Senior Times -- December 2018/January 2019

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Dec. 2018/Jan. 2019 Volume 6 • Issue 11

Nonprofit to build group homes for disabled adults BY ARIELLE DREHER for Senior Times

New $3.1M Goodwill coming to Kennewick

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Kennewick hardware store scales back

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Columbia Park golf course getting new clubhouse Page 9

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A nonprofit’s new Kennewick development aims to offer more housing options for developmentally disabled adults in the TriCity area. The 1.7-acre dirt and asphalt lot with a community garden in the corner is the future home of Carmina’s Place, a cluster of five community group homes for adults living Glenda Chapman, 85, from right, Helen Dorrego, 85, Carol Gosseen, 84, with disabilities that Modern Living Services and Patsy Shelton, 79, assemble 700 copies of the Franklin County Historical Society’s newsletter, the Franklin Express. The women attended plans to build over the next several years. It’s a couple of blocks away from Pasco High School in the ’50s. Kamiakin High School at 526 N. Edison St. The nonprofit has been working to provide independent homes for adults living with disabilities in the community for almost a decade. Carmina’s Place is named after the daugh- BY KRISTINA LORD more than 1,600 nationwide built by ter of one of Modern Living Services’ found- philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. ers, Elena Brown. The Browns were deeply “It was quiet and peaceful. I came As the seven Pasco women sat around here a lot,” she said. involved and transformational in forming the nonprofit, and their daughter, Carmina, a table in the basement of the Franklin The gray-haired friends spend hours County Museum on a recent morning, each month assembling, folding, stamphad a developmental disability. In December 2015, Doug Brown killed Waleta Michael pointed out that a few of ing and labeling about 500 copies of the himself and his wife and daughter in a mur- them have been hanging out there for Franklin Express, the newsletter for the der-suicide. Their deaths shook the commu- decades. Franklin County Historical Society. At “We’ve been coming to the library 531 members strong, the society’s nity, but, through this new project, their since the 1950s. It was the only thing to November issue reminded members to influence lives on through the nonprofit. The Browns had bought the Edison Street do. This used to be a Carnegie library,” renew their membership. It also sought property and intended to build an adult fam- said Michael, 84, a Pasco High School out prospective members. ily home there. The Brown family’s heirs Class of 1952 graduate. The library on uVOLUNTEERS, Page 2 have donated the property to Modern Living Fourth Avenue, built in 1910, was one of Services to continue that legacy. Housing for adults with disabilities is hard to come by in the Tri-City area, according to the nonprofit. Modern Living Services opened Kennewick Perry Suites in 2014 with a fedBY JESSICA HOEFER got to meet eral Housing and Urban Development pro- for Senior Times amazing people,” gram to help pay for it. That HUD program said Manley, who no longer exists, forcing the nonprofit’s leadAfter almost 50 years in the same scaled back to two ers to look elsewhere for financing Carmina’s location, Pasco Vision Clinic is moving to days a week over Place. a building with better visibility. the last year. uCARMINA’S, Page 6 The business will remain in Pasco but “Retirement is a will transition to 2715 W. Court St. little different to around the first of the year, once the Dr. Cory Manley wrap your mind inside of a former furniture store is around, but doing remodeled. some volunteer work will help fill that Dr. Cory Manley is excited for the void a bit.” change. But he won’t use the new His last day is Dec. 18. An open house equipment or be there to show patients for Manley is from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, around the new clinic. Dec. 6. Manley, 57, who has been with Pasco Manley has plans for philanthropic Vision Clinic since 1989, has been vision care work with one of his former phasing out of the business for the past colleagues, Dr. Gerald Wodtli, who retired three years, and this December he’ll see several years after Manley joined the local patients for the last time. business. “I’ve had a fantastic, amazing career. I uMANLEY, Page 10

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VOLUNTEERS, From page 1 The women are key volunteers, for the group, working hours each month to prepare the mailer, said Lori Cox, volunteer coordinator. “I love working with volunteers because I think they’re the backbone of every successful organization,” she said. The mailing crew ladies received kudos in the October edition of the Franklin Express: “Not only are these wonderful ladies diligently working on preparing large mailings, but they are bringing joy and laughter throughout our museum halls. We always look forward to their visits and appreciate their reliability and efficiency.” Cox said the women are constantly laughing and joking with one another as they work. “They don’t talk about politics or religion. They talk about everything else,” Cox said. “It’s a good social time,” said Jerry Johnson, 79, who has lived in the area since 1966. “It kind of gets you out of your comfort zone. All these ladies are college educated and worked at schools, the courthouse or city hall.” Johnson said being around others with different perspectives enriches her world. “I get to be around folks I’m not used to being around,” she said. Helen Dorrego, 85, a Class of 1952 graduate, said when Cox found out several members of the mailing crew

Jerry Johnson, 79, from left, Waleta Michael, 84, and Doris Conner, 91, trade stories as they prepare the Franklin County Historical Society’s newsletter for mailing. It’s a job that takes hours to complete.

went to Pasco High together, the museum’s yearbooks came off the shelf. Carol Gosseen, 84, also a 1952 graduate, said when they started flipping through the old yearbooks and trading stories about classmates, she drew a blank. “Those momentous things in there? You know, I don’t remember any of them,” she quipped. Members of the Class of 1952 get together monthly for a luncheon. “Sometimes there’s 10 to 20 of us,” Dorrego said. But on their recent gathering for

mailing crew duty at the museum, the friends discussed who was bringing cookies to the historical society’s next big event: the old-fashioned Christmas party and open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 at the museum, 305 N. Fourth Ave. They also shared news about other classmates. They joked with one another. They talked about favorite TV shows and their families. And boy did they laugh. “There’s never a dull moment,” Michael said.

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Goodwill to build new $3.1M shop, warehouse in Kennewick BY KRISTINA LORD

A new place for bargain shoppers will swing open its doors in Kennewick next year. Goodwill Industries of the Columbia, which oversees nine retail stores in seven cities, including five in the TriCities, plans to build a $3.1 million retail store and warehouse with 20,205 square feet of space on Columbia Center Boulevard. Construction begins this month with completion expected by August and the store opening by Sept. 1. “We feel Columbia Center Boulevard will be a really good location for traffic and sales,” said CEO Ken Gosney of Goodwill Industries of the Columbia. About half of the new building will house the retail space at 345 S. Columbia Center Blvd., between the Flower Farm and Fred’s Appliance. Goodwill bought the 2.5 acres earlier this year. G2 Construction of Kennewick is the general contractor. Archibald & Co. Architects of Richland is the architect. The warehouse will have 79 parking spaces, house the agency’s product processing area and include an attached donation drive-thru. “We live in a very generous and supportive community, so we probably average 35,000 donations a month throughout the territory. One donation is a U-Haul full of stuff. That’s one just donation,” Gosney said. Goodwill also plans to build a donation center at the corner of Keene and Kennedy roads in West Richland in the coming year that’s across the street from Roasters Coffee and next door to the future Tim Bush Car Wash. Gosney said Goodwill recently bought half an acre from Bush for the project. The facility hasn’t been designed yet but will be at most 1,500 square feet, he said. Construction could start in late spring or early summer. He said passersby can expect to see a donation trailer on the property soon

so people become familiar with the location. Gosney oversees a territory that includes stores in Wenatchee, Sunnyside, Walla Walla and Hermiston, in addition to two in Pasco, two in Kennewick and one in Richland. The local Goodwill also runs an online retail store at Shopgoodwill. com, which operates like Ebay by accepting bids on items. “It’s nuts what you can find on there,” Gosney said. The opening of the new store means the eventual closure of the Kennewick Avenue store. “This new store will allow us to become more efficient. Because we currently lease two facilities in Kennewick, we will be vacating the Kennewick Avenue one for sure and potentially the store off Dayton Street as well, but that’s up in air right now,” he said. “Leases can be very expensive when you’re not building equity.” He said projections indicate his territory will have about $20 million in overall revenue in 2019. That includes revenue from the stores and some state program contracts. About 9 percent of the local territory’s revenue goes toward administrative costs, Gosney said. “We run pretty lean at the administrative level,” he said, explaining that 91 cents for every dollar in revenue funds Goodwill’s mission, which is well under the international agency’s goal of 14 percent. Goodwill Industries of the Columbia typically ranks second or third in monthly performance among the 162 Goodwill territories nationwide, a ranking that’s based on a variety of indicators, ranging from expense-todonation ratios and donations per household, Gosney said. The new Kennewick store and warehouse will provide jobs to 30 to 35 people. “All the profits from the store support the mission of changing lives through the power of work,” Gosney said, adding, “We put millions of dol-

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Karina Diaz of Pasco tags clothing at the Goodwill store in Pasco. Goodwill Industries of the Columbia CEO Ken Gosney and Jolene Greenough, territory program manager, are pictured at left. The Pasco store on Court Street will become the second largest Goodwill retail shop in the area when the new store at 345 S. Columbia Center Blvd. opens next year.

lars a year into our mission.” And though Goodwill is most well known for its second-hand deals, its employment services are “a huge part of our mission,” Gosney said. “We’re unlike other nonprofits. We have two very different sides to our agencies: the retail side, which comes with all the bills and stresses of any business, and the employment side,” Gosney said. “One is focused on being

profitable and efficient, and the other side is focused on how do we take profits from our retail side to support the mission side.” Goodwill’s goal is to help people overcome poverty, unemployment and barriers to a better life. That’s the focus at the Employment Connection Center at 3521 W. Court St. in Pasco, next door to the store. uGOODWILL, Page 14


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• Popovich Comedy Pet Theater: 7 p.m., Chief Joseph Middle School Auditorium, 504 Wilson St., Richland. Tickets: 800838-3006. • A Celtic Christmas concert: 8 – 10 p.m., Christ the King Catholic Church, 1111 Stevens Drive, Richland. Free admission with donation.


• Merry Little Christmas Village: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Historic Downtown Kennewick. Contact: 509-582-7221. Free event. • The Life of Christmas Past: 1 – 4 p.m., Franklin County Historical Museum, 305 N. Fourth Ave., Pasco. Contact: 509-5473714. Free event. • Bells of the Desert concert “Christmas Legacy”: 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., Kennewick First Presbyterian Church, 2001 W. Kennewick Ave., Kennewick. Visit:


• Rolling Hills Chorus Christmas Program: 6:30 – 8 p.m.,

Benton PUD, 2721 W. 10th Ave., Kennewick. Visit: rollinghillschorus. org. Free event.


• Mid-Columbia Mastersingers concert “The First Nowell”: 7:30 p.m., Richland Players Theatre, 608 The Parkway, Richland. Tickets:


• Merry Little Christmas Village: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Historic Downtown Kennewick. Contact: 509-582-7221. Free event. • A Celtic Christmas concert: noon – 2 p.m., Christ the King Catholic Church, 1111 Stevens Drive, Richland. Free admission with donation. • Tri-Cities Steel Band Christmas Concert: 6:30 p.m., Bethel Church, 600 Shockley Road, Richland. Tickets: • Mid-Columbia Mastersingers concert “The First Nowell”: 7:30 p.m., Richland Players Theatre, 608 The Parkway, Richland. Tickets:

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• Mid-Columbia Mastersingers concert “The First Nowell”: 3 p.m., Richland Players Theatre, 608 The Parkway, Richland. Tickets:


• Bells of the Desert concert “Christmas Legacy”: 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., Central Church, 1124 Stevens Drive, Richland. Visit:


• Alzheimer’s Education Series “10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s”: 1:30 p.m., Kadlec Neurological Resource Center, 1268 Lee Blvd., Richland. Register: 509-943-8455. Free event.


• Mid-Columbia Ag Hall of Fame: 5:30 – 9 p.m., Red Lion Hotel. 2525 N. 20th Ave., Pasco. Tickets: 509-547-9755. • Community Lecture Series “Washington on Wheels: Odd and Innovative Transportation Ideas

from the Evergreen State”: 7 p.m., Mid-Columbia Libraries, 1620 S. Union St., Kennewick. Free event.


• Three Rivers Contra Dance: 7 p.m., Trinity Church Gymnasium, 1007 Wright Ave., Richland. Visit: • Maxwell Quartet concert, hosted by Camerata Musica: 7:30 p.m., Columbia Basin College Performing Arts Theatre, 2600 N. 20th Ave., Pasco. Visit:


• Mid-Columbia Symphony concert “Final Works”: 3 p.m., Richland High School Auditorium, 930 Long Ave., Richland. Tickets: 509-943-6602.


• The Best is Yet to Come fundraising gala, benefiting MidColumbia Arts: 7 p.m., Three Rivers Convention Center, 7016 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick. Tickets:

Senior Times • December 2018 / January 2019 uBRIEFS Pasco to build memorial for local NFL player

The city of Pasco and Pasco-based company Indian Eyes LLC worked together to install a permanent memorial Nov. 28 to honor the late Leroy Gray Horse. Gray Horse, who is from the Chippewa tribe, also known as Ojibwa or Anishnaabe, played for Jim Thorpe as part of the NFL’s Oorang Indians in 1923. The team played for two seasons in 1922 and 1923, and were based in LaRue, Ohio, according to a city of Pasco news release. The team was made up of Native Americans and coached by Thorpe, who won Olympic gold medals and played collegiate and professional football, baseball and basketball. Gray Horse, born in 1900, died in 1956 and is buried in Pasco’s City View cemetery with a temporary marker which reads, “Leroy Gray Horse Little Bear.” The marker has decayed over the decades, according to the city. That’s why city staff contacted Indian Eyes for help in recognizing Gray Horse and his heritage. The business, which provides staffing, equipment logistics and construction management for various companies, agreed to donate a permanent marker.

Indian Eyes is a federally-certified and designated Native American- and woman-owned small business. “City staff wanted insure this resident and his past was not forgotten,” said Dan Dotta, the city’s facilities manager.

Meals on Wheels receives $32,020 in matching donation

For the second year in a row, Tom and Della Seim of Richland, longtime supporters and advocates for Meals on Wheels, challenged the leadership of Senior Life Resources Northwest to raise $10,000, which they would match dollar for dollar. The challenge wound up raising more than $32,000 for the MidColumbia Meals on Wheels program. The Senior Life Resources Northwest program provides seniors with nutritious meals, social contact and well-being checks. The challenge began in August and organization’s leadership took up the task to raise $10,000 by Sept. 30. They raised $12,020 after an anonymous donor kicked in $10,000. So, the Seims donated $20,000 to bring the total to $32,020. They presented their check to the agency Nov. 9. The donation funds nearly 3,000 meals, or enough meals for eight vulnerable seniors to receive a meal

every day of the week for a year. Meals on Wheels is on track to prepare and serve 205,000 meals this year.

Mid-Columbia duck race raises more than $182K

The annual Mid-Columbia Rotary Duck Race sold more than 36,000 tickets and raised $182,125 for TriCity Rotary clubs. The Oct. 6 race at Columbia Park was the 30th annual event that TriCity Rotary clubs have put on. This year’s grand prize, a 2018 Toyota RAV4, went to Brad Bell, and was provided by Toyota of Tri-Cities, the event’s premier sponsor. In addition, 47 other prizes were awarded that were donated by Mid-Columbia businesses.

Kennewick center opens for Exchange enrollment help

Kennewick is among the cities where six new in-person assistant sites have been created for the Washington Health Benefit Exchange open enrollment through Saturday, Dec. 15. Those who want help enrolling for health and dental insurance coverage through Washington Healthplanfinder may go to the Kennewick enrollment office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at The Advisor Benefits Group, 5101 W. Clearwater


Ave., Ste. 100, or call 509-582-3074 or email In addition to the Kennewick site, enrollment offices are in Federal Way, Spokane, Yakima, Bellingham, Olympia, Seattle, Tacoma, Vancouver and Wenatchee. For more information, visit or call 855923-4633.

New exhibit on display at Reach museum

The Reach museum’s new exhibit explores how the river, its history and surroundings inform and inspire the work of local craftsmen and artists. Running through Jan. 5, the exhibit featuring local artists in the Hoch Gallery at the museum. The theme for this exhibit was based on the “What Makes the Columbia Basin Unique” theme. The artists were inspired by the Columbia River and its wildlife, the dramatic landscapes from the Ice Age Floods, scenic farmland, technology and engineering. Paintings, photography, jewelry and sculpture will be included in the exhibit.. Admission to the Reach is $10 for adults, $6 for seniors and free for students, military and those 5 years old and under. Reach members are admitted free.


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Modern Living Services President Ray Geimer, from left, Vice President Andrea Mallonee and Flavien Sawadogo of MMEC Architecture stand at 526 N. Edison St. in Kennewick, the future home of Carmina’s Place. Modern Living Services is building the family home for adults with disabilities with pro bono assistance from community partners.

CARMINA’S, From page 1 Perry Suites has 14 independent living apartments in its community, with a garden and grounds area for residents to walk around. Carmina’s Place will have outdoor spaces, too. Each adult family home will have a live-in caregiver. Residents will have their own bedrooms but will share communal living spaces. The home and caregiver will be licensed through the state Department of Social and Health Services. “The need is enormous and the supply is not there. There are literally hundreds of candidates in this area who would be looking for a place that have no option,” said Ray Geimer, board president at Modern Living Services. DSHS reports 757 adults registered with the Developmental Disabilities Administration, or DDA, in Benton County and 287 adults registered in Franklin County. Despite having more than 1,000 registered adults in the area, there are only three community residential offerings in the two counties. Andrea Mallonee, vice president of the Modern Living Services Board, was one of the original founders of the nonprofit with Elena Brown and a few others. Mallonee said in the beginning it was about networking with other groups assisting adults with disabilities with housing. “Modern Living Services today is not where we started, and it’s exciting to see,” she said. “I’m excited that (Ray) has taken the torch. It’s awesome.” So far, Carmina’s Place has been built with predominantly pro bono work. Local firms, MMEC Architecture and Knutzen Engineering, drew up the plans and permit applications for the first six-room group home. “This just looked like a really good cause to go after,” said Flavien Sawadogo, an architect at MMEC. “You don’t decide to be born with a developmental disability, it just happens. And we live in this community… it’s our home. It’s the people we run into every day, so just wanted to be able to get engaged and to give back was the right thing to do.” After a year of the permitting process with the city of Kennewick, construction is almost set to begin on the 4,300-square-foot home. The city cleared the engineering and design plans, but the construction permit is pending and will be approved once a general contractor comes on board. Geimer said he hopes to find a general contractor willing to help with some of the construction, ideally pro bono, too. “The more we can spread the money, the more we can get done with what we have,” Geimer said. So far, Modern Living Services has raised about half of the necessary

amount to build the project but the total cost to complete it is $450,000. The plan, Geimer said, is to finance the home completely so residents are only paying $400 to $500 a month for rent. This rate is significantly lower than other group home rates, he said. Adults with Social Security or disability income will be able to pay rent and still have some leftover. “What we’re going to do is raise all of the capital, so there will be no financing costs,” Geimer said. “By doing that, that’s what will allow us to keep the rents down in an affordable range.” After the first home is built, Modern Living Services plans to build more group homes on the Brown family’s land. The property, according to design plans, could hold five homes. Each home will have to be licensed through DSHS, and Modern Living Services leaders have yet to decide whether the caregiver will be a contracted worker or an employee of Modern Living Services. Currently, all Modern Living Services staff are volunteer, and most of them have their own day jobs. For Mallonee and Geimer, the work is deeply personal. Both have children with disabilities. Geimer points out that while the shift to community-based care for adults with developmental disabilities is important, government funding for such projects has dwindled. “The options for state and federalfunded facilities are getting lesser and lesser all the time, and it’s becoming more and more the mission of nonprofits to try to bridge that gap,” he said. Without independent housing, adults with developmental disabilities are living at home, often with aging parents. Or if they are lucky enough to find housing, it might not be close to their family. Mallonee said her daughter lives in Grandview, the closest housing they could find for her. She is on a lengthy wait list for disability housing in the area. Mallonee and Geimer estimate that list has more than 100 people on it. Modern Living Services is one of a handful of organizations in the TriCity area working together to serve the DDA adult community, but as the region’s population grows, the need for housing for disabled adults also increases. Or as Mallonee puts it: “It’s hard enough to get housing for an average person. Try getting something that’s special and unique for somebody with disabilities that needs extra services added to it and (to be) affordable.” For more information, call 509-4911338 or visit modernlivingservices. org.

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Kennewick hardware store changing gears after 100 years BY ROBIN WOJTANIK for Senior Times

The owner of a 100-year-old retail mainstay in downtown Kennewick is winding down operations. “Age and time and generations running out; the business is healthy, happy and doing great, but it’s just time for us to change course,” said John Gravenslund, owner and general manager of True Value Washington Furniture and Hardware. After three generations in business, Gravenslund said he’s looking to cut back retail operations, knowing this could mean an eventual end to the store. “The business is strong, it doesn’t owe us anything,” he said. The change includes a reduction of retail hours from six days a week to four, with limited hours expected during the days it will be open. “There isn’t a hard-core plan. I’m kind of winging this,” Gravenslund said. “We will be getting out of furniture, for the most part. The hardware, I’m going to play with for a while, with light days and flex days, probably mornings and no afternoons.” Gravenslund plans to continue to service longtime commercial accounts, including those with the city of Kennewick and St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, but recognizes changing current operations could result in the potential shutdown of the store. “If (customers) dwindle off, or those flex hours don’t work for them, then at some point we’ll probably have a total liquidation and auction. It took a long time for this business to

After 100 years as a family business, Kennewick’s True Value Washington Furniture and Hardware owner and general manager John Gravenslund has decided to pare back the store’s inventory and hours.

get here, so I figure it doesn’t have to happen overnight to get out of here,” he said. The end of 2018 marks the Gravenslund family’s 100 years with the store at 6 W. Kennewick Ave. According to family records, the business opened in 1896, with Gravenslund’s grandfather, Wilmot Gravenslund, joining in 1919. It eventually grew to the three-story retail space it is today, selling True Value brand tools, home goods and furniture. “We’re definitely a homeowner’s store,” said Gravenslund, noting that his shop is the place to come for three screws or a new bedroom set. Currently open every day but Sunday, Gravenslund noted, “For the

family, it’s always been a seven-daya-week operation.” He recalled the time his grandfather worked long days, without modern conveniences, to grow what was originally called Washington Hardware. The name expanded when the family added furniture to the inventory, and for a time they flipped the furniture and hardware in the title. Gravenslund’s parents came into the operation in the 1950s. “My father had the foresight to take on the True Value brand and develop outside properties to stay diverse and keep the business healthy,” Gravenslund said. This noted another name change to add True Value to the title. Part of the furniture showroom is on the former

site of a roller skating rink that closed after World War II. “My mother worked several decades to keep the furniture sales up, and merchandise rolling out the door,” he said. Gravenslund, 58, took over the operation when his father died in the 1980s, and the siblings helped keep the store afloat at that time. “My wife is now in the back office part time taking up the slack, while my daughter had a brief, yet good, taste of retail,” he said. Concluding that, “it’s just time,” Gravenslund didn’t actively pursue a sale of the business in favor of a reduction in operations. “We’re not under the gun to get out of our lease or sell merchandise to pay debt. We’re in a lucky spot because the previous generations put us there,” he said. He’s also keeping his options open for the Kennewick Avenue property after learning a new high-end mixeduse building is planned just around the corner at 20 N. Auburn St., housing retail and restaurant space below and office and residential space above. “Maybe I’ll be approached, maybe I won’t,” he said. He describes the reaction to his decision to pare back as “odd,” compared to his original expectations. “I figured I’d have bargain hunters asking, ‘Make me a deal on this,’ but, instead, people are just sad. It’s nice that they’re supportive. It’s not the response I thought I would see. People are still coming in and haven’t abandoned us,” he said. uHARDWARE, Page 8

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uBRIEFS New book details early years of Hanford site

Authors Robert Bauman, Robert Franklin, David W. Harvey and Laura Arata recently released a new book focusing on the early years of the Hanford site. Called “Nowhere to Remember: Hanford, White Bluffs and Richland to 1943,” the book chronicles the early days of pre- and post-Hanford towns and the people who were removed to make way for the Hanford site. The Hanford site is home to the world’s first full-scale plutonium production reactor, which was built over the span of a one-year period during World War II in secret. Plutonium produced at the site was used in the first nuclear bomb, which was tested at the Trinity Site in New Mexico, as well as in the Fat Man bomb that was detonated over Nagasaki, Japan. During the Cold War, the site expanded to include nine nuclear reactors and five large plutonium processing facilities, which produced plutonium for the U.S. nuclear arsenal. In the early stages of the Hanford site, families were relocated or required to leave their homes in the Hanford area. The book is the first in a series known as the Hanford Histories that

will be published by WSU Press, in association with Washington State University Tri-Cities’ Hanford History Project. Other volumes are currently in the works, of which some of the topics will focus on science and the environment, race and diversity, building Hanford, the Manhattan Project and its legacies and an illustrated history of Hanford. Copies of the book, which costs $25, may be bought online at

Winery passport offers chance to win gift card

Visit Tri-Cities and the Tri-Cities Wine Tourism Council have teamed up to offer a wine passport program that offers a chance to win a $500 Visa gift card. Called Holidays in the Heart of Washington Wine Country, the program is designed to spread holiday cheer and encourage visits to Tri-City regional wineries. It runs through Sunday, Dec. 16. Here’s how it works: take a free passport to any four of the 15 participating wineries in the Tri-Cities, and collect a stamp during a tasting. Once a passport has four stamps, it may be entered into a drawing for the gift card. Passports are available at the Visit Tri-Cities Visitor Center at 7130 W. Grandridge Blvd. in Kennewick and

participating wineries. Participants also may download the passport at holidaywine. The passports must be submitted to Visit Tri-Cities or a participating winery no later than Monday, Dec. 17. Winners will be notified by email and announced on Visit Tri-Cities’ Facebook page.

Benton County earmarks $79K for Chaplaincy

The Benton County Board of Commissioners approved giving $79,340 from the public safety sales tax to Chaplaincy Health Care’s Step Up program. The program assesses at-risk youth HARDWARE, From page 7 In fact, the furniture department recently took one of the largest special orders in store history. True Value Washington Furniture and Hardware once employed as many as 30 people, but with automation and streamlined operations, the store now employs about 10. A few employees will stay on during the reduced hours following the end of the year. Until the end of December, the store will maintain its current

at intake for anti-social and criminal behaviors and who are then enrolled in the 11-week session. Adolescents and their families graduate after successfully completing the program. This program works closely with Benton and Franklin Counties’ Juvenile Justice Center to get referrals, but also has a goal to reach youth and families before they enter the criminal justice system to prevent criminal behavior among at-risk youth. The public sales tax money will go toward the program’s 2019-20 operating costs, including staff, training, outreach and supplies. For more information, contact Tom Adams at schedule: from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Future hours for 2019 have not been decided, as Gravenslund admits the future is “wishywashy,” but he’s just focused on changing the current setup. “I’m closing in on 60, and I don’t want to be here when I’m 70, so it’s now or never,” he said. True Value Washington Furniture and Hardware: 6 W. Kennewick Ave., 509-582-2141.

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New Columbia Park golf clubhouse to offer riverview dining in spring BY JEFF MORROW for Senior Times

Imagine driving down to Columbia Park and playing a few holes of golf. And when you envision golf, it doesn’t necessarily have to be the kind played with a club and small white ball – although it could. It also could mean kicking a ball into a bigger hole, called foot golf, or throwing a disc into a basket, known as disc golf. After the game, you could relax over a meal at a restaurant in the park, either inside or out on a patio, looking at the Columbia River. The vision is part of a plan to promote the park’s golf triplex offerings, soon to be anchored by a new $1.1 million clubhouse. The city of Kennewick is building a 2,600-square-foot clubhouse and restaurant at the 18-hole Columbia Park Golf Links golf course. “CourseCo manages the course, and it may be looking for a subcontractor locally to run the restaurant,” said Terry Walsh, director of employee and community relations for the city of Kennewick. “It should be open by the spring.” Evelyn Lusignan, public relations and government affairs director for the city of Kennewick, said the new facili-

ty is being built on the same footprint as the old clubhouse. “It will include a patio and kitchen that will make it an attractive place to dine and rent,” she said. The clubhouse also will feature indoor and outdoor seating for about 150 people; a retail area for the pro shop; and event rental potential. O’Brien Construction of Kennewick is the general contractor. CKJT Architects of Kennewick is the architect. As long as the winter weather doesn’t affect the timeline, Lusignan and Walsh believe it will open by April. Walsh said CourseCo, which also manages Columbia Point Golf Course in Richland and Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco, will make a presentation late in November to the city on the new clubhouse’s possibilities. “CourseCo has some plans, including possible movie nights on the driving range, like they do at Columbia Point,” Walsh said. “Some of the chefs at the (proposed) culinary school at the wine village in downtown Kennewick might be able to come to the restaurant to make some dinners.” Walsh said the city had plans years ago to remodel the original clubhouse. “But after inspectors deemed it uninhabitable, that set us down a different

Construction is underway on a new $1.1 million clubhouse at Columbia Park Golf Links golf course. The city of Kennewick is paying for the 2,600-square-foot facility that will house a restaurant and pro shop. It’s expected to open in April. (Courtesy city of Kennewick)

path,” she said. “That report came in 2010. That’s when we decided to put in a temporary clubhouse.” Lusignan said the old clubhouse had been there since the early 1960s. “(No documentation) but the oral history is that the building was moved from somewhere else, so the building itself was even older,” she said. The course has been using a trailer for its pro shop and clubhouse since the inspectors’ report. The old clubhouse was torn down in January 2017. Money became available the past few years to build the new facility. “This project has been in the city’s current budget and is in the 2019 budget,”

Walsh said. “As for revenues, the Kennewick City Council has determined that this is more of a quality-oflife issue.” The course is officially called Columbia Park Golf Links, which offers regular golf with clubs or foot golf, where players kick a ball from the same tee on a hole to try and get it into a bigger hole near the green. And with the popular disc golf course just up the road in the park, Walsh said there is a plan to perhaps rebrand the area the Columbia Park Golf Triplex. “We believe (the whole project is) going to be nice,” she said. “Especially with the river down there.”

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MANLEY, From page 1 Next month, the doctors will travel to Ecuador with a group of optometrists to treat patients with a variety of vision problems, such as glaucoma and cataracts. “We’ll take between 5,000 and 7,000 pairs of glasses with us and find folks who are basically disabled because they don’t have corrective glasses to function,” Manley said. “The last mission we did, there was a gentleman led in by his granddaughter and he’d never seen her. And once we put the glasses on him — oh boy, that was something. Their eyes open wide when they put on glasses, and they’ll look around and they’ll start crying. Then we’ll start crying. It warms your heart.” Manley met Wodtli at the clinic after graduating from Pacific University and immediately connected with the company’s mission to focus on vision therapy to help people function better. “A lot of people hear eye doctors and think of glasses or contacts, but there’s so much to visual processing and it has a huge impact on how people learn and their athletics. It excites me to get in and help turn a kid’s life around,” he said of his decision to go into optometry. Vision work was not his first career choice, however. Manley grew up on a farm in Grandview and from an early age, he gravitated toward taking care of animals.

Dr. Cory Manley traveled to the Philippines and used a biomicroscope to look at the back of patients’ eyes in January 2018. When he retires Dec. 18, he plans to travel to more countries to help people without access to vision care. (Courtesy Dr. Cory Manley)

“Through middle school and high school, I thought I was going to be a vet,” he said. “Thankfully, we had a local vet who would come when we had issues with animals. I got to work with him and job shadow, and I just remember at one point I told him I was going to vet school, and the way he responded made me pause. And so I said, ‘What would you recommend?’ And he said, ‘If you want to help take care of living things, maybe you’d like a career where patients don’t step on you, poop on you or bite you.’ ” Manley followed his advice and worked as an emergency medical technician, or EMT. But dealing with

trauma and the job’s irregular schedule made him reconsider. So he explored other options and visited his hometown eye doctor, Dr. Long. It opened his eyes to the profession. When Manley joined Pasco Vision Clinic at the 1906 N. 20th Ave. office, the doctors decided to expand. They bought out the adjacent buildings and grew from 3,000 square feet to more than 9,000 square feet. Then about eight years ago, the clinic brought in Dr. J.C. Sullivan and Dr. Adam Good so Wodtli could retire. When Manley started almost three decades ago, there were two doctors

and four staff. Today, there are four doctors and 20 staff. The practice has seen an annual production range of $2 million to $3 million for several years, Manley said. It won the Mid-Columbia Small Business Award in 2008. While he’s proud to have been a part of the clinic’s success and growth, he’s also ready for a new chapter in life. When he started phasing out a few years ago, Sullivan’s brother, Dr. Bill Sullivan, joined the clinic as the newest optometrist. “When I first started going part time, I built a couple of retaining walls at the house and planted some trees and took out some bushes. After a couple of months, I told my wife that I was thinking about going back to work full time because it was a lot easier,” he said with a laugh. Joking aside, Manley said the optometry field is a good one to go into because of the stress people put on their eyes now. “Especially because of the phones with small screens,” he said. “It requires a vision demand and is causing problems. The National Eye Health Institute put out a study that the change in nearsightedness in America has changed 60 percent in 40 years. That’s a huge change in a short period of time. uMANLEY, Page 11

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500 S. Auburn St., Kennewick • 509-585-4303 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. • Bunco: 1 to 3 p.m. Fridays. Cost: $1 per day. • Woodcarving: 1 to 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. • Dominoes: 12:30 to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. Cost: 50 cents per day. • Party Bridge: 12:30 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Cost: 50 cents per day. • Bridge Tournament: Second Sunday of each month, 2 to 6 p.m. Cost: $1. RSVP 509-586-3349. • Pinochle: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Mondays and Fridays. Cost: 50 cents per day. • Chinese Mahjong: 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays. Cost: $1 per day. • Sewing: 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays. Cost: $1 per day. • Oil Painting: 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Mondays and 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays. Cost: $29-$43 per eight-week class. Call 509-585-4293 to register. • Clay Sculpting: 1 to 2 p.m.,

Mondays. Cost: $1 per day. Bring your own supplies. • Indoor Walking: 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. Cost: $1 per day. Location: Southridge Sports Complex, 2901 Southridge Blvd., Kennewick. • Hair Cuts and Clips: Hair cuts provided by Pam Eggers. Second and fourth Wednesday of each month, 9 to 11 a.m. by appointment only. Cost $1. Call 509-585-4303.

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. • Cribbage: 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Cost: free. Location: lounge. • Golden Age Pinochle: 6 to 8:30 p.m. Fridays. Cost: $1 per day. Location: game room. • ACBL, Duplicate and Party Bridge: Various groups. For a schedule of each group, cost and location, visit the Richland Community Center or call 509-942-7529. MANLEY, From page 10 “You see infants playing with cell phones and tablets. Everyone’s in front of a screen, and it’s causing problems,” he said. “And blue light emissions on screens change brain wave patterns. It’s scary. It’s linked with poor sleep patterns and not being

• Birthday Club Social: Second Tuesday of each month, noon to 12:30 p.m. Cost: free. Location: lounge. • Pie Socials: Third Tuesday of each month, noon to 12:30 p.m. Cost: free. Location: lounge. • Greeting Card Recycling: 9 to 11 a.m. Mondays. Cost: free. Location: meeting room. • RSA Dance: Third Friday of the month, 1 to 4 p.m. Cost: $7 per person. Location: Riverview room. • International Folk Dancing: 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays (location: Riverview room) and 6 to 9 p.m. the first Saturday of the month for a potluck able to get into deep REM sleep.” In addition to Manley’s vision care missions, he also plans some leisure travel with his wife Audrey. “We’re going to Costa Rica,” Manley said. “And we’ll do some wine traveling this next fall.”

and dancing (location: activity room). • 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. Cost: $2 per day or $8 per month. Location: Fitness room. • 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. Cost: $30. Location: wellness room. Call 509-942-7529 for an appointment.


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Pasco First Avenue Center 505 N. First Ave., Pasco • 509-545-3459

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. • Basin Wood Carvers: 1 to 4 p.m. Thursdays. Cost: Free. • China Painting: 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays. Bring your own project and supplies. • Cribbage: 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays.

• Drop-In Snooker: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Cost: $1 per day. • Mexican Train Dominoes: 12:30 to 3 p.m. Mondays. Cost: Free. • Pinochle: 7 to 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. Call 509-545-3456 to register. • Enhance Fitness (40+): Class focuses on stretching, balance, low impact aerobics and strength training. 10 to 11 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Call 509-545-3456 to register. Location: Pasco City Hall Activity Center, 525 N. Third Ave., Pasco. • Happy Feet program (60+): Get your feet cared for by a licensed, reg-

istered nurse. By appointment 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays. Cost: Free with suggested donation of $12 to $15 per person. Call 509-545-3459. • Foot Care for Adults (18+): Get your feet cared for by a licensed, registered nurse. By appointment only, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Cost: $30. Call 509545-3459.

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. • Pool: 12:30 to 3 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays. Cost: free. Location: pool room. • Tia Chia Quan: 6 p.m. Mondays. Taught by Kraig Stephens. Cost: $50 per month, 65 and older get discounted rate. Beginners start the first

Monday of every month. Wednesday and Friday open practice is at 5 p.m. which is free to club members only. Location: dining room. • Wellness Class: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays. Taught by Cheri Eisen of Sirius Therapeutics. Cost: $25 per month for members, $32 per month for non-members. Location: living room. • Mahjong 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Cost: Free. Location:

living room. • Bingo: 10 a.m. Wednesdays. Cost: 3 cards for $1. Location: dining room. • Pinochle: 5:30 p.m. Thursdays. Cost: $1. Location: living room. Bring potluck dish to share. • Prosser Friendship Quilting: 1 to 4 p.m. second and fourth Thursdays. Cost: Free for members ($5 per year). Location: dining room. Bring sewing machine and project to work on. • Lunch and Learn Program: 1 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of the month. Subject changes every month. Cost: Free. Location: dining room • Monthly Potluck: Noon to 3 p.m. the third Sunday of every month. Cost: Free. Location: dining room.

Bring a potluck dish to share. • All-you-can-eat breakfast: 8 to 11:30 a.m. the last full Sunday of each month. Cost: Adults $5 per person, children 12 and under $3. Location: dining room. Includes pancakes, eggs, ham, apple juice and coffee. • Birthday Celebration: Typically the third Friday of the month. Call 509-786-1148 to verify. Provided by Meals on Wheels. Cost: suggested donation of $2.75. Location: dining room. • Meals On Wheels: 11:45 a.m. Monday through Friday. Cost: Suggested donation of $2.75. Location: dining room. Call 509-7861148 for reservations.

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 Dinner: 6 p.m. second Tuesday of the month. Bring a dish to share. • Bingo: 1 p.m. third Monday of the month. Hot dog luncheon at noon. $3 suggested donation. • Pinochle: 5 p.m. Mondays.

• 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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potatoes, mixed vegetables, and chocolate chip cookies. • Tuesday, Dec. 18: Beef tacos, refried beans, fiesta vegetables and applesauce. • Wednesday, Dec. 19: Sweet and sour pork, fluffy rice, oriental vegetables, wheat roll and fruit cocktail. • Thursday, Dec. 20: Tuna noodle casserole, lyonnaise carrots, dinner roll and blueberry crumble. • Friday, Dec. 21: Birthday day! Roast beef with gravy, mashed potatoes with gravy, Italian vegetables, dinner roll and ice cream. • Monday, Dec. 24: Holiday dinner. Baked ham with raisin sauce, sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, wheat dinner roll and


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GOODWILL, From page 3 The nonprofit placed 571 people in jobs and assisted 3,439 people from January to September this year. Gosney said the agency is on track to place 750 in jobs and assist about 5,000 by year’s end. In 2017, Goodwill Industries of the Columbia helped place 552 people in jobs. “People shopping and donating is impacting thousands of lives,” Gosney said. People come to the employment center, which has a computer lab and jobs board, to get help with their resume, brush up on interviewing skills and get help with job placements from

employment specialists. The services are free and open to anyone. “We’ve specialized in helping people with barriers to employment, from those who just got out of prison to those recovering from drug addictions or disabilities,” Gosney said. “But also it could be a CEO who just got laid off. These are all free services and all supported by funds we make from the stores.” The local Goodwill territory employs 275 full-time workers, offering a competitive benefits package, and has about 100 people with disabilities in job training programs, Gosney said. The training program’s goal is to provide participants with the skills they

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Columbia Basin College is accepting nomination for the 2019 Martin Luther Jr. Spirit Award. The Martin Luther King Jr. Spirit Award seeks to recognize a CBC student, faculty or staff member, or a community member who strongly believes in equality and social justice and whose contributions to society reflect King’s spirit, philosophy and teachings. Those interested in submitting a nomination can send a letter detailing the contributions of the nominee by email to or by mail to Anna Tensmeyer, 2600 N. 20th Ave., MS-10, Pasco, WA, 99301. The deadline is Monday, Dec. 17. The award will be presented at CBC’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Bell-Ringing Ceremony on Monday, Jan. 21. For more information, call 509543-1486 or email atensmeyer@

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Art workshops to raise money to fight hunger

Richland gallery Clay Atelier is joining the Empty Bowls project to fight hunger by holding several public workshops in which participants can make a clay bowl to donate to the project to help raise money. All money raised will benefit the Tri-Cities Food Bank. The one-hour workshops will be from 10 to 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 1 to 2 p.m. and 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, Sunday, Jan. 6, Saturday, Jan. 12 and Sunday, Jan. 13 at 2740 Leslie Road in Richland. All supplies and clay are provided and no experience is necessary. The bowls will be displayed and available for purchase at the Gallery at the Park from Feb. 5 through March 3 at 89 Lee Blvd. Cyber Art 509 and Gallery at the Park are joining forces to support the fundraiser. For more information and reserve a spot, email Arlene Custer at


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Take precautions: BBB reports 42 scams in the Tri-Cities in past year BY DANIELLE KANE for Senior Times

Better Business Bureau Northwest and Pacific spends a lot of time talking to local media outlets about national, regional and local scams. But did you know there could be scams taking place in your very own neighborhood? Since November 2017, there have been 42 scams reported in the TriCities with an estimated total of $3,000 lost. What’s even more astounding is the amount attempted sits at nearly $12,000. Scam artists are targeting consumers of all demographics and a large geographic territory and getting their hands on a lot of money. The most common type of scams reported fell into four categories: imposter and employment scams, phishing schemes, and online retailers/ counterfeit products. Imposter scams can include con artists pretending to be tech support services, credit card companies, the IRS, lottery organizations or utility companies. These scammers pose as these different entities to steal consumers’ money. Have you ever seen a pop-up ad on your computer from Microsoft claiming your computer has been infected

with a virus and to call the number listed below? Or, maybe you received a voicemail from Apple claiming someone has hacked into Danielle Kane your account and you need to call back with your credit card credentials to verify your identification. These all have one thing in common: they are tech support scams in which con artists pretend to work for known companies. One Richland consumer lost $200 in a tech support scam in February. In her report, she stated that a pop-up blocked her out of her computer, telling her to call tech services at the listed number. When she did, she spoke to a tech support “employee” who told her that she needed to pay $200 to unlock her screen and “fix” the issue. Afterward, she realized she had been ripped off. Tech-support scams are common in the business world, too. Scammers and hackers attempt the same strategy by knowingly targeting a company’s employees. The idea behind this is

that a business is considered a “bigger fish,” with the potential to compromise a higher volume of personally identifiable information. Employment scams look similar to imposter scams in that they also commonly come from a person claiming to work for a reputable company. In these scenarios, BBB often sees consumers tricked into thinking they’ve been recruited for a new job. Scammers will send checks to the “new hires” to make it seem like they will pay them upfront, then ask the consumer to wire back, $250 of a $1,000 check for “onboarding costs,” or “new software” to be installed. Of course, the check will bounce a few days after the consumer deposits it, leaving the consumer on the hook for $250. A Pasco consumer fell victim to this scam in April, losing $1,500 to a con artist pretending to work for a company called Widex. Phishing scams also were reported several times throughout Tri-Cities. Phishing is any type of scam where a con artist calls or emails a consumer in hopes of attaining personally identifiable information. They are quite literally “fishing” by emailing or calling thousands of consumers and seeing who bites.

Today, phishing scams are commonly via electronic delivery, such as emails and social media messages, where a scammer poses as a person or entity the consumer recognizes and trusts. Phishing scams target both consumers and businesses. In the business world, the term spear-phishing applies to hackers who target executives in hopes of gaining access to a higher volume of employees’ personally identifiable information. Take this scenario for instance: You are an HR manager or employee and you get an email from the company’s president or CEO claiming he needs all the employee’s W2 forms right away for tax purposes. We can spot some common scammer tactics here: The scammer poses as someone higher up than the HR employee to make the request seem legitimate. The scammer then asks for information an HR employee would already have access to, and, finally, the scammer establishes a sense of urgency hoping the employee will act immediately without verifying the request. Finally, Tri-City residents reported falling victim to several online retail scams. These scams primarily dupe consumers into buying a phony product from a fake website. uSCAMS, Page 16

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Senior Times • December 2018 / January 2019

Senior softball players earn medals at national games BY SENIOR TIMES

A contingent of senior softball players from the Tri-Cities returned home with several medals from a recent worldwide senior tournament. Connie Wormington, 70, and her softball team, Fun Bunch, won gold in the 70-and-over major division at the Huntsman World Senior Games in St. George, Utah, in October. She also won silver with two other teams in two other AAA divisions: the 65-and-over division and the 60-andover division, both Seattle Wet Socks teams. Players can move down an age divi-

sion if they’re invited to play on a team, Wormington said. Her husband, Sandy Wormington, won gold in softball in the 65-andolder AAA division on the Xonk Design team. The Wormingtons own Just Roses Flowers and More flower shops in Kennewick and Pasco. Three other Tri-Citians also brought home softball medals. Daryl Idler of Kennewick played with the Portland Generals in the 75-and-over major division and earned gold. Kenny Fergen of Pasco played with

the Wenatchee Merchants and played in the 55-and-over division and earned silver. Jim Pridemore of Kennewick played in 60-and-over Canadian Nationals in the AAA division and earned a bronze. The Tri-Citians are active in the Mid-Columbia Senior Softball League, a 110-member strong group for men over 50 and women over 40. The season winds up in mid-April and includes 26 games through the end of July, culminating in a playoff. For more information, visit or find the group on Facebook.

uBRIEF Public comments sought for Benton County wildfire plan

Public comments are sought for Benton County’s Community Wildfire Protection Plan. Feedback will be accepted through Friday, Dec. 7. Review the plan online at bces.wa. gov or in person at the Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate or Benton County Emergency Services, 651 Truman Ave. in Richland. Comments should be directed via email to publiccomment@bces.wa. gov. When leaving a public comment provide contact information in the email. SCAMS, From page 15 One Kennewick consumer reported losing $76 after attempting to order the popular Instant Pot, only to find out the website she ordered it from was fake. Keep in mind, online scams are evolving. The BBB is seeing more fake advertisements on social media – hackers can create ads for Facebook and Instagram that appear legitimate and entice consumers with trendy or highly discounted items. These phony social media ads look real, but when the order is placed, the product never comes. The BBB wants consumers to be able to identify the red flags for any of these scams, many of which overlap. Start with these tips, which can be applied to small business owners and consumers alike: • Always verify where an email or social media message is coming from. If you’re not sure the person or company on the other end is legitimate, call the person or company directly using a number you already know is real. • Realize that the IRS or any government organization is never going to call you. If you owe money on your taxes, for example, you will be contacted by postal mail. • If you think your computer might have a virus, call Microsoft or Apple directly. Never call a number that is at the bottom of a pop-up. • Whenever a company sends you a check and asks for some of money to be wired back, whether it is for employment or not, realize these are fraudulent. Get rid of the check and report the person or organization it came from. • When shopping online, always doublecheck the URL of the website you’re on. Look for the “s” in https:// as this indicates the website is secure and the data is encrypted. • When shopping online, use a credit card whenever you can as banks provide liability protection on credit cards, not debit cards. Danielle Kane is the Tri-City marketplace manager for the Better Business Bureau Northwest and Pacific.