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July 2016

Volume 4 • Issue 7

Dahmen Barn brings artists together

Home food delivery makes life easier

Community support helps family in Dayton

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Adult living community coming to Southridge

By Jessica Hoefer for Senior Times Residents will be able to move into a new 55-and-older adult community in the south Kennewick area this fall. Located at Ridgeline and Sherman Street in the Southridge neighborhood, the first phase of development encompasses 34 acres. Construction of the Village at Southridge started this spring with the grading of the Sherman Street extension. Don McIntosh, one of three partners in Golden Pacific Lifestyles LLC, said site grading, underground utilities and streets are scheduled to be completed this summer. “We project to have homes ready for occupancy in late fall,” McIntosh said. “We’re able to have folks move in this fall because we’re doing modular construction. It’s nothing like most people perceive. We manufacture the homes in the plant, and modular is superior to many stick built homes today because it’s done in a controlled environment.” The development will include 159 customized, single-level homes. McIntosh said the 1,600- to 1,800-sq. foot plans are the most popular option, although square footage can range from 1,250 to 2,200. “All of the homes will have front courtyards, and you’ll have the option of a detached casita—which is like a guesthouse that’s 320 square feet. Basically, it can be an office or a guest quarters,” he said. Each home will have a covered patio out back. Two-car garages are standard, however, many people will choose to upgrade to a three-car garage, McIntosh said. Regardless of garage size selected, there will be RV and boat storage close to the Village at Southridge. A million-dollar community club will also be built and include a grand room to accommodate large dinners, a stage, indoor swimming for water aerobics, fitness center, library and meeting rooms that can be used for card games and social gatherings. uSOUTHRIDGE, Page 8

Visiting Angel caregiver Ellen Allbritton assists Olive Heizenrieter as she enjoys some sunshine. The two were paired after a careful assessment of the client’s individual needs and personality. The Kennewick franchise has grown tremendously over the past year under the direction of new owner Christine Rose-VanWormer.

New franchise owner aims to increase number of caregiver staff, customers By Audra Distifeno for Senior Times Seven years ago, after working in the Visiting Angels office for just a short time, Christine Rose-VanWormer knew she’d eventually own one of the franchises. That “eventually,” happened last July, when Rose-VanWormer took the reins of the Kennewick business. “I knew after I started working for Visiting Angels that we’d look for an area without one and purchase a franchise after my husband got out of the military,” she said. But that time came more quickly than anticipated when her husband was med-

ically discharged after 22 years in the military. “It was just a great opportunity for the next chapter of our lives,” said the new Visiting Angels’ owner and director. Rose-VanWormer said she knew early on that she wanted to be part of the business because of the compassion involved. “It’s an amazing feeling to be there for people when they need it,” she said. When Anne Craff, previous Visiting Angels owner, mentioned the possibility of selling and talked with corporate representatives, Rose-VanWormer began the process of purchasing the franchise. uANGELS, Page 6

Fruits of couple’s labors seen with Local Pumpkin’s growth By Audra Distifeno for Senior Times Having grown up and raised five children in the Tri-Cities, John and Cathy Franklin have enjoyed living in the midst of orchards, vineyards and farms. But when Cathy couldn’t find locally grown produce in the stores during summer months, she realized something needed to change. “It was frustrating to go to a grocery store in July and not find a tomato or a pepper grown within 1,000 miles of us,” Cathy Franklin said. The couple also wanted to have a family business, so Local Pumpkin sprouted. “Food is a passion of mine and small

business is a passion of his and we both are appreciating of the other,” Cathy Franklin said. “I’m a thrifty mom and consumer myself. I know this food is a great value based on taste and nutrition. So, I would be doing this (as a mom) even if I wasn’t doing this (business) in order to experience the joys and benefits of it.” The company provides services that start with collecting fresh produce at small, local farms in the Yakima Valley and Columbia Basin, taking it back to its sorting facility, and separating it into cardboard boxes for customers. The Franklins then deliver the boxes weekly or every other week to customers’ homes. uPUMPKIN, Page 7

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eight years with the company to work By Senior Times Staff An editor with more than 21 years as the marketing manager for of journalism experience joins the CueSports International in Henderson, Nev. staff of the Senior Times this month. As the new editor, Kristina Lord Longtime newswoman Lord said she’s excited will oversee cov“She brings a about her new erage for the wealth of knowledge Senior Times’ position and eager and a passion for our to build upon the various print and digital products. Senior Times’ community that we are foundation of “We are very very excited to integrate happy to have delivering news, into our publications.” information and Kristina on board. profiles about She brings - Melanie Hoefer, senior citizens a wealth of knowlGeneral Manager of thoughout the edge and a pasthe Senior Times sion for our comMid-Columbia. “I’m excited to play a role in covermunity that we are very excited to integrate into our publications,” ing our vibrant senior community,” Melanie Hoefer,  general manager of Lord said. the Senior Times, said.  Lord comes to the Senior Times Lord replaces Managing Editor after spending 17 years at the Tri-City Mary Coffman, who left after nearly Herald. She was promoted through the

ranks, from reporter to assistant city editor, to city editor, to assistant managing editor. She helped manage a newsroom of 20 staffers to proKristina Lord duce a daily newspaper and the Herald’s digital content. She also worked at weekly newspapers in Prosser, Grandview and Yelm. Lord and her husband John Hulick, a high school social studies teacher who is also a master chief in the Naval Reserve, have two daughters, ages 7 and 10. They live in West Richland. She starts at the Senior Times July 18.

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Uniontown’s Dahmen Barn provides unique setting for artists, tourists

By Dori O’Neal for Senior Times The historic Dahmen Barn, in Uniontown, Wash., about 16 miles south of Pullman, started out as a home for dairy cows in 1935 and ended up a haven for artists 70 years later. The commercial dairy operation lasted until 1952 when the owner sold the barn and surrounding land to his nephew Steve Dahmen and his wife Junette, both of whom were artists. Steve Dahmen spent the next 30 years creating a 1,000-wheel fence that surrounded the old barn, using all kinds of wheels from buggies and plows to bicycles and wheel barrows, just to name a few. The unique fence earned worldwide recognition when it was featured in National Geographic magazine shortly after it was completed. The Barn has had thousands of visitors from all over the world since opening. One visitor mentioned having seen a photograph of the wheel fence in a restaurant in China, Leslee Miller, manager of the Barn’s board of directors, said. The Dahmens donated the Barn to the community in 2004 and the townsfolk spent the next year deciding how to bring the site back to life. As a tribute to Steve, as a folk artist, and Junette, as a noted watercolor artist, community volunteers spearheaded the Barn’s transformation into a state-of-the-art center that now houses studios, a gift shop, classroom space and exhibit hall. “The Artisan Barn has been a tremendous success,” Miller said. “We opened in 2006 and by 2011 we were suffering growing pains, which led to an expansion project that began in 2013.” The expansion project was completed in June and adds another nearly 4,000 sq. feet of space that includes individual studios, commercial kitchen, storage and large open area for musical events as well as space for

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The Dahmen Artisan Barn was saved from falling down when the community of Uniontown restored the historic barn through grants and fundraising in 2006. Today, the site features about 122 regional artists who work and exhibit their creations.

culinary classes, Miller said. The site features work from more than 125 regional artists and craftspeople who create jewelry, glass, hand-turned wood items, textile arts, photography, paintings, ceramics, hand-woven baskets and other mediums on site. The gift shop also features all sorts of creations by Eastern Washington artists, as well as books and videos on a wide range of artistic styles. “What makes this facility unique is that it gives us a place to create our art but also allows us to educate the public on how we create it,” Judy Fairley, a scratch artist from Clarkston, said. When Fairley isn’t creating her scratch art at the Barn, she teaches pastel painting at Walla Walla College’s extension campus in Clarkston. Her scratch art is created using a perforating tool on Masonite that is covered in black India ink. She

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sketches her image in white pencil first, then uses the razor sharp perforating tool to scratch out the black where needed. Visitors can watch the fascinating process as Fairley is there most days during the Barn’s open hours.

The process is time consuming with no room for error, but Fairley loves the challenge of scratch art because it’s better than taking medication, she joked. “For 36 years I’ve worked in the forgiving medium of pastel painting, but scratch art is a very unforgiving medium,” she said. “I don’t drink anything when I do this because if the Masonite gets wet (from accidental spills, for instance) the black will lift off.” Tracy Randall, from Pullman, is a graphic design teacher at Washington State University when she isn’t working in her studio at the Barn. She creates a unique form of fiber art called surface design, which applies color and depth to pre-woven fabric. Visitors can watch her create all day on Thursdays. uBARN, Page 12


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11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Spin-In: Summer Fiber Arts Festival Sage Bluff Alpacas 8401 S. Steele Road, Prosser 509-786-4507 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Lighting the Path Member Reception The Chaplaincy The Reach Museum, Richland RSVP 509-783-7416 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. 13th Annual Prosser Art Walk & Wine Gala Prosser Chamber of Commerce 6th Street, Prosser 509-786-3177 Wednesday, July 20 6 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. 2016 Union Breakfast United Way 401 N. Young St., Kennewick 509-783-4102 Noon – 1 p.m. Thrivorshop; Recovery After Cancer Tri-Cities Cancer Center 7350 W. Deschutes Ave., Kennewick RSVP 509-737-3427

Thursday, July 21 1:00 p.m. – 4 p.m. Presentation: Living with Alzheimer’s for Early Stage Caregivers Kadlec Healthplex 1268 Lee Blvd., Richland 509-943-8455 Saturday, July 23 7:30 a.m. Swing for Life Golf Tournament Tri-Cities Pregnancy Network Canyon Lakes Golf Course 509-491-1101 Thursday, July 28 Noon – 1 p.m. A Team Approach to Thyroid Cancer Tri-Cities Cancer Center 7350 W. Deschutes Ave., Kennewick RSVP 509-737-3427 July 29-30 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. Art in the Park Allied Arts Association Howard Amon Park, Richland 509-943-9815

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Reading Corps seeks members

The Washington Reading Corps AmeriCorps is looking for people passionate about literacy to work with kids in Kiona-Benton, Prescott, Prosser and Wapato school districts. Washington Reading Corps members tutor struggling readers, help kids learn to love reading, and plan school and family literacy events. Reading Corps volunteers must be 18 years or older. They commit to a 10-1/2 month term of community service through AmeriCorps. In return, they receive a modest living allowance, health insurance, training and an educational scholarship. Reading Corps is part of the federal AmeriCorps program and is administered by the state Employment Security Department. For more information, visit washingtonservi cecorps.org or call 888-713-6080.

Life Care Center to hold open house

Life Care Center of Kennewick, located at 1508 W. 7th Ave., is holding a community open house Tuesday, July 12 from 3:30-7:30 p.m. to showcase its renovated lobby and new private rooms. Guests will be able to tour the building and enjoy hors’ d’oeuvres and door prizes. Life Care Center is a national

health care company headquartered in Cleveland, Tenn. For more information, call 509-586-9185.

SHIBA volunteers help seniors

In late June at a presentation in Shoreline, Wash., Washington State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler highlighted the importance of Medicare and what Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) offers Washington consumers. SHIBA is a statewide network of nearly 400 highly trained volunteers who have been helping seniors and others understand their health insurance options for more than 35 years. SHIBA offers free, unbiased assistance with health care choices, including Medicare, to more than 100,000 Washington residents each year. Find more SHIBA events around the state at http://bit. ly/SHIBAevents.

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Senior Life Resources receives donation

The Grainger Foundation, an independent private foundation based in Lake Forest, Ill., has donated $3,100 to Senior Life Resources Northwest to purchase a sandwich and salad prep refrigerator for its new commercial kitchen for the Mid-Columbia Meals on Wheels program. Misty Firkins, manager of Grainger Inc.’s Pasco location, recommended the donation. Senior Life Resources and Mid-Columbia Meals on Wheels has served residents of Benton and Franklin counties since 1974. Visit seniorliferesources.org for more information.

Lourdes opens Desert Hope

Lourdes Health has opened Desert Hope, a 12-bed, 24-hour-care facility for individuals to safely withdraw from alcohol and/or drugs. A typical stay at the facility, located at 1020 N. 7th Avenue in Pasco, lasts three

Benton County Commissioners took formal action in late June to officially assign management of the new Candy Mountain Preserve to the Benton County Parks Department. Over a five-year period, the Friends of Badger Mountain non-profit organization lead the campaign to purchase eight parcels on Candy Mountain totaling 186 acres from two separate landowners; two additional parcels totaling 10 acres were donated. Total cost of the acquisition was $1.3 million. The new preserve is not yet open to the public as there are no amenities, parking or trails. The current plan is to install a parking lot off of Dallas Road later this summer, followed by construction of a two-mile trail to the summit sometime this fall. Once open, visitors will be able to view Ice Age flood erratics, mature sagebrush stands, wildflowers, and views in all directions. uBRIEFS, Page 10


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ANGELS, From page 1 She had worked full time in the office as a bookkeeper and claim processor, but had a wide range of experience. “It wasn’t uncommon for me to fill in for shifts if a caregiver was sick. I also helped interview caregivers and was pretty involved in the whole business,” Rose-VanWormer said. Visiting Angels provides home care services for elderly residents in and around the Tri-Cities. Services are individualized and may include meal preparation/diet monitoring, hygiene assistance, companionship, light housekeeping, medication reminders, respite care for family caregivers, and transportation to/ from medical appointments, errands and shopping. “Each situation is different and individualized,” she said. “We first go into the home to do a complimentary assessment and review the needs of the client. We prepare a ‘Plan of Care’ and then return to the office to identify which caregiver best fits with that client and his or her needs.” During the initial visit, Visiting Angels staff also assesses the clients’ home for potential hazards that could result in falls. “We identify any hazards, such as rugs, loose rails or shoes, that might

cause a fall,” Rose-VanWormer said. Visiting Angels staff often meet with involved family members and, if necessary, consult with physicians, social workers, hospitals or nursing home staff about clients’ specific needs. The goal is to facilitate clients’ independence while giving the best care possible. Upon purchasing the franchise almost a year ago, Rose-VanWormer launched into setting goals. “At first, I was really nervous because it was a huge thing to take on. I questioned myself over and over, but we pushed hard and it’s been great,” she said. Her first goal was to increase the number of caregivers in order to best serve clients. The goal was met and exceeded, as Kennewick Visiting Angels has experienced a 20 percent increase in the number of employees throughout the past year, and the number of clients has also increased. Most impressively, the Kennewick franchise has experienced an 85 percent employee retention rate for the past four months, which is “very high for this field,” Rose-VanWormer said. She credits the trend to increased training, recognition and “being there for our staff.” “Since our retention rate is so high, we’ve been able to better provide for our clients. Having the same caregiver in the home consistently is

important,” Rose-VanWormer said. All caregivers receive palliative care and Alzheimer’s training in order to best meet the mental, emotional and spiritual needs of clients. Most caregivers are CNA and Home Care Aid certified. All attend a five-hour orientation and safety training. In addition, Visiting Angels requires three hours of hands-on training. Besides a state-mandated background check, the franchise also pays a third party to conduct federal background checks of its employees. “All caregivers also have access to our extensive training library,” Rose-VanWormer said, which includes about 200 courses on a wide range of issues/topics – from fall risks, challenging behaviors and helping families cope to nutrition and hydration—they might encounter in the field. Working with caregivers, providing them support and “the feeling of family,” is irreplaceable, said RoseVanWormer. “I absolutely love that about this job.” And to help clients maintain their independence is her mission. “Taking care of our clients’ overall well-being is very important to us,” Rose-VanWormer said. “Between the team in the office and our team of caregivers, it’s gone so well. If it weren’t for them, we wouldn’t be

where we’re at today.” Most caregivers work at least 30 hours a week with opportunities for overtime during peak seasons, Rose-VanWormer said. Peak seasons are typically the winter months, especially after Thanksgiving and Christmas. “An influx of calls come in because kids are visiting mom and dad and see their parents are needing some help,” she said. The franchise, at 1500 N. Cascade Street in Kennewick, is the only one in the area. Rose-VanWormer’s short-term goals are to increase staff to allow the business to serve 200 clients, and to volunteer more. “We already volunteer at the West Richland Senior Center and hold annual blood drives,” she said. “One of our gals also teaches exercise classes for senior citizens at several places throughout the Tri-Cities. We’d like to volunteer even more.” Visiting Angels offers a free online Family Resource Center to the public at www.visitingangels.com/ken newick. It currently accepts private pay, long term care insurance, DEEOIC (White Card), Veteran Affairs, and Labor & Industries. For more information, call 509-5827800.

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Senior Times • July 2016 PUMPKIN, From page 1 “We believe food is more than fuel to our bodies. We believe what we eat has the ability to heal or harm us,” Cathy Franklin said. “We pride ourselves in delivering produce at the peak of freshness.” Local Pumpkin’s mission statement is “to eat good, healthy food, share it with others, support small farms, teach and inform people about good healthy food, and support our local economy and small business.” To get started, the couple sent emails to 26 friends and set up a Facebook page in Fall 2014. “We delivered for about six to eight weeks that fall,” Cathy Franklin said. The following spring started with 63 customers; they ended that year with 160. Upon opening this season, they neared 400 customers. “It was really by word of mouth; our Facebook helped some, but people just started sharing about our business with others,” Cathy Franklin said. The company’s Facebook page has grown to 1,700 “likes,” from 500 last year. “The food really is different than in the stores,” Cathy Franklin said. “We aren’t farming at all ourselves, so we get to customize our box every week and look for a balance of produce.” Their growth necessitated the couple to finish a garage on their property for packing boxes. The barn previously had a dirt floor, but now has a concrete floor, finished walls, and air conditioner, and will soon boast a sink and garage doors to facilitate climate control. “We don’t buy from huge farms. We want small farm-to-farm practices and don’t want to lose the freedom of having local food. We definitely support small farms,” Cathy Franklin said. One of the supplier farms has only 16 acres, but feeds hundreds of area families. During a recent week there, Local Pumpkin procured 125 spinach bunches and 125 bags of lettuce, feeding 250 families. The farmer sells the remainder at local farmers markets.

“There’s so much variety offered at local farms, and you can find only two types of cucumbers at the store,” Cathy Franklin said. “We had purple asparagus last week, several types of heirloom tomatoes and so many other varieties of vegetables.” “We set a budget for the box and charge the same every week,” Cathy Franklin said. Box weight varies, depending on the produce. “Peas and berries are lighter in weight, but then we get into melons, tomatoes and cucumbers and the boxes are heavier.” Two sizes are available: regular, $27 and large, $35. An assortment of fresh produce items are included in each box, along with a newsletter that lists the items contained within, identifies the farms they grew on, and also two to three recipes. A recent box included Napa cabbage, asparagus, snow peas, shallots and spring garlic. Cucumbers, zucchini, peppers, heirloom tomatoes, honey, eggs and more are also shared. Customers are able to add on a “salsa box,” chalk full of enough cilantro, garlic, tomatoes, peppers, and onions to make about three quarts of homemade salsa. Fruit boxes may also be added to a customer’s regular order. Several customers have mentioned the newsletter recipes tucked into boxes are appreciated. “They’re very helpful, especially for things that are new to people, like kohlrabi, which is a staple in the Netherlands. Some people may not be sure how to prepare it,” Cathy Franklin said. “We love exposing people to that and enjoying this agricultural area.” “The recipes are ingenious. We cooked everything that was on there last week,” said Melinda Reffalt, a customer from Benton City. “I love Local Pumpkin. My husband isn’t a big vegetable eater but even he liked the dishes I prepared.” Benton City doesn’t have a route as of yet, so the Franklins offered Reffalt a discount because she delivers boxes to several others. “If we get enough people in an area,

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we’ll deliver there,” Cathy Franklin said. Local Pumpkin currently has delivery routes in West Richland/Horn Rapids, Richland, Pasco and Kennewick. Deliveries will continue through October, or as long as there’s a variety of produce available. The Franklins say their children have learned a lot through the process of starting and running a small business. Emily (26), Seth (18), Willson (16) and Annie (14) all help with the day-to-day business operations. “My kids are seeing that you can take an Cathy and John Franklin, along with their four idea, it can grow, serve children, launched a small business to provide farm-fresh, locally grown produce on a weekly people, and provide a basis to promote healthy eating. The venture living for a family,” has taken off and the family now serves 400 some of the values they households. hoped to instill in their children after buying a two-acre farm with for us.” The business provides foods goats, cows and chickens. “They’re a for a local winery’s restaurant and will lot more aware of what’s healthy. They develop that plan further. still love junk food, but they notice “We grew so fast that I haven’t had a when they eat it, they don’t feel well, chance to develop that yet. We’re truly much more than I realized at their trying to start a food revolution. Cathy ages,” Cathy Franklin said. has convinced me that food is mediLocal Pumpkin owners hope to cine,” he said. increase the company’s customer base “If people have their own gardens, to 500 by the end of the season this that’s best. If not, they could go to year, with plans to do wholesale and farmers markets. But if they can’t make retail for restaurants next year. it to the farmers market, then we can “We want to be a local food hub,” deliver to them,” Cathy Franklin said. John Franklin said. “Next year, we’ll Interested persons may visit www. contract with our farmers ahead of time localpumpkin.com, call 509-416-0895 and ask them to grow a certain amount or email support@LocalPumpkin.com.


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The Village at Southridge caters to active adults. Along with its proximity to Canyon Lakes Golf Course, this 55-and-older adult community will have a fitness center and walking paths once complete. Rendering courtesy of Farrell-Faber & Associates.

SOUTHRIDGE, From page 1 McIntosh handles sales and marketing for Golden Pacific Lifestyles. The majority owner, Larry Marple, arranged project financing through a division of Clayton Homes, owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway. Marple oversees architectural plans, pricing and production of the units. Scott Espedal oversees site development and construction. Together the team members hope to create a community where residents can age in place. “A vast majority of the people who buy our housing units will stay there for their remaining years. But this is not the place for people who are used to

laying back. This is for people who are active. And a good number will stay fit by walking their dogs,” said McIntosh, who estimates 70 percent of people 55 and older own pets. The community will have several walking paths with water features and is tailored for people who enjoy fitness activities, he said, adding the company’s target market typically likes to golf, hike and travel. “They’re choosing to be in this facility because of the socialization and they’ll be with like-minded people,” McIntosh explained. “Another advantage to living in a community like this is we have a new hospital right here, that’s important, and there’s a new medical center nearby and the sports complex. Location is critical,” he said. “And there was a need for this type of development in the Tri-Cities area.” McIntosh said the goal is to eventually have services onsite within the gated community, which will include an Alzheimer’s assisted living facility, independent living facility and rehab center. Golden Pacific Lifestyles would also like to have about 30 twobedroom, two-bathroom rental cottages on campus. These units are attractive housing options for those wanting access to limited assistance with daily living, he said, such as light housekeeping and occasional dinners. They also appeal to those wanting to be close to family members housed in the assisted living or rehabilitation facilities. The first Village at Southridge model home will be available to tour in August, and McIntosh said they’re gearing up to take home purchase reservations. Golden Pacific Lifestyles plans to offer an attractive incentive package for early responders. The group has partnered with Windermere Real Estate Tri-Cities’ Cheryl Baumgartner to handle purchases. “We’re figuring about a three-tofour year sell-out,” McIntosh said. “It will go pretty rapidly if the market stays like it is. But given the demand, I’d say three years is pretty good.” An 1,800-sq. foot home is projected to cost about $275,000, he said, adding that he expects 30 percent of their customers will come from outside the area. Even McIntosh and his wife, who’ve been living in Vancouver, Wash., for several years, plan on calling the Village at Southridge home this fall. “We’re looking forward to coming over here,” he said about the development and amenities the TriCities has to offer. “We’re golfers, although she’s better. I’ve got to start practicing more.” For more information about the development and early purchase incentives, contact Cheryl Baumgartner at 509-727-2379.


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Summer entertainment, activity opportunities abound in Pasco By Senior Times Staff Columbia Basin College presents “Fiddler on the Roof” July 14, 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. at CBC’s Outdoor Amphitheatre. Cost is $25 for adult general seating, $5 for children 11 and under. The play is based on Sholem Aleichem stories by special permission of Arnold Perl, book by Joseph Stein, music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick. The story centers on Tevye, the father of five daughters, and his attempts to maintain his Jewish religious and cultural traditions as outside influences encroach upon the family’s lives. Tickets are available at columbiabasin.tix.com, the Dance Boutique in Richland and CBC’s Arts Center office. The City of Pasco’s Summer Concert Series continues this month. The free concerts take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. every Thursday at a number of locations. The schedule is as follows: Bahuru Marimba Band, island/Caribbean music, Peanuts Park, July 7; Hermanos Maria, Latin music, Volunteer Park, July 14; Cruise Control, oldies, Volunteer Park, July 21; Los Caipirinhos, Latin reggae ska and tropical, Volunteer Park, July 28; Eric Herman and the

Thunder Puppies, children’s music, Volunteer Park, Aug. 4; Hermanos Vargas, traditional tierra caliente, Peanuts Park, Aug. 11; and Traveler of Home, alternative indie rock, Gesa Stadium, Aug. 18. Enjoy a new culinary experience by attending Food Truck Friday, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. each Friday through Oct. 28. The area’s menagerie of food trucks gather at the Pasco Farmers Market, giving attendees the opportunity to choose from a wide variety of culinary options in one space. Each truck offers a $4.95 Food Truck Friday luncheon special, making it an affordable and interesting option. The Pasco Senior Center’s Enhance Fitness program, which is designed specifically for those over the age of 40, can help you get moving toward a healthier lifestyle. The program starts monthly and is from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The cost is $33 for Pasco residents and $41 for all others. Call 509-545-3459 to register. Wavemakers Aqua Fit is a warm water exercise class that includes the use of an underwater treadmill, upper body strengthening and leg strengthening exercises, stretching

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$1 / day

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and more. The class, offered by Oasis Physical Therapy, can help relieve the pain of arthritis, fibromyalgia, lower back pain and more. Classes are available 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, or Tuesdays and Thursdays. The cost is $90. Nonresidents pay $113. 509-545-3459. Keeping your feet healthy is essential as you age. Those 60 and older can participate in the Pasco Senior Center’s Foot Care Program, Happy Feet. The program is designed to provide preventative maintenance and education to Franklin County and Burbank residents. Through the program, a registered nurse will inspect your feet for early detection of corns, calluses, ingrown toenails and other minor foot problems. The nurse will also trim your toenails, apply lotion to your feet and give you instruction on properly caring for your feet at home. The service is

free, but there is a suggested donation of $10 per person. The Happy Feet foot care program is available by appointment only from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. Call 509-545-3459 for an appointment. The Pasco Senior Center has plenty of great activities to help you meet new friends, learn new skills and stay active. For more information about activities at the Pasco Senior Center, call 509-545-3459.

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As memory fades, find help at Alzheimer’s Association By Loretto J. Hulse news@tcjournal.biz When great-grandma gets a little forgetful, the house keys keep going missing or the dog goes out for a walk and comes back alone, you may need some advice from a new service in town. The Alzheimer’s Association, a state agency offering services for Alzheimer’s and other dementia patients and their caregivers, has opened an office at The Parkway in Richland. Joan Acres, outreach coordinator, staffs the office about 10 hours a week with help from several volunteers. “As word gets out we’re here, I’m sure the office hours will grow as need

arises,” she said. Initially her plan is to have the office open from noon to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays and other days as needed. “We can always use more volunteers,” Acres said. “No experience is necessary; I’ll train you.” The Alzheimer’s Association office doesn’t do any hands-on care. “We’re primarily a referral agency,” she said. The office offers support to people with the disease, their families and caregivers. Acres encourages those interested in finding out more about Alzheimer’s to contact her. The Alzheimer’s Association holds monthly programs on a variety of top-

ics relating to Alzheimer’s and other dementia diseases. “It’s not uncommon for someone to have some degree of Alzheimer’s and a second dementia disease. It’s called mixed dementia where you can have Alzheimer’s and perhaps vascular disease caused by a series of small strokes,” Acres said. There is no charge for services offered through the Alzheimer’s Association, though donations are welcome. For more information call 509-7133390 or visit www.alzwa.org. The office is located at 640 Jadwin Ave., Suite I, Richland.

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Mid-Columbia Meals on Wheels, a program of Senior Life Resources, has been awarded two grants. The first, a $2,000 award, was given for participation in the Meals on Wheels America national March for Meals campaign to raise community awareness and involvement. During the month of March, multiple activities were held, including a pub-crawl and meal delivery by community leaders. The second, a $2,500 grant, was received from Meals on Wheels America to support the local client pet support program. Seniors with pets are 36 percent less likely to report loneliness and have 21 percent fewer doctor visits than those without pets. Funding will be used to provide food, supplies and care for clients with pets. In 2015, Meals on Wheels had 325 volunteers who gave more than 24,000 hours and drove more than 84,000 miles to help serve more than 157,000 meals to seniors and those with disabilities in our community.

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Richland offers many great-for-seniors summertime activities

By Senior Times Staff The Richland Community Center is offering Senior Fit and Strong classes Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-10 a.m. Aug. 2-Aug. 30. Moderate physical activity can improve health without hurting joints. These classes focus on flexibility, joint stability, balance, coordination, agility, muscular strength and cardiovascular endurance. The cost is $32.50 for residents and $40.50 for others. Foot Care for Fabulous Feet is led by a licensed registered nurse specializing in geriatrics. It is offered every Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. from July 7-July 28. Cost is $30. Would you like to have your own garden, but lack the space? Consider obtaining a plot in one of Richland’s three community gardens. The community gardens are parcels

of city land that have been divided into gardening plots that are assigned to individuals, families or groups who plant and maintain the plots. Plots range in price from $25 to $50, depending upon size. Staying active is important as you age. Even moderate physical activity can improve your health without damaging your joints. Steppin’ Out with Jo is a great way to increase your flexibility, strength and circulation. Instructor Jo Miller uses a wide variety of music and combines dance, core work, weights and yoga in this workout that will leave you energized and ready for the day. Classes are 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The cost is $23 for residents and $28.75 for all others. Register for the above courses, or view the complete

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Richland Parks and Recreation’s Activity Guide at richlandparksandrec.com. Call 509-942-7529 for more information. Easy listening musicians will perform from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Richland’s HAPO Community Stage in John Dam Plaza July 15 (Gabriel Knutzen) and Aug. 5 (Luke and Frazer.) The free “Let’s Do Lunch” events offer a chance to enjoy the outdoors, enjoy live music and relax. Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket or chairs for seating. Food

truck vendors are available, and the park is located near the farmers market and The Parkway. Unfinished quilt project? Need tables for quilting projects? Quilting in the Library is offered July 14 and August 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Richland Public Library. Attendees may bring a lunch and stay all day, or just go for a few hours. Water, juice, coffee, tea and snacks are provided. Call 509-943-3223 for more information.

How to pick the best cherries and make them last longer (Family Features) Now that sweet cherry season is officially here, these summertime rubies are a must-have for any barbecue or party, whether they’re baked in a pie, crushed into a cocktail or eaten as a fresh outof-hand snack. But first things first, what should someone look for when searching for the perfect cherry?

The Perfect Cherries Cherry enthusiasts should keep an eye out for firm, shiny and smooth skins. In general, the darker the cherry, the sweeter, and with most varieties darkness is a sign of ripeness. The stems should be green and flexible. Northwest cherries, in particular, are known for their extraordinarily sweet flavor, due to the area’s excellent growing conditions. There are a wide variety of sweet cherries, ranging up to the extra-sweet, yellow-fleshed Rainier cherries. Though so similar they’re often sold as their collective “dark sweet cherries,” the most common varieties include Bing, Sweet-

heart, Chelan, Lapins, Tieton and Skeena.

Keeping Your Cherries Fresh Fresh cherries should be kept in a tightly sealed bag or container and can keep for approximately two weeks in the fridge. While this cherry season will be short, you don’t have to limit these tasty, healthy treats to just the summer. Buying an extra bag (or two, or three) to freeze allows you to have sweet cherries all year long. To create festive cherry dishes for the summer season, try Cherry Almond Pie and find more recipes and cherry tips at nwcherries.com.

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Kennewick Senior Center offers variety of classes, services and events By Senior Times Staff As the weather gets hotter, it may be difficult for some to exercise outside. But the city of Kennewick has a great solution — its indoor and airconditioned Southridge Sports Complex at 2901 Southridge Blvd. The facility is open from 9 a.m. to noon weekdays for walkers and runners who prefer to get their exercise in a climate-controlled environment. The cost is $1 per person, per day. The Kennewick Senior Center’s Back to Basics Fitness class is another great way to start the day. The lowimpact and motivational workout combines toning and firming with light cardio to increase your heart rate and improve your core. Workouts can

be modified to all fitness levels and abilities. Classes are 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, through Aug. 5. There is no class on July 4. The cost is $41 for Kennewick residents and $61 for all others. Taijiquan (Tai Chi) and Nei Jia Kung Fu classes are offered Thursdays 6-7 p.m. at the Kennewick Senior Center and Fridays 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Highlands Grange Building, 1500 S. Union St., Kennewick. Tai Chi offers many benefits; including stress relief, improved flexibility, increased energy, greater mental clarity and better balance. To sign up, or for more information, contact instructor Kraig Stephens at 509-430-1304 or oldwarriorhorse@yahoo.com.

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The Kennewick Fire Department provides free blood pressure checks at the Kennewick Senior Center the third Wednesday of every month from 9:30-10 a.m. No appointment is necessary. Kennewick Senior Center volunteer Pam Eggers provides $1 simple haircuts the second and fourth Wednesday of every month from 9-11 a.m. Styling is not included and

appointments are required. Volunteer teacher Donna Gier offers a drop-in needle art class every Thursday from 1-3 p.m. at the Kennewick Senior Center. Cost is $2 and attendees need to bring their own supplies. For more information about activities at the Senior Center, call 509585-4303 or go to go2kennewick. com/seniorcenter.

BARN, From page 3 fishing rods as well as refurbishes old Alison Oman, from Pullman, uses rods. beads instead of fabric to weave her “Some people have specific needs creations on a miniature loom. She when it comes to a fishing rod,” incorporates glass beads of all types Douglas said. “Perhaps a missing finand textures, including glass, ceramic ger or they have extra large or small and metal. hands. I create a fishing rod that is The focus of her art is a bit like tell- made for that person.” ing an artistic story, she said. Originally He not only creates and designs cusfrom England, Oman came to the tom rods, he can fix broken or damUnited States several years ago after aged ones, and restore vintage rods. marrying her American husband. Visitors can watch Douglas wrap ultra“I fell in love with fine line around a “The Barn was Little Joe from rod or place custom conceived to cultivate Bonanza after watchmarkings on one creativity, which we ing that television most days during the show in London 41 Dahmen Barn’s norbelieve is a survival years ago, then met a skill in today’s world.” mal hours. cowboy and married The Barn has a him,” Oman quipped. limited amount of - Leslee Miller, She adds that all her manager of the Dahmen Artisan studio space so the artistic expressions waiting list of artists Barn’s board of directors reflect everyday wanting to establish experiences, like places she’s visited. there is growing, Miller said. Her studio at the Barn is packed with “The Barn was conceived to cultieye-popping, colorful creations with vate creativity, which we believe is a beads, from jewelry to wall hangings. survival skill in today’s world,” Miller And visitors can watch her weave those said. “And it provides a place for peobeads on her tiny loom. ple to learn something new, and for The Barn features art forms to please regional visual and performing artists just about anyone, including fishermen. to show and sell their work.” Joe Douglas is a self-proclaimed retired The Dahmen Artisan Barn is open technology geek who creates custom from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays; admission is free. It is located about 150 miles northeast of Tri-Cities. Take Highway 395 north toward Spokane. Then, take the Colfax exit and head east on Highway 26 until you reach Highway 195, where you’ll turn right. Uniontown is a 16-mile jaunt down the road. The Barn can’t be missed from the highway as it stands like a beacon on the right side of the road. Travelers can also get to Uniontown through Lewiston, Idaho, but there is road construction happening throughout the summer between Uniontown and Lewiston. More information about the Dahmen Artisan Barn can be found at www. artisanbarn.org.


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Useful Phone Numbers and Addresses Senior Centers Kennewick Senior Center................................................... 500 S. Auburn St., Kennewick.......................................................... 509-585-4303 Pasco Senior Center............................................................ 1315 N. 7th Ave., Pasco..................................................................... 509-545-3459 Prosser Senior Center......................................................... 1231 Dudley Ave., Prosser................................................................ 509-786-2915 Richland Community Center............................................ 500 Amon Dr., Richland................................................................... 509-942-7529 West Richland Senior Center............................................ 616 N. 60th, West Richland.............................................................. 509-967-2847 Additional Resources Senior Life Resources/Meals on Wheels........................... 1824 Fowler St., Richland................................................................. 509-735-1911 Veterans Administration Medical Clinic.......................... 825 Jadwin Ave., Suite 250, Richland.............................................. 509-946-1020 RSVP-Retired Seniors Volunteer Program...................... 2139 Van Giesen St., Richland......................................................... 509-943-2590 x2112 Senior Companion Program.............................................. 2139 Van Giesen St., Richland......................................................... 509-545-6145 Social Security Administration......................................... 8131 W. Klamath Ct., Suite A, Kennewick..................................... 866-269-6671 Useful Phone Numbers Medicare............................................................................... 800-633-4227 Medicare TTY...................................................................... 877-486-2048 Veterans Affairs Administration....................................... 800-827-1000 Alzheimer’s Association 24 Hour...................................... 800-272-3900 Fair Housing Enforcement................................................ 800-669-9777 Washington Information Network................................... 211

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Business owner doesn’t let disabilities erase plans, draws on community support By Jessica Hoefer for Senior 10-year-old Ben, who suffers from Times intellectual disabilities, anxiety, Ben Huwe has been in and out of OCD and other health aliments. As hospitals much of his life, and had he transitioned into his teenage years, his first eye surgery at just nine- Ben decided to parlay his love of art months old. into his senior project, which was “He has optic atrophy,” said his required for graduation. mom, Sherri Huwe. “His nerve that He created gift cards and put goes back to the base of his brain is together bags for patients at scarred and damaged, and it’s barely Providence St. Mary Medical Center attached. It’s like going through a and Dayton General Hospital. fuzzy cable system.” “I like making people feel good,” Despite being said Ben Huwe, labeled legally who wanted to blind, Ben Huwe “Without [community] continue his card developed a passion support, he wouldn’t making venture for drawing, and after graduation. “I have stayed in his Sherri Huwe said a like my job. I like routine, which is critical Dayton School drawing people.” to his success.” D i s t r i c t In order to keep paraeducator Huwe doing what - Sherri Huwe noticed Ben’s he loved, the artistic skills after Hendricksons, he’d been caught former owners of acting up in class. Elk Drug in Dayton, offered him a “That para took his spelling words desk at their local pharmacy, Sherri and they started drawing all these fun Huwe said. little things—usually something to “So starting in high school he’s do with his sisters. So if the spelling had a desk there. Now he’s 28,” she word was ‘mud,’ he’d draw them in explained. the mud. She’s the one who brought Eventually, the Hendricksons out the love of drawing in him,” said retired, but Elk Drug’s new owners, Sherri Huwe. “They were the best Sean and Andi Thurston, continued pair, and from there it took off.” to offer Huwe a place to create his The para helped guide then artwork after the transition.

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Ben Huwe (pictured on the left) recently traveled to Olympia with friends Tyler Cooper, Melinda Lambert, Craig Lockard and Joey Hernandez to raise awareness for people with disabilities.

For several years, Ben Huwe Cards and Designs had the support of a job coach, who his mother said was funded through Columbia County after he turned 21. “But that’s when the Developmental of Vocation Rehabilitation (DVR) looked at his business and said, ‘That’s not viable,’” she explained. Huwe lost his funding for a job coach—an individual who specializes in assisting individuals with disabilities to learn and accurately carry out job duties—and for two years, his family struggled to help him get his support system back. With the future of Ben Huwe Cards

and Designs in jeopardy, the community and caregivers through Valley Residential Services rallied around him to keep taking him to his job. “Without that support, he wouldn’t have stayed in his routine, which is critical to his success,” Sherri Huwe said. Huwe’s case traveled through the chain of command and eventually an administrative hearing was set. Ben was able to get a lawyer through Northwest Justice Project where Tyler Grabber helped the family settle the case. uSUPPORT, Page 15


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Senior Times • July 2016  SUPPORT, From page 14 “Part of the negotiation with the state was that a business plan had to be made,” Sherri Huwe said. In December 2015, she reached out to Brad McMasters, economic development director with the Port of Columbia. “Sherri contacted me directly because she knows my work is to help businesses in our county. She shared the scenario and her frustrations. She’s been a strong advocate for her son and his work with his design company,” McMasters said. McMasters gave Sherri Huwe some resources for writing a business plan then made some personal connections with individuals and organizations he thought could help. “Then I put her directly in touch with SCORE because I knew they would have resources and individuals that could actually sit down with her and help her write a business plan,” he said. The Mid-Columbia Tri-Cities Service Corp of Retired Executives stepped in, and by March 2016, Sherri Huwe had a business plan in place. “That was the key to opening the door,” said Sherri Huwe, who worked with SCORE’s Donna Rassat. “They had lots of great ideas and helped me get a business plan ready.” This spring, Ben Huwe’s funding was restored and a job coach was provided via Goodwill. Funding is granted under a waiver through the Developmental Disabilities Administration and Columbia County, which oversee the details of the program. “His job coach is coaching him to draw puppies and he’s starting to get back into the mode of being creative,” Sheri Huwe said, adding that Ben receives 12 hours a month in job coach support. And as long as Ben Huwe can continue to show his design business is viable, his mom said his job coach

Enjoy activities at the West Richland Senior Center By Senior Times Staff The West Richland Senior Center will have its monthly potluck at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 12. The entrée, pulled pork sliders, will be provided and attendees are asked to bring a side dish or dessert to share. Chief Whealan from Benton County Fire District #4 will speak about safety lock boxes for medical emergencies. Senior Center staff invite community members to come enjoy a great meal with great company. Also don’t miss the Senior Center’s monthly bingo, sponsored by Visiting Angels, which begins at is here to stay. “Last year he sold $500 in cards and baskets just at Easter time—and that was just mom promoting it on Facebook,” said Sherri Huwe, one of several family members stepping up to help. Ben’s sister is a graphic artist, and his brother works at a sign company out of Portland. But family is only one element of support, Sherri Huwe said, adding that the community and job coaches are instrumental to his success. “I love the job coaches,” she said. They’re exactly what he needs to

West Richland Senior Center (509) 967-2847 616 N. 60th, West Richland 1 p.m., Monday, July 18. The doors open at noon, when you can get a hot dog, drink and chips for a $3 donation. Cash prizes and gift certificates are available. Visiting Angels offers a co-ed exercise class at 9 a.m. every

Tuesday and Thursday. It’s a great way to get some exercise in a fun environment. Other activities include Bunco July 6 and July 15; potlucks begin at 12 p.m. and games at 1 p.m.

help push him outside the box. They’re like, ‘Can we make T-shirts with these designs?’” McMasters hopes Huwe’s story inspires other struggling business owners to reach out to local organizations if they need help with business plans, funding, or anything in between. “We manage a contract with the state Department of Commerce to offer economic development resources. We do business recruitment, business retention, business expansion and a lot of community and capacity building—

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which to me is also what this is about—making community a very open and safe place to do business,” McMasters said. “Obviously his business is very unique, but this is what we do. In a small town, a lot of it is about retention, and making sure we have the services in our community.” Ben Huwe Cards and Designs products can be purchased at Elk Drug in Dayton, located at 167 E. Main Street. He also has a Facebook page, facebook.com/ben. huwe.

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