Senior Times - November 2019

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November 2019

Volume 7 • Issue 10

Memory care home fills up weeks after opening in Pasco BY KRISTINA LORD

New pickleball courts coming to court club

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Burger Factory brings Connell community together Page 8

DNR using land to make money for schools Page 9


Which U.S. senator was Benton County named after? Answer, Page 13

Pasco’s newest memory care assisted living facility is nearly full after being open for about three weeks. There were two of the 17 rooms available in late October at Rosetta Assisted Living at 5921 Road 60. It’s a good thing a second 17-room identical wing is ready to open once this one reaches capacity. “We thought it’d be after Christmas, but I am thinking it’ll be in about a month,” said Crystal Worcott, the regional director for Rosetta. And plans to construct more buildings on the Pasco site are on the horizon. “If we do get full, we will build more,” Worcott said. The location has room for two more buildings, she said. Worcott said the need for assisted living services is huge in Pasco. “Assisted living is just underserved over here. We have the two buildings in Kennewick, one in Richland. In Richland, we could have done another one as well, but property wasn’t as easy to find. When we found this lot (in Pasco), it actually wasn’t for sale; we convinced the guy next door to sell it to us. We love that it’s near a park and school,” Worcott said. It’s across the street from Mariposa Park and just down the road from Barbara McClintock STEM Elementary School. Worcott said the Rosetta team is looking forward to fostering a relationship with the school. The Idaho-based Rosetta Assisted Living has facilities in Montana and Washington. It sold its five buildings in Idaho about 18 months ago as the market became saturated with assisted living faciliuROSETTA, Page 15

Photo by Jeff Morrow Lurene Harris Fleshman, a trustee of the Harris Family Trust, and her husband run the Harris Produce stand on Court Street in Pasco. The farm stand will reopen in 2020 off Alder Road in north Pasco after her family’s 45-acre farm is auctioned.

Pioneering Pasco farming family says it’s time to sell

BY JEFF MORROW for Senior Times

Lurene Harris Fleshman sat at a table in her garage recently at Harris Farm, looking out at the land as she pondered what it would look like filled with houses and streets. “I’m not ever gonna look again!” she said with a chuckle, before admitting that yes, she’d want to see what it’d look like not being a farm.

Fleshman, a trustee of the Harris Family Trust along with her seven siblings, or their estates, have agreed to put the family’s 45-acre farm on the auction block Nov. 14. Located at 11530 W. Court St. in Pasco, next to the Columbia River and the bridge that spans Pasco and Richland, Harris Farm is a piece of land that residential developers are chomping at the bit to get their hands on. uHARRIS, Page 14

New entrance to welcome visitors to Benton County Museum BY KRISTINA LORD

The project to move and renovate the entrance to the Prosser museum started out as a plan to fix a leaking roof. But once planning for the roof work began in earnest, Benton County Museum and Historical Society members said it was apparent there was an opportunity to do more. The 51-year-old museum sits at the curve in the road where Seventh and Paterson streets meet, across the street from Prosser High School, in City Park. The existing entrance faces Memorial

Street, which many people consider the “back of the building,” said Alys Means, curator and director of the museum. “The new entrance will give us far greater visibility on Seventh Street, which is the main arterial going by. When you drive by the front, the museum entrance will also be in the front, which will be a beautiful thing,” she said. The plan is to create a new guest reception foyer area at the center of the Ushaped building at 1000 Paterson Road. Means said the new foyer area will provide a place for visitors to be welcomed uMUSEUM, Page 2


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before beginning to explore the museum. The area will provide a station for a volunteer receptionist, an additional handicapped-accessible restroom, a place to hang coats, seating area, utility closet and small kitchenette. From the foyer, visitors can turn left or right to peruse the exhibits. “Most museums when you go in, there’s a foyer and the person says, ‘Welcome to the museum,’ and gives you a map of the museum,” Means said. The new foyer will allow visitors to watch an orientation video before touring the museum. The museum records nearly 2,000 visits a year. The original pole-and-metal museum building, built in 1968, was expanded in the 1980s and features 4,950 square feet, Means said. Last winter’s roof leaks came after a series of snow storms blanketed the region. “We have one place where the new addition butts up against the older building and it collected snow in there because it wasn’t properly attached to let snow and water drain off. I came in one morning and there was big puddle. It didn’t harm anything but could have harmed our textile collection,” Means said.

Courtesy Benton County Museum and Historical Society The interior of the existing connecting structure at the Benton County Museum in Prosser features a shrub-steppe exhibit.

The improved roof structure will protect the building and its artifacts from water damage. The $110,940 construction project begins in April, with completion set for September. The museum received a state and local grant to pay for the project, $100,940 from the state Community Projects Grant Program and $3,000 from the Prosser Rotary Club. The museum will contribute $7,000 from its savings toward the work. Ken Bierlink Construction of Prosser

is the general contractor. Admission to the museum is by donation only. Hours are 1-5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.


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New indoor pickleball courts could pave way for future tournaments BY KRISTINA LORD

The 200 active pickleball players in the Tri-Cities soon will have indoor courts to play on. Construction of the Tri-City Court Club’s new pickleball courts began in September. A grand opening to celebrate the six new courts is planned for Nov. 18-20. Pickleball—a cross between pingpong, tennis and badminton—is among the fastest growing sports in the nation, according to the Sports & Fitness Industry Association. It’s especially popular with seniors. Pickleball participation has increased 9.7 percent nationwide in the last three years to more than 3.3 million participants—and more than 20 percent are 65 years old or older, according to the association. “It’s easy to learn; it really doesn’t take much. I could teach you in five minutes and you could be playing. It’s easy on joints so you don’t have to be super mobile in order to play. … Plus it’s fun and you can play with your grandkids,” said Shaelah Harmon, pickleball director for the Tri-City Court Club in Kennewick. There’s more than 100 members in Club 509, a local group of pickleball players, said president Paul Jones. “Allowing our local group to continue to play and develop through the winter months will allow more people to experience the fun of pickleball,” Jone said. Players whack a whiffle ball with paddles about twice the size of pingpong paddles. Games can be played as singles or doubles on courts smaller than tennis courts. Two tennis courts can be transformed into six pickleball courts. The court club installed an L-shaped, metal-framed wall with windows to cordon off a corner of a tennis court area to separate the pickleball courts from the tennis courts. The walls also offset sound.

“Pickleball is noisier than tennis,” Harmon said, explaining that the popping noise of the whiffle ball hitting the hard paddle and a smaller court size mean there’s more socializing between players. The club worked to reduce the impact on tennis players. The new wall also allowed the court club to install a pickleball lounge area with benches and a place to hang bags. The general contractor for the $100,000 renovation project is Bill Haugen. Other work included painting, fixing fans, adding lights, insulation repairs, drilling holes for new posts, installing windows and court surfacing. Harmon hopes to position the court club as a venue for one of the biggest pickleball tournaments in the Northwest in 2020. The club can transform the entire tennis facility into 22 to 24 pickleball courts by taping out the tennis courts to be used as pickleball courts and using temporary nets. Such an event could bring in more than 600 people for a three-day tournament, a boost to the Tri-City economy, Harmon said. The Tri-Cities already boasts several outdoor pickleball courts at Lawrence Scott Park and Southridge Sports and Events Complex in Kennewick, Claybell Park in Richland and the Pasco

Photo by Kristina Lord Shaelah Harmon, pickleball director for the Tri-City Court Club in Kennewick, holds a paddle and whiffle ball as pickleball court construction takes place behind her.

City Hall gym. But indoor courts are the preferred surface for players, Harmon said. The court club has three days of events planned to celebrate the completion of the pickleball courts. An open social is from 5-7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18 and includes open play, a ribboncutting event and refreshments; 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19 is an adult mixer for those 18 and older featuring refreshments and prizes; and 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20 is family night with games for kids and adults with

tips on learning how to play. The three events are free to the community. To use the courts after the grandopening activities means becoming a member at the court club, Harmon said. Future pickleball events include clinics, tournaments and private and group lessons. “We promote health here at the TriCity Court Club. What we’re focusing on is getting as many people active, whether that be cycling, or lifting weights, or doing a group fitness class, playing tennis—pickleball just happens to be popular,” she said.

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


• Lighting the Path Breakfast,

benefiting Chaplaincy Health Care: 7:30-8:30 a.m., Three Rivers Convention Center, 7016 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick. RSVP: 509-783-7416. • Tri-Cities Alzheimer’s & Dementia Conference: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Bethel Church, 600 Shockley Road, Richland. Tickets: $20 for family caregivers, $50 for professional caregivers. Call: 509321-4581. • National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association #1192 meeting: noon, Red Lion Hotel, 1101 N. Columbia Center Blvd., Kennewick. Call: 509-378-2494


• Movie Marathon: noon to 5 p.m., Affinity at Southridge, 5207 W. Hildebrand Blvd., Kennewick. RSVP: 509-222-1212. Free


• Columbia Basin Veteran Stand Down and Expo: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m, Columbia Basin Veterans Center, 1600 N. 20th Ave., Pasco. Contact: 509-545-6558. Free • Senior Safety Talk: 3 p.m., Affinity at Southridge, 5207 W. Hildebrand Blvd., Kennewick. RSVP: 509-222-1212. Free

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• Desert Fiber Arts Show & Sale:

Various times, Art on the Columbia, 830 Columbia Center Blvd., Suite B-2, Kennewick. Go to: Free


• Veterans Day Parade: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., downtown West Richland, Van Giesen Street. Contact: 509-967-0521. Free • Fall Heritage Garden Workshop: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Drive, Richland. Register: Free • Senior Mardi Gras Ball (55+): 4 to 8 p.m. Prosser Community Center, 1232 Dudley Ave. $7 residents, $8 others. • Carriage House Orchestra: 7-10 p.m., Princess Theatre, 1228 Meade Ave., Prosser. Tickets $15. Contact: 509-786-2180.


• Thank You Veterans Breakfast, for veterans and their families: 7-10 a.m., Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center, 2140 Wine Country Road, Prosser. Contact: 509-786-2222. • Veterans Day Parade: 11 a.m. to noon, downtown Prosser near City Park. Contact: 509-786-3177. Free


• Cold War Patriots’ Former Hanford Workers benefit meetings: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., SpringHill Suites, 7048 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick. Call for session

information: 800-903-8989. Free • PNNL Community Lecture “The Science Behind Turning Nuclear Waste Into Glass:” 7 p.m., Mid-Columbia Libraries, 1620 S. Union St., Kennewick. Contact: 509542-5531. Free


• The Moneta Project Memory Café: 8-10 a.m., 1834 Fowler St., Richland. RSVP: 509-735-1911. Free • Cold War Patriots’ Former Hanford Workers benefit meetings: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Holiday Inn Express, 4525 Convention Place, Pasco. Call for session information: 800-903-8989. Free • Community Diabetes Education Forum: 5:30-7:30 p.m., Water Clore Wine & Culinary Center, 2140 Wine Country Road, Prosser. RSVP: 509-786-6601. Free


• Elder Law & Estate Planning Seminar: 2 p.m., Tri-Cities Retirement Inn, 2000 N. 22nd Ave., Pasco. RSVP: 509-547-2466. Free


• Jingle & Jazz, benefiting Modern Living Services: 5:30-9 p.m., Red Lion Hotel, 2525 N. 20th Ave., Pasco. Tickets are $65. Go to:


• Elder Law & Estate Planning Seminar: 2 p.m., Tri-Cities

Retirement Inn, 2000 N. 22nd Ave., Pasco. RSVP: 509-547-2466. Free


• Evening of Miracles, benefiting Columbia Industries: 6-9:30 p.m., Red Lion Hotel, 1101 N. Columbia Center Blvd., Kennewick. Tickets are $100. Go to: • Community Lecture “Marijuana: Evil Weed or Medical Miracle?:” 7 p.m., Mid-Columbia Libraries, 1620 S. Union St., Kennewick. Contact: 509-542-5531. Free


• Festival of Trees Gala: 5:30 p.m., Three Rivers Convention Center, 7016 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick. Tickets are $100. Call: 509-581-3945. • Three Rivers Contra Dance: 7-10 p.m., Trinity Church, 1007 Wright Ave., Richland. Cost: $8 for adults, $5 for seniors 62 and older. Go to: • Kouzov Duo chamber music concert: 7:30 p.m., Kennewick First Presbyterian Church, 2001 W. Kennewick Ave., Kennewick. Go to: Free


• Memory Care Café: 10 a.m. to noon, Richland Public Library, 940 Northgate Drive, Richland. Contact: 509-942-7680. Free

Senior Times • November 2019 uBRIEFS Vietnam-era veterans to be honored at ceremony

A Vietnam veteran-pinning ceremony is set for Saturday, Dec. 14 in Richland. Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Washington, will host this event in conjunction with his annual Veterans Service Fair. The ceremony will honor Vietnam veterans, including those who did not return, and their families as part of the 50th anniversary of the war and an ongoing national effort to honor all Vietnam-era veterans on active duty between Nov. 1, 1955, to May 15, 1975. Veterans will receive a service lapel pin. The event will be at the Richland Red Lion, 802 George Washington Way from 10-11 a.m. Vietnam-era veterans interested in being honored may call Britten Hershberger at 509-452-3243.

Popular romance novel author to visit Tri-Cities

The No. 1 New York Times bestselling romance author Debbie Macomber will visit the Tri-Cities on Thursday, Nov. 7. The 6:30 p.m. author’s talk will be at Columbia Basin College’s Gjerde Center in Pasco. Macomber is the featured author of the fourth annual MidColumbia Reads literary festival, a program which encourages communities throughout the Mid-Columbia region to engage with the same books. Macomber will speak, answer audience questions and sign books; her books also will be for sale. The pre-

sentation is free and open to the public; doors open at 6 p.m. Reserved seating in the front several rows will be provided for people who are deaf, hard of hearing and anyone in a wheelchair, walker or needing assistance. American Sign Language and Spanish translation will be provided. Macomber has more than 200 million copies of her books in print worldwide. Her newest releases include “Window on the Bay” and “A Mrs. Miracle Christmas,” as well as a nonfiction book titled, “Be a Blessing: A Journal for Cultivating Kindness, Joy, and Inspiration.” Macomber’s novels have spent more than 1,000 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list. Thirteen of these novels hit the No. 1 spot. She is the author of the bestselling “Cedar Cove” series, which the Hallmark Channel chose as the basis for its first dramatic scripted television series. Mid-Columbia Reads is a program of MCL with this year’s partners Friends of Mid-Columbia Libraries, Battelle, Tri-Cities Cancer Center, Purcell Law and Abadan.

Nonstop flights from Pasco to Chicago arrive in June

Travelers can hop on a nonstop flight from Pasco to Chicago starting in June. United Airlines announced it will begin offering red-eye flights to Chicago O’Hare International Airport beginning June 4, 2020. This is the first time the Tri-Cities Airport will have a nonstop connection to Chicago, and it is also the airport’s first overnight flight, according to a release from the Tri-Cities Airport.

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The nonstop service is scheduled to arrive in Pasco at 9:57 p.m. and depart for Chicago at 11:38 p.m., arriving there at 5:07 a.m. The early-morning arrival will allow passengers dozens of additional connection opportunities once they’ve arrived in Chicago, an enormous benefit for Tri-Cities travelers, according to Buck Taft, director of the airport. “We are so pleased with the investment United is making in the TriCities community,” he said in a release. “This new service is a tremendous opportunity to connect to a premier Midwest hub, and we hope our travelers take advantage of the easy access to the East Coast and international connectivity that the flight will provide.” The Chicago flight continues to expand United’s presence in TriCities. The airline began service to Los Angeles International Airport earlier this year and provides Tri-City area residents five nonstop daily flights to Los Angeles, San Francisco and Denver. The new service will add to the airport’s overall passenger growth as well. The airport recently had its busiest summer ever, and 2019 is set to overtake last year as its best year on record. The flight will be on an Embraer 175, a regional jet with 76 seats with

first class, United Economy Plus and United economy classes. Tickets for the Pasco-to-Chicago service are on sale now at

Lourdes Occupational Health moves east Pasco clinic

Lourdes Occupational Health has moved its east Pasco clinic to Grandridge Boulevard in Kennewick, near the Three Rivers Convention Center. The Occupational Health Clinic is now sharing space with Trios Urgent Care and Trios After-Hours Pediatrics clinic. Lourdes operates two occupational health clinics—one in west Pasco on Sandifur Parkway and the newly relocated clinic at 7201 Grandridge Blvd. in Kennewick. Both clinics will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday to assist employers with pre-employment requirements, injury claims, safety education and more. This move marks the first time Lourdes and Trios will share clinic space. Both Lourdes Health and Trios Health became members of the forprofit LifePoint Health in 2018. Together, Lourdes and Trios employ about 2,000 people and work with nearly 300 health care providers.

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2019 Holiday Bazaars BY SENIOR TIMES STAFF

Several area groups and churches are offering bazaars around the TriCities:

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Custer’s Christmas Arts & Crafts Show: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, the HAPO Center (formerly TRAC), 6600 Burden Blvd., Pasco. More than 150 artists and crafters. Admission costs $7 and is good all weekend. Children 12 and under are free. Contact:


West Highlands Methodist Church Holiday Bazaar: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., West Highlands United Methodist Church, 17 S. Union St., Kennewick. Handcrafted art and food vendors. Vintage Farmhouse Bazaar: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 4105 S. Bermuda Road, Kennewick. Handmade gifts, refurbished furniture, baked goods, lunch available for purchase. Free admission.


West Highlands Methodist

Church Holiday Bazaar: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., West Highlands United Methodist Church, 17 S. Union St., Kennewick. Handcrafted art and food vendors. Richland Senior Association Holiday Bazaar: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Richland Community Center, 500 Amon Drive, Richland. Free admission. Southridge Music Boosters Holiday Bazaar: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Southridge High School, 3320 Southridge Blvd., Kennewick. Handmade gifts, bake sale, live music and princess meet and greet. $2 admission. Vintage Farmhouse Bazaar: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 4105 S. Bermuda Road, Kennewick. Handmade gifts, refurbished furniture, baked goods, lunch available for purchase. Free admission. Princess Christmas Market: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Princess Theatre Green Room, 1228 Meade Ave., Prosser. Free admission. Winter Extravaganza: noon to 5 p.m., Columbia Basin Racquet Club, 1776 Terminal Drive, Richland. Free admission.


Make a Difference Christmas Bazaar: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Calvary

Chapel Tri-Cities, 10611 W. Clearwater Ave., Kennewick. Craft vendors, lunch options and more. Free admission. Vintage at Richland Holiday Craft Fair: 9 a.m., Vintage at Richland Senior Community, 1950 Bellerive Drive, Richland. Gifts, home decor, jewelry, ornaments and more. Free admission. Affinity at Southridge annual Holiday Bazaar: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Affinity at Southridge, 5207 W. Hildebrand Blvd., Kennewick. Handmade crafts. Free admission. Jason Lee Craft Bazaar: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Jason Lee Elementary, 1750 McMurray Ave., Richland. More than 50 craft and food vendors. Nonperishable, canned food donation collection for the Tri-Cities Food Bank. Free admission. Lewis and Clark Holiday Bazaar: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Lewis and Clark Elementary, 415 Jadwin Ave., Richland. Marcus Whitman Winter Bazaar: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Marcus Whitman Elementary, 1704 Gray St., Richland. More than 60 local artisans, food trucks, silent auction and bake sale. Free admission. Pasco Eagles Fall Holiday Bazaar: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Pasco Eagles, 2829 Sylvester St., Pasco. Crafts, baked goods and Christmas gifts. Lunch served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free admission. American Legion’s Christmas Bazaar: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., American

Legion Auxiliary 115, 908 Dale St., Benton City. Food, drinks and gifts. Free admission. Family Resource Center Harvest Bazaar: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Best Western Plus Inn, 4001 W. 27th Ave., Kennewick. Handcrafted items, bake sale, raffles and more. Contact: Brookdale Canyon Lakes Bazaar: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 2802 W. 35th Ave., Kennewick. Craft vendors and half-off lunch in the main dining room. Free admission. Princess Christmas Market: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Princess Theatre Green Room, 1228 Meade Ave., Prosser. Free admission.


Royal Columbian’s annual Craft fest: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Royal Columbian Senior Living Community, 5615 W. Umatilla Ave., Kennewick. Handcrafted items. Free admission. Contact: 509-783-1628


Columbia Valley Grange annual Holiday Bazaar: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Columbia Valley Grange #938, 6300 W. Court St., Pasco. Handcrafted goods only. Lunch available for purchase. To be included on this list, email with details about your bazaar, including time, date, place and cost.

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Museum observes 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote BY EAST BENTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

As voters went to the polls this November, many may have completely missed what we now take for granted was once unavailable to effectively half of the country. Women weren’t allowed to vote until the 19th Amendment was ratified in 1920. The East Benton County History Museum is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the passage of women’s suffrage in 2020 by celebrating the accomplishments of women. Throughout our galleries we will be highlighting women’s roles, not just in suffrage, but in agriculture, in business, in the home and in culture as well. Some of the key figures we are following already are local aviators, ranchers, shopkeepers, postmistresses, nurses, teachers and more. This celebration aims to show that in Benton County, women have always been part of our local story. We are compiling our information now, so please share your stories and photos with us about the women you know who have helped make Benton County an amazing place to live. The road to suffrage was hard

fought over decades. The fight for women’s rights was rooted in civil rights and social causes such as abolition and temperance. But even as women helped win rights for others, there was a frustration that the alcohol industry, lobbyists and the image of submissive women put forth in pamphlets like the Cult of True Womanhood was robbing women of their own voice. On voting rights for women, often the West was more progressive, giving women the power to vote locally and statewide before the rest of the country caught up. Wyoming was first in 1890, Colorado followed in 1893. Utah and Idaho passed their suffrage shortly before the turn of the century in 1896. Washington was next in 1910. Ten more states would expand voting to women before the 19th Amendment took effect. Montana was one of the first states to send a woman to Congress. Since 1920 and the passing of the 19th Amendment, women have been actively participating nationwide in the election and polling process. The League of Women Voters was founded in 1920 to support women’s suffrage rights and was a merger of the National Council of

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This decorated car is part of a collection of photos from the 1950s and 1960s that shows various activities of the Richland chapter of the League of Women Voters. The car in this photo was used as a float for the Richland Frontier Days Parade. Courtesy East Benton County Historical Society

Women Voters, founded by Emma Smith DeVoe, and the National American Woman Suffrage Association, led by Carrie Chapman Catt. The organization has been vital in running polling stations, registering voters and protecting the integrity of polling infrastructure around the country. This includes locally.

The accompanying photo of a decorated car is part of a collection of photos from the 1950s and 1960s that showed various activities of the Richland chapter of the League of Women Voters. The car in this photo was used as a float for the Richland Frontier Days Parade. As the sign on the car door says, uSUFFRAGE, Page 12


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Couple see burger joint as place to bring community together BY JEFF MORROW for Senior Times

Rhonda Erstad grew up in Connell. So did her husband, Mike. They’ve lived in the Connell area pretty much their whole lives, and Rhonda wouldn’t have it any other way. “I love Connell,” she said. “Our kids always had someone looking out for them. It’s true what they say – that it does take a village to raise kids. You know everybody in a small town. You can talk to your mayor, your police chief, whenever you want.” Or the owners of the local burger joint, who happen to be the Erstads. About eight years ago, Rhonda was looking for a business to own and run in Connell. “I had a salon here at one time,” she said. “I told (Mike) I wanted a coffee shop. He said, ‘No.’ ” Then she remembered when she worked as a teenager at the Burger Factory II at 452 S. Columbia Ave. in Connell. At the time she thought of it, the business was closed and had sat empty for six to eight months. “I worked here as a teenager,” she said. “My husband’s sister helped the

Courtesy Burger Factory Three generations of the Erstad family have worked at the Columbia Avenue restaurant best known for its eagle burger. Named after the Connell High mascot, it’s a cheeseburger with a slice of ham on a hoagie sandwich bun.

original owner. My mom has worked here. So many of our nieces and nephews, and our daughter, have all worked here.” It made sense to the Erstads to reopen it because it seemed to be a place to bring the community together. “So in 2012, we bought it from Max Yager,” Rhonda said. “Max and Jackie Yager opened it in 1980.” A little bit of history here: The Yagers opened the original Burger Factory in Prosser, then opened a second one in Connell and a third in Othello.

Only the Connell restaurant remains open in a town that has but one restaurant franchise open. “We cleaned (the building) up,” Rhonda said of the 2012 reopening. “We’re invested in the community. Every little community needs a place like this.” The restaurant earned a five-star rating on Yelp, which offers reviews of businesses worldwide. One reviewer recently posted this observation about Burger Factory: “The gal at the counter was super

friendly! I noticed she called a lot of the ‘regulars’ by name. Our burgers came out quick and piping hot. Good sized burgers for a decent price.” Burger Factory II employs six people and is open Monday through Saturday and closed on Sundays. Rhonda thinks about what she’s doing now and laughs. “I’ve always liked to feed people,” said the 1984 Connell High School graduate. “People are paying me to cook. To think I was struggling with that when I got married at 19. My husband—he was a patient man. I just stay in the kitchen now.” Mike runs his father’s company, Orv’s Potato Services in Othello, and was deep in the middle of harvest at the time of the interview. When works slows down, he usually works the front counter, taking orders and greeting customers old and new. Meanwhile, Rhonda’s in the back cooking. Or creating new menu items. “I added a jalapeño burger, added a Philly burger,” she said. “You can still get the western burger off the menu.” While her favorite is the jalapeño burger, Rhonda said the most popular item on the menu is the eagle burger. uBURGER FACTORY, Page 13

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DNR repurposing land to make more money for schools BY ANDREW KIRK for Senior Times

At statehood, the federal government granted Washington millions of acres of land to be managed for the support of public schools, including universities. Today, it, along with other lands dedicated to different state needs, is managed by the state Department of Natural Resources. A portion of the 1 million acres of state farmland managed by the DNR is in Benton and Franklin counties. State Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz has been working to convert farmland now surrounded by development in Pasco and Richland into neighborhoods and businesses. “We’re working to diversify the lands so they’re not just agriculture and timber. Our responsibility is to fund schools and counties intergenerationally. We’re working to diversify that portfolio and now working to leverage more of our commercial and industrial lands,” Franz said. In addition to generating more money for schools with long-term leases, developing the land also aids economic growth. “(Franz) has shown a keen understanding of the need to enable the agency to further develop appropriate commercial properties in the DNR portfolio that are within the Pasco Urban Growth Area,” said Rick White, city of Pasco’s community and economic development director. “For example, DNR recently partnered with the city to establish a local improvement district for extension of Chapel Hill Boulevard and installation of

Courtesy state Department of Natural Resources Goose Ridge Estate Vineyards and Winery President Bill Monson, left, talks with Hilary Franz, the state commissioner of public lands, while touring Goose Ridge’s vineyard in Richland, a piece of Department of Natural Resources state trust land now being utilized more optimally to generate dollars for school construction.

utilities from Road 68 to Road 84 just south of Interstate 182.” When DNR installed the irrigation pivots near Road 68 so it could be farmed, it increased the value of the land. When the opportunity arose to increase the value again by inviting commercial development on 73 acres, DNR installed infrastructure to invite long-term leases. In Pasco that turned into the LID, with a $4 million investment from the state Legislature. Franz estimated the leases will eventually bring in $2 million each year for K-12 Common School Trust. The money reaches Tri-City school districts indirectly, said Ty Beaver,

spokesman for the Richland School District. The state Legislature draws upon the funds to allocate money for school construction and other education needs. It is therefore impossible to say how much local funding comes from the local leases. In south Richland, a 300-acre orchard on DNR land north of Kennedy


Road near Queensgate will be available for development in 2021 after a lease with Chiawana Orchards expires. The city has already rezoned the land, hoping 200 acres will become a residential neighborhood while the DNR will improve 55 acres for commercial leases. Mike Stevens, planning manager for the city of Richland, said the rezone was passed May 21 to allow for multi-family, medium-density residential units, as well as low-density single-family homes, and parks and/ or public facilities in addition to the commercial allotments. After Jan. 1, 2021, the DNR will auction the 200 acres and retain management of the 55 acres. The plan has been in place since 2017, Stevens said. “We might sell a piece of land that’s not a great revenue generator, or is zoned high residential (like the one at Chiawana Orchards) and go buy better ag land or timber land or commercial land. It’s very difficult to manage lands in checkerboard patterns. It’s easier in big blocks,” Franz said. Not all agricultural land has been slated for development. Near PateruLAND, Page 12

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Pasco 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. • AARP Smart Driver Course (ages 50 and up): 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3 and Wednesday, Dec. 4. Cost: $15 for AARP members (must provide proof of membership), $20 for nonmembers. RSVP 509-545-3456.

• Basin Wood Carvers: 1-3 p.m. Thursdays. Cost: Free. • China Painting: 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays. Bring your own project and supplies. • Cribbage: 1-3 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. • Drop-In Snooker: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Cost: $1 per day. Closed Nov. 11, 21, 22. • Enhance Fitness: Class focuses on stretching, balance, low impact aerobics and strength training. 10-11 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Call 509-545-3456 to regis-

ter. Location: Pasco City Hall Activity Center, 525 N. Third Ave., Pasco. • Foot Care for Adults (18+): Get your feet cared for by a licensed, registered nurse from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays by appointment only. Cost: $30. Call 509-545-3459. • Happy Feet Foot Care (60+): Get your feet cared for by a licensed, registered nurse from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays by appointment only. Cost: Free with suggested donation

of $12 to $15 per person. Clients must meet federal and state guidelines for eligibility. Call 509-5453459. • Meals on Wheels lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Cost: $7.30 (18-59 years), $2.75 (suggested donation 60 years and older). Reservations required 24 hours in advance. RSVP: 509-5435706. No meals Nov. 28-29. • Mexican Train Dominoes: 12:30-3 p.m. Mondays. Cost: Free. • Pinochle: 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays.

Prosser Senior Community Center 1231 Dudley Ave., Prosser • 509-786-2915 •

All activities are at the Prosser Senior Community Center unless otherwise listed. Activities, times and locations subject to change. For more



information, call 509-786-2915. • All-you-can-eat breakfast: 8-11:30 a.m. the last Sunday of each month. Location: dining room. Suggested donation: $6 adults, $3 for those 8 and younger.

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• Bingo (18+): 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Location: dining room. Three cards for $1. • Bingo at Night (18+): 6 p.m. second Friday of the month. $10 buy-in. • Birthday Celebration: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. third Friday of the month. Call 509-786-1148 to verify. Location: dining room. Provided by Meals on Wheels. Suggested donation of $2.75. • Enhanced Fitness: 2-3 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Location: dining room. Free. • Foot Care Wednesday: For appointment, call 509-303-0079. Fill out foot care application for assistance at center or $25 for private pay. • Mahjong: 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Location: living room. Free.

• Meals On Wheels: 11:45 a.m. Monday through Friday. Location: dining room. Suggested donation of $2.75. For reservations, call 509786-1148. • Pinochle: 5:30 p.m. Thursdays. Location: living room. Bring potluck dish to share. Free • Billiards: Noon to 3 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays. Free. • Tai Chia Quan: 6 p.m. Mondays; beginners first Monday of month; 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays open practice for club members. Location: dining room. Call: 509-430-1304 • Wellness Class: 10:30 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays. Taught by Cheri Eisen of Sirius Therapeutics. Location: living room. $4 per session for members, $5 for others. Call 816510-5025.

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 Lunch: noon, second Tuesday of the month. Bring a dish to share. • Bingo: noon, third Monday of the month. Hot dog luncheon at noon. $3 suggested donation. • Pinochle: 1 p.m. Mondays.

• Bunco Potluck: noon, first Wednesday and third Friday of the month. • 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.

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Keewaydin Community Center

500 S. Auburn St., Kennewick • 509-585-4303 •

All activities are at the Keewaydin Community Center unless otherwise listed. Activities, times and location subject to change. For more information, call 509-585-4303. • Bingo Party: 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13. Cost: $1 per card. • Bridge: 12:30-4 p.m. Tuesdays

and Thursdays. Cost: $1. Closed Nov. 28 and Dec. 24. • Second Sunday Party Bridge: 2-4 p.m. second Sunday of the month. Cost: $1 per day. RSVP: 509-5863349. • Bunco Party: 1-3 p.m. Fridays. Cost: $1. • Bunco Tournament: 1-3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15. Cost: $5 in advance, $8 at the door.

• Chinese Mahjong: 1-4 p.m. Wednesdays. Cost: $1. • Creative Palette Art: 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays. Cost: $2. • Dominos: 12:30-2 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. Cost: $1. • Indoor Walking: 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. Cost: $1 per day. Location: Southridge Sports Complex, 2901 Southridge Blvd., Kennewick.

• Pinochle: 4-8 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Cost: $1. • Sewing: 5:30-8 p.m. first, third and fourth Thursdays. Cost: $1. • Woodcarving: 1-3 p.m. Wednesdays and 9 a.m. to noon Fridays. Cost: $1. Bring supplies or borrow from the class. Closed Nov. 28-29.

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. • ACBL, Duplicate and Party Bridge: Various groups. For a schedule of each group, cost and location, call 509-942-7529.

• Birthday Club Social: noon to 12:30 p.m. second Tuesday of each month. Location: lounge. Cost: free. • Cribbage: 8:30 -11:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Location: lounge. Cost: free. • Fitness Room: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday; noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $2 per day or $8 per month. • Billiards: Daily. Cost $2.

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p.m. Fridays. Location: game room. Cost: $1. • International Folk Dancing: 7-9 p.m. Thursdays. Location: Riverview room; 6-9 p.m. the first Saturday of the month for a potluck and dancing. Location: activity room. • RSA Dance: 1-4 p.m. third Friday of the month. Location: Riverview room. Cost: $7 per person.


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it, available through March 2020, is the AmsNation exhibit. It includes memorabilia, trophies, photos, information and more from the rich history of the Tri-Cities Americans hockey team. The museum’s collection includes photos and artifacts from the last 200 years. Items include hands-on children’s displays, playable vinyl records in a listening lounge and silent and historical films in the Benton Theater. The Smith Family Library Archive features family folders and files for genealogy study, and early-bound volumes of the Tri-City Herald. The East Benton County History Museum at 205 W. Keewaydin Drive in Kennewick is open from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $1 for youth up to age 17.

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ly $155,000 in rent collected each year from the dry land jumping to about $625,000, and the $12,000 collected in taxes becoming $80,000. Around Red Mountain DNR manages thousands of acres that grew no grapes as recently as 2017. Now in cooperation with Goose Ridge Vineyard, DNR land is planted with vines bringing in $1,100 per acre per year. Soon the operation near Candy Mountain will expand. “Years ago it was almost nothing. Now it’s sizable dollars,” Franz said. Lastly, DNR land near tiny Bickleton—southwest of Benton City in Klickitat County—was bringing in about $2 per acre. A recent solar power project means the land is now renting for hundreds of dollars per acre. “The story coming out of the TriCities with our land ownership and how we’re managing it is… we’re growing infrastructure and generating revenue for our schools,” Franz said.

“Ever since we got the vote, we’ve been working to promote good government.” Another photo in the series shows a shop window display encouraging women to get involved in the voting and political process on issues they cared about, including environment and local crime. Since that time, the League of Women Voters of Benton and Franklin Counties continues its mission of voter service, citizen education, action and advocacy. Members present unbiased nonpartisan information about elections, the voting process and issues. They also offer nonpartisan positions to advocate for or against particular policies in the public interest. You can learn more about the local chapter online at washington/benton-franklin-counties. Another featured museum exhib-

son, the DNR is supporting the transition of land from wheat to row crops. In an effort to not lose water rights worth about $41 million on 5,000 acres in south Benton County, DNR struck a deal with Frank Tiegs LLC. Tiegs is president of the Washington Potato Co. headquartered in Pasco. The DNR obtained water rights in the 1970s and had to use them by 2020 or lose them. For three years the department searched for a development partner to turn the dry wheat and grazing land into irrigated farmland. Earlier this year a pipeline from Paterson was completed by Frank Tiegs LLC to begin watering 3,100 acres of the farmland in the Horse Heaven Hills and begin growing potatoes, onions, corn and other row crops. The private company installed the eightmile, $23 million pipeline in return for lower rent for the next 24 years. The joint effort results in the rough-

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Named after the Connell High mascot, it’s a cheeseburger with a slice of ham on a hoagie sandwich bun. The restaurant draws a lot of the school-age crowd during and after local sporting events. And it’s pretty busy during community events. “During Connell Days, we stay open late,” Rhonda said. “Connell Days is the second weekend of September. In two days, we made 500 meals.” Rhonda admits they can put in long hours. And with her youngest child being 16 years old, she ponders that they may sell the business in a few years when they become empty nesters and try traveling a little more. Until then, however, she loves what she and her husband are doing. “This place—I get to see people that I’d never normally get to see again because I’d be at home,” Rhonda said. “I love when you get people who want to come here to eat. People on their way to the Tri-Cities or Spokane, and they stop here,” she said. “There are so many excellent choices here in Connell. We’re extremely blessed when they choose us because all of these places are good.” And she’s doing it in the town she’s always called home. “I love this little town,” she said. “I’ve lived here my whole life. It needed something like this.”

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oat bar. • Wednesday, Nov. 20: Baked ziti, broccoli, salad with dressing, breadstick and fruit cocktail. • Thursday, Nov. 21: Chicken and rice casserole, glazed baby carrots, bread with margarine and chocolate cake. • Friday, Nov. 22: Pulled pork sandwich, baked beans, coleslaw, mandarin oranges and an oatmeal cookie. • Monday, Nov. 25: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes with gravy, salad with dressing, bread with margarine and chocolate pudding. • Tuesday, Nov. 26: Chicken Alfredo, Italian vegetables, breadstick and peaches. • Wednesday, Nov. 27: Roasted turkey, mashed potatoes with gravy, stuffing, green beans, dinner roll and pumpkin bar. • Thursday, Nov. 28: Closed for Thanksgiving. • Friday, Nov. 29: Closed for Thanksgiving.

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Meals on Wheels is a program of Senior Life Resources Northwest and is supported by donations. For those 60 and older, the suggested donation is $3 per meal. Meals may be purchased by those younger than 60 for $7.45. 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: 509-2340766. The Senior Dining Café at 1834 Fowler St. in Richland serves soups, sandwiches and salads without a reservation. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 509-736-0045. • Monday, Nov. 4: Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes with gravy, broccoli, bread with margarine and mandarin oranges. • Tuesday, Nov. 5: Teriyaki chicken, fluffy rice, oriental vegetables, bread with margarine and pear crisp. • Wednesday, Nov. 6: Scrambled eggs and peppers, sausage patty, chuck wagon potatoes, bran muffin with margarine and fruit cocktail.

• Thursday, Nov. 7: Shepherd’s pie, spinach salad, wheat roll and peaches. • Friday, Nov. 8: Beef lasagna, mixed vegetables, salad with dressing, bread with margarine and brownie. • Monday, Nov. 11: Closed for Veterans Day. • Tuesday, Nov. 12: Herbed chicken with mushroom gravy, au gratin potatoes, salad with dressing, bread with margarine and yogurt with berries. • Wednesday, Nov. 13: Sweet and sour pork, fluffy rice, oriental vegetables, bread with margarine and peaches. • Thursday, Nov. 14: Beef tacos, refried beans, salsa and sour cream, tortilla and citrus salad. • Friday, Nov. 15: Birthday day! Roast beef, mashed potatoes with gravy, Italian vegetables, roll with margarine and ice cream. • Monday, Nov. 18: Chicken and white bean chili, cornbread with margarine and yogurt with berries. • Tuesday, Nov. 19: Lemon pepper cod, white rice, pea and cheese salad, bread with margarine and cranberry

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her oldest son,” she said. “It’s just time.” That pushed Fleshman and her six remaining siblings to simplify the estate of the farm and split the assets among the siblings and their children. Harris Farm is a small farm. “We all know farming is not the best use of this land for Pasco,” Fleshman said. “The plan is to close the transaction on Dec. 31.” At one time, farming was the best use of the land.

‘Prized piece’ of land

“This, indisputably, is the most prized piece of residential development ground I’ve had the privilege of offering in my 37-year career,” said Scott Musser of Musser Bros. of Pasco, which is handling the auction. When asked what was so special about it, Musser had a lot to say. “We sell a lot of development property,” he said. “We sold some a few years ago that was over 200 acres. But a lot more people can afford to buy 40 acres than 200 acres. “So the size (of this property) is key. It’s going to attract a lot of builders. The location is right for development. It’s next to the river. It’s just teed up, ready to go. It’s there. It’s ready. The sewer and water are already in.” The 45 acres will be sold in four parcels and includes 450 feet of shoreline. Parcel 1 is just under an acre with a single-family home and about 195 feet of riverfront; Parcel 2 is less than half an acre with a singlefamily home and about 195 feet of riverfront; Parcel 3 is nearly 16 acres with 150 feet of riverfront and a single-family home; and Parcel 4 is nearly 23 acres. With Franklin County the fastest-growing county in the state

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Courtesy Musser Bros. Four parcels of Harris Farm will be auctioned off Nov. 14 by Musser Bros. of Pasco, a northwest auction marketing company. The 45 acres are north of Interstate 182 on the east banks of the Columbia River.

(2.3 percent growth from 2018-19 to 94,680 residents), and Pasco one of the fastest growing cities in the state (also 2.3 percent growth from 2018-19 to 75,290), developers have long been eyeing the property as a spot for more growth. Between 500 and 700 homes could be built on the land, which is in the county but surrounded by the city. The city is expected to annex the land as it’s part of the Broadmoor Master Plan area, so it can

be developed into a mix of medium-density residential home sites, coupled with some community commercial development. Sample uses include single-family attached residential, townhouses, condominiums and multi-family structures at a density of eight to 15 units per acre, according to Musser Bros. And the timing to sell is just right, Fleshman said. “Our oldest sister died, and so did

Harris Farm has been at its current location for 76 years—since 1943. Fleshman’s grandparents, Lura and Fred Harris, started the farm, which began as a dairy. Originally it was located in east Pasco, where Big Pasco Industrial Park is now, and called Diversity Farm Dairy. The U.S. government needed the land for a supply depot during World War II and made the Harris family move. They chose the west end of Pasco next to the river. Their son, Wallace, and his wife Lucille took over the farm in 1989. Wallace and Lucille established a family trust around that time to benefit their children. uHARRIS, Page 15


Senior Times • November 2019 ROSETTA, From page 1

ties and became a challenge to manage because they were spread far apart, Worcott said. Rosetta offers specialized care for those with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia in a homelike environment. But all senior citizens can call Rosetta home, from the elderly suffering from anxiety to those who have issues being alone, Worcott said. “Our whole focus is enhancing the lives of the elderly. We just want to make them happy. And a lot of them are alone and tired, and they just need some love,” Worcott said. At Rosetta, seniors eat fresh-prepared food in a cozy dining room. The Pasco facility features two sitting rooms with televisions, as well as an activity room for crafts and games. There’s a spa area with a salon for haircuts and a jetted tub, and a laundry area, where residents can do their own or have staff manage it. “It’s very much a home setting, not a facility setting,” Worcott said. Each room has its own toilet, sink and shower. Rooms come furnished with a bed, nightstand and dresser, though residents are welcome to bring their own furniture. Some rooms are larger and can accommodate couples. “We don’t really love the large model. This has been our niche to do small, with 16 and 17 rooms. Both (Pasco wings) can go up to 23 people and that would be max we would do,” Worcott said. She’s been with Rosetta for more than six years. “I love the elderly. As a nurse, I could work anywhere, but this is my calling,” she said. Rosetta employs about 40 people in the Tri-Cities. Each home is staffed 24 hours a day so residents can receive help with nighttime needs. “This is their home and we just come in there and work for them,” Worcott said. The love for serving seniors is why Kelsie Blanco has been working for Rosetta for nine years. She’s the Pasco home administrator. “It was my first job out of high school and I’m still here,” she said. She loves being able to develop relationships with residents. “Working in the hospital settings, you’re not going to get the same people. You might have the same patient for a week. A lot of them don’t have family and you are their family,” Blanco said. Blanco enjoys food shopping for the seniors and picking up their favorite treats. “I buy a lot of pudding cups, JellO cups, Debbie brownies and lots of ice cream because they love those,” Blanco said. “My goal is for them to have the best years for their last years.” uROSETTA, Page 16

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Since their death, Lurene and her husband Robert have run the farm and the Harris Produce stand. A total of five generations have lived on the family farm. It’s the only place that Lurene has ever lived. She raised six kids on the farm. A grandson lives there too. “I knew Mom and Dad needed me on the farm when they got older,” she said. “I told my husband a long time ago I’m non-relocatable.” Now, she has to be. But she and her husband found a smaller place off Alder Road in north Pasco, where she plans to run the produce stand. “I don’t know how much we’ll sell next year,” she said. “I’ve been handing out cards to customers. But gardens need to be planted by the 15th of April.” Meanwhile, she understands that once the property sale closes, she has to get moving. “At the closing, we have 120 days to be out of here,” Fleshman said. “In this whole thing, we have three houses on the farm we have to condense into one in six months.” They’re going to sell off most of the animals.

“The pigs, for instance,” she said. “I’d need help with them. I can’t work with them alone.” But they’ll also keep some other animals. It’s what she loves about farming. “Animals are my favorite part of the farm,” she said. “Because animals need your help. And I’m a person that needs to be needed. I just like the whole thing about farming. “We’ve always got up and did our chores at 6 a.m. The kids did chores too. I worked off of the farm for 10 years (at Pasco High School), and there was nothing like coming back to the farm. It was nice to come back to the farm and be my own boss. Farming is oh-sorewarding.”

Time to sell

Fleshman said they’ve had offers before to sell the property. That included one man from the Lewiston area whose attempt to buy the land fell through this past July. That got everyone in the family thinking about selling. “The kids said, ‘Let’s advertise.’ My brother David and I talked to an attorney,” Fleshman said. “Our lawyer told us the best piece of advice is go to auction. And even

though an auction is scary, David and I met with Scott Musser.” If the family doesn’t like the final bid, they can pull it off the table. Either way, Fleshman is nervous about the auction. “I’m hoping we get a good price,” she said. “It all depends on how many bidders there are.” Musser said being nervous is normal. “It’s a huge undertaking for our clients on anything we auction, whether it’s $100,000 or $10 million,” Musser said. “Their property is the most important asset they control. It creates some trepidation and expectations, and it can be a little nerve-wracking.” He won’t guess on the auction’s outcome. “It’s always difficult to predict,” he said. “It’s a crap shoot. It could be five people bidding, it could be 15. But we’re getting good responses. The right amount of people are putting out questions, requesting information.” The auction will be at the Musser Bros. auction facility at the southwest corner of the airport in Pasco at 2 p.m. Nov. 14. Learn more at

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Senior Times • November 2019 2019 ROSETTA, From page 15

Photo by Kristina Lord Kelsie Blanco, left, administrator of Rosetta Assisted Living in Pasco, and Crystal Worcott, regional director of Rosetta, sit in the living room in the new Pasco facility at 5921 Road 60. This second wing hasn’t yet opened for residents but is expected to before the end of the year.

Rosetta homes often are seniors’ last stop. “We do bring in hospice care and palliative care, and home health can come in. We care for them all the way to end of life,” Worcott said. All of Rosetta’s services, from the furniture to special food requests to the administration of medicine, are included in the monthly fee, which is based on the level of care needed. Most residents are considered level 2, or those who need help in the bathroom or with laundry. A level 1 resident needs minimal assistance. A level 3 resident is typically a diabetic with insulin

who has a higher level of care needs. Monthly cost for a level 1 resident is $4,200; level 2 $5,200; and level 3 $6,200. Residents are reassessed every six months, or as needed. Rosetta accepts Medicaid and residents can apply it as soon as they move in. “Most facilities have a one- to twoyear requirement (of private pay) before they can roll onto Medicaid. This does open up more doors for us a lot faster,” Worcott said. “We take Medicaid straight out of the gate.” Rosetta Assisted Living: 5921 Road 60, Pasco;; 509-412-1777.

uBRIEFS Heartlinks seeks volunteers for variety of roles

Heartlinks Hospice & Palliative Care is seeking volunteers for a variety of roles. Volunteers are needed for office work, patient and family support, or volunteering at the resale shop. All volunteers are required to attend training and complete a background check for client safety. Heartlinks provides hospice and palliative care in Benton and Yakima counties. For more information or to register for upcoming training, call the volunteer coordinator at 509-8371676.

Kennewick Italian restaurant owners plan to retire

The owners of Carmine’s Italian Restaurant in Kennewick have announced plans to retire and close their business. The restaurant’s namesake Carmine Aitoro is 82 and his wife Joyce Airoro is 79. “It has been a fantastic 11 ½ years, however, we are ready to slow down and spend more time with the kids, grandchildren and great-grands,” according to the restaurant’s announcement on Facebook. Carmine’s serves up different Italian dishes family-style Wednesday through Saturday nights. Its final day is Dec. 21. “We want to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your many years of support. We certainly will miss the hustle and bustle, but we have reached this decision together with our children and grandchildren who have from time to time worked so hard alongside us over the years,” the restaurant said. Carmine’s is at 525 W. First Ave.

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