Senior Times -- September 2018

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September 2018

Volume 6 • Issue 8

Pasco works to survey historic African American sites BY ROBIN WOJTANIK for Senior Times

Duck race celebrates 30 years

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It’s canning season

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RV retailers see uptick in sales Page 17

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The city of Pasco is working quickly to identify historic African American buildings and locations of significance in the community before they’re lost to city growth. “It just seemed like it was prime time, if you will, to capitalize on this opportunity and preserve the history of this community,” said Tanya Bowers, project manager for the historical property survey. She helped write the federal and state grant proposals to document historic properties in the community. Since receiving about $30,000 in grants, the city hired a Portland-based firm with an archeologist, who is narrowing down the list of historic sites to be considered for nomination. The working list includes spots like Morningstar Baptist Church in east Pasco, which was the first African American church in the city. “Morningstar was the center of the community,” said Pastor Albert Wilkins, who has been a member of the congregation for 65 of his 67 years and is the fifth pastor of the church. “During the whole civil rights movement, the church was where folks met and strategies were formed,” he said. Since then, the makeup of the city and neighborhood has changed. “There was a time when the majority of African Americans in the Tri-Cities lived here (east Pasco). As you look around this neighborhood now, it’s 95 to 97 percent Hispanic. When I grew up, it was 95 to 97 percent African American,” Wilkins said. The segregation was not by the community’s choice, as ordinances forced African Americans to live primarily in east Pasco. “The community was isolated and wasn’t necessarily welcomed at businesses west of the train tracks,” Bowers said. uHISTORICAL SITES, Page 15

Dodie Gregory, 74, left, and Patty Burnett, 66, both of West Richland, will compete in several events, including swimming, during the 2019 National Senior Games in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Senior athletes begin training for national competition


Two West Richland women didn’t set out to be gold medal competitors when they joined a gym last fall. They had never even competed in team sports before. “I’d never been to a swim meet or track meet and didn’t have a clue. We didn’t know squat. We learned everything on YouTube,” quipped Dodie Gregory, 74. She and her stepdaughter Patty Burnett, 66, each won gold at the Washington State Senior Games, held in Olympia in July, and qualified for the 2019 National Senior Games, which will be in Albuquerque, New Mexico, next summer.

Burnett competed in the 65-69 age category and placed first in the women’s 25-yard backstroke and 25-yard breast stroke; second in women’s shot put and 1500-meter power walking; and fourth in women’s 50-yard backstroke. Gregory competed in the 70-74 age category and won gold in the women’s 50-yard breaststroke, 25-yard breaststroke and 1,500-meter race walking; and silver in the 25-yard backstroke, 50-yard backstroke and 1,500-meter power walking. Burnett was disqualified in one swimming event for not touching the wall with both hands at the same time, so she traveled to compete in a qualifer in Idaho, placing third in backstroke and breast stroke. uSWIMMERS, Page 2

Richland man’s book outlines how he beat ‘dementia monster’ BY KRISTINA LORD

A Richland man who was able to reverse his own brain’s atrophy wrote a book about his experience hoping others will benefit from what he’s learned. When doctors told Dave Brown, 69, that his brain scan showed deterioration that was most likely the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, he became alarmed. “The MRI showed my brain was shriveling up fast,” he said. That’s when he began researching in earnest.

Brown writes about his medical issues and how he recovered in “Beating the Dementia Monster,” which sells for $8.95 on Amazon and $4.95 on Kindle. He’s already sold more than 800 copies of the 99-page book, which he selfpublished on Amazon in mid-February. Brown, who has lived in the TriCities since 1985, is a retired nuclear engineer and substitute high school physics and biology teacher. Balance issues, regular episodes of mild depression and difficulty speaking prompted him to seek medical attention in 2015. uDEMENTIA, Page 14


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SWIMMERS, From page 1 “We were terrified heading to Olympia because we had not a clue what was going to happen. But we were diligent about finishing,” Gregory said. Gregory will compete in power and race walking, which are two different walking techniques. As Gregory explains, power walking is faster paced than normal walking, while race walking is faster still, and one foot has to remain on the ground at all times that results in a hip rotation. The wins were a satisfying achievement for Gregory, who had five-vessel heart bypass surgery four years ago and two shoulder replacements, one seven years ago and the other 12 years ago. “In my backstroke, I’m not able to get full extension, but all this is keeping me healthier,” she said. “I feel great. Oh, I do. The endorphins. It’s a mental thing: Look what we’ve accomplished. With Patty and I doing it together it’s been really awesome. We critique each other. We’re having a blast. Our families are so supportive.” They originally planned to travel to Olympia to watch the events and then Burnett said, “ ‘We should just enter and just see what we could just do.’ It’s more fun to be a participant than just watching,” she said. They couldn’t decide what events to compete in but Patty decided to try the

shot put because she has “bad knees.” She ordered one of the iron balls online and started heaving it around her yard. It turns out she has a good arm. “I’m really pleased with my throw. I got adrenaline in the moment,” she said of her 19’02” throw. The women figured that if they’d qualify, they’d have a whole year to figure it out, Burnett said. The women are serious about being athletes to be reckoned with. They’ve signed up for weekly swimming lessons at their gym and Burnett found a track coach to show her how to properly throw a shot put. For swimming, they had to learn how to kick efficiently, dive in without losing their goggles and how to turn. “The whole purpose of these games is to get senior citizens up and active. You have to find your niche and do it. They have 104-year-old throwing a softball from her wheelchair,” Burnett said. “I know I’m a long ways from 100 years old, but once I started looking into this, I saw this other woman who took her kids to swim meets all her life. She’s 80-something. She’s going to Spain for a competition. It’s just kind of cool.” The budding athletes also say it helps to have a workout buddy. “I know she’s going to be waiting for me at the gym. It’s given us an extra bond. She’s one of the girls who is game for anything,” Burnett said of her

stepmom. The women were struggling to make it to the gym for regular workouts when they joined in November. “We didn’t have goal when we joined the gym. You have to have a goal. We do now,” Gregory said. “We wanted to exercise and then we saw the thing about the race. I’m competitive by nature. Then we committed to doing it,” Burnett said. The best thing about the new exercise regimen? It’s given them something new to talk about, Gregory said. “Now we are around people who don’t want to talk about their bowel movements or their medications they’re on. They’re talking about time improvements and technique improvements. These people are full of life,” Gregory said. Burnett agreed: “You can get old and still have a lot of fun.” They’ve also met some great people along the way. “The Senior Games have kept me going in it. The people we’ve met — they’re just so nice. They really try to help you — they tell you what to do,” Burnett said. When the women head to Albuquerque in June, they plan to stay in an Airbnb rental with their family. They’ll arrive a few days ahead of the games to get acclimated to the altitude. “We’ll have a cheer squad,” Gregory said.

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RCCH names new Trios CEO, financial officer in wake of sale BY SENIOR TIMES

Two experienced hospital executives have been named to head up the new Trios Health leadership team. The changes come on the heels of the Trios Heath sale to RCCH HealthCare Partners of Tennessee on Aug. 4. The hospital is now operated as a joint venture between RCCH HealthCare Partners and UW Medicine, called RCCH-UW Medicine Healthcare Holdings LLC. This means RCCH now operates and manages Trios Southridge Hospital, Trios Women’s & Children’s Hospital and Trios Medical Group, with UW Medicine providing clinical and quality expertise. The change, effective Aug. 3, affected about 1,100 providers, clinicians, support staff and volunteers. The Kennewick Public Hospital District retains oversight of Trios Adult Day Services. The hospital district, which will no longer have operational responsibilities for Trios Health, will continue but with a revamped community health mission, including community health outreach and programs, according to Trios officials. John Solheim, who has 35 years of

hospital leadership experience, will be the new chief executive officer at Trios. Jason Hotchkiss will be moving from a sister RCCH facility to serve as Trios’ chief financial officer. Both men have been at Trios Health during the past several weeks working with John Solheim Trios leaders and the former interim leaders to help facilitate a smooth transition. “We are very excited to welcome John and Jason to Trios. Both have significant hospital Jason Hotchkiss leadership experience and ties to the northwest United States. I know they will both be a great addition to the Trios team. We know that the slight delay in the closing of the transaction has brought its own set of challenges, but we have been so

impressed with the flexibility the Trios team has shown during the process,” said RCCH Division President Robert Wampler in a news release. Solheim worked at facilities in Minnesota and Montana and has had success growing hospital service lines and recruiting physicians and leading hospitals as they turn around from challenging situations, according to a news release from RCCH. The hospital he led in Minnesota was named one of Becker’s Hospital Review’s “Top 150 Places to Work” in 2014. Solheim also was named to Becker’s Hospital Review’s “50 Top Rural CEOs to Know” in 2015 and 2016. He received his master’s of health administration from the University of Minnesota and his bachelor’s degree in organizational communications and business administration/ hospital administration from Concordia College. He is a fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives and served in a variety of state and regional health care leadership roles. Solheim and his wife Maria have been married 28 years. They have two children ages 25 and 22. They like all outdoor activities including hunting, fishing and biking.

Hotchkiss comes to Trios Health from sister RCCH facility Ottumwa Regional Health Center in Ottumwa, Iowa, where he has served as the chief financial officer/chief operating officer since 2013. Prior to that, he was with the RCCH facilities in Alabama. Earlier in his career, Hotchkiss had leadership roles at hospitals in Idaho. He began his career as a certified public accountant with KPMG in California and Idaho. Hotchkiss received his bachelor’s in business from Eastern Washington University in Cheney. His wife of 23 years, Vernessa, is originally from the Tri-Cities and is a Hanford High School, Ricks College and Eastern Washington University graduate. Jason and Vernessa met and lived in the Tri-Cities before moving to Spokane. They have four children (three daughters, one son) aged 12 to 21. Their family loves the mountains and outdoor activities such as camping, hunting, fishing, rafting and water skiing. Trios Health is the second hospital to be part of the innovative RCCHUW Medicine joint venture. The other is Capital Medical Center in Olympia, Washington. uTRIOS, Page 6


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


• Clams & Blues on the Columbia, benefiting Three Rivers Community Foundation: 5:30 – 9:30 p.m., The Edge Steakhouse, 314 N. Underwood St., Kennewick. Tickets: 509-735-5559. • Books & Vines, benefiting The Children’s Reading Foundation of the Mid-Columbia: 5:30 – 9:30 p.m., Bookwalter Winery, 894 Tulip Lane, Richland. Tickets: read20minutes. com.

SEPT. 7 – 8

• Wheelin’ Walla Walla Weekend: 6 p.m., Friday, Sept. 7 and 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, downtown Walla Walla. Visit: Free event.


• Fiery Foods Festival: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Downtown Pasco, South Fourth & West Columbia, Pasco. Free event. • RiverFest 2018, an event about area’s hydrosystem: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Columbia Park, 2701 Columbia Park Trail, Kennewick. Free event. • Mid-Columbia Symphony “Bernstein at 100”: 7:30 p.m., Richland High School Auditorium, 930 Long Ave., Richland. Tickets: 509-943-6602.


• 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony: 6:30 – 10:30 a.m., 9/11

Memorial at Southridge Sports & Events Complex, 2901 Southridge Blvd., Kennewick. Visit: Free event. • Alzheimer’s Series “Dining with Dementia”: 1:30 – 3:30 p.m., Kadlec Healthplex, 1268 Lee Blvd., Richland. RSVP: 509-943-8455. Free event.

• Sausage Fest: 5 – 11 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. – midnight Saturday, Christ the King School, 1122 Long Ave., Richland. Visit: Free event.



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


• Streetscape Car Show: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Historic Downtown Prosser, Bennett Avenue, Prosser. Visit: Free event.

SEPT. 15 – 16

• Pickin’ Tri-Cities Vintage Show & Artisan Market: 9 a.m. Saturday & 10 a.m. Sunday, TRAC, 6600 Burden Blvd., Pasco. Visit:


• Affinity Vintage Car Show: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Affinity at Southridge, 5207 W. Hildebrand Blvd., Kennewick. Contact: 509-396-0966. Free event. • ACT Take Action Luncheon, benefiting Academy of Children’s Theatre: noon – 1 p.m., CG Public

House, 9221 W. Clearwater Ave., Kennewick. RSVP: info@actstaff. org.

SEPT. 21 – 22

• Tri-Cities’ CommUNITY Picnic: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Southridge Sports & Events Complex, 2901 Southridge Blvd., Kennewick. Lunch RSVP: 509-585-4303. Free admission.


• Free Museum Day: 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Reach museum, 1943 Columbia Park Trail, Richland. Download a ticket: Smithsonian. com/museumday. Free event. • Dinner in the Dark, benefiting the Edith Bishel Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired: 6 – 9:30 p.m., Red Lion Hotel, 2525 N. 20th Ave., Pasco. Tickets: 509-735-0699. • Car Show & Dance Bash: 6 p.m., Stoneridge Event Center, 5960 Burden Blvd., Pasco. Tickets:

SEPT. 22 – 23

• Ye Merrie Greenwood Renaissance Faire: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Columbia Park, 2701 Columbia Park Trail, Kennewick. Visit:

SEPT. 28 – 29

• Heritage Days: 4 – 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, Sacajawea State Park, 2503 Sacajawea State Park Road, Pasco. Contact: 509-545-2361.

SEPT. 28 – 30

• Richland Kennel Club Dog Show: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., East end of Columbia Park, Kennewick. Visit: Free event.

SEPT. 29

• Wine & Dine for SIGN: 5 p.m., Three Rivers Convention Center, 7016 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick. Tickets: signfracture. org.

SEPT. 29 – 30

• Tri-City Artist’s Open Studio Tour: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., various TriCity locations. Visit: Free event.


• Advanced Planning for End of Life: 1:30 – 2:30 p.m., First Avenue Center, 505 N. First Ave., Pasco. RSVP: 509-545-3459. Free event.


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

Senior Times • September 2018 uBRIEFS Richland cited among 9 great places to retire in national magazine

The city of Richland would be a great place to retire, according to an August story in Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. The magazine sought places with moderate living costs, first-class health care and plenty to see and do and highlighted nine cities. Kiplinger’s touted Richland’s 300 days of sunshine, burgeoning wine industry, variety of outdoor recreation – including walks along the Columbia River and a private yacht club, shopping at the farmers market, local entertainment on the John Dam Plaza stage and a median home price of $310,000. It also called the Tri-City region a “health care hub” for Eastern Washington with three large hospital systems: Kadlec in Richland, Trios Health in Kennewick and Lourdes Health in Pasco. Other cities cited as good places for retirees include Mesa, Arizona; Portland, Maine; Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Williamsburg, Virginia; Lexington, Kentucky; Columbia, South Carolina; Johnson City, Tennessee; and Venice, Florida.

All Senior Picnic gets new name this year

The annual All Senior Picnic has a new name this year. The new CommUNITY Picnic is set for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21 at the Southridge Sports and Events Complex, 2901 Southridge Blvd., in Kennewick. Organizers say the annual event always welcomed all ages, nothing has been taken away from the picnic and more has been added to it. The event features entertainment, games, drawings, recreation class demonstrations, bicycle and helmet safety checks, and the Tri-Cities Legacy Awards ceremony honoring

Tri-Citians 55 and older for their community contributions. Admission is free and lunch is $5 in advance for meat lasagna, coleslaw, fresh fruit and garlic bread. Cost is $8 at the door. Mobile food vendors also are participating. Tickets may be bought in advance online at CommUNITYPicnic, or at the Kennewick Community Center, 500 S. Auburn St.; Richland Community Center, 500 Amon Drive; or the Pasco First Avenue Center, 505 N. First Ave.

Richland Kennel Club to hold events, clincis at September dog show

The Richland Kennel Club will hold its annual American Kennel Club Obedience Trial, Rally Trial and Conformation events during the Fall Dog Show from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28 to Sunday, Sept. 30 at Columbia Park. The Tri-Cities Cluster Fall Dog Show is in partnership with the Columbia Basin Dog Training Club and the Cardigan Welsh Corgi Club of America. Admission is free. The event also includes canine health clinics. For more information, go to htm.

Fiery Food Fest is Sept. 8 in downtown Pasco

The Fiery Foods Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8 in downtown Pasco. This year’s event will celebrate the expansion of mobile food trucks and will include a food truck face-off where the public can choose their favorite spicy food truck. Also featured, will be a salsa contest, celebrity pepper gauntlet, fire juggling and live music. For more information, go to

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Cable bridge lights turn teal for cancer awareness

The Tri-Cities Cancer Center and Ovary Achievers joined forces to light the cable bridge teal during September to increase ovarian cancer awareness. The Aug. 30 bridge lighting celebration was sponsored by the estate of Kay Kerbyson. During the celebration, the name of every survivor present and every woman who died from ovarian cancer was read.

Central Church celebrates 75th anniversary on Sept. 9

Central Church will be celebrating its 75th anniversary at 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 9 at the church at 1124 Stevens Drive, Richland. The church was formed in the 1940s when the Richland Methodist Church became the interdenominational United Protestant Church of Richland. Central was added to the name in 1948. In 1964, the church moved to its current location from land it had purchased from the Atomic Energy Commission.

Annual Heritage Days set at Sacajawea State Park

The Friends of Sacajawea is holding its annual Heritage Days on Saturday, Sept. 29 and Sunday, Sept.


30 at Sacajawea State Park in Pasco. Featured at the event will be reenactments of Lewis and Clark, mountain men, a steam engine, bird of prey, Native Americans and more. A living history will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free and Discovery Passes are not required Saturday, Sept. 29.

Finding parking space may get easier at Kennewick Costco

Finding a parking space at the busy Kennewick Costco store soon may get easier. Construction on a designated employee parking lot behind the store is expected to free up more parking spots for customers, according to Kennewick Costco officials. The new lot at the corner of West Quinault Avenue and West Grandridge Boulevard is across the street from Great Harvest Bread Co. It will feature 110 spaces and was expected to be finished by the end of August, according to Kennewick Costco officials. It expands parking capacity by about 20 percent. The project also includes associated landscape, parking lot lighting and stormwater improvements. Costco employees are encouraged to park along the perimeter of their existing lot.


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Senior softball player continues winning streak BY SENIOR TIMES

A Kennewick woman has more softball medals to add to her trophy chest. Connie Wormington, 69, and her team won the 17th annual World Baseball Softball Confederation Senior World Cup in June in Roanoke, Virginia. In July, her team won gold at a majors tourConnie nament in St. Wormington Louis and in Prescott, Arizona, last month her team won a gold medal. She’s competing this month in Dalton, Georgia, and at the Huntsman World Senior Games in St. George, Utah, in October. She’ll compete in Albuquerque in the National Senior Games next year. Wormington and her husband Sandy own Just Roses Flowers and More flower shops in Kennewick and Pasco, as well as Columbia Wholesale, which supplies flowers to other shops, and Just Storage, a selfstorage facility in Kennewick. Wormington’s been playing softball since she was a girl. She played in high school and then during college in Nebraska. She also active in the MidColumbia Senior Softball League. The Senior Times wrote about Wormington in February. TRIOS, From page 3 Based in Brentwood, Tennessee, RCCH operates 17 regional health systems in 12 states. The Trios Health sale comes less than a year after the hospital district filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection. Its court-approved restructuring plan reduces the company’s pre-bankruptcy debt by about $350 million. The hospital district had more than 3,000 creditors holding about $221 million in claims, according to court documents. These creditors included bondholders, real and personal property lessors and lenders, current or former employees and retirees, political subdivisions or state or federal agencies and others. Trios sold its home health care operations to Columbia River Home Health, a local affiliate of home health, hospice and home care services provider Cornerstone Healthcare Inc., for $1.1 million in July.

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Tri-City Rotary clubs raise almost $3M for charities in 30 years


Annual duck race transformed from idea to profitable, established fundraiser BY C. MARK SMITH for Senior Times

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Mid-Columbia Duck Race and it is clear the annual fundraiser for six Tri-City Rotary clubs has been an unqualified success. The clubs estimate that over the past 30 years, almost $3 million has been donated by the local Rotary clubs to more than 100 local charitable organizations, various scholarship programs and projects that improve the quality of life of the Tri-City community. Over the past three years, the race has generated an average of $190,000 a year, while the net proceeds received by the six clubs averaged more than $111,000. The number of ducks in the race has grown to more than 40,000 each year. More than 40 local sponsors recognize the value of being associated with the race and regularly donate prizes. Toyota of Tri-Cities has provided the top prize, a new Toyota, for the past 14 years. “The local Rotarians give so much to our community, this donation is just one way we can help them fulfill their

mission and ensure the Tri-Cities area remains one of the best places around to live, work, and play,” said Carmen Marquart, the car dealer’s marketing manager. This year’s race is Oct. 6 at Columbia Park in Kennewick. The idea for the duck races emerged in 1989. Dick Weaver, the newly elected president of the Columbia Center Rotary Club in Kennewick, had just returned from the annual presidentelect training conference where he’d learned about a new fundraising method called a duck race. Dean Hoffman, president and CEO of Columbia Industries, a Kennewickbased nonprofit providing vocational training for people with disabilities, also was a member of Weaver’s club. He found out about the duck race independently and thought it could be a great source of income for their organization. Hoffman and Weaver presented their idea to the club’s board, which enthusiastically endorsed the idea, but felt the logistics and administration of a project of that scale might be too much for a single club. Weaver quickly recruited three other local Rotary clubs to help.

After floating 50 yards down river, the winning ducks are collected in a specially-built barge where they congregate before floating through a special channel where the winners are collected. Jet boats stand by to collect stray ducks. This year’s duck race is Oct. 6. (Courtesy Richland Rotary)

The concept of the duck race was simple. Thousands of small plastic ducks would be rented from a company in Arizona. Rotary club members would sell tickets to their friends and associates for $5 each. The corresponding number of each ticket would be attached to a plastic duck, which was then officially entered in the race. The ducks would be dumped into the Columbia River, float down a designated course, and reach the finish line, where they would be collected in the order of their arrival. The holders of the winning tickets would receive prizes

purchased by the club or donated by local corporate sponsors. The participating clubs would divide the net proceeds based on the number of tickets sold. Each club would donate the proceeds to their favorite local charities and nonprofit or invest in worthwhile community projects, student scholarships or philanthropy. CI would provide services such as marketing and administrative support, and their employees would get helpful work experience. In return, CI would receive 35 percent of the net profit received by each of the clubs. uDUCK RACES, Page 8


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DUCK RACES, From page 7 While the concept of the race was simple, the organization and logistics were not. The time of the race was dictated by when the ducks would be available from the rental company, which was in early October. That left only a few months to organize and launch the event, and no one was sure they could pull it off. In the rush to put on that first race, no one had thought to contact the Gambling Commission. When the state agency found out about it, it determined the race was a lottery, and state law required a separate ticket be sold for each duck. The next year’s tickets had to be redesigned, and getting a gambling license became an annual expense. In its first year, the race became the largest duck race in the western United States with 28,000 rubber ducks rented, and almost that number of tickets sold, raising almost $140,000 and generating a net profit of $77,000. Based on this success, more local Rotary clubs adopted the duck race as their primary fundraiser. For the second race in 1989, 30,000 ducks were rented, of which almost 25,000 were sold. Before long, local car dealers and other merchants were contacting the organizers to donate prizes and take advantage of the publicity. In the third year of the race, Dan

Boyd, president of the PascoKennewick Rotary Club, came up with the idea of recruiting and recognizing corporate sponsors called Quacker-Backers, who might buy 25 ducks, or 50 tickets at a time. It was easier to sell 25 duck tickets to one buyer than to sell 25 individual tickets. The race was clearly a matter of trial and error in those first years. “When 40,000 plastic ducks are dumped into the river at one time, they sink under the surface and then blossom up like an atomic bomb expanding out in all directions,” McLean said. “We didn’t have any floating pipe to mark the outer boundary of the course, and many of the ducks got caught by the river’s current and off they went. We used jet boats provided by a local company to try to force them back onto the course, but that was only partially successful.” They watched helplessly as most of the ducks rode the waves down the river. The next year, someone returned a duck they had found floating near McNary Dam, 50 miles downstream in Oregon. By 1998, the 10th year of the event, the race had grown into a major community event. By then, corporate sponsors were accounting for $40,000 a year in ticket sales, and the event had raised more than $1

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million and benefited more than 60 charities and local scholarship programs. The biggest single expense of the race, renting the ducks at a cost of 53 cents per duck, was covered by a donation from a local bank. Large inflatable ducks added to the adventure. In the windy Tri-Cities, it was imperative to anchor the 10-foot tall ducks so they wouldn’t blow away. That was not the only danger. In the first year of the race, a $3,000 inflatable duck was stolen from the front of a local sporting store. Rotarians filed a stolen duck report with the police, and the theft was covered by all the local TV stations. The duck was returned by the “ducknappers” two days later, minus the air compressor used to inflate it. McLean remembers another occasion, perhaps seven or eight years into the race, when he and another Rotarian took the inflatable duck to a car dealership in Pasco. “When it got nearly blown up, the seam along the back of the duck’s neck gave way, and all of the air escaped in a big whoosh. We tried to think of something that we could use to plug the foot-long hole,” he said. Off they went to a nearby big box store in search of a solution. “I came up with the idea of trying to seal it up with a package of washcloths held by large safety pins. I got into the duck and crawled up to the hole and then stretched the washcloths over the hole and pinned them securely to the duck with the safety pins. We turned the air compressor back on, and the duck was rising up to its full height when we heard this zinging sound as the safety pins gave way and were flying off the head of the duck like shrapnel. We returned the duck to the rental company,” he said. By the 20th anniversary of the race in 2008, a record 40,501 duck tickets were sold, generating more than $200,000. More than $175,000 was distributed by the six participating Rotary clubs to more than 80 charities and other community endeavors.

Before long, some members of the Tri-Cities Sunrise Rotary Club were selling as many as 2,000 tickets a year to corporate Quacker-Backer sponsors, and the club accounted for 40 percent of all the duck tickets sold. Some individual Rotary members, like Jack Zinn and Jon Putz of the Richland club, sold more than a 1,000 duck tickets each year—most of them one ticket at a time. After 20 years, the race had outgrown its ad hoc, volunteer organizational structure. “It dawned on me and others at the same time that, ‘Hey, after 20 years, this thing isn’t going away. We need to get organized,’ ” said Mike Tuohy, a retired hospital administrator, president of the Columbia Center Rotary Club who was his club’s representative to the organizing committee. They incorporated, drew up organizational documents that had to be approved by all six clubs, and negotiated with the Boy Scouts to provide much of the administrative recordkeeping and reporting that had been parceled out to volunteers before. They reviewed and renegotiated contracts and generally put the race on a sound administrative footing for future years. McLean believes that the greatest benefit of the duck race has been how it has brought the local Rotary clubs closer together. “It was the ideal fundraiser because it challenged us from the very beginning. And the memories of the race— the ducks bobbing down the course, the small child being hugged by Lucky Ducky, the comradery of working together on a shared project—remain with those who have experienced them forever. What better example of Rotary’s motto, ‘Service above Self,’ ” he said. C. Mark Smith is a Richland Rotary Club member. He is the author of four books and many magazine articles dealing with history and biography.

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To preserve or not to preserve: that is the question BY MARILOU SHEA for Senior Times

’Tis the season. You know the one I’m talking about. It involves lots of stove time, oodles of fresh, local produce, and those familiar-looking Kerr or Ball mason jars. No matter what berry or pickle you’re into, next to fresh, there is no substitute. Except one: canning or preserving food usually tastes better than what you have to buy in the grocery store come November. I did a little research in terms of how canning contributes to commerce, but there’s no data that directly correlates home canners scaling to a commercial enterprise on a state or national level. Unless you consider products like Ragu. Yes, that one — the ubiquitous spaghetti sauce found on grocery store shelves across the country today. It has its origins in home canning. Assunta Cantisano and her husband Giovanni founded the Ragu Packing Co. out of their home in Rochester, New York, in 1937, making spaghetti sauce in their basement and selling it on their front porch. They later expanded to a factory. In 1969, it was no longer a small family business and was sold to a large corporation. I bet if you Google one of your favorite canned or jarred products, you’ll find the same scenario: a home kitchen, someone nuts about their recipe and a singular commitment to flavor. Canning and preserving go way back. Way, way back. Before there were basements housing an extra fridge or freezer, there were root cellars. Back in the day, families would harvest not only for livelihood—but for their lives literally. They’d stash fresh produce in cool dark cellars to last their family through winter and the next harvest. Some granddaughters today remember hauling up everything

from the root cellar into a kitchen crowded with grandmas after harvest. Everyone brought produce and once Marilou Shea the bounty Food Truck was canned, Academy the total quantity was split fair and square. Each canner went home with a variety of great tasting products. “With the advancement of transportation, people no longer preserve foods out of necessity, they now have the choice to preserve—most generally do it for superior flavor and quality reasons,” observed LizAnn Powers-Hammond of Washington State University ExtensionBenton County, the “master” of the Master Food Preservers program. Growing up in the Columbia Basin, our mom canned a variety of produce for our family for those very two reasons. You’ll find them to be the two most popular reasons canners can. It comes down to chasing and capturing the essence of fresh flavor and a bit of food snobbery tossed in. Powers-Hammond and I agreed on a third best reason to can and that is to support our local farmers and growers. Without their enormous contributions, dead of winter would take on a whole new meaning in terms of pantry. For serial canner Tamara Millage, it was a love affair with pears and a friend’s blanching method that motivated her to can 52 quarts of pears a few years ago. She’s also a certificated master food preserver through the Washington State University Extension-Benton County program. Her advice: you can’t go rogue on

safety rules and regulations. What worked for your mother or grandmother may not apply today. Besides, according to Powers-Hammond, Washington state and Northwest soils are high in botulism toxins that can attack the body’s nerves. The Master Food Preserver program started in 1976 in our state. Within the next two years, the WSU Extension—Benton County Master Food Preserver program launched. Wisely, the program was modeled after the wildly successful Master Gardener programs, where one of the active status stipulations is that participants commit to 50 hours of volunteer time, among other requirements. We’re fortunate not just for the bounty of products that growers provide us in Columbia Basin but Benton County is one of only two Master Food Preserver programs that exists in the state besides Clark County. The masters enjoy sharing their expertise with home canners on all things, but especially safety first and foremost, through workshops and phone calls. Their love of the process and quest to preserve flavor make them a wonderful resource to mentor novice and serial canners alike.


While there is no tracking of canning preferences at the county extension, anecdotally Powers-Hammond said that the most popular foods canned locally are tomatoes, tomato products (including salsa), pickles, pickled asparagus, peaches, pears and applesauce. Maybe your favorite salsa recipe never goes commercial and your apple butter bears no resemblance to Grandma Lu’s, but you still have time this season to preserve the perfect products. It’s like opening summer in winter. What’s not to love? Food Love columnist Marilou Shea is adjunct faculty for Columbia Basin College’s hospitality program and Food Truck Academy, as well as the creator of Food Truck Fridays.

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uBRIEFS Pasco district seeking input for names of 2 new schools

The Pasco School District is seeking public input for the naming of two new schools — Elementary No. 16 and No. 17. Nominations are due by Saturday, Sept. 22 and can be submitted at Include the reasons behind the nomination. All submissions will be reviewed by the School Naming Committee, and a list will then be forwarded to the School board. Those nominations honoring people who contributed to the development of young children

will be the most likely to make the final consideration list. The criteria used in the selection process are: • Names shall be known, and significant to, the people in the school district. • Names shall not be in conflict with names of other schools is the area. • Names of living people shall be avoided unless circumstances warrant it. • For names of those living to be considered they must be representative of Pasco’s community, having strong connections to the community, have served as an inspiration to

others and overcame obstacles to achieve success. Community members may apply to be on the naming committee by calling 509-543-6734 or emailing

Volunteers sought for Prosser Community Day

Volunteers are needed for Prosser Community Day of Services, which runs from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 8 and from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 22. Among the projects several groups are tackling are replacing the landscaping at the train depot, repairs and updates to the play-

ground at City Park and painting fire hydrants. Grandview Rotary Clubs and the Prosser Fraternal Order of Eagles will be providing lunch for volunteers. For more information call 509786-2399 or email historicdown

Hearts are Wild gala to benefit Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement of Washington Southeastern Region is holding a fundraising Hearts are Wild gala from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28 at Three Rivers Convention Center, 7016 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick. The event will include high-end casino games with dealers traveling from Seattle, music and all-inclusive appetizers and beverages. Chips are put in a drawing for prizes at the end of play. There also will be a champagne reception, drawing for jewelry and a silent auction. Wine, craft beer and cocktails will be available. Individual tickets are $125 and VIP and sponsor options are available. To buy, call 509-783-7222, email or go to heartsarewildgala.

Researchers examine link between eye disease and Alzheimer’s

Researchers study a new tool physicians can use to screen people at higher risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Scientists from University of Washington School of Medicine, the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Institute and the UW School of Nursing found a link between the disease and three degenerative eye diseases — age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma. The findings were reported in Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association. Lead researcher Dr. Cecilia Lee, assistant professor of ophthalmology at the UW School of Medicine, said anything happening in the eye might relate to what’s happening in the brain, an extension of the central nervous system. The possible connections need more study. Lee said a better understanding of neurodegeneration in the eye and the brain could bring more success in diagnosing Alzheimer’s early and developing better treatments.

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Kennewick Community Center

500 S. Auburn St., Kennewick • 509-585-4303 All activities are at the Kennewick Community 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 supplies or borrow from

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

Mondays and Fridays. Cost: 50 cents per day. • Chinese Mahjong: 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays. Cost: $1 per day. • Sewing: 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays. Cost: $1 per day. • Clay Sculpting: 1 to 2 p.m., Mondays. Cost: $1 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.

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. • Basin Wood Carvers: 1 to 4 p.m. Thursdays. Cost: Free. • China Painting: 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays. Bring your own project and supplies. • Cribbage: 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. • Drop-In Snooker: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Cost: $1 per day. • Mexican Train Dominoes: 12:30

to 3 p.m. Mondays. Cost: Free. • 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

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


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Richland Community Center

500 Amon Drive, Richland • 509-942-7529 All activities are at the Richland Community Center unless otherwise listed. Activities, times and location subject to change. For more information, call 509-942-7529. • Cribbage: 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Cost: free. Location: lounge. • Golden Age Pinochle: 6 to 8:30 p.m. Fridays. Cost: $1 per day. Location: game room. • Duplicate Bridge: 12:30 to 4 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Cost: $1 per day. Location: game room.

• Party Bridge: 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Cost: $1 per day. Location: game room. • Bridge Buddies: 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays and 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursdays. Cost: $1. Location: game room. • ACBL Bridge: Various groups. For a schedule of each group, visit the Richland Community Center or call 509-942-7529. • Birthday Club Social: Second Tuesday of each month, noon to 12:30 p.m. Cost: free. Location: lounge. • Pie Socials: Third Tuesday of

each month, noon to 12:30 p.m. Cost: free. Location: lounge. • Greeting Card Recycling: 9 to 11 a.m. Mondays. Cost: free. Location: meeting room. • RSA Dance: Third Friday of the month, 1 to 4 p.m. Cost: $7 per person. Location: Riverview room. • International Folk Dancing: 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays (location: Riverview room) and 6 to 9 p.m. the first Saturday of the month for a potluck and dancing (location: activity room). • RSA Riverfront Walk: 10 a.m. Tuesdays. Cost: free. Location: back

patio. • Fitness Room: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. Cost: $2 per day or $8 per month. Location: Fitness room. • Foot Care for Fabulous Feet: Have a licensed registered nurse specializing in geriatrics care for your feet. 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursdays. Cost: $30. Location: wellness room. Call 509-942-7529 for an appointment.

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. • Pool: 12:30 to 3 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays. Cost: free. Location: pool room. • Tia Chia Quan: 6 p.m. Mondays. Taught by Kraig Stephens. Cost: $50 per month, 65 and older get discounted rate. Beginners start the first

Monday of every month. Wednesday and Friday open practice is at 5 p.m. which is free to club members only. Location: dining room. • Wellness Class: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays. Taught by Cheri Eisen of Sirius Therapeutics. Cost: $25 per month for members, $32 per month for non-members. Location: living room. • Mahjong 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Cost: Free. Location:

living room. • Bingo: 10 a.m. Wednesdays. Cost: 3 cards for $1. Location: dining room. • Pinochle: 5:30 p.m. Thursdays. Cost: $1. Location: living room. Bring potluck dish to share. • Prosser Friendship Quilting: 1 to 4 p.m. second and fourth Thursdays. Cost: Free for members ($5 per year). Location: dining room. Bring sewing machine and project to work on. • Lunch and Learn Program: 1 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of the month. Subject changes every month. Cost: Free. Location: dining room • Monthly Potluck: Noon to 3 p.m. the third Sunday of every month. Cost: Free. Location: dining room.

Bring a potluck dish to share. • All you can eat breakfast: 8 to 11:30 a.m. the last full Sunday of each month. Cost: Adults $5 per person, children 12 and under $3. Location: dining room. Includes pancakes, eggs, ham, apple juice and coffee. • Birthday Celebration: Typically the third Friday of the month. Call 509-786-1148 to verify. Provided by Meals on Wheels. Cost: suggested donation of $2.75. Location: dining room. • Meals On Wheels: 11:45 a.m. Monday through Friday. Cost: Suggested donation of $2.75. Location: dining room. Call 509-7861148 for reservations.

West Richland Senior Center

616 N. 60th, West Richland 509-967-2847 All activities are at the West Richland Senior Center. For more information, call 509-967-2847. • Potluck Dinner: 6 p.m. second Tuesday of the month. Bring a dish to share. • Bingo: 1 p.m. third Monday of the month. Hot dog luncheon at noon. $3 suggested donation. • Pinochle: 5 p.m. Mondays.

• 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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Meals on Wheels is a program of Senior Life Resources Northwest and is supported by donations. For those 60 and over the suggested donation is $2.75 per meal. Meals may be purchased by those under 60 for $7.15. Menu substitutions may occur. For reservations, call between 9 a.m. and noon the day before your selected meal. For reservations in Richland, call 509-943-0779; Kennewick 509-585-4241; Pasco 509-543-5706; Parkside 509-5452169; Benton City 509-588-3094; Prosser 509-786-1148; and Connell 509-234-0766. The Senior Dining Café serves soups, sandwiches and salads without a reservation. Hours are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. The café is at 1834 Fowler St. in Richland and can be reached by calling 509-736-0045. • Thursday, Sept. 6: Lemon pepper cod, herbed potatoes, mixed vegetables, pea and cheese salad and oatmeal raisin cookies. • Friday, Sept. 7: Beef stir fry, fluffy rice, Asian vegetables, salad, bread and yellow cake. • Monday, Sept. 10: Chicken fried steak with gravy, mashed

potatoes, peas, chilled pineapple and an oatmeal cookie. • Tuesday, Sept. 11: Grilled chicken sandwich, coleslaw, applesauce and blueberry crumble. • Wednesday, Sept. 12: Shepherd’s pie, broccoli normandy, spinach salad with dressing, wheat roll and cranberry oat bar. • Thursday, Sept. 13: Tuna noodle casserole, carrot lyonnaise, salad with dressing, dinner roll and chocolate ice cream. • Friday, Sept. 14: Herbed chicken with mushroom gravy, herbed potatoes, carrot raisin salad, green beans and fruit jello. • Monday, Sept. 17: Baked ziti, broccoli, salad with dressing, breadsticks and fruit cocktail. • Tuesday, Sept. 18: Chicken and rice casserole, glazed baby carrots, wheat roll, chilled pineapple and cherry crumble. • Wednesday, Sept. 19: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes with gravy, salad with dressing, beets and applesauce. • Thursday, Sept. 20: Scrambled eggs and peppers, sausage patty, chuck wagon potatoes, bran muffin and chocolate pudding. • Friday, Sept. 21: Birthday day! Roast beef with gravy, mashed potatoes with gravy, Italian vegetables, dinner roll and ice cream. • Monday, Sept. 24: Chicken alfredo, mixed vegetables, salad

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DEMENTIA, From page 1 That’s when he found out he suffered from mild cognitive impairment, which was likely Alzheimer’s disease. Dementia is the name for a group of brain disorders that make it hard to remember, think clearly, make decisions, or control emotions. Alzheimer’s is one of those disorders, but there are many different types and causes of dementia. Brown learned no drugs exist to cure Alzheimer’s or prevent it from progressing, but there were plenty of studies showing the effectiveness of other strategies to stop and even reverse the progress of the disease. He tried a mix of them and found success. His cognitive test scores stopped their decline, and even showed signs of reversal, and his regular episodes of depression disappeared. Brown’s regimen consists of going to gym, staying socially connected, an improved diet, getting good sleep and reducing stress. He’s motivated because he’s facing a formidable foe: Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. “It’s only going to get worse partly because of the terrible lifestyle people have and our aging popula-

Dave Brown, 69, of Richland, recently wrote and self-published a 99-page book, “Beating the Dementia Monster,” which chronicles how he stopped the advance of cognitive decline. (Courtesy Dave Brown)

tion,” he said. Brown writes in the book that his life “absolutely depends on the treadmill. I believe that daily aerobic exercise, more than any other factor, has turned my condition around, at least for the foreseeable future.” Brown cited studies that

exercise promotes the production of a protein that repairs and regenerates brain cells. After joining a 24-hour fitness gym near his home, he began a routine of 45 minutes on the treadmill, seven days a week. He’s kept it up for two years, missing only a few

days, mostly due to travel. “I’m fighting for who I am. I eat right, and I go to the gym every day, or I will die. When these things were clear, the disciplines were easy,” he wrote in the book. Brown decided to write “Beating the Dementia Monster” in 2017 and it took him about three months. His son edited the book. Brown makes it clear in the book that he’s not a doctor or an expert and speaks from his own experiences. “You should not accept anything I say at face value. Do your own research, but rely on reliable sources.” He cites many of these studies in the book. To promote the book online, he recently hired an Italian public relations firm. Amazon sells and publishes the book on demand and Brown gets a royalty. He doesn’t expect to get rich from the project. “It’s not my intent and it’s not reality,” he said. But once he sells 1,000 copies, he might be able to interest a traditional book publisher, he said. He’s already plotting penning a second edition of the book. To read Brown’s blog, visit https://


Senior Times • September 2018 HISTORICAL SITES, From page 1 Wilkins said, “I must have been 6 years old before I saw a white man. We were cut off and isolated here.” These memories and histories are part of what the research team will work to document over the remainder of the year by visiting the community and hearing their stories. The effort includes Dana Holschuh, an archeologist with Harris Environmental Group Inc., or HEG, the Portland natural and cultural resource firm hired by the city to complete the property survey. Holschuh then will document properties with the state and include a statement of their significance. “What we’re mostly looking for is a location’s information potential. What did this building mean to the community and really digging into why it should be preserved at a national level,” Holschuh said. A community meeting, hosted by HEG and facilitated by Bowers in late June, solicited additional suggestions on possible locations with historic significance to the African American community. About 15 people attended. “They were very expressive and excited about the process,” Holschuh said. Bowers said she hopes even more people will join in the effort. “It’d be wonderful, in the spirit of crowdsourcing, to have people contribute their stories. It’s critical we get this history recorded now since original migrants are no longer with us, so that this history can be recognized and preserved,” she said. Not only are the memories disappearing, but some storefronts, restaurants or vacant lots are no longer around, having been removed during the urban renewal process in the 1980s. Bowers said she feels that the community looks at these decisions not with regret, but with ambivalence for what’s no longer there. But other locations, like Morningstar Baptist, have had a continuous presence in the community to this day. Kurtzman Park is just blocks away from Morningstar and also has been named by community members as a location of historical significance. This is why it was chosen as the location to hold the recent meeting with HEG. It wasn’t until the meeting was held at the Kurtzman Park police sub-station that researchers realized the meeting site also had historical significance, having once served as a community center. “The consultant was able to hear people reflect on places that have meaning to them, many of which are not currently standing, some of which still are, and that was really

powerful,” Bowers said. “These places matter to us.” Bowers, also a member of the African American Community Cultural and Educational Society or AACCES, believes the stories of African Americans aren’t being retold and could be lost to time. She said 6,000 African Americans were part of the construction work done at Hanford in the early years, yet their contribution was only mentioned twice in Hanford tours offered today. Bowers believes at least 30 stories from African Americans who worked at the site during its construction have recently been captured as part of the Hanford History Project’s documentation of oral histories. The historical preservation process has three phases, beginning with the survey of properties. The survey is expected to take through the end of the year, with a goal of establishing a site’s historical significance. The second phase includes context, which demonstrates how researchers established the historical significance, and then the final phase is nomination of sites that may be included on the historical registry. To be included on the registry, a location must be at least 50 years old and have a moderate to high level of integrity of its original exterior. For buildings and homes, the interior may have been remodeled if the exterior is intact. “We’re mostly interested in context versus architecture,” Holschuh said. Since it covers the past 50 years and the grant process could take up to two years, it’s possible properties dating back to 1970 could be included. The state grant Pasco received covers only the survey portion, while the federal grant covers all three phases. Bowers and Holschuh expect up to 10 sites will be included in the completed formal survey and undergo intensive research, with an expectation that at least two of those prop-

Pastor Albert Wilkins stands outside Morningstar Baptist Church in east Pasco, a site that may be included on a list of potential nominees as a historic property significant to the African American community.

erties would be nominated through the federal grant. Researchers also are benefiting from sites that have been previously documented as historical, thanks to work done by students at Washington State University Tri-Cities for the East Pasco Mapping Project. It’s currently a blueprint for a future application that could provide a virtual tour of Pasco to view what happened on a particular site throughout history. “Right now we have the African American story in east Pasco, but in another 20 years, the Latino story is going to be significant, according to this 50-year rule,” Bowers said. “So we have to create a placeholder to realize history is always being created, but we also want to record this before it’s lost.” Besides acknowledging historical significance, the registry could make properties eligible for historical tax credits if they are renovated according to standards set up by the Department of the Interior. Bowers also sees the opportunity for community empowerment and economic

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BBB offers tips so seniors can avoid travel, timeshare scams BY DANIELLE KANE for Senior Times

Reaching retirement age comes with many perks, especially the ability to travel freely, whenever and wherever you choose. Booking vacations can take a lot of logistical work, and often, we all look for the easiest – and sometimes cheapest – places to stay that still meet a certain level of comfort. But Better Business Bureau Northwest and Pacific wants to alert travelers that the vacation rental market is fraught with scammers. Unfortunately, they exist in the timeshare industry, too. Scammers know that many seniors own a home away from home to make vacation planning easy, and they prey upon folks looking to sell timeshares. Since Aug. 1, 2017, there were 20 vacation/travel scams reported with an estimated $24,250 lost in Washington state. It’s proof scammers target people closer to home than you may think. No scams were reported in Benton or Franklin counties last year, and the BBB wants to help keep it that way by sharing tips on what to look out for. In the vacation rental market, the most common scheme is con artists advertising properties that don’t exist

or are significantly different than pictured. These scammers lure in travelers with the promise of low fees and great amenities, then pressure Danielle Kane Better Business interested rentBureau ers into paying because “another vacationer is interested in the property.” Creating a sense of false urgency is one of a scammer’s main tools and an immediate red flag. While timeshares are a tried-andtrue way to take away the hassle of booking rentals, seniors looking to sell should be cautious. Perhaps you no longer have the energy or finances to keep up with the timeshare, and you want to list with a successful broker who can help take the property off your hands. Scammers know this. In this scheme, you’ll get a call from someone claiming to be a real estate broker who specializes in timeshares. To secure your money, this “broker” claims they have interested buyers right now, all you have to do is pay an upfront fee, and he will handle the rest. In this scam, the timeshare

owner pays, and the “broker” never delivers any buyers. What makes the timeshare scams really thorny is that scammers are getting smarter. To fool even technologysavvy consumers, scammers find real, reputable property management companies and duplicate those details on a fake website. Then, they make their calls and their offers, pretending to be someone from a real company, so when a suspicious consumer goes to look up the company, they see it actually exists. The website looks legitimate. The scammer’s hope is that sellers don’t ask too many more questions from there, allowing them to push for the advanced fee. BBB Northeast California spotted this exact scheme when scammers pretended to be from Sacramentobased Magnum Realty Group. Upon investigation, it found that the company did exist, but its owners had no idea about the secondary website and were not affiliated with any of the calls being made. For senior consumers more apt to travel or own a timeshare, it is helpful to know how to protect yourself. To avoid these scams: • Talk with the owner: Never negotiate solely by email. Always take extra steps to verify properties and

owners and then contact the business owner to confirm they are the same person calling you. Oftentimes, timeshare buyers are not going to contact sellers first, so getting a call like this is already a red flag. Even if your online research checks out, get the owner on the phone and ask detailed questions about the property. If their answers are vague, consider it another red flag. • Check public records: You can’t trust addresses, names or phone numbers associated with the emails, and even websites, being sent to you because all of this information is controlled by scammers. Reach out to the Department of Labor’s Washington State Department of Licensing to check for business licenses and registrations. • Use Google Maps: If you’re looking to rent a vacation property for a week, look it up on Google Maps using Street View and see if the listed address matches the photos you’re looking at. • Look for reviews: Many vacation rental websites give consumers the opportunity to rate the property and the owner. Also, be sure to check bbb. org for the company’s rating and any complaints on file. uSCAMS, Page 19

Senior Times • September 2018

RV industry picks up speed as customers look to slow down


Local dealers note uptick in sales, interest as customers’ lifestyles evolve BY JESSICA HOEFER for Senior Times

Employees at Prosser’s Wine Country RV Park knew 2018 would be a good year before camping season took off. Each March, the 10-acre park, which includes 125 RV sites and nine tent sites, hosts a spring opener to get people out on the road earlier in the season. Park Manager Louann Rockney said spots at their 330 Merlot Drive location filled up fast those first few weeks— and business hasn’t slowed since. “I definitely knew when the spring opener came along that it would be busy,” she said, adding that the RV shows she attends also were fuller than expected. “For how many people came to the booths, we knew it was going to be a busy year.” On average, Rockney said the park stays 75 percent to 80 percent full, and that number climbs even higher during event weekends. It’s a welcome change from just a decade ago when it was much quieter on the lot. “Families are interested in traveling again,” she said. “They’re able to more now because of the economy.” Back in 2008, that wasn’t the case, and the RV industry took a hit. When discretionary spending slowed, Broadmoor RV’s John Ramsey scaled back on luxury RV inventory at the Pasco facility to weather the financial storm. “He had the foresight to say, ‘We have to stay the status quo for a few years, and we saw a lot of other businesses—a lot of RV businesses— shut their doors,” said Debbie Hughes, Broadmoor RV administrative assistant. Hughes said 11 years ago, if the company sold 30 RVs a month it was a

banner month. “If we sold over 45, we’d have a party,” she said with a laugh, adding that the company had 30 to 40 employees back then. Today, there are more than 100 staff members at Broadmoor RV and they sell an average of 200 units per month. “In June, we sold 226. It’s going to be a great year,” she said. “People are looking for a way to unplug, and RVing is a way to go someplace and only deal with outside as much as you want.” As RV sales started to pick up a few years ago, Broadmoor RV added Jayco Inc., to their line—a company that specializes in manufacturing luxury RVs and campers. Customers can buy RVs with amenities that include a kingsize bed, multiple bathrooms and even a fireplace. “We also have a toy hauler on our lot that sleeps 12,” said Hughes, adding that there’s a product for every family size and need. “For the men, it’s the weight and haul-ability they’re looking at. For women, it’s, ‘Where are my kids going to sleep.’ ” For Brian and Beth Ace of Kennewick, who spent about a year evaluating their purchase, fridge and seating space were the most important items on their must-have list. “We hope to spend our time outdoors and are really looking for a home base for cooking, sleeping for the adults, and a spot to have our babies where crying is not disturbing those around us,” Brian said. The couple decided to buy a gently used 2006 Mallard Travel Trailer for $7,000 and took their first trip to Idaho in mid-July. “Now that we have the trailer, we have to squeeze a few more weekend trips in to locations closer,” he said. “We are hopeful this travel trailer will

Wine Country RV Park manager Louann Rockney said their 10-acre park in Prosser has been busy since the season kicked off in March as more people are traveling and camping again.

provide memories for years to come.” “Families are really understanding how fast time goes by,” Hughes noted. “People say, ‘If I’m going to spend $5,000 to take my kids to Disneyland, why not spend that money and take my kids on adventures for several weekends?’ ” Keith Bennett of Blue Dog RV— which has 11 locations throughout the Northwest, including Pasco and Kennewick—said RVs offer people a way to save on hotels, plane fares and other costs associated with vacationing. But he’s quick to note customers aren’t just looking at RVs as a means to travel. “Many people are selling their homes and living in RVs now. The TriCities has a large population of people who travel for work and an RV helps them be mobile,” Bennett said. “The RV lifestyle is a lot of things: camping, tailgating, traveling south as a snow bird to chase the sun and avoid the winter. (There’s also) family sports

trips, dog shows and so much more.” Blue Dog RV has a handful of locations throughout the Northwest, including Pasco and Kennewick. Bennett expects the new few years will see continued growth in the industry with new dealerships springing up. In fact, this summer alone, Big Dog RV added two new locations. “It’s been a great year. We started two new stores—one is Redding (California) and one in Fife, Washington. Both of these locations started in 2018 and have parts and service facilities as well,” said Bennett, who encourages people considering an RV, camper or travel trailer to dive into their dream. “Jump in. The water is fine. The Northwest has some of the most amazing campgrounds, beaches and mountain landscapes in the United States—so get out and enjoy your weekends, and do it in an RV,” he said.


Senior Times • September 2018

Indoor shooting range keeps customers returning to Kennewick shop Hole in the Wall owner said he’s confident gun sales will continue to grow BY JEFF MORROW for Senior Times

Scott Schoffstall understands the formula for staying in business for 47 years. “The key is to not get overextended,” said the owner of Hole in the Wall in Kennewick. “When people start businesses, sometimes they borrow $400,000 to $500,000 from banks, and they end up paying the banks. If you can’t afford to do it, you shouldn’t do it.” Schoffstall is the third member of his family to run Hole in the Wall. The store at 7509 W. Deschutes Ave. sells new and used guns; will buy, trade or consign guns; and sells ammunition, holsters and cleaning supplies, and hunting equipment. His uncle, John Schoffstall, opened the store in 1971. But in 1981, his uncle decided to move to Montana and start another business. So Scott’s father, Tom Schoffstall, bought the business from his brother. Tom Schoffstall ran the business until 1995, when he decided to open

a steakhouse, called TS Cattle Co. on Clearwater Avenue in Kennewick. That’s when Scott took over running Hole in the Wall, and he’s been doing it ever since. Even when Tom had to close the steakhouse around 2005, Scott continued to run the business, and his father did the books until he died last year. Scott Schoffstall learned a lot from his father. “The biggest thing is my dad grew the business slowly,” Scott said. “And you keep your overhead small. And you listen to your customers. Guys come in and say, ‘You should get these.’ After a while, enough of them say that, you need to get what they say you should.” Schoffstall said most hunters don’t really start thinking about hunting until the end of August or September. But even then, the hunting business is not as lucrative for Hole in the Wall as it used to be. “Hunting used to be the biggest part of our business,” he said. “We saw that change when Sportsman’s

Scott Schoffstall, owner of Hole in the Wall gun shop and shooting range at 7509 W. Deschutes Ave., said his two biggest customers are for target shooting and self-defense. Schoffstall’s uncle started the business 47 years ago.

Warehouse opened. But now our biggest business is target shooting and self-defense.” The indoor target range features 10 lanes. It’s been a big key to the business thriving for as long as it has. “My dad started really small,” Schoffstall said. “He built this store in 1990, and it was 2,500 square feet. But in 1997, he added a shooting range. That grew it to 10,000 square feet.” People can try before they buy. “There are plenty of businesses in the Tri-Cities to purchase guns,” Schoffstall said. “But we are the only place where you can come in and shoot the gun before you buy it.” Which is important, he said, if the gun you’re trying, for instance, has too much recoil in it.

In addition to the target shooters, Schoffstall has seen a rise of customers interested in self-defense. “Self-defense is our biggest growing group,” he said. “And we’re getting more and more women in here. It’s huge, especially if you’re a single woman. It’s ridiculous if you don’t know how to shoot a gun.” Self-defense classes are no larger than six customers, Schoffstall says he might get 10 people a month for classes. “We usually do two self-defense classes a month,” he said. “Five years ago, there may have been a total of four or five classes all year.” In addition, Hole in the Wall holds education and safety classes once a month. uGUNS, Page 19

Senior Times • September 2018 uBRIEFS SIGN benefit dinner to raise funds to aid worldwide care

A benefit dinner for SIGN Fracture Care International will be at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 at Three Rivers Convention Center, 7016 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick. Wine and Dine for SIGN will feature a meal of heavy appetizers, a silent auction, John Clement gallery, artists for Cyber Art 509 and demonstrations. Guest speakers will be SIGN SCAMS, From page 16 • Don’t wire money: This goes for both types of scams. Never pay upfront to someone claiming to be a timeshare broker and never pay for a vacation rental by wire transfer or prepaid debit card. Scammers rely on you using these methods because it is the same as handing them cash – you can’t get it back. If you are confident in booking or selling, use a credit card to limit your liability and protect yourself against any potential fraud. Danielle Kane is the Tri-City marketplace manager for the Better Business Bureau Northwest and Pacific.

president and founder Dr. Lewis Zirkle, SIGN surgeons from Cottolengo Mission Hospital in Meru, Kenya, Dr. Guiseppe Gaido and Dr. Joyceline Makandi Mutwiri and SIGN CEO Jeanne Dillner. SIGN builds orthopedic capacity in developing countries by collaborating with surgeons to develop training and implants that support their efforts to provide effective orthopedic surgery to the poor. It designs and manufactures surgical implants and instruments that are donated or provided on a cost reimbursement basis to under-resourced GUNS, From page 18 Schoffstall said the number of employees he has varies with the time of year, but he currently has six. He is confident the gun business will continue to do well. “The only thing I see that would put a huge crimp in this business would be some regulations that would ban guns,” Schoffstall said. “That would limit what we sell. Right now, our handguns are the No. 1 seller, assault rifles are two or three. But if a ban happens, we’d just would have to find something else to sell.” That’s what good businesses do:

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Tickets on sale for ACT’s ‘Wizard of Oz’ production

The Academy of Children’s Theatre is presenting the production “Wizard of Oz” based on the tale by L. Frank Baum. Performances are at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, Saturday, Sept. 29 and Friday, Oct. 5 and Saturday, Oct. 6. Matinee performances are at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, and adjust to the market. But that’s not a problem right now for Hole in the Wall. Drive by the store any time of the day, and the parking lot is filled with cars. “Summer is normally our slowest time too. But it’s been pretty busy,” Schoffstall said. “The fall and winter are the busiest.” It helps that the store is adjacent to Columbia Center Boulevard, attracting a good amount of driveby traffic. “My dad was smart when he bought this place out here before it got so busy,” Schoffstall said. But it’s the indoor shooting

Sunday, Oct. 7. All performances are at Richland High School’s auditorium. The play is directed by Julie Schroeder and produced by April Connors and Brook Damrell. Playing the lead role of Dorothy is Patricia Sackschewsky, a senior at Hanford High School. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for 65 and older and ages 13-18, and $9 for children 12 and younger. They may be purchased by calling 509943-6027, at the ACT office at 213 Wellsian Way, Richland or going to range that’s the huge attraction. “The range has definitely helped our business,” he said. “There are a few outdoor ranges around the TriCities. But we’re the only public indoor range. I’m planning on putting some new lighting in the gun range, trying to upgrade it this winter.” In three years, Hole in the Wall will be 50 years old. It’ll be a big milestone. “And we’re going to do something to celebrate when we get to our 50th,” Schoffstall said. Hole in the Wall: 7509 W. Deschutes Ave., Kennewick; 509783-1111;

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