Senior Times -- December 2016/January 2017

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Dec. 2016 / Jan. 2017

Volume 4 • Issue 12

Richland surgeon, SIGN make connections across globe BY KRISTINA LORD

Holiday cooking for one or two

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Ben Franklin Transit rolls out nostalgia

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Kennewick woman honored at luncheon

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save the date

Dec. 16 - 17 7 p.m. A Big Band Christmas Columbia Basin College Theatre 2600 N. 20th Ave. Pasco

The stainless steel rods manufactured in north Richland mend and connect broken bones and improve lives all over the world. The Richland doctor who invented the implants also works to forge similarly strong connections by mentoring the surgeons who place the rods into the bodies of the injured poor in developing countries. Dr. Lewis Zirkle, 76, founder and president of SIGN Fracture Care International, and CEO Jeanne Dillner recently returned from a two-week trip to Myanmar and Bangladesh where the orthopedic surgeon helped with about 30 surgeries between the two south Asian countries. He also spoke and mentored young surgeons and identified emerging surgical leaders among them who will train others in the SIGN technique. “Once they’re trained, they’re reaching out to others to foster a mentor relationship,” Zirkle said. The surgeries aren’t usually routine either because the “high energy fractures” shatter the bones into many pieces. “We are not second rate. We offer the best implants, though I’m biased, than anyone in the world,” Zirkle said. The fractures are common when the typical mode of transportation is a rickshaw or wheelbarrow piled high with goods maneuvering down a busy, dangerous street. The World Health Organization reports that between 20 million and 50 million people worldwide suffer injuries as a result of road traffic crashes, with many incurring a disability. About 1.25 million people die each year as a result of road traffic crashes with half of those dying on the world’s roads being “vulnerable road users,” such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists. uZIRKLE, Page 2

Workers from Ray Poland and Sons prepare the parking lot for paving at the new modular building on First Avenue near the Amtrak and Greyhound bus station in Pasco that will house most of the city’s senior programs, including Meals on Wheels and the foot care clinics. The building is expected to open in mid-December. The city sold the senior center on Seventh Avenue to the Pasco School District.

Pasco Senior Center to close, programs to move to new building BY KRISTINA LORD

The regulars at the Pasco Senior Center building soon will be 3- to 5-yearolds instead of those over 60. The city of Pasco sold the building to the Pasco School District for $1.26 million and will be out of it by Dec. 30. City officials say declining use of the senior center at 1315 N. Seventh St. over the past 15 years prompted the sale. Senior programs will now share space with other city recreation programs inside a triple-wide modular building at 505 N. First Ave. Meals on Wheels and foot care clinics

along with other senior recreation programs will be located there. “We’re not going to dedicate any space just for seniors. It’s just not successful anymore. Assisted living places provide (activities) for them now, or they just aren’t coming anymore and are more active,” said Rick Terway, the city’s director of administrative and community services. The majority of the senior center’s programs will be moved to the newly remodeled triple-wide previously used for city storage and offices. The building adjacent to the Greyhound bus and Amtrak station is expected to open in mid-December.


Holidays bring joy, but also loneliness to those grieving loss of loved one BY KRISTINA LORD

A Richland woman dreaded the holidays after losing her daughter to leukemia. She didn’t want to celebrate. She didn’t want to keep up the same traditions. She wanted space to feel her grief. And to remember. Sandy Fishback, 69, credits a Chaplaincy Health Care class with empowering her to feel her grief during the holidays. The death of her daughter and what

she learned in the Hope for the Holidays class changed her life in countless ways but perhaps the most important one is how it helped her to be a better person. She now regularly gives to charity to “put good out in the world.” “I do more random acts of kindness… with her in mind,” Fishback said. The class also gave her permission to “do what I thought was right, versus being locked into, ‘You’re the mom and you have to invite these people for Thanksgiving and Christmas.’ I didn’t want to and didn’t,” she said. uCHAPLAINCY, Page 3


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ZIRKLE, From page 1 “Road traffic injuries have been neglected from the global health agenda for many years, despite being predictable and largely preventable,” WHO said. The alternative to the surgery is a life of disability and pain when walking. It also means people can’t work, causing whole families to spiral into poverty, Zirkle said. Zirkle typically makes four overseas trips a year to teach, mentor and re-energize SIGN doctors. Other U.S. surgeons travel throughout the year to do surgeries for long bone fractures and other orthopedic care. The SIGN program is now in 50 Dr. Lewis Zirkle, 76, founder and president of SIGN Fracture Care International in Richland, reviews an X-ray in Bangladesh during a countries around the world. recent trip to the south Asian country. (Photos courtesy Jeanne Dillner The Richland company’s humani- of SIGN) tarian work isn’t possible without continued community support, Zirkle said. “We have many volunteers and their funds and gifts are so important. We get many small gifts and to me, a small gift of $5 is just as important as a big one because it’s more of a sacrifice,” Zirkle said. Zirkle also pointed out that SIGN is “a force for peace because we’re in all the conflict areas in the world,” he said. All of SIGN’s medical-grade nails and screws and many of the surgical tools are made at the nonprofit’s north A group of patients who had SIGN surgeries return for follow-up Richland manufacturing facility. The appointments during Dr. Lewis Zirkle’s recent trip to Bangladesh. company expects to make 26,000 nails this year and it donates a majority of them. SIGN also responds to the call for help after natural disasters around the world. The nonprofit requires its surgeons to report SIGN surgeries in a database and “we’re the only nonprofit with a surgical long bone database in the world,” Dillner said. The database helps SIGN to develop better implants and tools by reviewing cases around the world. For more information about how to donate to SIGN, go to or call 509-371-1107.

Dr. Zamen, right, a young surgeon from Dhaka, Bangladesh, talks with Dr. Lewis Zirkle during his recent visit to Bagladesh.

Senior Times • December 2016/January 2017 CHAPLAINCY, From page 1 Wanda Kontur, a grief specialist at Chaplaincy Health Care, said the agency’s classes and support groups give those experiencing grief strategies to celebrate the holidays the way that works best for them, even if it means not celebrating. “The expectation that it’s supposed to be a happy or family time was how it was constructed before. But there’s this hole that the family doesn’t want to talk about now. They don’t know how to talk about it. It’s kind of like the elephant in the room,” Kontur said. Kontur said the time leading up to the holidays can last up to three months and the “anticipation of the day is a lot worse than the day can actually can be” and consequently the day after can be the hardest after so much stress and buildup. “The more they know what to expect when they go into the day or week is good, otherwise it’s big and nebulous and kind of smothering. You have choices and things you can do,” Kontur said. Kontur said having a conversation with family is key. It’s what Fishback and her husband Roger decided to do. They opted to create new traditions to honor their daughter, Dana, who died at age 31 eleven years ago. They no longer put up their

Wanda Kontur, a grief specialist with Chaplaincy Health Care, stands outside her Kennewick office near the trees planted by members of past grief support groups. The agency is offering several winter grief classes, including Hope for the Holidays on Saturday, Dec. 10, which aims to help grieving people deal with the stress, loneliness and confusion the holiday season brings.

Christmas tree and instead decorate Dana’s smaller four-foot tree with her snowman-themed ornaments and nativity set. Her parents also each take time to write her a letter on Christmas Eve. “That class empowered me and gave me permission to change things. Just because society says moms are supposed to do this and that doesn’t mean you have to,” she

said. Chaplaincy Health Care is offering a Hope for the Holidays class from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 at 1480 Fowler St. in Richland. Fishback said she leaned heavily on the classes after Dana’s death. She also attended the agency’s other grief classes and groups, “Understanding Grief: An Introduction,” “Coming to Terms


with Loss” and the “Grieving Parents’ Support Group.” She also was involved in The Compassionate Friends, a national group for parents who lost children, for nine years, serving for six years as a co-facilitator. Among the things she’s learned along the way has been to honor her grief. She also chooses to remember Dana while doing charity work. For 11 years she’s been creating a “birthday party in a bag” to drop off at the Richland Food Bank on Dana’s birthday. She fills 10 cheery bags with cake mix, oil, frosting, candles, cups, plates, napkins, a toy and balloons about a week before her daughter’s special day. “In my little pretend world, someone is going to have a birthday the same day as her,” she said. Twice a year, she and her husband donate the money they would have spent on Dana’s birthday and Christmas gifts to charity. Kontur said including children and grandchildren during the holidays and anniversary dates benefits them. She said they’re often the “forgotten mourners.” Grief is hard on the elderly, too, she said. uCHAPLAINCY, Page 9


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CALENDAR OF EVENTS Tuesday, Dec. 6 7 p.m. Christmas at the Manor Columbia Basin Concert Band The Manor at Canyon Lakes 2802 W. 35th Ave., Kennewick 509-542-5531 Free event. Dec. 6 – 7 7 – 9 p.m. A Celtic Christmas Concert Uptown Theater 1300 Jadwin Ave., Richland Wednesday, Dec. 7 11:30 a.m. Monthly meeting & luncheon National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association Red Lion Hotel 1101 N. Columbia Center Blvd., Kennewick Dec. 9 – 10 7 p.m. The Nutcracker Mid-Columbia Ballet Richland High School Auditorium 930 Long Ave., Richland Call for tickets 509-946-5417 Saturday, Dec. 10 Noon – 5 p.m. Santa’s Village at Sunset Sunset Gardens 915 Bypass Highway, Richland 509-943-1114 Free event.

5 p.m. Winterfest & Lighted Parade Downtown Benton City Free event. 7 – 9 p.m. Merry & Bright handbell concert by Bells of the Desert Central United Protestant Church 1124 Stevens Drive, Richland Free event with suggested $10 donation. Dec. 10 – 11 2 p.m. The Nutcracker Mid-Columbia Ballet Richland High School Auditorium 930 Long Ave., Richland Call for tickets 509-946-5417 Thursday, Dec. 15 4 – 5:30 Wrapping Party – Be a Santa to a Senior Affinity at Southridge 5207 W. Hildebrand Blvd., Kennewick RSVP 509-222-1212 Free event. 7 p.m. Presentation: WSU Wine Science and Washington Wine Industry Richland Public Library 955 Northgate Drive, Richland 509-942-7454 Free event.

Friday, Dec. 16 2 – 4:30 p.m. Hot Chocolate Bar & Ugly Sweater Party Affinity at Southridge 5207 W. Hildebrand Blvd., Kennewick RSVP 509-222-1212 Free event.

Thursday, Jan. 5 2 – 3 p.m. New Year’s celebration Charbonneau 8264 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick RSVP 509-563-7437 Free event.

Dec. 16 – 17 7 p.m. A Big Band Christmas Columbia Basin College Theatre 2600 N. 20th Ave., Pasco 509-542-5531

Saturday, Jan. 9 2 p.m. Merry & Bright handbell concert by Bells of the Desert Kennewick First Presbyterian Church 2001 W. Kennewick Ave., Kennewick Free event with suggested $10 donation.

7:30 – 9 p.m. Mid-Columbia Mastersingers Holiday Concert St. Paul’s Episcopal Church 1609 W. 10th Ave., Kennewick Call for tickets 509-460-1766 Sunday, Dec. 18 3 – 4:30 p.m. Mid-Columbia Mastersingers Holiday Concert St. Paul’s Episcopal Church 1609 W. 10th Ave., Kennewick Call for tickets 509-460-1766 Tuesday, Dec. 20 11:30 a.m. Estate planning by Trios Affinity at Southridge 5207 W. Hildebrand Blvd., Kennewick RSVP 509-222-1212 Free event.

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Tuesday, Jan. 17 7 p.m. Presentation: Visual Analytxeics: Storytelling through HumanCentered Design Richland Public Library 955 Northgate Drive, Richland 509-942-7454 Free event. Sunday, Jan. 29 3 p.m. Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony Mid-Columbia Symphony Richland High School Auditorium 930 Long Ave., Richland

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The Senior Times combined its December and January issues this month. That means there won’t be a January edition. Look for our monthly publication to arrive again in early February.

Ave. • 8 a.m. Dec. 6-7 at Pasco Senior Center, 1315 N. Seventh Ave. Participants are encouraged to check with their automobile insurance companies for details about the type of discount they can receive for taking the class. For more information or to find other courses, visit or call 1-888-227-7669.

Social Security’s more than 50 other partners, including the Department of Defense, in about 7,000 facilities across the country providing electronic health records. Social Security said its goal is to continue expanding the number of health care organizations and federal agencies providing electronic health records. To learn more, visit socialsecurity. gov/disabilityssi/hit.

Pet food drive aims to help seniors on fixed income

Social Security, VA partner for disability decisions

Ignite’s Lunch Buddies program seeks volunteers

uBRIEFS No Senior Times edition planned in January

A Richland company is sponsoring a pet food drive for seniors with pets. Because many seniors are on a fixed income, Changing Places, a company that helps seniors to move or downsize their homes, is sponsoring donation sites to drop off pet food of any kind so seniors can feed their furry companions. The drive runs through Tuesday, Dec. 20. Pet food can be dropped off at any of the following locations: Retter & Company Sotheby’s International Realty, 329 N. Kellogg St., Kennewick; Century 21 TriCities, 89 Gage Blvd., Richland; Life Care Center, 44 Goethals Drive, Richland; Coldwell Banker, 8836 Gage Blvd., Kennewick; Paw’s Natural Pet Emporium, 8551 W. Gage Blvd., Kennewick; Doggie Divaz Salon, 210 N. Perry St., Kennewick; Brookdale Canyon Lakes, 2802 W. 35th Ave., Kennewick; and Blylee’s Natural Pet Food and Supplies, 8823 Sandifur Parkway, Pasco. For more information, call Karen Buchanan at 509-539-4928 or Jackie Valentino at 509-987-6941.

AARP Smart Driver classes planned in December

Two AARP Smart Driver classes are scheduled in December. Classes are: • 1 p.m. Dec. 5-6 at Walla Walla General Hospital, 1025 S. Second

The launch of a new partnership between the Social Security Administration and the Department of Veterans Affairs now enables all Social Security disability case processing sites to receive medical records electronically from the VA. This means veterans will receive a faster decision on their Social Security disability claim, speeding them and their dependents through this new process, according to a release from Social Security. Both agencies will save time and money with an automatic request through the eHealth Exchange. The new program was tested successfully at Social Security offices around the country and went live nationally on Veterans Day to all Social Security disability case processing sites. Social Security requests nearly 15 million medical records annually from health care providers and organizations to make medical decisions on about three million disability claims, according to the Social Security release. Medical documentation is essential to make a disability determination, the agency said. Historically, the agency obtained medical records through a manual process (mail, fax, secure mail). This new national initiative puts in place an automated process to obtain medical records electronically without human intervention. The partnership adds the VA to

Ignite Youth Mentoring has launched its Lunch Buddies Mentoring program aimed at encouraging good attendance and improving classroom behavior. Buddies have lunch with assigned students and spend the recess hour together once a week. Every Friday at Vista Elementary School in Kennewick 40 mentors encourage, inspire and invest in kids in third through fifth grades. Plans are in place to expand the program to Virgie Robinson Elementary in east Pasco and Tapteal Elementary in West Richland, and eventually every elementary school in the TriCities. Lunch Buddies accepts volunteers 18 and over who pass necessary background checks for the schools and Ignite Youth Mentoring.

Contact John Scheline at 509948-3143 or for more information.

Celtic Christmas concert to benefit Arts Center task force

Affiniti, a Dublin, Ireland-based musical group presents a Celtic Christmas Concert at Richland’s Uptown Theatre at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 and 7. Affiniti blends their Celtic roots with classical, rock, opera and jazz influences. The concert also features a special appearance by Howard Crosby, nephew of the legendary Bing Crosby, who will sing Crosby favorites including, “White Christmas.” Concert proceeds will benefit the Arts Center Task Force’s mission to build the Vista Arts Center, an 800seat performing and visual arts center at the heart of Vista Field in Kennewick. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. VIP tables, which include a bottle of Leonetti wine and a bottle of champagne, are $500. Coffee, brownies, water and wine will be available for sale in the lobby. Purchase tickets at

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SENIOR CENTER, From page 1 “User populations have shrunk over the years. We’ll have senior programs but the facility won’t be specifically for seniors,” Terway said. “Our long-term plan is we are going to build a community center on the west end of town.” The city will spend about $160,000 to renovate the modular building, which doesn’t have a name yet. The city council approved the sale of the senior center, built in 1981, in June 2015. Over the years, the city tried to hold youth events there, but Terway said “they don’t want to come there because it said ‘senior center.’”

Joseph Diaz, 74, of Pasco, spends about four hours a day at the senior center playing card games like rummy or spades. He’s been a regular for the past six years, and said he’ll continue to play cards at the new location, even though it’s farther from his house. “Things have been slowing down and I don’t know why,” Diaz said of the center. He said part of it is the center’s fault for cutting some programs —like the gift shop and dances — a few years ago. “That place used to be packed. Every single day,” he said. Barb Whitten, 79, of Pasco, called the sale of the building “a shame”

but admits she doesn’t use the center any more. She used to regularly attend senior foot care clinics but stopped going when she learned she no longer qualified for the treatments. “I just really haven’t done much there,” she said. She’s one of the busy seniors Terway is referring to. Instead of socializing at the center, she meets up with a group of about 20 senior citizens for morning coffee at McDonald’s on Road 68 three times a week. She also recently joined the Red Hat Society social group and attends a monthly coffee klatch at Spudnuts in Richland.

Lucilla Castillo, 80, who has lived in Pasco for 55 years, visits the senior center every six to eight weeks for the foot care clinic, a habit she’s kept up for the past three years. “I’m happy with the place I go now,” she said. She noted the Tri-Cities’ growth over the years when talking about the sale of the senior center. “I lived happy in Pasco for so many years. All the Tri-Cities is a nice place to raise a family. The schools are excellent,” she said. The city’s sale of the senior center to the school district will play a role in continuing this educational excellence by housing its early learning program under one roof, school officials say. The Pasco School District plans to spend about $4 million to renovate the senior center into an early learning center for preschoolers ages 3 to 5. The work begins in January and is expected to take a year, with preschoolers beginning classes there in January 2018, said Kristi Docken, the district’s director of special services and early intervention. The early learning center — which has yet to be named — will be able to accommodate about 280 children. The district enrolls 148 special education preschoolers and 120 preschoolers in its Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program, or ECEAP, an income-based statefunded preschool program. “Between those two programs, they’re using several classrooms in our elementary sites throughout the district. By putting the preschool programs in the center, we will help provide classroom space in our elementary schools, and the preschool center will provide inclusion opportunities for our preschool-age students,” Docken said. Young children with disabilities will benefit from interactions with the other preschoolers, Docken said. The district’s four ECEAP and seven special education teachers also will benefit from the new center as they’ll be able to better collaborate and participate in professional development opportunities, she said. It also puts the district’s additional resources together for special education such as speech services and occupational and physical therapy, Docken said.


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Chef teaches seniors to make great meals in modest kitchen BY KRISTINA LORD

Cooking in a small kitchen for one or two people can be as challenging as cooking for a crowd. But it doesn’t have to be, said Eric Cardenas, executive chef at Trios Health in Kennewick. “You don’t have to spend all day in the kitchen,” he said. “Size doesn’t matter when it comes to cooking.” Cardenas gave a cooking class on making a tasty meal in a smaller kitchen to about 25 senior citizens just before Thanksgiving at Affinity at Southridge, a community of apartments for those 55 and older in Kennewick.

“You don’t have to have a kitchen full of gadgets to have a real nice meal.” - Eric Cardenas, executive chef at Trios Health in Kennewick His hour-long class showed seniors how to make sautéed green beans with pearl onions, turkey breast roast with gravy, herbed mashed potatoes and pumpkin tartelettes. “You don’t have to have a kitchen full of gadgets to have a real nice meal,” he said, shaping crescent roll dough into crusts that fit inside a muffin tin for the pumpkin desserts. He also told the seniors that they didn’t need to wrestle with a 25-pound turkey and then have to figure out what to do with all the leftovers. Cardenas recommended the ovenready bone-in Jennie-O turkey breast roast. It’s already rubbed with seasonings, it doesn’t need to be thawed, it comes with a gravy packet and includes the ribs, which keep the meat moist, he said. “It also doesn’t take up much space in your refrigerator,” he said. Shirma Stillings, 65, who has lived at Affinity since March, said she planned to try the brand. “I like the way he cooks and the smaller portions of the turkey for one to two people,” she said. Tips for creamy mashed potatoes? Use Yukon gold potatoes instead of russets, Cardenas said. “They’re a little bit sweet and they’re really, really creamy. I think they’re an all-around awesome potato,” he said. He also recommended leaving the skins on for a “homey feel” and adding fresh parsley for a little bit of color and flavor. To improve the gravy, Cardenas

sprinkled in small turkey pieces and reserved juices to “give it more body.” He recommended frozen green beans for sautéing because “a little bit of moisture will come out of them and they’ll cook a little bit quicker.” Cardenas said he bought all the ingredients for the cooking demonstration at Winco for $42, and it was enough to feed everyone in the audience. Karen Morrissey, 77, a three-year Affinity resident, appreciated Cardenas’ tips. “He’s got some really good ideas,” she said. Morrissey said it’s hard to get excited about cooking in her modest kitchen, but the cooking class changed her perspective. “This kind of inspired me,” she said. Ramona McDowell, 71, who’s lived in the Tri-Cities for 30 years, said she loves programs like this at Affinity as they give her a chance to meet people since she moved in about a month ago. “We’re lucky in the Tri-Cities with lots of opportunities to eat out but I get sick of it,” she said. Trios Health has been offering Affinity residents a free monthly program since January as part of its outreach services to provide useful information to the community, said Lisa Teske, director of marketing and business development at Trios Health. Trios is interested in replicating the program at other assisted living facilities as the senior demographic “tends to be the higher utilizers of health care services and have more time and interest in learning about prevention, which is key to our mission as a public hospital district,” Teske said. Other programs topics Trios Health has presented at Affinity include mental acuity, heart care, information about strokes, senior nutrition, injury prevention, volunteer opportunities, diabetes risk, prevention and management and estate planning essentials. uCOOKING, Page 8

Shirma Stillings, 65, an Affinity resident since March, picks up a fresh pumpkin tartelette during a recent cooking demonstration at Affinity at Southridge in Kennewick. Executive Chef Eric Cardenas of Trios Health said kitchen size doesn’t matter when it comes to cooking great meals.

Executive Chef Eric Cardenas of Trios Health pours homemade gravy over herbed mashed potatoes at a recent cooking demonstration at Affinity at Southridge in Kennewick. He showed a group of senior citizens how to cook a tasty meal on a budget.

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COOKING, From page 7 SautĂŠed Green Beans with Pearl Onions 2 lbs. frozen green beans 1/2 cup pearl (Cipollini) onions, drained (reserve 2 tsp. of brine) 1 Tbs. oil Salt & pepper to taste Bacon bits (optional)

package. If crispy skin is desired, at the end of roasting, remove from the bag and roast for 10 more minutes. For gravy, add pan juices from turkey into a sauce pan with the bag of gravy. Chop some of the turkey meat and add for chunkier consistency. Heat gravy thoroughly for 15 minutes at low to medium heat. Serve immediately.

Heat oil in frying pan over medium hight heat. Cook green beans, drained pearl onions and brine for about seven minutes until fully cooked and beginning to caramelize. Remove from heat and serve hot.

Herbed Mashed Potatoes 3 lbs. Yukon gold potatoes 1/2 cup milk or cream 3 Tbs. butter or margarine 1/4 cup chopped parsley, chives or garlic Salt & pepper to taste Boil potatoes whole with skin on in large pan. Remove from heat and drain. Add milk or cream and butter or margarine to pan. Mash to desired consistency, adding milk as needed. Add desired fresh, chopped herbs and mix well. Salt and pepper to taste and serve.

Turkey Breast Roast with Pan Gravy 1 turkey breast roast with gravy (Jennie-O brand) Cook turkey as instructed on

Quick Pumpkin Tartlettes 1 can crescent roll dough 1 can pumpkin puree 1 Tbs. cinnamon 1 Tbs. sugar (white or brown) Nutmeg, cloves (optional)

Executive Chef Eric Cardenas of Trios Health slices a turkey breast during a recent cooking demonstration at Affinity at Southridge in Kennewick.

Spray muffin tins with cooking spray or line with muffin cups. Pull apart dough into pre-cut triangles; pull two corners together and press center together to form a cup; add to muffin tin to form into miniature pie crust. In a bowl, blend pumpkin puree with cinnamon and sugar

and desired spices, such as nutmeg or cloves, to taste. Spoon pumpkin mixture into cups (almost full). Lightly sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes; check after 10 minutes and rotate for even baking.

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Senior Times • December 2016/January 2017 CHAPLAINCY, From page 3 “The older generations were taught to pull yourself up by your bootstraps and you don’t cry in front of people. You have to be strong for everybody else. It’s a myth. We have a misunderstanding of what strength is. It’s not: I won’t cry, break down, or let grief get the best of me. It’s redefining strength and why it’s important to do it in ways it works for you,” Kontur said. She described grief as “always moving and trying to be expressed because that’s its nature and when we do that, we can heal and it becomes manageable.” The Chaplaincy classes help to “normalize” the big feelings that accompany grief because they’re universal, she said. It helps people to know they can be angry, sad and relieved, all at the same time. “As people are aging and slowing down physically, that emotional and spiritual stuff starts coming up and people need an opportunity to address it,” Kontur said. For Fishback, it means regularly lighting a red candle which glows in a vase used at Dana’s memorial service while her love for her daughter glows in her heart.

Ways to honor loved ones

Here are some ideas to honor and remember the person who died, courtesy of The Dougy Center, a Portlandbased agency for grieving children and their families. • Light a memorial candle. Invite children and other family/friends to share memories. • Write a card or letter to the person who died. • Write memories on strips of paper

Chaplaincy Health Care’s winter grief support groups, classes Hope for the Holidays Noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 at the Spaulding Facility, 1480 Fowler St., Richland. Fee: None This class is available to help grieving people deal with the stress, loneliness and confusion of the holiday season. Call 509-783-6243. Collages made by members of the Widowed Support Group decorate the wall in one of the Chaplaincy Health Care meeting rooms in Kennewick. The activity is one way members work through their feelings of grief.

and use them to create a chain. • Hang a special decoration in memory of the person, such as a wreath or stocking. If a stocking is used, family members can place cards or pieces of paper with memories inside. • Buy a gift the person would have liked and donate it to a charity. • Gift wrap a box and make an opening in the top for family and friends to share written memories. At a special time the box can be unwrapped and the memories shared. • Set up a special memorial place at the table during a holiday meal. • Create a memorabilia table or corner for photos, stuffed animals, toys, cards, food and other mementos. • Share one of the person’s favorite foods or meals. Food can be a great spark for sharing memories.

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Coming to Terms with Loss 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 10 to March 14 at the Entiat Facility, 2108 W. Entiat Ave., Kennewick. Fee: $127 with reduced fee option. This educational and supportive group is open to adults experiencing grief after the death of a loved one. Call 509-572-0593 or 509-7837416 ext. 2060. Widowed Support Group 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 11 to March 15 at the Entiat Facility, 2108 W. Entiat Ave., Kennewick. Fee: $127 with a reduced fee option. This group welcomes widows, widowers and partners experiencing grief after the death of their loved

one. Call 509-572-0593 or 509-7837416 ext. 2060. Grieving Parents’ Support Group 6 to 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays every month in 2017 at the Spaulding Facility, 1480 Fowler St., Richland. Fee: $10 per session with a reduced fee option. This group is available for adults experiencing grief after the death of a child at any age. Call 509-572-0593 or 509-7837416 ext. 2060. Men’s Loss Support Group 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. the first and third Fridays of every month at Sterling’s Restaurant, 3200 W. Clearwater Ave., Kennewick. Fee: $10 per meeting with a reduced fee option. This group provides a safe and supportive environment for men to process grief related to losses experienced in their lives. It explores methods that help to identify, access and express those losses in healthy, productive ways. Call 509-380-4587.



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Father of Washington Wine statue dedicated in Prosser BY SENIOR TIMES

The man known as the “father of Washington Wine” recently took up permanent residence at his namesake wine and culinary center in Prosser. An eight-and-a-half-foot statue of Walter Clore, a viticulturist who began trials of grape varieties in Prosser and tested more than 250 American, European and hybrid varietals, was installed and dedicated at the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center on Nov. 12. Clore’s research was instrumental in assuring Washington farmers they could grow wine grapes to produce fine wines. The recent installation of the bronze statue at the center marked the end of a project by a dedicated group of community members, including the Prosser Rotary Club. Clore was a longtime Prosser Rotarian. After his death in 2003 at the age of 91, the Prosser Rotary Club, spearheaded by the late Clarence Rincker, raised seed money toward a statue to commemorate Clore and his work to be placed at the center, which was then a project in progress. Two years ago, Bob Early, a

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Kadlec opened a third urgent care clinic at 9040 W. Clearwater Ave. in Kennewick. Non-emergency ailments including sprains and strains, coughs, colds, stomach aches and more can be treated by providers trained in urgent care medicine. The clinic also offers lab and X-ray services if needed. The new clinic is open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and no appointments are necessary. For more information, visit An eight-and-a-half-foot statue of Walter Clore, considered the father of Washington wine, was installed and dedicated Nov. 12 in front of the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center in Prosser. The Prosser Rotary Club spearheaded the fundraising effort for the bronze statue, created by artist Malcolm Phinney of the Phinney Gallery in Joseph, Oregon. Clore was a longtime Rotarian. (Courtesy Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center)

Rotarian and former colleague of Clore’s, took up the effort to raise enough money for the statue. Donations were received and an artist was selected. Malcolm Phinney of the Phinney Gallery in Joseph, Oregon, worked closely with photos of Clore and

sought feedback from his daughters to create the piece. The Clore center said it was “thrilled to receive this significant recognition for its namesake.” For more information, visit

Candidates for Kennewick Irrigation District board

The candidates for the Kennewick Irrigation District Board of Directors are as follows: • Pos. 1: Stacy Copland, Kirk Rathbun and John Trumbo. Pos. 4: Debra J. Alexander and Dean L. Dennis. The election is Tuesday, Dec. 13 and polls will be open from 1 to 8 p.m. at the KID office, 2015 South Ely St.

Wishing everyone happy holidays From all of us at the Senior Times Shawna, Chad, Melanie, Kristina and Mike

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Kennewick Senior Center

500 S. Auburn St., Kennewick • 509-585-4303 All activities are at the Kennewick Senior Center unless otherwise listed. For more information, call 509-5854303. • Bunco: 1 to 3 p.m. Fridays. Cost: $1 per day. • Casual Woodcarving: Bring your supplies or borrow from the class. 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays. Cost: 75 cents. 9 a.m. to noon Fridays. Cost: $1. • Woodcarving Techniques: 9 a.m. to noon Fridays. Cost: $1 per day. • Dominoes: 12:30 to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. Cost: 50 cents

per day. • Party Bridge: 12:30 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Cost 50 cents per day. • Bridge Tournament: Second Sunday of each month, 2 to 6 p.m. Cost: $1. RSVP 509-586-3349. • Pinochle: 7 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Cost: 50 cents per day. 6 to 9 p.m. Sundays. Cost: $1 per day. • Chinese Mahjong: 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays. Cost: $1 per day. • Sculpting: Bring your own sup-

plies and projects. 1 to 2 p.m. Mondays. Cost: $1 per day. • Sewing: 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays. Cost: $1 per day. • Needle Art: 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Thursdays. Cost: $2 per day. • Indoor Walking: 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. Cost: $1 per day. Location: Southridge Sports Complex, 2901 Southridge Blvd., Kennewick. • Hair Cuts & Clips: Hair cuts provided by Pam Eggers. Second and fourth Wednesday of each month, 9 to

11 a.m. by appointment only. Cost $1. Call 509-585-4303. • Blood Pressure Checks: No appointment needed. Third Wednesday of each month, 9:30 to 11 a.m. Cost: Free. • Line Dancing: December: 6 to 7 p.m. Mondays. Cost: $18 for residents, $27 for others. January: 6 to 7 p.m. Mondays. Cost: $24 for residents, $36 for others. Call 509-5854293 to register.

Pasco Senior Center

1315 N. Seventh Ave., Pasco • 509-545-3459

A date has not yet been set for the Pasco Senior Center’s move into the newly remodeled modular building at 505 N. First Ave. Activities will continue to be held at the Seventh Avenue senior center until a move-in date is finalized. City officials say it could be in mid-December. The city of Pasco sold the 35-yearold senior center building to the Pasco School District because of dwindling program attendance. For more information about the city’s and district’s plans, see story on front page. • Basin Wood Carvers: 1 to 4 p.m. Thursdays. Cost: Free. • Bridge: 9 a.m. to noon Thursday. Cost: 50 cents per day. • China Painting: 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays. Cost: 50 cents per day. • Cribbage: 1 to 3 p.m.

Wednesdays and Fridays. Cost: 50 cents per day. • Billiards: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Cost: $1 per day. • Mexican Train Dominoes: 1 to 4 p.m. Thursdays. Cost: Free. • Pinochle: 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. Cost: $1 per day. • Computer Lab: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Cost: Free, 15 cents per copy. • Wavemakers Aqua Fit: Class for those with arthritis, fibromyalgia, lower back pain, muscle weakness, those who use a cane or a walker and anyone who loves the pool. 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays/ Wednesdays or Tuesdays/ Thursdays or 5:15 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays/ Thursdays. Cost: $90 for residents, $113 for others. Location: Oasis

Physical Therapy, 6825 Burden Blvd., Suite D, Pasco. Call 509-5453456 to register. No class Dec. 26. • Enhance Fitness (40+): Class focuses on stretching, balance, low impact aerobics and strength training. 10 to 11 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Cost: $30 for residents, $38 for others. Call 509-545-3456 to register. No class Dec. 26. • Happy Feet program (60+): Get your feet cared for by a licensed,

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

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Richland Community Center 500 Amon Drive, Richland • 509-942-7529 All activities are at the Richland Community Center unless otherwise listed. For more information, call 509942-7529. • American Mahjong: 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays. Cost: free. Location: lounge. • Birthday Club Social: Second Tuesday of each month, Noon to 12:30 p.m. Cost: free. Location: lounge. • Cribbage: 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Cost: free. Location: lounge. • Billiards: 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Cost: $2 per day. Location: pool room. • Pie Socials: Third Tuesday of each month, noon to 12:30 p.m. Cost: free. Location: lounge. • Gold Age Pinochle: 6:30 to 9 p.m. Fridays. Cost: $1 per day. Location: game room. • Duplicate Bridge: 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Cost: $1 per day. Location: game room.

• Party Bridge: 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Cost: $1 per day. Location: game room. • Dominoes: 12:30 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Cost: free. Location: lounge. • Greeting Card Recycling: 9 to 11 a.m. Mondays. Cost: free. Location: meeting room. • New Attitude Line Dancing Beginner: 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesdays in December. Cost: $10 for residents, $12.50 for others. Location: Riverview room. Call 509-942-7529 to register. • New Attitude Line Dancing Improver: 1 to 2 p.m. Thursdays in December. Cost: $18 for residents, $22.50 for others. Location: Riverview room. Call 509-942-7529 to register. • RSA Dance: Third Friday of the month, 1 to 3:45 p.m. Cost: $6 per person. Location: Riverview room. • Steppin’ Out with Jo: 9 to 10 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in December. Cost: $14 for residents, $17.50 for others. Location: Riverview room. Call 509-942-7529

to register. • Patti’s Workout: 4 to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays in December. Cost: $32.75 for residents (drop-in rate $5), $38.50 for others (drop-in rate $6). Location: Riverview room. Call 509-942-7529 to register. • Slim & Sassy Body Shape: 5:05 to 6:20 p.m. Wednesdays in December. Cost: $33 for residents, $41.25 for others. Location: Riverview room. Call 509-942-7529 to register. • Tai Chi: 7:35 to 8:35 p.m. Tuesdays and 6 to 7 p.m. Thursdays in December. Cost: $14.75 for residents (drop-in rate $4), $18.50 for others (drop-in rate $5). Location: Riverview room. Call 509-942-7529 to register. • Foot Care for Fabulous Feet:

Get your feet cared for by a licensed, registered nurse. By appointment 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays. Cost: $30. Location: Wellness room. For an appointment, call 509-942-7529. • Walk at the Richland Community Center: 8 to 9 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Cost: Free. • Fitness Room: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. Cost: $2 per day or $8 per month. Location: Fitness room. • By the Book Knitters: Third Tuesday or each month, 6 to 8 p.m. Cost: free. Location: Richland Public Library. For more information, call 509-942-7454.

West Richland Senior Center 616 N. 60th, West Richland • 509-967-2847 All activities are at the West Richland Senior Center. For more information, call 509-967-2847. • Bunco: Friday, Dec. 16. Potluck lunch starts at noon, bunco at 1 p.m. with gift exchange. • Potluck luncheon: 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13. White elephant

gift exchange. Bring a wrapped gift to participate. • TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Fitness: 11 a.m. Thursdays (no class Dec. 22). • Exercise: 9 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays (no class Dec. 22). Sponsored by Visiting Angels.

The Senior Times combined its December and January issues this month. Look for the next issue in early February.

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Useful Phone Numbers and Addresses Senior Centers Kennewick Senior Center................................................... 500 S. Auburn St., Kennewick........................................................... 509-585-4303 Pasco Senior Center............................................................. 1315 N. Seventh Ave., Pasco*............................................................ 509-545-3459 Prosser Senior Center.......................................................... 1231 Dudley Ave., Prosser................................................................. 509-786-2915 Richland Community Center............................................. 500 Amon Drive, Richland................................................................ 509-942-7529 West Richland Senior Center............................................. 616 N. 60th, West Richland............................................................... 509-967-2847 Additional Resources Senior Life Resources/Meals on Wheels........................... 1824 Fowler St., Richland.................................................................. 509-735-1911 Veterans Administration Medical Clinic.......................... 825 Jadwin Ave., Suite 250, Richland............................................... 509-946-1020 RSVP-Retired Seniors Volunteer Program....................... 2139 Van Giesen St., Richland.......................................................... 509-943-2590 x2112 Senior Companion Program.............................................. 2139 Van Giesen St., Richland.......................................................... 509-545-6145 Social Security Administration.......................................... 8131 W. Klamath Ct., Suite A, Kennewick...................................... 866-269-6671 Useful Phone Numbers Medicare............................................................................... 800-633-4227 Medicare TTY...................................................................... 877-486-2048 Veterans Affairs Administration........................................ 800-827-1000 Alzheimer’s Association 24 Hour Hotline........................ 800-272-3900 Fair Housing Enforcement................................................. 800-669-9777

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‘Vintage’ trolley buses now rolling through Tri-Cities BY SENIOR TIMES

Buses retrofitted to look like vintage trolleys began rolling through Tri-City streets on Nov. 16. Ben Franklin Transit decided two years ago to replace three aging vehicles with the low-floor buses designed to look like trolleys. The trolley replica package outfits a modern Gillig transit bus with solid oak seats, brass-colored stanchions, a lighted cupola on the roof, front cowcatchers and a vintage paint scheme.

“They’re different, fun to ride and people enjoy the nostalgia.” - Kurt Workman, Ben Franklin Transit spokesman Named for the region’s three rivers — The Yakima, The Snake and The Columbia — the 35-foot $1.67 million trolleys are running routes in Pasco, Richland and Kennewick.

The Snake is on routes 64 and 65 in Pasco, The Yakima is on routes 23 and 26 in Richland and The Columbia is on routes 41 and 42 in Kennewick. In addition to the three Tri-City routes Monday through Friday, Ben Franklin Transit also will be working the trolleys into rotations on Saturdays on the 120, 225 and 170 routes. Beyond the daily service, BFT is working with community partners to leverage the trollies as a tool to promote tourism and growth within the region. “They’re different, fun to ride and people enjoy the nostalgia. As partners in our community, we see them adding to the visions of our local leaders to revitalize our urban cores, encourage people to shop at local businesses and further our reputation as a tourist destination,” said Kurt Workman, Ben Franklin Transit spokesman. Each trolley cost $556,670, including tax and licensing. Of that total, $87,913 was the cost of the trolley replica package. A federal grant paid 80 percent of the total cost of the trolleys, or about $1.34 million, with BFT paying for the remaining 20 percent, or $334,002, from its capital budget,

Ben Franklin Transit rolled out three new trolley buses which began their regular routes Nov. 16 in Kennewick, Richland and Pasco.

which is supported by a portion of sales tax revenue. The transit’s board of directors approved buying the trolleys in 2014. “We’re really excited to be adding these trolley buses to our community,” said Gloria Boyce, Ben Franklin Transit’s general manager. “Our board of directors saw the value in investing in them to support the eco-

nomic development of our region.” BFT’s vehicles typically last between 14 to 16 years and on average travel 50,000 miles per year – so when averaged out, the trolley package will cost about 10 to 12 cents per mile more than a standard bus, transit officials say. Trolley transit fares will be the same as any of the other buses.

Holiday Bazaars Saturday, Dec. 10

• Winterfest Christmas Bazaar: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Kiona-Benton City High School, 1205 Horn Road, Benton City. More than 60 vendors, food and music. • West Richland Chamber Holiday Bazaar: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sandberg Event Center, 331 S. 41st Ave., West Richland. Donations of canned goods, new toys or new and gently used clothing accepted. Free admission.

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• Tri-Cities Home for the Holidays: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 at Three Rivers Convention Center, 7016 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick. Santa Claus will be there. Concession food available. More than 100 vendors are expected. Free admission. • Winterland Walla Walla Holiday Faire: Noon to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 11 at Walla Walla Fairgrounds, 363 Orchard St., Walla Walla. Upcycled decor, antiques, food and craft vendors. Admission is $2.


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Kennewick woman honored by Women Helping Women BY KRISTINA LORD

A Kennewick woman was praised for helping to raise more than $46,000 for a nonprofit focused on addressing the unmet needs of women and children throughout the Columbia Basin. Adelaide Cashman was honored at the 16th annual luncheon to benefit Women Helping Women Fund TriCities with the inaugural “I Am Women Helping Women Award.” About 950 people attended the event. “This amazing woman has gone from skeptic, to table captain, to board member, and not necessarily in that order. She believes charity begins at home and has seen, first-hand, the difference our collective community can make in an individual life,” said Peggy Vasquez, president of Women Helping Women Fund Tri-Cities. Since 2003, Cashman has raised more than $46,000 for the nonprofit. “Women Helping Women is a great group that does everything for the community — everything stays here. All the donations stay here. Try to find any other organization that gives 100 percent of what you give back: It’s really hard to find. And charity begins at home and home for us is the Tri-Cities and we need to help those in need here,” Cashman said in a video played at the event. The October event raised about $125,000, bringing the total amount the nonprofit has raised to more than $2 million, funding 102 grants. Last year’s event raised $113,000. The annual luncheon, held at the TRAC facility, is the group’s sole fundraiser. The organization solicits sponsors to underwrite the luncheon, speaker and other fees “so we can tell people that 100 percent of what you give here is going back into the community,” said Alysia Johnson, executive coordinator. Those who went to the annual luncheon paid a minimum of $100 to attend.

Adelaide Cashman, left, of Kennewick received the inaugural “I Am Women Helping Women Award” at the annual Women Helping Women Fund Tri-Cities’ October event in Pasco.

Courtney Clark of Austin, Texas, was the keynote speaker and she shared her story about being diagnosed with melanoma at age 26. When she hit her five-year cancerfree milestone, she had a routine scan that showed more bad news: she had a brain aneurysm close to hemorrhaging. She had a series of brain surgeries in 2011 to treat the aneurysm, which had shown no symptoms and could have ruptured at any time. Clark talked about how her health problems derailed her life and how “all along the way I had to keep stopping my life.” Despite always envisioning becoming a mother, her cancer treatments meant she couldn’t have a baby, she said. Her nonprofit work with Austin Involved, which connects young professionals to meaningful philanthropic opportunities, changed her life again — this time for the better and in an unexpected way. It put her in contact with a young high school student who had dreams of college and success as a musician. Courtney and her husband, Jamie, since have welcomed Anthony into their family. “Being a mom doesn’t look the way

I expected,” she said, explaining that giving gave her more than she ever thought she’d receive in return. “I got everything.” She told her Pasco audience she knew they had stressful lives but reminded them “we are at our best when we keep perspective about our struggles,” which is done by helping others. She urged those in attendance to not only give financially, but also of themselves and to be positive role models throughout the community. Roshellia Goines of Richland, a project manager at Bechtel, bought two of Clark’s books after her talk. “I think (her story) was just phenomenal,” said Goines. This year’s seven grant recipients are: • Benton-Franklin Community Action Connections’ Second Chance Center. The center provides emergency assistance, crisis housing, food and transportation for homeless families. • Elijah Family Homes’ Transition to Success, a three-year program to lead families from homelessness or near homelessness to a higher level of self-sufficiency. • Grace Clinic’s B4Stage4 program, which offers mental health services for

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low-income uninsured women with a special emphasis on Spanish-speaking women. • Ignite Youth Mentoring’s Lunch Buddies program, which involves mentors meeting with a youth once a week for lunch at the student’s school. • Mid-Columbia Mastersingers’ women’s and boys’ choirs, which give women more opportunities to sing in a community environment and provides scholarships to boys in need, having a positive effect on community engagement and involvement, student achievement and cognitive abilities. • Mirror Ministries’ program to reach out to survivors of sex trafficking in the Tri-Cities. • Royal Family KIDS Camp/Club/ Mentors, which seeks to change the lives of children in the local foster care system, ages 6-11 through a weeklong camp and mentoring through the school year, This year, $16,000 is going toward the group’s endowment fund and $109,000 will be directed toward programs. The Tri-City nonprofit is modeled after a similar program in Spokane. Grant recipients don’t yet know how much they’ll receive. They’ll find out in early December during an award ceremony. For more information visit whwftc. org or call 509-713-6553.

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Meals on Wheels is a program of Senior Life Resources Northwest and is supported by donations. For those 60 and over the suggested donation is $2.75 per meal. Meals may be purchased by those under 60 for $7.30. Menu substitutions may occasionally occur. For reservations, call between 9 a.m. and noon the day before your selected meal. For reservations in Richland, call 509-943-0779; Kennewick 509-585-4241; Pasco 509-543-5706; Parkside 509-5452169; Benton City 509-588-3094; Prosser 509-786-1148; and Connell 509-234-0766. • Monday, Dec. 5: Apple pork chop, brown rice, seasoned vegetables, rye bread and citrus salad. • Tuesday, Dec. 6: Turkey tetrazinni, broccoli Normandy, spinach salad with dressing, roll and butterscotch square. • Wednesday, Dec. 7: Beef stew, salad with dressing, biscuit, brownie and fruit salad. • Thursday, Dec. 8: Salisbury steak with gravy, mashed potatoes, seasoned peas, multi-grain bread and peanut butter cookie. • Friday, Dec. 9: Breaded fish sandwich, lettuce and tomato, corn chowder, carrot raisin salad and peach crisp. • Monday, Dec. 12: Green chili chicken, Spanish rice, fiesta blend vegetables, corn bread and mandarin oranges. • Tuesday, Dec. 13: Pork roast, mashed potatoes with gravy, mixed vegetables, wheat bread and frosted carrot cake. • Wednesday, Dec. 14: Beef stroganoff, seasoned egg noodles, Harvard beets, broccoli salad and oatmeal raisin cookie. • Thursday, Dec. 15: Chicken

and dressing casserole, roasted red potatoes, brussels sprouts with bacon, wheat roll and cranberry oat bar. • Friday, Dec. 16: Birthday day! Roast beef with gravy, mashed potatoes, Italian vegetables, wheat roll and ice cream. • Monday, Dec. 19: Herbed chicken, mushroom sauce, roasted red potatoes, green beans, apple cabbage slaw and peaches. • Tuesday, Dec. 20: Beef stir fry, brown rice, salad with dressing, wheat roll and hot spiced apples. • Wednesday, Dec. 21: Sweet and sour pork, confetti rice, salad with dressing, oriental vegetables and cherry crisp. • Thursday, Dec. 22: Meatloaf with gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, multi-grain bread and pineapple upside-down cake. • Friday, Dec. 23: Christmas dinner! Baked ham with raisin sauce, sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, dinner roll and gingerbread with whip topping. • Monday, Dec. 26: Closed for Christmas holiday. • Tuesday, Dec. 27: Swiss steak with tomato gravy, garlic mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables, rye bread and mix fruit. • Wednesday, Dec. 28: Spinach frittata, chuck wagon potatoes, carrot raisin salad, citrus salad and blueberry muffin. • Thursday, Dec. 29: Chicken fajitas, Spanish rice, black beans, fresh grapes and flour tortilla. • Friday, Dec. 30: Spaghetti and meat sauce, broccoli Normandy, salad with dressing, breadstick and pumpkin bar. For more information about Senior Life Resources Northwest visit

The Senior Times combined its December and January issues this month. Look for the next issue in early February.

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