Senior Times - February 2020

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FEBRUARY 2020 Volume 8 • Issue 2

Pasco woman finds the pieces that fit By Wendy Culverwell


Learn about historical role of women at Hanford Page 5

$20 million clinic shows what’s possible at Vista Field Page 9

Meet the 2020 Mid-Columbia Ag Hall of Famers Page 14

MONTHLY QUIZ What is the name of the town at the mouth of the Snake River that was established in 1879 by the Northern Pacific Railroad that no longer exists? Answer, Page 13

ortunately for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Constance Brown, 88, is easy to shop for. She’s a jigsaw puzzle whiz. The more pieces the better, as far as Brown is concerned. There are 10 or 1 unopened puzzles waiting her attention in the puzzle niche of the Pasco home she shares with two of her sons. Her current project is a 1, 00-piece image of a chapel painting by the late artist Thomas inkade. She’s completed the edges and is fashioning the blue pieces to form the sky. Her glass desk occupies pride of place in the family home – the alcove by the front window. Stacks of unopened boxes are in arm’s reach, replenished at Christmas and her January birthday. She’ll work on anything, but prefers Christian themes – angels, praying hands, crosses, Jesus and inspirational people, according to son James, her caregiver. “I do what they buy for me,” she said. Brown is a retiree, a mother to 10 sons,

Photo by Wendy Culverwell Constance “Connie” Brown of Pasco raised 10 sons on her own. At 88, she’s a cancer survivor and a dedicated dissectologist – someone who loves to do jigsaw puzzles.

a four-time cancer survivor and a dedicated dissectologist, the term for those who love jigsaw puzzles. Her passion for plowing through adversity and completing puzzles has made her a celebrity at her second home, New Hope Baptist Church. “She is such an inspiration – she has

survived cancer and she has arthritis. She has had multiple surgeries. I just admire her tenacity. She just keeps coming back and coming back and coming back,” said ivian Terrell, a church friend and owner of the Honey Baked Ham franchise in ennewick.

Architectural gems of the Tri-Cities By Wendy Culverwell

Michael Marley recalls when TriCity school officials cautioned architects to avoid anything fanciful in their designs for new buildings. Districts need voter approval to raise taxes to build and remodel schools. They feared “fancy” would come across as “wasteful.” Decision-makers relied on plain buildings to convey stability and frugality, said Marley, principal with C JT Architects, a ennewick firm focused on public sector projects.

It’s an ethos that informed much of the region’s development but obscures the architectural gems that dot the community. The Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business invited local architects to share their favorite examples. Most shrugged. “My favorite is the building I’m working on at the moment,” one said. “I don’t have a favorite Tri-City building,” said another.

Design takes a front seat

But there are gems, and Marley believes the list is growing. Schools and other clients are more likely to aim for buildings the community can be proud of. It’s O for a school to look nice, he said, citing ennewick’s astgate and Westgate elementary schools as examples of changes in how buildings get designed. astgate opened on ast 10th Avenue in 201 and Westgate on West Fourth Avenue two years later. C JT wasn’t involved, but Marley said both are well massed, giving a sense of balance between form and function. uGEMS, Page


Catholic Charities asks Pasco to salvage $2M homeless project By Wendy Culverwell

Catholic Charities of astern Washington stands to lose a $2 million grant after the Pasco City Council voted -3 against selling the site it wanted for a 2-unit apartment-style complex to serve chronically homeless Tri-Citians. The Spokane-based nonprofit has asked the city to help it salvage its plan to build the $13.2 million project on Heritage Boulevard in east Pasco. Pasco spokesman Jon Funfar confirmed the city is reviewing the letter. The council voted Jan. 21 against selling the city-owned property to Catholic Charities after neighbors raised concerns about crime and drugs. uCHARITIES, Page 2


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The city’s hearing examiner had previously ruled that Catholic Charities sufficiently mitigated the potential impacts on the neighborhood. “We were disappointed,” said Jonathan Mallahan, Catholic Charities’ vice president for housing. Mallahan said losing the site jeopardizes a Housing Finance Commission grant it received for the project. The organization intended to apply for federal tax credits to complete the funding package this winter. Those plans are on hold. The Pasco apartments would be modeled on Catholic Charities’ “Father Bach” series of residences in Spokane and Walla Walla. It marries apartments with support services to treat the underlying causes of homelessness, such as drug addiction, mental illness and other issues. It intended to call the Pasco version “Haven House.” Catholic Charities had offered $127,000 for the vacant site. PUZZLE, From page 1

Terrell suggested Senior Times profile Brown. Brown said working on puzzles is a key to her longevity. “It keeps my mind sharp. I have to concentrate on the colors, the shapes,” she said. She can’t say just how long it takes to complete a puzzle. It depends in part on the number of pieces and the complexity of the image. But there’s always a moment of satisfaction when the last piece fits in place. “It makes you feel good,” she said. “There’s a sense of accomplishment.” She doesn’t sit on her laurels long. Once the completed puzzle is fixed with glue, she sets it aside and reaches for the next one on the pile. Her sons and visiting grandchildren know better than to lend a hand. Constance – Connie to her friends – works alone, James said. “Nobody touches them,” he said. Brown started with simple puzzles for children and graduated to complex ones, some with 3,000 or more pieces. She’s survived four cancer surgeries – two on her lungs and two on her colon. She marked her fifth cancerfree anniversary at Christmas. Puzzling became a passion that helped fill the time. Born in New Jersey and raised in rural Georgia, the mother of 10 and grandmother of 18 is marking her 10th year in the Tri-Cities. As a girl in Georgia, she walked to school and helped her sharecropper

Courtesy Robert Vralsted/Architecture All Forms Catholic Community Services of Eastern Washington is asking the city of Pasco to salvage its plans to build a $13.2 million, 52-unit home to serve chronically homeless Tri-Citians in east Pasco.

Mayor Pro Tem Blanche Barajas and Councilmembers Craig Maloney and Zahra Roach voted to sell the property in support of the project.

Mayor Saul Martinez and Councilmen Dan Milne, Ruben Alvarado and Pete Serrano opposed the land sale.

grandfather working in fields, picking everything from tobacco to cotton. Later, she would return to New Jersey to raise her sons while working in factories. The family moved to San Diego at the suggestion of one of her older sons, who had joined the Marines and was stationed there. He wanted his mother and brothers to move out of the inner city. She agreed. Later, James would move to Pasco for a job and she would follow.

There was, she said, no great trick to raising 10 boys. She wanted a better life for them than her hardscrabble childhood. “There’s no secret. You work hard, make sure they are dressed nice, have a proper place to live and you send them to school warm,” she said. Today, her sons are caregivers, deacons and sing in the church choir. Terrell credits their mom. “She raised those boys to be respectable. They are model citizens,” she said.



Unique children’s boutique offers one-of-a-kind items Kennewick store caters to moms, grandmas with custom products By Robin Wojtanik for Senior Times

A Kennewick children’s boutique is striving to make its mark with handcrafted and custom items, offering what Pipsqueaks owner Lisa Steele lovingly refers to as “ uff.” “I’m not one that carries gear, like cribs. It’s really just the fun, finer things of life,” she said. Steele originally opened Pipsqueaks in 2011 on Vista Way in Kennewick before moving across town to 1 08 N. Louisiana St., near Costco, in summer 2018. “We were hoping to be more centrally located and pick up a broader clientele,” she said. Steele brought her experience in handcrafting children’s clothing and accessories. Before opening the store, she held trunk shows, hosted booths at bazaars and sold items online through eBay. When she first opened Pips ueaks, Steele only sold items handcrafted by herself or her friends, but she began bringing in local vendors and started featuring some store-bought items. Nearly a decade later, Steele said, “I have been going back to my roots and doing more handmade items rather than store-purchased items. We’ve realized even in the 10 years I’ve been in business, tastes have changed. It’s a different feel and you have to be constantly aware of what people are asking for and reinventing yourself and keeping with the times.” Steele said Pipsqueaks has become known as the “local tsy,” offering a website that serves as a marketplace for mostly handmade, handcrafted and vintage items. The store hosts a number of different lines, including Maisy Daisy, Steele’s line for girls that’s named

for her daughter. She also has a line for boys called Deaks the Lion, with a portion of sales benefiting charity. Other vendors are featured in the store, including the Boho Baby line, created by one of Steele’s four employees. endors can sell their wares on consignment with Steele, who only features brand new merchandise. Having their products featured in a store without the hassle of marketing or selling on their own can be a benefit to those who are just starting out, or creating items as a side job. Many items are custom-made for themed parties, baptisms or other events. “People can trust that what they’re going to get is what they’re going to get, in a timely manner and well made, that’s different and uni ue. We’re very much about quality and products that will hold up to wear and tear for kids, besides being fashionable,” Steele said. Due to the uniqueness of the products, the inventory is always changing. “Nobody wants to see yesteryears stuff. You’ve got to jump on it while it’s here,” Steele said. Pipsqueaks wants to grow its online presence even more in the coming year, as it sees online sales as its biggest competitor, following the closure of a number of local retail stores in the past year. Girls’ clothing at Pipsqueaks usually tops out at size 10, and for boys, it’s size . Steele said she strives to keep an accessible price point, with nothing in the bouti ue over $70. Relocating next to TWIST also has helped drive new business; the neighboring women’s clothing store caters to a more mature female clientele. “Our customers are about 40 per-

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Photo by Robin Wojtanik Owner Lisa Steele, left, and Kari Judy at Pipsqueaks, a children’s boutique at 1408 N. Louisiana St., near Costco.

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Learn about historical role of women at Hanford lecture It’s World War II and women are going to work. From all over the country, women are recruited for the Hanford Engineer Works in Southeastern Washington. With little information to go on, they boarded buses and trains and embarked on an adventure to do their part to win the war. The times were tense; the war affected every American household. Patriotism, the desire to be a part of the effort to win the war, and the chance to earn above average wages were powerful motivating factors in bringing women to this dusty, remote facility. They worked within the veil of secrecy surrounding the project, dealt with wartime shortages, ate in mess halls, lived in dorms and stuck together to boost morale. Although women only comprised about 9 percent of the Hanford workforce, they played key roles in communications, health care, food service, and served as lab technicians and secretaries. I’ll discuss the role of women at the Hanford Engineer Works during

a community lecture series at 7 p.m. Feb. 20 at the East Benton County History Museum. Terry Andre The secreEast Benton County tary’s History Museum employee GUEST COLUMN manual provided directions for business conduct, attire and the rules by which the Hanford Business Girl works. As stated in the manual, “The prized business girl is one who can be trusted... Slacks are not office apparel...and be sure your legs are smooth and unblemished.” We will explore their lives through a series of stories gleaned from first-person accounts, historical records and government films. From general 1940s war-time society to the Hanford project, learn how the Hanford women of the war rose to the occasion, keeping their hair neat, their nails clean and their

Courtesy of U.S. Department of Energy’s Hanford Collection Lecturer Terry Andre will discuss the role of historical women at the Hanford Engineer Works during a community lecture series at 7 p.m. Feb. 20 at the East Benton County History Museum in Kennewick.

typewriters dusted and oiled. The Herstory 2020 exhibit at the East Benton County History Museum will honor the achievements of women and the centennial of the 19th Amendment. Guests can come in and see information, photos and ephemera from other female pioneers in the county in business, government and culture. This exhibit will run throughout the

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Photo by Wendy Culverwell The Tri-Cities is no architectural wasteland. The Franklin County Courthouse, constructed in 1911, is a handy example, but it’s not alone. The region is dotted with architectural gems, some prominent and many not.

“It’s getting better. We’re starting to do better,” he said. Marley’s top picks for the Tri-Cities’ “hidden” gems include the Port of Pasco’s $42 million project to renovate the passenger terminal at the TriCities Airport in Pasco, and two Kennewick projects – Parish of the Holy Spirit Catholic Church and the HAPO Business Complex, commonly referred to as the ashcube building. To the casual passerby, the ashcube is a glass box filled with offices with an outsized electronic reader board attached to one side. But Marley remembers what the neighborhood looked like when it opened in 1978 at the intersection of West Clearwater Avenue and Columbia Center Boulevard. Both roads turned to dirt at the intersection. The four-story office building neighbored a manufactured home park and undeveloped land. It was a striking addition to the landscape, he said. The yellow-roofed Catholic church, just east of the ashcube, is another favorite for its geometric form and exible interior.

Gem status

Design West Architects P.A. in Kennewick nominated the Columbia Basin College planetarium, the Washington State University Wine Science building and the cable bridge for “gem” status. The planetarium houses the largest planetarium theater in the region

while the wine science building combines teaching space with a full production winery. The cable bridge, officially known as the Ed Hendler Bridge for the Pasco mayor that championed it, is arguably the area’s most iconic structure. It was the first major cable-stayed bridge built in the U.S., and it attracted attention when it opened 42 years ago. It won the first-ever presidential award for excellence in design from a jury led by the late I.M. Pei. Jurors called it a technical achievement and a work of art.

A history of excellence

Michael Houser, Washington’s architectural historian, said the MidColumbia has a long history of excellence in design. The Carnegie Library, now the Franklin County Historical Society Museum in downtown Pasco, opened in 1911. The Franklin County Courthouse, constructed in 1912-13 with a stunning 26-foot rotunda, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978, the same year the cable bridge opened. Houser’s job includes cataloging buildings and structures of interest across Washington. With little prompting, he identified more than two dozen structures in Kennewick, Richland and Pasco that have his attention. “I love the Tri-Cities,” he said. uGEMS, Page 7

Parish of the Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 7409 W. Clearwater Ave., Kennewick.

Water Treatment Plant, 101 Saint St., Richland.

SENIOR TIMES • FEBRUARY 2020 GEMS, From page Here’s a sample of the area’s other architectural gems:

CBC Arts and Music building

The elegant but austere building on the Columbia Basin College campus, won national praise when it opened in the late 1970s. It is Houser’s favorite building in the Tri-Cities in part because its future is clouded. The Washington State Community and Technical College System included $2.3 million to design a replacement in the capital budget it submitted to the 2020 Legislature. Houser said it would be a shame to lose an admittedly stark building that broke the rules. The Spokane chapter of the American Institute of Architects honored it in 1977. The National AIA followed suit in 1978.

Old National Bank building

The former bank branch at 202 N. 10th in Pasco is another standout. Now a store, its Mid-Century stylings stand out in a neighborhood that includes a school, modest homes and small businesses. Concrete piers support a series of pyramid-shaped roofs and oor-toceiling glass walls. “If you go inside, it’s even more interesting,” Houser said. The numbers one through 10 written in Arabic, Chinese, English, Greek, Indian, Roman and other languages are carved into the wall. Architectural West magazine profiled the branch building in a 1 7 publication.

Carnegie Library

Pasco’s Carnegie Library opened in 1911, one of the 2,500 funded by steel and rail magnate Andrew Carnegie between roughly 1880 and 1930. Carnegie set guidelines for size and function but left it to local architects to work out the details. Carnegie libraries dot the landscape, but no two are exactly alike. Pasco’s operated as a library until a new one opened in 1 2. The Franklin County Historical Society converted the old building to its present museum.

Arts and Music building, Columbia Basin College, Pasco.

Mid-century Richland

Richland, which separated from the U.S. Department of Energy when it incorporated in 1955, is stocked with mid-century gems. “Any time you’re in Richland, you’re talking about post-World War II” stuff, Houser said. Some of his Richland favorites are the city-owned water plant on Saint Street, which sports a striking blue and yellow façade, Richland Lutheran Church’s mushroom-shaped (or folded plate) roof and the former TruStone Inc. building. TruStone is long gone but its roof became the fingernail stage at Howard Amon Park.

The old National Bank Building, 202 N. 10th Ave., Pasco.

Honorable mentions

Houser also highlighted the Lewis Street underpass in Pasco, the historic alphabet houses in Richland and the 3030 West Clearwater Business Center, an angular structure with echoes of Frank Lloyd Wright.

Carnegie Library, now the Franklin County Historical Society Museum, 305 N. Fourth Ave., Pasco.




Columbia Industries buys Idaho delivery business By Senior Times staff

Columbia Industries has added another business to its portfolio of profit-making enterprises to support its mission to serve hundreds of Tri-Citians with disabilities. The ennewick nonprofit announced it purchased Harmon xpress, a Lewiston, Idaho-based Fed x Ground independent provider. The deal closed on Nov. 10. Terms were not disclosed.

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with proceeds from an insurance settlement, as well as the sale of real estate, said Brian McDermott, Brian McDermott president and chief executive officer. There is no debt. The settlement stems from a refrigeration system failure at a Columbia Industries packing site nearly a decade ago. The failure forced the agency to shut down the operation. McDermott said the board set the money aside while it developed a strategic plan to boost Columbia Industries’ cash ow to support operations. Columbia Industries previously ac uired four Round Table Pizza restaurants and Paradise Bottled Water using a mix of settlement funds and real estate proceeds. Columbia Industries operates the businesses as for-tax enterprises, using after-tax profits to support programs that help people with disabilities and barriers to employment live fuller lives. “CI xpress is expected to pro-

vide important cash ow support to the very substantial expansion of our mission programs,” McDermott said in a press release. Columbia Industries has expanded its offerings in the past year to include Opportunity itchen, a 12week program that e uips clients to work in the hospitality and restaurant industries, and mpowerment Place, a drop-in center that links individuals with housing, employment, food benefits, transportation and other necessities of life. It is housed at the Columbia Industries complex at 00 S. Dayton St., near ennewick High School. The restaurants and bottled water and delivery services join an existing lineup of for-profit businesses that support its primary mission. Columbia Industries reported expenditures of nearly $2 million in 2017, according to its most recent financial report to the IRS. Formed in 1 3 as the nited Cerebral Palsy Association of Benton and Franklin Counties, the organization adopted its present name in 1 81 to re ect its expanded mission to provide jobs and services to those with disabilities.



Photo by Wendy Culverwell Courtesy The Neenan Co. Left: The Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic broke ground on the $20 million project at 6335 Rio Grande Ave. in Kennewick in January. It’s expected to open in 2021. Right: The Miramar Clinic in Kennewick will respect the design standards of the Port of Kennewick Vista Field redevelopment plan.

$20 million clinic shows what’s possible at Vista Field By Wendy Culverwell

The Tri-Cities’ newest health clinic will respect design standards of the Port of Kennewick’s neighborhood on the outside. On the inside, the newest Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic will offer state-of-the-art medical services to its patients. The nonprofit broke ground in January on its latest location. The Miramar Health Center project is being built on a five-acre parcel bordering the Port of Kennewick’s Vista Field redevelopment project. The clinic isn’t within the Vista Field neighborhood, but its architects say they’re making a good-faith effort to ensure the 29,000-squarefoot building blends into the neighborhood. With Miramar Health Clinic, Yakima Valley Farm Workers continues its mission to deliver medical and dental services to patients of all incomes. It will serve those with – and without – insurance. But first, it must be built. For that, Yakima Valley hired The Neenan Co., a design-build firm based in Fort Collins, Colorado. Neenan has designed and built medical facilities throughout the Northwest. Its projects in Washington include the Columbia Basin Health Association’s Othello clinic and three Vancouver clinics. Neenan assigned a 12-person team to oversee the Kennewick project. It expects to deliver the project to its client in about a year. “We strive to design and construct durable buildings that are comfortable and easy for patients to find their way around,” said Whitney Churchill, senior design manager. Churchill said the team visited Kennewick for inspiration before it developed the exterior appearance. That included reviewing the design standards the Port of Kenne-

wick adopted for Vista Field. The port’s mixed-use project will have the feel of an Italian village and pedestrian-friendly amenities. For the clinic, that means a pedestrian-scale building. While Vista Field is informing the exterior appearance, the interior is purely practical. Neenan is creating a design with change in mind. “One of the biggest challenges we face in this industry is future-proofing,” Churchill said. “We want to hand over a building that will be beautiful, efficient and useful for 50 or more years. This can be tricky given the ever-changing landscape of technology.” Miramar does not have sustainability targets such as the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, standards. But it does have green touches. It meets energy code and will have white roofing materials and native plants in the landscape. “We certainly consider the natural environment in each of our projects,” Churchill said. The building is divided between medical practices (32 percent), administrative and office 20 percent ,

future building out (20 percent), dental (12 percent), pharmacy (5 percent) and laboratory (2 percent). Miramar Clinic opens in early 2021 at 6335 Rio Grande Ave., near Lawrence Scott Park and the Kennewick Chuck E. Cheese restaurant. Yakima Valley Farm Workers bought the Kennewick property last spring, paying $1.9 million for the undeveloped site northwest of the nowclosed Vista Field runway. The project was temporarily held up by the port, which sold the land more than a decade ago. The port’s commissioners consid-

ered exercising a buy-back clause to bring it back into the Vista Field planning area. The move would have preempted the clinic project. The port backed off after learning Yakima Valley Farm Workers intended to install a modern clinic in the neighborhood. Miramar expects to employ 70, including doctors, dentists and pharmacists, to serve patients. The clinic targets the estimated 39,000 low-income Tri-Citians who are not currently served by a community health center.

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Prosser Senior Community Center 1231 Dudley Ave., Prosser • 509-786-2915 •

All activities are at the Prosser Senior Community Center unless otherwise listed. Activities, times and locations subject to change. For more information, call 509-7862915. • All-you-can-eat breakfast: 8-11:30 a.m. the last Sunday of each month. Location: dining room. Suggested donation: $6 adults, $3 for those 8 and younger. • Bingo (18+): 9:30 a.m.

Wednesdays. Location: dining room. Three cards for $1. • Bingo at Night (18+): 6 p.m. second Friday of the month. $10 buy-in. • Birthday Celebration: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. third Friday of the month. Call 509-786-1148 to verify. Location: dining room. Provided by Meals on Wheels. Suggested donation of $2.75. • Enhanced Fitness: 2-3 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Location: dining room. Free. • Foot Care Wednesday: For

appointment, call 509-303-0079. Fill out foot care application for assistance at center or $25 for private pay. • Mahjong: 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Location: living room. Free. • Meals On Wheels: 11:45 a.m. Monday through Friday. Location: dining room. Suggested donation of $2.75. For reservations, call 509786-1148. • Pinochle: 5:30 p.m. Thursdays. Location: living room. Bring potluck dish to share. Free

• Billiards: Noon to 3 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays. Free. • Tai Chia Quan: 6 p.m. Mondays; beginners first Monday of month; 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays open practice for club members. Location: dining room. Call: 509-430-1304 • Wellness Class: 10:30 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays. Taught by Cheri Eisen of Sirius Therapeutics. Location: living room. $4 per session for members, $5 for others. Call 509-497-1154.

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All activities are at the West Richland Senior Center. For more information, call 509-967-2847.

• Potluck Lunch: noon, second Tuesday of the month. Bring a dish to share. • Bingo: noon, third Monday of the month. Hot dog luncheon at noon. $3 suggested donation.

• Pinochle: 1 p.m. Mondays. • Bunco Potluck: noon, first Wednesday and third Friday of the month. • TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Fitness: 11 a.m. Thursdays.

• Exercise: A co-ed, light cardio class, led by exercise video, is 9 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. A donation of 50 cents for members and $1 for others is requested.



Keewaydin Community Center 500 S. Auburn St., Kennewick • 509-585-4303 •

All activities are at the Keewaydin Community Center unless otherwise listed. Activities, times and location subject to change. For more information, call 509-585-4303. • Bingo Bash: 1-3 p.m. Tuesday,

March 17. Cost: $5 in advance, $8 at the door. • Bridge: 12:30-4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Cost: $1. • Bunco Party: 1-3 p.m. Fridays. Cost: $1. • Bunco Tournament: 1-3 p.m, March 6 . Cost: $5 in advance, $8 at the door. For more information call 509-585-4304.

• Chinese Mahjong: 1-4 p.m. Wednesdays. Cost: $1. • Creative Palette Art: 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays. Cost: $2. • Dominos: 12:30-2 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. Cost: $1. • Indoor Walking: 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. Cost: $2 per day. Location: Southridge Sports Complex, 2901 Southridge Blvd.,

Kennewick. • Pinochle: 4-8 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (first, third and fourth Thursdays only). Cost: $1. Closed Feb 17. • Woodcarving: 1-3 p.m. Wednesdays and 9 a.m. to noon Fridays. Cost: $1. Bring supplies or borrow from the class.

Richland Community Center 500 Amon Drive, Richland • 509-942-7529 •

All activities are at the Richland Community Center unless otherwise listed. Activities, times and location subject to change. For more information, call 509-942-7529. • ACBL, Duplicate and Party Bridge: Various groups. For a schedule of each group, cost and location, call 509-942-7529.

• Birthday Club Social: noon to 12:30 p.m. second Tuesday of each month. Location: lounge. Cost: free. • Cribbage: 8:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Location: lounge. Free. • Fitness Room: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday; noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $2 per day or $8 per month. • Billiards: Daily. Cost $2.

• Foot Care for Fabulous Feet: Have a licensed registered nurse specializing in geriatrics care for your feet 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursdays. Location: wellness room. Cost: $30. For an appointment, call 509-942-7529. • Greeting Card Recycling: 9-11 a.m. Mondays. Location: meeting room. Free. • Golden Age Pinochle: 5:308:30 p.m. Fridays. Location: game

room. Cost: $1. • Dominoes: 1 p.m., Thursdays. Location: lounge. Cost: free. • International Folk Dancing: 6:45-9 p.m. Thursdays. Location: Riverview room; 6-9 p.m. the first Saturday of the month for a potluck and dancing. Location: activity room. • RSA Dance: 1-4 p.m. third Friday of the month. Location: Riverview room. Cost: $7 per person.



Census 2020: 10 questions to influence the next 10 years

Census 2020 is unlike any of the 23 that came before it. For the first time, in addition to mail or phone, people will be able to respond online from any device. The U.S. Constitution requires this once-adecade snapshot of how many people live in each community. A high response rate means more federal funds for local support. Since our counties were undercounted in 2010 by nearly 30 percent, our region did not get its fair share of state and local funds for the last 10 years. Local community leaders formed the Benton Franklin Complete Count Committee. Their goal is that everyone gets counted. United Way of Benton & Franklin Counties was recently awarded a grant and a state contract to support the strategies to increase our region’s response rate. The census is just 10 questions and takes an average of 10 minutes to complete. To ensure a complete count, some concerns must first be addressed and understood.

How safe is it?

Federal law protects all census responses. Your information is confidential and will never be accessed by law enforcement or immigration

enforcement agencies, the IRS, or any other agency or person. It also cannot be used to determine eligibiliLoAnne Ayers ty for governUnited Way of ment benefits. Benton & Franklin The 2020 Counties census does GUEST COLUMN not ask for Social Security numbers or citizenship. In fact, you can skip questions that make you uncomfortable—like ethnicity or gender—and still be counted.

How does the census impact my family and community?

For every person not counted, our community loses $2,300 in federal funds, each year for the next 10 years. We also won’t get our fair share of state funds to support the needs of our growing communities. State and federal governments use census data to determine how much our community receives for public transit, job training, school lunches, special education, foster care, college student tuition support, Medicare

Part B, food and housing for lowincome families and more. Businesses use it to decide where to build or expand, which creates jobs and economic activity. Local government officials use it to ensure public safety and plan for new schools, hospital expansion and utilities. The census also makes sure that our region is fairly represented. Results determine how many seats each state gets in the House of Representatives and designates boundaries of the congressional and state legislative districts, based on population shifts.

How do I identify a scam?

Being informed is the best way to spot a scam. Here’s what you need to know: The U.S. Census Bureau will never ask for your Social Security number, money or anything on behalf of a political party. It won’t ask for bank or credit card account numbers, your mother’s maiden name, or threaten you with arrest if you do not comply. If a document or person asks for any of this information, even if it looks official, don’t respond! Census Bureau employees will


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never ask to come into your home. All Census Bureau employees have a badge that includes their name, photo, U.S. Department of Commerce watermark and an expiration date. If a person refuses to show this badge, close the door. The Census Bureau will never initiate contact with you though email. They may send you a follow-up email, for example, if your written census response is hard to read. Official emails and links always will have a domain and will be encrypted. Look for “https://” and a lock symbol in the browser window. If you receive an email claiming to be from the Census Bureau that ends with “.com,” delete it.

How can I complete the census?

Starting April 1, you can respond online in English or 12 additional languages, including American Sign Language. Public access computers, such as at our local libraries, also will be available for use. By mid-April, a paper questionnaire will be mailed to every household which hasn’t already responded. In mid-May, census takers will be available in-person to help and will begin visiting homes that haven’t responded to make sure everyone is counted.

How can I help increase our count?

Census 2020 is a big deal and our community needs your help. First, commit to answering the census for your household. Second, support the Benton Franklin Complete Count Committee. As a trustworthy source of information to your employees and customers, you can help to spread the word. Census education materials are available for businesses, schools, media and other organizations. Request materials, schedule a quick presentation and even download resources at To become a community partner, email Take the pledge now to take 10 minutes out of your day to answer the census to help our community for the next 10 years. LoAnn Ayers is president and chief executive officer of United Way of Benton & Franklin Counties. She is a “double-Coug,” having earned her Master of Business Administration and doctorate from Washington State University. At the local United Way, she ensures local resources get maximum benefit to improve lives in our community. She is also one of the champions for our local census organizing committee.



uBRIEF IRS: Don’t let ghosts prepare your income taxes

The Internal Revenue Service cautions taxpayers to avoid using “ghosts” to prepare their taxes. A ghost preparer does not sign a tax return they are paid to prepare. Paid preparers are required by law to sign federal tax returns and must have a valid Preparer Tax Identification Number, or PTIN. According to the IRS, ghosts typically print a return and tell the client to sign and mail it to the IRS. For e-filed returns, the unscrupulous preparer will refuse to digitally sign as the paid preparer. Taxpayers should be suspicious if they’re asked to pay the preparer in cash and don’t receive a receipt, if the preparer invents income to qualify the client for tax credits, claims fake deductions to boost the size of the refund or directs refunds to the preparer’s bank account rather than the taxpayer’s account. Some taxpayers are eligible for free preparation services. Visit for information.

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Meals on Wheels is a program of Senior Life Resources Northwest and is supported by donations. For those 60 and older, the suggested donation is $3 per meal. Meals may be purchased by those younger than 60 for $7.45. Menu substitutions may occur. For reservations, call between 9 a.m. and noon the day before your selected meal. For reservations in Richland, call 509-943-0779; Kennewick: 509-585-4241; Pasco: 509543-5706; Parkside: 509-545-2169; Benton City: 509-588-3094; Prosser: 509-786-1148; and Connell: 509234-0766. The Senior Dining Café at 1834 Fowler St. in Richland serves soups, sandwiches and salads without a reservation. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 509-736-0045.

and berries. • Tuesday, Feb. 11: Lemon pepper cod, white rice, pea and cheese salad, bread with margarine, cranberry oat bar. • Wednesday, Feb. 12: Chicken and rice casserole, glazed baby carrots, bread with margarine and chocolate cake. • Thursday, Feb. 13: Baked ziti, broccoli, tossed salad with dressing, breadstick and fruit cocktail. • Friday, Feb. 14: Scrambled eggs and peppers, sausage patty, chuck wagon potatoes, bran muffin with margarine and mandarin oranges. • Monday, Feb. 17: Closed for Presidents Day. • Tuesday, Feb. 18: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes with gravy, tossed salad with dressing, bread with margarine and chocolate pudding. • Wednesday, Feb. 19: Chicken alfredo, green beans, breadstick and peaches. • Thursday, Feb. 20: Harvest apple pork chop, mashed sweet potatoes, broccoli Normandy, bread with margarine and brownie. • Friday, Feb. 21: Birthday day. Roast beef, mashed potatoes with gravy, Italian vegetables, roll with margarine and ice cream. • Monday, Feb. 24: Smothered pork chop, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, bread with margarine and pears.

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Here’s who’s moving into that new building at Columbia Center By Wendy Culverwell

Starbucks Co. and Habit Burger expect to join MOD Pizza in a new strip mall taking shape in front of JCPenney at Columbia Center in Kennewick. The 7,363-square-foot building is being built on land recently sold to a Yakima developer known for building strip malls and hotels. Hogback Development Co., led by Chris Waddle, bought a portion of the parking lot from JCPenney for $1.1 million on Dec. 17, the same day the city of Kennewick issued a permit for the $700,000 project at 1659 N. Columbia Center Blvd. The new owner isn’t yet posted in Benton County property records, but a real estate excise tax statement con-

firms JCPenney sold a portion of the land. The building will include three spaces and a drive-thru. Hogback Development is primarily focused on projects in Yakima, but has at least one other active development in the Tri-Cities. It developed Sandifur Crossing, a 13.5-acre continuing development at Road 68. Anchored by Grocery Outlet, the latest phase Porter’s Real Barbecue and Jamba to Pasco in November. MOD Pizza confirmed it will open at the Columbia Center site in August. The Seattle-based made-to-order chain opened its first Tri-City restaurant in 2017 at Richland’s Queensgate district and has expressed an interest in opening multiple locations in the Mid-Columbia.

A spokeswoman for Habit Burger said the lease isn’t finalized at Columbia Center, but the California burger chain hopes to make its Tri-City debut this summer. Habit Burger dishes up ame-cooked burgers, sandwiches and salads at seven Puget Sound area restaurants but has not yet arrived in Eastern Washington. Founded in 1969 in Santa Barbara, California, Habit Burger will be a corporate sibling to KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell under a $375 million acquisition by Yum! Brands Inc. (NYSE: YUM) announced on Jan. 6. A spokesperson for Seattle-based Starbucks confirmed it will open its newest Kennewick location this summer. Starbucks has more than 13 TriCity locations.

Photo by Wendy Culverwell Construction is underway on a 7,363-square-foot building with room for at least one restaurant and a drive-thru in the JCPenney parking lot at Columbia Center mall in Kennewick.

Meet the 2020 Mid-Columbia Ag Hall of Famers By Senior Times staff

The Pasco Chamber of Commerce and the Port of Pasco inducted seven longtime farmers and advocates for agriculture into the 2020 Mid-Columbia Ag Hall of Fame at the 20th annual dinner and installation gala on Jan. 16 at the Pasco Red Lion Hotel and Conference Center. The Ag Hall of Fame honors farmers, families and agribusiness leaders for their contributions to the community.

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and Jim Lancaster are being jointly honored for their in uence on the development of agriculture. Hafer and her Orvalla Hafer husband Raymond established Hafer Farms in Adams County. She is noted for being a tireless volunteer for 4-H, the Adams County Fair Board, the Othello Junior Livestock Sale Association and other organizations.

The Lancasters are Idaho natives who moved to the Columbia Basin in 1961. Jim, a Korean War veteran, was eligible for a veterans’ land draw. The couple settled on Unit 234, Block 20, where they converted dryland wheat to irrigated ag land. Cindy worked off the farm as an educator and was named Wa s h i n g t o n State Teacher of the Year in 1990. Together, the couple have been involved with the FrankCindy and Jim lin County Lancaster Cattleman’s Association since its inception. They have contributed time to Franklin County Fire District 4, Wahluke Water Association, Basin City/Park Arena, the 20-3 Grazing Association, Connell FFA and 4-H.

Rising Star Award

Shae and Greg Frichette of Frichette Winery are being honored in the category that recognizes young professionals who demonstrate a commitment to the community. The Frichettes started their first wine venture in 2013 in a converted pole building on Red Mountain near Benton City. Since then, they have fostered the industry by Shae and Greg providing jobs, Frichette tours and field trips to students

in the Washington State University Tri-Cities wine science program. They are active in the Red Mountain American Viticultural Area, Visit Tri-Cities, Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce and Benton City Giving Garden.

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Dennis Munden is a retired agriculture education teacher who worked in schools across the Tri-Cities, including Kamiakin, ColumDennis Munden bia-Burbank, Pasco, Warden and River View high schools. He was the 1994 Washington Association of Agriculture Educators Teacher of the Year and has been recognized for his contributions to education with the Crystal Apple award.

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Pasco native Denny Hayden spent five years in Portland working in banking before farming brought him home to begin his own venture He served on the board of Denny Hayden the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission and is a 30-year member of the Cherry Institute board. He was named the Good Fruit Grower of the Year and is active in Knights of Columbus.


SENIOR TIMES • FEBRUARY 2020 uBRIEFS State opens coronavirus command center

The Washington State Emergency Operations Center is on full activation status to coordinate the state’s response to the threat posed by a newly emerging virus from China. The novel coronavirus had led to at least one illness in the state to date. The Emergency Operations Center at Camp Murray near Tacoma is a full-time emergency coordination center. It was raised to “Level One” Jan. 26. The Department of Health is the lead agency. The operations center includes a Joint Information Center, where representatives from public health and medical services, agricultural and natural resources work together. The World Health Organization has not declared a pandemic, but it recommends standard sanitation steps to help reduce exposure: • Wash hands frequently using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water. • Cover coughs and sneezes with a flexed elbow or tissue. Throw tissues away immediately and wash hands. • Avoid close contact with those who have fevers or coughs. • Seek medical help if experiencing a fever, cough or difficulty breathing. • Avoid consumption of raw or undercooked animal products. Track the global status of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) on the WHO web site at The state health department provides local information at doh.wa. gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus

Cancer center, Kennewick kitchen offer cooking series

The Tri-Cities Cancer Center and Red Mountain Kitchen are collaborating on a series of cooking classes in even-numbered months. Chef Kyle Thornhill of Professional Food Services will lead the classes, which will meet from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Red Mountain Kitchen, 212 W. Kennewick Ave. Cost is $50 per class, which includes supplies and an apron. Participants will prepare healthy meals to eat or take home. The series begins Feb. 13 and continues with sessions on April 16, June 10, Aug. 12 and Oct. 14. Call 509-737-3413 or visit to register.

Gen. James Mattis to speak at Boy Scout Breakfast

Richland’s most famous son is supporting local Boy Scouts. Former Secretary of Defense and Marine Gen. James Mattis will give the keynote address at the Boy Scout Leadership Breakfast honoring community leaders George Garlick and Ed Ray at 7 a.m. March 19 at the Pasco Red Lion. The Blue Mountain Council will present Garlick and Ray with its North Star Award, given for their support of youth and families. Mattis is a former Boy Scout and retired Marine Corps general who served as President Donald Trump’s first Secretary of Defense. Tickets to the event are available at bluemountainscouts. org/2020breakfast. Tickets are $50, with sponsorships available from $100 to $10,000. Call 509-735-7306 for information.

Kennewick developers plan up to 600 homes in Pasco

A pair of Kennewick homebuilders will construct 500 to 600 townhomes and condominiums on the Pasco waterfront after buying the former Harris Farm. Ruslan Gorbatyuk and Peter Strizhak, who own Infinity Homes, Pro Made Construction and several other businesses in Kennewick, formed SG Land Management LLC to buy most of the farm at a November auction. The duo, backed by investors, paid $4.5 million for 39 acres of agricultural land and a 2,300-square-foot waterfront home, 11530 W. Court St. “It’s a good location,” Strizhak said, noting the close proximity to the Columbia should result in a strong community. Gorbatyuk and Strizhak have not yet named the project. Although the site is in unincorporated Franklin County, it is expected to be annexed

into the city of Pasco and is considered part of the Broadmoor area. The city is creating a master plan to develop thousands of homes as well as retail, businesses and parks on the roughly 1,500 acres sandwiched between and Road 100 and Broadmoor Boulevard. A new sewer line to serve the area passes the farm. The Harris property faces Richland’s Columbia Point from the Franklin County side. Two additional homes on the river were sold separately to AP Properties, a Pasco real estate investment firm, also known as Absolute Power Inc., for $580,000. AP said it acquired the homes as a mid- to long-term investment and has no immediate plans to use or develop the site. Strizhak said he and his partner have not finalized a site plan. They are working with the city. He anticipates a residential project but didn’t rule out some commercial. Construction could begin within 18 months. Strizhak said the intent is to bring the property within the city. The Harris family moved to the area just west of Pasco during World War II after the government requisitioned its original dairy farm for a storage depot that became Big Pasco Industrial Park after the war.

Lourdes, Trios tout tech that cuts surgery times, exposure

Lourdes Medical Center in Pasco and Trios Hospital at Southridge in Kennewick announced they have acquired robotic guidance and navigation technology to aid surgeons during spinal surgery. The new technology enables more precise surgery, leading to less invasive procedures, decreased surgery time, and radiation exposure to those working in operating rooms. “It’s a win-win, offering benefits to both patients and our staff,” Rob Monical, chief executive officer of Lourdes, said in a news release.

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KeyBank will close its Richland branch on March 20. Customers of the Richland branch will have their accounts automatically transferred to the Columbia Center branch at 6717 W. Canal Drive, Kennewick, which is five miles away. Clients are asked to transfer the contents of their safe deposit boxes. A spokeswoman said the closure was a business decision based on customer usage and does not lessen the bank’s commitment to the market.

Regis, Mastercuts close at Columbia Center

The Beautiful Group has closed 300 hair salons, including two at Kennewick’s Columbia Center, as part of a larger move to return salons to Minneapolis-based Regis Corp. The Beautiful Group, based in Beverly Hills, transferred 200 mallbased salons operating as Regis and Mastercuts to Regis to settle credit issues. Beautiful Group acquired the salons from Regis in 2017. Those salons remained open because they have continuing lease obligations. The salons that closed did not have ongoing leases, Regis said in a statement in late December.

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SENIOR TIMES • FEBRUARY 2020 uBRIEFS AARP offering free tax help in Tri-Cities, Burbank

The AARP Foundation is providing free in-person tax assistance and preparation through April 15 through its TaxAide Program. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers are trained and IRS-certified each year to ensure they know about and understand the latest changes to the U.S. Tax Code. Assistance is being offered in the following locations: • Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Drive, 5-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 9:30-11:30 a.m. Saturdays. Call 509-942-7454. • Richland Community Center, 500 Amon Park Drive, 8:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. No clients accepted after 11 a.m. Call 509-9427529. • Mid-Columbia Libraries, Kennewick branch, 1620 Union St., 5-7:30 p.m. Mondays; 5 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays; 12:30-3 p.m. Thursdays. First Monday of month, open at 6 p.m. Second Tuesday of month, closed (Feb. 11, March 10 and April 14). Closed Presidents Day on Feb. 17. Call 509783-7878. • Pasco Police Community Center, 215 W. Sylvester St., 9-11:30 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. • Mid-Columbia Libraries Pasco branch, 1320 W. Hopkins St., 2-5 p.m. Wednesdays. Call 509-545-1019. • Mid-Columbia Libraries Keewaydin Park branch, 405 S. Dayton St., 12:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesdays; 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays. Call 509-586-3156. • Burbank Library, 875 Lake Road, 4-6 p.m. Thursdays and 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Call 509-545-6549. For more information, including which documents to bring to the tax site, call 888-227-7669 or visit

Washington residents reported $29M in scams and fraud in 2019

The Federal Trade Commission reports Washington residents filed nearly 57,000 claims representing losses of more than $29 million to scams and fraud in 2019. The federal agency refunded about $2.7 million to consumers, less than 10 percent of the reported losses. The most common complaints included imposter scams. That was followed by complaints concerning identity theft, telephone and mobile services, online shopping and negative reviews and banks and lenders.

Nationally, consumers reported losing more than $1.9 billion to fraud in 2016. Of that, nearly $667 million in losses resulted from imposter scams. The Better Business Bureau Northwest reported that Tri-Citians claimed to lose $138,000 in scams in 2019. The FTC works to recover money from organizations that engage in illegal activity. File complaints and learn more about protecting yourself and loved ones from scams at

State parks announce free days for 2020

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission has listed the days in 2020 when visitors to state parks will not need a Discover Pass for day-use visits. The free days do not apply to SnoParks. Through March, visitors to SnoParks will need Sno-Park permits, which are available for purchase online or from vendors throughout the state. For more information about winter recreation permit requirements, visit: This year’s free days are: • Thursday, March 19 — State parks’ 107th birthday • Saturday, April 11 — Springtime free day • Wednesday, April 22 — Earth Day • Saturday, June 6 — National Trails Day • Sunday, June 7 — Free Fishing Day • Saturday, June 13 — National Get Outdoors Day • Tuesday, Aug. 25 — National Park Service birthday • Saturday, Sept. 26 — National Public Lands Day • Wednesday, Nov. 11 — Veterans Day • Friday, Nov. 27 — Autumn free day State Parks free days are in keeping with the legislation that created the Discover Pass, a $30 annual or $10 one-day permit required on lands managed by Washington State Parks and the Washington departments of Natural Resources and Fish and Wildlife. The Discover Pass legislation provided that State Parks could designate up to 12 free days each year when the pass would not be required to visit state parks. The Discover Pass is still required to access lands managed by WDFW and DNR on these days.

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