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New survey shows consumers putting digital identities at risk BY SENIOR TIMES
Young mall walker reaches 1,000 miles
Take a peek in local artists’ studios
King of Kings to build church in Southridge Page 9
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Data breaches exposing personal information to hackers and identity thieves are becoming commonplace. These breaches affect millions of people: Equifax, 147 million; Target, 110 million; Uber, 57 million; Home Depot, 53 million; and the list goes on. Experts say very few of us haven’t been affected. And while identity thieves are busy sharing and selling personal information online, a new state survey from AARP shows Washington consumers are falling further behind in the battle to protect their identities. AARP highlighted the new report, “Up for Grabs,” at a recent “Taking Charge of Your Digital Identity” event in Kennewick. A capacity crowd of more nearly 350 people attended and heard from consumer protection experts with AARP, Microsoft, Federal Trade Commission, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, BECU and Social Security Administration. According to the survey of Washington online users 18 years and older, a lack of awareness and knowledge of online dangers may be contributing to increased dangers for Washington consumers. However, many others admit they have just given up. Sixty percent of those surveyed said that given the number of data breaches that have occurred over the past five years, they feel that no matter what they do, it is inevitable that criminals will use their stolen identity to exploit their credit at some point. “With data breaches constantly in the news, keeping your personal information safe may seem like a difficult task,” said Attorney General Bob Ferguson. “There are simple steps you can take to better protect yourself from identity theft.” uAARP, Page 15
Al Nihart, owner of Nihart Clock Repair in West Richland, has been servicing and fixing antique clocks for more than six decades.
West Richland clock repairman continues to see uptick in workload nothing to do with watch repair work, his dad — who owned Nihart Watch & Clock — preferred not to work on Al Nihart took apart his first clock clocks. before the age of 10. Like his father, “But people would call him out to oil Nihart was a mechanic at heart. up their clocks or do service calls. When But that’s where their similarities end. I was about 12 or 13, I went with him. “He was a watch repairman, and I (Dad) said, ‘Go ahead and do this repair,’ hate watches,” Nihart said. “You don’t and after a while, it got to be when fix a watch. You open it up and take out someone called and wanted their clock a broken or rusty part and put in another serviced, my mom would drive me out one. I didn’t want to just swap parts. A to do it. I had a two-step stool and I’d clock repairman has to fix the parts. It’s climb up to see in the clock and I’d oil much more challenging than a watch.” them up,” Nihart recalled. And though Nihart, 71, wanted uCLOCKS, Page 2
BY JESSICA HOEFER for Senior Times
Forecast for August still hot but here’s how to keep power bill down, stay cool BY SENIOR TIMES
Brace yourself, Tri-Cities: August temperatures are expected to be above normal. We already know July was hot. Ten days reached at least 100 degrees, and 23 days exceeded 90 degrees. The highest temperature recorded was 107 on Friday, July 13, according to the National Weather Service in Pendleton. No rain fell during the month. The outlook for August calls for above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation, according to the weather service. The normal high for the Tri-Cities area during August is 90 degrees and the normal low is 56 degrees, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Cen-
ter. The 30-year normal precipitation is 0.27 inches. And until cooler weather is the norm, Tri-Citians can expect their electricity usage and bills to rise. Benton PUD officials urge customers to save energy to lessen the impact on their next bill. “High temperatures can add stress to the electric system from the point of power generation, through transmission and distribution lines, to the end user — our customers. We are fortunate to have the Bonneville Power Administration hydro system and specifically the four lower Snake River dams as the backbone of our power supply,” said Chad Bartram, Benton PUD general manager, in a news release. uHEAT, Page 10
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CLOCKS, From page 1 Nihart has a new shop at 1010 N. When his dad died in the 1980s, 59th Ave. in West Richland, but this Nihart took over the business but past December he couldn’t line up renamed it Nihart Clock Repair — the clocks on the floor because he eliminating the watch repair service. ran out of room. It’s been in business for about 65 “I counted 60 clocks that needed years. to be serviced or worked on. If I take Despite changing the company’s one more clock, I’ll be busy until work scope and seeing a rise in this December,” he said with a digital technology, laugh. “Today Nihart said he’s alone, three more “I’m one of the last busier than ever. came in.” buffaloes in the herd. “My business has On average, You can’t find a clock Nihart repairs two gotten bigger and bigger because all repairman anymore.” clocks a week— of my competition and the work has died. I’m one of doesn’t just come - Al Nihart,owner, the last buffaloes in Nihart Clock Repair from the Tri-Cities. the herd. You can’t “I have a really find a clock good following in repairman anymore. I’m already Bickleton, Goldendale and The backed up three or four months,” he Dalles. And I had a lady this morning said, adding that most of his business in my shop from La Grande. comes from people looking to Fortunately, I could fix it while she restore or repair family heirlooms, waited. And I just had two clocks such as an old grandfather clock that came in UPS, one from Tacoma that’s been in the family for and another from Bellevue,” he said, generations. “Most everything is adding that he has traveled to work battery operated now. People today on clocks as well. “(A while back), I don’t understand (antique) clocks.” had a lady from Pendleton, she had Forty years ago, when he went to a really big grandfather clock, and I work full time at his dad’s shop stripped it and made it safe for her to around Christmas time, Nihart said move to California. When she got they would line up clocks on the there, she called me up and sent me floor to be fixed and they would all a plane ticket. I flew to California, be repaired by Christmas. put her clock back together and flew
home.” The price of repair or service work varies depending on the scope of the project and parts needed, but a basic service call to oil and adjust an antique clock is $175 within the Tri-Cities. Mechanical clocks are supposed to be oiled every five years, said Nihart, who explained that the first thing a person will notice when their clock is in need of service is that the chimes get slower. But because the chimes slow down gradually over time, most people don’t notice, and that’s when major damage can occur, Nihart said. “An overhaul is sometimes as cheap as $275 to $300. If you have to replace the springs in a springdriven clock, they’re about $50 apiece. So I put springs in there and it adds $100 to a $250 overhaul. And again, I’m not fixing junk. They were expensive to start with, and people want them fixed,” he said, adding that while the work itself is not difficult, it’s not a job everyone can endure. “When you work on a springdriven clock and you pull that spring out of the barrel, I guarantee you Arnold Schwarzenegger would get cramps in his hand. Until that spring is three-quarters loaded, you can’t let go. You don’t have to be big and strong to do this, but you have to be able to sit at a bench and bend over and concentrate on a part without it hurting your back,” he said. Nihart said there are so few people who do clock repair work anymore that he doesn’t expect his work to ever slow. He’s the official repairman for Howard Miller clocks in the area. As his territory has expanded, he’s occasionally sent to Spokane and Coeur d’Alene for repair jobs. “People ask me if I’m going to retire, but no. I can never retire,” he said. And while he’ll keep working on clocks as long as he can, he’ll never be caught with one in his home. “I can’t stand to have a clock in the house. Most clocks tick, and I’m a clock repairman. And a clock is never quite perfect. If I lay in bed and hear a clock tick, I have to get up and fix it.” Nihart Clock Repair: 509-5392587.
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Senior Times • August 2018
Grandmother helps young mall walker reach 1,000 miles BY SENIOR TIMES
A Richland grandmother tucked her newborn granddaughter into a stroller two weeks after she was born and pushed her along her regular walking route around the mall. Shirley Stutheit’s fellow mall walkers, made up mostly of seniors, were happy to include little Kylie Landrum of Pasco in their walking group at Kennewick’s Columbia Center. As soon as Kylie started walking, Stutheit would let her walk beside the stroller as they logged their laps. The mall walker program, coordinated by the Kadlec Healthy Ages, recently celebrated Kylie 1,000th mile, all completed before the age of 5. Kylie received a framed award and balloons for her achievement. The free Healthy Ages program focuses on the health care needs of those 50 years old and older. Many of Stutheit’s fellow mall walkers watched Kylie grow up and enjoy her hugs, high fives and fist bumps they receive each morning. “She’s got lots of grandmas and lots of grandpas out here,” Stutheit said. “And they all love her. When she’s not here, they don’t ask about us. They want to know where Kylie is.”
Kylie Landrum of Pasco holds balloons and a stuffed animal after celebrating her 1,000th mile as part of the Kadlec Healthy Ages mall walkers program. Pictured from left are Corey Wakeley, Kadlec Healthy Ages manager; Shirley Stutheit, Kylie’s grandmother; Kylie; Angela Landrum, Kylie’s mom; and Aunt Marjorie Brown of Kennewick, a fellow mall walker. (Courtesy Kadlec)
Stutheit said they walk up to six days a week. Her mother, Angela Landrum, is a school teacher. Kylie will go to kindergarten in the fall, so her regular mall walking days with grandma are coming to an end. But on school holidays and
vacations, Kylie will slip on her walking shoes and re-join her grandmother. Corey Wakeley, the Healthy Ages manager, said she hopes Kylie’s early exercise routine with her grandmother sets her up for an active
and healthy life because too frequently adults become sedentary as they get older. “Hopefully her grandma has instilled something inside her that will go for the long haul,” Wakeley said. Kadlec has been coordinating the mall walkers program for more than 25 years. The program boasts about 250 active mall walkers. “That is one thing about mall walkers is they have created their own community and they do care for one another and look out for another and encourage each other. It’s just something you don’t get to see very often,” Wakeley said. Doors open at Columbia Center mall at 7:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. Walkers can check in at the registration table at the food court between 8 and 9 a.m. to log their miles. Registered walkers receive incentive prizes such as T-shirts and water bottles. For more information about Kadlec Healthy Ages program, call 509-942-2700.
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS Bring your grandchildren and families to events with a star.
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 8
• Town Hall Meeting for Hanford Workers: 10 a.m. & 2 p.m., Red Lion Hotel, 1101 N. Columbia Center Blvd., Kennewick. Contact: 888-903-8989. Free event.
THURSDAY, AUG. 9
• Town Hall Meeting for Hanford Workers: 10 a.m. & 2 p.m., Red Lion Hotel, 802 George Washington Way, Richland. Contact: 888-903-8989. Free event. • Seed Saving for Adults & Children class: 6:30 p.m., Master Gardeners Demonstration Garden, 1620 S. Union St., Kennewick. Contact: 509-545-5400. Free event.
FRIDAY, AUG. 10
• Legends of Washington Wine Gala: 6:30 p.m., Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center, 2140 Wine Country Road, Prosser. Tickets; theclorecenter.org.
SATURDAY, AUG. 11
• Drink Some Wine and Solve a Crime: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Southridge Sports & Events Complex, 2901 Southridge Blvd., Kennewick. Tickets: tricitiescrimstoppers.org. • Annual Crawdad Boil: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., 1110 Osprey Point Blvd., Pasco. Tickets: 509-547-9755. • 2nd annual Bow Wow Film Festival: 6 p.m., Uptown Theatre, 1300 Jadwin Ave., Richland. Tickets: bfhs.com.
SUNDAY, AUG. 12
THURSDAY, AUG. 23
AUG. 31 – SEPT. 2
• Grief Relief in the Park, hosted by Chaplaincy Grief Care: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Leslie Groves Park shelter #4, between Synder and Saint streets, Richland. Information: 509783-7416. Free event.
• Tri-Cities Alzheimer’s & Dementia Conference: 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Red Lion Hotel, 2525 N. 20th Ave., Pasco. Contact: 800-2723900.
AUG. 17 – 18
• River of Ink Writers Conference: 8 a.m., Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Drive, Richland. Register: riversofink.org.
• 11th annual Cuisine de Vin: 7 – 10 p.m., Terra Blanca Winery, 34715 N. Demoss Road, Benton City. Tickets: childrensdevelopmentalcenter.org.
• Community Lecture Series “Bandanas to Badges: Songs and Stories of Northwest Workers”: 4:15 – 5:30 p.m., Richland Community Center, 500 Amon Park Drive, Richland. Free event.
SATURDAY, AUG. 18
SATURDAY, AUG. 25
MONDAY, SEPT. 3
FRIDAY, AUG. 24
• Benton Franklin Fair Grand Parade: 10 a.m. – noon, Downtown Kennewick, West Kennewick Avenue and South Auburn Street. Visit: bentonfranklinfair.com. Free event. • An Evening Under the Stars – Quilt and Sewing Auction: 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., Discount Vac and Sew, 119 W. First Ave., Kennewick. RSVP: 509-586-1680.
• Prosser Beer & Whiskey Festival: 5 – 10 p.m., Prosser Wine and Food Park, 2840 Lee Road, Prosser. Tickets: prosserbeerandwhiskey.com.
TUESDAY, AUG. 21
TUESDAY, AUG. 28
• Ancestory.com presentation: 6:80 – 8 p.m., Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Drive, Richland. Free event.
AUG. 21 – 25
• Benton Franklin Fair & Rodeo: 10 a.m., Benton County Fairgrounds, 1500 S. Oak St., Kennewick. Tickets: bentonfranklinfair.com
SUNDAY, AUG. 26
• Show N’ Shine for Hunger: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Columbia Park, 2701 Columbia Park Trail, Kennewick. Visit: showandshineforhunger.com. • Memory Café “How Do You Fight Alzheimer’s?”: 10 a.m. – noon, Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Drive, Richland. Free event.
THURSDAY, AUG. 30
• Teal the Bridge Celebration: 7 – 9 p.m., Clover Island Inn, 435 N. Clover Island Inn Drive, Kennewick. Contact: 509-737-3413. Free event.
• Tumbleweed Music Festival: Various times, Howard Amon Park, 500 Amon Park Drive, Richland. Visit: tumbleweedfest.com.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 2
• Labor Day Picnic: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Columbia Park Main Stage, Kennewick. Free event.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 7
• Clams & Blues on the Columbia, benefiting Three Rivers Community Foundation: 5:30 – 9:30 p.m., The Edge Steakhouse, 314 N. Underwood St., Kennewick. Tickets: 509-735-5559. • Books & Vines, benefiting The Children’s Reading Foundation of the Mid-Columbia: 5:30 – 9:30 p.m., Bookwalter Winery, 894 Tulip Lane, Richland. Tickets: read20minutes. com.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 8
• RiverFest 2018: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Columbia Park, 2701 Columbia Park Trail, Kennewick. Contact: 509547-9755. Free event.
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Senior Times • August 2018 uBRIEFS American Red Cross seeks volunteers
The American Red Cross is looking for people with extra time on their hands, including the recently retired, to volunteer with the nonprofit. Red Cross volunteers travel, with all expenses paid, and are trained to meet the needs of those affected by disasters, providing food, shelter and comfort. The organization helps local residents prepare for and recover from emergencies of all kinds. Volunteers constitute 94 percent of the Red Cross work force. Call 509-318-1845 or visit redcross.org/volunteer.
IRS seeks community tax volunteers
The Internal Revenue Service seeks volunteers who want to help provide free tax preparation during the 2019 tax season. The IRS sponsors the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and Tax Counseling for the Elderly programs each year, offering free tax help for people with low to moderate incomes, senior citizens, people with disabilities and those who speak limited English. Volunteers typically work three to five hours per week. Last year, the programs’ volunteers assisted with the preparation more than 3.5 million federal tax returns for qualified taxpayers at no cost. Visit go.usa.gov/xUKQV for details.
Aviation museum in Pasco opens Aug. 24
The grand opening celebration of the new Pasco Aviation Museum at 4102 N. Stearman Ave. is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24 when admission to the museum will be free. A commemorative Air Force B-17 will be on display, and flights
and tours will be available. Call Malin Bergstrom at 509521-7117 or visit bit.ly/PascoWA for more information.
WSU Tri-Cities seeks cultural learning partners
Washington State University TriCities is looking for community members who want to connect with international students to share cultural customs, develop meaningful relationships and help them feel connected through its Cultural Learning Partners program. Participants complete an interview process, must pass a background check, attend a kick-off event and check in with the student coordinator. Contact Erika Kraus at 509-3727444 or email@example.com for more information or to begin the application process.
Free Ancestry.com workshop set for Aug. 21
The Tri-City Genealogical Society is hosting a free Ancestry. com workshop at the Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Drive, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21. Attendees will learn how to use Ancestry.com library edition, and how HeritageQuest, a similar ser-
vice accessible for use at home with a library card, can help dig into their family history.
AG office cracks down on veterans’ charities for misleading donors
Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed two lawsuits in July, one against Spanaway-based Fallen Hero Bracelets and another against Florida nonprofit Healing Heroes Network. The lawsuits allege the organizations violated the Consumer Protection Act, which prohibits unfair or deceptive conduct in the marketplace, and the Charitable Solicitations Act, which prohibits false, misleading or deceptive charitable solicitations. The organizations told potential donors their donations would benefit veterans when little to none of the money raised actually did. The lawsuits are part of Operation Donate with Honor, a nationwide effort against veterans’ fundraising fraud coordinated by the Federal Trade Commission and National Association of State Charities officials. To make sure a charity is legitimate, ask for detailed information about the organization, confirm
what percentage of donations benefit the actual cause and check if the charity is registered with the Washington Secretary of State.
Lieberman to speak at Spokane event
Independent thinktank Washington Policy Center recently announced Sen. Joe Lieberman is the speaker for its Eastern Washington annual dinner on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at the Davenport Grand Hotel in Spokane. Lieberman will talk about strengthening America through engaged foreign policy, school choice and national civility. Visit washingtonpolicy.org or call 206-937-9691 to buy individual tickets or table sponsorships.
Cancer center’s golf tourney set for Aug. 17
The Tri-City Cancer Center Foundation’s annual golf tournament is Friday, Aug. 17 at Canyon Lakes Golf Course in Kennewick, with lunch at 11:30 a.m., shotgun start at 1 p.m., and dinner and awards ceremony at 5 p.m. To sign up for a team or sponsorship, contact Lori Lott, 509-7373413 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senior Times • August 2018
Area artists open up studios during free, self-guided tour BY SENIOR TIMES
Consuelo Soto Murphy’s artwork features subjects ranging from agricultural landscapes to regional landmarks. She’s among the artists participating in the 15th annual Open Studio Tour. (Courtesy Open Studio Tour)
To step into an artist’s studio is to get a glimpse into the creative process. Tri-Citians can experience this magic when nine artists open their studios from Benton City to Kennewick during the 15th annual Open Studio Tour, which runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29 and Sunday, Sept. 30. The event is free. The tour began in 2004 as a grassroots effort by several artists and artisans who wanted to raise public awareness about the quality of art
created in the Tri-City area. As most were full-time working artists, they also wanted an opportunity to open their studios and show their art and craft. Many of the nine artists will be demonstrating and available to interact with visitors and explore their ideas. Some of the artists will be at one location. Find a self-guided map for the event at TriCityArtistsOpenStudioTour.com. Here’s the line-up: • Kasia Gorski Schmoll exhibits her work only on Saturday, Sept. 29 in Kennewick, so it is suggested to start the tour there. She delves into the forgiveness and flexibility of oil painting to explore themes of Northwest landscapes. Her work strives to capture the soft lights of winter, misty colors of spring, contrasting summer sunsets and the brilliance of fall. Find her at the U and I Gallery, 214 W. First Ave., Kennewick; 509948-3812. • Nearby is Katherine Sylvan’s studio where Jan Nilsson will join her and return to the tour this year. The muse of color drives Sylvan’s creativity. Her silk creations are smaller this year but no less impactful. Step into her studio to find rich silk wall pieces and scarves inspired by grids, crop rows and circular irrigation patterns of Eastern Washington. Find her at 802 S. Kellogg St., Kennewick; 509-221-1592. Nilsson may be found at Sylvan’s studio where she will be demonstrating her mixed media collage approach and painting with Sumi ink. She especially encourages children to visit and try their hand. Nilsson’s work often portrays contrasts of existence and complex connections to family and heritage. 509-999-2118. • John Fabian expresses passion for capturing the natural world in his abstract paintings. He invites the public into his studio to taste the various moods, colors, rhythms and subjects that motivate him. There will be original paintings, prints and travel journals to peruse. Find him at 166 Bradley Blvd., Richland; 509942-1050. • Philip Harding strives to create art that engages both rational and aesthetic senses, art that is accessible while being capable of supporting years of contemplative viewing. His computer-generated mandala series explores layering, transparency and patterns. His recent hanging banners are inspired by the Tibetan Thangka tradition. Find him at 361 Sanford Ave., Richland; 509-420-4644. uTOUR, Page 8
Senior Times • August 2018
Father-daughter duo share bounty from their small sustainable Pasco farm BY MARILOU SHEA for Senior Times
Have you noticed that farm stands are few and far between these days with the success of our local farmers’ markets? I’m almost sure I heard a collective sigh when the popular Cool Slice stand shuttered its bins in Pasco two years ago. One of the reasons is that sustaining a small-scale operation is no picnic. It takes passion and sweat equity in equal measure. Enter Antonio and Criselda Villa. The Villas started their family farm almost 30 years ago. Antonio had spent 25 years managing 400 acres for big-time grower Alford Farms in north Pasco and decided it was time to venture out on his own. The family’s goals were two-fold: become a selfsustaining farming operation and teach their four children a strong work ethic and the value of a dollar. The kids worked on the farm to help offset school supplies and clothing expenses. Fast forward to today. Antonio and daughter Magdalena, who goes by Mogi, partner in managing the prodigious 10-acre Villa’s Fresh Produce in north Pasco. They’re the original DIYers. It’s only the two of them — no hired hands, no weeding crew and no college kid changing sprinklers. Whatever needs doing gets done
between the two of them. Whatever revenue is generated goes directly to sustaining their lives — and the formula seems to be Marilou Shea working. Food Truck Antonio Academy sticks to operating the tractor and takes the lead on managing the farm, but Mogi is hands-on there, too. Her unofficial title is farm operations and sales, but her role is multi-faceted. She helps her dad plant, cut and pick the produce in the early morning hours and then sells the bounty within hours the very same day. They have two direct sales channels: the produce stand behind IHOP and Taco Bell on Road 68 in Pasco and at the farm in north Pasco by appointment. Villa’s Fresh Produce grows 10 to 15 kinds of produce, from asparagus and tomatoes to cukes and apples. The duo’s claim to fame and top seller is some of the best-tasting asparagus in the Columbia Basin. They don’t spray their asparagus like some big-time growers and you can taste the difference in every spear. Customers agree. Mogi sells out of asparagus every day
Villa’s Fresh Produce stand behind IHOP and Taco Bell on Road 68 in Pasco. (Courtesy Villa’s Fresh Produce)
at the stand. Our family alone bought close to 100 pounds this year to put up our secret pickled asparagus recipe. Apples come in second in terms of customer popularity. Villa’s grows Honey Crisp, Galas and Fuji varieties. The business has grown due to a Facebook presence, with about 1,000 followers and a vast word-of-mouth network that raves about the quality of their produce. The story goes that one customer, customer A, told another customer, customer B, while in line at another store upon seeing their hands full of asparagus that the only true source for asparagus was to be found at the Villa’s Fresh Produce stand in Pasco. Customer B promptly exited
the store empty-handed and sought out the stand. Villa’s customer base is a wellrounded mix of all three cities and outlying areas, including Benton City and Burbank. Customers have been known to drop by, pick up a box of asparagus and pop over to UPS to ship the tender crowns to relatives as near as Idaho and as far as Texas. The father-daughter team consistently strive to improve their operations. This season it meant meetings over the breakfast table to organize their daily schedule, divide and conquer where necessary and take the lead where appropriate. uVILLA’S, Page 8
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TOUR, From page 6 • New to the tour is Richland photographer Scott Butner. At age 9 he became a photographer when his mother bought a camera for him at a pawn shop. He has worked as a photographer for the Seahawks and Sounders, forayed into a career at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory where he was a senior research scientist and now is capturing the world at unusual hours with his camera, but not his original Petri 7S. See Butner’s work at 723 The Parkway, Richland; 509-4601544. • Consuelo Soto and Shawn Murphy teach future generations at RichVILLA’S, From page 7 It’s paid off in creating efficiencies all around and streamlined their field and sales efforts. Antonio is also teaching Mogi different planting techniques, which will allow them to expand their product offerings in the future. As you read this fine print, just a heads-up that they’ve partnered with other small family farms to complete their sweet suite with two popular products they don’t grow themselves but choose to sell: cherries and blueberries. It makes for a consistent presence for the Villa’s at their stand while providing a sales channel for the other growers that doesn’t exist.
land High on school days and create paintings and photography in their free time. Consuelo is known for colorful images generated from growing up in the fields with migrant farm workers. Her paintings are a testament to the love of family and heritage, acknowledged recently by the selection of her work to don a wall in the TV series “Madam Secretary.” You can watch her paint during the tour. Murphy launched into photography when his grandmother gave him an old waist view camera. Ever since he has been amazed at the camera’s ability to capture a moment without words. Despite the rise of the digital age, he Later this month, their uncommonly good garden rotation will make a welcome appearance and includes zucchini, tomatoes, green beans, all sorts of peppers, cukes, cantaloupe and watermelon. Come August, Gala apples will tip toe into the mix, followed by Honey Crisps. October beckons with butternut and the current culinary darling, spaghetti squash. The family has carved an immense reputation for their pumpkin patch, which makes its annual debut at the same time and is a perennial favorite. Last year, it produced a bountiful harvest of 2,800 pumpkins, and this year’s yield promises to be slightly more.
still prefers black and white images to express beauty, elegance and solitude. Find Consuelo and Shawn at 1509 Sanford Ave., Richland; 509-7271916. • Fine “threads” of glass glisten at Linda Andrew’s Red Mountain studio. Her internationally acknowledged work ranges from sculpture to wall pieces to jewelry. This year she is adding gift items, employing abstract photos of her artwork and flowers on plates, cloth bags and photos infused into aluminum. Find her at 57204 N. Sunset Road, Benton City; 509-5888446; LindaAndrews.us. You don’t get a badge of honor to stop and shop at produce stands like Villa’s Fresh Produce. What you do get is so much more. An incredible flavor experience of fruit in its prime, a fun conversation about the produce — its origins, its fleeting reputation for being fine or a disappointment this year — and, hopefully, tremendous satisfaction that the dollars you spend go directly into the hands sharing the fruits of their labor. What’s not to love? Food Love columnist Marilou Shea is adjunct faculty for Columbia Basin College’s hospitality program and Food Truck Academy, as well as the creator of Food Truck Fridays.
uBRIEFS State Veterans Affairs receives $480,000 grant
The U.S. Department of Labor recently awarded the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs a $480,000 Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program grant. The money will be used for providing work force reintegration services to homeless veterans. The state agency partners with veterans’ employment representatives from WorkSource offices across the state to connect veterans with employers who are hiring. The money can be used for work clothing, tools and transportation. In addition, veterans are connected with job readiness services including therapeutic work, resume building and basic skills training.
Gesa Stadium named best ballpark
Gesa Stadium, home of the TriCity Dusty Devils, recently was named Ballpark Digest’s Best Short Season-A Ballpark in the country. Votes by fans helped Gesa Stadium beat out last year’s winner, LeLacheur Field, in the semi-finals and Spokane’s Avista Stadium in the finals.
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Lutheran church building new $3.5 million building in Southridge area King of Kings Lutheran Church also plans to open a new preschool, child care program BY ROBIN WOJTANIK for Senior Times
After 40 years in an A-frame building off Edison Street, a Lutheran church soon will move to the Southridge area of Kennewick. Pastor Tim Wilkens, 34, said King of Kings Lutheran Church has outgrown its current space and hopes to be in the new building by late next year. The church has been at 5209 W. Fifth Ave. since the mid-70s, but sold the building last year and is now renting the same space back from its current owners, the Apostolic Assembly of the Faith in Christ Jesus. The two churches hold services at separate times so both congregations are able to share the same angled roof. Members of Apostolic Assembly use the building Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons, which allows King of Kings to hold worship times on Sunday mornings and evenings. Wilkens has been pastor for three years and said the idea of expansion pre-dates his arrival, resulting in the purchase of the new property at 3315 S. Sherman St., just west of Southridge High School, about five years ago. Church members had an interest in moving to a part of the city that forecast future growth from new neighborhoods and new families. The five acres bought on Sherman were not on the market at the time, but the congregation knew this was the ideal location and pursued the sale. A groundbreaking ceremony was held in mid-June and construction started a couple of weeks later. The church has a 520-day contract for the build and expects it could run through fall 2019. This would push back plans to open a preschool at the new
location, making it available the following school year instead. King of Kings once operated a K-8 school for about a decade in the 80s and 90s before its closure. The church intends to offer child care before and after school and provide preschool instruction for up to 40 students at a time. In Southridge, King of Kings will nearly double its overall footprint, as the new location will be 11,800 square feet. The existing church off Edison Street is about half that size, split between the church building and an adjacent house that had been used over the years for the pastor’s home and meeting space. That 3,000square-foot home was short-platted and sold separately from the church building to be a private home separate from future church operations. The Sherman Street church will have a sanctuary to accommodate about 280 worshippers, as well as an activity hall, kitchen, preschool classrooms, offices and conference room. The cost of construction will run about $3 million, with design and furnishings pushing the total to $3.5
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million to $3.7 million. King of Kings is receiving a loan from the church body’s lender called the “church extension fund.” It will cover 90 percent of the project costs, plus a grant of $300,000 from the lender. The 270-member congregation launched a capital campaign to cover the purchase of the land five years ago, and raised an additional $300,000 in the past 18 months to
work toward paying back the loan. The design and engineer work was completed by Meier Architecture Engineering, with contract work by Booth and Sons Construction, as well as subcontracting from Campbell & Co. King of Kings Lutheran Church will continue to hold services at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sundays at 5209 W. Fifth Ave. in Kennewick until its new church opens.
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HEAT, From page 1 Nonetheless, Bartram said during heat waves customers should conserve energy. “This will benefit the electric system as well as mitigate the impacts of high temperatures on monthly power bills,” he said. Power use by BPA customers rose to record highs a year ago, when temperatures climbed above 100 degrees on Aug. 2, 2017. At that time, Northwest energy consumers used 8,226 megawatts according to the BPA. For reference, one megawatt can power an estimated 700 Northwest homes; 1,200 MW can power an entire city the size of Seattle. Tips to lower usage and help reduce bills: • Postpone using any appliance that generates heat until after 8 p.m., when outside temperatures are cooler. This includes the stove, oven, dishwasher, clothes washer and dryer. • Turn the thermostat up a couple degrees. A room at 76 to 78 degrees will feel cool when you come indoors from the high temperatures. • If you aren’t using electronics, turn them off. TVs are often left on when no one is watching. • Turn off lights when not needed. • Close the curtains to keep the sun from heating up a room. • Use less hot water. Take shorter, cooler showers. Wash clothes in cool water.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said seniors are more prone to heat stress because they don’t adjust as well as young people to sudden changes in temperature. They are also more likely to have a chronic medical condition that changes normal body responses to the heat; and they are more likely to take prescription medicines that affect the body’s ability to control its temperature or sweat. The CDC offers the following tips to stay cool and hydrated: • Stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible. If your home doesn’t have air conditioning, seek out an airconditioned place, like libraries, restaurants, movie theaters or shopping centers. • Do not rely on a fan as the main cooling source when it’s hot outside. • Drink more water than usual and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. If your doctor limits the amount of fluids you drink or has you on water pills, ask them how much you should drink during hot weather. • Don’t use the stove or oven to cook—it will make you and your house hotter. • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing. • Take cool showers or baths to cool down. • Do not engage in very strenuous activities and get plenty of rest. • Check on a friends and neighbors.
Sunnyside mushroom farm secures $45 million in financing BY TED ESCOBAR Daily Sun News
Sunnyside is closer to 200 new year-around jobs thanks to Ostrom Mushroom Farms LLC acquiring funding for its new state-of-the-art composting and operating platform at the Port of Sunnyside. Ascendant Partners Inc. of Colorado recently announced a $45 million financing package for Ostrom, the largest commercial mushroom producer in the Northwest. The financing will be used for the development and construction of the planned new operation. The indoor facility will allow Ostrom to produce mushrooms year-around in Sunnyside. Ostrom has been operating since 1928 as a family-owned and operated commercial mushroom producer. The new operation will complement its existing operations in Olympia, said David Knudsen, the company’s president and chief executive officer, “This new state-of-the-art operating platform will help Ostrom
expand our production, improve mushroom quality and significantly improve our operating efficiencies, thereby helping to position the company for continued success for the next generation,” he said. “The approach leverages design principles and technology well proven in Europe and elsewhere around the world but will be among the first installations in the U.S.” Funding was sourced through a value-added private investment firm committed to serving food and agriculture sectors across the U.S. The innovative financing structure secured the necessary project funding while minimizing the dilution of current ownership. “This process brought together two complimentary partners truly committed to the industry and the success of this venture,” said Mark Warren, who led the process for Ascendant Partners. “We’re extremely pleased to complete this funding so Ostrom can now fully focus on the development and implementation of this exciting new mushroom production operation.”
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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: 12:30 to 3 p.m. Fridays. Cost: $1 per day. • Woodcarving: 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays. Cost: 75 cents per day. 9 a.m. to noon Fridays. Cost: $1 per day. Bring supplies or borrow from
the class. • Dominoes: 12:30 to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. Cost: 50 cents per day. • Party Bridge: 12:30 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Cost: 50 cents per day. • Bridge Tournament: Second Sunday of each month, 2 to 6 p.m. Cost: $1. RSVP 509-586-3349. • Pinochle: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Mondays and Fridays. Cost: 50 cents per day. • Chinese Mahjong: 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays. Cost: $1 per day. • Sewing: 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays. Cost: $1 per day. • Summer Crafters: 9 a.m. - 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.
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Most of Pasco’s senior services programs take place at the First Avenue Center, unless otherwise listed. Activities, times and location subject to change. For more information, call 509-545-3459. • Basin Wood Carvers: 1 to 4 p.m. Thursdays. Cost: Free. • China Painting: 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays. Bring your own project and supplies. • Cribbage: 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. • Drop-In Snooker: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Cost: $1 per day. • Mexican Train Dominoes: 12:30
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register. Location: Pasco City Hall Activity Center, 525 N. Third Ave., Pasco. • Happy Feet program (60+): Get your feet cared for by a licensed, registered nurse. By appointment 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays. Cost: Free with suggested
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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. • 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 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). • RSA Riverfront Walk: 10 a.m. Tuesdays. Cost: free. Location: back
patio. • Fitness Room: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. Cost: $2 per day or $8 per month. Location: Fitness room. • Foot Care for Fabulous Feet: Have a licensed registered nurse specializing in geriatrics care for your feet. 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursdays. Cost: $30. Location: wellness room. Call 509-942-7529 for an appointment.
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1231 Dudley Ave., Prosser • 509-786-2915 All activities are at the Prosser Senior Community Center unless otherwise listed. Activities, times and locations subject to change. For more information, call 509-786-2915. • Pool: 12:30 to 3 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays. Cost: free. Location: pool room. • Tia Chia Quan: 6 p.m. Mondays. Taught by Kraig Stephens. Cost: $50 per month, 65 and older get discounted rate. Beginners start the first
Monday of every month. Wednesday and Friday open practice is at 5 p.m. which is free to club members only. Location: dining room. • Wellness Class: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays. Taught by Cheri Eisen of Sirius Therapeutics. Cost: $25 per month for members, $32 per month for non-members. Location: living room. • Mahjong 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Cost: Free. Location:
living room. • Bingo: 10 a.m. Wednesdays. Cost: 3 cards for $1. Location: dining room. • Pinochle: 5:30 p.m. Thursdays. Cost: $1. Location: living room. Bring potluck dish to share. • Prosser Friendship Quilting: 1 to 4 p.m. second and fourth Thursdays. Cost: Free for members ($5 year). Location: dining room. Bring sewing machine and project to work on. • Lunch and Learn Program: 1 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of the month. Subject changes every month. Cost: Free. Location: dining room • Monthly Potluck: Noon to 3 p.m. the third Sunday of every month. Cost: Free. Location: dining room. Bring a potluck dish to share.
• All you can eat breakfast: 8 to 11:30 a.m. the last full Sunday of each month (Aug. 26). Cost: Adults $5 per person, children 12 and under $3. Location: dining room. Includes pancakes, eggs, ham, apple juice and coffee. • Birthday Celebration: Typically the third Friday of the month. Call 509-786-1148 to verify. Provided by Meals on Wheels. Cost: suggested donation of $2.75. Location: dining room. • Meals On Wheels: 11:45 a.m. Monday through Friday. Cost: Suggested donation of $2.75. Location: dining room. Call 509-7861148 for reservations.
West Richland Senior Center
616 N. 60th, West Richland 509-967-2847 All activities are at the West Richland Senior Center. For more information, call 509-967-2847. • Potluck Dinner: 6 p.m. second Tuesday of the month. Bring a dish to share. • Bingo: 1 p.m. third Monday of the month. Hot dog luncheon at noon. $3 suggested donation. • TOPS (Take Off Pounds
Sensibly) Fitness: 11 a.m. Thursdays. • Exercise: A co-ed, light cardio class, led by exercise video, is 9 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. A donation of 50 cents for members and $1 for others is requested. • Pinochle: 5 p.m. Mondays.
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Meals on Wheels August 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 509-585-4241; Pasco 509-543-5706; Parkside 509-5452169; 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 by calling 509-736-0045. • Monday, Aug. 6: Chicken alfredo, mixed vegetables, salad
with dressing, breadstick and chilled pears. • Tuesday, Aug. 7: Beef tacos, Spanish rice, corn and chilled pineapples. • Wednesday, Aug. 8: Chicken and white bean chili, seasoned peas, cornbread and jello with fruit. • Thursday, Aug. 9: Baked cod with dill sauce, herbed potatoes, carrot raisin salad, broccoli Normandy and an apple pie bar. • Friday, Aug. 10: Sloppy joes, green beans, broccoli salad with carrots and chocolate chip cookies. • Monday, Aug. 13: Macaroni and cheese, sausage patty, broccoli, salad with dressing and applesauce. • Tuesday, Aug. 14: Roast turkey with gravy, mashed potatoes with gravy, peas and carrots, bread and ambrosia. • Wednesday, Aug. 15: Smothered pork chops, mashed potatoes with gravy, mixed vegetables, bread and frosted white cake. • Thursday, Aug. 16: Chicken enchilada casserole, refried beans, Mexican slaw and cranberry oat bar. • Friday, Aug. 17: Birthday day!
Roast beef with gravy, mashed potatoes with gravy, Italian vegetables, dinner roll and ice cream. • Monday, Aug. 20: Spaghetti and meat sauce, green beans, salad with dressing, roll and an oatmeal cookie. • Tuesday, Aug. 21: Chicken salad sandwich, carrot raisin salad, applesauce and blueberry oat bar. • Wednesday, Aug. 22: Chili, mixed vegetables, salad with dressing, chilled pineapple and a cinnamon roll. • Thursday, Aug. 23: Dijon chicken with rice, peas and onions, bread and apricots. • Friday, Aug. 24: Hamburger, baked beans, apple cabbage slaw and butterscotch pudding.
• Monday, Aug. 27: Pork loin roast with gravy, mashed potatoes, dilled carrots, salad with dressing, roll and chilled peaches. • Tuesday, Aug. 28: Tuna pasta salad, three bean salad, bread, fruit cocktail and chocolate chip cookies. • Wednesday, Aug. 29: Beef lasagna, mixed vegetables, salad with dressing, dinner roll and mandarin oranges. • Thursday, Aug. 30: Teriyaki chicken, fluffy rice, oriental vegetables, bread and pear crumble. • Friday, Aug. 31: Beef stew, steamed broccoli , salad with dressing, biscuit and chilled applesauce. For more information about Senior Life Resources Northwest visit seniorliferesources.org.
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Demand for new shingles vaccine triggers shortages BY SENIOR TIMES
Those hoping to get the new shingles vaccine will have to join the crowd. Washington state and the rest of the Pacific Northwest are no exception to the nationwide shortage of the newer vaccine that protects adults against the condition Saima Ahmad that causes a painful, blistery rash. Heightened public awareness of shingles and an improved vaccine to fend it off led to the shortage announced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention earlier this summer, said internist Saima Ahmad of Washington State University’s Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine in Pullman. When Shingrix became available this year, supply could not keep up with demand, she said, leading to inventory shortages at pharmacies beginning in late May. “The shortage, which is tempo-
rary, is actually a good sign. It skin supplied by the nerve where shows that the public is better the virus was silently residing. And informed about the risks of develop- though aging adults are more likely ing shingles and that this new vac- to develop the disease, young peocine offers a high rate of protec- ple sometimes get it but with milder tion,” she said in a news release. symptoms, Ahmad said. Shingrix is 90 percent effective in One of the most common compliadults 50 and older. The old vac- cations of shingles in people 50 and cine, Zostavax, is about 50 percent older is a deep, searing nerve pain effective, according to the CDC. called postherpetic neuralgia that Shingles is a viral infection that can linger long after the blisters typically causes a subside. Less frethrobbing, burnquently, shingles “The shortage, ing rash for days near the eye can which is or even weeks lead to blindness. temporary, before it runs its Shingles affects course. In a mean one in three adults is actually a trick of nature, in their lifetime, good sign.” the virus lurks according to the inside the bodies CDC. The number - Saima Ahman, of everyone who of adult shingles WSU Elson S. Floyd has contracted cases is increasing College of Medicine chickenpox. in the United “For most peoStates, but the ple who have had chickenpox, the CDC has said it doesn’t know why. virus goes dormant in the nerve By recommending that healthy cells. Then, certain conditions such adults start receiving the new vacas illness, a weakened immune sys- cine at age 50 — a decade earlier tem or stress can reactivate it years than what was recommended for the later as shingles,” Ahmad said. previous vaccine Zostavax — it’s “Especially among older popula- hoped those statistics will drop sigtions, it can be quite uncomfort- nificantly, Ahmad said. able,” she said. “Preventing shingles and its comThe rash appears on the area of plications would represent a big advance in public health,” she said. The company that manufactures Shingrix is GlaxoSmithKline. Though it has increased production of the vaccine, shortages are expected to continue through the rest of 2018, according to the CDC website.
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The Academy of Children’s Theatre is showcasing the classic movie, “Wizard of Oz,” as a family-friendly fundraising event on Saturday, Aug. 25. The screening will take place at 9 a.m. at the Fairchild Cinemas in Pasco. Tickets are $10, which includes a $1 off coupon toward a ticket to ACT’s production of “Wizard of Oz” this fall. This special fundraising event will benefit the ACT’s theater expansion project, scheduled to open in 2020. Information about the new theatre will be available in the theater lobby. Entertainment and a meetand-greet with members of the ACT “Wizard of Oz” show cast also will be featured. Tickets are on sale through Wednesday, Aug. 15, and may be bought online at academyofchildrenstheatre.org or at ACT, 213 Wellsian Way, Richland.
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Senior Times • August 2018 AARP, From page 1 The AARP encourages consumers to take three key steps to protect their personal information from potential identity thieves: • Take charge of your credit file: Getting a credit freeze is one of the three primary recommendations of security officials to help protect your identity. With a credit freeze in place, a criminal is unable to access your credit file or open new credit accounts. According to AARP’s survey, fewer than one in six Washington adults, or 14 percent, report having ever ordered a security freeze on their credit. “Along with checking their credit reports regularly and reviewing bills promptly, many consumers find that freezing their credit is a simple thing they can do to protect themselves from crooks looking to set up phony credit accounts,” said Federal Trade Commission Regional Director Chuck Harwood. • Check your online accounts: To keep a step ahead of identity thieves, consumers should have online access to all of their bank accounts, credit cards and retirement accounts and check them frequently. According to AARP’s report, four in ten, or 38 percent, of Washington adults have set-up online accounts for all of their bank accounts, while one in five, or 21 percent, admit they have not set up online access to any of their bank accounts. Similarly, half of Washington adults have set up online access to all of their credit cards, while more than one-quarter haven’t set up access to any of their credit cards. Some consumers who say they are staying offline are doing so for all the wrong reasons, the AARP said. Nearly half of respondents who have not set up online access to some or any of their bank or credit card accounts (45 percent) say they haven’t because they are afraid their personal information will get stolen; about 41 percent say they feel safer without an online account; and more than a third say they don’t trust the internet. “It’s ironic and unfortunate that fear and mistrust of the internet is actually putting people in greater danger that their personal information will be stolen and used by ID thieves,” said AARP State Director Doug
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Shadel. “Crooks have told us that people without online accounts are the perfect targets. It allows the criminals to set up online access themselves and to even set passwords and identifying information locking people out of their own accounts.” • Strengthen your passwords and privacy settings: The difference between secure computing and falling victim to online fraud or identity theft often comes down to a dozen or so keystrokes: your password. However, nearly half of Washington adults report using the same password for more than one online account. Younger adults are more likely to report doing this compared to older adults (18-49: 49 percent; 50-64: 46 percent; 65 and older: 33 percent). Using the same password across multiple accounts is a very risky practice. If hackers are able to break one of your codes, they can now access each of your accounts. “Our members know we are very vigilant about protecting their data and often ask us what else they can do. We tell them to treat their passwords like toothbrushes,” said Kyle Welsh, BECU’s chief information security officer. “Change them frequently; don’t share them; don’t leave them lying around; and the longer you brush, the better.”
Survey shows few older Americans shopping for groceries online bruised produce, a desire to see or touch groceries in person (88 percent), or difficulty returning a product if it’s not what they wanted or is spoiled (88 percent); and receiving wrong or incomplete orders (84 percent). Consumers over age 65 are more likely than others to report barriers, according to the survey. Two groups of older consumers who buy groceries and food online tend to stand out—and they come from different ends of the spectrum: those in higher income brackets and those who report mobility issues, who also tend to have lower incomes. A typical older, online grocery shopper is likely to be in their 50s, college-educated, working full time and white, according to the survey. Online grocery shoppers with annual incomes below $35,000 are far more likely (30 percent) to report mobility issues as a major obstacle than those earning more than $75,000 (7 percent).
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The number of Americans over 50 who are online grocery-shopping is relatively low, with 17 percent having ordered groceries to be picked up from a store, 17 percent from a prepared meal delivery service, 16 percent having ordered groceries to be delivered, and 10 percent having ordered from a meal-kit delivery service. Those are among the findings from a new survey conducted by the International Food Information Council Foundation in collaboration with AARP Foundation. A majority of older consumers visit more traditional stores in person, with 90 percent shopping at a supermarket at least once a month, 71 percent at a super-store, and 46 percent at a warehouse/discount club. Barriers to online orders for the older population include high delivery or service fees, cited by 89 percent of respondents; buying items in bad condition such as
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Grocery Outlet to open new Sunnyside store BY TED ESCOBAR Daily Sun News
Known for its low prices for common grocery items, Grocery Outlet will open a new store in Sunnyside. Grocery Outlet spokeswoman Kelly O’Rourke said construction will start soon. “Delivering thrilling deals has become our mission,” O’Rouke said. “It’s led us to become the nation’s largest extreme value grocery retailer.” The store will open at 2600 Yakima Valley Highway, in the former Kmart building. Brand-name groceries and farmfresh produce discounted 40 percent to 70 percent from conventional retail prices are common at Grocery Outlet, O’Rouke said, noting these are highquality, wholesome foods. Grocery Outlet buyers travel the world to find the best food deals available, O’Rourke said. The company has developed longterm relationships with thousands of producers and manufacturers through the years. Grocery Outlet buyers are experts at buying opportunistically; that is, outside the normal retail channel, such as packaging changes, product overruns and surplus inventories, to bring the best bargains back to consumers, O’Rourke said. The third generation of the Read family is running the business now, with more than 280 independentlyoperated stores in California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Washington. The nearest stores are in Kennewick, Walla Walla and Yakima. A Pasco location is planned for the corner of Road 68 and Sandifur Parkway. The California-based company has been around since 1946. Founder Jim Read started by selling military surplus for big discounts, and Grocery Outlet has been doing the same ever since.
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