Senior Times -- June 2018

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June 2018

Volume 6 • Issue 5

Kennewick to turn senior center into community center BY KRISTINA LORD

Longtime Meals on Wheels director retires

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Pet urgent care opens in Southridge

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K-Life donor program offers tax savings Page 9

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Mariachi & More Festival Sunday, June 24 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Columbia Park, Kennewick

The Kennewick Senior Center will transition into a community center because of dwindling use and a demand for more allage facilities. “Our daily participation counts of seniors at the senior center have steadily declined, as have the number of volunteer hours contributed at the center. We’ve got to make a change with the marketplace,” said Emily Estes-Cross, the city’s parks, recreation and economic development director. The city will continue to use the 8,429-square-foot building at 500 S. Auburn St., located near City Hall in the nine-acre Keewaydin Park, to serve up Meals on Wheels lunches and offer senior programming. The plan to convert the senior center into a community center is a work in progress. The city’s Parks and Recreation Commission will meet with the Kennewick City Council during a June 26 workshop to discuss how to keep existing seniors engaged; programs to reach a broader audience; a timeline for building remodel priorities; and a naming strategy. The workshop is at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 210 W. Sixth Ave. The city budgeted $200,000 for improvements to the center, built in 1976, that include wifi, as well as a more accessible entrance. Estes-Cross said the city plans to complete an architect rendering of the improvements this year. The definition and perception of who a “senior” is has evolved over the years, as has the growing number of options for recreation, socialization and aging-related services, all of which has affected participation at senior centers across the country. uKENNEWICK, Page 13

Reg Unterseher of Kennewick and his wife transformed a grassy corner of their yard into a certified Heritage Garden featuring a boulder focal point, flagstone path and colorful native plants. The garden is one of five to be featured during this year’s Academy of Children’s Theatre Garden Arts Tour fundraiser on Saturday, June 16.

Get inspired, support the arts during 20th annual garden tour BY KRISTINA LORD

A Kennewick couple traded a Fuji cherry tree and mature evergreen bushes growing in a grassy corner of their front yard for native grasses and plants like sagebrush, bitterbrush and blanket flower. It was part of their plan hatched about nine years ago to reduce water use, get rid of green grass and transform their yard into a more “putterable,” less labor-intensive garden, said Reg Unterseher of Kennewick.

“It’s about the enjoyment of the garden without the stress of the garden,” he said. Unterseher said he and his wife Dr. Sheila Dunlop are no longer spring chickens — they’re both 62 year old — and they didn’t want to spend all their free time weeding and mowing anymore. Their certified Heritage Garden is one of five gardens to visit during this year’s Academy of Children’s Theatre Garden Arts Tour fundraiser on Saturday, June 16. uTOUR, Page 2

New Memory Café offers social outing for those with Alzheimer’s, dementia BY KRISTINA LORD

A new program in Richland can help families avoid isolation when a loved one faces Alzheimer’s or dementia. Called the Memory Café, the monthly gathering at the Richland Public Library aims to provide a safe place for people experiencing memory loss and their caregivers. It’s the first café in the Tri-Cities, with the closest other in Yakima, which launched earlier this year, said Joan Acres, the Alzheimer’s Association’s community outreach coordinator for southeast Washington.

Acres said the cafés give those affected by the disease a chance to get out, circulate and meet people facing similar challenges. “It’s a casual gathering and fellowship. We have a program for early stage memory loss called ‘Staying Connected’ for caregivers and people with memory loss. We encourage them in that class to keep doing things. Don’t stay home or isolate yourself. Do what you love to do,” Acres said. “This will provide that.” The cafés, which are free to attend, will be held at 10 a.m. on the last Tuesday of the month at the Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Drive, Richland. uMEMORY, Page 14


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TOUR, From page 1 This year’s 20th annual self-guided tour runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A finale garden party is from 3 to 5 p.m. in a historic Richland riverfront home. It’s a popular annual event, too, said Anne Spilman, interim executive director at ACT. About 200 tickets are sold each year for the tour and all proceeds raised go back into ACT’s operating budget to support yearround classes and workshops in theatre arts, drama and more. “It’s one of two main fundraisers we have every year and a great way to reach a population who don’t always come to our productions,” Spilman said. Throughout the day, a variety of artists and performers will showcase their talents at the gardens. Dunlop and Unterseher, who live in the Panoramic Heights area, turned to the Benton Conservation District for help in transforming their traditional front yard into a certified Heritage Garden. “I’m not a great gardener but I like plants. I ask for help from people who know,” Unterseher said. A Heritage Garden is a landscaped area designed to honor the cultural and natural heritage of the Columbia River Basin while utilizing sustainable gardening practices. The Benton and Franklin Conservation Districts partner with

the Columbia Basin Chapter of the “The whole key is not to do too Washington Native Plant Society to much at a time because it’s overhelp those interested in planting one. whelming,” he said. Volunteers from the group visited This will be Unterseher’s first time Unterseher’s home and sketched out a to be featured in the garden tour. The plan for the grassy corner spot. composer and voice teacher said placThree springs later, his front corner es like ACT are vital to communities garden is full of an array of colorful and in shaping the area’s young peoplants that are a magnet for butterflies ple. and bees. Also included in the garden tour “We love are a xeriscape this. It’s so defined front much fun,” yard garden, a Unterseher c l a s s i c said. He said European-style he’s enjoyed landscape garlearning about den and a forthe native mal Asianplants and seeinspired estate ing them take setting. root. The tour The garden ends with the also provided garden party at some life les- A sign designates that Reg a historic home sons along the Unterseher and Sheila Dunlop’s in north way, he said. Kennewick garden is a certified Richland, built Patience and Heritage Garden. circa 1912. It time are needed served as a for gardens to boarding house grow, and, he said, you can’t push for teachers as well as a home for Col. anything to grow in a direction they Franklin Matthias, who founded the don’t want to — sometimes encour- Hanford site, and W. E. Johnson, a agement is better than a push. General Electric general manager at “I can’t make them do anything,” Hanford as well as a member of he said. Atomic Energy Commission. His advice for someone interested For the past year it’s been home to in a yard transformation? Dr. Brian Lawenda of Northwest Cancer Clinic in Kennewick, Jenni Rodriquez, his significant other, and their teenage son, who has been cast in ACT’s fall production of “The Wizard of Oz.” “To come here and see quality of drama has been amazing,” Rodriquez said. “We’re happy to support them.” Rodriquez said she and Lawenda are happy to share the historic property with the community. It features 200 irises and established trees overlooking the Columbia River and the volleyball court in Leslie Groves Park. Tickets for the garden tour, including the party, are $30 each and may be bought online at academyofchildrens They also may be bought at ACT, 213 Wellsian Way, Richland; McCurley Integrity Honda, 1775 Fowler St., Richland; Beaver Bark, 607 Aaron Drive, Richland; and Wild Birds Unlimited, 474 Keene Road, Richland. The major sponsor of the Garden Arts tour is McCurley Integrity Honda. ACT served more than 6,000 students last year. For more information, call 509943-6027 or visit academyofchildrens

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Longtime Meals on Wheels director retires, successor named BY KRISTINA LORD

The longtime director of the Meals on Wheels program retired in May after a career of providing services to seniors for more than 30 years. Marcee Woffinden, the senior nutrition services director at Senior Life Resources Northwest, retired May 31 after more than 17 years at the Richlandbased agency. Woffinden, 62, served as the aging services director in Cash County, Utah, for 15 years prior to her arrival in the Tri-Cities. She said it’s been an honor to serve seniors for more than three decades. “My goal with both jobs was to leave the place better than I found it,” she said. Woffinden oversaw the planning and opening of new kitchens in Utah and Richland. The Richland commercial kitchen opened on Fowler Street in 2016. Woffinden led the Meals on Wheels program through an incredible period of growth; the number of meals served per year has doubled — from 100,000 to 200,000 — and the number of volunteers, who are the life blood of the program, has grown from 170 to 435, said Grant Baynes, executive director

for Senior Life Resources Northwest. “Most significantly, Marcee led with her heart, never losing sight of our mission to serve some of the most vulnerable adults in our community, providing nutrition, social contact and a sense of respect and value for those who often feel they are a burden and of limited worth. She has recognized that our Meals on Wheels staff, paid and volunteers alike, bring the full value of our program to life, making our community a better place to live for us all,” Baynes said. The Mid-Columbia Meals on Wheels program serves 600 meals daily. “I don’t think people realize the significance of the hunger issue for seniors. The numbers are exploding,” Woffinden said, noting that one in six seniors nationwide is hungry. She said year-over-year program growth has spiked 20 percent this year. The agency typically sees 6 percent to 10 percent growth annually. The reason? The age wave is being felt locally, she said. Woffinden’s team includes 30 employees, four of which are full-time workers. Woffinden plans to see more of her family in retirement, including her 13 grandchildren, a mother in assisted liv-

Marcee Woffinden, the longtime senior nutrition services director at Senior Life Resources Northwest, poses with a rock engraved with her name and years of service at the Richland-based agency. She retired May 31 after 17 years overseeing the Meals on Wheels program. The engraved rocks are a tradition to honor those involved in the nonprofit.

ing and a disabled brother. She’s already signed up for water aerobics classes and will be going on a backpacking trip later this summer. Kristi Thien, the lead home meal assessor, is Woffinden’s successor, effective June 1. “I’ve been mentoring her for a year. She’s going to be great,” Woffinden said.

Baynes said Thien is well prepared for her new role. “The program will be in great hands, as we face the challenges of greater demand and fewer funds from traditional sources. Her team is sad to see Marcee retire but know that it is well deserved and hard-earned. They have embraced Kristi as their new leader,” Baynes said.


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


• Exploring Music Therapy: 10:30 - 11:30 a.m., Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Drive, Richland. Contact: 509-942-7454. Free event.

JUNE 8 – 10

• 2018 Richland Regatta: 8 a.m., Howard Amon Park, 500 Amon Park Drive, Richland. Visit: Free event. • Sacajawea Bluegrass Festival and Dutch Oven Rendezvous: various times, Sacajawea State Park, 2503 Sacajawea Park Road, Pasco. Visit:


• Wine Country Classic Dairy Goat Show: 8 a.m. – noon, Benton County Fairgrounds, 1500 S. Oak St., Kennewick. Visit: wcgc. Free event. • Mopar Show N’ Shine: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Columbia Point Park, 660 Columbia Point Drive, Richland. Visit: Free event. • Bottles, Brews, Barbecues: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Vintner’s Village, 357 Port Ave., Prosser. Tickets:


• Alzheimer’s Series Presentation “Caring for Middle Stage Dementia”: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Kadlec Healthplex, 1268 Lee Blvd., Richland. RSVP: 509-943-8455. Free event.

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


• Tri-City Genealogical Society meeting: 6:15 p.m., Benton PUD Auditorium, 2721 W. 10th Ave., Kennewick. Visit: Free event.


• Cruising for a Cause, benefiting My Friends Place: 5:30 – 9 p.m., Columbia Point Park, 660 Columbia Point Drive, Richland. Tickets: • Easing Into Summer, benefiting Elijah Family Homes: 6 – 9 p.m., Richland Community Center, 500 Amon Park Drive, Richland. Tickets:

JUNE 15 – 17

• All Wheels Weekend: various times, Downtown Dayton, East Main Street, Dayton. Visit: Free event.


• Prosser Scottish Fest: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Prosser Wine and Food Park, 2840 Lee Road, Prosser. Visit: Free event. • Garden Arts Tour, benefiting Academy of Children’s Theatre: 9

a.m. – 5 p.m., various Tri-City locations. Tickets:


• Parkview Estates Annual Car Show: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Parkview Estates, 7820 W. Sixth Ave., Kennewick. RSVP: 509-734-9773. Free event.


• Hogs & Dogs Family Festival: 4 – 10 p.m., Bombing Range Sports Complex, 3200 Bombing Range Road, West Richland. Contact: 509967-0521. Free event. • Community Lecture Series “Sasquatch: Man-Ape or Myth?”: 7 p.m., Mid-Columbia Libraries, 1620 S. Union St., Kennewick. Free event.

JUNE 21 – 24

• Cool Desert Nights: various times and locations throughout TriCities. Visit:


• Three Rivers Contra Dance: 6 – 9 p.m., Memorial Park, 1520 W. Shoshone, Pasco. Visit: contra.



• Mariachi & More Festival: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Columbia Park, 2701 Columbia Park Trail, Kennewick. Contact: 509-542-0933. Free event.


• 7th annual Caregiver Conference: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Richland Community Center, 500 Amon Park Drive, Richland. Register: 509-943-8455. Free event.


• House Plant Hints class: 6:30 p.m., Master Gardeners Demonstration Garden, 1620 S. Union St., Kennewick. Contact: 509-545-5400. Free event.


• Grand Old 4th of July Celebration: Various times and locations in Pasco. Visit: pasco-wa. gov. Free event.


• Evening for the Angels, benefiting Chaplaincy Hospice Care: 6 p.m., Red Lion Hotel, 802 George Washington Way, Richland. Tickets:


• Bees of Summer seminar: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Benton PUD Auditorium, 2721 W. 10th Ave., Kennewick. Tickets: beeseminar.

• 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.

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Senior Times • June 2018 uBRIEFS AARP seeks community hero nominations

AARP is accepting nominations for its 2018 Washington Andrus Award for Community Service, which honors Washingtonians 50 years and older. The purpose of the award is to recognize outstanding people making a difference in their communities in ways that advance AARP’s mission, vision and a commitment to volunteer service. Nominations will be evaluated by a combination of AARP Washington staff and volunteers. In addition to receiving the award, AARP Washington will donate $2,000 to an approved and registered charity or nonprofit of the winner’s choice. The award recipient will be announced in early fall. Nominees must meet the following eligibility requirements: • Be 50 years or older. • The achievements, accomplishments or service on which the nomination is based must have been performed on a volunteer basis, without pay. • The achievements, accomplishments or service on which the nomination is based must reflect AARP’s vision and mission. Couples or partners who perform service together are eligible; however,

teams are not eligible. This is not a posthumous award. Nominations can be submitted online at Contact Ashley Aitken at AAitken@ or 206-517-9364 for more information or for a nomination form. Applications will be accepted through Friday, Aug. 10. Last year, AARP recognized 51 individuals and couples from around the country.

New butterfly, moth exhibit at Reach museum

The Reach museum will exhibit more than 200 butterflies and moths from the collection of Dr. Roderick Coler, called “Fanciful Flight: Butterflies & Moths from the Dr. Rod Coler Collection,” through November. Coler’s collection, obtained over a period of 80 years, has grown to more than 2,000 specimens. As a young adult, he spent three years in the Air Force as a weather watcher and became very interested in the outdoors. He came to the Tri-Cities in 1958 to practice internal medicine and retired in 2007. His love of butterflies and moths has always been a big part of his life. The Reach’s seasonal hours are from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

Radiological book collection donated to WSU Tri-Cities

A 3,400-item collection of books, detailing subjects from radiation biophysics to how radioactivity impacts health, recently was donated to Washington State University TriCities’ library by a former professor. The collection, worth more than $250,000, was donated by Ronald Kathren and his wife, Susan Kathren. Ronald Kathren taught radiological and environmental sciences at WSU Tri-Cities and served as the director of the U.S. Transuranium and Uranium Registries at WSU. He serves on the Herbert M. Parker Foundation board, a partner of WSU, which is committed to educating the public on radiological sciences. The Parker Foundation also hosts two lectures a year to provide renowned professionals of the radiological sciences an educational platform. The Ronald and Susan Kathren Radiological and Affiliated Sciences Collection is valuable to WSU TriCities as a resource, as the university has many research and professional ties to the Hanford site, in the radiological cleanup effort of the site and generally in the study of how radiation impacts health and other areas, said Karly Bailey, development coordinator for the WSU Foundation. Ronald Kathren said he wanted to donate the collection to WSU Tri-


Cities because it would serve as a research resource to students, faculty and professionals in radiological, engineering and other related industries. It also serves as a useful historical collection, he said. “The collection contains unique materials relating to studies of radiological effects, including works by such scientific luminaries as Marie Curie, Ernest Rutherford, as well as the library of the radium dial painter studies,” he said. “As such it will be of value to students and researchers in medicine, physics, environmental sciences and especially the Hanford History Project.”

Sunset at Southridge event begins this month

The Sunset at Southridge food truck event kicks off this month in Kennewick. The event features live music and a free kids’ activity from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on the first, third and fifth Fridays of the month through August at the Southridge Sports and Events Complex, 2901 Southridge Blvd. Food vendors will offer a $7 dinner special, which includes a free Gesa Carousel of Dreams ride, in addition to their regular menu. Banquet tables and picnic benches are available but in limited quantities so attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets.


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Tri-Cities’ first animal urgent care clinic opens in Kennewick

Walk-in clinic offers emergency pet care in Southridge area BY LAURA KOSTAD for Senior Times

The Tri-Cities now has a walk-in veterinary clinic to handle daytime pet emergencies. Horse Heaven Hills Pet Urgent Care recently opened in the Southridge area of Kennewick. “We’re trying to fill a gap in the community,” said owner and veterinar-

ian Dr. Sheila Erickson, who explained that previously there was no place in the Tri-Cities offering dedicated daytime emergency care for animals. Pet owners either had to wait for Mid- Columbia Pet Emergency Service in Pasco to open at 5:30 p.m. or see if they could get into a regular vet clinic during the week, Erickson said. With the new urgent care clinic — called H3 for short — pet owners can

get their cats, dogs and exotic pets immediate care. The 3,500-square-foot, full-service clinic, which is in the building formerly occupied by The Mint Salon & Skin Care at 4309 W. 27th Place, offers surgical and intensive care services, a full pharmacy and in-house diagnostic services. These include digital X-rays, ultrasound and laboratory tests such as serum chemistry, hematology, serology, urinalysis and parasite testing. It also offers antivenin for rattlesnake bites. “There are very few things we can’t

handle,” Erickson said. Erickson said she invested heavily in her X-ray, ultrasound and lab equipment. “They’re the hallmarks of our business, enabling the ability to do in-house tests quickly. Our patients can’t talk to us, so it’s very important,” she said. She said all the clinic’s software is cloud-based and work will be done on Surface Pro tablets, enabling her team to access patient information anywhere in the clinic. Erickson also added “fear-free” exam rooms to reduce the anxiety experienced by both animals and their owners. “It’s a big push in the industry right now,” she said. “Animals are so scared when they come here, so we are trying to do whatever we can to make them less scared,” which is why two of the three exam rooms look more like a living room than a doctor’s office. A flat screen equipped with Netflix is on one wall, while others feature soothing modern art accents with paints in cool, calming colors. A hardwoodpatterned tile floor, homelike décor and sofa with pillows work to create a comfy space for pets and their owners. Exams are conducted on large ottomans in each of these rooms to help pets feel more at ease. “At urgent care, we know you have to wait, so we do our best to accommodate,” Erickson said. “Diagnostics take time … we want to make you as comfortable as possible … we want for you what we ourselves would expect.” The clinic has a more traditional exam room set aside for special cases, but Erickson said it will use the “fearfree” rooms for as many exams as possible. H3 also has a comfort room, where Dr. Erickson and her staff can consult with owners whose pets are hospitalized and where they can perform euthanasia. The room features a small fireplace and TV, and one of the couches folds out for owners waiting or staying overnight with hospitalized pets. Rounding out the clinic’s facilities, H3 also has an isolation room for pets with contagious diseases, dedicated imaging room, operatory for surgeries, lab, sterilization and laundry room, staff lounge and open concept hospital ward with a divided area for cats and dogs. “We’re fortunate to have a staff that’s crazy experienced,” she said. She said the area’s rapid growth has created a shortage of veterinary professionals to serve the community’s needs. uURGENT CARE, Page 7

Senior Times • June 2018 URGENT CARE, From page 6 Erickson opened with one associate veterinarian, three licensed veterinary technicians, three assistants and the help of her husband and children. She said she also received a lot of support from colleagues in the field. “It was now or never,” she said. “It’s a great location, absolutely perfect. It’s bigger than what we wanted but it will allow us the room to grow.” Erickson worked for the past eight years as a veterinarian at MidColumbia Pet Emergency Service, where she discovered her passion for emergency work, especially in critical care and cardiology. “Veterinary medicine has always mimicked human medicine; urgent care is the next step,” said Erickson, who added that even her lender, Bank of America — one of several major lenders that provide loan services to those investing in the medical field — was unsure how to advise, given the newness of the animal urgent care concept. Originally from Spokane, Erickson moved to the Columbia Basin to begin practicing in 2003 after graduating from Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. In addition to emergency care, she has experience working in equine and mixed animal practices


uBRIEF Genealogy group offering three June events

Veterinarian Sheila Erickson, owner of the new Horse Heaven Hills Pet Urgent Care in south Kennewick, welcomes her first canine visitor, who appeared to approve of the clinic’s “fear-free” room that’s designed to look like more like a living room than exam room.

and small animal exclusive practices. Erickson has two pets of her own, a cat named Phoebe and a horse named Simon. She enjoys spending time traveling, hiking, baking, gardening, and riding and showing horses with her husband and four children. Erickson and her team have been in contact with officials at Tri-Tech Skills Center’s pre-veterinary program and plan to offer job shadow and internship opportunities for students, as well as provide continuing

education workshops and events on site for those already in the field, especially related to H3’s intensive care unit capabilities. The clinic is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday; from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Horse Heaven Hills Pet Urgent Care: 4309 W. 27th Place, Suite C104, Kennewick; 509-581-0647;; Facebook.

The Tri-City Genealogical Society is offering three events in June: • A free public discussion, “Hollywood and the Homefront: Tinsel Town’s Contribution to World War II,” is at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 13 at the Benton PUD Auditorium, 2721 W. 10th Ave., Kennewick. The talk will feature John Jensen, a lecturer and broadcaster. It is sponsored by Humanities Washington. • A free public discussion, “The Canadians and their Métis Descendants: Out West Before the Americans,” is at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 25 at the Mid-Columbia Libraries, 1620 S. Union St., Kennewick. Author Robert “Bob” Foxcurran will be the featured speaker. Foxcurran has lived in Seattle for most of his life and has worked at Boeing for 30 years. • Learn to digitize photos and documents at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 28 meeting at the Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Drive. Learn how to use the library’s digital scanner to scan family photos, children’s artwork or other documents. Participants also will learn about several websites to store, edit and share images.


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Student-scientist collaboration could lead to faster medical diagnoses BY SENIOR TIMES

Computer science students at Washington State University Tri-Cities are working with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to create software to improve data processing to help identify cancer and other health biomarkers in real time — which could lead to quicker medical diagnoses. PNNL is researching how to use mass spectrometry — a technology that allows scientists to identify individual molecules and components in materials such as blood, tissue samples and more — to pinpoint health biomarkers that are indicative of disease and infection. This requires thousands upon thousands of individual components and data points to be processed. The software, created by WSU TriCities students and PNNL, will allow scientists and medical professionals to instantaneously filter the data points pertaining to those biomarkers and potentially result in a quicker medical diagnosis. “It can tell you those biomarkers then and there, instead of you having to send your blood sample off to a lab and having to wait an uncertain amount of time to get it back,” said Ryan Joyce, computer science student. The technology would be implemented within PNNL’s existing tech-

nological framework, called structures for lossless ion manipulation, which is used to improve ion mobility spectrometry technology. The ion mobility spectrometry technology is used for separating and characterizing ions and in chemical analysis. The student team, all from WSU TriCities’ School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, consists of Joyce, KJ Dorow and Wes Fletcher. Together they worked with their project mentor and PNNL software engineer, Spencer Prost, to develop the software as part of their senior capstone course at WSU Tri-Cities. Prost said working with a student team to improve processes within their existing technological framework presents an ideal partnership, as it allows a different set of minds to work on a realworld problem that has large impacts. “The students are not only building a platform that can be expanded upon further by students, but also by PNNL staff,” Prost said. “These types of cooperations are very important to PNNL as we need experienced minds, but we also need the young blood to drive those innovations. It takes the minds of both.” The students said while the project certainly presented a large challenge, they enjoyed working through the

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The project to improve data processing to help identify cancer and other health biomarkers in real time recently was presented at a poster board session by the Washington State University Tri-Cities-Pacific Northwest National Laboratory research team. Pictured are Wes Fletcher, from left, Ryan Joyce, Spencer Poster, and KJ Dorow. Poster is the PNNL project mentor. (Courtesy WSU Tri-Cities)

issues of the software to come up with a viable solution that can be implemented in a real-world technology. “It’s simple in nature, but also really complicated,” Fletcher said of the software. “Handling the flow of informa-

uBRIEF Mid-Columbia Libraries offer free language learning

Mid-Columbia Libraries is offering a free way to learn more than 80 languages, from Spanish to French, and Uzbek to Swahili, with selfdirected lessons, live teachers, movies, music and more. The library system is offering library card holders free access to Pronunciator, where patrons can learn online, or get the app for learning on their mobile devices. Pronunciator features access to

tion at the rate at which it has to process that information is difficult. But it’s been a great project. It’s cool to know that this could help with cancer diagnoses.” thousands of language courses for all ages and skill levels; travel prep courses; English as a Second Language courses for 51 languages; and more. Library users preparing for U.S. citizenship can study for the civics, reading and writing portions of the naturalization test with Procitizen, available on computer or mobile device. The free service offers users informative videos, practice exercises and quizzes. More information is available at pronunciator.

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Pooled income donor program helps Kadlec address unmet health needs Donors to K-Life program receive tax breaks, 6.2 percent return BY JESSICA HOEFER for Senior Times

Four years ago, the Kadlec Foundation kicked off a new donor program called K-Life to allow people to make an investment in local health care while enjoying the tax savings benefits of a charitable trust. K-Life uses a pooled income fund with three major benefits: bypassing capital gains taxes, increased lifetime income and a partial income tax deduction. The tax benefits sound almost too good to be true, even to Kadlec Foundation’s Chief Development Officer Chris Garratt who remembered having similar doubts when he first heard about the program. “I thought, ‘What’s the catch?’ How can you make a donation, get the tax deduction, earn income for life and impact health care? But for the donor, it’s as simple as it gets. This is as guaranteed as you can possibly find,” he said. The catch is the law of numbers, Garratt said. Today, K-Life has 30 donors contributing to the program with $1.8 million in the pool. To date, K-Life has distributed more than $1.6 million to Kadlec to pay for a variety of needed capital projects. “It becomes a source of capital for the hospital, and it’s very unique,” he said, adding that Kadlec is one of the few hospitals around with this program. “It’s a huge benefit to the

Tri-Cities to have this.” Here’s how it works: Kadlec Foundation sells all assets contributed to K-Life, adds the proceeds to other cash contributions and invests the money in a medical building leased to Kadlec, the Tri-City Regional Surgery Center building on Goethals Drive. Currently, rental income is distributed to donors at an annual amount of 6.2 percent of the initial gift. Kadlec’s share helps augment its nursing program or free mammography program, for instance. “K-Life helps eliminate the financial barriers that some women face when deciding whether they can get a mammography. There are some women who cannot afford to get it,” Garratt said. “Just in 2017, 376 women used this service—and several found very early stages of cancer.” Barbara Wood, a Kadlec volunteer and K-Life donor, lives by the saying, “Give your money while you’re living so you know where you’re giving.” To her, supporting local health care that directly affects her neighbors is a win-win. “As you get older, you like to have a source of income that is secure. To get 6 percent in this environment that is secure is not that easy,” she said. “And the hospital gets to use the money right away. The technical equipment may help you or us, the person that donates this, or their family in the future.” Garratt said it’s not uncommon for donors to have specific programs they

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like to support, oftentimes because of an experience they went through. “If donors are only interested in donating through Kadlec to the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit), they can do that, even in the K-Life program, and that’s a really cool thing,” he said. K-Life funds can be directed by the donor or the money can go to the general account where the board will address any unmet health needs, Garratt said. “Foundations and charitable givings are becoming more and more of a necessity to fund our hospitals,” Garratt said. Dr. Ted Samsell, a K-Life donor and member of Kadlec’s Board of Trustees,

said participating in K-Life by giving securities is a way many people can donate more efficiently. “There are people who bought stocks a long time ago and have been sitting on them. They may not realize that there will be a heavy tax,” he said. “K-Life is a great way to get a tax benefit and feel good about directly making a difference in our community.” Donors must be older than 60 to qualify for the K-Life program with a minimum contribution of $10,000. There are three ways to give: cash, appreciated securities and marketable real estate. For more information, visit or call 509-942-2661.


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Longtime book collectors building bookstore near Horn Rapids BY LAURA KOSTAD for Senior Times

Mid-Columbia book collectors could have new shelves to comb this summer. Longtime book collector and retiring Bechtel radiological engineering health supervisor, Steven Woolfolk, is planning the construction of a 6,000-squarefoot bookstore at 2240 Robertson Drive in Richland near Horn Rapids. The new store’s name: Xenophile Bibliopole & Armorer, Chronopolis. “It’s a lot more than your everyday bookstore,” said Woolfolk, who explained his store’s focus will be on books of “higher collectability, original art, movie posters, play sets from the forties and fifties,” and even props from movie sets — including “James Bond” — that he’s collected. There also will be an emphasis on the genres of science fiction, mysteries, non-fiction and some fantasy, he said. “I collect sci-fi, primarily,” he said, and added that business partner, Brian Sheldon, is the mystery novel aficionado. Sheldon is the former owner of the now defunct Sheldon Library, which used to be in Richland’s Uptown Shopping Center, and specialized in used and rare books. Woolfolk has sold books at the TriCities’ annual RadCon science fiction/

Steven Woolfolk stands at the construction site for a new bookstore set to open this summer. He and business partner Brian Sheldon, former owner of the now defunct Sheldon Library in Richland, are building the 6,000-square-foot store at 2240 Robertson Drive in Richland near Horn Rapids.

fantasy convention in Pasco for several years, but said he’s always wanted to start a bookstore of his own. Now that he’s nearing retirement, he’s decided to make that dream a reality. Woolfolk has been collecting books since 1975, around the time he began his work at the Hanford site. “I have the largest sci-fi collection this side of the Cascades,” Woolfolk said, adding that several years back, the Tri-City Herald ran a photo of him with his expansive collection, which now

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fills a 30-by-40-foot warehouse in Benton City, in addition to his personal garage. Woolfolk said he already has shelving for his new shop in storage—purchased from the Richland Public Library and the Richland Hastings Books, Music & Video store during its store closing sale in 2016. He said much of what he’s accumulated in his warehouse will be used as inventory to help get the store started. In addition to selling, Woolfolk said Xenophile also will buy books, paperbacks, magazines, pulps, toys and movie posters, as well as science fiction, fantasy, nuclear, atomic, and collectable items and art. He said once Xenophile is established, the store will eventually come to specialize in rare copies, such as first editions and other printings, which can sell for thousands of dollars. Woolfolk said Xenophile also will have some of its books listed for sale online. He said the shop’s focus on rare books and other collectables prompted him to seek real estate off the beaten path. “It won’t make a lot of money, so the property and costs have to be reasonable. … I’m not expecting people to be

walking by on the sidewalk and come in to shop,” Woolfolk said. He needed a larger piece of land to accommodate the store, but couldn’t afford the half-million dollars that parcels in town were fetching. Woolfolk said $50,000 for land off Highway 240 was a much more agreeable price. Due to the rising value of real estate, Woolfolk said he has received several unsolicited offers for the property in Benton City where he stores his books. In the future, he said he might sell it and build a new, more conveniently located warehouse behind Xenophile, to house the books and his book and movie poster repair workshop. Currently though, his focus is on completing the initial $507,801 project, which is to be built by Cleary Building Group of Hermiston. It includes a $130,000 pole building. Woolfolk said he is serving as general contractor and will use several local sub-contractors. Though Xenophile will primarily attract a particular subset of customers, rare books aren’t all the shop will have to offer. In addition to the 5,760 square-foot store, Xenophile also will feature a 250- to 300-square-foot conference room, which will be made available to area book clubs and other groups. The room will be outfitted with ample audio-visual equipment and webcam capabilities so club members or special guests can participate remotely. As treasurer of the Friends of the Richland Public Library group, Woolfolk said he is familiar with the limitations of meeting spaces available at local libraries and aims to provide an improved space for groups to meet. He also said he hopes to have a space where local artists can showcase and sell their work. At Xenophile, Woolfolk also will feature permanent and rotating displays. One of these will be a Manhattan Project and nuclear history display, inspired by him as a third generation Hanford worker. Woolfolk emphasized that he is not trying to compete with the nearby B Reactor Visitor Center, but instead to simply provide points of interest to those visiting his shop. Other displays will include select volumes from his personal collection of rare books, such as illustrated copies of “Don Quixote,” and other “unusual and interesting things,” including an original Osborne 1 portable computer—one of the first commercially successful microcomputers. He said Sheldon is an avid Water Follies memorabilia collector, so there may be a display about that as well. “It’s about getting people excited about collecting,” Woolfolk said.

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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.

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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

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: “Some Like It Hot” 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, June 19. Location: Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Drive, Richland.

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audience,” Estes-Cross said. Pasco abandoned its senior center two years ago for the same reason. The city sold its senior center at 1315 N. Seventh St. to the Pasco School District, which turned it into an early learning center for preschoolers. Pasco moved its senior programs to a triple-wide modular building at 505 N. First Ave., called the First Avenue Center. Omitting the word “senior” in the building name allows it to be used as a more flexible space for all ages, city officials have said. Kennewick parks and recreation officials recently met with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Benton and Franklin Counties as well as the Kennewick School District’s Community Education program staffers to make sure they avoided a duplication of services and to identify needs. Estes-Cross encouraged those interested in being a part of planning the senior center transition to contact her. She can be reached at 509585-4258 and emily.estes-cross@



KENNEWICK, From page 1 This means cities need to catch up, Estes-Cross said. “We need to evolve our programming and services to the existing senior population in addition to all ages and diverse abilities in the community,” she said. She pointed to two city surveys — from 2001 and 2014 — that indicated Kennewick’s desire for more community space for all ages. Since then, the city opened the Southridge Sports and Events Complex and new parks like Hansen Park. “But continued population growth intensifies the need for that social and educational space,” EstesCross said. The 2014 city survey indicated that 83 percent of respondents felt the label “senior” kept them from attending activities, and 79 percent said they never visited the senior center, or had visited one to three times a year. “It doesn’t serve to function as a clubhouse for a certain age demographic and it’s not the best use of the space. We need to broaden the

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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 509-545-2169; Benton City 509-588-3094; Prosser 509-786-1148; and Connell 509-234-0766. The Senior Dining Café serves soups, sandwiches and salads without a reservation. Hours are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. The café is at 1834 Fowler St. in Richland and can be reached by calling 509736-0045. • Tuesday, June 5: Grilled chicken sandwich, coleslaw, applesauce and blueberry crisp. • Wednesday, June 6: Shepherd’s pie, broccoli Normandy, spinach salad, wheat roll and chilled apricots. • Thursday, June 7: Tuna noodle casserole, carrot lyonnaise, salad with dressing, dinner roll and chocolate ice cream. • Friday, June 8: Herbed chicken with mushroom gravy, potatoes, carrot raisin salad, green beans and fruit

jello. • Monday, June 11: Baked ziti, broccoli, salad with dressing, breadstick and fruit cocktail. • Tuesday, June 12: Tuna pasta salad, three bean salad, wheat roll, mandarin oranges and a peanut butter cookie. • Wednesday, June 13: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes with gravy, salad with dressing, beets and chocolate pudding. • Thursday, June 14: Chicken and rice casserole, glazed carrots, dinner roll, pineapple and cherry crumble. • Friday, June 15: Birthday day! Roast beef with gravy, mashed potatoes, Italian vegetables, dinner roll and ice cream. • Monday, June 18: Chicken alfredo, mixed vegetables, salad with dressing, breadstick and chilled pears. • Tuesday, June 19: Sloppy joes, green beans, broccoli salad with carrots and yogurt with berries. • Wednesday, June 20: Chicken and white bean chili, seasoned peas, cornbread, fruit and jello. • Thursday, June 21: Cod with dill sauce, herbed potatoes, carrot raisin salad, brussel sprouts and an apple pie bar. • Friday, June 22: Beef tacos, refried beans, corn and chilled pineapple. • Monday, June 25: Macaroni and cheese, sausage patty, broccoli, salad with dressing and applesauce. • Tuesday, June 26: Chicken enchilada casserole, refried beans,

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Trios Health has received an award recognizing its compliance with meeting quality measures related to stroke care. The American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award recognizes that Trios Southridge Hospital has treated stroke patients with 85 percent or higher compliance to core standard levels of care as outlined by the two associations for 24 consecutive months or more. In addition, gold plus hospitals must demonstrate 75 percent compliance to five out of 10 stroke quality measures during the 24-month period. Trios Southridge Hospital was added to the “Target: Stroke Honor Roll” for the second consecutive year, a recognition given for those delivering the fastest quality service for stroke patients. The hospital was among those that achieved “Time to Intravenous Thrombolytic Therapy” in 60 minutes or less for 66 percent of applicable acute ischemic stroke patients. Research has shown that fast and high quality treatment of stroke improves patient outcomes.

annual health impact report, a compilation of data reflecting the health and financial support offered by United Way and FamilyWize in its joint community initiatives across the country. Key community highlights for Benton and Franklin counties include: • $168,212 in savings on prescription mental health medications. • $714,000 in savings on all prescription medications. • 6,256 community members helped. The FamilyWize program is free, has no eligibility or registration requirements and provides families and individuals access to affordable prescription medications. Visit to download a mobile app, print out the discount card, or learn more about the program. The card is also available at United Way. Contact the office at 509-581-3943.

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MEMORY, From page 1 The first meeting was May 29 with four people in attendance. Gavin Lightfoot, an adult services librarian at the Richland library who helped to launch the café, said the meeting went well, though he hopes to see more people in the future. “The main point of it is to get that socializing going and that interacting and being with people in the same boat, as it makes it little more comfortable to talk,” said Lightfoot, who has a personal interest in helping others with memory loss issues as his late grandmother and his wife’s late grandmother both had dementia. Lightful said the July 31 memory café will feature local music therapist Lindsay Joshlin. Acres stressed that the memory cafés aren’t intended to be a support

group but instead a social event. Cafés can include music, crafts, storytelling or sharing things with each other, she said. “It’s a social activity but people do get support from one another,” she said. The cafés focus on the person beyond the disease and seek to diminish stigmas, Acres said. “It’s just awful that there should be a stigma so getting out and doing things will help to erase that,” she said. Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and 5.7 million Americans are living with the disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. One in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or dementia. For more information about the café, call Lightfoot at 509-942-7680.


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West Richland company creates blades for Vietnam-era helicopters long and straight when they first come out, but when finished, are twisted. Pockets with trim tabs are produced A Tri-City-area aviation enthusiast, and held into place by clamps. raised by a father with a helicopter “When it’s done, it looks like one hobby, worked alongside his dad as a cohesive piece but it’s actually lots of curious 12-year-old, often pedaling little pieces glued together,” Hertelendy several miles on his bike to pick up said. The raw product is shipped to parts for their projects. Scott’s-Bell and painted there. Fast forward to the end of February Hertelendy said the process is slow, this year. Nick Hertelendy of West partly due to a “tremendous amount of Richland attended the 2018 Helicopter checks and balances. The quality assurAssociation International Heli-Expo in ance program requirements for aircraft Las Vegas to launch his creation – a parts are comparable to NQA1 (used in prototype replacement blade and grip the nuclear industry) – very rigorous,” assembly for the Bell-47, which many Hertelendy said. recognize as the “M*A*S*H” helicop“These parts end up on commercial ter. aircraft with passengers. They’re life“We (Hertelendy Research critical and non-redundant so you don’t Associates) were contacted by the want them to break,” he said. original equipment manufacturer to Hertelendy is in negotiations with develop a new main rotor for the airtwo other companies interested in craft. They’re 20 feet long and sit on doing projects and is working on a top of the machine. We’ve manufacjoint venture with an Australian comtured one set of prototypes,” he said. pany for a Bell-206 tail rotor. “If we get enough interest from the “It used to be that we were producoperators, we’ll move ahead with certiing products in competition with manfication.” About 1,500 of the iconic helicop- ufacturers,” Hertelendy said. “Now, ters are still operational worldwide, a we’re finding it easier to work with the few locally – just outside the Tri- manufacturers. I can design and build Cities, a couple near Dayton and in and let them market; they have the contacts. When the manufacturer needs Pendleton, Hertelendy said. In the late 1970s, Hertelendy and his one (rotor blade), they’ll just call to late father bought a Scorpion 2 home- order it from me.” It’s a streamlined process and one build helicopter kit. “The blades on it were atrocious. So that makes it easier to focus on design dad, being an enterprising guy, said, ‘I and the building process, Hertelendy can do better than that.’ And we built a said. “Now I have four clients instead of new blade. A friend of the family, an hundreds to manage. Instead of splitoperator, had mentioned they had a ting the pie and struggling, we all work hard time getting parts. He said, ‘Don’t waste your time; build something for together and it’s much easier for everyus because we need it,’ ” Hertelendy body,” Hertelendy said. The company’s largest current projsaid. “We started with the intention of ect is the replacement rotor blades for designing and building a set of blades the Bell-47. “These aircraft are primarily used for our own use on our own aircraft and ended up here,” he said. “It’s a for agricultural work and logging utilhobby gone horribly wrong. We’ve ity sling-loads. A few are for private owners, but it’s primarily a working been in production since 1996.” Hertelendy quit his day job as a machine,” Hertelendy said. Production mechanical engineer about six years of the helicopter ceased in 1974, with ago and has been creating and building total production of about 1,600. “I am very honored to be able to aircraft parts for the past six years. His contribute in sustaining the Bell 47 dad dedicated years to the company, helicopter fleet for the next few starting daily at 6 a.m. He died in 2015. The entire process for the Bell-47 decades. I know that the dwindling replacement rotor blade — from plan- availability of main roto blades has ning stages to the complete build — caused some concern for operators in took about four months. The most dif- the last few years,” Hertelendy said. ficult part was building tooling to “With this program, already initiated make extrusions. Extrusions are basi- with the design and manufacture of a cally taking aluminum and having a prototype blade and grip assembly, I die to shove it through, “like dough am extremely confident to enter the through a spaghetti maker,” Hertelendy STC (supplemental type certificate) certification phase and to have blade said. “I create a drawing that shows what and grip assemblies ready for delivery I want the finished product to look like. in a timeframe of two to three years Then I contract with a company to from now.” The STC is designed to be fully manufacture that component,” he said. The aluminum spars are 222 inches compatible with the popular No-BarBY AUDRA DISTIFENO for Senior Times

The newest creation of HRA Inc. of West Richland is a rotor blade to replace aging parts on Bell-47 helicopters. Owner Nick Hertelendy has produced one set of prototypes and is contracted with manufacturer Scott’s-Bell 47 to sell the part. The prototype was introduced at a recent trade show in Las Vegas.

Kit, he said. Scott’s Helicopter Services is offering presale orders on Hertelendy’s creation, with a discounted price of $71,500 per set of blades and grips. “Through this aggressive presale, it is paramount to understand that we need to receive enough orders to hit our minimum numbers in order to justify certification and production cost,” said Scott Churchill, Scott’s-Bell owner and president. He urged all Bell 47 operators “to seriously consider placing an order for this presale because if the program doesn’t advance, replacement main rotor blades will simply no longer be available, which risks the future of this beautiful helicopter.” Hertelendy agreed. “The difficulty is they (Bell-47 rotor blades) haven’t been manufactured since the 1980s and are getting in short supply. Unfortunately, the technology to produce the original blades is costprohibitive,” Hertelendy said. Instead the new blades are built of carbon fiber and aluminum, which makes them “more efficient,” he said. The new composite main rotor blade Str8ts Solution and grip assembly, which is designed 7 8 3 4the1 as a drop-in9replacement for both existing9-215and8 -23 blades and 7 6 4 grips, 2 3 will be offered as an SB47 owned STC 6 7 8 3 4 1 2 for helicopters operating under the 1 3 2 4 5 7 6 2H1 and 2H3 Type Certificates, 4 said. 8 1 5 2 7 6 3 Churchill 2 1 projections 3 4show 5 an6 “Current 3 1 4 of 6 about 8 7 105 increase in 2performance percent 5over the existing blades 6 4 3 9 8 by7 simply utilizing a proven NASA 6 7 2 1 3 5 airfoil 9 8 design,” Churchill said. The assembly is designed to have a 5,000-hour life limit with no overhaul scheduled during its life, providing a true direct operating cost of $14.30 an hour, he added. While attending the launch at the

HAI event in Las Vegas, one of the largest civilian rotorcraft trade shows offered, Bell-47 operators were enthusiastic about the product, Hertelendy said. “We’ll see if the enthusiasm translates to deposits put in escrow,” Hertelendy said. Regardless, HRA’s innovation will continue at its West Richland headquarters.

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