Senior Times - April 2016

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April 2016

Volume 4 • Issue 4

Northwest Trek gives uncaged views of wildlife

Tie flies with Columbia Basin Fly Casters

Tri-Cities’ women create hand-dyed wool

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Car parts, repair tips and tall tales all exchanged at annual auto swap meet By Loretto J. Hulse Whether your tastes run to 1920s rusty rattlers, 1950s-style flashy hotrods or those classics in between, you’ll find them all at Ye Olde Car Club of Tri-Cities’ annual Swap Meet on May 7. The swap meet is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will be held indoors and outdoors at the Benton Franklin Fairgrounds in Kennewick. Admission is free. While some of the cars at the swap meet will be for sale, the main attraction is the chance to talk to others who have a similar love for old relics. You can swap stories and learn from others who’ve found the best way to remove rust, or the best paints and upholstery techniques, said John Trumbo, swap meet chairman. “It’s a very social, very educational event that’s all about the hobby,” he said. The swap meet has taken place annually since 1976 and is one of the most popular events of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. It draws more than 200 car part vendors from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, British Columbia and Nevada. It’s a great place to rummage for hard to find parts for vehicles from the 1920s to the 1970s. “You can also buy cars — if you can call them that. A lot are missing pieces and would have to be taken home on a trailer,” Trumbo said. About 3,000 people attend the event each year, he added. “The swap meet attracts basically anyone with a very strong interest in cars, whether they’re hobby type, classic antiques or collectibles,” Trumbo said. Antique vehicles are generally classified as those from the mid-1920s and older while classic cars are those large and luxurious cars — like Duesenbergs, Chryslers, Cadillacs and Auburns — built up until 1920 and up to the Depression, he said. uCARS, Page 2

Jack Kiley of the Olympia Rose Society prepares his roses for entry into the 2015 Seattle Rose Society’s rose show. Kiley is treasurer of the Pacific Northwest District of the American Rose Society, a national organization promoting the culture and appropriation of roses and and propagation of new varieties. Photo courtesy of Harlow Young of the Tri-City Rose Society.

Roses grown by all Tri-Cities gardeners invited to show

By Loretto J. Hulse Royalty could be hiding among the roses in your garden. And there’s only one way to find them — enter your blooms in the Tri-City Rose Society’s 68th annual show May 28 at the Richland Community Center. One of your roses could easily be named King, Queen or Princess of the Show. “We’ve seen over the years that even someone who’s never shown before can have roses just as beautiful, just as worthy of a blue ribbon, as someone who’s been showing for years,” said Rose Show Chairman

JoAnn Brehm. There’s no entry fee and entries will be accepted from 7:30 to 10 a.m. on the back patio of the community center. You don’t have to be a Rose Society member to enter. The only requirement is that you must have grown the blooms yourself and know the name of the rose. Even if the tag is long lost, take it anyway. Chances are good that one of the consulting rosarians at the show, who all have years of training, will be able to identify it. uROSE, Page 8

Washington’s partnership with insurance agencies strengthens long-term care policies By Jessica Hoefer for Senior Times In their mid-20s, at a time when Todd and Daydra Bauman’s biggest worry should have been paying off student loan debt or saving up for their first home, the couple faced the unthinkable. A rare illness debilitated the 27-year-old Daydra. “A normal body can detect what’s good and what’s bad,” said Todd Bauman. “Her body couldn’t.” Because of her condition, Daydra required assistance as her sight and mobility suffered. Her husband tried to

help as much as he could, but he needed work so the couple could stay ahead of the every-mounting piles of medical bills. “We had to pay somebody to be with her at home,” Todd Bauman explained. Thankfully, Daydra Bauman regained her strength within a year and was able to manage most daily tasks on her own. But the couple hasn’t forgotten the financial and emotional burden they bore during that time. uINSURANCE, Page 6

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CARS, From page 1 “Collectible cars are not era-specific and include those from the 1920s and 1930s and post W.W.II, including the fat-fendered cars of the 1940s and mid-1950s,” Trumbo said. The performance automobiles are classic mid-1950s like T-Birds and Chevys that are frequently hot-rodded and the muscle car era vehicles of the 1970s that had monster engines in them, he said. When Ye Olde Car Club was founded in 1962, most of the members had cars from the 1920s and 1930s. But as the club members aged through the decades, the cars have become newer, though still not automobiles commonly found for Gearheads will find plenty of treasures at Ye Olde Car Club Annual Trisale on used car lots.

“[The swap meet] is a very social, very educational event that’s all about the hobby.” - John Trumbo, Ye Olde Car Club of TriCities’ Swap Meet chairman The swap meet will be in Building 2 and at the paved area and the lawn near the entrance. Food will be available. Proceeds from the event help Ye

Cities’ Swap Meet, which will be May 7 at the Benton Franklin Fairgrounds in Kennewick. The show has something of interest for all.

Olde Car Club of Tri-Cities underwrite its annual scholarship donations to the Kennewick School District’s Tri-Tech Skill Center automotive program and various Tri-Cities’ charities. A limited number of vendor spaces are still available and must be reserved by April 23. For more information or to register as a vendor for the swap meet, contact John Trumbo at 582-4297 or 366-2241. For more information about Ye

Olde Car Club of Tri-Cities go to The group meets each Wednesday at 7 a.m. at Sterling’s Restaurant at 2500 Queensgate Blvd., in Richland and visitors are welcome. The club organizes dozens of tours and outings with their cars during the year including visits to two dozen retirement and assistedliving facilities in the Tri-Cities in the spring and summer.


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Northwest Trek Wildlife Park gives visitors close-up view of wildlife

By Elsie Puig for Senior Times Northwest Trek in Tacoma is part zoo and part Wildlife Park. The park is situated among towering Douglas fir trees in 725-acres 35 miles southeast of Tacoma off State Highway 161 near Eatonville. Northwest Trek, which is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, is dedicated to conservation, education and recreation by displaying, interpreting and researching native Northwest wildlife and their natural habitats. The park offers visitors a 50-minute narrated tram tour along a five-mile loop of its 435-acre free-roaming area featuring meadows, lush forests, and thick woodland trails. From the moment visitors hop on the tram, it’s like a game of Where’s Waldo. The immersive tour takes visitors just feet away from herds of American bison and Roosevelt elk, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, deer, caribou and moose and one moose, and spotting them is half the fun. A knowledgeable naturalist guides you through the forest and offers interesting facts and information on the different free-roaming animals. All the free-roaming animals are herbivores and part of the bovine family. All the animals are native to the Northwest and can be found in in the wild in Washington, except the bison, which were overhunted in the 1800s and now only exist as managed herds. Northwest Trek is home to more than 200 animals representing 43 species. Visitors can also walk forested trails and paved paths through the forest to view golden eagles, snowy owls, and large predators like grizzly bears, wolves, cougars, black bears, foxes, coyotes, lynx, and bobcats, all in natural, up-close enclosed exhibits. In the smaller, wetland areas, you’ll see beavers, fishers, and wolverines. During daily Trailside Encounters, animal keepers offer talks, giving visitors a closer look at some of the animals.

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A small herd of Mountain goats can be seen during the tram tours offered at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, where visitors ride through 435 acres of forest and meadows where animals roam freely. All the animals are native to the northwest and can be found in Washington, except the bison.

The park also offers specialized tours for photographers looking to capture the perfect picture from a tram. Keeper’s Tours allows visitors to climb on the bed of a truck and see park staff feeding free-roaming animals during daily morning rounds. During the elkbreeding season in September, visitors can enjoy a two-hour guided tour and participate in listening for elk calls, notice special postures and, on occasion, see the bull elk spar. Those tours are $60 for Northwest Trek members and $65 for all others. Northwest Trek also offers activities like zip lining and challenge courses carefully positioned through the park’s tree canopy. The courses offer fun and educational opportunities for children as young as 5 and adults of all ages. Each course contains sections of zip line separated by barriers that visitors must walk, climb or crawl over. The challenges feature swinging log bridges, tight ropes, bridges with slatted steps, cargo nets, and even some balance beams. In April, Northwest Trek will debut a new half-acre, nature-inspired playground and rock climbing area for children. The playground will allow

children to climb through a massive old growth tree trunk, splash in a cascading stream, build forts and sculpt structures. Northwest Trek Wildlife Park is also a great place to see and learn about Northwest-native plants and flowers. Visit the Rain Garden in the center hub of the park, or just stroll through the trails to see a variety of wildflowers and plants. In 1971, Dr. David “Doc” and Connie Hellyer donated the original

land that became Northwest Trek Wildlife Park to Metro Parks Tacoma. At the time, the land was valued at $3 million to $5 million. Northwest Trek opened its doors four years later on July 17, 1975. Over the next 15 years, the park expanded its exhibits and grew in size. More than 6.5 million people have visited the park since it opened. The park continues on its mission of promoting conservation and wildlife research. Since it opened, the park has been involved in critical repopulation and conservation projects. These projects include acting as a breeding site for the endangered fisheries, mapping wildlife, saving endangered trumpeter swans, pygmy rabbits, Western toads and Oregon-spotted frogs. Northwest Trek is open seven days a week during spring and summer. Visit for information on prices, hours, and scheduled events.

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Calendar of Events Wednesday, Apr. 6 11:30 a.m. Monthly meeting & luncheon National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association Red Lion, Columbia Center Thursday, Apr. 7 5-6 p.m. EMS Levy Public Meeting BC Fire District No. 2 District 2604 Bombing Range Road, West Richland 509-967-2496 Saturday, Apr. 9 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Plant Sale Benefit for The Chaplaincy Hospice House Anything Grows Garden Supply 1625 Columbia Park Trail, Richland Sunday, Apr. 10 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Plant Sale Benefit for The Chaplaincy Hospice House Anything Grows Garden Supply 1625 Columbia Park Trail, Richland 4-6 p.m. Suebonnet Sue Reception White Bluffs Quilt Museum 294 Torbett, Richland Monday, Apr. 11 9 a.m. Medicare Class Kadlec Healthplex 1268 Lee Blvd., Richland RSVP 509-942-2700

Tuesday, Apr. 12 10 a.m. Dial-A-Ride Transportation Seminar Affinity Theater Affinity at Southridge 5207 W. Hildebrand Blvd., Kennewick RSVP 509-222-1212 Wednesday, Apr. 13 7 p.m. Monthly Meeting Tri-City Genealogical Society Charbonneau 8264 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick 509-554-1050 Thursday, Apr. 14 6:30 p.m. Grow Your Own Vegetables WSU Extension Master Gardener Program Master Gardener Demonstration Garden Mid-Columbia Library 1620 W. Union, Kennewick 509-735-3551 Friday, Apr. 15 7-10 p.m. Wild & Scenic Film Festival Blue Mountain Land Trust Maxey Auditorium, Whitman College Monday, Apr. 18 9 a.m. Medicare Class Kadlec Healthplex 1268 Lee Blvd., Richland RSVP 509-942-2700

Tuesday, Apr. 19 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Senior Times Spring Expo Pasco Red Lion 509-737-8778 Thursday, Apr. 21 4-5 p.m. Multiple Myeloma Update Tri-Cities Cancer Center 7350 W. Deschutes Ave., Kennewick RSVP 509-737-3427 6 p.m. 2016 Tri-Citian of the Year Three Rivers Convention Center 509-572-4056 7-8 p.m. Bandannas to Badges: Stories & Songs of Northwest Workers Community Series Lecture Richland Public Library 955 Northgate Dr., Richland Friday, Apr. 22 Noon- 2 p.m. Luau Luncheon Parkview Estates 7820 W. Sixth Ave., Kennewick RSVP 509-734-9773

7 p.m. Wade in the Water Bells of the Desert Central United Protestant Church 1124 Stevens Dr., Richland Wednesday, Apr. 27 1 – 4 p.m. End of Life Planning Seminar Kadlec Healthplex 1268 Lee Blvd., Richland RSVP 509-942-2700 Thursday, Apr. 28 2-4 p.m. Ice Cream Social-Open House Dilly Dally Pub Affinity at Southridge 5207 W. Hildebrand Blvd., Kennewick RSVP 509-222-1212 4-5 p.m. The Issues Around Testicular Cancer Tri-Cities Cancer Center 7350 W. Deschutes Ave., Kennewick RSVP 509-737-3427

Noon – 6 p.m. 2016 Spring Bazaar & Flea Market Kennewick Valley Grange #731 2611 S. Washington St., Kennewick

Saturday, Apr. 30 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Benton City Spring Opener Car & Bike Show Kiona-Benton City Middle School 913 Horne Dr., Benton City

Saturday, Apr. 23 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 2016 Spring Bazaar & Flea Market Kennewick Valley Grange #731 2611 S. Washington St., Kennewick

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Gem & Mineral Show planned

The Lakeside Gem & Mineral Club will have its 20th Annual Gem & Mineral Show April 16-17 at the Benton County Fairgrounds. There will be a large variety of gems, minerals and fossils on display and available for purchase. The show will be held in Building 1 at the fairgrounds and admission is $5 for adults. Children 14 and under are free if they are accompanied by an adult. The event includes demonstrations on how to cut spheres out of solid rock, how to crack geodes and the art of jewelry making. There will also be a junior rock hounds corner, where children can experience discovering precious treasures and win prizes. The show offers door prizes and silent auctions throughout both days at 30-minute intervals. The show opens at 10 a.m. both days and runs until 5 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday. For information, go to the website at

Banquet helps recovering addicts

The Pacific Northwest Adult & Teen Challenge Tri-Cities Campus will have a banquet to support its addiction recovery services in the Tri-Cities. The banquet will feature a talk by a recovering addict and how his life was changed by the program. The event is at 6 p.m. April 22 at the Red Lion Hotel. Tickets are $25 and are available at the door. For more information, call 509-845-7711, email, or go to

Tri-Citian of the Year

Nominations are being accepted for the 2016 Tri-Citian of the Year. The Tri-Citian of the Year exemplifies the highest standards of community service, leadership and the voluntary contribution of selfless acts to positively impact community development, economic growth and the overall well-being of mankind. Nomination forms are available at and the deadline is Mar. 17. The Tri-Citian of the Year will be


named at the annual banquet, which will be 6 p.m. April 21 at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick. Matt Potratz, an elite snowmobile free-rider, will be the keynote speaker. Tickets are $50 per person. For reservations or more information, call Ruby Ochoa at 509-572-4056 or email

Extension offers volunteer training

The Washington State University Extension service will provide training for Master Food Preserver volunteers in Benton and Franklin counties beginning April 19. Participants receive more than 30 hours of intensive training on all aspects of food safety, food storage and food preservation. Once trained, volunteers are asked to provide 50 hours of time helping others in the community through education and outreach. Volunteer time is most often completed by staffing educational booths at local Farmer’s Markets, teaching classes or answering consumer questions on the phone. There is a $75 registration fee to cover the cost of training materials. For more information, contact the WSU Benton County Extension office in Kennewick at 509-735-3551. uBRIEFS, Page 14

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INSURANCE, from page 1 Todd Bauman, now a State Farm agent in Walla Walla, often relays the experience to clients considering purchasing long-term care insurance. Long-term care insurance pays for care not generally covered by regular health insurance or Medicare. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a 65-year-old today has a 70 percent chance of needing some type of longterm care services and support in their remaining years. And with health care costs outpacing inflation, Bauman and Kennewick State Farm agent, Scott Smith, agree that it’s an option most people should consider. “Most of us hope we’ll die in our

sleep when we’re 90 and never need it,” said Smith, “But many people do, and the alterative is that you don’t have it, and you go the state route. The state is going to make sure all the assets you have are used. They’re not going to let you keep a million in the bank. You’ll have to show you’ve depleted what you have.” Long-term care insurance can protect a person from losing their home, assets and investments, and allow them to pass something on to their children. On average, a person will use two to three years of long-term care in their lives. Depending on the amount of care they need, a $250,000 policy can disappear quickly. If a person

requires more care, they might have to apply for Medicaid once their benefits run out. Unless it’s a Washington Partnership for Long-Term Care policy, the state would require the policyholder’s assets, including their home, to be sold to pay for services. Partnership program policies offer the same benefits and options as nonpartnership policies for roughly the same cost; however, under a partnership policy, people can keep assets equivalent to the policy’s maximum coverage. Another difference is that partnership policies also include inflation protection. If you buy a partnership policy in Washington, it will help protect your

assets in other states, too. Washington’s agreement with certain states allows policyholders to move to another reciprocity state and receive dollarfor-dollar asset protection. Like State Farm, Thrivent Financial is one of a couple of dozen insurance agencies listed on the Washington State Insurance Commission’s website to sell Washington State Long Term Care Partnership Policies. Before policy benefits can kick in, a person must be unable to perform two of the six activities of daily living, or ADL, which include: bathing, dressing, feeding, toileting, grooming (hygiene) and functional mobility. Policies can be purchased for two, three or five years of long-term care, but instead of a deductible, Smith said there’s also an elimination period that needs to be fulfilled. When creating a policy, a person can choose from a 30-, 90- or 180-day elimination period to see if they can regain the ability to perform ADL tasks on their own, relying on friends and family to help bridge the gap in the meantime. “You love that person, but you become their nurse, their servant, their everything,” said Smith. “It’s a tough role to be put into.” Deb Newman, CEO of the Minnesota-based Newman Long Term Care, said that the impact on the caregiver, both physically and emotionally, could take as many as 10 years off of the life expectancy on the caregiver. “Is that what we want to be doing to the people that we love the most?” Newman said. “That to me is the reason this discussion [between loved ones] has to happen.” Advisors suggest talking about long-term care policies early, when they can visualize their retirement, health and assets. However, the longer a person waits, the higher the premiums are as rates go up with age. “And a lot of people assume everyone can qualify for long-term care. If you’ve already had serious health issues, you might not,” said Smith. “Insurance is all about actuarial odds and some people beat the odds.” Newman pointed out that deductibles might be tax deductible depending on the type of business someone owns. “An S-Corp or an LLC, the government has a chart that tells you how much of your premiums you’d be allowed to deduct,” she said. Michelle Clary, a Wealth Advisor with Thrivent Financial—another agency that carries Partnership Policies—said premiums could be structured so that the expense is gone by the time a person retires. uINSURANCE, Page 12

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Columbia Basin Fly Casters teach the art of fooling the fish with flies By Loretto J. Hulse Seated side-by-side, identical looks of concentration on the faces a grandfather and his granddaughter as they tightly wrap thread around the shank of fishhooks, securing tufts of elk hair to the flies. “You need good eyesight for this work,” said Sam Camp, 64, of Grandview, to his granddaughter, Amy Patacini, 9, of Prosser. Camp taught himself to tie flies several years ago but wasn’t aware that there’s a local club called the Columbia Basin Fly Casters that is dedicated to the sport of fly fishing. He discovered the group during a sportsman expo at TRAC this winter and signed himself and his granddaughter up for a fly-tying class. “I thought this would be something fun we could do together. Besides the price was right — free,” he said. Even with her youthful eyes, Patacini found fly tying to be challenging, but fun. But she swore that her flies would catch a lot of fish. “Maybe more than yours,” Patacini said to her granddad. “We’ll just have to see about that,” he replied. Challenge accepted. Amy Patacini wasn’t the only youngster in the class, which was held in March. There were four or five others and the adults ranged from their mid- to late-20s and older. “We usually get a mix of adults and kids,” said Craig Anderson of Richland. He’s a longtime member of the Columbia Basin Fly Casters and has taught the fly tying class for years. “I like seeing the kids and younger adults in the class. We could use some younger members in the club,” said Anderson. Anderson has been fishing since he was a kid in upstate New York. There he did mainly bait fishing, fly fishing isn’t as popular on the east coast as it is here in the Northwest. And one thing his discovered when

he started fly fishing is that you need lots of flies. “You’ll lose in the rivers and snag them on trees,” Anderson said. “I find it more economical to tie my own. Besides it gives me something to do in the winter when I can’t fish.” Once you’re hooked on fly tying, you’ll find yourself spending much more on the feathers, hair, hooks, chenille, floss, beads and more that are used mimic the insects the fish feed on. The tools — bobbins, pliers, hair stacker, bodkin and more — can be picked for about $5 to $10 each. Even the vise that clamps to a table and holds the hook steady costs somewhere between $80 and $90, Anderson said. “Everything you need to get started fly tying can be found at nearly any sporting goods store, but for real variety go to the internet,” Anderson said. “You’ll probably be like a kid in a candy store and find yourself accumulating more materials than you can ever use.” While taking a class in fly tying is helpful, it’s not necessary. There are lots of how-to-books and videos on the internet. One television program Anderson recommends is Fly Tying: The Angler’s Art, hosted by LeRoy Hyatt and Carolyn Sells. It’s broadcast on American Public Television and carried by Northwest Public Television, KWSU-31, out of Pullman. It runs at 6 a.m. on Sundays. Anderson said the best advice he can give someone who is new to fly tying is to practice, practice. “When trying out a new pattern, make several flies at one time — at least a half dozen or a dozen — you need that repetition,” he said. A great way to learn is at the flytying classes offered by the Columbia Basin Fly Casters. The group is offering another class from 9 a.m. to noon April 23 at Southridge High School. Preregistration is required.

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Tying flies for fishing takes nimble fingers and good eyesight said Sam Camp, 64, of Grandview, in left forefront of photo. Sitting at his right is his granddaughter, Amy Patacini, 9, of Prosser, who’s intent on getting the elk hair on her hook perfectly aligned.

Longtime club member, Dan Robertson, will lead the class. He’ll demonstrate a dry, wet and a streamer pattern flies. These patterns will provide the basic foundation for most styles of fishing flies. This is a handson class. Fly tying materials and tools are provided by the club.

The Columbia Basin Fly Casters meet at 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month (except during July and August) at the Country Gentleman restaurant in Kennewick. Cost of the dinner is $15 and reservations are required. uFISHING, Page 9

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ROSE, From page 1 “If you do need help identifying your rose and filling out the entry tag, go early. Don’t wait until 15 minutes before the entries close,” said Brehm. There is an adult division and one for young gardeners who are 17 years of age and younger. It’s easy to choose a rose to enter. Just go out into your garden and pick the most perfect one you can find. That’s advice from Norma Boswell, a longtime TCRS member and consulting rosarian. There are classes for every variety of rose imaginable — mini, floribunda, grandiflora, hybrid tea, climbing and more. You may enter single blooms, a spray, which is two or more blooms on a single cane, or entire floral arrangements. There’s even a class for roses without a stem. If you have a knack for crafts and access to dried roses, there’s a competition for wreaths, wall and door hangings, corsages and more. No rose garden? Anyone with a photographic eye can enter their best rose photograph. “It doesn’t have to be one they’ve grown themselves, but the photo does have to be one they’ve shot,” said Brehm. They can be photos of single roses of any type, but it does have to be more than just a bud. There are classes for a spray, arrangements, for photos of a rose garden or a Rose Society activity. There are even three local rose gardens open to the public where you can take photos: • The rose garden at Lawrence Scott Park in Kennewick off Canal Drive. • The Washington State University Benton Franklin Master Gardeners’ demonstration garden next to the Mid-Columbia Library, 1620 S. Union St., Kennewick. • The Tri-City Memorial Rose Garden, 915 The Bypass Highway, Richland. A list of all the Tri-City Rose Society Rose Show classes and instructions will be published on the group’s website,, in April or plan to attend the Rose Society’s May 23 meeting. “That entire meeting will be devoted to preparing entries for the show and you’ll also be able to check out vases to take home in order to prep your roses in them before transporting them to the show,” said Brehm. The meeting is at 7 p.m. at the Sandberg Event Center, 331 S. 41st Ave. (off Van Giesen Street), West Richland. Printed copies of the booklet listing the show classes will also be available at the meeting. uROSE, Page 10

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Start the spring out right by getting fit with the Pasco Senior Center By Mary Coffman The Pasco Senior Center’s Enhance Fitness program, which is designed specifically for those over the age of 40, can help you get moving toward a healthier lifestyle. The program starts monthly and is from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The cost for April is $33 for Pasco residents and $41 for all others. Wavemakers Aqua Fit is a warm water exercise class that includes the use of an underwater treadmill, upper body strengthening and leg strengthening exercises, stretching and more. The class is offered by Oasis Physical Therapy and it can help you relieve the pain of arthritis, fibromyalgia, lower back pain and more. Classes are available 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays or on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The cost is $80 per month for Richland residents or $100 for all others. Reserve your seat now if you want to participate in the trip to see the Best of Broadway production of Newsies on May 5 in Spokane. The trip is being offered by the cities of Pasco and Richland. The bus leaves the Pasco at 10 a.m. to travel to Spokane for the matinee

production of the musical Newsies. After the show, participants will enjoy a delicious dinner at Anthony’s Homeport Restaurant before returning home. The cost is $149 for Pasco residents and $186 for all others. The fee includes transportation, dinner, gratuity and ticket, orchestra seating center in rows N and P. Keeping your feet healthy is essential as you age. Those 60 and older can participate in the Pasco Senior Center’s Foot Care Program, Happy Feet. The program is designed to provide preventative maintenance and education to Franklin County and Burbank residents. Through the program, a registered nurse will inspect your feet for early detection of corns, calluses, ingrown toenails and other minor foot problems. The nurse will also trim your toenails, apply lotion to your feet and give you instruction on properly caring for your feet at home. The service is free, but there is a suggested donation of $10 per person. The Happy Feet foot care program is available by appointment only from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. Call 509-545-3459 for an appointment. The AARP Smart Driver defensive driving course will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday,

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Apr. 13 and Wednesday, Apr. 14. The course focuses on age-related changes and teaches you how to compensate for those changes. Participants must attend both days. The cost is $15 for AARP members, who must show their AARP card, and $20 for all others. Participants may receive a discount on FISHING, From page 7 The business portion of the meeting begins at about 7:15 p.m. and includes a video or presentation. For information or to RSVP, call Rich Holten, 509-521-4291. For information about the

their insurance for completing the course. The Pasco Senior Center has plenty of great activities to help you meet new friends, learn new skills and stay active. For more information about activities at the Pasco Senior Center, call 509-545-3459. Columbia Basin Fly Casters go to The club schedules several outings during the year to popular fly-fishing lakes and streams. Members also teach free fly-tying, fly-casting and rod-building classes each year.

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Richland plans trip to Best of Broadway’s Newsies in Spokane By Mary Coffman Reserve your seat now see the Best of Broadway production of Newsies on May 5 in Spokane. The bus leaves the Richland Community Center at 10 a.m. to travel to Spokane for the matinee production of the musical Newsies. After the show, participants will enjoy a delicious dinner at Anthony’s Homeport Restaurant before returning home. The cost is $149 for Richland residents and $186.25 for all others. The fee includes transportation, dinner, gratuity and ticket, orchestra seating center in rows N and P. Don’t miss the Richland Senior Association’s third Friday dance, which will be from 1-4:30 p.m. Friday, Apr. 15 at the Richland Community Center. Music is by the Easy Swing Band. Take a tour of the past by participating in a Mid-Century Modern Tour from the Richland Parks &

Recreation Department. While many people may be familiar with Richland’s Alphabet houses, few realize the city is also home to a significant number of mid-century modern houses. This volunteer-led walk, which will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Apr. 16, meanders through north Richland neighborhoods and will help you discover some of the more interesting examples of this architectural style. The walk is moderate to easy and two and a half to three miles long. There is no fee or registration required. Those who would like to participate should meet at the Newcomer Street parking lot in Leslie Groves Park by 9 a.m. AARP Tax Aide volunteers are still available at the Richland Community Center to provide free, confidential advice to help seniors and low-income taxpayers prepare their tax returns properly and to answer questions. The volunteers will be available

ROSE, From page 8 If you can’t make the meeting, here are some tips for entering your roses in the show: • At home, either cut your roses on the evening before the show or early

the same morning. Take a bucket or vase of warm, not cold, water out to the garden with you and put the cut stems into water immediately. After you’ve selected the flowers you will enter, recut the stems about an

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from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday through April 14. Appointments are not necessary. You will need to bring a copy of your prior year’s tax return, as well as documents supporting information to prepare this year’s return, including real estate tax statements. The Richland Community Center is an electronic filing site and will not prepare returns for paper filing. For quicker and safer tax refunds, it is recommended that taxpayers have refunds directly deposited into their bank accounts, so you will need to have your bank account information. The April AARP Smart Driver defensive driving course will be at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Apr. 20 and

Thursday Apr. 21. The course focuses on age-related changes and teaches you how to compensate for those changes. Participants must attend both days. The cost is $15 for AARP members, who must show their AARP card, and $20 for all others. Participants may receive a discount on their insurance for completing the course. For a full list, view the Richland Parks and Recreation’s Activity Guide at For more information about upcoming events or to register for any of these events, call 509-9427529 or go to richlandparksandrec. com.

inch and then let the roses suck up as much water as they can. One tip an experienced rosarian shared years ago, is that by cutting your blooms the night before you’ll be able to see if your rose is going to hold up

the day of the show. If it looks wilted, choose another. “Hopefully, you’ve been out in the garden beforehand surveying what’s in bud, what’s showing color and so have already made your selections. But sometimes a rose will surprise you just before the show and the one you thought wouldn’t be in bloom will be showing off. Who knows? That one may become Queen of the Show,” said Brehm. Be sure to take only blooms that stand straight up. You don’t want any bowed heads before the judges. • Don’t worry too much about any semi-circular bites the leaf cutter bees have taken out of the foliage. Either clip off that leaf, or, if they’ve chewed on all the leaves on that rose, choose another, Brehm said. But, you should remove any bugs or spiders, which will cost you points if discovered by the judges. “Also, remove any dirt from the leaves with a soft, damp, cloth or an old nylon.” • Before taking the flowers to the show, mark each bloom with its name using a piece of masking tape, a Sticky note or even by wrapping a piece of paper around the cane. Even if you’re not exhibiting, drop by the show. There are few places where you’ll be able to see such a wide variety of roses in full bloom. It’s also a great place to take your rose-gardening questions — the room will be full of experts. The rose show will be open to the public for viewing from 1-4 p.m. and admission is free.

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Tri-Cities women create vivid rainbows in wool for fiber artists By Loretto J. Hulse Three Tri-Cities women enjoy giving fiber artists new brilliant choices by creating kaleidoscopes of color. They’re owners of S.M.A.K. Super Fibers, a home-based business that makes hand-dye wool and other animal fibers. They sell their yarns on and at Badger Mountain Yarns in Richland, and at local bazaars during the holiday season. The women started the homebased business in February 2015, selling first on S.M.A.K. is an acronym created from the first initials of the founders: Sara Tracy of Kennewick; Ariana Howland of Richland; and Melissa Lyle of West Richland. The fourth founder is no longer associated with the company. The women have created 55 color combinations they offer as their standards and try to keep several skeins of them on hand for filling orders. “We advertise that orders will be filled within three weeks but, other than the holiday season, we can usually get them out faster,” said Howland. They meet about twice a week to dye yarns for orders and to experiment with different color combinations and fibers. “Once we’re set up to work the actual dying goes fairly quickly,” said Tracy. They’ve been taking turns working in each other’s kitchens. But are looking forward to the day when Tracy’s basement remodeling project is complete. One room of the basement will be dedicated as their work/storage room. “It’ll be great to have all our stock and tools in one place,” said Lyle. Dying fiber is fairly easy, once you’ve established a routine. Their tools are regular kitchen pans, uten-

sils and some plastic ware. They use acid-based dyes from Dharma Trading Co. located in California. The pots and pans can be bought in any kitchen store but these are dedicated to the dying process because the chemical composition of the dyes etches into the cookware, said Howland. Other than the kitchenware, the only other requirements are a stove or microwave to heat the dyes to set the colors and a sink to rinse out any excess dye. The wet wool dries on a wooden laundry rack — outdoors in the summer, in Howland’s laundry room in the winter. Dying is done one skein at a time. Each weighs 3.5-ounces or 100 grams. The women work primarily with mill-spun wool, either worsted or fingerling, which refers to the size of the yarn. The skeins run $16 for the worsted wool, or $20 for the fingerling, sometimes referred to as stocking yarn. They’ll also do special orders in other fibers and bulky wool yarns. “We really enjoy the challenge of custom orders,” said Tracy. The trio cheerfully admits their business, S.M.A.K., is the result of a hobby that’s gotten out of hand. They’re self-taught. “We were just experimenting with

Ariana Howland uses a technique called painting, which requires spooning liquid dye in broad stripes across the damp skeins of wool. When done she’ll wrap the skeins in plastic wrap and heat them briefly in the microwave to set the colors.

colors, having some fun,” said Tracy. Their first try at dying involved strong solutions of Kool-Aid, which produced attractive, pastel and midrange colors. They also tried natural, plant-based dyes. “The plant-based dyes were inconsistent color-wise and produced mainly muted, earthy colors,” said Tracy.

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See the Mariners vs. Royals with the Kennewick Senior Center By Mary Coffman The City of Kennewick is taking reservations for a trip May 1 to watch the Seattle Mariners play the Kansas City Royals. The bus will depart from Kennewick at 7 a.m. and travel to Seattle for the game. The cost is $93 for those who register by Apr.13, and $113 for all others. The fee includes transportation, Mariner’s ticket and bus parking, but does not include any meals. The bus will stop for dinner in North Bend on the return trip. If you would like to learn to crochet, knit or tat, there is an ongoing class from 1 to 3 p.m. every Thursday. Newbies receive instruction by volunteer teacher Donna Gier. The cost is $2 per day. The Computer Tutor is back to help you gain confidence with your computer skills, offering one-on-one attention during the two-hour class. Students learn about computer basics and components, troubleshooting,

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security and privacy and more. Classes are 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. or 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Apr. 12. and Tuesday, Apr. 26. The cost is $40 for Kennewick Senior Center Valued Supporters or $60 for all others. The AARP Smart Driver Course will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Apr. 21 and Friday, Apr. 22 at the Kennewick Senior Center. The course is designed for those 55 and older and those who participate may receive a discount on their auto insurance. The cost is $15 for valued supporters and $20 for all others. If you like to dance, but lack a partner, get in line. Line dancing, that is. The Senior Center offers line from 6 to 7 p.m. every Monday. It’s a good workout and a lot of fun. The cost is $24 for

residents and $36 for all others. Get back to basics with the Back to Basics Fitness Class. The low-impact, motivational workout offers a combination of toning and firming using the body for resistance and light cardio to increase heart rate. It also helps improve the core through various exercises. Workouts can be modified to all levels and abilities. Classes are 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. each Monday, Wednesday and Friday from April 4 through June 3. The cost is $41 for Kennewick Valued Supporters and $61 for all others. There is no class on May 30. For more information about activities at the Senior Center or for questions, call 509-585-4303 or go to

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By Mary Coffman The West Richland Senior Center’s monthly potluck will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Apr. 12. Bring your favorite dish to share. Weekly exercise classes take place at 9 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at the West Richland Senior Center, where a personal trainer offers an exercise class at 9 a.m. The co-ed class is fun for all.

West Richland Senior Center (509) 967-2847 616 N. 60th, West Richland AARP Smart Driver Defensive Driving Course will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Apr. 11 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday Apr. 12. The cost is $15 for AARP members

and $20 for all others. Sign up at the Senior Center or call 509-943-4979 to register. Be sure to make it for bingo, which begins at 1 p.m., Monday, Apr. 18. The doors open at noon, when you can get a hot dog, drink and chips for $3. There are cash prizes and gift certificates available. Other activities this month include dominoes at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Apr. 26; Bunco at noon Wednesday, Apr. 6 and Friday, Apr. 15. There’s also painting at 1 p.m. every Saturday.

INSURANCE, from page 6 “We’re really encouraging people to make those decisions and talk about long-term care early,” she said, adding that people can use their HSA accounts to pay long-term care premiums. The policies Smith handles average about $140 a month. It’s not uncommon for children to purchase policies for their parents, each chipping in a monthly portion to ensure their parents are cared for in the event they need assistance. At Thrivent Financial, the earliest a person can purchase long-term care insurance is 18, although those policies are rare. Clary purchased a policy at 37, and Bauman bought one for himself at 33. “No matter how you choose to solve it, it’s going to cost you,” said Bauman. “The average daily cost for long-term care is $200 across the country.” That’s $73,000 a year you’d have to come up with. Assuming a long-term care insurance policy is $200 a month, a person would pay $2,400 a year for 20 years for a typical policy. “So you can pay $48,000 over time or write checks for $73,000 every year,” Bauman said. For those interested in learning more about long-term care policies, a list of Washington Partnership Policy carriers can be located on the insurance commission’s website. Thrivent Financial will give educational presentations on the long-term care insurance May 16 and 17 at the Sageland Center, 11257 W. Clearwater Ave., Ste. 120, in Kennewick. For times and reservations, call 509-582-0570 by May 11.

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It’s time to take a stand to retain Social Security benefits By Cathy MacCaul for Senior Times It’s a promise that’s been kept for generations. You pay into Social Security, you get the benefits you earned. But to keep that promise for future generations, Social Security needs to be updated for the 21st century. If our leaders don’t act, future retirees could lose up $10,000 a year. Every year our leaders wait and do nothing, finding a solution grows more difficult. The only way to make progress is for our national leaders to make Social Security a priority and put serious proposals on the table. And it starts with Presidential leadership. Anyone who thinks they’re ready to be President of the United States should be able to tell voters how

they’ll keep Social Security strong. That’s why AARP is pressing every candidate to “Take A Stand” – and lay out their plan to update Social Security so it’s financially sound with adequate benefits. Throughout the election, we will urge the candidates to debate their proposals so you know how they will affect you, your kids, and generations to come. Every candidate who offers a plan will be highlighted on the Take a Stand website at 2016takeastand. org. The website is a one-stop resource where voters can find out if a candidate has a plan, and read a real-time feed with their latest comments about Social Security. Voters can also contact the candidates and

urge them to show how they would lead by putting forward their plan to keep Social Security s t r o n g . Throughout Cathy MacCaul, the 2016 elecAARP tion, our focus will remain on demanding every presidential candidate offer their plan to update Social Security. We remain committed to our principles for keeping Social Security strong, but the greatest service we can provide to our members

and all voters is facilitating a real national debate so the next president and congress will make updating Social Security a priority. Join us in calling on every presidential candidate to tell American voters what their plans are to keep Social Security strong – visit today. But don’t stop there, share the website with your friends and family to get them involved as well and help us spread the word even farther. Also be sure to keep this issue top of mind when considering congressional candidates this fall. Together, we can get the candidates to give us real details about how they’ll lead when it comes to this vital program.

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Bombing Range Road, West Richland. Fire commissioners will vote on a resolution placing the EMS levy renewal on the ballot at the April 7 meeting. In 2015, District No. 4 responded to 1,322 calls, 63 percent of which were EMS-related. District officials said EMS calls have increased 57 percent for the fire district since votes approved funding for the EMS program in 2010. As part of its EMS program, the District provides transport services,

basic life support with firefighter/ EMTs and advanced life support with highly-trained paramedics. ALS is critical to patient survival rates, said Fire Chief William Whealan, and not all fire agencies have ALS capabilities. The levy also pays for the district to staff another station, which has reduced ambulance response times by three minutes on average. In addition to emergency personnel, the funding is used for training and certification, ambulances, maintenance, medical equipment, first aid supplies and equipment replacement. If approved by votes, the levy rate would remain the same, at 50 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation. That means the owner of a $250,000 home would pay about $125 per year. The current EMS levy expires at the end of 2016 and fire commissioners are considering asking voters to remove the expiration date to stabilize funding for the District’s most widely-used emergency service.

herb plant sale to benefit The Chaplaincy Hospice House April 9 & 10. The event will be from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the store at 1625 Columbia Park Trail in Richland. It will feature beautiful tomato, pepper and herb starts provided by the Mid-Columbia Gardens.

Public meetings scheduled for EMS levy discussion

The Benton County Fire District No. 4 board will have two public meetings in April to discuss placing a renewal levy for Emergency Medical Services on the August primary election ballot. The meetings will be 10 11 a.m. Saturday, April 2 and 5-6 p.m. Thursday, April 7. Both public meetings will be at the District Headquarters, Station 420, 2604

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White Bluffs Quilt Museum presents new Sunbonnet Sue exhibit By Senior Times staff Sunbonnet Sue, in dozens of versions and variations, is being celebrated in a new exhibit at the White Bluffs Quilt Museum in Richland. A reception to celebrate the textiles, the artists and the owners, will be from 4-6 p.m., Sunday, April 10. It is open to the public. “The Sunbonnet Sue pattern first appeared sometime after the Civil War,” said Jean Zoet, White Bluff’s board president. It is an applique design, so small pieces of fabric are sewn onto a background by painstakingly turning under the raw edges and taking tiny invisible stitches, or more obvious blanket stitches, sometimes in black. To add their own touches, the artists often personalized Sue’s wardrobe or invented brothers or boyfriends for her, like Overall Sam or Blue Jean Bill. Probably the oldest quilt on display is a well-loved and worn example

where the Sunbonnet Sue blocks alternate with bubble gum pink blocks. The colors date it to the 1920s or 1930s. Other antique and vintage quilts are on loan from local families and collectors. Several include 12 blocks where Sue is cleverly dressed for the weather and surrounded by references to monthly holidays. In addition to quilts, Sunbonnet Sue made her way into strictly embroidery designs. Members and friends of White Bluffs have been creating new versions of Sunbonnet Sue since the museum issued a challenge in January. Those items are on display until the end of April and those who attend the reception can vote on their favorites. Winners will be announced at the reception. The White Bluffs Quilt Museum is at 294 Torbett in Richland. For more information, go to or email

These are some of the Sunbonnet Sue items that are part of the new Sunbonnet Sue exhibit at the White Bluffs Quilt Museum in Richland. The exhibit will be on display through April. Photo courtesy of White Bluffs Quilt Museum.

FIBERS, From page 11 With a few exceptions the actual dying process takes 15 minutes or less. The skeins can be dipped, sometimes multiple times into various dyes, or painted with liquid dye. The damp wool can also be sprinkled with granules of various colored dyes to produce a confetti look. “There are many dying techniques. We’re just using a few so far but we keep learning,” said Lyle. “But we’re having fun with what we’re doing.” “We have to keep notes, otherwise we could never remember what turned out and what we don’t want to try again,” said Howland. “Even now we’ll try a different color combination, look at each other and say, not a keeper.” When they first began experimenting with dyes it was just for their own use. “But our friends in our knitting group liked the yarns, the colors. When we first went on is was with the idea of being self-sustaining, but we actually made some money. Not a lot but enough to keep us going,” said Lyle. Their dying business takes up a lot of time, but the women still find time to knit, crochet and, in the case of Tracy and Howland, spin fibers into yarn. They’re all stay-at-home-moms with young children. Lyle has a daughter, Kaelynn, 6; Tracy, two daughters, Caitlynn, 5, and Jianna, 2; and Howland, Nora, 7, and Wyatt, 4. “We’re lucky that we’re able to be at home, yet have found a business that we love,” said Lyle. “We’re all highly educated housewives.”

Tracy once worked as a cosmetologist, so mixing colors was familiar for her. Lyle worked as a teacher’s aid in Wyoming while working towards her Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and psychology.

Howland has Bachelor’s degrees in both physics and astronomy. “We’re just extremely lucky that when we started our families, our husbands had good jobs at Energy Northwest and we didn’t have to work outside the home,” said Lyle. “All of us

have had an interest in fiber arts and crafts all our lives and we feel blessed to be able to do something we love.” S.M.A.K. does not have a website but you can find them on Etsy, www. Or find the business on Facebook.

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Senior Times • April 2016