Senior Times -- September 2019

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September 2019

Volume 7 • Issue 8

Cancer center ownership change won’t affect care BY ANDREW KIRK for Senior Times

Richland’s Atomic Frontier Day history

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Cultivate love affair with lovage

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Protect grandchildren from scammers

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Kennewick’s second mayor, Ed Sheppard, originally owned what business on Kennewick Avenue? Answer, Page 13

Despite recent ownership challenges, the Tri-Cities Cancer Center is not going anywhere and there will be no noticeable difference in its operations or the care it provides to cancer patients. That’s the message Chief Executive Officer Chuck DeGooyer is working hard to share. It’s an important message because a lot recently has changed. On Aug. 1, the nonprofit center’s owners went from three to one. To best serve area patients, the cancer center needs the support of all three health care systems, so making sure the two former owners still feel the center is worthy of their patient referrals is DeGooyer’s top priority. The two former owners are the Kennewick Public Hospital District (Trios Health) and Our Lady of Lourdes at Pasco (Lourdes Health). Trios and Lourdes now are owned by LifePoint Health, a for-profit company based in Tennessee. When the Tri-Cities Cancer Center opened 25 years ago, it was built with the intent to be an independent nonprofit clinic, DeGooyer said. To protect its mission, the cancer center’s bylaws state its owners must be nonprofits. Since that time when each of the three hospitals contributed about half a million dollars, none has contributed any new money, nor taken it out. Donations from community partners and fundraising has brought in more than $20 million to keep the center running and expand its operations and services.


Photo by Andrew Kirk Paul Shane is the new director of Edith Bishel Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Kennewick. As Tri-City baby boomers age, he predicts an increasing demand for the center’s services. The nonprofit serves more than 250 people annually.

Center for the blind director ready to address growing need BY ANDREW KIRK for Senior Times

As Tri-City baby boomers age, the number finding themselves losing vision is expected to balloon. One in six Americans develop a visual impairment after age 70, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. It’s a scary statistic people do their best to ignore, said Paul Shane, the new executive director at Edith Bishel Center for the Blind and

Visually Impaired in Kennewick. In his view, it would be wise to prepare for visual impairment now. Formerly chief executive officer of the California Council of the Blind, Shane, who joined the Edith Bishel Center in May, said the center’s potential impact in Southeast Washington excites him. He has 25 years of experience working in social services with 12 as an executive director, and holds a master’s in nonprofit administration. uEDITH BISHEL, Page 8

Telemedicine connects Tri-City patients to specialists BY ROBIN WOJTANIK for Senior Times

Tri-City patients are connecting with medical specialists for more types of care, thanks to the growing use of telemedicine, or telehealth, which can allow a provider to make some diagnoses of a critical patient without even being in the same room. “Telehealth started as an access strategy to improve access to care in communities where patients wouldn’t otherwise have that and really it was around specialists to start,” said Dr. Todd Czartoski, a neurologist and chief exec-

utive of telehealth for Providence St. Joseph’s Health, the parent company of Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland. In the 12 years since the hospital network first incorporated telemedicine into its practices, the fields have grown to include stroke detection, Lou Gehrig’s disease treatment, speech therapy, psychiatry, dietetics, maternal fetal medicine, wound care and genetic counseling. These specialties are in addition to the Express Care service offered for diagnosis of routine illnesses like strep throat, ear infections or pink eye. These uTELEMEDICINE, Page 14


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New Kennewick Goodwill store opens doors

Kennewick’s new Goodwill store opened at 345 S. Columbia Center Blvd. on Friday, Aug. 30. This is the first Kennewick retail Goodwill store location to be built from the ground up. “A lot of thought went into the layout and design of this new store ensuring a safe environment for our team members,” said Ken Gosney, Goodwill executive director. It is located between Fred’s Appliance and Flower Farm. Goodwill of the Columbia’s new $3.1 million store will employ 28 people and includes 10,000 square feet of retail space, as well as an attended donation processing center and warehouse space. The two existing Kennewick Goodwill stores will be closing. The Columbia Center Boulevard location is better for shoppers and donations and eliminating two leased properties with one that is owned are reasons for the move, according to Goodwill. “Safety in the workplace will be much improved. The new Columbia Center Boulevard location has a loading dock, which will require less lifting. The entire facility has been designed to receive and process dona-

tions in a safe, efficient manner,” Gosney said in a release. “Our goal is to position Goodwill to be able to continue to serve the community long into the future.” A former fire station on Kennewick Avenue was purchased by Goodwill and will operate as an attended donation center.

Longtime restaurant family to open eatery in Columbia Park

A longtime Kennewick restaurant soon will be serving golfers-on-thego, as well as those who want to relax on a patio featuring river views in Columbia Park. CG Public House and Catering will open Bite at the Landing at the Columbia Park Golf Tri-Plex in late September. Construction on the city of Kennewick’s 2,600-square-foot Columbia River Landing facility was completed in June and it will continue to host golf course operations in addition to the new eatery. The new $1.1 million building includes a full-service kitchen and 1,200-square-foot patio. Prior to serving patrons at its 9221 W. Clearwater Ave. location since 2006, owners Shirley and Steve Simmons operated the Country Gentleman and Wyatt’s Pancake Corral at Highway 395 and Vista

Place dating back to 1979. The new restaurant, operated by their son Kyle Simmons, offers the restaurateurs an opportunity to attract a new audience, add menu items and host more events and activities. An application to serve local wines, beers and craft cocktails has been submitted to the Washington State Liquor Control Board. In addition to the restaurant, the rebranded golf tri-plex offers 18 holes of traditional golf on a 3-par course, foot golf and disc golf.

Friends group offers giant book sale in Kennewick

The Friends of Mid-Columbia Libraries’ semi-annual giant book sale is Sept. 25-29 at the Kennewick branch, 1620 S. Union St. Members get a full day of early access from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25. The cost of membership is $5 a year, and new members can sign up at the door. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28; and 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, when all items are half off. The event offers used books, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks and more. Money raised provides support for local libraries. Debit and credit cards accepted.

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Senior Times • September 2019 CANCER CENTER, From page 1

LifePoint Health’s “for-profit” status made it ineligible to be an owner. After brainstorming a variety of options, LifePoint Health announced Aug. 1 it would pull out, leaving Kadlec Regional Medical Center, which is affiliated with Providence St. Joseph’s Health, as the sole owner. The ownership change requires Kadlec to buy the remaining shares, triggering a valuation of the center, DeGooyer said. It’s a process that could take up to 180 days. LifePoint Health issued the following statement: “Trios Health and Lourdes Health are committed to continue working with the Tri-Cities Cancer Center for the benefit of cancer patients, families and the community.” The ownership turmoil won’t affect patients, physicians or volunteers in any way, DeGooyer said. The three hospitals always allowed the Tri-Cities Cancer Center to run independently and Providence will continue to do so, DeGooyer said. “We’re not being absorbed by Kadlec,” he said. It won’t even affect what services are in- or out-of-network for patients. The center has always negotiated its own contracts with insurance companies independent of Kadlec, Trios or Lourdes, he said.

Chuck DeGooyer

The center’s foundation has its own marketing team and they will continue to promote the foundation’s events, initiatives and programs as

always, he added. Likewise, volunteers and financial support still are needed. What’s changed is the connection with two of the three hospital communities. “When you lose the connection, at least that ownership connection, that’s pretty significant,” DeGooyer said. “Will there still be that connection for how patients are referred from those two entities we’ve enjoyed for 25 years?” Referrals come from relationships, he said. Right now patients come from all over the region. Up to 25 percent of patients do not live in the Tri-Cities. Now that DeGooyer won’t be working as closely as he did with the former top executives at Lourdes and Trios, he said he’ll need to strengthen business relationships with local managers. The cancer center was created, and still operates today, to provide com-

prehensive care close to home, DeGooyer said. The cancer center saves patients travel and lodging expenses, not to mention stress. Even driving around town for blood tests, pharmacy prescriptions, screening tests and treatment clinics can be a strain, he said. The center aims to be a “one-stop” comprehensive facility, making treatment as comfortable as possible. While physicians can refer patients to any number of providers, DeGooyer said he believes the cancer center is the best choice, regardless of what health network they belong to. As part of its effort to provide the best care, the center achieved the APEX Accreditation of Excellence for ASTR—a newly-created “gold standard” accreditation for cancertreatment centers—in 2016. DeGooyer said his team is actively working to renew the accreditation in 2020. As a nonprofit cancer center, the staff is also committed to providing services regardless of ability to pay. A small percentage of patients have their bills completely forgiven as a charitable write off, he said. It costs the center a lot of money, but not treating people who lack the ability to pay is not an option, he said. “We care for all people,” DeGooyer said.


The center’s continuing nonprofit status and independence, and now having a sole owner that is nonprofit, means the center’s profits can be invested back into the facility, its equipment and offerings. That has been key to its success for the past 25 years and it will continue, DeGooyer explained. More good news is Kadlec has announced plans to upgrade the pharmacy it leases space for within the cancer center. The $935,588 remodel will update hoods for mixing the chemicals used in chemotherapy. Kadlec’s hematology and oncology clinic has leased space and provided its own pharmacy services to patients since 1999, DeGooyer said. The center also leases space to Tri-Cities Laboratory so patients can get blood tests in the same location as their treatment. The cancer center also recently opened a Hermiston satellite office at 600 NW 11th St., Suite E-23, at Good Shepherd Medical Center. It will be available for patient consultations, follow-up visits, support services, as well as survivorship appointments. The Hermiston office will initially be open every Monday. To schedule an appointment at either location, call 509-783-9894.

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

SEPT. 5-6

• Hanford’s 75th Anniversary Story in Sand: 7 p.m., Hanford High School Auditorium, 450 Hanford St., Richland. Tickets are $25. Go to: group/4315085


• Junk in the Trunk Yard Sale: 9 a.m. to noon, East Benton County Historical Society, 205 W. Keewaydin Drive, Kennewick. Contact: 509-5827704. Free • Riverfest 2019: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Columbia Park, Neil F. Lampson Pits, Kennewick. Go to: Free

SEPT. 7-8

• Parade of Homes: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., various Tri-City homes. Buy $10 tickets at Tri-City Circle K locations. Go to:


• The Moneta Project Memory Café: 8-10 a.m., 1834 Fowler St., Richland. RSVP: 509-735-1911. Free • 9/11 Memorial Walk: 9 a.m., Affinity at Southridge, 5207 W. Hildebrand Blvd., Kennewick. Contact: 509-222-1212. Free • Parade of Homes: 1-7 p.m., various Tri-City homes. Buy $10 tickets at Tri-City Circle K locations. Go to: • Community Lecture Series “Civil Conversation in an Angry Age”: 6 p.m., Mid-Columbia Libraries, 1620 Union St., Kennewick. Go to: Free • 9/11 Memorial Program: 6:30 p.m., 9/11 World Trade Center Memorial at Southridge Sports & Events Complex, 2901 Southridge Blvd., Kennewick. Go to: Free • Tri-City Genealogical Society meeting: 7 p.m., Benton County

PUD Auditorium, 2721 W 10th Ave, Kennewick. Free


• Pickin’ Vintage and Artisan Market: noon-9 p.m., HAPO Center (Formerly TRAC), 6600 Burden Blvd., Pasco. Tickets are $7. Go to: • Day’s Pay Hanford Airplane History: 4-6 p.m., Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Drive. Free • Benton City Daze street dance: 6-11 p.m., Dale Street and Ninth Avenue, Benton City. Go to:


• Benton City Daze: 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., downtown Benton City. Go to: • Fiery Foods Festival: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., downtown Pasco. Go to: • Pickin’ Vintage and Artisan Market: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., HAPO Center (Formerly TRAC), 6600 Burden Blvd., Pasco. Tickets are $7. Go to: • Atomic Frontier Day: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Howard Amon Park, 900 George Washington Way, Richland. Free

SEPT. 14-15

• Parade of Homes: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., various Tri-City homes. Buy $10 tickets at Tri-City Circle K locations. Go to:


• Halcyon Aerialists performance: 7:30 p.m., Richland High School Auditorium, 930 Long Ave., Richland. Tickets are $25. Go to:


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Picnic: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., HAPO Center (Formerly TRAC), 6600 Burden Blvd., Pasco. Cost is $1. • Dine OUT – Cancer Crushing Cuisine: 6-9 p.m., Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center, 2140 Wine Country Road, Prosser. Tickets are $75-$125. Go to: • Glenn Miller Orchestra: 7-9 p.m., Richland High School Auditorium, 930 Long Ave., Richland. Tickets are $25. Go to: event/4265495. • Community Lecture Series “Hacking Democracy: What Social Media is Doing to U.S. Politics”: 7 p.m., Mid-Columbia Libraries, 1620 Union St., Kennewick. Go to: Free


• Sausage Fest: 5 p.m. to midnight, Christ the King School, 1111 Stevens Drive, Richland. Go to: Free


• Streetscape Car & Motorcycle Show: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Downtown Prosser, Bennett Avenue. Go to: Free • Sausage Fest: 11 a.m. to midnight, Christ the King School, 1111 Stevens Drive, Richland. Go to: Free

SEPT. 21 – 22

• Ye Merrie Greenwood Renaissance Faire: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Columbia Park, Kennewick. Tickets start at $8. Contact: 509-7837727.


• The Moneta Project Memory Café: 8-10 a.m., 1834 Fowler St., Richland. RSVP: 509-735-1911. Free


• Affinity Pancake Breakfast: 9 a.m., Affinity at Southridge, 5207 W. Hildebrand Blvd., Kennewick. RSVP: 509-222-1212. Free

SEPT. 27-29

• Nuclear Dreams: an Oral History of the Hanford Site: 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27 and Saturday, Sept. 28; 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, Manhattan Project B Reactor, 2000 Logston Blvd., Richland. Tickets are $75. Go to:


• Heritage Days: 4-5 p.m., Sacajawea State Park, 2503 Sacajawea State Park Road, Pasco. Contact: 509-545-2361. Free


• Tri-Cities Walk to Defeat ALS: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Howard Amon Park, 500 Amon Park Drive, Richland. Register: • Heritage Days: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sacajawea State Park, 2503 Sacajawea State Park Road, Pasco. Contact: 509-545-2361. Free • Dinner in the Dark, benefiting Edith Bishel Center for the Blind: 6-10 p.m., Red Lion Hotel, 2525 N. 20th Ave., Pasco. Tickets are $50. Go to: • 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:


• National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association #1192 monthly meeting: noon, Red Lion Hotel, 1101 N. Columbia Center Blvd., Kennewick. Call: 509-3782494.

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Richland gives nod to past during Atomic Frontier Day BY EAST BENTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Richland’s Atomic Frontier Days is an event rich in history. The first Atomic Frontier Days was in 1948, within a few years of the close of World War II, when the Manhattan Project and B Reactor had been able to produce the atomic bomb that had brought the war to an abrupt end. Atomic Frontier Days was a onceannual community celebration of Richland, “the atomic city.” The parade often was a highlight. At times it even included Hollywood celebrities such as Kirk Douglas. This 1959 photo features celebrity Sharon Tate. She just didn’t know it yet! The photo, originally from the TriCity Herald, was taken just a few years after the incorporation of Richland as an independent city. From 1943-57, the town of Richland was government owned and run. Before Tate was an American actress and model, she was Miss Richland. During the 1960s, she played small television roles, including in “The Beverly Hillbillies” and “Mister Ed,” before appearing in films and in magazines as a model and cover girl. Her film debut included a bit part in the 1961 film “Barabbas.” Her most famous role was as Jennifer North in the 1967 cult classic, “Valley of the Dolls,” for which she received a 1968 Golden Globe nomination as “most promising female newcomer.” But above all else, she is most widely known as one of five victims murdered by Charles Manson’s followers on Aug. 9, 1969. She was eight and a half months pregnant when she died. Aspects of her story are fictionalized in the latest Quentin Tarantino movie, “Once Upon A Time in Hollywood.”

Courtesy East Benton County Historical Society The 1959 Atomic Frontier Days float for Richland, carrying Queen Sharon Tate and her court, broke down at the start of the parade. Richland Jaycees Roy Nilson and Stan Spohr and city Councilman Paul Beardsley, nearest the camera, push the float. This year’s Atomic Frontier Day parade is at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, traveling from Jadwin Avenue to Symons Street to Knight Street.

In celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Manhattan Project, the city of Richland and other community partners are hosting Atomic Frontier Day on Saturday, Sept. 14. This event in Howard Amon Park pays homage to the historic community event popular in the early days of Hanford. The family-friendly Atomic Frontier Day will feature a community parade,

swing music, games, exhibits, a mess hall, replicas of the original alphabet homes and storytelling at its finest. A B-17 flyover is planned to commemorate the bomber that Hanford workers raised $300,000 to buy. Workers were urged to donate a day’s pay, and then gathered on July 23, 1944, to see the bomber they paid for christened “Day’s Pay” at the former


Hanford nuclear reservation air field before it entered service in England. The East Benton County History Museum will be present for a #HistoryHangout at the Atomic Frontier Days, along with our friends from the Richland Alphabet House Preservation Group. While there, stop by to share your memories of the original Frontier Days or growing up in an alphabet house. If you would like to learn more about alphabet houses, you can pick up a pamphlet put together with the help of local expert Richard Nordgren. Museum happenings: Junk in the Trunk: The season finale of our community yard sale and vendor fair is from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 7 at 205 Keewaydin Drive, Kennewick. Many vendors will be offering their best prices of the season. It’s free to shop and park. Saturday Night Frights: Classic Horror Films are coming to our Benton Theater. These films, including “Teenagers from Outer Space” and “The House on Haunted Hill,” will be shown with historical interpretation by a local expert from Adventures Underground. All will be projected digitally on our curved screen. For more information, call 509-5827704.


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Regular screenings can reduce lung cancer rates BY ANDREW KIRK for Senior Times

Lung cancer is the deadliest cancer among men and women by far. That’s despite lung cancer death rates being down 11.5 percent since 2013, according to recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One reason for this is poor rates of early detection, with 16 percent of cases caught early enough to cure. It’s estimated that more than 4,700 people will be diagnosed with lung

cancer and more than 2,800 will die from the disease this year, said Season Oltmann, executive director for the American Lung Association in Washington, in a news release. In Benton County, there were 560 new cases of lung cancer from 201216. During that same period, 410 people died from the disease, according to the CDC. In Franklin County, there were 134 new cases of lung cancer from 2012-16. During that same period, 90 people died from it.

In its early stages, victims rarely show symptoms, said Linda DeRosa, a nurse navigator at the Tri-Cities Cancer Center in Kennewick. “It may take years for the lung cancer to grow, and there usually are no symptoms early on. By the time you start to notice symptoms, the cancer often has spread to other parts of the body,” said DeRosa, a registered nurse. The cancer center uses low-dose CT scans to find tumors early. The screenings also can help identify

non-cancerous conditions, including coronary artery disease, aneurysms and adrenal masses, she said. The majority of lung cancer cases are tied to tobacco use, but up to 20 percent of people who die from the disease are non-smokers, she said. Nearly twice as many women die from it as breast cancer. The American Cancer Society says second-hand smoke, air pollution, radon gas, gene mutations and workplace carcinogens, such as asbestos or diesel exhaust, contribute to lung cancer. DeRosa said the average age of patients undergoing treatment for the disease is 70 years old. Early diagnosis makes it four times more likely a patient will survive five years, and that rate is increasing, Oltmann said. Recent surveys suggest women are more likely to ask their doctor about lung cancer detection and prevention than they were five years ago. Oltmann estimated 25,000 lives could be saved nationwide if everyone currently at risk for lung cancer underwent regular screenings. The eligibility requirements for the Tri-Cities Cancer Center’s screening program are patients must be 55 to 75 years old with no history of lung cancer, are a current smoker or have quit within the last 15 years, and smoked the equivalent of 30 “pack years” (determined by multiplying the average number of cigarettes smoked per day by the number of years a person has smoked). The cancer center performs about 150 to 200 screenings per year. Of those, 6 percent or 7 percent show “abnormal findings” that prompt an appointment about appropriate next steps. Abnormal findings do not necessarily mean a cancer diagnosis. “If you are in need of lung screening, please have your primary care physician send a referral to the TriCities Cancer Center or give us a call at 509-783-9894,” DeRosa said. Oltmann said the American Lung Association has an initiative—called Lung Force—aimed at making people more aware of lung cancer, its risks and screening options. The “Saved by the Scan” initiative raises money to encourage more patients to be screened and helps fund the procedure for those struggling to afford it. Through its initiatives, the association has funded more than $14 million in lung cancer research in five years.

Senior Times • September 2019

Cultivate a love affair with versatile lovage

In a recent column, I waxed poetic about how lovage, among other uncommon herbs, is trending as a culinary darling these days. I’ve just done a deep dive into lovage—which sounds like “luggage”—and it’s a pretty, cool herb, and while it won’t shake the shingles off your roof, it’s sure to intrigue (and I hope please) you with its yummy flavor family and easy cultivation. A major thanks to the Tri-Cities Herb Club members who not only offered me an up close and personal look at this trendsetting herb, but a taste of it, so I can attest that what you’re about to read is true and accurate. Lovage, or Levisticum officinale, is a sun-worshipping perennial herb. While its average height is six feet tall, it can grow to a whopping eight feet, and you’ll want to position it in your garden accordingly—perhaps as a border plant? Its name harkens from medieval times and means “love-ache,” with “ache” being a derivative for parsley, so it should come as no surprise that they share the apiaceae (carrot/parsley) family in the plant kingdom. Nothing akin to the Peloponnesian War, but there are disputes about its botanical heritage. Some say lovage’s

roots lie in southern Europe and the mountainous regions of the Mediterranean and southern France. Like Marilou Shea many herbs, it GUEST COLUMN can trace its origins, food love and medicinal applications to ancient Greeks. Others claim that it originated in southeastern Asia, the Afghanistan region and the Mediterranean. No matter. The truth is that many herbs have originated on both continents or found their way there to thrive and live happily ever after, thanks to trend-setting explorers, pirates and travelers. Lovage flourishes in the United Kingdom in its propagation and use. The Brits adore this herb, fostering its use in a fabled winter lovage cordial with brandy. Among its many attributes, this herb is super easy to grow and cultivate in our region, which makes it a favorite among herb lovers, gardeners and farm-to-table chefs. If you’re a parsley or celery lover, then lovage is your new-old BFF because it captures the flavor of

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both—“new” because while it’s not a common herb, like say parsley, its lookalike cousin, its star is rising, and “old” because the Greeks adored it, and well, they’re considered ancient. The herb has an intense celery flavor which makes perfect sense since it was the original celery before consumers played favorites and chose celery, usurping lovage’s popularity. By all accounts lovage should be used sparingly in your dishes, as a little goes a long way, which creates great efficiencies because you get a lot of mileage using a small amount of the plant. Lovage is also hyper-efficient. You can use every single part of the plant for something. The leaves can be used as an herb, say as a salad topper, in soups, or to up the flavor of broths, and, of course, it can be brewed for tea. Its seeds can be used as a spice, like that of coriander; its stems as celery; and its roots—good heavens—its roots can be used as a vegetable. Lesser known is that its seeds and stems also are a secret weapon in popular confectionary treasures. In fact, the pilgrims of New England used to candy the root and chew the seed to stay awake and upright through prolonged pastoral remonstrations from the pulpit during church services.

On the recipe front, it’s a darling in potato soup and there are a gazillion lovage-potato soup recipes online. Lovage also pairs well with egg-anything, such as omelets and frittatas, stews, stocks, pork or poultry dishes. Like oh so many of its counterparts, lovage has epic therapeutic benefits grounded in the very origins of its use and application. According to the Herbal Academy, it’s served in a broad array of forms, including infusions, tinctures, elixirs, and bath and foot soaks. The Greeks used it for flatulence and digestive issues, and as a balm for those weary sandaled feet—sort of an ancient version of Odor-Eaters. It’s known to treat inflammation and indigestion, a host of urinary issues, including prevention of kidney stones, gout, migraine headaches, jaundice, malaria, joint pain and pleurisy, among others. Whether as a culinary partner to your frittata or as an herbal remedy to soothe a sore throat, this herb will provide a blanket of perennial good taste and comfort. What’s not to love? Marilou Shea is an educator by day and the founder of Food Truck Fridays. Read her blog at foodlove. net.

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EDITH BISHEL, From page 1

Started in 1988 by families and physicians wanting more resources for retirement-age residents with vision impairment, the program found a home when Edith Bishel donated land and funding to build a facility across from Kamiakin High School. Today, the center offers services for people of all ages in Benton, Franklin, Walla Walla, Columbia, Yakima and Klickitat counties. The center offers programs for young people, too. It offers preemployment transition workshops for students, one-on-one computer mentoring and support training for parents

and siblings. Shane said his background running a YMCA and center for at-risk teens east of Sacramento will be an asset in expanding those programs. But it is Southeast Washington’s growing elderly population that presents the Edith Bishel Center a real opportunity to make a difference, Shane said. Shane said he often is introduced during community functions as someone helping “those blind people,” as if it is a small population of “others.” In reality, he said, the majority of people will become visually impaired or have a close relative who will.

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And if the country doesn’t curb its childhood obesity epidemic, the problem will only get worse, he added. Obesity increases rates of diabetes, which causes diabetic retinopathy, one of the fastest-growing causes of vision problems in the U.S., he said. “No one wants to think about it, but they’re going to need our services at some point in their lives. Right now we’re the only provider in a six-county region. We’re a grassroots provider and we struggle to keep the lights on day to day,” he said. The center operates on a $250,000 annual budget and employs three people. Shane has hit the ground running. He’s already secured a grant to bring two AmeriCorps volunteers to the center to assist the two staff members. He’s also booked a well-known blind comedian to perform at the nonprofit’s annual fundraiser in September. His No. 1 goal for 2019 is securing more diverse funding for the center’s most impactful service: teaching people who become blind or visually impaired how to live independently and possibly return to the workforce. A state grant currently funds this work across the six counties, but government funding goes up and down. Plus, only a fraction of the people who qualify for the center’s services are accessing them, Shane said. Increased

funding would help volunteers and physicians reach more people—and it is an essential service for those who need it, he said. “In my experience in California, when a person loses sight it takes five to 15 years to reclaim your life on a psychological level,” he said. “You have to come to terms with who you are now, what you want and how you’re going to get there.” Dr. Mark Michael, president of the center’s board of directors, said in 40 years of practice in the Tri-Cities, he’s seen people become isolated after developing vision problems. “They lose their sense of worth. They think their life is over. We just want to prevent that kind of scenario from happening to anyone,” he said. “We do that currently without regard for their ability to pay.” Michael said the new executive director will be an asset to the center. “I am excited to have Paul Shane as the Edith Bishel Center’s new executive director,” he said. “His passion for the blind and low-vision population will help us to expand the center’s services, improve the center’s sustainability and to position the Edith Bishel Center as the premier center for serving the blind and low-vision population here in Southeast Washington state.” uEDITH BISHEL, Page 9

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Additional funding could allow the nonprofit to expand its existing youth offerings as well, Shane said. Shane said he learned while working with at-risk youth that all youth are at risk in some way. All children are vulnerable if they decide to handle challenges in a negative way. “Throw blindness in in some way and it impacts the degree of risk that youth is experiencing,” he said. More community partners also would help introduce businesses to how capable those with blindness or vision impairment really are. In California, Shane said his clients battled a stigma with employers assuming what they could or couldn’t do without giving them a chance to prove themselves. In other scenarios, capable workers were kept at entry-level positions long after they proved their worth because the employer viewed them as a charity case. Vanessa Pruitt of Kennewick uses the center often to get help with technology that allows her to use a computer. “(The center) provides a valuable contribution by enhancing the abilities and lives of its blind members and partakes in essential work in our community,” she said.


AT A GLANCE: EDITH BISHEL CENTER Services: Pre-employment transition workshops for students;

optometric low-vision examinations; retail store with aids, devices and technology for those who are visually impaired or blind; video magnifier rental program; course on understanding blindness offered twice a year; computer and smartphone training; annual Beeping Easter Egg Hunt (the eggs beep); support group for parents; community links to lowvision services and resources; assistance with reading mail and filling out forms; independent living program and monthly social activities. Annual budget: $250,000+ Number of volunteer hours: 744 hours in 2018 Value of volunteer hours: $90,000/year Clients served regularly on annual basis: 250+

Dinner in the Dark fundraiser

Comedian Tommy Edison is headlining the Center’s annual fundraiser in September. He challenges people’s assumptions about the blind in a “hilarious” manner. The Sept. 28 fundraiser at the Pasco Red Lion Hotel and Conference Center, “Dinner in the Dark,” invites attendees to enjoy a meal and the evening’s entertainment while wearing a blindfold. Aside from the state grant to fund independent living services and several small grants, “Dinner in the Dark” is the center’s primary funding. This year’s event will feature a VIP mingle before dinner at 6 p.m.


allowing attendees to meet Edison and KNDU TV guest emcees anchor Melanie Carter and meteorologist Monty Webb. An online auction will be open prior to the event and a traditional silent auction will be held during the event. Dancing and drinks will be offered. Cost is $50 for adults, $22 for children 10 and under. To buy tickets, call the center at 509-735-0699 The Edith Bishel Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired: 628 N. Arthur St., Kennewick, 509-7350699; Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Thursday.

Free senior planning series set for October

The Richland Seniors Association is offering Seniors-inPlanning sessions on Oct. 19 and 26. This free series offers discussions about quality of life issues frequently confronting seniors and their families. The sessions run from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Richland Community Center, 500 Amon Park Drive. The series is designed to help seniors and their families work together in planning to eliminate needless problems arising from planning under crisis or duress. The current series will include information about late-stage medical issues; fall prevention; end-oflife legal planning; hospice; funeral arrangements and costs; Neptune Society; and related topics. These are not sales presentations, but informational discussions intended to improve the quality of life by reducing or eliminating stressful decision-making with strategic planning. To reserve a spot, call David Everett at 509-627-2522 or email at

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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: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1 and Wednesday, Oct. 2. Cost: $15 for AARP members (must provide proof of membership), $20 for non-members. 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. • 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 register. 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. 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. 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: 509-545-3459. • Meals on Wheels lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Cost: $7.45 (18-59 years), $3 (suggested donation 60 years and older). Reservations required 24 hours in advance. RSVP: 509-5435706. • 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. • 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 • Table Pool: 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: 816-510-5025.

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: 1-2 p.m. second Wednesday of each month. Cost: $1. • Bingo Tournament: 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18. Cost: $5 in

advance, $8 at the door. • Bridge Tournament: 2-4 p.m. second Sunday of the month. Cost: $1 per day. • Bunco: 1-3 p.m. Fridays. Cost: $1. • 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. • Bridge: 12:30-4 p.m. Tuesdays

and Thursdays. Cost: $1. • 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.

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. • American Mahjong: 12:30-4 p.m. Thursdays. Location: game room. Cost: free. • Birthday Club Social: noon to 12:30 p.m. second Tuesday of each month. Location: lounge. Cost: free. • Chess Club: 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sundays, Richland Public Library, • Cribbage: 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Wednesdays. Location: lounge. Cost: free. • Dominoes: 1 p.m. Thursdays. Location: lounge. Cost: free. • 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. Location: wellness room. Cost: $30. For an appointment, call 509-9427529. • Greeting Card Recycling: 9-11 a.m. Mondays. Location: meeting room. Cost: free. • Golden Age Pinochle: 6-8:30 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. • Pie Socials: noon to 12:30 p.m. third Tuesday of each month. Location: lounge. Cost: free. • Pinochle Players: 5:30-8:30

p.m. Fridays. Location: game room. Cost: $1. • Poker: Noon to 3 p.m. Mondays. Location: game room. Cost: $1. • RSA Dance: 1-3:30 p.m. third Friday of the month. Location: Riverview room. Cost: $7 per person.

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Grandchildren need protection from scammers, too

When we talk about scams, people usually think the target is a sweet, older lady being swindled out of her retirement money. Or a grandpa being asked to wire money to save a grandchild from arrest in a foreign country. But that’s really a small percentage of scam scenarios. In fact, there’s an entire demographic you might never guess is at serious risk, even more so than adults. Whether kindergarten-aged or a freshman in college, children and teens are at greater risk for identity theft, which is a problem that can

haunt them for years. And the problem is only getting worse. According to a study conducted by Carnegie Mellon Tyler Russell University, Better Business 10 percent of Bureau children had GUEST COLUMN someone else use their Social Security number, and children were targeted 51 times more frequently than

adults. With spotless credit reports, children are easy, lucrative and often unnoticed targets. So how does it happen? Every time you fill out a form with your child or grandchild’s personal information, it could fall into the wrong hands. These forms are everywhere. You fill them out at school, the doctor’s office and for activities like sports, summer camp and after-school programs. Like the rest of us, a child’s identity is vulnerable to data breaches, which are becoming more common. Sadly, a child’s identity can also be

stolen and misused by family members and friends. The damage is twofold. First, it can go unnoticed for many years. Second, the identity theft may not be discovered until children leave the nest and really need good credit, when they begin applying for their first credit card or student loans, or seek to rent their own apartment. Correcting even one error on a credit report takes time. Discovering you’re a victim of identity theft, especially for a teen, can feel scary and be emotionally draining. And if the identity theft happened years ago, it is difficult to trace the paper trail. Keep your child and grandchildren safe from identity theft this semester and all year long by sharing these tips with them as they head back to school: • Don’t allow them to carry around their Social Security card. Leave it at home and locked in a safe place. • If a business or school asks for their Social Security number, encourage them to ask questions. Why do they need it and where and how is this information being stored? Who has access to it? How long is it being stored and how will it be disposed? • Educate them on being safe online. Keep detailed personal information off social media profiles. • Encourage the use of strong passwords and to shred documents containing personal information. Check their credit report for incorrect information, especially when they turn 16. • Watch for warning signs: Even if you do everything in your power to safeguard their personal information, identity theft can still happen. Watch out for these red flags: calls from collection agencies; bills sent to your home in their name; your child or grandchild receiving a warrant, ticket, or notice about owed taxes; being denied a loan, apartment, or credit card because of bad credit; or being unable to obtain a driver’s license or denied a renewal. What do you do if there are problems? If your child has been a victim of identity theft, don’t panic. There are steps you can take to fix the problem. The Federal Trade Commission recommends calling each credit reporting company and contacting any business where your child or grandchild’s information was misused. is a one-stop shop to report the problem and learn steps to solving it. Additionally, report identity theft and any other fraud or scams to BBB Scam Tracker to help warn others. Tyler Russell is the marketplace manager for the Better Business Bureau Northwest and Pacific.

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Courtesy Kadlec Regional Medical Center A well-equipped cart allows health care providers at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland to remotely connect with patients, diagnosing acute conditions or even emergency cases, like strokes, without needing to be in the same room, or even the same state, as the patient.

are options available to patients using their own device to connect with a provider. “You could be anywhere. You could be sitting in your home or car. It’s incredibly convenient,” said Cassandra Bilodeau, a registered nurse and director of outreach and development for telemedicine at Providence. For conditions that require a specialist, patients would be seen by a provider at a clinic or hospital using a high-tech cart, which puts the clinician virtually in the room with a patient, similar to Skype or FaceTime, while remaining compliant with federal privacy laws to protect patients’ medical information. The telemedicine effort through Providence started with stroke diagnosis by keeping a stroke neurologist on call at all times to assess patients during the crucial initial minutes when it’s suspected someone may have suffered a cerebrovascular accident. “When Dr. Czartoski logs in to the software, we see his face pop up and there’s a nurse in with the patient because this is a critical patient and you need medical personnel there to attend to them,” said Abigail Richardson, a registered nurse and telemedicine coordinator at Providence. With the help of a trained telepresenter, “You’re helping the phy-

sician finish the exam, so you’re testing for arm and leg weakness and those types of things, visual deficits. And then Dr. Czartoski, on his end, can make the assessment, how we’re going to treat this.” By using telemedicine, the hospital can leverage its expertise to get patients the necessary care or diagnosis as quickly as possible. “We like to call it moving knowledge, not people,” Czartoski said. This allows two stroke-trained neurologists to serve 55 hospitals across the Providence St. Joseph system. “When you think about 50 hospitals it sounds like an awful lot, and it is, so we’ve had redundancy and backup built in for what we call the ‘jump ball’ model, and that’s been super helpful for the backup so we have quick responsiveness,” Czartoski said. “Our responsiveness 24 hours a day is two minutes, two seconds. That’s our average time it takes to get an answer from a stroke neurologist when they’re paged.” For some patients, the speed of seeing a provider isn’t critical, but rather a matter of convenience. Some patients appreciate the ability to see a specialist without traveling outside the region. This is the case for patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, known as ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Prior uTELEMEDICINE, Page 15


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to the use of telemedicine, patients often had to travel to Spokane or Seattle to see a specialist in the field. “These caregivers that are helping out have a huge burden for them to be able to travel the patient over the mountains,” Bilodeau said. “We have wrap-around service where it’s very comprehensive with all of our ancillary services with a neurologist able to come in and see these patients and keep them local. So it decreases the burden for the family.” A visit with a patient diagnosed with ALS tends to last about three hours using a multi-disciplinary approach. The virtual visits are done only after the patient has had an inperson visit with an expert in Seattle who offers the initial establishment of care and diagnosis. “When they’re coming here, they have those direct caregivers in the clinic who go in teams,” said Lisa Braudrick, supervisor of therapy services. “One of the teams is comprised of the neurologist who’s on the cart, and then there’s the nurse in the room, as well as the respiratory therapist. So the nurse and the respiratory therapist might be doing hands-on with the patient, but the neurologist is also asking and getting an idea of what’s going on and what are the concerns.” The Kadlec team said telehealth can really mirror what could be done in person. While telemedicine can allow patients in the Tri-Cities to be seen by specialists outside the area, it also offers the same opportunities in reverse, bringing local experts to more remote locations around the region and as far away as Montana, using the Providence network. “There are communities where we simply don’t have that ability to have a provider there each and every day,” Czartoski said. “The way I’ve described it more recently is, we’re essentially following in the footsteps of what some of the tech companies have done, like Microsoft and Amazon and Google, we’re building on a cloud. They built this cloud infrastructure that would allow you to only purchase the amount of server space that you needed instead of investing in an entire server farm with computer hardware. We’re building a clinical cloud that allows you to use and access world experts in different areas without investing in an entire team of stroke neurologists or psychologists or intensivists.” After more than a decade of building on this model, there remains a question of how else telemedicine can be leveraged to assist patients. “There’s a few services that make sense to scale because we’re never going to have enough stroke specialists and psychiatrists,” said Czartoski,

who described what he calls the “secret sauce for success.” “When we vet new opportunities, the lens that our team uses, we really ask four questions: one, first and foremost, can we provide care safely doing it remotely using telehealth? And if you can’t answer that without certainty, we stop there.” When the team is confident the care can be provided safely, the next assurance is whether it can be offered with high quality. Czartoski said. “Is the quality of service and care that we’re delivering better or as good as we would be able to do with an in-person service? In some cases that means stroke care to an outlying facility where we don’t have any stroke neurologists available, having a stoke neurologist available by video is actually better than the status quo.” Telemedicine can also fill gaps in service, either due to a lack of demand or the time between recruiting a new provider. This includes speech therapy, which can be a game-changer for rural communities where there aren’t enough patients to warrant a provider on staff full time. “It’s like the cloud model where they’re paying when they need it because they don’t need it full time,” Bilodeau said. “It’s also hard for them to recruit specialists when someone leaves. Rather than go months and months, and having that gap, we’re

looking at telemedicine to help meet the need.” Kadlec sees telehealth services as an increase to the care that’s available and not a means of replacing true faceto-face contact between a provider and patient. “It’s enhancing it and allowing us to meet the patient where they need to be met,” Bilodeau said. “I think the options really are endless and that’s scary for a lot of people, but I think we really need to think outside the box because telemedicine can really help our communities, our patients, and when you look at the social determinates of health and why people can’t get access to care, telemedicine can really help mitigate all those challenges. It can help reduce barriers.” Bilodeau said a patient or provider always has the option of requesting an in-person visit if either party feels they cannot capture what needs to be captured using a virtual appointment. But, she added, it has never happened. Trios Health in Kennewick uses telemedicine through its Urgent eCare service for diagnosis of minor illnesses. Media contacts for Trios and Lourdes Health did not immediately return requests for more information on their telemedicine offerings. Both hospitals are owned by Tennesseebased LifePoint Health.

uBRIEFS Senior citizen gold cards available for school events

The Kennewick, Pasco and Richland school districts are offering a Tri-Cities Senior Citizen Gold Card that provides free admission to district and Associated Student Body events, including athletics and activities, at middle and high schools in any of the three districts. To qualify, individuals must be 65 years or older and live in one of the three districts. An application must be filled out and presented in-person with photo identification at any of the three district offices.

Social Security goes far in Benton County, study says

Benton County residents are receiving among the highest annual Social Security payments in the state. That’s according to research by New York financial technology company SmartAsset. The average annual Social Security income in Benton County is $20,110. The county ranked No. 10 in the state for places where Social Security goes furthest. Franklin County ranked 30th in the state, with annual Social Security income at $18,795.

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uBRIEFS Balloon rides raise money for Heartlinks hospice

Heartlinks Hospice and Palliative Care received a $510 donation, thanks to 143 balloon rides. That’s because each time 143 Benton REA members rode 50 feet in the air in Touchstone Energy Cooperatives’ hot air balloon on July 13, a donation was made. The tethered balloon rides took place during the 82nd Benton Rural Electric Association annual meeting. Benton REA employees chose Heartlinks as the recipient of the donation. Benton REA is one of six Touchstone Energy electric cooperatives in Washington state. Heartlinks serves patients in Benton and Yakima counties.

TV program highlights Pasco African Americans’ community contributions



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Pasco City Television has premiered a program that documents some of the significant sites and people in the community’s AfricanAmerican population. As part of a grant from the state Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation, financed in part with federal dollars from the National Park Service, the program features interviews with members of Pasco’s African-American community at significant sites in east Pasco that are central to the deep history of African Americans in the Tri-Cities. The main objective of the grant is to document properties in east Pasco historically associated with AfricanAmericans. “As the population ages and we lose the sites associated with the period when east Pasco was home to a vibrant, African-American community, recognizing this history through place becomes critical,” said Tanya Bowers, producer of the program and member of the city’s Planning Commission, in a news release. The program is on the city’s YouTube channel and will be running on PSC-TV, Channel 191, on Charter/Spectrum Cable in Pasco and Richland. For the schedule, go to


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