Senior Times -- July 2018

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July 2018

Volume 6 • Issue 6

Trios Health to emerge from bankruptcy BY SENIOR TIMES

Brookdale Canyon Lakes honored

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New dessert shop open in Prosser

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Medicare cards to arrive soon Page 13

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Art in the Park July 27 - 28 9 a.m. Howard Amon Park, Richland

The Kennewick Public Hospital District announced June 20 that it would emerge from bankruptcy. The news comes after the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern Division of Washington confirmed the hospital district’s Chapter 9 plan for adjustment of debts. The hospital district had more than 3,000 creditors holding about $221 million in claims, according to court documents. These creditors included bondholders, real and personal property lessors and lenders, current or former employees and retirees, political subdivisions or state or federal agencies and others. This confirmation comes less than a year after the hospital district filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection. Chapter 9 specifically provides for the reorganization of municipalities, providing a grace period within which to propose a plan for the adjustment of the municipality’s debts to third parties. Trios Health’s restructuring reduces the company’s pre-bankruptcy debt by about $350 million. “These financial commitments made by creditors demonstrate the interest and support in restructuring Trios Health’s financial affairs, servicing supplier contracts and enabling us to continue caring for the community well into the future. I am pleased and appreciative of our employees and patients who have supported us throughout this challenging process,” said Marv Kinney, president of the hospital district’s Board of Commissioners, in a statement. After clearing bankruptcy, Trios Health will continue to provide patient care and expand its services in the Tri-Cities. uTRIOS, Page 14

Leonard Sevigny, 84, of Richland, shakes hands with Lee Hyung-jong, the Seattle consul general of the Republic of Korea, after receiving the Ambassador for Peace Medal on June 8 in Kennewick. Sevigny served in Korea from 1952-53 in the 1st Marine Division as a radio operator. (Courtesy Washington Department of Veterans Affairs)

Forgotten War vets remembered at peace medal ceremony BY KRISTINA LORD

Sixty-eight years after serving their country during the Korean War, 70 local veterans and their families received special recognition and appreciation for their role stopping the spread of communism in east Asia. The consul general of the Republic of Korea and state director of the Washington Department of Veterans Affairs director presented 63 medals

to veterans and seven to family members of veterans who had died or were too ill to travel during a June 8 ceremony in Kennewick. “We have all heard the Korean War referred to as the Forgotten War so it is wonderful when we have opportunities to remember these heroes and express our gratitude and appreciation,” said Alfie Alvarado-Ramos, director of the Washington Department of Veterans Affairs. uVETERANS, Page 2

Hill’s Restaurant and Lounge plans to reopen this fall BY LAURA KOSTAD for Senior Times

Less than a year and a half since a kitchen fire closed Hill’s Restaurant and Lounge in Kennewick, the diner is making a comeback. A majority of the original building has been demolished, but when the restaurant reopens in November, TriCitians will once again be able to enjoy their favorite homestyle meals at 24 Vista Way. “We’re trying to keep it as close as possible (to the original),” said Nancy Galstad, who operates Hill’s with the help of her life partner, Roger Pearson. Project manager Jared Wendlandt of

G2 Construction of Kennewick, the general contractor on the project, said, “If we do it right, it will still maintain the old homey café feeling.” Stripped down to its original foundation and some concrete masonry unit walls, a near total rebuild was necessary after extensive smoke damage was discovered by previous contractors who had gutted the building earlier this year. The project budget remains a moving target, Wendlandt said, who estimated the total cost likely will be in the $500,000 to $600,000 range for building owner, CHM Development, a company based in Ketchum, Idaho. uHILL’S, Page 15


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VETERANS, From page 1 The veterans received the Ambassador for Peace Medal, a commemorative medal that expresses appreciation from the Korean government to American service men and women who served during the war. More than 33,000 Americans were killed in the Korean War and more than 103,000 were wounded, according to a 2017 government report. More than 7,600 Americans are still unaccounted for. To be eligible for the medal, veterans had to have served during the Korean War from June 25, 1950, to July 27, 1953. It is also available for veterans who participated in United Nations peacekeeping operations through 1955. Leonard Sevigny, 84, of Richland, who served in Korea from 1952-53 in the 1st Marine Division as a radio operator, said he appreciated the recognition. He said he wished his brother George was still alive to see his medal because said he would be ribbing him about it. His brother served in the Marine Corps after being drafted, but he never went overseas. “If he was alive today I’d be teasing him today about that ribbon,” he said. Sevigny said in addition to two brothers who served in the Marines, he had a brother in the Navy and one in the Army, as well as four nephews in the Marines. He said his work as a radio operator in Korea meant he was a “communications man.” “We helped anybody who needed information or to call in artillery or anything required of us,” he said. “The war was something that you

Richard Brandt, 88, an Army veteran who lives in Richland, receives the Ambassador for Peace Medal during a June 8 ceremony in Kennewick from Alfie Alvarado-Ramos, director of the Washington Department of Veterans Affairs. (Courtesy Washington Department of Veterans Affairs)

got used to very quickly. Veterans were with you and told you what you should and shouldn’t do. If you listened to them, you will get by. Unless you’re very unlucky. I was fortunate, but I lost a good friend,” he said. Sevigny said a mortar shell killed his buddy Jack Weber, a 19-year-old Texan who worked as a photographer on the front. The two had gone through combat training together at Camp Pendleton. “He was wounded badly and he didn’t make it,” he said. Sevigny enlisted in the Marines after dropping out of Gonzaga University. He had been attending on a boxing scholarship. “I lasted 11 weeks and decided that I didn’t want to go school. One day I walked by a recruiting office,” he said, explaining that a Navy recruiter said he could join, but only after a six-month waiting period. He declined and walked out.

A Marine recruiter then informed him that his branch didn’t have a waiting period. “I went home, was back Monday, then over in Seattle to be sworn in, then on a slow train to San Diego and in boot camp before I could turn my head,” Sevigny said. Already in excellent shape thanks to his boxing scholarship, Sevigny sailed through boot camp. He said he would have stayed in the service if he hadn’t met his future wife, to whom he’s been married 64 years. They have six children, 18 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. The Moxee native said he was a jack of all trades during his post-military career, working with farm machinery; water treatment plants; boiler houses; heating, ventilation and air conditioning; refrigeration and electrical. Sevigny retired in 1991 from Richland’s Areva as an engineering assistant. Richard Brandt, 88, who lives at Richland Brookdale, an assisted living community, also received a medal — though he didn’t serve in Korea. “It’s an interesting story,” he smiled. Brandt received a draft deferment while studying for his college chemistry degree, but was drafted into the Army as soon as he graduated in 1953. He then was sent to chemical weaponry school in Anniston, Alabama. His whole company was scheduled to go to Korea, but a twist of fate sent him in another direction. While at a dental appointment, Brandt missed a meeting as well as the chance to serve in Korea. Instead, he was deployed to Germany where he worked as a soil technician with the 862nd Engineer Aviation Battalion. He worked in Darmstadt, Germany, checking the compactness of the soil to upgrade and lengthen runways. uVETERANS, Page 14

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Brookdale Canyon Lakes receives community leadership award BY SENIOR TIMES

A Kennewick senior living community received accolades for its numerous contributions to Kennewick schools, including hundreds of volunteer hours and thousands of dollars provided annually to the district and its students. Brookdale Canyon Lakes was named Kennewick School District’s 2018 Community Leadership Award winner for the Southeast Washington Association of School Administrators, or WASA. Brookdale Canyon Lakes has provided thousands of dollars to Park Middle School to provide coats and other needed items to students, as well as helping pay for a student trip to Washington, D.C. Residents volunteer in classrooms at Park Middle School and read with students as part of the Team Read program at several elementary schools. Kennewick superintendent Dave Bond presented the award to Joe Green of Brookdale Canyon Lakes’ management team and residents Eleanor Ferreira, Dorothy Larimore and Myrlen McKinnon at the annual WASA awards banquet on June 14. Superintendents, community educational advocates and school administrators representing the 23 school districts across southeast Washington gathered at the Meadow Springs Country Club in Richland to recognize outstanding contributions to education. Other Community Leadership Awards presented included: • Dan Martin, Burbank Grange (Columbia School District). • Kristi Haynes, prevention education consultant (Educational Service

District 123). • John Doran, Finley athletic director (Finley School District). • Paul Schneidmiller, World Wide Travel (Walla Walla Public Schools). • Kathy Valdez, Becky McGuin, and Katherine Bingham, Franklin County Graphic (North Franklin School District). • Rebekah Woods, Columbia Basin College (Pasco School District). • Julie Funfar, Mary Guay, Pam Kindle, Denise Homer, and Mary Gies, Richland Education Foundation (Richland School District). • David McIlroy, community member (Starbuck School District). • Chris Wallace, community member (Touchet School District). The award is presented to community members or groups in recognition of their outstanding contributions toward education. Specific c r i t e r i a include: benefit to students, leadership, motivation, Ray Tolcacher success, cooperation/coordination with local district, recognition by others and history of service. Retirement awards were presented to the following superintendents: Ray Tolcacher, Prosser School District; Lou Gates, Columbia School District in Burbank; and Gregg Taylor, North Franklin School District. The award is presented in honor of service to the profession to those retiring from their administrative responsibilities and no longer eligible for active WASA mem-

Brookdale Canyon Lakes residents Eleanor Ferreira, Myrlen McKinnon and Dorothy Larimore stand with Kennewick School District Superintendent Dave Bond; Brookdale Canyon Lakes sales manager Joe Green; and Park Middle School teacher Crystal Green. Brookdale Canyon Lakes received a Community Leadership Award at the Southeast Washington Association of School Administrators awards banquet. (Courtesy Kennewick School District)

bership. Tolcacher also received an award of merit for his demonstrated effective leadership at a regional level and for significant contributions to WASA through his work in the field of education in Washington. “The winners of these awards have

made a lasting impact on the students and schools across our entire region. Their work is the kind that unfortunately doesn’t always receive the recognition it deserves, but does more for student success than people can imagine,” said ESD 123 Superintendent Darcy Weisner in a news release.

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


• Grand Old 4th of July Celebration: Various times and locations in Pasco. Visit: pasco-wa. gov. Free event. • Fourth of July Celebration: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., Prosser Park, 902 Seventh St., Prosser. Free event. • River of Fire Festival: noon – 11 p.m., Columbia Park, 2701 Columbia Park Trail, Kennewick. Free event with suggested donation. • Speeches that Shaped America: 2 – 4 p.m., fingernail stage at Howard Amon Park, 500 Amon Park Drive, Richland. Free event.


• Car Show & Dance Bash: 4 – 10 p.m., Stoneridge Event Center, 5960 Burden Blvd., Pasco. Tickets: • Evening for the Angels, benefiting Chaplaincy Hospice Care: 6 – 9 p.m., Red Lion Hotel, 802 George Washington Way, Richland. Tickets:


• Morning Movie “Oklahoma”: 10 a.m., Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Drive, Richland. Free event. • Alzheimer’s Series Presentation “Caring for Late Stage Dementia”: 1:30 – 4:30 p.m., Kadlec Healthplex, 1268 Lee Blvd., Richland. RSVP: 509-943-8455. Free event.

• Tracing Your Musical Roots: 7 – 8 p.m., Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Drive, Richland. Free event.


• Taking Charge of Your Digital Identity seminar: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Three Rivers Convention Center, 7016 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick. Register Free event. • Integrative Oncology: Approaches to colon cancers: 5 p.m., Northwest Cancer Clinic, 7379 W. Deschutes Ave., Suite 100, Kennewick. RSVP: 509-987-1800. Free event. • Red, White & Rosé, benefiting the Benton Franklin Fair & Rodeo: 6 – 8 p.m., Anelare Winery, 19205 N. McBee Road, Benton City. RSVP: 509-222-3749.


• Sustainability Forum: 1 – 5 p.m., Three Rivers Convention Center, 7016 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick. Visit: go2kennewick. com/sustainability. Free event.


• Fields of Grace Educational Presentation: 1:30 – 3 p.m., Richland Community Center, 500 Amon Park Drive, Richland. Visit: Free event.


• Art Walk & Wine Gala: 6 – 10 p.m., Historic Downtown Prosser, Sixth Street and Meade Ave. Tickets: 509-786-3177. • City of Richland Polynesian Festival: 7 – 9:30 p.m., John Dam Plaza, 815 George Washington Way, Richland. Tickets: 509-9427529. • Former Hanford Worker Recognition Night Dust Devil Game: 7:15 p.m., Gesa Stadium, 6200 Burden Blvd., Pasco. RSVP: 509-420-5222. Free event.


• Resetting Your Dynamic: Getting Mobile After Treatment presentation: 4 – 5 p.m., Tri-Cities Cancer Center, 7350 W. Deschutes Ave., Kennewick. RSVP: 509-7373427. Free event. • Make Your Own Music Night for adults: 6 – 8 p.m., Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Drive, Richland. RSVP: 509-942-7454. Free event. • Solving Garden Problems class: 6:30 p.m., Master Gardeners Demonstration Garden, 1620 S. Union St., Kennewick. Contact: 509-545-5400. Free event.

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• Art in the Park: 9 a.m., Howard Amon Park, 500 Amon Park Drive, Richland. Visit: Free event.

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• Tri-City Water Follies: 8 a.m., Columbia Park, 2701 Columbia Park Trail, Kennewick. Tickets:


• Hunt & Gather Vintage in the Park Show: 9 a.m., John Dam Plaza, 815 George Washington Way, Richland. Visit: Free event.


• Alzheimer’s Memory Care Café meetup: 10 a.m. – noon, Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Drive, Richland. Free event.


• Safety Night: 6 – 8:30 p.m., Memorial Park, 1520 W. Shoshone, Pasco. Visit: 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.


• Legends of Washington Wine Gala: 6:30 p.m., Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center, 2140 Wine Country Road, Prosser. Tickets;

Senior Times • July 2018 uBRIEFS Franklin PUD launches new bill roundup program

Franklin PUD launched a new program in June called RoundUp to make it easier donate to the Helping Hands program. This program helps qualified individuals in need within the utilities service area pay their electric bill. When customers enroll in RoundUp, their bill will be rounded up to the next nearest dollar each month. For example, if the bill is $62.38, it will be rounded up to $63. Customers can voluntarily enroll in the program by checking the box on their payment stub, calling Franklin PUD’s Customer Service Department at 509-547-5591, or signing into their online account. All Helping Hands funds are administered by the Community Action Connections in Pasco.

Groups seek survey input on year-round public market

Is the Tri-Cities interested in supporting a year-round marketplace in the same way that Pike Place Market in Seattle or the Pybus Market in Wenatchee do? That’s the question that a community survey offered by the Port of Pasco, city of Pasco and the Tri-Cities Public Market Foundation want an answer to. The survey, which can be found at, resulted from a months-long collaboration during which the team examined not only community interest in the concept, but also the feasibility of two sites: the downtown area near the existing Pasco Farmers Market and a former industrial site along the Columbia River, east of the cable bridge. The survey is open through July 8. The survey is part of a larger study looking at the feasibility of a public market in Pasco that is jointly funded by the city of Pasco and Port of Pasco. The survey is multiple choice and ratings, and should take less than five

minutes to complete. Tri-Cities Public Market Foundation volunteers, identified by T-shirts, will be canvassing at local community events such as Pasco’s Food Truck Fridays and the June 23 Juneteenth Celebrations at Kurtzman Park in Pasco. To volunteer, contact the Tri-Cities Public Market Foundation via Facebook. Board members of the Tri-Cities Public Market Foundation are Ron Boninger, Tanya Bowers, Adam Brault, Mark Brault, Jillian Cadwell, Amanda Divine, Jennifer Johnson, Mark Lee, Craig Maloney, Ana Ruiz Peralta, Brad Rew and Heather Unwin.

Trios remodels Vista Field facility, moves providers

Major remodeling work has been completed to enable two Trios Medical Group provider practices and the Trios Sleep Center to move into a transformed space at the Trios Care Center at Vista Field in Kennewick. The improvements at 521 N. Young St. brings specialty practices—sleep medicine, pulmonology and infectious disease—formerly housed in a leased facility into a space co-located with internal medicine providers. The new clinic offers centralized registration and waiting areas for simpler patient navigation, as well as more efficient staffing and provider partnering opportunities, according to a Trios news release. The Care Center at Vista Field is also home to the Trios Endoscopy Center and High Desert Surgery. Patients have been notified of the location changes via postal mail.

Pasco council lifts firework ban, adopts state standards

The Pasco City Council recently voted to lift a ban on personal fireworks that had been in place since 1996. The council instead adopted state standards for permitted fireworks.

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“This new ordinance is a pragmatic approach to current attitudes about fireworks that balances safety and enforcement,” said Pasco Mayor Matt Watkins in a statement. The council also noted the change in landscape with previous fields becoming developed as well and limited resources for enforcement of a total ban. State standards limit the type of fireworks sold and restricts time and location of sales of personal fireworks. For complete details on the ordinance, go to PascoFireworks. Personal fireworks are banned in Kennewick city limits; Richland and West Richland allow fireworks with limitations.

Kennewick Fire offers safety suggestions for summer

As summer kicks off, the Kennewick Fire Department is launching a “Don’t Burn Your Fun” fire safety campaign. The department offers the following tips: • Maintain a defensible space around your home by cutting back vegetation that can fuel a fire; keep vegetation green and pruned; remove other combustibles from around your home; close vents to attic space when fires are burning nearby; and keep clean gutters and roofs.


• Attend a public fireworks show coordinated by experts. • To maintain campfire safety, check regulations, choose a site at least 50 feet from a structure or anything that can burn, never leave an unattended fire, and have water and shovel nearby to completely distinguish a fire when done. • While enjoying better weather, remember to use grills only outdoors and away from deck railings and hanging branches, keep grills clean and if using a charcoal grill, be certain to cool coals completely in a metal container before disposing.

Richland detective honored for 10 years of service

Richland Police Department Detective Damon Jansen received the Kiwanis Police Outstanding Office of the Year Award by the Kiwanis Club of Richland for 10 years of exemplary service. Jansen has worked on nearly 600 felony cases. He is an active member of the Regional Special Investigation Unit and a member of the department training cadre. Dave Lewis, a Richland Kiwanian and retired Richland Police Chief, worked with Lt. Tom Croskey to select a member of the police department for this inaugural award.


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Kadlec CEO announces retirement, successor picked BY SENIOR TIMES

Kadlec Health System’s CEO has announced plans to retire at the end of this year. Lane Savitch has been at Kadlec since 2006. He began his Kadlec tenure as president of the hospital and served in that role until he moved to his current position in 2016. Reza Kaleel, Kadlec’s current chief administrative officer, will step into the chief executive role in January 2019. “This is a decision I have been considering for some time,” Savitch said in a news release. “Now, is the right time, for my family, me, Kadlec and Providence. I am so proud of all we’ve accomplished together, serving the patients and communities of the region. I am confident Kadlec will continue to flourish and carry out both the daily mission of providing safe, compassionate care, as well as the long-term goal of improving the health of our communities.” Savitch lists among his proudest achievements as quality and safety initiatives at Kadlec that have earned a five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and an “A” grade from the Leapfrog Group. Both honors put Kadlec among the highest rated hospitals in the state. He also points to the outstanding team of Kadlec caregivers, which has grown to more than 3,700 during his tenure. Savitch is looking forward to spending time with his family, which includes his wife Jill, two children and three grandchildren. “Lane has made a significant contribution to helping make our community a healthier place,” said Wayne Martin, chairman of the Kadlec community board of directors, in a statement. “Lane’s leadership and experi-

ence have put Kadlec on solid footing as we head into the future. His role in the effective integration of Kadlec into Providence St. Joseph Health has been instrumental.” Lane Savitch K a l e e l came to Kadlec in 2016 after serving five years as executive vice president and chief operating officer for St. Mary’s Medical Center, a regional trauma center serving a broad geographic area including western Colorado, eastern Utah and southern Wyoming. Reza has worked in hospital administration since 1997, beginning his career in strategic planning and Reza Kaleel f i n a n c e b e f o r e steadily working his way up through various leadership roles in hospital operations. Prior to living in Colorado, he spent 20 years in San Antonio, Texas, serving as administrator for a hospital in the CHRISTUS system. “Reza is just the right person to build on the foundation set forth by Lane and the Kadlec leadership team,” said Elaine Couture, executive vice president, Washington-Montana region for Providence St. Joseph Health, in a statement. “We’re grateful for Lane’s outstanding service and look forward to a smooth transition led by Reza.”

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Ki-Be Market owners encourage Benton City pride BY JEFF MORROW for Senior Times

One would be hard pressed to find bigger boosters of Benton City than Mark and Lori Loften. The couple have lived in the small town west of the Tri-Cities since 2006 where they own and run Ki-Be Market. Along the way, they’ve helped their community and employees, supporting citywide cleanup efforts, employees down on their luck and local schools, youth sports teams and the town’s fire department. The grocery store’s uniform shirts are blue and white – the same colors of Kiona-Benton City High School, which is just across the street. Their efforts haven’t gone unnoticed. The Loftens were honored last month by the Washington Food Industry Association, or WFIA, with the 2017-18 Community Service Award. “From community tailgates to youth sports sponsorships, tutoring programs and more, Mark and Lori Loften have lifted up the community of Benton City and restored a sense of pride among its residents,” said Jan Gee, president and CEO of the association. “The Loftens understand children and families are at the heart of this community. Their enthusiasm and generosity have rejuvenated Benton City, and the stories of their kindness are seemingly endless. Mark and Lori exemplify what it means to be good citizens, and we are so proud to honor them with this well-deserved award.” The statewide industry association is dedicated to promoting and protecting stores and their suppliers. Founded in 1899, the WFIA represents the state’s independent grocers. The grocery industry provides about 50,000 jobs in Washington

Ki-Be Market owners Lori and Mark Loften recently received the Washington Food Industry Association’s 2017-18 Community Service Award. The Loftens have owned the Benton City grocery store for 12 years.

state. The award honors those who exemplify the highest standards of services in both business and community to positively influence and enhance the lives of others. Troy Tanner nominated the Loftens for the award. “Mark and Lori have helped create a new positive culture within their community and helped local kids become more well-rounded individuals who learn from their examples on how to become a good citizen,” said Tanner, a WFIA member and retail operations counselor with Family Foods. “They feel that if the kids in the school or the community have pride in their town and their school, they will take care of both.” It took the Loftens a change of pace to really find their home. “We were both working for Rob Martin, managing Price Choppers in Cashmere and Quincy,” Mark said. At one point, the Loftens were managing five different stores —

two in Pasco, and in Cashmere, Quincy and Sunnyside. “We were never home,” Lori said. “My parents raised our first two kids.” It was time to slow down. But it happened by chance. One day in 2006, the Loftens were planning to move to Cashmere to buy land for a new store. But that morning, Mark picked up a newspaper and read a story about senior citizens in Benton City wanting a grocery store so they didn’t have to drive to the Tri-Cities or Prosser to go food shopping. The last big grocery store in Benton City, the Red Apple, shut down in 2004. “And for one-and-a-half years, Benton City was left without a big grocery store,” Mark said. This would be their next move. The Loftens bought the store at 1215 Horne Drive and decided to put down roots in Benton City, population 3,360.


That meant becoming part of the community. “When we first got here, Benton City had a kind of stigmatism that was not good,” Mark said. “We had been told by some people to don’t let the local kids into the store, that the kids would damage the store. But the kids were polite.” The Loftens worked closely with city officials on a beautification project, pulling weeds on Main Street and working with area businesses to spruce up the downtown area. They also helped with the “Why drive?” effort, encouraging local residents to shop local and not drive into the Tri-Cities. “We put all the local businesses on the back of the shirt everyone was wearing,” Mark said. “It’s a pride thing, and it worked.” Ki-Be Market has 15 employees, many of whom started when they were in school. Some of them have needed help over the years. Like the time a Ki-Be High School vice principal called Mark and said they had a kid who was aging out of the foster care system. Could he help? So the Loftens hired the young man, who lived on the other side of Interstate 82 and rode his bicycle to work every day. The Loftens found him a used car. Or the time a young married couple gave their notice on the same day. They lived in Richland, and their only car was in the shop and they didn’t have any money to get it out. The Loftens wrote them a check. Or the time an employee was going through a divorce and her exhusband took the car, leaving her with no way to get to work, forcing her to give notice. uKI-BE, Page 8

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Senior Times • July 2018 KI-BE, From page 7 Mark convinced a family member trying to sell an old car to give it to him at a reduced rate so the woman had a way to get to work. Every year, the Loftens donate to the annual Fireman’s Ball in various ways, whether financially or with gift baskets. But it’s the local youth who hold a soft spot in the family’s hearts. The Loftens’ youngest child is still in high school. She plays soccer. The Loftens built a soccer training field at their home. They also built a sand volleyball pit. “Our daughter doesn’t play volleyball. But some of our daughter’s friends play volleyball,” Mark shrugged. “It’s a great place to train. The soccer kids usually come over twice a week during the summer.” On Ki-Be road trips, the couple’s daughter makes sure the team has energy bars and bananas. The Loftens go to all road games to cheer the team on. Youth sports teams get sponsored by Ki-Be Market.

Ki-Be athletes of the week have their full, life-size cutouts displayed the following week in the store. Slowing down to run the Ki-Be Market has allowed the couple to enjoy life. “I coached my son in football, and my daughter in soccer,” Mark said. It’s no wonder the latest catch slogan around town is, “Welcome to Bear Country,” after the high school’s mascot. “Happiness comes from the inside,” Mark said. “The kids come over here from the school. I measure what I tell them. When young people are between 20 and 35, a lot of the time it’s about, ‘Let’s make money.’ “But when I’m dead and gone, and people are standing over my grave, it’s not going to be about money. It’s more about how you affect people’s lives.” That’s why the Loftens are always looking to pay things forward. They do it because they love their community. “This town has worked to get its pride back,” Mark said.

Red Cross issues safety tips for hot weather BY SENIOR TIMES

Summer has officially arrived and with it the hot temperatures. More than 600 people in the United States are killed by extreme heat every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control. That’s why the American Red Cross is encouraging people to be safe when the temperatures soar. “It’s important for everyone to realize that warm weather can be dangerous,” said Peggy Hoggarth, executive director for the Central and Southeastern Washington Red Cross, in a news release. “The Red Cross has steps you can follow to make sure you and your loved ones are protected when hot weather hits your area.” Some people are more at risk of developing a heat-related illness, including adults age 65 and older, those with chronic medical conditions, people who work outside, infants and children and athletes. Steps to take in hot weather: • Hot cars can be deadly. Never leave children or pets in a vehicle. The inside temperature of the car can quickly reach 120 degrees. • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol. • Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone, or who are more likely to be affected by the heat. • If someone doesn’t have air conditioning, they should seek relief from the heat during the warmest part of the day in places like schools, libraries, theaters, malls, etc. • Avoid extreme temperature changes. • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.

• Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day. • Postpone outdoor games and activities. • Use a buddy system when working in excessive heat. Take frequent breaks if working outdoors. • Check on animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat. Make sure they have plenty of cool water. Excessive heat can lead to sunburn, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. If someone is experiencing heat cramps in the legs or abdomen, get them to a cooler place, have them rest, lightly stretch the affected muscle and replenish their fluids with a half a glass (about 4 ounces) of cool water every 15 minutes. If someone is showing signs of heat exhaustion (cool, moist, pale or flushed skin, heavy sweating, headache, nausea, dizziness, weakness, exhaustion), move them to a cooler place, remove or loosen tight clothing and spray the person with water or apply cool, wet cloths or towels to the skin. Fan the person. If they are conscious, give small amounts of cool water to drink. Make sure the person drinks slowly. Watch for changes in condition. If the person refuses water, vomits or begins to lose consciousness, call 911. Signs of heat stroke include hot, red skin which may be dry or moist; changes in consciousness; vomiting and high body temperature. Call 911 immediately if someone shows signs of heat stroke. Move the person to a cooler place. Quickly cool the person’s body by immersing them up to their neck in cold water if possible. Otherwise, douse or spray the person with cold water, or cover the person with cold, wet towels or bags of ice.

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Owner overcomes humble beginnings to launch dessert shop in Prosser Jade’s British Girl Treats is combination confection shop, bakery, deli BY EMILY GOODELL

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Nestled inside Desert Wind Winery in Prosser is Jade Visser’s pride and joy: Jade’s British Girl Treats, a confection shop, bakery and deli. Every day, Visser crafts chocolate concoctions and English toffee, designs delicate desserts and — most importantly to her — finds daily enjoyment in providing a service to her customers. “Making other people happy brings me joy,” she said. “That’s the heart of it. I love to see the smiles.” But for Visser, cooking wasn’t always something that brought her joy. When she was a young girl growing up in Sheffield, England, her mother was ailing. Her parents didn’t have money and needed help, so as the eldest daughter, Visser became her family’s caretaker at 12 years old. “My mom was so ill they took me out of school,” she recalled. “I was always the one who had to support the family and take care of the kids.” She was in charge of all the house-

hold duties: laundry, cleaning, taking care of her younger siblings — and cooking. “It was a drudge at first and I was resentful,” said Visser, 52, of Sunnyside. “But the more I was able to get creative with what I did and take a recipe and put my own twist on it, I actually got more and more excited about it.” Reactions from others made all the difference. At first, preparing food was an obligation forced on her due to her family’s circumstances. But when family and friends sampled her food and enjoyed it — when they were surprised that it came from her own recipes — she fell in love with cooking. “The excitement of people about my food ... made me feel good,” Visser said. “It became quite addicting, but not in a big-headed kind of way. It was just. ‘I did that. I can do this.’ ” Visser started making chocolates after her first visit to the U.S. in 1986. She watched her host mother make chocolates out of baking chocolate and shortening. “She was using these really cheesy

Chocolatier Jade Visser opened Jade’s British Girl Treats inside Desert Wind Winery in Prosser this past winter. She added a full service bakery and deli in April. (Courtesy Yakima Valley Business Times)

molds to turn out these amazing chocolates; I was absolutely fascinated,” Visser said. “When I went home, I did my research. I came up with a better

chocolate, a better mold, a lot of hand preparation of chocolates and I just fell in love with that.” uDESSERTS, Page 10


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DESSERTS, From page 9 Through the years, Visser has developed new techniques for making chocolates and new concepts, but the quality of the chocolate itself hasn’t changed much. When she started making chocolates, she had no idea what airbrushing or hand painting a chocolate was. Now, she does it all, making chocolates from scratch, forming chocolate with molds, and hand painting, transferring and airbrushing chocolates. Visser said in most chocolate shops, including hers, you can find standard treats like truffles or caramels. What sets her apart is her originality. “Nobody else does it and I know that because they’re my recipes and my designs,” Visser said. “So, you wouldn’t be able to walk in and find a strawberry balsamic vinegar chocolate. You wouldn’t be able to go in and find the Jack Daniel’s pyramids because they’re my concept.” To come up with new chocolate concepts like the Jack Daniel’s pyramids, she focuses on flavor first. She takes chocolate and other ingredients and layers them together, letting those around her taste-test the creations. In addition to selling chocolates, Visser does custom promotional and retail work for wineries, custom desserts for special events and dessert catering. She also maintains wholesale accounts from Yakima to the TriCities, supplying area restaurants with desserts. Visser opened the bakery in April, selling fresh-baked rolls, artisan bread, specialty cakes, tarts and fruit bars. Visser said the bakery also offers custom works for events. The deli is open three days a week,

Jade’s British Girl Treats sells a wide variety of original chocolate creations, including Jack Daniel’s pyramids. All of the dessert recipes are unique to owner Jade Visser, who moved to the United States from England. (Courtesy Yakima Valley Business Times)

from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, serving soups, salads and sandwiches, all made from scratch. Another prominent product Visser sells is a line of unique “mixers” named after her husband, Greg, a residential loan officer at Sunnyside’s Banner Bank. The party snacks come in different flavors: Greg’s Hunting Mix (mesquite), Greg’s Fishing Mix (salt and vinegar) and Greg’s Cabin Mix (original). Two of the newer varieties are gluten-free: Greg’s Farmers Mix (honey and sea salt) and Greg’s Mountain Mix (sweet and salty). The idea for the mixers came about on their first date. They were talking

and connecting over food when Greg told his future wife about a party mix he made. “I’m thinking in my head, ‘Uh-huh, you shouldn’t ever tell that on a first date,’ ” Visser said. “Then he brought me a gallon bag of this party mix and I couldn’t stop eating it. It took me about an hour to devour a gallon bag, and I looked at him and I said, ‘You know, this is amazing.’ ” Her husband, along with creating the mixers, played a huge role in her following her dream and opening the dessert shop inside the winery. “He made my dream come true, because he believed in me right from the start and said, ‘Go do it,’ ” Visser said. “Not a lot of people have believed in me. I didn’t have a family that believed in me.” Through the years, Visser has struggled to follow her dreams. After having to care for her family, she left home when she was young and put herself through college twice, to culinary school and business school. She moved to the U.S. and opened an art supply store, chocolate shops, bakeries and a steakhouse. She got divorced. She moved all over the U.S.: Montana, Utah, Washington. She raised 10 children, including triplets. “It’s been rough with a failed marriage and having a lot of children to support, but I got to this time in my life and I met this wonderful man that

said, ‘Follow your dream,’ ” she said. “Why do I work so hard? Because I love my husband so much and I’m so grateful he gave me so much. Everything I do is for him.” Visser loves to incorporate local flavors into her food. Being involved in the community guarantees the freshness, taste and quality of the product. “You’re supporting one another, and supporting one another is what’s important to me,” she said. “Anybody can go to the grocery store and buy something, but I’m not sure who I’m supporting doing that.” Visser wants to support her community the way the community has supported her. She came to live in Sunnyside because her husband grew up there, but she stayed because of the people. When she came to the U.S., because of her strong accent, people stopped her every day to ask her why she would want to live in the U.S. “They would kind of be negative about it and I was like, ‘You just don’t know what you have,’ ” Visser said. “Unless you’ve experienced another country, you guys don’t know what you have here.” She said in her experience, people in the U.S. are warm, welcoming and supportive. Americans are genuinely happy to help others. “Coming into the Valley, to Sunnyside, it’s even more so because it’s a community,” Visser said. “From Yakima to the Tri-Cities, it’s that community feel that is missing in other places. So I’m not going anywhere.” When Visser stepped off the plane from the U.K. into the U.S., she had an overwhelming sense of belonging, like she was home. She said she felt the same way when she moved to Sunnyside and married Greg. She was home. “I really do love what I do. I really do. I can get up every day and I don’t go to work: I go to play,” Visser said. “I don’t care how busy I am or how many hours I put in in a day. At the end of the day, you can’t compensate for someone going, ‘Wow, that was really good.’ That just brings me joy.” Her shop is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. Jade’s British Girl Treats: 2258 Wine Country Road, inside Desert Wind Winery, Prosser; 509-6439450; Facebook; Instagram.

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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: 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.

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. 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. • 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

donation of $12 to $15 per person. Call 509-545-3459. • Foot Care for Adults (18+): Get your feet cared for by a licensed, registered nurse. By appointment only, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: $30. Call 509545-3459.

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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

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.

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. • Morning Movies for Adults: “Oklahoma” 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, July 10. Location: Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Drive, Richland.

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Washington seniors soon will be receiving their new Medicare cards. The new cards do not include Social Security numbers, a change designed to protect seniors’ identity. The new cards are scheduled to be mailed to Washington residents “after June,” according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. “It comes in an envelope that looks like junk email and people don’t realize they’re getting new cards,” said Denise Sliger, co-owner of Senior Benefits Solutions in Kennewick. “People need to pay attention to their mail to watch for this card.” The new cards will feature a new Medicare number. Once the new card is received, the old one should be destroyed. Seniors also should keep an eye out for letters in their mailboxes from the Social Security Administration alerting them to programs that could help pay their out-of-pocket health care expenses. This year, more than 2.2 million people will receive the letters. With so many scams swirling around the release of the new Medicare cards, the National Council on Aging wants to reassure recipients that these form letters from Social Security Administration, or SSA, are not a scam, and encourage anyone who receives one to contact a local aging

organization to see if they qualify for the economic support programs. “The letters are only sent to Medicare beneficiaries who are likely to qualify for the Medicare Savings Program and Medicare Part D Extra Help,” said Leslie Fried, senior director of NCOA’s Center for Benefits Access, in a news release. “So, this is an opportunity for anyone who gets one to reach out to a local organization that can work with them to verify their eligibility and to support their application process.” Roughly 8.5 million people are enrolled in Medicare Savings Program and about 12 million use the Extra Help Medicare program to afford their Medicare premiums, co-payments, deductibles and prescriptions. An estimated five million more Medicare beneficiaries are eligible for the programs, but never apply. “Each day, thousands of baby boomers turn 65—and many are retiring with increasing amounts of debt and less savings,” Fried said. “Spiraling health care costs can significantly cut into our economic security as we age, but these programs can reduce that burden. If you or someone you know gets an SSA letter, it pays to find out more.” Medicare beneficiaries who are eligible for Medicare Savings Program and Extra Help also may be eligible for other benefits to supplement their monthly budget. National Council on Aging’s offers a

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The consul general of the Republic of Korea and state director of the Washington Department of Veterans Affairs director presented 63 medals to veterans and seven to family members of veterans who had died or were too ill to travel during a June 8 ceremony in Kennewick. (Courtesy Washington Department of Veterans Affairs)

TRIOS, From page 1 Trios Health will become part of RCCH HealthCare Partners through its joint venture with UW Medicine, RCCH – UW Medicine Healthcare Holdings LLC, according to a Trios Health release. It’s unclear how long this could take but could be within 30 to 60 days, according to Trios officials. Last year, RCCH announced its interest to the hospital district’s Board of Commissioners. In February, Tennesse-based RCCH formalized a public-private partnership with UW Medicine to

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HILL’S, From page 1 and vestibule similar to the original. Galstad said the reconstruction is The restaurant’s much-loved bar being funded by CHM, while “insur- stool seating facing the kitchen also ance is taking care of some of it will be incorporated into the rebuild, already.” However, she said any but with a modernized feel. upgrades beyond the cost of replaceCustomers also will be happy to ment will not be covered by insur- know that the “Our Lady” painting ance. will have a home in the new restauAn unexplained fire broke out in rant for future customer photo ops. October 2016 near a deep fryer in Galstad said the same menu is the kitchen. Since the event occurred planned, though the kitchen will outside the establishment’s hours of carry on its tradition of experimentoperation, no one was injured. ing with new dishes. In the wake of “We tried to the damage and keep things fresh ensuing insurance and put out differ“They’ve always had and permitting ent stuff,” she good food in that challenges, explained, adding building and always Galstad said there that for those who had really good help. was one bright haven’t experi... It will just be fun to spot: the opportuenced Hill’s, its Construction is underway at Hill’s Restaurant and Lounge at 24 Vista have it back there.” nity to make long cuisine is best Way in Kennewick, with a reopening planned for November. The desired improvedescribed as “what locally operated homestyle diner closed in fall 2016 after a kitchen fire - Terry DeVine, grandma used to caused extensive smoke damage. ments. longtime customer cook, Design West probably at Hill’s Restaurant great Architects, which grandma operates a local now,” Galstad said Earlier that decade, in 1962, the Before the fire, Hill’s employed o ff i c e in with a chuckle. original Hill’s Restaurant was 19 servers, hostesses, bartenders and Kennewick, is providing design ser“It’s one of the last home-style opened by Tom and Ronna Hill kitchen staff. vices. cooking restaurants in the Tri- where Columbia Center mall is now. “Some (former staff) have said Wendlandt said the new eatery Cities,” said longtime customer Hill’s moved to its present-day they’re coming back regardless,” will be about 2,100 square feet and Terry DeVine. “They’ve got the best location in the 1990s after Max’s Galstad said. Others, she explained, that “the layout will be very close” breakfast in town, that’s my opin- Broiler closed. Galstad took over have retired or have found other to the original footprint. ion.” management of the restaurant from jobs, so Hill’s will be hiring leading One key improvement will be a The restaurant originally opened the Hills about 20 years ago. up to the anticipated Nov. 1 reopennew kitchen intended to improve as a walk-up named Max’s Stop and “It’s a good food corner,” DeVine ing. workflow, with a walk-in cooler Go, DeVine said, which he said he said. “They’ve always had good “See you in the fall,” Galstad said. located outside to capitalize on visited a handful of times while food in that building and always had available space. Wendlandt said the attending Richland High. really good help. 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Meals on Wheels July 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, July 2: Spaghetti with meat sauce, green beans, salad with dressing, dinner roll and an oatmeal cookie. • Tuesday, July 3: Chicken salad sandwich, carrot raisin salad, applesauce and blueberry oat bar.

• Wednesday, July 4: Closed for Independence Day. • Thursday, July 5: Dijon chicken with rice, peas and onions, bread and apricots. • Friday, July 6: Chili, mixed vegetables, salad with dressing, cinnamon roll and chilled pineapple. • Monday, July 9: Pork loin roast with gravy, mashed potatoes, dilled carrots, salad with dressing, dinner roll and chilled peaches. • Tuesday, July 10: Tuna pasta salad, three bean salad, bread, fruit cocktail and chocolate chip cookies. • Wednesday, July 11: Beef lasagna, mixed vegetables, salad with dressing, dinner roll and mandarin

oranges. • Thursday, July 12: Teriyaki chicken, fluffy rice, oriental vegetables, bread and pear crumble. • Friday, July 13: Beef stew, steamed broccoli, salad with dressing, biscuit and chilled applesauce. • Monday, July 16: Fiesta chicken, refried beans, steamed corn, bread and yogurt with berries. • Tuesday, July 17: Chef salad, beet and onion salad, wheat roll, chilled fruit cocktail and cranberry oat bar. • Wednesday, July 18: Lemon pepper cod, herbed potatoes, mixed vegetables, pea and cheese salad and oatmeal raisin cookies. • Thursday, July 19: Salisbury steak with gravy, mashed potatoes with gravy, broccoli, bread and apple pie bar. • Friday, July 20: Birthday day! Roast beef with gravy, mashed potatoes with gravy, Italian vegetables, dinner roll and ice cream. • Monday, July 23: Chicken fried steak with gravy, mashed potatoes, peas, chilled pineapple and an oatmeal cookie. • Tuesday, July 24: Grilled chicken sandwich, coleslaw, applesauce, blueberry crisp. • Wednesday, July 25: Shepherd’s pie, broccoli normandy, spinach salad with dressing, bread and chilled apricots. • Thursday, July 26: Tuna noodle casserole, carrot lyonnaise, salad with dressing, dinner roll and chocolate ice cream. • Friday, July 27: Herbed chicken with mushroom gravy, herbed potatoes, carrot raisin salad, green beans and fruit jello. • Monday, July 30: Baked ziti, broccoli, salad with dressing, breadstick and fruit cocktail. • Tuesday, July 31: Chicken and rice casserole, glazed baby carrots, bread, chilled pineapple and cherry crumble. For more information about Senior Life Resources Northwest visit

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