Senior Times - November 2021

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Veterans Court is changing lives in Benton County. Will Franklin follow? By Wendy Culverwell

Judge Dan Kathren expected miracles in 2019, when Benton County launched a special court to help veterans charged with crimes turn their lives around. Forty veterans and 20 graduates later, he has not been disappointed. “It’s absolutely doing what we were hoping it would,” said Kathren, a seasoned Benton County District Court judge who oversees cases involving military veterans charged with driving under the influence, assault and other crimes. Participants have their cases diverted to therapy court in exchange for stipulating to the charges and agreeing to enter therapy and be mentored by fellow veterans. Qualifying veterans regularly appear in court and meet with case workers – weekly at first, then every two weeks, then three and finally four. It takes at least a year and sometimes far longer to graduate. Along the way, participants meet with mentors from Columbia Basin Veterans Center and are signed up for VA (Veterans Affairs) benefits if they’re eligible. If they aren’t eligible because they weren’t honorably discharged, the program helps them tap into non-VA services. The idea is to address the underlying issues that land some veterans in court to start with – post traumatic stress disorder, brain injuries, military sexual assault and more. Kathren described stunning outuVETERANS COURT, Page 2


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Farmers Exchange changes owners as fourth – and fifth – generations step in By Wendy Culverwell

Farmers Exchange, the iconic purveyor of lawnmowers, chainsaws, trimmers, animal feed and garden supplies, has passed to a new generation. Christopher Ingersoll, great grandson of one of the original owners of the Kennewick business, bought it from his uncle, Keith Silliman, in a deal that closed Oct. 1. Silliman said he was thrilled to pass it to the next generation and pledged to support his nephew any way he can to ensure its continued success. The transfer included the $1.25 million sale of Farmers Exchange buildings and land at 215 W. Canal Drive as well as on North Benton Street. Ingersoll is the fourth generation of the Silliman family to lead the store, founded in 1923 in the park-

Photo by Wendy Culverwell Christopher Ingersoll is the fourth-generation owner of Farmers Exchange in downtown Kennewick. Ingersoll purchased the business from his uncle, Keith Silliman, in a deal that closed Oct. 1.

ing lot of Washington Hardware as a spot for farmers to exchange goods and services.

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Memory care home adding two buildings in Pasco By Wendy Culverwell

Rosetta Assisted Living is completing its Pasco complex with its third and fourth buildings to serve residents with memory disorders. The Pasco facility, 5921 Road 60, has room for up to four identical buildings to care for residents with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Each building has 17 rooms and can serve up to 23 people with a mix of private and semi-private suites. Rosetta’s second building opened

in late 2019. The third is valued at $2 million and is under construction with an occupancy date of March 2022. Workers will break ground on a fourth by late 2021 or early 2022, said Crystal Worcott, regional director for Rosetta. The Pasco facility is across Road 60 from Mariposa Park, close to Barbara McClintock STEM Elementary School. Rosetta, based in Idaho, operates facilities serving people with dementia in Montana and Washington. It exited the Idaho and Oregon markets and has a focus on Washing-

ton, Worcott said. It has properties in Richland and Kennewick and employs about 24 in Pasco. Worcott said two new buildings answer need for residential care for people who need varying degrees of support. “We are always full,” she said. Construction workers placed the roof on the third building in midOctober. Rosetta serves a variety of patients with cognitive deficits, from those who can care for themselves in most uROSETTA, Page 6


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Funding comes from Benton Councomes, even among participants with ty’s voter-approved decades of criminal experience. He said the recidivism rate is about 5%, a public safety sales small fraction of the number of defen- tax, which supports enforcement dants who return with new charges in law and crime-fighting traditional courts. “What we’re really seeing, and activities. Franklin County what gives us confidence, is seeing did not participate people transforming their lives, comwhen it started ing into the program one way and up. That could be leaving as a completely different perchanging. son,” he said. Benton County “We’ve seen some people nobody agreed to accept a ever expected to change make just Franklin County massive changes and completely turn case at the request of their lives around. We’ve seen it multhe Franklin County tiple times in the 40 people we’ve Prosecutor Shawn had in this program so far. It’s really Sant. Sant felt a deincredible and it’s really obvious it’s fendant would benworking.” Courtesy Benton County efit from the theraModeled on a similar court in Spo- peutic approach Benton County District Court Judge Dan Kathren, kane, the goal is to support veterans and reached across left, and Ryan Washburn, case manager for through the court process, to help the river to see if Veterans Court, say the therapeutic court for them avoid losing jobs and homes. something could be veterans accused of crimes is turning lives around. Franklin County is piloting a test cast Most are charged with misdemeanors worked out. supporters hope will lead to the program though the court has accepted some If it succeeds, expanding there too. felony cases. Sant hopes it could To date, it has handled driving un- lead to bringing Vetdefendants to support an independent der the influence, assault and some erans Court to Franklin County. court, the judge said he’d like to see theft cases. It handles possession cas“I hope this will be able to operate them in Benton County if the details es and although many defendants are in a longer-term fashion as we gain can be worked out. eligible to have the charges dismissed qualifying participants and interest. “I’m very optimistic about Frankthanks to a recent Supreme Court rul- We are requesting funding for the one lin County continuing one way or the ing, participants opted to keep pursu- slot now and hopefully will develop a other.” ing the Veterans Court program – a long-term option for Franklin County The defendant has been accepted to point of pride for both Kathren and participants. I fully support this court the program but hadn’t made a court Ryan Washburn, a Navy veteran and and have attended a few evening appearance while the two counties case manager. meetings with the Benton County sort out the administrative details. Veterans Court is a cousin to the Veterans Court and see it serving our Washburn said pairing Veterans therapeutic courts that hear drug and veterans,” he said. Court participants with mentors who mental health-related cases in Benton The Benton County Commission are also veterans is the key to the sucFranklin Superior Court. Like Veter- agreed to the one-time Franklin case, ans Court, they aim to treat the root if Franklin foots the $10,000 esti- cess. “That’s what sets us apart,” he causes of crime with therapy and ac- mated cost to process it, at one of its said, adding that a veteran mentor is countability. weekly business meetings in October. While Drug Court and Mental Kathren, together with Ryan Wash- a friend who is unaffiliated with the Health Court are available to eligible burn, case manager, shares Sant’s in- court. There’s a natural affiliation offenders in both counties thanks to terest in bringing Veterans Court to among veterans, regardless of age or what branch of the service they bethe bi-county Superior Court system, Franklin County. “We jumped on the opportunity. longed to. Veterans Court is limited to Benton “I feel we’re hugely successful beWe want to see Franklin County in the County defendants. It is housed in District Court rather program,” Kathren said. If Franklin cause of that connection we have.” Tom Mattis, mentor coordinator for than the bi-county Superior Court. County doesn’t have enough eligible the Columbia Basin Veterans Center, invites honorably discharged veterans who are interested in serving fellow veterans to get in touch. 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Why it’s important to prioritize self-care as a caregiver By Mary Lynn Merriman for Senior Times

Caregivers are often overwhelmed with responsibilities. Taking care of yourself often drops low on the list of priorities. It shouldn’t. We have all heard this familiar phrase when traveling by air: put on your own oxygen mask before tending to a child’s. While it may seem counterintuitive, you are better able to take care of others when your own physical condition is secure. This advice applies to more than just the oxygen mask dropping down in an emergency. It also applies to the more than 53 million Americans – two-thirds of whom are women – taking care of a disabled or ailing family member as unpaid caregivers. That’s more than one in five Americans now, and the demand for caregiving is rising with an aging population. If you’re among them, you know caring for a loved one can be one of the most rewarding experiences in life, but it can also be one of the most challenging.

Finding caregiver support

Seven and a half years ago, Roy Zingmark of Richland experienced a cerebral hemorrhage. Following his brain surgery, signs of dementia began to show and slowly increased. Carolyn, his wife of 57 years, fell naturally into the caregiving role. “It has been a long journey,” Carolyn said. “It’s really hard. With the addition of the pandemic, it has become extremely stressful and mentally draining at times. Sometimes it feels

like I can’t handle one more thing.” For Carolyn, it has been essential to have help along the way. Early on, she reached out to her longtime friend Rose Gray of Richland. Rose had her own experience helping her mother who had Alzheimer’s disease; she has served on the Board of Directors of Kadlec Neurological Resource Center (KNRC) and became a trained support group facilitator for the center. Their friendship and Rose’s insight and experience have been important as Carolyn navigates her husband’s illness. Rose helped Carolyn connect with resources, workshops, the KNRC library and a support group. Carolyn learned about the stages of dementia, what to expect next and how to utilize the tools available to her. She’s taken what she’s learned and adapted it to their situation. “Education and knowledge are so important for anyone in a caregiving role,” Rose said. “It helps you be a little more ready for the next stage. It helps you know what questions to ask and can help eliminate some stress. I wish I had known more and had a chance to access resources when I was going through this with my mom.”

Self-care isn’t selfish

Caregiving can have a significant impact on the life of the caregiver. It can make maintaining your own physical and mental health difficult and may put a strain on work and social life. It can be challenging in the best of circumstances and now, with the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the feelings of stress, worry and isolation

Courtesy Megan Fullmer / Kadlec Community Health Carolyn Zingmark, left, and Rose Gray stroll along the Columbia River in Richland. Their friendship, and Gray’s caregiver insight and experience, have been important as Zingmark navigates caring for her husband who has dementia.

may be amplified. It has become even more important for caregivers to prioritize caring for themselves as well. Carolyn has recognized this and taken important steps to make that happen. She’s an accomplished watercolorist, and she makes time to do this regularly. She belongs to an art group and participates in art shows. (Find her art at carolynzingmarkwatercolor. com.) She also loves to hike and be outdoors. She’s a member of the Fun, Fit, and Over Fifty Club and periodically joins other club members on hikes and kayaking trips which are scheduled and organized in advance. Three days a week, her husband,

Roy, goes to Adult Day Services of the Tri-Cities which gives Carolyn a bit of respite and time to do those things that renew and energize her. “You have to take time for yourself,” Carolyn said. “It’s not selfish, although sometimes it can feel that way. You just need to do it and go places.” It’s important for caregivers to eat well, get adequate sleep and have the recommended screenings, shots and check-ups. Just setting aside a few minutes for a walk in the park or a chat with a friend can make a world of difference. Even a 30-minute, minirespite break occasionally can signifiuCAREGIVER, Page 6



CALENDAR OF EVENTS ✪ Bring your grandchildren and families to events with a star. NOV. 4-5

• Downtown Kennewick Girls Night Out: 4-8 p.m. featuring shopping, dining and deals at downtown Kennewick stores and pop-ups.

NOV. 6-7

• “Celebrating 50 years of Tapestry: A tribute to Carole King”: 8 p.m. Nov. 6 and 3 p.m. Nov. 7, Windermere Children’s Theatre, 213 Wellsian Way, Richland. Fundraiser event for the Windermere Children’s Theatre. Tickets available at

NOV. 6

• West Richland Veterans Day Parade and chili feed: 9:30 a.m. chili feed at 11:30 a.m., Flat Top Park, 4705 W. Van Giesen St., West Richland. Details at

NOV. 9

• “Dementia Conversations” class: 1-2 p.m., virtual event or by phone. Learn tips and strategies for difficult — but important — conversations about changes that may be related to dementia. Call 509-9438455 or register online at KNRC. Hosted by Kadlec

Neurological Resource Center and The Alzheimer’s Association. Free.

American Red Cross. Info: 509-7836195.

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NOV. 30

• “Adult Mental Health First Aid” class: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., virtual course. Hosted by Kadlec Community Health/Neurological Resource Center. Call 509-943-8455 or register online at Free.

NOV. 19

• Listening session for veterans: 5-7 p.m., Federal Building, 825 Jadwin Ave., Richland. U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Sunnyside, will hold a session to hear from veterans. VA officials will be on hand as well.

• Richland’s Annual tree Lighting Ceremony: 2-4 p.m. at Uptown Shopping Center. Join Mr. and Mrs. Claus on their sleigh in the main breezeway of the center for photos, candy canes, hot cocoa, entertainment. Follow them to John Dam Plaza for a celebration with food vendors, live music and lighting the trees and displays about 4:30 p.m. A free holiday variety show at the Richland Players Theater in the nearby Parkway follows at 5:30 p.m.

DEC. 1

• United Way’s fourth annual Festival of Trees: 6 p.m., Three Rivers Convention Center, 7016 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick. Tickets available at

• WindSong at Southridge “Parade of Lights Drive-through”: 4:30-6:30 p.m. 4000 W. 24th Ave., Kennewick • Senske’s 18th annual Holiday Light Show: 5 p.m.-midnight runs nightly in December, 400 N. Quay, Kennewick.

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NOV. 20

• Turkey Trot: 7:30 a.m., Columbia Park, Kennewick. 5K/1 mile walk/run is annual fundraiser for the Benton-Franklin Chapter of the

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• Lighted Boat Parade: 6 p.m. Decorated boats begin parade under the cable bridge at Clover Island in Kennewick, traveling upriver along

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Columbia Park. Boats turn around about 7:30 p.m. at the far end of Howard Amon Park in Richland.

DEC. 4

• Downtown Kennewick Hometown Holiday Parade: 10 a.m., downtown Kennewick. Old-fashioned parade welcoming Santa and featuring holiday-themed floats, police and fire vehicles and entertaining characters. After the parade, join Santa for activities and treats.

DEC. 12

• Pasco Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony: 6 p.m., Peanuts Park in downtown Pasco.

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas fire season The winter holiday season is fast approaching and while the holidays bring festive gatherings with friends and family, they also bring the most dangerous weeks of the year for home fire, thanks to the three C’s for holiday-related fires: Cooking, candles and Christmas trees. This is news to know because home fires are especially perilous for seniors. Here’s what the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has to say: • Adults over 65 are 2.6 times more likely to die in a fire than the general population. • Adults over 85 are 3.8 times more likely to die in a fire than the general population. As we’ve discussed in previous columns, fires double in size every 30 seconds, which gives you about two minutes to escape. As Capt. Brian Ellis, deputy fire marshal of the Kennewick Fire Department, noted, “Smoke and flames can travel faster than seniors can move.” The answer to surviving a home fire is not to let fire start in the first place. To keep your home safe from fire during this season, focus on the three C’s to ensure you look back on the season with nothing but happy memories. Let’s start with cooking. Figures from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) show that half of all home fires originate in the kitchen, compared to 14% from heating equipment and 5% from smoking.

Because we spend more time in the kitchen during the holidays, home fires are most common during the holGordon Williams iday season. American Red Cross Thanksgiving GUEST COLUMN is the busiest day of the year for home fires, followed by Christmas Day, the day before Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. “When there is something on the stove, stay at the stove,” Ellis said. “Food on the stove can catch fire and spread quickly. Don’t wander off to check on the kids or to watch television.” A Red Cross survey shows 70% of us are guilty of unattended cooking – putting something on the stove or in the oven and then leaving the kitchen. Face it: As we age, we tend to get a bit more forgetful. The rule from the Red Cross is, “Keep an eye on what you fry. Stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling or using an open flame.” The Red Cross has more kitchen fire safety rules: • Move anything that might burn away from the stove: dishtowels, bags, boxes, paper and curtains. • Avoid wearing loose clothing or floppy sleeves while cooking. • Use a timer to remind yourself that you are cooking something. Before you go to bed, check to make

sure the stove and oven are off. • Turn pot handles to the back of the stove, so no one bumps them or pulls them over. • If grandkids want to help in the kitchen, keep them at least three feet away from anything hot. Have activities for kids – books or puzzles or games – to keep them occupied and out of the kitchen. Make it a rule that young children never touch the stove, even when nothing is cooking. • Make sure the kitchen floor is clear of anything that might cause you to fall while carrying something hot. • Keep pets out of the kitchen so they don’t get under foot and trip you. • When you return home from a shopping trip, don’t put the grocery bags on any surface that might set them ablaze. Ellis said he has seen fires that began when plastic shopping bags set on a stove caught fire. “It took just seconds for the bags to catch fire,” he said. Finally, keep a pot lid or cookie pan near the stove. Use the lid to smother the flames if something catches fire. Pouring water on the fire can spread the flames. Slamming

the lid down can cause the flames to blossom out. Slide the lid slowly over the pan until it is completely covered. If it is an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the oven door closed. Let’s talk about candles. They can add a festive touch to a home at holiday time, as long as you use them safely. Misused, they can set off a devastating fire. The risk is that you will light the candles and then forget about them. “Make sure they are in holders that can’t tip over and blow them out before you leave the room,” Ellis said. Walk through the house before you go to bed to make sure all candles have been extinguished. Finally, never light a candle close to something that might burn, such as curtains or furniture or a Christmas tree. (Personal note: As a Red Cross disaster responder in New York City, I once worked a fatal fire that began when candles lit for the holiday of Hanukkah set drapes on fire.) And finally, let’s discuss Christmas trees. They can pose their own set of holiday fire dangers.


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cantly reduce stress. You’ll be better equipped to handle stress if you’re fit and rested.

Helpful tips

If you are moving into a caregiver role, or if you’ve been filling it for some time, you may want to consider some helpful ideas from Rose and Carolyn. • Learn as much as you can about the disease or injury affecting the person you are caring for. It will not only help you understand what is happening right now and how it impacts that person, but it will help you be more prepared for the future as the disease

states change. Whenever possible, attend workshops, seminars and classes. For more information on KNRC or Community Health programs, call 509-943-8455 or register online at • Find support. Few people can do it alone. Enlist help, which can come in many ways including family, friends and support groups. KNRC offers several groups. For a list of groups, times and locations, go to KNRC. “Sometimes people come to the support group just to ask the question, ‘Am I going crazy?’ We all need help, and a support group is a great way to not just get help, but you can also

make great friendships,” Rose said. • Take advantage of the KNRC library. The library is a great resource for information not only on various diseases and injuries, but also on caregiving. The staff is also available to help find reliable resources. • Tap into local and national resources. In addition to KNRC, other resources, including Aging and LongTerm Care of Eastern Washington, can provide important help. The Alzheimer’s Association has a 24-hour helpline that can be reached at 800272-3900, and its website at has numerous resources. • Don’t wait. Too often caregivers seek help when they are already

burned out, have reached a tipping point or have moved beyond the time when the loved one can make sound financial decisions. Being proactive rather than reactive can eliminate a great deal of stress, help with planning and reduce a few financial hurdles. Caregiving is one of the greatest gifts we can provide a loved one and can be a very rewarding experience. But it also involves many challenges. It can be hard to see beyond the care tasks that await you each day. Yet taking care of yourself is, in reality, still taking care of your loved one and helps you handle the ebb and flow of caregiving.

Photo by Wendy Culverwell Rosetta Assisted Living is adding a third building to its Pasco campus at 5921 Road 60 near Barbara McClintock STEM Elementary School. It will break ground on a fourth in late 2021 or early 2022.

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respects but need some assistance to patients with full-blown Alzheimer’s, who may need assistance with all aspects of living. Rosetta serves fresh-prepared meals in a cozy dining room. Residents have access to sitting rooms with televisions and an activity room for crafts and games. There is a salon area for haircuts, a jetted tub and a laundry area. Residents can do their own or have staff handle it. The intent is to create a home-like setting for residents and their guests.

Rooms have their own bathroom, including toilet, sink and shower. The rooms are furnished with beds, nightstands and dressers, though residents can bring their own furniture. The buildings are configured to offer single rooms. Some are large enough to serve couples or roommates. Eden Group of Park City, Utah, is the general contractor. Rosetta accepts Medicaid, with residents eligible to apply as soon as they move in with no waiting period. Rosetta Assisted Living: 5921 Road 60, Pasco;; 509-412-1777.



Protect your health, roll up sleeve and get a flu shot Shorter days and cooler temperatures are tell-tale signs that autumn has arrived. Unfortunately, another sign of the season is the beginning of increased flu activity. Flu season can last from autumn to as late as May, peaking between December and February. According to a study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, last year’s flu cases were historically low, thanks in large part to widespread practice of safety measures to combat Covid-19. With less common practice of those measures over the past several months, we could see an uptick in flu cases similar to prior years’ levels. That potential – along with the continuing pandemic – makes it even more important that we each do what we can to minimize our risk, protect our health and protect the health of those around us. Getting vaccinated against the flu is a vitally important way to fight it. Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses and can cause mild to severe illness and even lead to death in certain situations. Everyone is susceptible to the flu, but individuals with a greater risk of developing complications from these viruses include children younger than five years old, adults 65 and older, pregnant women, residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, and those with certain medical conditions like asthma, heart disease and blood disorders. First – and most importantly – get

vaccinated. Flu vaccination is the single best way to protect yourself from influenza viruses. While it is Kena Chase still possible to Lourdes Health contract the flu GUEST COLUMN after getting vaccinated, studies show that vaccinations can make your illness less severe if you do get sick. Getting vaccinated also affords you the peace of mind that comes from knowing that you’re doing everything you can to protect yourself against the flu. The CDC recommends annual flu vaccinations for everyone 6 months and older. If you are considering a nasal spray flu vaccine, it is important to know that this option is approved by the CDC for use in non-pregnant individuals, ages 2 through 49, and that there is a precaution against this option for those with certain underlying medical conditions. Talk with your health care provider regarding which flu vaccination method works best for you. Flu vaccines can take two weeks to become fully effective, so you should plan to receive your flu vaccine before flu activity begins in your area. You can visit the Benton-Franklin Health District, a walk-in clinic or pharmacy, or your primary care provider’s office to receive one. In addition to getting vaccinated, there are other simple steps you can

take to protect yourself and your family, and help prevent the spread of flu and other infections like Covid-19 durDena ing flu season Putnam-Gilchrist and year-round, Trios Health including: GUEST COLUMN • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol based. • Wear a face mask in indoor, public spaces. • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. • Avoid sharing food, cups or eating utensils. • Regularly disinfect your home and belongings, such as doorknobs, light switches, children’s toys and play areas. • Stay home from school or work if you are sick. • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing with a tissue, your sleeve or elbow, and NOT your bare hands. • Call your primary care provider

with any questions. If you or someone you know notices symptoms including coughing, sore throat, fever or other upper respiratory symptoms, please see your health care provider right away. Many of the most common symptoms of flu are consistent with Covid19, so it may be hard to tell the difference between them. Testing may be needed to help confirm a diagnosis. Don’t ignore your symptoms. Limit your contact with others as much as possible when symptoms appear, and stay home (or keep your child home) for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone, except to seek medical care. The good news is that when you act on your symptoms, visit a provider and flu is detected early, prescription antiviral drugs can often help treat the illness and shorten the time you are sick by one or two days. For additional information about the 2021-22 flu season, go to the CDC website at or contact the Benton-Franklin Health District at 509-460-4200. Kena Chase and Dena Putnam-Gilchrist are the chief nursing officers for Lourdes Health and Trios Health, respectively.



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Fresh and green, a tree can be the beautiful centerpiece of your holiday home. Dried out, it can become a dangerously flammable object. The NFPA warns that, “Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious.” FARMERS EXCHANGE, From page 1 sell it to his son, Clint, in 1948. Clint’s brother Ken Silliman joined shortly after that, after serving as a photographer in the Air Force curing the Korean War era. Keith bought out his father, Ken, in 1997. Ken Silliman, his son and grandson noted, didn’t know the meaning of the word “retirement.” He worked in the store until three weeks before his death earlier this year at 89. As Keith Silliman transitions out, he said it was a wonderful place to spend his working life. He drew a paycheck from Farmers Exchange from the age of 15. “I have had a wonderful time,” said Silliman, who together with his significant other, Lisa, plans to travel and settle into semi-retirement. Their first grandchild is due in the spring, said Lisa, the store’s longest-serving employee.

Here are Christmas tree safety rules from the Red Cross: • If buying a live tree, make sure it is fresh. Check for freshness by bending needles up and down to make sure none fall off. • If buying an artificial tree, look for the fire-resistant label. • Keep all trees at least three feet from radiators, heaters, fireplaces, or

other sources of heat. • Don’t use electric lights on metallic trees. • Check the wiring on Christmas tree lights to make sure nothing is frayed or broken. • Turn off all holiday lights before going to bed or leaving the house. A final bit of advice on Christmas tree safety comes from the NFPA. If

you have a live tree: Cut two inches from the base of the trunk before placing the tree in its stand. Fill the stand with water and add water daily.

Ingersoll, like his mother, his uncle and his grandfather before him, grew up at Farmers Exchange as well, though not always for the right reasons. He was prone to getting in trouble at school – he went through Park Middle School and then Kennewick High. His mother worked at the family store, so his grandfather would fetch him from school and bring him back, assigning chores as punishment. It happened “more than it should have,” said Ingersoll. He graduated from Kennewick High and left the Tri-Cities to attend college and serve in the Air Force, where, like his grandfather, he served as a photographer. After his discharge, he finished a degree in communications at Oregon State University, worked briefly for the Bend Bulletin and moved to New York for a Veterans Administration post. He returned to the Northwest as an emergency services manager for

the Oregon Military Department. He and his family were happy in Salem. But when he heard his uncle talk about selling Farmers Exchange so he could retire, the tug of home pulled him back to Kennewick. He and wife Nicole have five children, with two younger children now at Kennewick High. Both work at Farmers Exchange, putting the fifth generation on the scene. Ingersoll said he has no major plans to alter the customer-focused approach that has helped Farmers Exchange compete successfully against the big box retailers and their massive garden centers. A recent visit to Toro headquarters confirmed Farmers Exchange sells more Toro-branded mowers in the market than its competitors, Ingersoll said. He will spend the first few years learning the ropes and getting to know the 30 to 35 employees. Farmers Exchange launched in

1923 or 1924 as a literal farmers exchange in a downtown Kennewick parking lot. By 1930, the first Silliman was a partner and the business moved into its longtime home on Canal Drive. The building, constructed in 1912, was built as a literal stock exchange. Cattle traded in the basement. When Ken and Kent Silliman took over in the 1950s, it shifted its focus to the growing middle class and its endless appetite for items for their gardens, from plants to power mowers, chainsaws and trimmers. It retains its farm atmosphere but serves Tri-Cities customers through three lines of business. The feed, fertilizer and seed business is housed in the original building, the power equipment in a former auto repair shop across the parking lot and the nursery is in the rear. “In the future, we’ll see where it goes,” Ingersoll said.

Gordon Williams is a volunteer with the American Red Cross’ Northwest Region Communications Team.


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Hundreds turn out for expo

Photo by Vanessa Guzmán Staff at the Senior Times Fall Expo pass out goody bags to area seniors on Oct. 19 at the Southridge Sports & Events Complex in Kennewick. The last bag was distributed at 11 a.m., which was well before the scheduled end of the expo at 1 p.m. “Thanks to all the seniors and their families who stopped by for a bag. It was terrific to see you. We’re sorry we didn’t have enough bags for everyone,” said Kristina Lord, publisher for the Senior Times.

uBRIEFS It’s time to update your Medicare enrollment for 2022

The 2021 Medicare Open Enrollment Period began Oct. 15 and continues through Dec. 7. During the enrollment period, also known as the annual election period, people enrolled in Medicare can switch between original Medicare and Medicare Advantage, change their Part D prescription drug plan and switch to a different Medicare Advantage Plan. The office of the Washington Insurance Commissioner advises enrollees to review their needs each year. The Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) program is available to advise enrollees on the process. Go to Or call 800-562-6900

Judge says insurance companies can use credit history to set rates

An insurance industry coalition is cheering a ruling by a Washington state judge that overturns Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler’s emergency rule banning the use of credit history to set insurance rates. The Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of Washington, the Professional Insurance Agents of Washington and the American Property casualty Insurance Association lauded the decision by Thurston County Superior Court Judge Mary Sue Wilson, who concluded Kreidler failed to satisfy the required steps to enact an emergency rule. The industry said eliminating credit scoring would lead to higher premi-

ums for more than a million Washington residents.

Prosser Memorial offers Veterans Day breakfast

Prosser Memorial Health will host its annual Veterans Day Breakfast from 7-10 a.m. Nov. 11 at Prosser Memorial Hospital. Veterans and their families can drive-through the Prosser Memorial Hospital campus and pick up complimentary hot to-go breakfasts, coffee and pastries. An appreciation gift will be provided to veterans. A Veterans Day Procession will follow, starting at 11 a.m. in downtown Prosser. Prosser Memorial Health opened its doors as a 19-bed facility in 1947 and was dedicated to the community’s veterans of World War II. For more information, call Shannon Hitchcock at 509-786-6601.

Washington ag topped $10.2B in 2020

Washington agricultural production topped $10.2 billion in 2020, with apples remaining the top commodity, according to figures released in October by U.S. Department of Agriculture. The total value rose 7% compared to 2919, when the combined value of Washington’s 300-plus crops was $9.5 billion. Apples were valued at $2.1 billion, or 21% of the total. Milk was second with a production value of $1.2 billion. Wheat was the third most valuable crop, worth $950 million. Potatoes, valued at $753 million, represented the fourth highest value in the state, down 19% from the prior year.



Longtime newsman lived and breathed news during the glory days of print By East Benton County Historical Society

Ralph Reed may or may not have had printer’s ink in his blood. His long newspaper career implied he did. The early 20th century pioneer publisher in the Tri-Cities was just 15 years old when he hired out at $3 a week setting type for the Columbia Courier. Born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on May 25, 1889, he had barely arrived in Kennewick with his parents in 1904 when he began that long newspaper career. The old Courier was barely 2 years old when the teenage Reed became a typesetter. The paper was founded in 1902 by Elwyn P. Greene, a newspaperman who settled here after plying his craft in Milton, Oregon, known today as Milton-Freewater. The Columbia Courier became the first weekly newspaper published in Kennewick, running off the presses for the first time on March 27, 1902. Greene saw it as a vehicle to promote the business community, and, accordingly, promote the growth of Kennewick. A regular weekly edition was published each Thursday, but a 10-inch tabloid came off the presses on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. For 10 cents, subscribers received all four issues. In “cultivating” a close relationship with the business community to help it flourish, the Courier’s readership grew. When the population of Kennewick increased from 50 to 400

in 1903, Greene expanded the paper’s size from four pages to 12. The Courier was changing hands in those days faster than lead type could be put in place. First there was Christian O. Anderson. An attorney and businessman from Arizona, Anderson bought the paper in March 1903 and reverted it back to a weekly. One year and five months later, in August 1904, the paper was purchased by William J. Shaughnessy. He began “publishing an additional miniature daily edition, which continued until 1906.” Shaughnessy was another shortlived publisher. Lauren W. Soth bought the paper on April 28, 1905, changing its name to Kennewick Courier. The new publisher also put a high premium on supporting Kennewick business, and highlighting the role of agriculture, which was then beginning to flourish. Record strawberry crops in 1905 and 1906 were banner material for the newspaper, as was growth and crop production of the first cherry orchards in Kennewick in 1907. With Reed directing actual printing of the paper under Soth, the Courier was “printed on an old Washington hand press with the help of six women who hand spiked the type.” There was no wire service, and reporting national or international news was not a given. “If war was declared, the Columbia Courier might have carried an account of it a week late,” Reed said.

Photo by Wendy Culverwell An antique press and AP machine on display at the East Benton County Historical Society Museum.

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~ Bazaar Listings ~

By Senior Times staff

Bazaars are back after taking a hiatus last fall and winter because of the coronavirus pandemic. Many are requiring masks, citing health officials’ recommendations to wear face coverings to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Here’s our roundup of local bazaars:

NOV. 5-7

• Custer’s Christmas Arts & Crafts Show: Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday,10 a.m.-4 p.m. HAPO Center, 600 Burden Blvd., Pasco. Details at

NOV. 5-6

• St. Joseph’s Arts & Crafts Bazaar: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., St. Joseph’s Church, Dillon Hall, 520 S. Garfield St., Kennewick. Handmade items made by Tri-City and Northwest artisans, bake sale. Home-cooked luncheon is from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free admission. Nonperishable food items donated at the door will be donated to Second Harvest food bank.

NOV. 5

• West Highlands Craft Bazaar: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., West Highlands United Methodist Church, 17 S. Union St., Kennewick. More than 25

vendors selling wreaths, ornaments, home decor, baby items, kitchen items, cotton candy, bake sale and more. Masks are required.

NOV. 6

• Annual Craft Bazaar: 9 a.m.3 p.m., Meadow Springs Presbyterian Church, 25 Silver Meadows Drive, Richland. Handcrafted items, fine art and gourmet specialty foods. • West Highlands Craft Bazaar: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., West Highlands United Methodist Church, 17 S. Union St., Kennewick. More than 25 vendors selling wreaths, ornaments, home decor, baby items, kitchen items, cotton candy, bake sale and more. Masks are required.

NOV. 7

• Fall into Autumn Bazaar: Noon-4 p.m., Gesa Carousel of Dreams, 2901 Southridge Blvd., Kennewick. Drawings every 30 minutes, 30+ vendors, crafters and artists. Hosted by Nancy’s Crochet Obsession.

NOV. 13

• Harvest Bazaar: 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., Best Western Plus, Kennewick, 4001 W. 27th Ave., Kennewick. Vendors, bake sale, drawings, kids’ crafts, more. Hosted by Family Resource Center of the Tri-Cities. Masks

required. • Holiday Bazaar: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Pasco Eagles, 2829 Sylvester St., Pasco. • Southridge Music Boosters’ Holiday Bazaar: 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., Southridge High School, 3520 Southridge Blvd., Kennewick. Shopping, student music, drawings. Admission is $2. • Thanksgiving Bazaar at Carousel of Dreams: Noon-4 p.m., 2901 Southridge Blvd., Kennewick.

• Jingle Bell Bash, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Roscoe’s Coffee, 2003 Logston Blvd., Richland. More than 30 local vendors, offering free coffee roasting tours, live music performed by Tupelo Joe, Ciao Wagon and Santa.

NOV. 20

DEC. 13

• Marcus Whitman Elementary Winter Bazaar: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 1704 Gray St., Richland. Event is annual fundraiser for school’s PTO. Food, drinks, and snacks available to purchase. Masks required. • Calvary Chapel’s Make a Difference Bazaar: 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., 10611 W. Clearwater Ave., Kennewick. This 16th annual event features homemade gifts, decor and furniture from 50+ vendors and select direct sale merchants. Event proceeds go toward local youth outreaches of Calvary Chapel Tri-Cities. • Moms Supporting Moms Craft & Gift Show: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Gesa Carousel of Dreams, 2901-F Southridge Blvd., Kennewick. Dino Drop-In’s event features local moms and their hobbies, talents, businesses and more. • Jason Lee Elementary’s Fall Craft Bazaar: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Jason Lee Elementary, 1750 McMurray Ave., Richland. More than 50 craft and food vendors, drawings. Free admission.

NOV. 27

• Princess Christmas Market: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Princess Theatre Green Room, 1228 Meade Ave., Prosser. Free admission.

DEC. 4

• Holiday Bazaar: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Best Western Plus, Kennewick, 4001 W. 27th Ave., Kennewick. Vendors, bake sale, drawings, kids’ crafts, more. Hosted by Family Resource Center of the Tri-Cities. Masks required.

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DEC. 11

• Benton City Winterfest Bazaar: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Community Center, 806 Dale Ave.; farmers market building, 511 Ninth St. and along Dale Avenue. • Pasco Eagles Fall Bazaar: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 2829 W. Sylvester St., Pasco. Details at

DEC. 17-18

• Holiday Bazaar: Noon-6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17 and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, Southridge Sports and Events Complex. $5 admission with kids under 12 free. Details: • Christmas Bazaar: 3-7 p.m. Dec. 17 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 18 at Holiday Inn Express, 4525 Convention Place, Pasco. About 50 vendors from direct sales consultants, homemade items from local vendors and food.

DEC. 17-19

• Fifth annual Home for the Holidays: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19 at the HAPO Center, 6600 Burden Blvd., Pasco. Local and regional retail and handcrafted vendors, blood drive for American Red Cross.

DEC. 18

• Holiday Bazaar: 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., Best Western Plus, Kennewick, 4001 W. 27th Ave., Kennewick. Vendors, bake sale, drawings, kids’ crafts, more. Hosted by Family Resource Center of the Tri-Cities. Masks required.

To be included on this list, email with details about your bazaar, including time, date, place and cost.



Pasco businesswoman discovers hidden cake decorating talent By Robin Wojtanik for Senior Times

Pilar “Angelica” Hernandez had already earned her cosmetology license and commercial driver’s license before realizing she had a hidden talent as a cake decorator. Now, the Pasco businesswoman owns Delicakes by Angelica, operating out of the Pasco Specialty Kitchen and providing elaborate cakes for weddings, birthdays, quinceañeras, baby showers and other celebrations. But don’t expect her to cook or even bake. “I don’t know how to cook,” Hernandez said. “I don’t ever want to do anything in the kitchen, but I love decorating.” Her decorating steals the show, featuring intricately detailed touches using fondant to match any theme, color or occasion. She employs three people, including one who bakes cakes for her. She has a lead decorating protégé and her brother helps with the books. She had been operating without a storefront but then expanded her footprint at 110 S. Fourth Ave. in downtown Pasco so she could meet customers by appointment in person to collaborate on a vision. A walk-up window at the Pasco Specialty Kitchen lets Angelica pass cake boxes directly to customers – which has come in handy during the pandemic, allowing her to limit contact with others.

From refugee to cake artist

Hernandez first wowed a crowd seven years ago when she fixed up a cake her mom had decorated for a Monsters Inc. theme. “It was a hit. The people at the party kept asking who made the cake, and that was how it started,” she said. Chalking the rest up to natural talent, she honed her skills by replicating images she’d seen online or by watching how-to videos.

Photo by Robin Wojtanik Pilar “Angelica” Hernandez displays a few of the intricately decorated cakes she offers at her shop in downtown Pasco.

“I was doing marketing – I liked doing letters and painting, but I had never worked with any cakes,” Hernandez said. Her family arrived in the Tri-Cities 12 years ago from Costa Rica, having been relocated as refugees from Colombia. “I never imagined this because I never wanted to have any responsibilities,” she laughed.

Preferred vendor at mansion

To support her family, she worked as a hairstylist and truck driver before opening her own business three years ago. Delicakes is named as a play on the words “delicate” and “cake” to describe the work she does. “Ever since that first day, it’s just been growing and growing,” she said. Hernandez works full time at the Pasco School District in addition to running her expanding business. Delicakes by Angelica is a preferred vendor for Pasco’s Moore Mansion, and the only bakery available for allinclusive weddings booked on Fridays

or Sundays. “She puts a lot of love and effort into her cakes,” said Sandrine King, an owner of the Moore Mansion. “We’re using her for my boys’ birthday party cupcakes,” King added. The event center owners wanted to feature Pasco businesses as preferred vendors and word of mouth led them to Hernandez, who’s now supplied cakes

or sweets tables for the past year. “She is very versatile in her décor and clients have been very happy. She also has a great price point. Not everyone wants to spend $2,000 on a wedding cake,” King said. Prices typically start around $95 for a cake that feeds 15 people. A multi-layered farm-themed cake headed out the door for $240, following six hours of labor to decorate. “I feel free when I decorate. It’s my passion,” she said. Customers can pick from eight flavors and more than a dozen fillings, including dulce de leche, pineapple and strawberry cream cheese. Packages start at $210 for up to 20 servings, which includes a cake, along with other desserts, like cake pops, cupcakes and chocolate-covered pretzels. Her largest package serves 50 people and costs $450, including multiple cakes and sweets. Call Delicakes at least two weeks in advance to book, or up to a year in advance for the most popular times of the year, including summer weddings or graduation. search Delicakes: 509-551-5595;; @delicakesbyangelica.



uBRIEFS Union Gospel Mission plans shelter at Vista Field

The Tri-Cities Union Gospel Mission secured land near Kennewick’s Vista Field for a future facility serving women and children. While work won’t begin before 2022, the ministry that operates programs for both men and women in Pasco closed a pair of deals to purchase about 3.5 undeveloped acres at 533 N. Young St. and 553 N. Young St. in August. The seller was a liquidating trust associated with the Kennewick Public Hospital District bankruptcy.

Andy Porter, executive director, said the mission intends to create a center for women and children to complement the existing facility in Pasco. Details won’t be worked out until next year.

Parking curtailed for Clover Island restoration

A trailhead parking lot at the entrance to Kennewick’s Clover Island and a gravel lot next to the lighthouse will be closed through spring for restoration of the island’s shoreline. Several other lots on the island will remain open to the public. The $4 million project should be complete by early 2022.

Social Security benefits rising 6%

In related news, the maximum amount of earnings subject to Social Security tax will increase to $147,000, from $142,800. Social Security and SSI beneficiaries are normally notified by mail starting in early December about their new benefit amount. Most people who receive Social Security payments will be able to view their notice online through their personal my Social Security account. Go to Medicare changes for 2022 had not been announced but will be available at The Social Security Act provides for how the COLA is calculated. To read more, go to

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beginning in 1907. The town of Hanford offered the Hanford Columbian from 1908 to 1922. It was succeeded by the Hanford Herald. Prior to 1908, the town of Hover near Finley, had the Hover Sunshine, and for eight years in the 1930s, the Finley-Hover Columbian was published. Benton City readers could get the Benton County News, first published in October 1921, the Benton County Times from January 1956 to July 1969, and more recently the Benton City Bulletin. The weekly Pasco Herald was published from 1918 to 1947. The Tri-Cities had competing daily newspapers in the Columbia Basin News and the Tri-City Herald from 1950 to 1964. The Tri-City Herald was first published in 1947 and continues today.

Seniors and others who receive Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefits will see a 5.9% raise in 2022, the largest in decades, the Social Security Administration announced in October. The cost-of-living increase affects 70 million Americans, including 64 million Social Security beneficiaries and eight million SSI beneficiaries. Some receive both. The Social Security Act ties the annual cost-of-living adjustment to the Consumer Price Index as determined by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Local news continued to be the foundation of the publication, and Reed made no pretense otherwise. “In a small town like Kennewick... everybody knew what everybody else was doing,” he said in an interview years later. “They took the newspaper to find out who got caught at it.” Reed went on to serve as a newspaper publisher and civic leader for nearly all of the first half of the 20th century. Newspapers, with emphasis on local reporting, have a rich history in east Benton County beginning with the Kennewick Columbian, and The News which were actually printed in the late 19th century. Richland had the Richland Advocate beginning in 1906, the Benton County Advocate, the Richland Villager and the Richland Reporter. The White Bluffs Spokesman published for 31 years

SENIOR TIMES • NOVEMBER 2021 uBRIEFS Tri-City softball players medal in senior games

A Kennewick woman has more softball medals to add to her trophy chest, and a Tri-City-based men’s softball team earned gold during the annual Huntsman World Senior Games. Connie Wormington, 73, played on two different teams, earning medals on each. Wormington Connie Wormington and the Fun Bunch team earned a silver in the 70-and-over division. She didn’t have much time to celebrate her victory, as she had to dash across the fields to join the Seattle-based Wet Socks team, where they earned a gold in the 65-and-over division. “It was incredible how well we played, like we’ve been playing together for so long,” she said. The Tri-City Legends men’s softball team also earned a gold medal during the games in the 60-andover division.

The games were Oct. 4-16 in St. George, Utah, attracting senior players from around the world in a variety of events. Last year’s games were canceled because of the pandemic. 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 self-storage facility in Kennewick. Wormington’s been playing softball since she was a girl. She played in high school and then during college in Nebraska.

UW recruits volunteers to track spread of Covid-19

The University of Washington is recruiting residents up to the age of 85 for a study to help understand how SARS-CoV-2 – Covid-19 – spreads. The Washington Coronavirus Exposure Survey asks participants to complete a survey. Some participants will be asked to provide a nasal swab for a Covid-19 test and blood samples for antibody tests. “We don’t know what variants are coming up in the future, so this information is really going to help us plan things like booster shots,

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testing, availability (and) all of the protections we need to take,” said Dr. Keith Jerome, who heads UW Medicine’s Virology Division and is the study’s principal investigator. The survey launched in May with funding from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. Go to

Franklin County farm fined for illegal water use

The Washington Department of Ecology has issued a $304,000 penalty to Frank Tiegs LLC for illegally irrigating 250 acres of crops in Franklin County in 2021. As part of its investigation, Ecology found Tiegs LLC tilled the unfarmed land and planted a crop in early 2021 and began irrigating from McNary Pool in March. McNary Pool is part of the Snake River where it meets the main stem of the Columbia River. During the summer, Ecology inquired about the water use. Tiegs representatives acknowledged the irrigation error and have committed to find a legal water supply for the 2022 irrigation season. The illegal water use threatened stream flows on the Columbia and Snake rivers – critical rivers for salmon and steelhead, Ecology


said. This year was one of the driest and warmest on record for Washington with stream flows and fish passage already compromised, Ecology said. Since 1993, the Columbia River has been managed under a rule that requires mitigation for new surface water withdrawals. The mitigation must replace or offset the water used under a new right. Ecology has spent significant time and money to develop programs to make water available to offset new water use for cities, industries and irrigated farms, the agency said. Frank Tiegs LLC has 30 days to appeal the decision to the Pollution Control Hearings Board.

Newhouse hosts listening session for veterans

U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Sunnyside, will hold a session to hear from veterans from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19, at the Richland Federal Building, 825 Jadwin Ave. The session is co-hosted by U.S. Rep Mike Bost, R-Illinois, ranking member of the House Committee on Veterans Affair. VA officials will be on hand as well.



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