Senior Times -- April 2018

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April 2018

Volume 6 • Issue 3

Chaplaincy opens second thrift store in Richland Uptown BY KRISTINA LORD

New center offers aid to injured Hanford workers

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Golf club opens two restaurants in one

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Horses are ready to race at Sun Downs Page 9

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The successful launch of Chaplaincy Health Care’s new thrift store in Kennewick last year prompted the opening of a second store in Richland. The nonprofit, which provides hospice, palliative and grief care and behavioral health services, opened a second thrift store — also called Repeat Boutique — in the Richland Uptown Shopping Center in March. It’s located next door to Octopus’ Garden. “The success of our first thrift store completely exceeded our expectations. A location in Richland will help us reach more shoppers and more people who want to donate their items to support a great cause — hospice,” said Gary Castillo, executive director of Chaplaincy, in a statement. Revenue from sales is used to enhance and support hospice services, both inhome and at the Hospice House in Kennewick. Rita Leach, the Richland store manager, already knows the shop will be successful. “The day we opened we had people waiting for the doors to open. It was a steady flow all day,” she said. Leach and her husband Bill had been volunteering at the Kennewick store since June. The Leaches owned The Bunker, a military surplus store in Richland, for two years, making them well suited to running the shop, said Leslie Streeter, Chaplaincy’s director of business development and operations. “They have a ton of retail experience,” she said. uCHAPLAINCY, Page 8

Traci Wells, center, director of Tender Care Village, said her family was instrumental in helping her launch a new nonprofit to help support seniors wanting to age in place in their homes. Her mother-in-law Patricia Wells, left, designed the group’s logo, and her mother Joan Hines, right, came up with the group’s name.

New nonprofit pairs seniors, volunteers to enable elderly to remain home longer BY KRISTINA LORD

Beck Royer admitted she was pretty picky about who would care for her aging mother in Kennewick. The Seattle woman, a physician’s assistant for 31 years, knew she found the right place with Tender Care Village. The new nonprofit, which was registered with the state a year ago, is part of a national network to help establish and manage communities wanting to offer aging-in-place initiatives called “vil-

lages.” It pairs seniors with volunteers. For an annual fee, village members can tap into a network of screened volunteers for non-medical assistance, like rides to the grocery store or doctor’s offices, light home maintenance, seasonal yard chores or companionship. “Whether you’re dying or getting older, the Tri-Cities needs something like this. A lot of people can’t pay $40 an hour to have someone come over. Mom was on a limited budget and this worked for us,” Royer said. uTENDER CARE, Page 2

Quilt a labor of love for Richland woman to support home repair projects BY KRISTINA LORD

A Richland woman will never forget the day she finished the quilt she spent months designing, sewing and making. It was the morning her 92-year-old mother died. Leslie Kelly started planning the king-size quilt nearly a year before as a donation to Rebuilding MidColumbia. The nonprofit built a wheelchair ramp for Kelly’s mother, Isa “Dee” Lynch, that significantly improved the quality of her life. Rebuilding Mid-Columbia offers free housing repairs to low-income homeowners, with an emphasis on

helping single parents, the elderly and disabled, and veterans. When the ramp was “finished that first day, we were in tears,” Kelly said. “What they did made the last year of her life so much better than it would have been,” she said. Kelly applied to receive assistance from Rebuilding Mid-Columbia for her mother on Easter Sunday last year. She didn’t have to wait long before receiving a call from the group to assess what was needed at Lynch’s Richland home. They visited her house the next day. “God just lined everything up for us. We never expected results that fast,” Kelly said.

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TENDER CARE, From page 1 Royer, 66, said the Tender Care Village allowed her mom, 94-year-old Phyllis Royer, to stay at home until her March 17 death. “I highly recommend it. If I was in town, I would be volunteering for them,” she said, explaining that her mother didn’t want to move or be placed in an assisted living facility. Royer’s wife Judi Fisher said Tender Care Village helped her mother-in-law get organized and find a way to enjoy a quality life at home despite the onset of dementia. Village volunteers played cards with her, took her to Fred Meyer to buy organizational materials, helped with her meals and drove her to doctor’s appointments, Fisher said.

How it works

Tender Care Village, which is a member of the national Village to Village Network, is an all-volunteer nonprofit. Its mission is designed to assist residents age 50 and over in the Tri-Cities and West Richland so they can stay at home as they age. Members pay a single annual fee of $192 per household for up to two adults for access to resources, nonmedical services and social opportunities. For those who sign up in May, the cost is $150. Proceeds pay for the group’s insurance, a $400 annual membership to

the national group, background checks for volunteers and office materials and other supplies. “We’re trying to keep costs as low as we can,” said Traci Wells of Kennewick, the director and president of the group. Seniors can request services with a one-call-does-it-all approach. And members soon will be able to log onto a computer to add requests for assistance. Screened volunteers can review their requests and choose a task that matches their abilities and interest— from changing a light bulb to providing a ride to the doctor. “It’s a neighbors-helping-neighbors approach,” Wells said. The village intends to fill the gaps, not duplicate, services already available in the Tri-Cities, Wells said. The group does not provide medical care, toileting assistance or wheelchair transfers. The village has been operating for the past six months with 13 members and about 15 volunteers. “It’s not a question of if you’re going to need it but when,” said Ron Hines of Kennewick, Wells’ father. He is a member and a volunteer. Initial interest in the group has occurred mostly by word of mouth, said Wells, who has been working to create the village for about two years. The 56-year-old worked with

seniors diagnosed with dementia and Alzheimer’s as a social worker for six years. She ran the village network idea by her mother, Joan Hines, and motherin-law, Patricia Wells, both of Kennewick. “They said it sounded cool. My mom came up with the name. My mother-in-law designed the logo. We went door to door in Kennewick and got a core group of people together,” Traci Wells said. From those 300 or so house visits, they recruited some dedicated volunteers, said Patricia Wells, her motherin-law. “When you get older, you’re not as agile as you used to be,” Patricia Wells said. “It’s difficult to climb a ladder and replace a lightbulb. And you can’t lift like you used to.”

Informational meeting

The group will hold an open house as part of its official launch from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 2 at the Kennewick branch of Mid-Columbia Libraries, 1620 S. Union St. The group will accept applications for members and volunteers and answering any questions the public may have. For more information, call 509290-0617, email tendercarevillage@ or visit tendercarevillage. org.

uBRIEFS Numerica Credit Union acquires Monad in merger

Numerica Credit Union acquired Monad Federal Credit Union in a merger, effective March 1. Monad is a one-branch credit union at 1817 W. Sylvester St. in Pasco. It will become a Numerica branch. The $14.8-million Monad and its approximate 2,500 members approved the merger with the $2 billion Numerica at a special Feb. 5 meeting. The merger between the credit unions was precipitated when Camelia Uhling, Monad’s president and CEO, announced her upcoming retirement. Monad was organized and chartered in 1955 by a group employed by the Northern Pacific Railway. The boards of directors of both credit unions, as well as both CEOs, supported the merger, viewing it as an opportunity to combine resources to take advantage of the key strengths of each credit union, including providing an even more attractive portfolio of products and services for members and professional advancement opportunities for current Monad employees. Monad members will be able to use the 20 branches provided by Numerica, which has more than 135,000 members.

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New Richland center to offer support to injured Hanford workers BY ROBIN WOJTANIK for Senior Times

Hanford workers can visit a “onestop-shop” in Richland to receive guidance and assistance with claims and benefits, free of charge. The project has been talked about for years, but finally “grew legs” and opened April 2 on Bradley Boulevard. “If somebody doesn’t know who to call and has a Hanford question, this is where they can go,” said Heather Goldie, manager of human resources, technical projects for Mission Support Alliance. Called the Hanford Workforce Engagement Center, it’s a collaboration between the Department of Energy, Hanford site contractors, Hanford Atomic Metal Trades Council and the Central Washington Building and Trades Council. The purpose is to help current and former Hanford employees, or their family members, who may need assistance filing claims or seeking benefits for different programs. Plumbers and Steamfitters Local Union 598 political and government affairs director Nick Bumpaous has witnessed the struggles from union members. “We’ve seen an issue with people trying to navigate the workers’ comp system. ‘Is my claim state or federal?’ And, ‘Who do I talk to?’ ” Goldie is optimistic the new center will provide the solution. “They could go down to this center and talk with our work force resource specialists and get somebody to assist them and connect them with the office who can answer their questions, give them their forms, and help them fill out their forms,” she said. Three people are employed full time as work force resource specialists, bringing the knowledge of multiple individuals together under one roof. “Currently all those programs exist, but when you go see those individuals, you only get the education of what those programs can provide you,” said Calin Tebay, work force resource spe-

Calin Tebay, a work force resource specialist, stands at the new Hanford Workforce Engagement Center, scheduled to open April 2 in Richland. The center’s goal is to help current and former Hanford employees, or their family members, who may need assistance filing claims or seeking benefits for different programs. (Courtesy MSA)

cialist. “In some scenarios, people with occupational disease or injury may qualify for two or three programs. So with us, they’ll be able to get all those programs, including documentation and education, the follow-up, and a point in the right direction once they determine which program is best for their scenario.” The official launch of the project came Jan. 1, with a goal to open 90 days later. “There is no other center like this in the whole DOE complex (nationally), so we’re going to be setting the bar,” Goldie said. The center is managed by Mission Support Alliance, which holds the operating contract through May 2019. But Goldie said future management is also part of the successor’s contract that’s currently out for bid. Mission Support Alliance could not share a dollar figure for the cost of opening and operating the center, but the federal government is footing the bill through the fiscal year 2018 appropriations bill. U.S. Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell worked together to make this a reality for Washington state. Murray is a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and saw this center as a key effort to

improving worker safety protections at Hanford. “While continued progress at Hanford is important, it should never come at the expense of workers’ health and safety,” Murray said. “I will fight to make sure the Trump administration does everything in its power to put safety first and provide Hanford workers the health care and benefits they deserve.” Rep. Larry Haler, R-Richland, celebrated the passage of House Bill 1723 that helps sick Hanford workers in

March. The new legislation creates a presumption for Hanford nuclear site workers that certain diseases and conditions qualify as occupational diseases for the purposes of industrial insurance coverage. Haler introduced the bill last year but it stalled in the Senate Commerce, Labor and Sports Committee. This year, the bill passed the House 74-21 and the Senate 35-14. “Knowing that sick Hanford workers will now have more options than before, more hope than before – that is something I’m proud of,” Haler said. Currently, many former Hanford workers only seek services through town hall meetings typically held a couple of times a year. In addition, those meetings might be held by advocates for only specific programs, which don’t necessarily offer education on every resource available. “So those folks really have to wait for those meetings that are once or twice a year, and now they’ve got access to that year-round,” Tebay said. It’s not just increasing access, but offering a professional who has expertise on navigating the systems to make sure a claim or benefits request is processed quickly and accurately. uHANFORD, HANFORD Page 19

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

APRIL 6 – 7:

• The Gonzalez Cantata concert, presented by the Mid-Columbia Mastersingers: 7:30 p.m., Reach museum, 1943 Columbia Park Trail, Richland. Tickets:

APRIL 7 – 8

• Pickin’ Tri-Cities Vintage Show: 9 a.m. Saturday, April 7 and 10 a.m. Sunday, April 8, TRAC, 6600 Burden Blvd., Pasco. Visit: • Pet Expo: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Three Rivers Convention Center, 7016 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick. Contact: 509-737-3757. Free event.


• The Gonzalez Cantata concert, presented by the Mid-Columbia Mastersingers: 3 p.m., Reach museum, 1943 Columbia Park Trail, Richland. Tickets:


• Alzheimer’s Series Presentation “Alzheimer’s Disease: Dementia-Related Behavior”: 1:30 p.m., Kadlec Healthplex, 1268 Lee Blvd., Richland. Register: 509-9438455. Free event. • A Woman’s Life and Love: A Musical Evening: 7 p.m., Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Drive, Richland. Contact: 509-942-7454. Free event.



• Tri-City Genealogical Society monthly meeting: 7 p.m., Benton PUD Auditorium, 2721 W. 10th Ave., Kennewick. Contact: 509-943-9322 Free event.

• Community Lecture Series “First In: U.S. Green Berets in Vietnam, 1957”: 7 p.m., Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Drive, Richland. Free event.

APRIL 13 – 15


• Columbia River Cowboy Gathering & Music Festival: various times, Benton County Fairgrounds, 1500 S. Oak St., Kennewick. Tickets: 509-851-4287.


• Dessert Social Series: 1:30 – 3 p.m., First Avenue Center, 505 N. First Ave., Pasco. RSVP: 509-5453459. Free event.


• Senior Times Expo: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Red Lion Hotel, 2525 N. 20th Ave., Pasco. Visit: Free event. • Live United Awards Ceremony: 11:30 a.m., Three Rivers Convention Center, 7016 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick. Tickets: unitedway-bfco. com/celebrate. • Advanced Planning for End of Life: 1:30 – 2:30 p.m., First Avenue Center, 505 N. First Ave., Pasco. RSVP: 509-545-3459. Free event.


• VA Claims and Appeals Update Seminar: 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Columbia Basin College, 2600 N. 20th Ave., Pasco. Contact: 509-4601240 or 509-545-6558.

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• Free Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening: 1 – 4 p.m., Trios Care Center at Vista Field, 521 N. Young St., Kennewick. Appointments: 509-737-3427. Free event. • Hope Changes Everything fundraiser, benefiting Rebuilding Mid-Columbia: 6 – 9 p.m., M Hotel, 1515 George Washington Way, Richland. Tickets: 509-420-4854.

APRIL 20 – 21

• Spring Bazaar: noon Friday, April 20 and 9 a.m. Saturday, April 21, Kennewick Valley Grange, 2611 S. Washington St., Kennewick. Free event.


• Patriot Show & Shine: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Liberty Christian School, 2200 Williams Blvd., Richland. Free event. • Family Bingo: 3 – 5 p.m., Richland Community Center, 500 Amon Park Road, Richland. Contact: 509-942-7529. Free event.

APRIL 21 – 22

• Lakeside Gem & Mineral Show: 10 a.m., Benton County Fairgrounds, 1500 S. Oak St., Kennewick. Information:

APRIL 27 – 28

• Mid-Columbia Libraries Giant Book Sale: 9 a.m., Kennewick Library, 1620 S. Union St., Kennewick. Contact: 509-783-7878. • Friends of the Richland Public Library book sale: 10 a.m., Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Drive, Richland. Contact: 509-942-7454.


• Spring Opener Car & Bike Show: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Kiona-Benton City Elementary School, 913 Horne Drive, Benton City. Contact: 509-5884984. Free event. • Moving Beyond Cancer to Wellness conference: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Tri-Cities Cancer Center, 7350 W. Deschutes Ave., Kennewick. Register: Free event. • Choosing Tomato Varieties: 1 p.m., WSU Master Gardeners Demonstration Garden, 1620 S. Union St., Kennewick. Contact: 509545-5400. Free event.


• Mid-Columbia Libraries Giant Book Sale: 1 – 3 p.m., Kennewick Library, 1620 S. Union St., Kennewick. Contact: 509-783-7878. • Colors in Sound, presented by Bells of the Desert: 7 p.m., West Side Church, 603 Wright Ave., Richland. Visit: BellsoftheDesert.

Senior Times • April 2018 uBRIEFS Hanford cleanup tour registration begins this April

The U.S. Department of Energy will open online registration for the 2018 Hanford cleanup tour program at 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 10 on The public tour provides participants with an in-depth look at several key projects that support the cleanup effort and includes briefings on several Hanford facilities supporting the cleanup mission. Tour participants must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years of age. Government-issued photo identification is required and must be presented when arriving for the tour. All seats are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis through the online registration system. The free tours begin at 8 a.m. on the following days and last about four-and-a-half hours: May 8, 10, 30 and 31; June 5, 7, 13, 19, 21 and 27; July 10, 12, 18, 24; and 26; August 7, 9, 15, 21 and 23.

Cancer center opens new information booth

The Tri-Cities Cancer Center Foundation has opened a new information booth in the back lobby of the Kennewick building. The staffed booth will provide

patients and the community with comprehensive information regarding the various services offered.

History performer giving free talk about Civil War soldiers

A free presentation on Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War will be from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 14 at the Solstice Senior Living Center, 8274 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick. Glen Alison, a retired Pasco High history teacher and now a living history performer, will give the talk on the life and times of a union soldier before, during and after the Civil War. For information, call 509-7344331.

Respite vouchers available for unpaid family caregivers The state Department of Social and Health Services has announced the continuation of vouchers for unpaid family caregivers to receive respite services through a federal grant from the Administration for Community Living. Respite services provide caregivers access to another trained professional so they can have some time away from caregiving. One of the goals of the grant is to increase respite service options tai-

lored to the needs of survivors of traumatic brain injury and their caregivers and to the needs of American Indians and Alaskan Natives. Through the voucher program, unpaid family caregivers may be eligible to receive up to $1,000 for respite services with contracted agencies in many communities throughout Washington state. There are a variety of options to best fit individual needs, including in-home respite and adult day services. A limited number of vouchers available. To find out about qualifying for a voucher, caregivers can contact Lifespan Respite Washington at 800-422-2024 or at Qualifications include providing 40 or more hours of unpaid care per week, both the caregiver and care receiver living in Washington state and not receiving respite through another public program.

Friends of library group to hold spring book sale

The Friends of Mid-Columbia Libraries is holding its semi-annual Giant Book Sale from April 26-29 at the Mid-Columbia Libraries’ Kennewick branch, 1620 S. Union St. Friends of the library members get first access from 4 to 6:30 pm.


Thursday, April 26. The sale opens to the public from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 27 and continues from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 28 and from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 29. A variety of books, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, and more will be available, and prices range from 25 cents to $2 per item, unless otherwise marked. Debit and credit card are accepted.

Genealogical society to cover Tri-City aviation history

Tri-City aviation history will be featured during a Tri-City Genealogical Society meeting Wednesday, April 11 at the Benton County PUD Auditorium at 2721 W. 10th Ave. in Kennewick. The beginning genealogy class is from 6:15 to 6:45 p.m., followed by a presentation at 7 p.m. by Malin Bergstrom, president of Bergstrom Aircraft Inc., on how the Tri-Cities was transformed during World War II when the Naval Air Station Pasco, now the Tri-Cities Airport, became the third-busiest naval aviation training base in the country. There will be a genealogy book sale and refreshments. Admission is free. For more information, call 509943-9322.


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Old country club restaurant transforms into new public eatery Edge Steakhouse & Sports Lounge offers 2 options: sports bar, steak restaurant BY JEFF MORROW for Senior Times

Tri-City diners have another steakhouse to add to their list of options. The Edge Steakhouse & Sports Lounge in Kennewick is now open. The new restaurant is inside the old Tri-City Country Club restaurant at 314 N. Underwood St. It sits on top of the hill overlooking the rebranded golf course, Zintel Creek Golf Club. The golf course has always been open to the public, but the restaurant had not. When it was the country club, diners had to be members of the club to eat there — or at least be guests of club members. No more. And Edge features two restaurants instead of one. The Sports Lounge portion is open seven days a week: from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday; from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday; and from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday. There are 20 craft beers on tap. A Golden Tee golf video game sits in the sports lounge, with all proceeds from the game going to the Kennewick High golf team. In addition, General Manager Clint Ables — who doubles as the head golf professional for the Zintel Creek Golf Club — plans to add to the sports lounge. “I’m excited about putting a golf simulator into the sports lounge this

fall,” Ables said. “That way you can have something to eat and drink, then work on your golf swing.” The sports lounge includes a breakfast menu Friday through Sunday. “And even if you want a steak Monday through Wednesday, we have a steak on the sports lounge menu,” Ables said. The Steakhouse side of the eatery is open from 4 to 11 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. A sliding, rustic-looking barn door separates the two parts of the restaurant. “The barn door is a nice touch,” Ables said. “It really sets it off. It also gives us the ability to open it up for parties.” The changes in the restaurant – and the golf course – came about last fall when the country club membership voted to allow a new, local group of investors, called Save the Club LLC, to take over ownership of the golf course and restaurant. The majority, if not all, members of Save the Club, LLC, were longtime members of the Tri-City Country Club. The group infused the golf course and restaurant with new money to help pay outstanding bills and for improvement projects. Had the group not taken over the club, the golf course and restaurant likely would have gone bankrupt. The course since has been improved, with better sand traps, as an example.

The rebranded and revamped Edge Steakhouse & Sports Lounge is now open at 314 N. Underwood St. in Kennewick. It’s the first time the golf club’s restaurant has been open to the public.

Once a par-65 course, it’s now a par66. The No. 18 hole has gone from being a par-4 hole to a par-5. A change in the restaurant also was in the new plans. The group hired Phouty Vongsaly, who was the sous chef at Anthony’s and Budd’s Broiler in Richland, to be the head chef at Edge. “He’s been great,” Ables said. “You know, I wasn’t sure at first. He’s so quiet. I wasn’t sure how he was going to handle the kitchen. But that first night, I walked into the kitchen, and he had the staff and kitchen so well organized.

“He and food and beverage manager Shannon Bibe have done a great job with the menu. And he’s whipped that kitchen into shape.” The menu in both the steakhouse and the sports lounge offers a lot in variety, with prices ranging from $28 for a New York steak dinner and $13 for fettuccine, to $7 for omelets and $15 for salads. Vongsaly and his staff served a dinner for the new owners Feb. 17, and then opened the restaurant Feb. 20. uSTEAKHOUSE, Page 10

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Store manager Rita Leach sits among the furniture for sale at the new Repeat Boutique thrift store in the Richland Uptown Shopping Center. Revenue from sales is used to enhance and support Chaplaincy Health Care hospice services, both in-home and at the Hospice House in Kennewick.

CHAPLAINCY, From page 1 The new store is brightly lit and well organized. The property owner added new flooring before it opened on March 22, Rita Leach said. Donations of shelving and cabinetry came from the Kennewick Hallmark store, which closed in January, Streeter said. Furniture is a popular item at the Kennewick Repeat Boutique, which opened in March last year at 22 W. Kennewick Ave. in downtown Kennewick. “There are some days at the Kennewick store where we will get a dining set in through the back door and set it on the floor. It’s not even priced yet and someone will ask, ‘Is that for sale?’ ” Streeter said, adding these kinds of quick deals occur regularly. Many of the store’s donations come from families served by Chaplaincy after their loved one dies. Adult children, who already have established households, often don’t know what to do with their deceased family members’ belongings, so they turn to the Repeat Boutique, Streeter said. The Richland store will feature the same kind of merchandise as in Kennewick: gently used clothing and accessories for men and women;

uBRIEF New Richland police foundation holding May 2 meeting

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The newly formed Richland Police Department Foundation is having its first Community Care Forum at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 2 at the Richland Public Library. The foundation invites the public to attend to learn how they can assist

household items; furniture, home décor and more. The Kennewick store still has a few gowns leftover from the original allotment donated by now shuttered Purple Parasol, which used to occupy the storefront, as well as donated evening and prom dresses. “We’ve got a good size formal wear section,” Streeter said. Some formal wear also is available at the Richland store. Both Repeat Boutique locations are staffed by volunteers and one fulltime employee. About 45 volunteers work in Kennewick and the Richland store needs more, as there are currently about 20. “The volunteers make the store what it is. They are so dedicated and they don’t miss a shift. They are amazing,” Streeter said. Interested volunteers may call 509783-7416 or ask for a volunteer application at either store. A grand opening and ribbon cutting is planned for 11:30 a.m. Friday, April 13 at 1331 George Washington Way. The Richland store’s shopping and donation hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday.

the group. Richland police officers are often the first responders for a crisis situation and it is not uncommon that they use their personal resources to help victims in need. The Richland Police Department Foundation has a board of directors made up of volunteer citizens who support the officers and the mission of the Richland Police Department.

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Gates opening soon for Kennewick horse racing season BY JEFF MORROW for Senior Times

Nancy Sorick is in her 80s, while Shorty Martin is turning 70 this year. But rather than enjoying the easy retirement life, they’re putting in long days to bring back horse racing for Mid-Columbia enthusiasts. Sorick and Martin – and their merry band of workers – are preparing to kick off another spring horse racing meet at Sun Downs race track in Kennewick. The season runs on three consecutive weekends – April 21-22, 28-29 and May 5-6 – at the Benton County Fairgrounds. The first race is scheduled for 1 p.m. each day. Cost of admission is $5, while parking is free. Race cards – the number of races scheduled each day – varies anywhere from seven to 10. Sorick heads up the nonprofit TriCity Horse Racing Association, which will be celebrating its 31st season of racing this year. During the race meet, the TCHRA employs 50 to 60 people, from program sellers, to people working the wagering machines, to those working the gate. Even at Sorick’s age, she still loves running the races.

“I love doing this for my love of the industry,” she said. “I love working with down-to-earth people.” The TCHRA is in the final year of a three-year contract to run the races at Sun Downs. Sorick would like to keep doing it after this year. “I still feel an allegiance to it,” she said. “Nobody is involved in it like I am. We take it one year at a time. But I am looking forward to it next year.” And Martin, who is the meet’s racing secretary and also doubles as the gate starter, plans to be right by her side. “I grew up in the business,” Martin said. “Horse racing just gets in my blood.” Martin got a job at a race track at 15, and will celebrate his 55th year in horse racing this year. Sorick and Martin are still positive about a sport that has seen plenty of challenges in the Northwest over time. Over the last 30 years, tracks in Spokane, Yakima, Walla Walla, Dayton, Waitsburg and Boise have all had to shut down. But at Sun Downs, things have been looking good. “Four or five years ago, we were down financially,” Martin said. “But in 2015, 2016 and 2017 we’ve been up a bit. I think one thing that has helped us

Full stalls are sure signs that horse racing is coming back to Sun Downs race track in Kennewick. The season runs on three consecutive weekends – April 21-22, 28-29 and May 5-6 – at the Benton County Fairgrounds.

a lot is going six days with the meet, and the Kentucky Derby webcast.” Once again, Sun Downs will be simulcasting the Kentucky Derby on May 5, and local fans will be able to wager on the race. Also during the meet, Sun Downs will host regional stakes races – the Adequan Derby Challenge Finals, and the Boehringer Ingelheim Distaff Challenge Finals – where the winners advance to the national finals later in the year in Los Alamitos Race Track in

California. The biggest local race at Sun Downs will be the $30,000 Pot O’Gold Futurity (trials are April 22; finals are May 6). And Sorick said they’re seeing more entries for that race. “We have 49 head who have entered the trials,” she said. “Last year we had 24. So we’ve more than doubled the field. We’ve got horses coming in from California and Oklahoma.” uSUN DOWNS, Page 10


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Meals on Wheels April menu Meals on Wheels is a program of Senior Life Resources Northwest and is supported by donations. For those 60 and over the suggested donation is $2.75 per meal. Meals may be purchased by those under 60 for $7.15. Menu substitutions may occur. For reservations, call between 9 a.m. and noon the day before your selected meal. For reservations in Richland, call 509-943-0779; Kennewick 509-5854241; Pasco 509-543-5706; Parkside 509-545-2169; Benton City 509-588-

3094; Prosser 509-786-1148; and Connell 509-234-0766. The Senior Dining Café serves soups, sandwiches and salads without a reservation. Hours are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. The café is at 1834 Fowler St. in Richland and can be reached at 509-736-0045. • Thursday, April 5: Shepherd’s pie, broccoli Normandy, spinach salad with dressing, dinner roll and hot spiced apples. • Friday, April 6: Beef lasagna, green beans, salad with dressing, bread sticks and fruit cocktail. • Monday, April 9: Closed for staff training. • Tuesday, April 10: Fiesta chicken,

refried beans, Spanish rice, steamed corn, bread and yogurt with berries. • Wednesday, April 11: Chef salad, carrot raisin salad, wheat roll, chilled pineapple and oatmeal raisin cookies. • Thusday, April 12: Salisbury steak with gravy, mashed potatoes with gravy, broccoli, bread and an apple oat bar. • Friday, April 13: Beef stir fry, fluffy rice, oriental mixed vegetables, salad with dressing, multi-grain bread, frosted yellow cake. • Monday, April 16: Chicken fried steak with gravy, mashed potatoes, brussel sprouts and an oatmeal cookie. • Tuesday, April 17: Beef tacos, fiesta corn, refried beans, salsa, sour

cream and apricots. • Wednesday, April 18: Sweet and sour pork, fluffy rice, oriental vegetables, dinner roll and spiced apples. • Thursday, April 19: Tuna noodle casserole, carrots lyonnaise, salad with dressing, dinner roll and blueberry crumble. • Friday, April 20: Birthday day! Roast beef with gravy, mashed potatoes with gravy, Italian vegetables, dinner roll and ice cream. • Monday, April 23: Baked ziti, broccoli, salad with dressing, breadstick and sorbet. • Tuesday, April 24: Lemon pepper cod, herbed potatoes, mixed vegetables, pea and cheese salad and a cranberry oat bar. • Wednesday, April 25: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes with gravy, beets, salad with dressing and ice cream. • Thursday, April 26: Chicken and rice casserole, glazed carrots, dinner roll and chocolate cake. • Friday, April 27: Pulled pork sandwich, baked beans, coleslaw, green beans and poke cake. • Monday, April 30: Harvest apple pork chop, rice pilaf, green beans, dinner roll and pineapple. For more information about Senior Life Resources Northwest visit STEAKHOUSE, From page 7 “It’s been good so far,” Ables said. “I’ve been impressed. We’re still going to have some growing pains. But it’s been a good start.” Ables said the public should start seeing TV commercials. Then radio ads will begin airing. The new ownership group is hopeful diners will start thinking about Edge Steakhouse & Sports Lounge when they think about Tri-City dining options. “We’re happy to have new customers,” Ables said. “That’s why the biggest thing has been our name change. The attitude is different. We’re not a country club anymore. The biggest change is the attitude. We’ll be a welcoming place.” SUN DOWNS, From page 9 And some of the region’s top trainers – Hector Magallanes, Don Young and Bill Hof – will have strong stables competing in the meet. Visitors to the fairgrounds can stick their heads into the barns on the back side of the track and see horses everywhere. That’s the best sign that horse racing in Kennewick is just around the corner. “The barns are full,” Sorick said. “Every stall is spoken for, and we have close to 300 stalls.” For more information, visit

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Kennewick Senior Center

500 S. Auburn St., Kennewick • 509-585-4303 All activities are at the Kennewick Senior Center unless otherwise listed. Activities, times and location subject to change. For more information, call 509-585-4303. • Bunco: 1 to 3 p.m. Fridays. Cost: $1 per day. • Woodcarving: 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays. Cost: 75 cents per day. 9 a.m. to noon Fridays. Cost: $1 per day. Bring supplies or borrow from

the class. • Dominoes: 12:30 to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. Cost: 50 cents per day. • Party Bridge: 12:30 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Cost: 50 cents per day. • Bridge Tournament: Second Sunday of each month, 2 to 6 p.m. Cost: $1. RSVP 509-586-3349. • Pinochle: 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Cost: 50 cents per day. 5 to 6 p.m. Sundays. Cost: $1 per day. • Chinese Mahjong: 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays. Cost: $1 per day. • Sewing: 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays. Cost: $1 per day. • Winter Crafters: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays. Cost: $2 per day. Bring your own supplies. • Indoor Walking: 9 a.m. to noon

Monday through Friday. Cost: $1 per day. Location: Southridge Sports Complex, 2901 Southridge Blvd., Kennewick. • Hair Cuts and Clips: Hair cuts provided by Pam Eggers. Second and fourth Wednesday of each month, 9 to 11 a.m. by appointment only. Cost $1. Call 509-585-4303. • Taijuquan: 6 to 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays. Call 509-430-1304 for cost and to register.

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

Most of Pasco’s senior services programs take place at the First Avenue Center, unless otherwise listed. Activities, times and location subject to change. For more information, call 509-545-3459. • Basin Wood Carvers: 1 to 4 p.m. Thursdays. Cost: Free. • China Painting: 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays. Cost: Free. Bring your own project and supplies. • Cribbage: 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. • Drop-In Snooker: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Cost: $1 per day. • Mexican Train Dominoes: 12:30 to 3 p.m. Mondays.

• Pinochle: 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. • Wavemakers Aqua Fit: Class for those with arthritis, fibromyalgia, lower back pain, muscle weakness, those who use a cane or a walker and anyone who loves the pool. Location: Oasis Physical Therapy, 6825 Burden Blvd., Suite D, Pasco. This class is offered on various days/times. Call 509-545-3456 to register. • Enhance Fitness (40+): Class focuses on stretching, balance, low impact aerobics and strength training. 10 to 11 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Call 509-545-3456 to register. Location: Pasco City Hall Activity Center, 525 N. Third Ave., Pasco.

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Richland Community Center

500 Amon Drive, Richland • 509-942-7529 All activities are at the Richland Community Center unless otherwise listed. Activities, times and location subject to change. For more information, call 509-942-7529. • Cribbage: 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Cost: free. Location: lounge. • Billiards: 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Cost: $2 per day. Location: pool room. • Golden Age Pinochle: 6 to 8:30

p.m. Fridays. Cost: $1 per day. Location: game room. • Duplicate Bridge: 12:30 to 4 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Cost: $1 per day. Location: game room. • Party Bridge: 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Cost: $1 per day. Location: game room. • Bridge Buddies: 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays and 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursdays. Cost: $1. Location:

game room. • ACBL Bridge: Various groups. For a schedule of each group, visit the Richland Community Center or call 509-942-7529. • Birthday Club Social: Second Tuesday of each month, noon to 12:30 p.m. Cost: free. Location: lounge. • Pie Socials: Third Tuesday of each month, noon to 12:30 p.m. Cost: free. Location: lounge. • Greeting Card Recycling: 9 to

West Richland Senior Center

616 N. 60th, West Richland • 509-967-2847 All activities are at the West Richland Senior Center. For more information, call 509-967-2847. • Bridge: 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 7 • Bunco: noon Friday, April 13 and Wednesday, May 2. • Potluck Dinner: 6 p.m.

Tuesday, April 10. Bring a dish to share. • Bingo: 1 p.m. Monday, April 16. Hot dog luncheon at noon. $3 suggested donation. • TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Fitness: 11 a.m. Thursdays.

• Exercise: A co-ed, light cardio class, led by a certified trainer, is 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. A donation of 50 cents for members and $1 for others is requested. • Pinochle: 5 p.m. Mondays. • Painting: 1 p.m. Saturdays.

11 a.m. Mondays. Cost: free. Location: meeting room. • RSA Dance: Third Friday of the month, 1 to 4 p.m. Cost: $7 per person. Location: Riverview room. • International Folk Dancing: 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays (location: Riverview room) and 6 to 9 p.m. the first Saturday of the month for a potluck and dancing (location: activity room). • Fitness Room: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. Cost: $2 per day or $8 per month. Location: Fitness room. • Foot Care for Fabulous Feet: Have a licensed registered nurse specializing in geriatrics care for your feet. 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursdays. Cost: $30. Location: wellness room. Call 509-942-7529 for an appointment. • Rockin’ Rodeo Country Western Dance: 1 - 4 p.m. Sunday, April 29. Cost: $7 per person. Location: Riverview Room

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Retirees can reap rewards by joining community service clubs made new friends and enjoyed the weekly luncheons. I have volunteered to help with many activities, such as writing pen pal letters to fifth-grade students; ringing Salvation Army bells; improving the meetings by designing a PowerPoint opening slide show; serving as a member of the governing board, etc. All these things have led to a sense of self-worth and life satisfaction as predicted by the studies, but more importantly they have helped others. The club’s motto is “A Club That Cares,” which is very descriptive and inclusive. But it is more than that, it is a way of life. We truly care about each other, our community, the children, our devotion to our parent club, and we would care about you. Each Wednesday at noon we meet for lunch at the Shilo Inn. By changing tables each week, I get to enjoy the company of many members. I leave the luncheons so pumped. I experience a wonderful feeling of belonging, contributing and being cared for. The Richland Kiwanis is part of the Kiwanis International, a worldwide organization with more than 600,000 members in more than 80 countries. It has 150,000 service projects to help children and their

BY JIM WATKINS for Senior Times

After we retire, we slowly lose the social support of the people we once worked with. They, and many friends, may have passed or moved away. Some of us may have lost a spouse or other loved ones. This often results in loneliness and sadness in our lives. Some move south and take up a new life. Sometimes the move is successful, sometimes not. Maybe there is a better way. Study after study shows that joining a social club committed to community service does more than just make a person feel good. Volunteering to help and support the club you choose enhances social networks, improves mental health and contributes to higher levels of self-esteem, self-worth and life satisfaction. I was surprised to learn that some companies and nonprofits are starting to realize how club membership is of such a value to them and the community that they are willing to pay for the club members’ annual dues. This is a good thing which will surely continue and grow. After reviewing several options, the club I chose was the Richland Kiwanis. I have now been a member for more than two years. I have



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Richland clinic’s facials help to pay for children’s book series illustrator BY LAURA KOSTAD for Senior Times

Dr. Margaret Merrifield took out a $100,000 loan at age 64 to help pay for state-of-the-art machines to help patients deal with skin aging concerns. The Richland integrated medical doctor decided to diversify her practice to help pay for quality illustrators needed for the children’s storybooks she’s writing. The Dr. Merrifield Clinic and Esthetics in Richland aims to help patients achieve optimal health, she said. The esthetics portion of the practice was recently launched as part of her clinic. Merrifield founded her Richland practice in 1997 and has many loyal patients from around the world. She has worked in the field of medicine for 34 years. She started in conventional medicine, including several years in the emergency room and as director of a major collegiate wellness center. She said she chose to expand into integrated medicine because she needed more tools to treat her patients. “I’ve included and integrated the best of modern medicine with wellestablished modalities,” Merrifield said. Integrated medical physicians take a

brightening, tightening, plumping and hydrating effects, noticeable after one session, Merrifield said. Patients can choose between two formulas for anti-aging, and skin lightening and nourishment. The facial begins with the application of one of these treatments, followed by a gentle yet deep exfoliation using Pollogen’s proprietary formula. As the skin is cleared of dead skin cells and other impurities, the formulas react, oxygenating the skin and leading to increased blood flow to the treatment area. Increased metabolic effects enable more enhanced absorption, using ultraTammy Astley, executive medical assistant, left, and Dr. Margaret sound, of the formulas’ active ingrediMerrifield pose with the clinic’s new Legend+ skin tightening, wrinkle ents, giving way to skin improvements, reduction and body contouring machine and the educational chilMerrifield said. dren’s storybooks the clinic’s new esthetics treatments are funding. The process offers patients a miniThey have been working together for almost 20 years to provide intemally invasive, virtually pain-free grated health solutions to patients throughout the Tri-Cities and option for eliminating stubborn fat beyond. deposits, fine lines and wrinkles, as well as skin resurfacing, plumping and Her new facial machines include a tightening—all with no down-time. whole-person approach to prevention Legend+ device for wrinkle reduction, and treatment. “The Legend+ technology for esthetOffering skin tightening, wrinkle skin tightening and body sculpting. The ics is truly on the cutting edge,” reduction and body contouring with OxyGeneo facial machine exfoliates, Merrifield said. “three in one” facials adds another infuses nutrients and brightens the skin. The device offers treatments which layer to the practice’s whole-person Both are manufactured by esthetic feature a short microneedle approach medical device company, Pollogen, a combined with radiofrequency for skin approach to patients, she said. “People don’t really want to go to subsidiary company of Lumenis. tightening, volumizing, skin resurfacSo why would a self-proclaimed ing, wrinkle and fine line reduction — the doctor, but they like esthetics,” she granola mom expand into the multi- without bleeding, pain and recovery said. billion-dollar esthetic medicine indus- time common with traditional try? microneedling and lasers, Merrifield “Skin is how we present ourselves,” said. She said the procedures are effecshe said. “It’s the icing on the cake — tive on all skin tones and types. There the result of everything we do.” are only a few of these Legend+ The OxyGeneo cleans skin and stim- machines in the state and the only one ulates the body’s natural processes dur- in the Tri-Cities, she said. ing a 25-minute facial to rejuvenate skin, providing improved complexion, uMERRIFIELD, Page 18

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Senior Times • April 2018 QUILT, From page 1 Having the ramp was critical to get Lynch, who suffered from Parkinson’s disease, safely in and out of her home. “She had gotten to the point where she couldn’t get out of the house. She fell twice on the two steps at the front door,” Kelly said. “I didn’t even like her walking with a walker because she’d be walking with it and suddenly she’d fall over backward. Her balance was greatly compromised.” When volunteers came to build the ramp, they asked how else they could help out around the house. Kelly asked if they’d play cards with her mother. “They sat around that table all afternoon and they played,” she said with a smile. “I always told Mom that when death came around, she’d say, “One more hand.’ ” The family was grateful for the work and sought to find a way to say thank you. “I wanted to do something for Rebuilding Mid-Columbia simply because it was such a life changing thing for us. I couldn’t afford to donate toward them,” Kelly said. That’s where the quilt comes in. Kelly spotted a quilt design featuring a pattern with small houses in a magazine. She instantly knew it would be perfect for Rebuilding MidColumbia. The agency is selling raffle tickets for $25 apiece for the quilt as part of its third annual fundraiser, set for Friday, April 20. “It’s an organization that people don’t know enough about,” Kelly said. Kelly said she sought her mother’s advice on the quilting project because she had a keen eye for colors and patterns. She said it was her mother’s idea to switch the planned floral border for a green one. The quilt proved challenging as Kelly made a mistake and had to redesign it. She also had to search for extra matching fabric for the green border. Luckily, a quilting friend came to the rescue, she said.

The 12 applique flowers took six to eight hours apiece and were the hardest part of the project. Her mother loved the quilt, Kelly said. Kelly put the last stitch into its binding before her mother died on Feb. 16. “She was able to see it before she died — she knew it was finished,” Kelly said.

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Raffle tickets for the quilt are $25 apiece. Rebuilding Mid-Columbia aims to raise $700 from ticket sales before pulling a winning ticket for the blanket. The annual fundraiser is at 6 p.m. Friday, April 20 at the M Hotel and Conference Center, 1515 George Washington Way, Richland. Cost to attend is $35 before April 15 and includes dinner, complimentary wine tasting by Bookwalter Winery and hard cider by D’s Wicked Cider. Tickets at the door are $50. This year’s event theme is “Hope changes everything.” “We chose it because every family we have served, every single one of them, their hope for their future and their community has been restored. We felt it was very fitting,” said Crystal Carter, executive director of the nonprofit. The fledgling organization, which has been operating for 18 months, has served 56 families to date on a shoestring $140,000 annual budget. Carter said she hopes to raise $40,000 at the April fundraiser. Rebuilding Mid-Columbia tackles plumbing, flooring and roof repairs and installs wheelchair ramps. Each home repair project costs about $2,500. This year’s Leadership Tri-Cities class teamed up with Rebuilding MidColumbia for its community service project. The leadership program aims to assemble, develop and educate a diverse group of skilled leaders to be catalysts for positive change.

Leslie Kelly of Richland holds up the quilt she donated to Rebuilding Mid-Columbia for its third annual fundraiser on Friday, April 20 in Richland. Money raised through the raffle of the blanket will be used to assist Rebuilding Mid-Columbia’s mission of offering free housing repairs to low-income homeowners. The nonprofit built a wheelchair ramp for Kelly’s elderly mother last year.

Bob Nelson, president of Leadership Tri-Cities Class 23, said his class considered several nonprofits for its community service project and chose Rebuilding Mid-Columbia for a variety of reasons. “We were looking for a new organization to help lift up and take to the next level. With Rebuilding MidColumbia, we felt we’d have the greatest impact with the skill set we have and determined we could have the greatest community impact by partnering with them. We were impressed by their organization and appreciated that they have taken the difficult path to not affiliate with a national organization to ensure all proceeds stay within our community,” Nelson said. The leadership class collected more than $13,000 in donations for Rebuilding Mid-Columbia’s silent auction. Auction item highlights include a seven-day trip for two to Africa; a fishing trip for four; golf passes; skin care packages; wine, beer and restaurant gift certificates; heating; electri-

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The Benton County Clerk’s Office is reporting that scammers are targeting the community using jury duty as the bait. The fraudulent callers claim to be the county clerk and tell individuals that they owe money for not appearing for jury duty. They tell victims that they must get a Green Dot gift card, read out the card information and meet the scammer in front of the justice center to get documents releasing them from claims or damages. If you receive a phone call related to jury duty that’s suspicious, call the Benton County Jury Department at 509-735-8388, ext. 3094.

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The Tri-Cities Columbia Chorale presents its spring concert on Saturday, May 5. The Bight and Beautiful Concert will usher in the moods of spring with song like “All Things Bright and Beautiful,” “Afternoon on a Hill,” “Down by the Riverside,” and “A Wonderful Day Like Today.” The Three Rivers Saxophone Group, led by Doug Edwards, also will perform. The concert will be held at 3 p.m. at the Kennewick First United Methodist Church, 2 S. Dayton St. The concert is free, with donations accepted. Refreshments will be served after the show.

Tri-City group gets state OK on Medicaid project plan

Greater Columbia Accountable Community of Health has received state approval of its Medicaid transformation project plan. The plan will transform health care in a nine-county region, including Benton and Franklin counties, and improve the overall health of Apple Health (Medicaid) populations, according to a release. The areas of focus will be the opioid crisis, integrating behavioral and physical health care, addressing chronic disease and transitional care. The agency earned its full valuation of $24 million, which triggers release of incentive payments and marks the start of the implementation phase of the Healthier Washington Medicaid Transformation, a partnership between Washington and federal centers for Medicare and Medicaid services aimed at improving the health care system.

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Kennewick company fined $5,000 for housing discrimination against veteran BY JOHN STANG for Senior Times

A Kennewick property management firm was one of eight state corporations recently hit with allegation of illegal housing discrimination against veterans by the Washington Attorney General’s Office. However, Jason Celski, owner of Celski & Associates, said the incident stems from an employee at an apartment complex not understanding an acronym when asked whether a prospective tenant could use Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing, or VASH, vouchers. VASH is a joint program between the U.S. departments of Housing & Urban Development and Veterans Affairs. The program offers housing vouchers combined with VA support services for veterans who have a disability, including a serious mental illness, a history of substance abuse disorder or a physical disability. “One of the complex’s employees was called and asked about VASH voucher,” Celski said. He said the employee at the complex did not understand what VASH meant and said the complex did not accept the vouchers. Celsksi said the complex does accept them. In the email exchange, the apartment complex manager said it could not accept third-party money for “assisted living.” The applicant’s email referred to VASH vouchers, with the acronym not spelled out. He said Celski & Associates does not own the complex. The company is the property management firm. Celski & Associates paid a $5,000 penalty to the state for the violation stemming from a September

uBRIEF Mastersingers perform Gonzales Cantata for April concerts

The Mid-Columbia Mastersingers welcome composer Melissa Dunphy to the Tri-Cities for the West Coast premiere of her work, “The Gonzales Cantata,” this month at the Reach museum in Richland. The musical is a reaction to the drama and politics of events leading up to the resignation of U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales in 2007. The concert, presented by MidColumbia Mastersingers Women’s

2016 email exchange for a $600-permonth apartment at Tanglewood Apartments at 465 N. Arthur St. in Kennewick. Washington law prohibits housing practices that discriminate on the basis of disability or veteran status. Overall, the state Attorney General’s Office uncovered 10 cases of alleged discrimination against holders of VASH vouchers. Eight companies agreed to take remedial actions, including Celski & Associates. The other seven included TJ Cline LLC in Walla Walla, Welcome Home Properties LLC in Walla Walla, three companies in Spokane, one in Issaquah and one in Yelm. Meanwhile, the Attorney General’s Office is targeting two other corporate housing providers for legal actions on the same issue. These are Utah-based Apartment Management Consultants LLC and Colorado-based Mission Rock Residential LLC, which also refused to accept VASH vouchers from veterans. Both have refused to take remedial actions, according to an Attorney General’s Office news release. Apartment Management Consultants manages 24 residential rental properties in 10 cities in Washington, including the HighGrove and Wildreed apartments in Everett. Among Mission Rock’s 13 properties in nine Washington cities are the Lakeside Landing Apartments in Tacoma and Sierra Sun in Puyallup. Neither manages any housing in Benton, Franklin or Walla Walla counties. “No veteran should be denied a roof over their head based on how they plan to pay their rent,” Ferguson said.

Choir and soloists, also will feature selections from “Sing Out, Mr. President,” a collection of short choral pieces by contemporary composers based on the words of American presidents. The three performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 6 and Saturday, April 7; and 3 p.m. Sunday, April 8 at 1943 Columbia Park Trail in Richland. A “Behind the Music” talk will take place 30 minutes before each concert, with the composer and conductor. Tickets are $25 for adults and free for K-12 students. Visit for more information.

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MERRIFIELD, From page 14 The machine offers patients a virtually pain-free option for reducing stubborn fat deposits with skin tightening with no down time, she said. Pollogen recommends six treatments administered every one to two weeks over a six- to 12-week period for results that can last for up to two years, depending on age and the condition of the skin. Individualized maintenance treatments following the initial course can maintain skin improvements longer, according to the company. A patient of Dr. Merrifield’s for over a decade, Patti Ammonet of Richland, a sexagenarian, said she has tried just about every anti-aging procedure available in the Columbia Basin and surrounding area short of plastic surgery. Ammonet was the first to try Merrifield’s treatments and she’s a fan. She also said the Legend+ can be used to eliminate stubborn fat deposits, as she’s had success with this treatment. Unlike other treatments Ammonet has tried, such as filler injections, Botox, intense pulsed light and other laser-based therapies, she described her Legend+ experience as virtually painless. The body sculpting had a “soothing feeling” of circular motions over an area with a radio-frequency wand. Merrifield said the technology uses heat rather than freezing to “melt away” fat deposits, monitoring the skin temperature via thermoscan to ensure they stay between 107 degrees and 111 degrees. “Some people describe the experience as similar to getting a hot stone massage,” Merrifield said. Merrifield said the method stimulates collagen and elastin production, while helping to break up fat deposits, which is then naturally eliminated by the body’s lymphatic system — a major player in circulatory and immune function. After the treatment she will have clients stand on a “vibration” machine to help stimulate the lymphatic drainage.

Merrifield also hired master esthetician Mary Johnson to help administer the new treatments. Merrifield and her team are in the process of developing package deals for treatments. Individual session costs are $150 for an OxyGeneo session, and about $220 to $450 each for Legend+ treatments, depending on the size of area treated. “Our intention is to offer cost-effective, time-efficient treatments with optimal outcomes,” Merrifield said.

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But let’s return to the reason Merrifield launched these treatments in the first place — the books. “What we’re trying to do is help change culture through young people, families and teachers,” she said. Her series of 10 educational children’s storybooks will be funded through profits from the new esthetic services. They explore topics such as bullying, cancer, diabetes, abuse, intergenerational love, community activism and discrimination. The books provide tools and resources to help children and their families navigate difficult topics, in an accessible way, Merrifield said. Merrifield, who has chosen to selfpublish them, said the artwork in the books will be done by acclaimed Canadian illustrators, Alan and Lea Daniel. Her earlier books, “Come Sit By Me” and “Morning Light,” soon will be translated into multiple languages and offered free in the public domain, with the hope that more people will be reached, she said. They were two of the first books for children, families and teachers on the pandemic HIV/ AIDS. The first books in the new series are anti-bullying books. “I Act like a Bully” and an autobiographical story, “Bea’s Fleas,” both demonstrate the effect one small act of kindness can have on a person’s life. Dr. Merrifield Clinic and Esthetics:; 509-628-3060.

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Senior Times • April 2018  uBRIEFS Tri-City Model Railroaders set up display at Reach

The Tri-City Model Railroaders will have a model railroad display set up during the Reach museum’s regular hours — 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. — from April 10-14. The club is the only model railroad group serving the Mid-Columbia region. Its earliest member activities date back to the late 1960s. It was incorporated as a nonprofit in 1972 and two of the founding members are still active in the organization today. The railroaders maintain a popular modular layout, completed in 1990, that’s 20-by-28 feet that has been displayed and operated at various events around the region. Admission to the Reach is $10 for adults, $6 for students, seniors and military, and children under 5 are free.

Mid-Columbia Libraries participating in eBook club

Mid-Columbia Libraries invites the community to take part in Big Library Read, the world’s largest global eBook reading club through libraries and schools that connects millions of readers around the world with the same eBook at the same time. Through April 16, library cardholders can borrow the eBook and audiobook, “Flat Broke with Two Goats,” a debut memoir by Jennifer McGaha, without wait lists or holds by visiting Big Library Read is facilitated by OverDrive, a platform for reading and listening to library eBooks and audiobooks. The title will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, and there are no late fees.

Registration open for Trios Foundation Golf Classic

The 19h annual Trios Foundation Golf Classic is Friday, June 15 at Canyon Lakes Golf Course in Kennewick. The competitive scramble tournament raises money for women’s health screenings offered to uninsured and underinsured women in the TriCities. This year’s event will offer morning and afternoon shotgun starts beginning at 7:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., with the morning flight open to individual players and the afternoon flight reserved for corporate teams and sponsors. Registration will close June 11. Multiple sponsorship opportunities are available, including for food and beverage vending stations, as well as businesses who wish to have a booth.

Player entry fees will include 18 holes of play, a jacket, lunch and dinner, as well as on-course games, prizes and other activities. For more information or to register, visit or contact Mandy Wallner at 509-221-5776 or

Reach museum offering variety of tours

The Reach museum’s tour season starts in April with a variety of tours. Here the schedule and cost: • Cold War Bus/Alphabet House Tour: 9:30 a.m. to noon Thursday, April 12. Cost is $29.99 plus tax. Cruise through the streets of Richland in a refurbished 1954 GMC bus. Learn about the homes built during the peak of the Manhattan Project and Cold War. • Rattlesnake Mountain Erratics and Wildflower Hike: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 14. Cost is HANFORD, From page 3 “Mistakes made can put an application into the abyss and stop their claim, or hold it up for months. It’s a lose-lose for everybody,” Bumpaous said. “For a working family to step into the world of workers’ comp, it’s confusing and intimidating. When you’re sick or injured, the last thing your family needs is red tape.” The center is also unique in that it is providing all services at no cost to the worker. A stand-alone computer also will be available for a client’s use to speed up the application process for submissions that may be done online. “There are several programs where the advocates helping the claimant will charge for those services, whatever percentage is allowable for the program,” Tebay said. “For this, the claimant or their family members, it’s all free of charge. And there is no other service like that at this point.” Tebay said he’s seen cases where

$84.99 plus tax. Discover ice-rafted erratics and bergmounds of the Ice Age Floods while hiking across the Rattlesnake Slope Wildlife Area with a geologist-author. Enjoy the spring wildflowers at the height of growing season. This 4- to 5-mile hike has an elevation gain of about 300 feet. Tour includes transportation and lunch. • Western Scablands of the Ice Age Floods: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, April 20. Cost is $99.99 plus tax. See the dramatic erosive power in the Drumheller Channels and Frenchman Coulee with an Ice Age Floods expert. In Quincy Basin, stop at the Tonnemaker Hill Farm to view the remains of an Ice Age mammoth and giant current ripples of West Bar in the Columbia River Valley, plus a visit to the Gingko Petrified Forest State Park. Tour includes lunch and transportation. Tours must be booked five days in advance to the tour date. a claimant has given up thousands of dollars in compensation by hiring a service to assist with the process. “For many of these people, they need all the money, all the compensation of the program they can get.” The new center is in the same building as the Hanford Resource Center off George Washington Way. “We tried to find a central location so people don’t have to come out to Hanford,” Goldie said. “It’s on the Ben-Franklin Transit line, so if people don’t have a car, they can ride the transit there.” The center’s specialists say because this is a first of its kind program, they have no way of guessing how many clients they will serve. “I think it’s going to be successful and busy. I think we’re going to be pleasantly surprised that we’re going to get a lot of business,” Tebay said. Clients who may be skeptical about an independent claims process will find a diverse background of specialists who are not judges, but rather there to connect the dots on


All tours depart from the Reach museum in Richland unless otherwise stated. Call 509-943-4100 ext. 108 or email at to book.

Pet advocate group seeks new board members

Pet Over Population Prevention seeks new board members. POPP’s primary purpose is to promote responsible pet care through educating the public on the importance of spaying and neutering their cats and dogs, as well as providing spay and neuter assistance. Board members are needed to support a number of POPP’s activities, including fundraising, community outreach and supporting spay/neuter clinics. Learn more by visiting http:// the programs available. “We knew if we wanted people to take this seriously, we’ve got to do it with people they trust,” Bumpaous said. “Workers helping workers, members helping members.” The two union representatives who will be employed at the center were appointed directly by their specific union leadership. “They are not hired by Department of Energy or contractors,” Tebay said. “I think this is the most independent feel from an office that you’re ever going to get to be able to provide this kind of resource.” Bumpaous said he’s taken many phone calls from former workers with injuries to claim, asking when this center will open. The center’s hours are 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at 309 Bradley Blvd., Ste. 120, in Richland. For more information, call 509376-4932 or visit


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