Senior Times -- March 2018

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March 2018

Volume 6 • Issue 2

Richland roundabouts expected to alleviate Queensgate jams BY ROBIN WOJTANIK for Senior Times

Fairchild Cinemas coming to Southridge

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More changes made to Trios’ leadership

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Barnard Griffin’s rosé named best in the U.S. Page 9

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More roundabouts are coming to the Tri-Cities. Construction begins this month on two Queensgate Drive traffic circles in Richland. Though delays, backups and detours will come with construction of the $3.9 million road project, the end result is expected to improve traffic flow in the congested south Richland area. It’s common for rush hour traffic snarls at Queensgate Drive, Interstate 182 and Columbia Park Trail to back up traffic onto Keene Road. The project also includes a dedicated right turn lane on westbound Keene Road at Queensgate. One roundabout will be at the Queensgate-Columbia Park Trail intersection, and the other at Queensgate and the eastbound I-182 ramps, just south of the bridge over the interstate. The project is expected to be done in July. No changes will be made to the ramps for traffic entering or exiting I-182 westbound, but the backups drivers frequently experience there are expected to be alleviated with the south Queensgate improvements. “The hope is, when roundabouts are in and traffic is flowing, you won’t have backups north of there,” said Julie West, a civil engineer for Richland’s public works department. The two roundabouts will be built in tandem, but they will not be the same “teardrop” style found in Kennewick where a double roundabout controls the flow of traffic between highways 395 and 240 and Columbia Drive. uQUEENSGATE, Page 6

Raquel McGrath, a firefighter, paramedic and community risk reduction specialist with the Pasco Fire Department, holds a Remembering When prevention program poster. Several Tri-City fire agencies and groups serving senior citizens have formed a coalition aimed at preventing falls.

New coalition working to prevent senior slips, falls BY KRISTINA LORD

Raquel McGrath couldn’t prevent the fall that broke her grandmother’s hip. But she hopes to help other seniors avoid similar injuries. McGrath, a firefighter, paramedic and community risk reduction specialist with the Pasco Fire Department, spearheaded efforts to launch a new fall and fire prevention program in Pasco at the beginning of the year. It’s also prompted the formation of a new community-wide coalition. Its goal is to educate seniors about

fall hazards and how to reduce their risks. After McGrath’s 95-year-old grandmother fell, she was confined to a wheelchair. “She was down for quite some time and I didn’t have the resources to get help to her because she lives in Ellensburg,” McGrath said. Her grandmother caught her foot on a rug and went down. “This is very personal to me,” said McGrath, who has been a firefighter and paramedic for eight years. uFALLS COALITION, Page 10

Defense secretary honors Richland surgeon with public service medal BY LAURA KOSTAD for Senior Times

A Richland doctor’s legacy across the globe for treating trauma fractures in impoverished countries recently earned him a federal public service award. Secretary of Defense James Mattis, a Richland native, presented the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service to Dr. Lewis Zirkle on Monday, Feb. 26 at SIGN Fracture Care International’s north Richland headquarters. “Some things in all of our lives are work and some are pleasure, and this is a humbling pleasure — a humbling honor — to be here for this,” Mattis said. “It’s unique, obviously, for a Richland guy to

be honoring a Richland guy.” Nominees for the award must have provided service to the Department of Defense “at considerable personal sacrifice and inconvenience … motivated by patriotism, good citizenship, and a sense of public responsibility.” Zirkle, founder and president of SIGN, was recognized for his significant contributions to improving the field of orthopedics in developing countries. “This is only the latest chapter in what was a self-assigned, never-ending mission for you, Doc,” Mattis told Zirkle. Since 1999, SIGN has treated more than 210,000 patients in 50 countries, educated more than 5,000 surgeons, and launched 330 SIGN programs.

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ZIRKLE, From page 1 SIGN’s stainless steel nails, used to mend and connect broken bones, are manufactured in north Richland. Typically Department of Defense medals are awarded to those who have worked directly with the most senior officials of the federal government. However, in Zirkle’s case, SIGN CEO Jeanne Dillner said she submitted the nomination, and within five minutes, Mattis responded with a resounding “Yes,” and began making plans to travel to Richland. Zirkle’s work as an Army orthopedic surgeon during the Vietnam War inspired him to embark on his mission to educate and equip surgeons in developing countries and conflict zones with the tools and knowledge they need to treat patients and raise them and their families out of poverty. It all started with a 10-year-old Vietnamese boy whose leg had been rendered useless by serious Napalm burns. He couldn’t walk, but Zirkle was able to treat the complex injury and restored the leg’s functionality. “As he walked away with his father, I looked at the mango that his father had given me, with a thumbprint still in it, and I thought, ‘This is the best gift I’ve ever received,’” he recalled. After the war, Zirkle established his own orthopedic practice and then launched SIGN, devoting a lot of his time to visiting clinics in third world

Dr. Lewis Zirkle, center, founder and president of SIGN Fracture Care International in Richland, received the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service. Secretary of Defense James Mattis, right, presented the award Monday, Feb. 26 at SIGN’s headquarters in north Richland. Zirkle received the honor for his work to improve the field of orthopedics in developing countries.

countries to educate their surgeons and to analyze the 200,000 cases in the SIGN database, the only orthopedic database of its kind in the world, to identify new ways to better treat disadvantaged patients. Putting others first is the theme of Zirkle’s life work, Mattis said, calling the Richland doctor a “home run of a human being.” “You are part of the power of inspiration. You are part of the reason America will stay a great country because you prove we’re a very, very good country. We are obviously proud, the Department of Defense, to say, too, that your unfailing sense of kindness and purpose grew out of the trauma of the work,” Mattis said.

In addition to the Department of Defense medal, Zirkle received a gift from his former colleagues at Northwest Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine and the Tri-City Regional Surgery Center of a photo from his days as a surgeon in Vietnam, accompanied by a plaque thanking him for his service. “Distinguished is not something you should seek,” Zirkle said. “I’m very humbled by this.” The nonprofit SIGN, which operates on a $5 million budget, relies heavily on donations to continue to diversify its programs and support the ongoing growth of 30 new SIGN programs per year. Tax-exempt donations to SIGN may be made through its website at

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Fairchild kicks off Pasco remodel, new Kennewick cinema BY JEFF MORROW for Senior Times

Ever since Fairchild Cinemas posted a “Coming Soon” sign last year in a vacant field across the street from the Kennewick Walmart, moviegoers in the south Kennewick area have been anticipating the first shovel turn of dirt. “The plan is to build it from March through December, just like we did at Queensgate. It’ll be ready for customers for the holidays,” said Mamie Gale, general manager of Fairchild Cinemas. As the multimillion dollar Kennewick construction project ramps up, remodeling work at the Pasco theater soon will be nearing completion. Gale said the company is in the middle of remodeling Pasco’s 12-screen theater. Fairchild applied for a $169,200 building permit to remodel the lobby in January, according to public building records. “Because of the age of the Pasco theater and the success that we have had with moviegoers, we felt that the time was right to give Pasco a facelift. The lobby will look similar to the lobby of our Richland theater,” Gale said. The Pasco theater opened in May 2007. “Normally when a theater gets to be 10 years old, there needs to be some remodeling,” Gale said. “And usually it could have been done after eight years.” The improvements won’t include

Fairchild Cinemas expects to break ground soon on the new 10-screen theater in south Kennewick, anticipating a December opening. (Courtesy Paradigm Design Group of Michigan)

the popular high-end reclining chairs and opportunity to buy alcohol that moviegoers enjoy at the Queensgate theater, which opened in 2015, just in time for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” “We cannot change the chairs platform,” Gale said. “We need 72 inches (deep) for a row, and in Pasco we have just 48 inches.” The Pasco cinemas are considered the company’s bargain theater. “We see mom and dad go on dates at Queensgate, and families come here because it’s cheaper,” Gale said. “A lot of people who come (to Pasco) are families. The tickets are cheaper here than at Queensgate.” Adult ticket prices for movies after 6 p.m. at Queensgate are $13.50, but in Pasco, those same tickets cost $11.25. Fairchild also offers budget Tuesdays at the Pasco theater only, where all movie tickets are $5.50 that day. Fairchild is taking some of the features that work at Queensgate and duplicating them in Pasco, like

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for concessions. “It’ll have belly-up concessions, just like we have at Queensgate,” Gale said. “And self-service soda, like Queensgate.” That will help alleviate most of the problems with longer lines as the movie previews begin, Gale said. Also planned is new flooring in the theaters, Gale said. “We’ll put new carpeting in the lobby and hallways. We’ll be painting the interior. We’re adding new tile around the snack bar, and getting rid of the café,” she said. The snack bar project has been done in phases, with half being shut down and remodeled, then reopened while the other half is shut down and remodeled.

“There will be no shutting down any auditorium for a lengthy period of time,” Gale said. “Maybe it’ll take three to five days in the middle of the week for something to be done in an auditorium. But all theaters will be open for the weekend, when most customers come to the theaters.” The Pasco remodel project began Jan. 16, and Gale said the company expects the work to wrap up by the beginning of April. The work is already costing more than expected. “We set a budget here for Pasco and have gone over it,” Gale said. uFAIRCHILD, Page 7

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


• National Active & Retired Federal Employees Association lunch meeting: 11:30 a.m., Red Lion Hotel, 1101 N. Columbia Center Blvd., Kennewick. Visit:

MARCH 9 – 10

• Vintage at the Ridge antique show: noon, Friday, March 9 and 9 a.m., Saturday, March 10, Southridge Sports and Events Complex, 2901 Southridge Blvd., Kennewick. Contact: 509-585-4279.


• All You Need is Love, a fundraiser for Mid-Columbia arts: 6 – 11 p.m., Three Rivers Convention Center, 7016 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick. Tickets: biddingforgood. com.


• Community Presentation “Alzheimer’s Disease: Effective Communication Strategies:” 1:30 p.m., Kadlec Healthplex, 1268 Lee Blvd., Richland. Register: 509-9438455. Free event.


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


• Estate Planning for Seniors: 6:30 p.m., Mid-Columbia Libraries, 405 S. Dayton St., Kennewick. RSVP: 509-468-0551. Free event. • Community Lecture Series “Diamonds in the Ether: Tuning in to Northwest Radio History:” 7 p.m., Franklin County Museum, 305 N. Fourth Ave., Pasco. Free event.

MARCH 16 – 18

• Custer’s Spring Arts & Crafts Show: 10 a.m., TRAC, 6600 Burden Blvd., Pasco. Visit:

MARCH 17 – 18

• Artistry in Wood Show: 9 a.m., Tri-Tech Skills Center, 5929 W. Metaline Ave., Kennewick.


• Foundation for the Future Breakfast, benefiting Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton and Franklin Counties: 7:30 a.m., Three Rivers Convention Center, 7016 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick. Tickets: 509-543-9980.


• Hawthorne Court Health Fair: 1 – 5 p.m., Hawthorne Court, 524 N. Ely St., Kennewick. Contact: 509-783-8313. Free event. • Estate Planning for Seniors: 6:30 p.m., Mid-Columbia Libraries, 1620 S. Union St., Kennewick. RSVP: 509-468-0551. Free event.


• Honky Tonk Hoedown, benefiting Rascal Rodeo: 5:30 p.m., Red Lion Hotel, 2525 N. 20th Ave., Pasco. Tickets: 509-528-5947. • Three Rivers Contra Dance: 7 p.m., Shuffler’s Shanty, 717 N. Irving St., Kennewick. Information: • Mid-Columbia Symphony: 7:30 p.m., Richland High School Auditorium, 930 Long Ave., Richland. Tickets:

MARCH 23 – 24

• Rose City Trio concert, presented by Camerata Musica: 8 p.m., Battelle Auditorium, 902 Battelle Blvd., Richland. Visit: Free event.


• History Through the Houses Walk: 1 p.m., corner of Wilson Street and Johnston Avenue, Richland. Information: 509-9427529. Free event.


• Tri-City Quilters’ Guild Quilt Show: 10 a.m., Three Rivers Convention Center, 7016 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick. Visit:

• Tri-Cities Cancer Center Foundation annual breakfast: 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m., Three Rivers Convention Center, 7016 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick. RSVP: 509-737-3373. Free event.



• Colorectal Cancer PreScreening Event: 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Tri-Cities Cancer Center, 7350 W. Deschutes Ave., Kennewick. Regsiter: Free event. • Pooch & Pal Run/Walk: 9 – 11 a.m., Columbia Point Marina Park, 660 Columbia Point Drive, Richland. Register: • Richland Family Bingo: 3 – 5 p.m., Richland Community Center, 500 Amon Park Road, Richland. Contact: 509-942-7529. Free event. • Mid-Columbia Symphony: 7:30 p.m., Richland High School Auditorium, 920 Long Ave., Richland. Tickets:

• Fans Night Out, benefiting Soroptimist International of PascoKennewick: 4:30 – 9 p.m., Southridge Sports & Event Complex, 2901 Southridge Blvd., Kennewick. Tickets:

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

Senior Times • March 2018 uBRIEFS Registration underway for Sandhill Crane Festival

Registration for this year’s Othello Sandhill Crane Festival is underway for the three-day festival that runs from March 23-25. This year’s festival features the return of many favorites from festivals past, while adding some new events. Of course, the stars of the event are the Sandhill cranes, and tours on all three days will focus on finding them. Other returning activities include tours and events related to the area’s distinctive geology. Numerous exhibitors will be on hand to help visitors understand the natural and cultural history of Eastern Washington. New speakers include a free presentation on Friday, March 23 by wildlife biologist Cathy Nowak of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife on the two different species of Sandhill cranes in Oregon. At noon Saturday, March 24, Craig Simpson with the Bureau of Reclamation will discuss the Columbia Basin Project and the project’s effect on agriculture and wildlife. The featured speaker for the Saturday, March 24 evening banquet is Stefan Schlick from the Portland Audubon Society, who will present

pictures and a travel essay on the cranes of the world. The Washington State University Raptor Club is back with a wide variety of owls and raptors. Jimmye the Firefighter will be on hand to draw cartoons for children of all ages. A children’s activity area includes face painting, birding basics, mask making and many other activities, with a prize at the end. In addition to the Sandhill crane tours, other events include a Biking for Cranes ride, the popular Ice Age Floods and Channeled Scablands tours and a variety of lectures, ranging from wildlife to geology to climate change and to the use of drones in agriculture. Most activities and lectures during the main festival day on Saturday, March 24 are included with paid admission. Tours and special events are an additional charge. Spaces for tours and special events are limited and fill fast. A full program and online registration can be found at the festival’s website othellosandhillcranefestival. org. Call 866-726-3446 for more information.

Adoption records topic at March 14 genealogy meeting

Program speakers Jan Seeley and Erika Young will discuss adoption

records research and personal adoption journey at the Wednesday, March 14 Tri-City Genealogical Society meeting. The beginning genealogy class is from 6:15 to 6:45 p.m. with the program beginning at 7 p.m. The meeting is at the Benton PUD auditorium at the corner of Highway 395 and 10th Street in Kennewick. Classes and programs are free to the public. For more information, call 509-943-9322.

Albertsons announces plans to merge with Rite Aid

Albertsons has announced plans to merge with Rite Aid. The grocery store and drug store chains announced the deal Feb. 21. The integrated company will operate about 4,900 locations, 4,350 pharmacy counters and 320 clinics across 38 states and Washington, D.C., serving more than 40 million customers per week. Most Albertsons pharmacies will be rebranded as Rite Aid, and the company will continue to operate Rite Aid stand-alone pharmacies. Rite Aid has seven stores in the Tri-Cities, plus one in Hermiston and one in Sunnyside. Albertsons operates two Kennewick stores and a Pasco store, plus two Safeway stores, one in


Richland and the other in Kennewick. Albertsons operates stores across 35 states and the District of Columbia under 20 well-known banners including Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, Acme, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Pavilions, Star Market, Haggen and Carrs, as well as meal kit company Plated, based in New York City. The combined company is expected to generate revenues of about $83 billion and about $3.7 billion in estimated annual earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization.

Tri-City voters affected by state software glitch

Nearly 200 Benton County voters and 78 Franklin County voters were affected by the state Department of Licensing voter registration software malfunction, which prevented thousands of DOL customers from becoming registered to vote. Nearly 7,000 applicants statewide were not registered to vote after they thought they had registered at the DOL. The Washington Secretary of State is conducting an analysis to help ensure all future DOL registration information is transferred correctly to ensure proper voter registration.


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Traffic backups are common on Queensgate Drive in south Richland as drivers wait to merge onto Interstate 182 or Columbia Park Trail. Drivers can expect more delays as the city and state begin to build two roundabouts in the area this month as part of a $3.9 million construction project.

QUEENSGATE, From page 1 There will be a straightaway between the two traffic circles for a more traditional use compared to Kennewick’s complex setup. The project also will widen Queensgate Drive to four lanes between Keene and the freeway, with two lanes in each direction and a curbed center turn median. The southernmost roundabout on Queensgate will extend Columbia Park Trail to the west, connecting it with Jericho Court, north of Tri-Cities Battery and Auto Repair. There is currently no intersection at this section of Queensgate, and the road sees frequent backups during rush hour as traffic bottlenecks along Queensgate.

Businesses along route

The city has a number of outreach efforts underway to communicate and prepare residents and business owners who will be affected by the construction, including going door-to-door to talk to them about the final project design. The city will maintain driveways for businesses along Queensgate so customers may still reach their destination. Angela Kora, owner of Ethos Bakery, is optimistic the addition of a dedicated right turn lane for traffic headed north on Queensgate from westbound Keene Road will eliminate the bottlenecks in front of her shop. She sees two separate times in the morning when the backups are the worst, usually between 7 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. Kora said she’s noticed that’s about the same time her restaurant gets quiet. “By the time they get to this corner, they just need to go,” and they don’t pull in for a coffee or pastries. Ethos is in a strip mall facing Keene Road and can only be accessed by drivers headed westbound on Keene, or through a rear parking lot entrance off Queensgate. A frequent complaint from customers was “you’re hard to get to,” when Ethos first moved to south Richland a little more than a year ago. Kora also sees drivers cutting through her parking lot to avoid the signal at Keene and Queensgate. West said the road improvement project will provide increased access to the building where Ethos is located. Right now, drivers can only access the businesses while driving westbound on Keene, but drivers soon will be able to pull into, and exit, the parking lot from either direction of Keene.

Expect delays

During the construction process, drivers can expect lane closures and detours while the four-month project is completed. The largest impact will be for those looking to enter the Queensgate shopping center from Keene, since traffic will be prevented from going completely north on Queensgate. Vehicles will be detoured further west from Keene to Duportail Road near the Maverik gas station. Freeway ramps will remain open, but drivers should still expect frequent lane closures and slowdowns during daytime hours. There may be nighttime work that closes the corridor completely at times between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. Drivers who typically use these intersections and access points should expect delays throughout the spring and early summer as work is completed. uQUEENSGATE, Page 7

Senior Times • March 2018 QUEENSGATE, From page 6

Five years in the making

The road project has been more than five years in the making, with the heaviest planning and analysis coming in the last three years. There had been consideration at the start of the planning process to replace the traffic signal at Keene and Queensgate and install a traffic circle instead. The process included a public survey and several open houses seeking feedback. “Through public input and traffic analysis, it was decided it will remain a signalized intersection,” West said. The northernmost roundabout will replace the current traffic signal at the southbound end of the bridge over I-182 which controls drivers headed on and off eastbound I-182, and north and south Queensgate Drive. Engineers can’t promise fewer accidents when a traffic circle replaces a signalized intersection, but they do expect the severity of accidents to decrease since it prevents the “T-bone” crashes more likely to occur at a traditional intersection where vehicles are stopped four ways. The city of Richland is working with the state Department of Transportation, or WSDOT, on the project. The roundabout planned for Columbia Park Trail is a city project, and the roundabout at the freeway is a WSDOT project, though both will be managed by Richland. “The goal is to appear like a seamless project, even if there’s two contractors,” West said. The contract bidding process is already underway for the WSDOT roundabout, and the city’s roundabout will go to bid in late February.

It’s a low bid process and groundbreaking is expected four to six weeks after the lowest bid is accepted. Richland is funding its $1.7 million construction costs with federal dollars and rural grant funds, which includes the roundabout and the lane addition at Keene and Queensgate. There are some city matching dollars being contributed, but the bulk of the cost will be covered by the federal money and grants. The construction cost of the WSDOT roundabout is expected to be $2.2 million. “The two projects have been coordinated in design and plan,” West said.

Bike lanes, sidewalks

In addition to the improvements for vehicle traffic, the project is also designed to increase connectivity and safety for pedestrians and cyclists. Once work is completed in the summer, there will be “on street” bike lanes along Queensgate, connecting to shared-use pathways along Queensgate and I-182. This means cyclists and pedestrians will find a more direct route to Queensgate and Keene as they currently need to detour by the wineries on Tulip Lane to remain on a bike path. Sidewalk improvements also are planned as part of the project.

Roundabout artwork

The finishing touches on the roundabouts will include an artistic display using the theme “transformation.” The city is working with its Arts Commission and has hired an artist to develop the artwork to be featured in each roundabout. An architect and artist from WSDOT are also part of the team.

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FAIRCHILD, From page 3 As for the Kennewick construction project, Gale said the original plans called for 12 screens but have been scaled back. The popularity of the Dolby Atmos theaters that Fairchild uses — which call for larger screens — convinced company officials to build a few more of those in Kennewick and drop the number of screens to 10. The actual square footage of the building — about 43,000 square feet — will be about the same size as Queensgate. An additional 10 feet in depth will be added to each auditorium. “This allows us to give each seat platform an extra 3 inches and an additional 7 feet between the front row of seats and the screens. Queensgate has 1,100 seats. Kennewick will have 1,000,” Gale said. The theater will be built on leased land, making the cost of the theater more than $6 million, Gale said. The new theater will be at 2909 S. Quillan St., between Quillan and South Olson streets. Like Queensgate, the Kennewick theater also will offer

reserved seating, in which customers can choose their seats online before arriving; luxury leather reclining seats; and entrée meals and locally sourced beer and wine. Fairchild Cinemas was started by Jeff Fairchild. He has an eight-screen Fairchild Cinemas Theater in Moses Lake in addition to the 24 screens in Pasco and Richland. Gale said the company has about 120 employees between the three locations. The new Kennewick theater will add another 40 employees, she said, in addition to giving the company 42 screens in four locations – including 34 in the Tri-Cities. That’s likely enough in the Tri-Cities for Fairchild. “I think Kennewick will be it,” Gale said. “You can only grow so many screens in the area.” Add 12 screens at the Kennewick AMC Theaters and another eight screens at Regal Cinemas at Columbia Center and that’s a total of 44 Tri-City movie screens that will grow to 54 when the Kennewick theater opens.



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Trios makes another swap of top leadership BY KRISTINA LORD

Three weeks after announcing a new interim chief executive officer and four weeks after introducing a new chief financial officer, Trios Health has made another change to its top leadership team. Scott Landrum has been appointed as the new interim CEO and Tom Scott Landrum Marshall is the new CFO. Both are Quorum Health Resources employees. The Tennessee-based consultants were hired by the Kennewick Public Hospital Board of Commissioners in 2016 to help analyze and manage the financial crisis that forced Trios into Chapter 9 bankruptcy last summer. The two new executives are expected to lead Trios Health through the final stages of bankruptcy proceedings and a potential acquisition. The Kennewick Public Hospital District Board of Commissioners made the appointments at its

Thursday, Feb. 22 meeting. Landrum brings more than 30 years of executive experience in health care with much focused on bringing stability to hospitals and health systems in distress. Marshall, a certified public accountant, has spent nearly four decades working in the health care industry on turnarounds, mergers and Tom Marshall acquisitions and startups. “Trios Health has made tremendous progress in its bankruptcy proceedings and talks with RCCH Healthcare Partners the last few weeks,” said Marvin Kinney, board president, in a statement. “These two gentlemen (Landrum and Marshall) are our ‘closers,’ having direct and relevant experience in finalizing bankruptcies and transactions. They will see us through this final chapter.” Mark Armstrong, who has worked with Trios Health since the board hired Quorum, was named interim CEO in early February to bridge the gap between Craig Cudworth’s depar-

ture and Landrum’s appointment. Cudworth, also a Quorum employee, served in the CEO position for a year. Trios is mum on why it opted to swap Cudworth for Armstrong, saying only that Cudworth’s contract was up and the board wanted someone else in the role. Armstrong will remain closely involved as Landrum transitions in and through Trios Health’s exit from bankruptcy and acquisition, according to a Trios news release. Interim CFO Mike Rolph, who took over for Tony Sudduth in early February, unexpectedly departed Trios Health for “personal/familial reasons,” according to Trios. As a consultant, Marshall picked up where Rolph left off. Sudduth, who worked at Trios for about four years, left for another job on Feb. 2. “We appreciate the community’s continued support and understanding as we navigate bankruptcy and acquisition. There are a lot of moving parts, but things are lining up for a great outcome,” Kinney said in a news release. “It’s important that Tri-Citians know we remain committed to continuing to serve them well into the future.”

uBRIEFS Lions Club to hold membership open house

The West Richland Lions Club is holding a membership open house at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 22 at the Sandberg Event Center, 331 S. 41st Ave. in West Richland. A dinner will be provided. Lions Club members serve the West Richland community by providing programs for those in need, organizing community events, among other activities. For information, contact Darrell Toombs at

Hanford tunnels public meeting set for March 14

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Richland winery making one of best rosés in country Barnard Griffin releases 17,000 cases of latest vintage of Rosé of Sangiovese BY ANDY PERDUE & ERIC DEGERMAN Wine News Service

When Rob Griffin arrived in Washington wine country from his native California in early 1977, he never dreamed he’d be most famous for making pink wine. Yet today, the owner/winemaker of Barnard Griffin in Richland may be making the best rosé in America. Among wine lovers, Griffin is known for producing top Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrahs, always priced under $20, so delicious wines and reasonable prices have been his foundation for building a top multigenerational family-owned winery. In what can only be considered a rite of spring, Barnard Griffin’s latest rosé — the 2017 vintage — won the sweepstakes award in January for best rosé in the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, held each winter in the Sonoma County town of Cloverdale. The judging this year drew nearly 7,000 entries, making it the largest judging held in North America. This is nothing new for Griffin, who has won the rosé category five times since 2008, and a gold medal every year there for 12 out of 13 years. With the top judges in California, Griffin has solidified his position as the best rosé producer in America. “I’ve always liked it,” said Mike Dunne, a wine writer for the

Sacramento Bee, who is considered one of the top wine judges in the country. “I like how forward it is — vibrant. I think that’s Sangiovese. I’m surprised more wineries don’t exploit Sangiovese in that way. Two of those three rosés in the (Chronicle) sweepstakes were Sangiovese.” As with any wine, it starts with the grapes. Sangiovese is most famous in its native Italy, where it goes into the internationally famous Chianti wines of Tuscany. Griffin doesn’t have a fondness for the variety and said he would not make a red table wine with the variety, but thought several years ago that the variety’s trademark bright acidity and red fruit aromas and flavors might be perfect for a summer wine like rosé. He first started bringing in grapes from longtime friend Maury Balcom, who has a vineyard north of Pasco. Griffin and Balcom spent years figuring out what the crop load would be to provide the balance of fruit and acidity in the wine. After several years of trials, they have settled on about nine tons an acre, an amount that is roughly five times as much as a winemaker would seek for a typical table wine. Griffin is almost embarrassed by this statistic, but points out that the vine naturally wants to carry this level of crop. Sangiovese produces large, heavy clusters that result in a lot of wine —

Rob Griffin’s Rosé of Sangiovese has won the rosé category five times since 2008, and a gold medal every year for 12 out of 13 years at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the largest judging of wine in the United States. The 2017 vintage won the rosé sweepstakes at the 2018 contest. (Courtesy Andy Perdue of Great Northwest Wine)

one reason it’s a favorite in Italy. It’s also better for the farmer, who generally gets paid by the ton. The wine, which retails for $14 and is released each year on Valentine’s Day, resonates with wine lovers, who seem to lap it all up by the beginning of autumn, when the last case goes out the door. Griffin’s success can be traced to his thoughtful process, as most winemakers produce pink wine as an afterthought, rather than deliberately from vineyard to tasting room. Rosé is one of the hottest categories in America, with more than a hundred Northwest wineries making pink wine. Last year, Rosé shipments increased 58 percent. Since 2000, direct-to-consumer

shipments have risen 200 percent, according to Sovos, an East Coast wine compliance firm. The biggest competitor in the space is France, which produces a lot of rosé from the Provence, Loire and Languedoc-Roussillon regions. One Manhattan wine shop reports that it sells 700 cases of rosé each year. Rosé is good business, too. It’s the first wine made each fall, is not aged in oak or steel tanks, is bottled in spring and released to the public, which consumes it young, when it is fresh and vibrant. Because it spends little time in the winery it means good cash flow for the winery. uROSÉ, Page 10

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FALLS COALITION, From page 1 These types of falls are common, McGrath said. Injuries from falls – particularly for seniors – can be life-threatening. McGrath said her agency has seen an increase in the need for lift assists, which are falls not requiring an ambulance to take the patient to the hospital. In 2016, the department recorded 38 lift assists, which jumped to 209 assists in 2017. So far in 2018, there have been 21 lift assists. “We have only seen these numbers increase and are hoping this program lowers that trend, especially since these numbers do not include injuries from a fall,” McGrath said. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that “every second of every day an adult aged 65 or older falls in the United States. Every 12 seconds, one of these older Americans is admitted to the emergency department for a fall; and every day, 74 of those will die from a fall.” That’s why Tri-City emergency responders are working together to prevent them through the newly formed Falls Prevention Coalition of BentonFranklin. The Benton-Franklin Health District formed the coalition in January, bringing together fire agencies, Senior Life Resources Northwest, Benton Franklin Community Action Coalition and Southeast Washington Aging and Long

Term Care Council. “We wanted to get everybody to the table,” said Kathleen Clary-Cooke, a health educator for injury prevention with the health district. “The whole idea is let’s figure out what resources are in the area so everybody knows who they can call and start working on falls prevention.” Tri-City seniors are at great risk for falls, she said. “Injury prevention is a public health issue and the leading cause of unintended injuries is falls,” she said. One benefit of a consolidated education and prevention program is the ability to cross-refer. For example, if a Meals on Wheels driver notices a fire or trip hazard in someone’s home, or emergency responders see a patient could use a grab bar in his or her shower, they can refer them to the right agency. “People who are living alone need to think about what would happen if they got up in middle of the night and fell. How would they get help? …Asking for help and making sure you’re able to get a hold of somebody in an emergency is not giving up independence. It allows seniors to stay in their homes and maintain their independence,” Clary-Cooke said. A benefit of dispatching a firefighter/paramedic for a prevention consultation is getting a “fresh set of eyes to see those fall hazards,” Clary-Cooke said.

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Part of providing effective emergency services is preventing fires and injuries before they even happen, said Lt. Tracy Baker of Benton Fire District 1. Baker said her district is working to identify people who might benefit from a visit from someone in her department to discuss prevention strategies. “That’s the idea of this program: the prevention,” she said. First responders already know who their “frequent customers” are as they often respond multiple times to the same address. McGrath said she’ll follow-up with them to see if they’d like a visit to learn how they can prevent future injuries. “We’re making sure pathways are clear, their furniture is stable. That they remember to sit up in bed first before standing. We can give them some balancing techniques to strengthen those muscles and suggestions about eye exams once a year. We want them to be aware of medications they take that make them dizzy,” she said. Capt. Paul Carlyle, Benton Fire District 4’s EMS officer, said his agency has been offering a home-based intervention program for about three years. “We have a check sheet with information and can do a site survey of their home,” he said. McGrath received a scholarship for a November training offered through the National Fire Protection Association’s Remembering When program, which is centered around 16

key safety messages to be shared via group presentations or home visits. “It’s a huge advantage to prevent any of these incidents from happening in the first place. Why not stop somebody from having their worst day? We’re taking what would just be public education and helping empower people to make changes for themselves so when they do call us, it’s for preventative measures and not just the aftermath,” McGrath said. She said her Pasco department has assisted 15 people through the program so far. “We’ve been busy with referrals since it’s started,” she said. Clary-Cooke said the health district had been talking about starting a falls coalition for a long time and was thrilled when the Pasco Fire Department took the lead to launch a program. She said the coalition’s goal is to get all the fire departments involved. “We’re still working on that,” she said. Pasco residents can request a home safety visit by calling 509-545-3497. “We want to be the boots on the ground and eyes and ears out there so seniors are staying safe and we hope to train and recruit the rest of the TriCities,” McGrath said. Benton Fire District 1 residents can contact Lt. Tracy Baker at 509-2228356 or via email at Benton Fire District 4 residents can schedule a fall prevention inspection by calling Lt. Kevin Gaidos at 509967-2945 or emailing kgaidos@bcfd4. org.

ROSÉ, From page 9 The latest vintage is one of Griffin’s largest. At 17,000 cases, it’s his largest-production wine, and he takes it seriously. His daughter, Megan Hughes, focuses on white wines, and his longtime assistant winemaker Mickey French makes the reds. “That leaves me with the rosé, and I love it,” Griffin said. “We share the responsibility on everything, but I take the rosé very seriously.” Other wineries around the state

have followed Griffin’s lead, making their versions of Sangiovese rosé, and winning awards. But Griffin has his style dialed in, and it is a longtime favorite with professionals as well as statewide consumers. Andy Perdue and Eric Degerman run Great Northwest Wine, an awardwinning media company. Learn more about wine at greatnorthwestwine. com.

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Kennewick Senior Center

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

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

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

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

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

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

to 3 p.m. Mondays. • Pinochle: 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. • Wavemakers Aqua Fit: Class for those with arthritis, fibromyalgia, lower back pain, muscle weakness, those who use a cane or a walker and anyone who loves the pool. Location: Oasis Physical Therapy, 6825 Burden Blvd., Suite D, Pasco. This class is offered on various days/times. Call 509-545-3456 to register. • Enhance Fitness (40+): Class focuses on stretching, balance, low impact aerobics and strength training. 10 to 11 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Call 509-545-3456 to

register. Location: Pasco City Hall Activity Center, 525 N. Third Ave., Pasco. • Happy Feet program (60+): Get your feet cared for by a licensed, registered nurse. By appointment 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays. Cost: Free with suggested

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Richland Community Center

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

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

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

West Richland Senior Center

616 N. 60th, West Richland • 509-967-2847 All activities are at the West Richland Senior Center. For more information, call 509-967-2847. • Bunco Luncheon: 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 7 and Friday, March 16. Come at noon for a potluck luncheon. • Potluck Dinner: 6 p.m.

Tuesday, March 13. Bring a dish to share. • Bingo: 1 p.m. Monday, March 19. Hot dog luncheon at noon. $3 suggested donation. • TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Fitness: 11 a.m. Thursdays.

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

11 a.m. Mondays. Cost: free. Location: meeting room. • RSA Dance: Third Friday of the month, 1 to 4 p.m. Cost: $6 per person. Location: Riverview room. • International Folk Dancing: 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays (location: Riverview room) and 6 to 9 p.m. the first Saturday of the month for a potluck and dancing (location: activity room). • Fitness Room: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. Cost: $2 per day or $8 per month. Location: Fitness room. • Foot Care for Fabulous Feet: Have a licensed registered nurse specializing in geriatrics care for your feet. 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursdays. Cost: $30. Location: wellness room. Call 509-942-7529 for an appointment. • Puzzle Exchange: drop off old puzzles March 26 - April 2. Puzzle exchange 12:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 3. Cost: free. Location: meeting room.

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A free colorectal cancer pre-screening event is from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 24, by appointment only, at the Tri-Cities Cancer Center, 7350 W. Deschutes Ave., Kennewick. The screening consists of a health assessment to determine the appropriateness for colonoscopy. Appropriate participants will be scheduled for their colonoscopy before leaving the event. Colonoscopy appointments will take place two to four weeks from the event rather than the normal wait time of three to four months for scheduling. Free colonoscopy prep and education will be provided to scheduled participants and financial resources will be provided to those who meet the necessary criteria. Who should be screened? Men and women age 50-75 (Ages 75 and up should consult their doctor); those at high risk of colorectal cancer should begin screening at a younger age; and those who have not had a colonoscopy in the last 10 years Appointments are required, and can be made at BeHealthyGetScreened. com or call the Tri-Cities Cancer Center at 509-737-3420.

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Winners of the eighth annual Lyle Holt Scholarship Competition posed for a picture with the scholarship’s namesake, Lyle Holt, left, during the Pasco Chamber of Commerce’s Eastern Washington Ag Expo on Jan. 9. He is also a member of the Mid-Columbia Ag Hall of Fame. Recipients were, from left, $1,000 to McCall Lovejoy of TriCity Prep; $250 to McKenna Lovejoy of Tri-City Prep; $1,000 to Morgan Smith of Connell FFA; $1,500 to Faith Fishburn of Kamiakin FFA; and $250 to Taylor Michel of Kamiakin FFA. (Courtesy Pasco Chamber of Commerce)

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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 509543-5706; Parkside 509-545-2169; Benton City 509-588-3094; Prosser 509-786-1148; and Connell 509234-0766. 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. • Tuesday, March 6: Lemon pepper cod, herbed potatoes, mixed vegetables, pea and cheese salad and a cranberry oat bar. • Wednesday, March 7: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes with gravy, beets, salad and pudding. • Thursday, March 8: Chicken and rice casserole, glazed carrots, dinner roll and chocolate cake.

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Consider alternative to adding children to your bank account ally work to direct where that money goes. Instead, the entirety of the account legally goes to the joint You’ve likely heard the convenowner. tional wisdom many times. Your Splitting the account among friends or family, or even at times multiple heirs is complicated. the bank teller, will counsel you that Let’s assume the money in the you should add your child to your joint account is ultimately supposed bank account. Perhaps it’s a checkto be split among several beneficiaing account or a savings account, or ries. Let’s further assume the both. The advice goes something responsible child really will split the like this: “If you want your children money among his or her siblings to have access to your money to be (and not refuse to split and keep all able to pay your bills should somethe money). The potential problem thing happen to you, then you need is that the joint tenant child is legalto add them to your account.” ly entitled to the funds. So, when The theory also espouses that that child tries to split the money without an added name on the and transfer to the siblings, there is account, the account might “freeze” the potential that it would be a gift upon your death and no one would subject to the requirement to file a be able to access it until a lengthy gift tax return. probate process has concluded. You might expose your assets to Accordingly, many of us choose to additional creditors. put a child’s name on the account. The joint ownership structure also And, we choose the most responsican expose the parent’s assets to ble child to handle this duty. creditor claims. Imagine that the This plan is fraught with potential child named on the bank account problems. The good news is that a causes a car accident and is later better solution exists. sued. The child is technically an But first what are the problems owner on the account. And, the with adding a child to your account? bank account for which the child is The last will and testament an owner might be used to satisfy doesn’t apply to the bank account. the creditor’s claim. Bottom line is Every bank account (well, let’s that the child could subject the parsay 99 percent of them) are opened ent’s funds to a claim from a thirdwith a joint owner as “joint tenancy party creditor. with right of survivorship.” This Estate tax reporting is more means that if one person dies (say, complicated. the parent) then the joint owner From an estate tax perspective, (say, the child) becomes the sole the Internal Revenue Code places an owner of the assets in the account. additional burden on accounts held This also means that the parent’s as joint tenants with right of survilast will and testament doesn’t usuvorship. That is, the first person to

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die (let’s assume the child unexpectedly dies first) has to claim all assets held in the account as his or her assets and Beau Ruff subject to the Cornerstone potential Wealth Strategies estate tax, except to the extent that the child’s estate can prove that it wasn’t his or her money. (IRC 2040) This law places the burden on the estate to prove the asset was not owned by, in this case, the child. The likely solution. So, we have a litany of problems that can arise in the areas of gift tax, estate tax, and exposing assets to third-party creditors. Is there a better way? The power of attorney is the answer. A power of attorney is a legal document that allows the “agent” (in this case, the child) to act on behalf of the “principal” (in this case, the parent). It provides authorization without implied ownership. The distinction between authorization and ownership is important. The parent’s likely goal is to provide simple authorization (and not ownership) in most cases. A power of attorney can be made effective immediately upon signing to allow the child immediate access to the account for bill-paying. It can apply not only to bank accounts but to all assets. Alternatively, it can

uBRIEF Annual Artistry in Wood Show runs March 17-18

The 24th annual Artistry in Wood Show and Sale is March 17-18 in Kennewick. The event includes the largest juried wood show and sale in Eastern Washington, according to organizers. Activities include chainsaw and wood-carving demonstrations, drawings, hourly door prizes and food truck options. Admission is $3 with children under 12 free. The event is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 17 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 18. The event is at the Tri-Tech Skills Center, 5929 W. Metaline Ave. in Kennewick.

Attorney Beau Ruff works for Cornerstone Wealth Strategies, a full-service independent investment management and financial planning firm in Kennewick, where he focuses on assisting clients with comprehensive planning.

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also be limited to just apply to specific assets like bank accounts. Either way, the parent gets to choose the type and extent of the authorization. Two final notes. The smaller amount held in any joint tenancy with right of survivorship account, the smaller the potential problems. If a parent has a single child that is supposed to inherit the parent’s estate and there is $1,000 in the account, then in such a situation, the child’s name on the account is not likely to cause any significant harm. The power of attorney cannot keep the bank account from “freezing” upon the parent’s death. But, this is just not as big of a problem as it seems. If the estate is subject to a probate, you can typically unfreeze the account in a matter of days (if you are in hurry) or weeks (in the normal course of events).

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Community advocates chosen as Kennewick Man and Woman of Year BY SENIOR TIMES

A lifelong Kennewick resident, judge and Army Reservist whose father was named Kennewick Man of the Year and a former elementary school teacher whose husband received the honor earned their own Man and Woman of the Year awards this year. Steve Osborne and Marilee Eerkes were recognized for their community service during a ceremony on Monday, Feb. 26. Osborne was honored for his work as a longtime volunteer with Tri-Cities Water Follies organization, “one of the

more high-visibility, lowthanks, maximum-headache volunteer jobs in our community,” according to his nomination letter. Until his Steve Osborne j u d i c i a l appointment in 2015, he was the senior partner at the law firm of Rettig Osborne & Forgette LLP in Kennewick. He also served on the governing boards of the Tri-Cities Visitor and Convention Bureau, Tri-

City Regional Chamber of Commerce and Kennewick Kiwanis Club. He also served 37 years with the Army Reserves. The lieutenant colMarilee Eerkes onel deployed to Saudi Arabia in 1991 and Joint Base LewisMcChord from 2003-04, where he performed legal services for soldiers deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan. Eerkes was honored for her “stead-

fast and heartfelt service” for her work with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Benton and Franklin County and Children’s Reading Foundation. She led a campaign to bring a new Boys & Girls Club to downtown Kennewick and to champion the Reading Foundation’s Sun Mart reading van. She also has been a member of P.E.O., a philanthropic group, since the mid-70s. “Her efforts have benefited countless families and will continue to do so for many years,” according to her nomination letter.


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