Senior Times November 2015

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November 2015

Volume 3 • Issue 11

Explore geological history at Dry Falls

Master Gardener’s Waterfall Classroom complete

Artists invite locals into their studios

DON’T MISS IT Sat., Nov. 7 9:30 a.m. Regional Veterans Day Parade West Richland

Volunteers spread warmth locally for three decades By Elena Olmstead for Senior Times It’s hard to imagine the impact Project Warm Up has had on the communities throughout Benton and Franklin counties over the past three decades — the number of babies wrapped in warm blankets because of this group of volunteers; the homeless touched by the gift of toiletries and warm gloves; and the school children who have warm hats to wear in freezing weather. Since 1983, the volunteers who make up Project Warm Up have done nothing but help. While the organization doesn’t quite resemble the operation it was in the 1980s, its goal is the same. It’s a group of dedicated volunteers who make the lives of people in their communities just a bit better and a bit warmer. Holli Calder-Cox, the director of Project Warm Up, joined the nonprofit 17 years ago. Cox said over the years the organization has been headed by several different groups. It was started in 1983 by the United Way, but also was run by the Retired Senior Volunteer Project (RSVP) group. Cox started volunteering by helping with paperwork with Project Warm Up when it was being run by the RSVP group. It didn’t take Cox long to go from volunteering a few days a week to running the program. “It’s evolved over the years,” Cox said. The first year of Project Warm Up, the organization handed out 800 hats. Last year the organization donated more than 25,000 items to those in need throughout community. This year, they’ve already handed out more than 3,500 blankets alone. uWARM UP, Page 2

Sherel Webb, administrator at the Franklin County Historical Museum, reads from a pamphlet during Ghosts of Franklin County, a tour stop for paranormal investigators Bob and Renee Chamberlain, shown in background.

Ghosts of Franklin County lecture draws a packed house at Historical Museum By Elsie Puig for Senior Times Bob and Renee Chamberlain, nationally renowned ghosthunters, drew a standing room-only crowd to the Franklin County Historical Museum as part of their Ghosts of Franklin County lecture and tour. The Chamberlains are founders of Northwest Paranormal Investigations and the couple travels throughout the Northwest giving lectures on ghost hunting and paranormal activity. The Chamberlains have been featured in dozens of TV shows including Top 10 Scariest Places, Paranormal State, My Ghost Stories, and Ghost Adventures and books, including Chuck Palahniuk’s book Fugitives and

Refugees. They have also appeared on national TV in channels like Fox TV, Travel Channel, History Channel, Discovery Channel, National Geographic, Sci-Fi Channel, A&E, and the Food Channel with Rachel Ray. Homeowners, businesses, cemeteries, mansions, and historical sites often contact NWPI members to conduct investigations into possible spirit and paranormal activity. They conduct audio and video recording and document findings. Their main goal is to engage in learning and teaching paranormal investigation and ghost hunting in a safe and intelligent manner. uGHOSTS, Page 14

Cyber crime against elderly is on the rise By Loretto J. Hulse Computers, smart phones, email, free Wi-Fi and social media sites make keeping in touch with family and friends as simple as a few clicks. They also enable us to do online shopping and conduct business from anywhere at any time. But, unless you take precautions, thieves hack into those computers, tablets and cell phone and gain access to personal, credit card and even banking information. A new survey of Washington web surfers done for the AARP shows the freedom and convenience of wireless access may

come at a cost. Nearly half of Washington’s internet users failed a quiz about online and wireless safety, while many admit to engaging in activity on their mobile devices that could put them squarely in the sights of hackers hoping to steal their personal information said Doug Shadel, AARP’s Washington state director. Shadel spoke to about 200 seniors and Baby Boomers at a Cyber Safety workshop sponsored by the AARP, the State Attorney General’s office, Microsoft and the Federal Trade Commission held in early October at the Three Rivers Convention Center. uCYBERSECURITY, Page 11

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WARM UP, From page 1 When Project Warm Up first started, the idea was to provide hats to children throughout Benton and Franklin counties, with the volunteers handing out the hats. Now, Project Warm Up partners with other agencies and nonprofit groups so they can reach more people. That has also led to the organization expanding the types of work it does. Project Warm Up has an army of volunteers who spend their spare time knitting, crocheting and sewing – stitching together hats, blankets, scarves, mittens, baby sweaters, booties and slippers. There is also a group of women who clip coupons, people who donate toiletries, and Holli Calder-Cox is the director of Project Warm Up. The nonprofit group they also take in plastic grocery provides warm blankets, hats, scarves and mittens, among other things, bags and empty egg cartons, among to those in need in the Tri-Cities. many other things. The list of organizations that While it may seem strange that local food banks, which buy their receives donations from Project the group also takes in plastic gro- eggs in bulk and then have the task Warm Up is long and never seems to cery bags and empty cartons, it of placing them in the donated carstop growing. Cox said they help everyone from doesn’t take long for Cox to explain tons so they can go to the families in need. the local Boys and Girls Clubs to the what they do with those things. She said they have a way to turn The idea behind the group is to local crisis centers. They donate the plastic grocery bags into a plasmake sure everyone in the commuwarm hats and scarves to children in tic yarn-like material that can then nity knows there are people out 83 schools from Connell to Prosser. They also work to help ensure home- be crocheted into sleeping mats for there who care. The group also gives less children in Benton and Franklin the homeless. The mats protect the talented people in the community an counties have the toiletries they homeless from off the wet ground, opportunity to make a difference. need, and hats and mittens to keep providing warmth on cold nights. The egg cartons are donated to uWARM UP, Page 6 them warm.

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Visit a unique geological formation in the heart of the Mid-Columbia

By Elsie Puig for Senior Times To get a rare glimpse into the Mid-Columbia’s unique geological history look no further than the Dry Falls — 3.5 miles of stark precipice 400 feet deep. Located in the heart of the channeled scablands in Central Washington about an hour north of Moses Lake, Dry Falls is exactly what its name suggests — a historic remnant of what was once the greatest known waterfall to have existed on earth. Niagara Falls, in comparison is only 167 feet deep and one mile wide. This geological phenomenon may be a quiet and peaceful retreat now, but mighty and turbulent forces of nature shaped the land. Dry Falls combines a unique mix of educational and recreational opportunities. The falls are one of the main attractions at Sun Lakes-Dry Falls State Park, a 4,027-acre state park with 15 miles of hiking trails and 73,640 feet of freshwater shoreline. It’s the perfect for place for hiking, boating, fishing, wildlife viewing and bird watching. The hiking trails offer views of rocky formations, desert plants and wildlife. Visitors can spend the day hiking, fishing and exploring, or swimming in the summer months, and then drive up to the Dry Falls Visitor Center. Throughout the park, different trails and roads offer unique views of geological features and are a great opportunity to get closer to desert plants and wildlife. The visitor center houses an impressive interpretive exhibit telling the story of the area’s natural

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Dry Falls is a historic remnant of what was once the greatest known waterfall to have existed on earth. The stark cliff spread 3.5 miles and 400 feet deep, significantly deeper than the Niagara Falls.

and geological history — from lava flows to the Ice Age floods and its Native American legacy to the modern discovery of how Dry Falls was created. “The visitor center is here to tell the story of the catastrophic Ice Age floods that occurred in Northeast Central Washington,” said David E. McWalter, an Interpretive Specialist at the Dry Falls Visitor Center. “We’re right smack dab in the middle between Glacial Lake Missoula in Montana, the Columbia River Grand Coulee flowing south to the Tri-Cities. We’re on the scenic byway through the Coulee Corridor.” McWalter said the visitor’s center has information about nearby attractions and offers educational opportunities for local schools, which bring students there to learn about geology.

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The scenic drop and potholes that cover the area produce a rugged, dramatic natural monument. Fire, ice and floods all played a role in creating the Mid-Columbia and especially Dry Falls. Beginning 100,000 years ago — during the Ice Age — a great glacial dam created Glacial Lake Missoula across 3,000 square miles of northwestern Montana. The lake grew in size and volume and eventually broke through and completely crushed the ice dam,

unleashing catastrophic floods that ripped across the Idaho panhandle into Eastern Washington, and eventually emptying into the Pacific Ocean. The turbulence of the floodwaters eroded the surface soils and basalt underneath, leaving behind two major waterfalls. The larger one was the upper Coulee, where the river rushed through an 800-foot cliff. The other major waterfall — Dry Falls — started near Soap Lake, where basalt layers retreated before the erosive power of the floods. These floods are thought to have advanced and covered the area as many as 85 times over the course of 16,000 years and are responsible for the rocky canyon-like geology found in the southern and central parts of Eastern Washington — known as the channeled scablands. uFALLS, Page 6


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Pies ‘N’ Ties planned

The Pacific Northwest Adult & Teen Challenge Pasco Campus’ will have its Second Annual Pies ‘N’ Ties Fundraiser at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Shilo Inn in Richland. Pies ‘N’ Ties features a buffet-style dessert line featuring treats from local bakeries like Frost Me Sweet, Viera’s Bakery, Albertson’s and Franciso’s Bakery. The event includes a silent auction and a game show with prizes. The event benefits the Pacific Northwest Adult & Teen Challenge Pasco Campus. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by calling 509-547-2389.

Wine Festival Nov. 14

Taste the best of Northwest wines, microbrews and foods at the 37th annual Tri-Cities Wine Festival Nov. 14. The festival, presented by the TriCities Wine Society, will be from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Three Rivers Convention Center, 7016 Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick. The event features nearly 300 wines from about 70 wineries, all professionally judged. There will also be complimentary bread, cheese and fruit along with appetizers from Tri-Cities’ restaurants and caterers to enjoy. Craft beer from some local brewpubs will also be available. All beverages and food are included in

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the ticket price, so there is no scrip to purchase. Tickets are $55 and include all wine, beer and food. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster at, at Ticketmaster outlets and at the Toyota Center ticket office, 6016 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick. They are also available by phone at 800745-3000. The Toyota Center office will not be open Nov. 14. A limited number of tickets for the wine tasting will be sold at the door for $60.

Players present Ordinary People

The Richland Players continues its 71st season of live community theater by offering Ordinary People in November. Based on the book by Judith Guest and adapted for the stage by Nancy Gilsenen, Ordinary People follows Conrad Jarrett’s recovery from a severe bout of depression after his brother’s death, for which he feels responsible. Performances are at 8 p.m. Nov. 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 & 21. There are mati-

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Local ballet company stages The Nutcracker

The Mid-Columbia Ballet will present the classic Christmas production of The Nutcracker Dec. 11-13. The ballet will be at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, with matinees at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The production will be staged at the Richland High School Auditorium. Tickets are $25 for adults, $18 for students and seniors and $13 for children. For more information or tickets call 509-946-5417 or go to

Visit TRI-CITIES plans Annual Meeting Nov. 12

Visit TRI-CITIES will have its 46th Annual Meeting and Tourism

Showcase from 4 to 7 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick. This year’s tourism event is dedicated to the celebration of National Parks and our community’s own Manhattan Project National Park. The park honors the people and the history of the Manhattan Project, which helped end World War II. In recognition of the Park’s official designation, Chip Jenkins, the National Park Service’s deputy regional director in the Pacific West region, will present the Park’s plan for the future of the Manhattan Project National Park and the role the organization will play in the TriCities. The program will also include an industry update by Kris Watkins, Visit TRI-CITIES president and CEO, and the presentation of the Excellence in Service Awards and Tourism Champion of the Year. Following the business program, the Tourism Showcase will open with more than 50 booths and exhibitor displays from local tourism-related projects, businesses, wineries, hotels, museums and regional attractions. The event is open to the public, but an RSVP is required in advance. RSVP by calling 509-7358486 or email info@visitTRI-CIT uBRIEFS, Page 6

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WARM UP, From page 2 Cox is also proud because she ensures that every donation that comes in the door goes back out to help those in the community. “We’re all volunteers,” Cox said. “We take no form of government money.” The only grants Cox applies for are grants that originate inside of Benton and Franklin counties. She wants the money to stay local, while not taking funding opportunities away from other nonprofits in other communities. She said they also rely heavily on donations from the community, as well as their local Rotary Clubs,

churches and the Eagles. The group also conducts several raffles throughout the year - making special quilts and auctioning them off to raise money for the group. As for the volunteers who make things for Project Warm Up, that support comes from throughout the community. There are groups of volunteers who meet at local churches, community groups, assisted living facilities, and there is even a group of 70 people who volunteer as part of program at Coyote Ridge Correctional Center. Cox tries to visit different groups at least once a month to collect the things they’ve made and distribute

supplies. Project Warm Up tries to keep a selection of different yarns and fabrics on hand. “We’re just about helping our community,” Cox said. “This is where we live, where we pay taxes, where we worship – so this is who we serve.” Cox said the volunteers who make up Project Warm Up take care of not only the community, but also each other. She said the Leadership Team — a group of 10 regular volunteers, including herself — regularly get together outside of the office to bowl, have dinner or catch a movie. They’ve really become a family, she said.

“We have a bond between us,” Cox said. That bond has lead to the evolution of the program that helps so many. Cox estimates that last year, as a group, their volunteers put in almost 50,000 volunteer hours. “You don’t volunteer that much, put that much personal time into something, unless it’s a passion – unless you care,” Cox said. For more information on Project Warm Up or to volunteer, find them on Facebook, call 509-546-8923 or stop by the office at 720 W. Court St., Pasco. The office is open from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday. FALLS, From page 3 But the Ice Age Flood isn’t the only natural phenomenon on display. Dry Falls is layered in natural history and is a geologist’s paradise. Before the floods a massive lava flow, one of the largest ever-recorded in history, blanketed the area and destroyed everything in its path. “As the water was flowing out of the Glacial Lake Missoula, it literally washed away and eroded all the topsoil, so all of this is bedrock, when you say scablands it means water that had been flushed across the land,” said McWalter. Dry Falls is a little over two-hour drive north from the Tri-Cities. For more information on Dry Falls and Dry Falls-Sun Lakes National Park, go to Sun-Lakes-Dry-Falls.

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Veterans Day Parade Nov. 7 in West Richland

The West Richland Area Chamber of Commerce will honor American Veterans at the 15th Annual Regional Veterans Day Parade. The event begins at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 7 and the parade starts on Van Giesen Street, between 62nd Avenue and Grosscup Boulevard. The parade route proceeds along Van Giesen Street to City Hall.

Fair gives to 2nd Harvest

The Benton Franklin Fair donated $2,484 to 2nd Harvest Tri-Cities to help fight hunger and feed hope in our community. The fair donated $2 for each adult admission ticket sold on opening day before 2 p.m. An additional $412 was raised during the People’s Choice vote at the BBQ Cookoff on Aug. 29. This is the largest donation the fair has made to 2nd Harvest in the eight-year history of the program. uBRIEFS, Page 10

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Master Gardeners’ dedicate new open air Waterfall Classroom By Loretto J. Hulse Cake, applause and good wishes were shared during the grand opening of the Washington State University Master Gardeners of Benton-Franklin counties outdoor Waterfall Classroom in October. The classroom is in the Master Gardener Demonstration Garden, next to the Mid-Columbia Library, at 1620 Union St. in Kennewick. The oval classroom has a cement floor and tiered seating for up to 60 people. It will be used by the Master Gardeners for lectures and demonstrations and also will be available for the public for weddings, meetings, photos and other gatherings. The open-air classroom sits at the entrance to the demonstration garden, which contains 26 smaller gardens within it. The demonstration garden is on City of Kennewick land and the city provides the irrigation water and maintains the grass and outdoor lighting. Master Gardener volunteers maintain the vegetables, flowers, shrubs, trees and other plants in the garden. “Having this classroom will enhance community education and learning opportunities for generations to come,” said Kennewick Mayor Steve Young. The classroom was a community effort with many businesses and the city contributing time and machinery. “There were material contributions from the community, but the bulk of the materials were bought by funds raised by the Master Gardeners, who also volunteered hundreds of hours, sweat, and some blood from smashed fingers to this project,” said Marianne Ophardt, WSU Extension horticultural-

ist. It sits on the site of a former fishpond and rock garden. Pam Doctor, president of the Master Gardener Foundation, said the foundation removed the pond and rock garden because they no longer had someone available to maintain them. “Also, the pond was quite deep so safety was always an issue,” Doctor added. Construction on the outdoor classroom began in January with the removal of the pond, gazebo and rock garden. “We had to move a lot of rocks,” said Arlan Gadeken, who oversaw the classroom project. Gadeken said that during the first four months, people frequently stopped to ask where the fish and turtles were taken. Master Gardeners and some of their friends adopted many. Construction continued through the spring and into one of the hottest summers on record. “I’d ask if (the Master Gardeners) were canceling the work party today when the forecast was for another 105 degree day and the answer was just, no, they’re just making sure they have plenty of water,” said Ophardt. Once the permits and approvals were in place, Gadeken said it was just a matter of “who’s going to roll up their sleeves and get to work.” Since all the labor was done by volunteers, Gadeken said he never knew who, or how many, would show up to work each day, but that they always had the people they needed when they needed them. Gadeken said he and other volunteers set 1,200 landscaping blocks in place. The walls contain 500 45-pound Sponsored by

Arlan Gadeken, project manager for the Washington State University Master Gardeners of Benton-Franklin counties new Waterfall Garden, talks about the design and building of the outdoor classroom. Also pictured are Pam Doctor (center), president of the Master Gardener Foundation, and, at right, Kennewick Mayor Steve Young.

cement blocks and the entire structure has 5.5 tons of rock. “This project really exemplifies what volunteers can do,” Gadeken said. During the grand opening Gadeken thanked many of the primary volunteers, including Tom Gronewald, Stu Freeman, Clarence Jones, David Evans and Cyd Graham and the businesses that contributed significantly to the project. “As a volunteer organization, we can

only make these kinds of things happen with the generosity and support of our partners,” said Doctor. Ophardt said the Waterfall Classroom will help promote the Master Gardener’s mission of educating the community about gardening. The gazebos in the park adjacent to the Demonstration Garden are great for parties and potlucks, but were not a place they could easily conduct classes. uGARDENERS, Page 14

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Twelfth annual Tri-City Artist’s Open Studio Tour to be Nov. 14-15

Philip Harding, an abstract artist who lives in Richland, is one of 11 artists who will open their studios to the public for the 12th Annual Tri-City Artist’s Open Studio Tour in November.

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By TCAJOB staff Eleven Tri-Cities artists will open their studios for the 12th Annual TriCity Artist’s Open Studio Tour from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 14-15. The Tri-City Artist’s Open Studio Tour is an opportunity for art lovers to learn about the artists who live here and the kind of work they do. The tour is small enough that visitors can reach every studio in a single weekend. This year there is a nice blend of artists, including nine veterans who show every year and two newcomers. There is also a nice mix of art from drawings, photography and paintings in oil, watercolor and acrylic, to jewelry, silk fabrics and fused glass. Some of these artists use unique materials and processes to create their work and all are continually exploring new and interesting ideas and images, pushing the limits of their vision and skill. To participate in this free event, simply set off with a list of addresses or download a map from the Tour’s website and travel from studio to studio at your leisure. It is a chance to visit with artists, learn about upcoming classes, see demonstrations or works in progress, and of course see some very fine art in an informal setting outside the traditional gallery network. Fiber artist Katherine Sylvan is new to the tour. Sylvan works with silks she has dyed and removed colors and printed with custom silk screen patterns. Recently she has been interlacing strips of her silks into wall hangings with interesting colors, textures and patterns often evoke agricultural landscapes. She also takes her silks, together with vintage silk kimonos, and creates unique apparel including scarves, sachets and necklaces. Another new artist is Suzi Vitulli,

whose watercolor paintings depict themes ranging from wildlife, tropical florals, aquatic life, and people. Vitulli will have both original watercolors and prints on display. Still with the tour after 11 years is fused glass artist Linda Andrews, who creates art glass bowls that look like folded fabrics of translucent fibers and patterned platters with shimmering “diachronic” surfaces. Andrews also has creates wall hangings she calls “vineyardscapes” – drawings of fine glass fibers on iridescent grounds that evoke the colors and contours of the vineyard covered landscapes around her home. Jeweler April Ottey combines a high level of craft with an eye for natural materials. From silver bracelets softly curled like a bit of seaweed to copper and silver whose surface patterns evoke relics of the past. Ottey’s combinations of finely worked metals and river worn pebbles evoke traces of nature and ancient memories in an intimate present. Pilot and aerial photographer David Wyatt brings his award-winning high altitude photographs to the tour. Wyatt’s photographs provide a unique birdseye view of the Mid-Columbia. Kasia Gorski’s oil paintings illustrate her love of the Northwest’s distinctive seasons. She gets out of the studio and responds directly to seasonal colors and the ever-changing effects of light, and atmosphere. An accessible abstract painter, Kathryn Kaye creates imaginative poetic landscapes that are warm, earthy and rich. While occasionally working with encaustics most of her recent paintings are constructed by layering acrylic paints and glazes with fine Asian rice papers she has dyed with acrylics, inks or watercolor paint. uTOUR, Page 12

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Pasco Senior Center plans trip to see Mannheim Steamroller By Mary Coffman The Pasco Senior Center is planning a trip to see the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas show Nov. 22. Pasco Parks and Recreation has teamed with Richland Parks and Recreation to offer the excursion. Participants will leave from the Pasco City Hall at noon on Sunday, Nov. 22 and travel to Spokane where they will enjoy dinner at Anthony’s Homeport Restaurant before the concert at the INB Performing Arts Center. The cost is $149 for Pasco and Richland residents and $186 for all others, which includes transportation, dinner, gratuity and concert tickets (orchestra seating in rows T & U). Register online at pasco-wa. gov. The December AARP Smart Driver Course will be at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2 and Thursday, Dec. 3 at the Pasco Senior Center. The fee is $15 for AARP members and $20 for all others and those who complete the course may receive a discount on their auto insurance. Looking for some indoor activity to keep you busy through the winter. Try Folk Dance for Adults at the Pasco Senior Center. Salsa, tango,

belly dancing, flamenco, and ballroom are just a few of the dance styles you’ll be learning in this class. Folk dancing is a great way to get in shape, spend time with family and friends, and best of all, you’ll be having so much fun learning the dances that you won’t know you’re exercising. The class is held at 7 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. The cost is $90 for Pasco residents. Daylight Saving Time officially ended at 2 a.m. Nov. 1, so this is the perfect time to put new batteries in the smoke detectors at your home. The Pasco Fire Department and the Pasco Senior Center can help with that. They will provide Pasco seniors with free installation of 9 volt batteries for smoke detectors, and they will even provide the batteries. To receive the free service, you must be a senior citizen residing within the Pasco City limits. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 543-5709. The Pasco Senior Center has plenty of great activities to help you beat meet new friends, learn new skills and stay active. For more information about activities at the Pasco Senior Center, call 509-545-3456.

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Richland Seniors kicks off season with holiday bazaar

By Mary Coffman Don’t miss the Richland Senior Association’s annual Holiday Bazaar, which will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Richland Community Center’s Riverview Room. There will be more than 50 vendors on hand, offering unique handcrafted items like birdhouses, embroidered items, quilts, candles, homemade soaps and scrubs, wooden toys, painted gourds, swags, wreaths and so much more. The event is free. Make plans to attend Winterfest…a Wonderland of Holiday Fun Dec. 4-5 in Richland. Due to construction of a community stage in John Dam Plaza, the 2015 Winter Wonderland tree lighting will be at Howard Amon Park this year. BRIEFS, From page 6

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Sprynkles bakery and Ms. Rhoda’s Wine Garden will have a tea party and fashion show on Saturday, Nov. 7. The event begins at 11:30 a.m. with a social hour that will also feature a fashion show. The tea party, which includes finger

Enjoy a evening of wonderment, as the community Christmas tree is lit, with the Lighted Boat Parade on the Columbia River as a backdrop. Santa and the elves will be there, and the Grinch could make an appearance, as well. There will be multiple family friendly games, activities, and entertainment at the event, which will take place in Howard Amon Park and at the Richland Community Center. The Richland Community Center is planning a trip to see the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas show Nov. 22. Richland Parks and Recreation partnered with Pasco Parks and Recreation to offer the excursion. Participants will leave from the Pasco City Hall at about noon Sunday, Nov. 22 and travel to Spokane where they will enjoy dinner at Anthony’s Homeport Restaurant before the concert at the INB Performing Arts

sandwiches, scones, desserts and tea will be from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Seating is limited and reservations are required. The cost is $30 per person and tickets can be purchased by calling Rita at 509-396-3309 or by email at sprynklescookies@

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Center. The cost is $149 for Pasco and Richland residents and $186 for all others, which includes transportation, dinner, gratuity and concert tickets (orchestra seating in rows T & U). Register online at AARP Smart Driver training, a defensive driving course for those 50 and older, will be Wednesday, Nov. 18 and Thursday, Nov. 19 at the Richland Community Center. The cost is $15 for AARP members and those who complete the course are eligible for auto insurance discount. Ed Rykiel of the Audubon Society will give a bird banding demonstration from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 14 at Leslie Groves Park, near the end of Snyder Street. Rykiel will show how birds are captured, identified, measured, recorded and banded, and how the information is used to study bird behavior. The demonstration will not take place in inclement weather. The

event is free. Please check Richland Parks and Rec website or Facebook page to verify. Lisa Hill, an Audubon Society member, will lead an early morning bird walk on Bateman Island from 8 to 10 a.m. Nov. 7. The hike will be about three miles long and you can expect to spot 30-40 different bird species as you walk through the island’s bird habitat. For more information about the free bird walk, call Hill at 509-9432244. Don’t forget, the Richland Community Center has plenty of daily activities and social opportunities. Play Mahjong, cribbage, pool, bridge, dominoes or pinochle. For a full list, view the Richland Parks and Recreation’s Fall Activity Guide at For more information about upcoming events or to register for any of these events, call 509-942-7529 or go to

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Senior Times • November 2015 CYBERSECURITY, From page 1 The AARP report, “Shady Signals,” shows the majority of Washington adults — 73 percent — access the internet every day and a quarter of those surveyed said they use free Wi-Fi once a week or more. “The availability of free Wi-Fi at just about every coffee shop, hotel or public gathering place offers limitless surfing possibilities for online users on-thego,” Shadel said. “But we’re often trading our own data security for that convenience.” Tina Kondo, assistant regional director of the Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s data and privacy security agency, discussed some of the scams thieves use to get your personal information. “If you look crime statistics, you’ll see that in Washington alone there have been reports of millions and millions of dollars being lost in the category of “age 50 and older” adults. Cyber criminals tend to prey on vulnerable populations and they consider older adults as being easily duped,” she said. One of the most popular scams often is the imposter scam. Someone contacts you either by phone or email and pretends to be either a friend or relative in trouble and needing money. If that happens to you, take the precaution of calling that friend or relative, Kondo said. “They’ll often answer the phone and be perfectly fine,” she said. “Or call another relative who would know if their son, daughter or whomever is out of the country and in trouble.” Another imposter scam is someone who calls and says they are a contest or lottery representative and you’re eligible for a cash prize — but only if you send a processing fee. “Sometimes they’ll impersonate someone from your bank, utility company or the government and say there’s a problem with your account and they need you to straighten it out. And by the way, in order to do that they need your credit card information, your social security number and all sorts of personal information,” Kondo said.

Kondo said the scammers take that information and use it to commit identify theft, emptying victims’ bank accounts and running up large bills for goods and services. “It could take years to straighten it out, if ever,” she said. Damien Vaught and Dominick Crispo, both of Microsoft, enlightened the audience about tech support scams. Scammers will contact someone via the phone or email, and say there is something wrong with their computer. They tell the victim they can fix it remotely — if you just give them your password. “Do it and you might as well have just handed them every piece of personal information on that computer or device,” said Vaught. Vaught said 3.5 million Americans are victims of tech support scams each year, costing victims about $1.5 billion. It’s important for consumers to be proactive and take precautions to keep their information safe and scammers at bay. If you are a victim, immediately change your passwords, contact your bank and close any affected accounts. Always regularly review all credit card and bank statements and report discrepancies to your bank. State Attorney General Bob Ferguson said the best way to keep yourself and your personal data safe is to be aware and vigilant. “People are worried and they should

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be. Ghosts and goblins are not real but people who prey on others are real,” Ferguson said. “When it comes to scams, prevention it the best protection for consumers. As technology changes, scam artists are constantly finding new ways to conduct cybercrime.” To protect yourself, here are some tips: • Change your passwords frequently, at least once every three months. Use at least 10 characters and mix letters, numbers and special characters. Don’t use your name, birthdate or common words. • Don’t use the same password for many or all of your accounts. Keep passwords in a secure place. • Make sure websites are secure,

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Get in the Christmas spirit with the Kennewick Senior Center By Mary Coffman Plan now to participate in one of two Community Christmas Lights Tours being offered in December by the Kennewick Senior Center. The tours will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9 and Wednesday, Dec. 16. The cost is $44 for those who register by Nov. 20 and the fee includes transportation. The bus will stop first at the new Country Mercantile store in Richland for dinner and shopping. Dinner is not included in the cost of the trip.

Discover new creative ideas for homemade gifts at ‘More Gifts from the Kitchen,’ a Kennewick Community Education class that is being offered from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12. Renee Pottle of Hestia’s Hearth leads the class, which will be held at the Southridge High School Room B109. There is a $5 supply fee. For information or to register, call 509-222-5080. Don’t miss the Kennewick Senior Center’s Bunco Tournament, which will be 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20. The entry is $5 in advance or $8 at the door and you could win one of




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TOUR, From page 8 Painter and high school art teacher Consuelo Soto Murphy offers a blend of styles drawn from early modern artists like Van Gogh and the ethnic folk traditions of the Mexico. Some paintings show the fields and orchards of migrant life in vivid colors. Others are a celebration of the simple pleasures of life – family and friends, festivals, and good food and wine on a sunny day. Philip Harding is an abstract artist whose drawings, paintings and prints combine techniques of drafting and geometry with organic patterns derived from biology and physics. The paintings of mixed media artist Jan Nilsson’s studio overlooking the Yakima River provides direct

inspiration for her landscapes. Torn papers and fabric scraps combined with postage stamps, playing cards and old newspapers create images of history, memory and imagination. As a bonus, children visiting her studio have a place to explore painting themselves. Fine artist, graphic artist, web and theatrical set designer Chris Walling works in watercolors and mixed media. She continues to develop her “Art Reimagined” series where she takes older watercolors and draws out new images. Walling has also created a calendar called “Animalium” featuring imaginative views of animals. See for more information, a map and studio addresses.

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GHOSTS, From page 1 Renee Chamberlain became interested in learning more about ghost hunting and paranormal investigation 22 years ago. They’d just built a new house and had been caring for her mother at their new home before she passed. The Chamberlains weren’t much into the paranormal, but Renee Chamberlain sensed that her mother was trying to communicate with her from the afterlife. “I would hear little things, like hearing mom’s cough or banging pots in the kitchen, we would even smell her cigarettes” she said. “We’ve been doing it ever since, but we do it as a hobby, we don’t get paid for it.”

The group also helps maintain, preserve, and protect historic cemeteries. They’ll even patrol cemeteries on Halloween to prevent vandalism, and they offer classes on how to clean and preserve headstones. When it comes to skeptics, the Chamberlains respect them because once they were skeptics themselves and still are. “We go into everything as skeptics, you have to be to be discerning,” said Renee Chamberlain. On a trip to Wellington, the Chamberlains led a film crew from the Fox Network into a former town that was completely destroyed by a landslide. Spirit orbs were visible to the

naked eye and they heard a woman speaking as if she were in a radio show. “The film crew went in as skeptics but they came out saying ‘Oh, ok we see what you’re saying now’,” Renee Chamberlain said. In the lecture, Bob Chamberlain talks about the couple’s investigations at cemetery in Eltopia. As Bob Chamberlain recounts the story, he becomes visibly flustered and has difficulty finishing the anecdote. He senses something in the room and when he does he easily becomes emotional. “(Bob) has a better feel for spirits and entities, he picks up feelings and sometimes it’s overwhelming for him,” said Renee Chamberlain.

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Senior Times Expo attracted more than 500 visitors By Loretto J. Hulse October’s Senior Times Expo attracted more than 500 seniors and baby boomers, along with a few grandchildren, to the ballroom of the Red Lion Hotel in Pasco. The event, which was free for attendees, gathers vendors who offer services and products for the older generation in a single venue, making it a convenient one-stop information shop. “The Expo is a great place for seniors to find out what goods and services are available here in our community. There are many, many options for a variety of family situations,” said Jim Hilliard, family service counselor for Mueller’s Funeral Homes. At the Expo people were exposed to services, businesses and organizations that they need, even if they hadn’t discovered a need yet and it’s all easily accessible in one place, in one stop, Hilliard said. “Being a senior citizen myself, it’s good to see there’s more booths, more vendors this time,” said Sue Ragsdale, office manager for Riverview Heights Cemetery in Kennewick. “An event like this makes senior citizens feel special, that the community is on their side.” Mike Haugen, the event coordinator and advertising manager for the Senior Times, said the popular event started more than 20 years ago and is continually growing. The expo featured 55 vendors including financial institutions, senior services, insurance providers, real estate companies, hospitals and medical providers, retirement communities, fitness businesses, nonprofit organizations, television broadcasters and much more. “The Expo was very helpful and informative,” said Rose Morley of Richland. “There’s lots of information here to help me and others to make decisions — to plan for the future. Like information on funeral options, it’s nothing anyone wants to do, but you have to.” Linda Pasch of Northwest Public Television, said her company has had a presence at the spring and fall Senior Times Expos for years. “The turnout was very good this morning,” Pasch said. “It was a little

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