, Page 15


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Best float among adult groups was the entry from the Redeemer Lutheran Church, while the Rainbow Girls won in the youth category, and the Walla Walla Equestrians took the mounted groups honors. While fairgoers were taking in the needlework and cooking entries, the pens of sheep, hogs, cattle, goats and other livestock entered by youth in 4-H, FFA, and other farm organizations, rodeo enthusiasts were taking in Benton and Franklin counties’ sixth annual Rodeo Cowboys Association-sanctioned rodeo. The three-night performance featured about 125 buckaroos going after some of the $8,000 grand purse. Calf roping, bareback, bronc and bull riding, and bulldogging brought out the roughest in a feisty group of wild, stomping, surly Brahma bulls, mustangs and steers. Some of these feared and respected critters at the 1954 rodeo came with names like Devil’s Dream, Pow Wow, Old Snake and Rubber Dolly. Among cowboys taking on the challenge were hall-of-famers Deb Copenhaver, a top rider, and Casey Tibbs, 1951 All-American Cowboy Champion. If you wanted the best seats in the house, you paid $3.50 as an adult for the box and arena seating. Grandstand went for $2.50, and bleachers $2. Adult general admission was $1.50 and children under 12 years old got in for 65 cents. The rodeo was sponsored by the Benton County Mounted Posse. Like all Benton-Franklin County Fair and Rodeo sessions through the years since, strong community support was expressed. Ads promoting the 1954 bicounty fair and rodeo were placed in the Columbia Basin News and the Tri-City Herald newspapers, by such diverse businesses as the National Bank of Commerce, with branches in Kennewick and Richland, Visgar and Hill Crest Drugs in Kennewick, Prudomme Hardware on Avenue C in Kennewick, Central Motors in Pasco, Doors Jewelry in Kennewick, Benton County Abstract and Tile in Kennewick and Prosser, Links Tavern in Kennewick, Adobe Cafe in Kennewick, and many others. The Inter-City Bus Co., like today’s Ben Franklin Transit System, provided bus service to the 1954 Benton-Franklin Fair and Rodeo, running at half-hour intervals 5 p.m. to midnight Friday and Sunday, and 1 p.m. to midnight Saturday. This year’s Benton Franklin Fair & Rodeo kicks off Tuesday, Aug. 20 and ends Saturday, Aug. 24. Full schedule at

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