Senior Times October 2015

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October 2015

Volume 3 • Issue 10

Vibrant, charming Roslyn

Pasco man collects two-wheeled antiques

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By Loretto J. Hulse Holiday decorations, jewelry, toys, quilts and more will be displayed for sale at the 25th annual Harvest Bazaar on Oct. 17. The bazaar, which was moved to the Southridge Sports and Events Pavilion last year, will feature more than 100 arts and crafts vendors along with a few independent representatives selling skincare items and health maintenance products, said organizer Sara Allington. Allington works at the Kennewick Senior Center and has produced the bazaar with help from another staff member and a part-time staffer for the past 10 years. “They do a great job,” said Patty Kopp of Kennewick, a bazaar vendor. “They’re very well organized and the new facility is fantastic.” Kopp creates silk flower arrangements and wreaths as a fun hobby and has sold her silk flower arrangements and wreaths at the Harvest Bazaar for the past three years. During the bazaar season, generally October to December, you’ll find her table set up at about six bazaars. “I don’t do it for the money — there’s very little profit in it for me. I sell them mainly so I can buy more materials to make more arrangements,” she said. With the move to the Southridge pavilion, the Harvest Bazaar is one of the larger Kopp attends. She said she likes it primarily because it’s in the fall, instead of winter, so the flower arrangements purchased by Kopp’s customers can be used and enjoyed for a longer time. When Allington was first hired to work at the senior center, the bazaar was held much closer to Christmas. uBAZAAR, Page 6

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Stacia Gunderson of Kennewick studies the headstone of Mardieze Poisson Fish at Riverview Heights Cemetery. It carries her surname twice, once in French and again in English. Gunderson is offering a Kennewick Community Education class on deciphering the meaning behind tombstone symbols Oct. 27.

Family history is carved in stone By Loretto J. Hulse Rest in peace. Our special aunt. Our dearly beloved mother. These are all epitaphs you’ll find etched on tombstones in any cemetery. Many times, they are surrounded with flowers, ivy or other decorative etchings. Before the turn of the 19th century, those decorative etchings were not merely fanciful, but actually conveyed a message. Throughout history, flowers and other gifts were more than trinkets. Each had an underlying meaning. “You wouldn’t just give a girl red roses because they were pretty, said Stacia Gunderson of Kennewick. “The color red signified romantic love.” Daisies, on the other hand, are a symbol of innocence and purity, Gunderson added.

Gunderson will explain meaning behind those gravestone etchings and symbols during a Kennewick Community Education class on Oct. 27. Gunderson said that 100 years ago, people didn’t just place an emblem or flowers on a headstone as decoration. It all meant something. This is a time when most people didn’t have photographs and there weren’t videos or recordings to look back on. People couldn’t just pull out their iPhones or all these new contraptions to look at pictures or videos and say, ‘Remember when so and so did’ … whatever it was? So not only did their families want to remember them by what they put on their headstones but they also wanted to leave a that person’s legacy for others to see and understand for years to come, Gunderson said. uHISTORY, Page 2

Seniors fulfill desire for lifelong learning at Columbia Basin College By Elsie Puig for Senior Times Bob Raidl is a retired Hanford hydrogeologist, high school volleyball coach and lifelong student. At 60, he retired from his career and immediately began taking classes at Columbia Basin College. Now, at 66, he is starting his second year Spanish language class. And he’s able to do it very affordably through CBC’s Gold Card program, which allows seniors over 60 to audit classes for a nominal fee.

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HISTORY, From page 1 Gunderson is well versed in the language of tombstones. She’s been lurking in cemeteries since she was a child. “History is in my blood,” she said. “My parents refurbished and renovated Victorian houses back east and my great-great-grandfather was the curator for the national natural history museum back east in the late 1800s.” Gunderson said she loves researching history and family history fascinates her, regardless of whose family it is. “Cemeteries are one of the places that I find really fun to kind of lurk through and read the tombstones. I come up with some really interesting questions about who people were and why, when they were born back east or

in Europe, how they ended up here in this little tiny dot on the map,” Gunderson said. One of her favorite outings is to pack a picnic lunch and, along with her husband, drive to an old pioneer cemetery and spend the day deciphering the headstones. Gunderson has a Bachelor’s degree in history, worked as an interpretative ranger for national and state parks and was the resident pre-Hanford historian for the former CREHST Museum in Richland. “I like to encourage people to take an interest in cemeteries. They were once a gathering place for people,” she said. Often it was the only place in a town that was flat and watered and had grass

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and trees. So after church the whole congregation would go to the cemetery, play games, sing songs and picnic among the tombstones. “While there, they’d pull weeds and make sure things were watered,” Gunderson said. Attitudes about cemeteries have completely changed nowadays. “People don’t want to go to cemeteries, especially at night. But really, they’re all dead, what are they going to do?” she said. Some of the more interesting tombstones at Riverview Heights Cemetery in Kennewick include a rectangular white marble headstone missing its obelisk. It marks the grave of Clarence E. Martin who died Dec. 6, 1896. He was 17 years, 5 months and 14 days old when he died, according to the engraved marble tombstone. “At that point in time, it was pretty popular to have the exact age of the person etched into the headstone instead of just their birth and death dates. They felt it was very important to list all the days lived on earth,” Gunderson said. Martin’s tombstone is one of the oldest in the cemetery that includes a headstone memorializing Berl H. Conwell who served in Company F 1 Washington Infantry during the Spanish-American War. Conwell was born Dec. 3, 1867 and died April 6, 1953. Some of the headstones are carved with Masonic symbols, others with some kind of flowers or plants like ivy. “Ivy can stand for longevity or someone’s temperament or personality because it’s green throughout the year. It’s not something that dies in the winter because it’s too cold, it’s constant,” Gunderson said. Other popular etchings are candles representing the eternal flame, the open gates of Heaven and lambs or a rose bud signifying a young child, one whose life didn’t bloom into adulthood. Some of the more saddening headstones are simple concrete blocks. A few have only the person’s last name and date of death. “Most of these date from the Depression era when people simply did not have the money for a headstone,” Gunderson said. “Likely they intended to come back and have a headstone erected. But perhaps the family moved, just forgot or never had enough money to pay for a tombstone.” Gunderson said walking through the cemetery makes me think about the wonderful stories of the people buried there. Those who battled adversity, found the love of their life, or the soldiers who went to war and discovered friendships in other countries, even though they didn’t speak the same language. “They just speak to me and, I guess it sounds creepy, but it fascinates me. It’s fun for me to find out what their story is,” she said. uHISTORY, Page 6

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Vibrant and charming, Roslyn is the gateway to the great outdoors

By Elsie Puig for Senior Times Nestled in the thick green foothills of the eastern Cascade Mountains lies the charming small town of Roslyn. The town is bathed in the crisp mountain air of the nearby pine forests. Roslyn is often called the “The Gateway to the Great Outdoors” for its easy access to outdoor recreational activities including camping, hiking, skiing, boating and snowmobiling. But perhaps what is most impressive is the town’s coal mining heritage. Logan M. Bullet, vice president of the Northern Pacific Coal Company, founded Roslyn in 1886 as a company town with the discovery of coal. The Roslyn coalfield attracted miners from all over the world. Between 1886 and 1929, Roslyn’s population grew dramatically as immigrant workers from countries like Italy, Poland, Germany, Lithuania, Slovenia, Serbia, Croatia, as well as England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales came to work the Roslyn mines. “History is a part of Roslyn, it’s all around us,” said Scott Templin, chairman of the Roslyn Museum. “It was the biggest coal producer in this area for quite some time.” Logging and timber harvesting also were important economic drivers for Roslyn. Like most small company towns in Washington, Roslyn proudly preserves its heritage, but it doesn’t anchor to those bygone days. Its pioneering spirit continues to this day in the form of a vibrant community, eclectic shopping opportunities, thriving tourism and annual heritage events that draw more visitors than the town’s population. The Annual Coal Miner’s Festival

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Downtown Roslyn’s rustic, old west false-front commercial buildings are the backdrops for its Sunday Farmer’s Market, which lasts through September. The Roslyn Yard features live music and painted murals depicting historical mining scenes.

and High Country Log Show is celebrated every year on Labor Day as a tribute to the history that created the town. The Roslyn Arts Festival, although only in its second year, draws artists and talent from all over the region. “It was amazing how many people came — really talented artists and amazing art from people around this area,” said Isaac Wersland, staff member at the Roslyn’s Visitor Center in Downtown Roslyn. Downtown Roslyn’s rustic, old west, false-front commercial buildings house unique shops and even more unique dining experiences like The Brick Saloon, the oldest continuously operating tavern in Washington. “Roslyn is just a vibrant place with vibrant rich history where the more you learn about it the more you realize the beauty of it,” said Wersland,

“About 23 nationalities relocated here for coal mining and the fruits of labor bore this little town that others can enjoy.”

Businesses are not the only ones to notice the appeal of Roslyn’s quaint western charm. A 1979 film starring Dick Van Dyke, called The Runner Stumbles was filmed in Roslyn. The popular 1990s television show “Northern Exposure” was filmed in Roslyn, which stood in for the fictional Alaska village of Cicely. Last year a new series pilot began filming in Roslyn. The series is based on the 1962 book “The Man in the High Castle” by Philip K. Dick. uROSLYN, Page 15


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Friday, Oct. 16 11 a.m. Pumpkin Decorating Affinity At Southridge, Kennewick 509-222-1212 Oct. 16-18 10 a.m. Fall Home Show HBA of Tri-Cities TRAC, Pasco 509-735-2745

7 – 9 p.m. Sweetest Daddy Daughter Prom Pasco Senior Center 509-545-3459 Tuesday, Oct.13 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Medicare Maze Kadlec Healthplex 1268 Lee Blvd., Richland RSVP 509-942-2700

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Saturday, Oct. 17 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Harvest Bazaar Kennewick Senior Center Southridge Sports & Events Pavilion Tuesday, Oct. 20 7:30 a.m. – Noon Health & Human Services Forum United Way of Benton Franklin Co. Three Rivers Convention Center Register at

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Washington’s Attorney General Bob Ferguson will speak about staying safe and thwarting scam artists online at a free Cyber Safety seminar from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at the Three Rivers Convention Center. The event is being hosted by AARP, the Attorney General’s Office, Microsoft and the Federal Trade Commission. The internet has become a part of everyone’s life. It’s where we shop, bank and even socialize. But protecting yourself while on the internet is essential. This seminar will help you understand how to protect yourself at home and on the go. The event is free, but pre-registration is required. Register at www. or by calling 1-877-9268300 toll free.

Film Fest in October

This year’s Tri-Cities International Film Fest is a regional event with films being shown in both Richland and Walla Walla. The first screenings will be from 2-10 p.m. on Oct. 10 in the Olin Theatre on the Whitman College campus in Walla Walla. There will be both a feature film and short independent films shown. Short science fiction films will be

In Brief shown from 6-10 p.m. on Oct. 16 at the Uptown Theater in Richland. On Oct. 17, independent documentary and science fiction short films will be screened beginning at 2 p.m. at the Uptown Theater and international horror shorts will be shown from 6-10 p.m. There will also be two workshops held Oct. 17 at the Uptown Theater. Science fiction authors William F. Nolan, James Glass and Sunni and Jason Brock will hold a writers workshop from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Seattlebased filmmakers Kelly Hughes, Wade Chitwood and producer Jeff Beauvoir will hold a workshop from 2-4 p.m. On Oct. 17, there will be a B-Movie matinee featuring new science fiction films from 2-7 p.m. at the Richland Community Center in Howard Amon Park. On Oct. 18, there will be a screening of short films from noon to 4 p.m. at the Richland Public Library and animation and science fiction shorts will be shown from 2-6 p.m. at the Richland Community Center. Cost to attend the screenings is $5 per day.

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Pumped For Purple Expo

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at TRAC in Pasco. Dinner with Friends is the Boys & Girls Club’s premier corporate fundraising event. Proceeds from the evening are dedicated to supporting the 2,300 local youth members served annually by the nonprofit. The Boys & Girls Club is seeking premier sponsors of $2,500 or more for the event. Premier sponsors receive tickets to a private reception with Gary Payton prior to the dinner event in additional to advertising benefits. Individual tickets are $125 each. For more information, contact Adrianne Deen, director of marketing & special events for the Boys & Girls Club, at 509-543-9980 or by email at

Daddy Daughter Prom

The City of Pasco is inviting fathers, grandfathers, stepfathers and event uncles to bring their favorite girl(s) to the Sweetest Daddy Daughter Prom. The prom will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Pasco Senior Center. The cost is $20 for Pasco residents who register early and $25 for all others. Each girl will receive a friendship bracelet, a professional 4X6 photo and a goodie bag. Space is limited and no registrations will be taken at the door. Register at uBRIEFS, Page 11


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A shopper looks over the array of jewelry at a vendor’s booth during the 2014 Harvest Bazaar. Photo courtesy of Sara Allington, Kennewick Senior Center.

BAZAAR, From page 1 “But to me, with an outsider’s perspective, I thought, ‘everyone has a bazaar at Christmas, why not have a fall bazaar?’ By Christmas time, people have either spent their money or already bought gifts. In the fall, people can treat themselves or maybe shop for décor for their holiday parties,” Allington said. Prior to last year, the Harvest Bazaar was held at the Kennewick Senior Center, which had space for only about 40 vendors. “They were packed in like sardines,” Allington said. With the move to the Southridge Sports and Events Pavilion, there’s

space for more than triple that number and for customers to mingle and shop comfortably. Allington said about 3,000 people attended last year’s Harvest Bazaar — about twice as many as at the previous bazaars held at the Kennewick Senior Center. “And I expect that number of shoppers to double again this year. I think there may have been some people who didn’t attend the bazaars at the Senior Center because they have trouble getting around in crowds or because parking at the senior center can be limited,” Allington said. The Southridge pavilion has plenty of elbowroom for shoppers and lots of parking. With that much space outdoors, Allington has also invited several food trucks to set up in the parking lot so there will be a variety of food options for famished shoppers. While some vendors, like Kopp, will be repeats, many will be new to the bazaar. “Our catch phrase for the bazaar is ‘variety like no other’ and we really emphasize that. We make it a point to not concentrate on getting the same vendors year after year. When we start taking registrations, it’s a free for all scramble. Some people who were on the waiting list made a point of getting their booth fees in ASAP,” Allington said. Allington said proceeds from booth fees are used to cover the cost of advertising the event. The senior center, which is owned by the city and run by the parks and recreation department, does not profit. “We do this purely for the vendors and community,” Allington said.

HISTORY, From page 2 And the lasting legacy for many of those people is what their families chose to put on their headstone. To help others interpret the etchings on tombstones in the Tri-Cities and beyond Gunderson will lead a class, Carved in Stone: Cemetery History & Symbolism on Oct. 27. The class runs from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Horse Heaven Hills Middle School library, 3500 S Vancouver St., Kennewick. The cost is $17 per person. Pre-registration is required. To register, send a check or register in person between 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., weekdays at the Kennewick School Administration Center, 1000 W. Fourth Ave., Kennewick. Or register online at ksd. org.

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The Vintage Bike Club preserves and embraces bicycles of bygone eras By Loretto J. Hulse gets together at the same time. They don’t have formal meetings. Instead, Sunlight doesn’t shimmer off the members get together for rides at chrome or make the paint gleam least once a month and have social brightly on Joel Garcia’s bicycles. gatherings a couple times a year. But that doesn’t bother the Pasco There are no dues and no club offibike collector. He prefers them to cers. Garcia maintains an email list look a little rusty, a bit battered. of the club members. After all, since many of them were Garcia said a lot of people own built during the 1920s, 1930s and and ride vintage bikes. 1940s, the dings and scratches are “They just don’t always call them just the wrinkles of that. They usually time. just say, ‘I have an “We wanted to do “They have charsomething local and old bike,’” Garcia acter,” he said. bring those people who said. Garcia and Tim For some, the have vintage bikes out Girgich are the attraction of riding founders of The in the open. To get them a vintage bike is Vintage Bike Club, visiting and talking with nostalgia. a loose organiza“It reminds them each other.” tion of people who of the one they had prefer to ride bikes as a kid,” Garcia - Joel Garcia, that show their age said. The Vintage Bike Club (the bikes — not Others prefer the necessarily the riders). sturdiness and no nonsense appeal of Girgich is the owner of TC’s Bike a machine made of steel. Shop in Richland. Garcia collects For Garcia it’s both. vintage bicycles. “They just don’t make them like “We wanted to do something local this anymore. Some companies put and bring those people who have themselves out of business because vintage bikes out in the open. To get their bikes were built to last. I’ve them visiting and talking with each always liked old things,” he said. other,” Garcia said. “Look what I’ve got here.” So far the club has more than 100 Hanging on Garcia’s shop walls members, although not everyone there’s an antique Coke sign, pedal-

Pasco vintage bike collector Joel Garcia explains that this Mead Crusader built around the 1920s originally had wooden wheels, which he’s replaced with metal rims and rubber tires. The wooden wheels are in storage.

driven toy cars and other collectables displayed on shelves and tucked under benches. So it’s no surprise Garcia has nearly 75 bicycles of various types and vintages stored in the garage. He also has boxes and bins of bike parts and accessories dating forward from the turn of the, previous, century. “My favorite thing is all the trinkets, the license plates, the headlamps, the racks—all the things that

go on a bike,” he said. “What appeals to me in a bike is the completeness — if it has all its original doodads.” Garcia’s penchant for collecting became focused on vintage bikes and accessories when his three children became old enough to ride with him. “We all ride. My wife not so much — but my kids go out with me,” he said. “We try to get out at least once a week.” uBIKES, Page 8

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BIKES, From page 7 Garcia said he enjoys working on his bikes almost more than riding them. “My goal isn’t to restore them or to make them pretty, but to get them into shape to ride,” he said. “With a few exceptions, every bike I have is in working order. I may have to pump up a tire or two, but I could take almost any one of them down the street right now.” Garcia said he enjoys the hunt for rare and vintage bikes. He combs ads on and ebay, networks with other collectors both in the U.S. and Canada, checks out garage sales and antique shops and attends as many vintage bike shows as he can.

Vintage bikes are getting harder to find because they’re going into collections like his. “I’ve driven thousands of miles searching for old bikes,” he said. There’s a story behind every bike, Garcia said. One of his favorites is a 1959 Schwinn Jaguar he bought from an antique dealer in Puyallup. The dealer told Garcia that one man had owned the bike since he was a young boy. According to the dealer, the boy had really, really wanted a bike for Christmas, but his family was down on their luck and in danger of losing their home. A neighbor stepped up, bought the bike, had it accessorized and gave it

to the boy as a gift from Santa. “It was a top-of-the-line bike in its day. It likely cost $125 new and then the neighbor added all the bells and whistles which probably doubled the cost,” Garcia said, pointing out that the bike still has its original tires. “He treasured it and always kept it in his bedroom, until he got cancer in his 60s and died a while ago,” Garcia said. Garcia paid the dealer about $1,000 for the bike. Many of his bikes have similar values. Garcia’s Monarch hextube bike, which was built in 1948, is one of only about 200 known in the world. His most recent project, and his oldest bike, is a Mead Crusader, built sometime between 1919 and 1923. “They were producing this model, with the same serial number, those five years,” Garcia said.

You can see some of the bikes owned by members of The Vintage Bike Club at their next group ride on Oct. 25. “This will be our Halloween ride. It’ll be lots of fun because we all dress up in costumes,” Garcia said. The group meets at TC’s Bike Shop, 1442 Jadwin Ave. in Richland, at noon the last Sunday of the month. They then ride to McKay’s Taphouse and Pizzeria, 1312 Lee Blvd., Richland, for lunch. For more information on The Vintage Bike Club, contact Joel Garcia after 4 p.m. weekdays at 509-392-1935 or send an email to thevintagepeddlers@ Or you can simply show up at TC’s Bike Shop at noon on the last Sunday of the month. Riders of any era of bicycle are welcome, Garcia said.

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Kennewick Senior Center to explore the Oregon Trail By Mary Coffman The Kennewick Senior Center is planning a trip to Baker City and La Grande, Ore. on Saturday, Oct. 24. The group will leave the Senior Center at 7:30 a.m. and travel to Baker City, Ore., where they will lunch at the Sumpter Junction Restaurant before visiting the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center. On the return trip, the bus will stop at Hot Lake Springs in La Grande, where they will dine at Magnoni’s Italian restaurant. The cost of the trip is $99 for those who register by Oct. 5, and $119 after that date. The cost includes transportation, admission fees, lunch and dinner. The annual Harvest Bazaar will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17 at the Southridge Sports and Events Complex. There will be more than 100 vendors with hand-crafted items, antiques, holiday décor, fine art and more. Admission is free. Make plans 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. on 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. The Kennewick Senior Center will have a Bunco Tournament from 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 many gift cards. If you don’t know how to play Bunco, there’s a casual game at the Senior Center from 1 to 3 p.m. every Friday. Stop by and they will show you how fun and easy it is. Casual games are $1 per person. If you would like to learn to crochet, knit or tat, there is an ongoing class

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Richland’s annual Fall Carnival offers spooky fun for kids of all ages

By Mary Coffman Grab the grandkids and get ready for some fun at the Fall Carnival at the Richland Community Center. The event will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23 and will include carnival games, a scary maze, a spooky hayride, stories, Big Top the Clown, face painting, balloons, karaoke, candy and prizes. Dress up to participate in the costume contest.

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The cost is $2.50 per person for Richland residents and $3.25 for all others. Start your day bright and early an early morning hike and be rewarded with an amazing sunrise and by meeting new people. Richland Parks and Rec has more sunrise hikes taking place in October. On Thursday, Oct. 8, the group will tackle Badger Mountain at 6:35 a.m. This hike is moderate to difficult, with major elevation changes and it is approximately two miles long. The Oct. 15 hike on Bateman Island is easier. The two-mile hike will start at 6:45 a.m. and conclude at about 8 a.m. On Oct. 22, the group will walk through north Howard Amon Park, starting at 7:05 a.m. near the boat launch. There is no fee for the sunrise

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hikes, but please call 509-942-7529 to register. The first Saturday Bateman Island Bird Walks have resumed. Registration is not required for these hikes, which are led by Lisa Hill. Participants meet at 8 a.m. at the Wye Park on the first Saturday of each month for a morning birding walk through the island’s natural bird habitat. The average bird sightings on these walks are 30 to 40 different species. For more information, call Hill at 509-943-2244. Ed Rykiel of the Audubon Society will give a bird banding demonstration from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Oct. 17 at Chamna Park, near the drywall company. 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. Please check Richland Parks and Rec website or Facebook page to verify. AARP Smart Driver training, a defensive driving course for those 50 and older, will be Wednesday, Oct. 21 and Thursday, Oct. 22 at the Richland Community Center. The cost is $15 for AARP members and those who complete the course are eligible for auto insurance discount. 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 509-9427529 or go to richlandparksandrec. com.


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Fall Senior Times Expo features myriad services and products By Senior Times staff The Fall Senior Times Expo will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Red Lion hotel in Pasco. Admission is free. There will be 55 vendors at the event, which is geared toward Baby Boomers and seniors who live throughout the Mid-Columbia. The exhibitors will offer information about regional activities, health care, investment, retirement, senior living facilities and more. The expo, which takes place twice a year, is free for attendees and includes a Hunt for the Treasure contest with more than two dozen prizes, including Dust Devil tickets, retail gift cards, Mid-Columbia Musical Theatre tickets

and more. The Senior Times Expo strives to provide valuable information, access to a wide range of health services and products, new opportunities and ideas that interest today’s seniors. Exhibitors include nonprofits, insurance and healthcare companies, investment professionals, community organizations, retirement communities, fitness businesses, pharmaceuticals, security, assisted living facilities, senior organizations and more. The vendors often offer free promotional items to attendees. For more information about the Senior Times Expo call 737-8778.

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Jan. 21, 2016 at the Red Lion Pasco. The Port of Pasco is returning as the premier sponsor of this well attended event showcasing the area’s exemplary agriculture industry representatives. The Ag Hall of Fame has added two categories, Rising Star and Stewardship Award, joining already existing Pioneer, Ag Advisor, and Visionary Award categories. The Rising Star Award is an acknowledgement to a young individual in the agriculture industry who demonstrates a commitment to community involvement with a dedication to enhance agriculture. The Stewardship Award honors individuals that are actively displaying exemplary community involvement and enhancing agribusiness through leadership or technology enhancement. Nominations are now being accepted and the deadline for nominations is Oct. 30. Further information can be found at The 2016 Mid-Columbia Ag Hall of Fame inductees will be revealed at the Eastern Washington Ag Expo Luncheon, which begins at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016 at the Holiday Inn Express Pasco at 11:45 AM. uBRIEFS, Page 12

Applications sought for Citizen’s Academy

The City of Kennewick is accepting applications for the 2015 Kennewick Citizen’s Academy. The Citizen’s Academy is a free, threenight program designed to provide residents with a better understanding of how local government works. The academy covers a wide range of topics, including how the annual budget is developed, how public safety resources are deployed and council priorities. Applications for the Kennewick Citizen’s Academy are available online at Space is limited to 25 people. The academy will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 20 and from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 22 and Oct. 29. Applications must be submitted by Oct. 12. For more information, contact Jackie Aman at 509-585-4238 or by email at Jackie.aman@ci.kenne

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The Mid-Columbia Ag Hall of Fame presented by the Pasco Chamber of Commerce will begin at 5:30 p.m.

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Pasco plans Daddy Daughter Prom and Pendleton Underground Tour By Mary Coffman Grandfathers, fathers, step-fathers and uncles are invited to bring their favorite young girl, or girls ages five through 13, out for an evening of fun at the Sweetest Daddy/Daughter Prom. The event will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10 at the Pasco Senior Center. The cost is $20 for residents or $25 for others and daughters receive a friendship bracelet, professional photo and a goody bag. Space is limited and no registrations will taken at the door. Register online at www.pascopark- Take a trip back in time to a world filled with saloons, gambling, opium dens and prostitution with the Pasco Senior Center’s Pendleton Underground Tour & Dinner on Nov. 5. Learn the history of the era and explore the secret escape routes and hiding places of the underground gambling rooms and brothels. Well-educated historians will lead the adventure through the early west and entertain the group, which will also visit the Pendleton Wool Mill and Hamley’s. Hamley’s features a store and museum filled with artifacts, fron-

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tier-era saloons, an in-house saddle maker, fine art bronzes, paintings and drawings. The group will relax and enjoy dinner at the Hamley Steakhouse. The cost is $69 for residents and $86 for others. The trip fee includes transportation, dinner and gratuity, and tour

entry fee. Lunch is not included. The Underground Tour includes six flights of stairs. Register by Oct. 29. Make your reservations early if you want to see the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas show with the Pasco Senior Center on Nov. 22. Pasco Parks and Recreation has team with Richland Parks and Recreation to offer this special trip. Participants will leave from the Pasco City Hall at about 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). The registration deadline is Oct. 21. Register online at The October AARP Smart Driver Course will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13 and Wednesday Oct. 14 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. 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. BRIEFS, From page 11

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The 27th annual Mid-Columbia Rotary Duck Race will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 10 in Columbia Park in Kennewick. The rubber ducks will take to the water at noon. Vendors, information booths, hot dogs, bounce houses and goody bags for the kids will add to the fun as you wait to see if your duck crosses the finish line first. The grand prize is a 2015 Toyota Camry LE from Toyota of Tri-Cities, a $26,000 value. Other prizes include appliances, tires, Tri-City Americans season tickets and many valuable services. Purchase ducks from any Rotary member or at Griggs Department Store in Pasco, Griggs Ace Hardware stores, Ranch and Home in Kennewick, Garrison’s Home Appliance Center, or Toyota of Tri-Cities.

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CBC, From page 1 “I’m pretty competitive about getting good grades,” said Raidl. “I work hard and I’ve gotten a lot out of it. I’ve always enjoyed learning. I’ve taken classes in Spanish, chemistry, personal finance and computer classes. Some are things that I wanted to get better at. The rest are classes that always interested me, but I’ve never had the opportunity to take as a young man.” Raidl said going to school not only helps keep him young but it gives him the opportunity to interact with young people and get a different perspective. Gold Card members are also allowed to attend CBC-sponsored events, music and drama presentations, sports games, speaker series, and on-campus entertainment, at no cost. And they can use CBC’s fitness lab, which is popular among seniors. Last year, more than 250 seniors took the fitness class offered by CBC. Each quarter, an average of 30 seniors attend classes at CBC. “We go to the gym almost daily,” said Connie Ogata, a retired educator. “We do an exercise program that we developed with the staff, you can run your show or ask for help and the staff is just fabulous. More than that, the social connection is wonderful a lot of people in age group need that social connection.” Gold Card members, or those 60 and older, pay $14.05 for fitness lab or

Sal Beltran, left, and Bob Raidl, right, are the faces of CBC’s Gold Card program, which allows people over 60 years old to audit classes, use the CBC gym and attend events for a nominal fee.

gym. Seniors who are not Gold Card members, or those between the ages of 55 and 59, pay $19.50 for the Fitness Center. “You can’t join another gym with the little amount you pay as a senior in CBC,” said Ogata. “And the facility is just wonderful — it’s open, spacious, bright, clean, and the equipment is kept up to snuff.” Sal Beltran, a retired assistant principal and school administrator, agrees. He has been using the gym for over 12 years and started using the gym for rehab after disease left him temporarily

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courses run the gamut, from the practical or technical to the more artistic. These programs provide ways for seniors to explore new interests and rekindle their love of learning in ways they never could in their working years, when they were juggling work schedules or family obligations. “For them it’s an opportunity to take that class they always wanted to take but never could take in their working years because of money or time, said Korstad. But Korstad said it’s more than just intellectual stimulation or a commitment to lifelong learning, for a lot of seniors it offers an opportunity to bond with like-minded individuals. The Gold Card program offers opportunities for retirees to make social connections with people of similar life experiences and interests. This involves attending lectures on the college campus but without the requirement of having to do the homework or take the exams. “There’s a whole group of them that bond and meet new friends off campus,” she said. A big draw for seniors is also the jazz, orchestra and theater classes. “They become very involved in the theater production and they add so much to the experience for other students having that cross-section of youth and seniors,” said Korstad. “It is a nice offering, you don’t just sit home and twiddle your thumbs,” she added. Registration must be done in person at Hawk Central, located in the H building. For more information on the Gold Card program visit www.colum

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Senior Times • October 2015 ROSLYN, From page 3 The Roslyn Museum is also a mustvisit location while in Roslyn. The museum includes a comprehensive display of artifacts and rare pieces from Roslyn’s glory days as a coal mining town. Templin said that the museum was just gifted a WWI-era machine shop they hope to turn into a living history blacksmithing and foundry for local artists. Explore Roslyn’s coal mining history while enjoying the great outdoors by walking the Coal Mines trail, a 4.7mile path that allows visitors to stroll in the footsteps of coal miners. The trail follows the path of the Northern Pacific Railway, which constructed a branch line between Cle Elum and Roslyn in 1886 and on to the neighboring town of Ronald in 1887 to transport coal. The rails are no longer there, but the route has been preserved as a historical walk with markers identifying significant coal mining sites. The trail can be accessed at the east end of Pennsylvania Ave. behind Old City Hall. Roslyn’s Historic Cemetery is one of the most popular attractions in Roslyn. The 19-acre cemetery, which lies across a wooded Roslyn hillside, is a true reflection of the rich ethnic diversity that settled in Roslyn during the coal mining boom of the late 1800s. The cemetery has 26 segregated cemeteries and about 500 graves. Local fraternal organizations and ethnic groups formed these cemeteries

to provide burial to their members. Cultural stories and burial practices of the people buried are told through ethnic icons, imagery and intricate carvings on the intricate gravestones. There is even a gravesite for the 45 miners killed in the mine explosion of 1892, the largest mining disaster in state history. In recent years, the cemeteries have been designated a historical landmark, preserved and marked for selfguided tours. Want to do some shopping after enjoying the rest of what Roslyn has to offer? Look no further than the Northwest Improvement Company Store Building. Built in 1889, NWIC is listed on the National Register of Historic Properties. The NWIC building was built in the late 1880s, and was originally a company store for the Northwest Improvement Co., which owned coal mines near Roslyn. Some of the building’s original interior feature still stand like the original wood columns, stamped tin ceilings, light fixtures and wood floors. “We’ve got blown glass shops, crafts and antique shops, rustic shops, florists, tie-dye, organic produce,” said Wersland. Wersland said that the business environment is improving, and that the whole community is finding a way to make that work. “We had a distillery recently open up shop here,” he said. “Businesses find it appealing — its backwoods setting and its rustic small town feel.”

More than 650 local seniors attended the 22nd Annual All Senior Picnic in September at the Southridge Sports Pavilion in Kennewick. The Country Gentleman catered the event, feeding nearly 1,000 people, including staff and volunteers. The DesignBand of Vancouver offered up entertainment for the event, which featured lunch, vendors and dancing. Contributed photo from the Kennewick Senior Center.

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