Senior Times - February 2016

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February 2016

Volume 4 • Issue 2

Elk feeding at Oak Creek

Agriculture leaders honored

A buzz about bees

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Pasco Chamber announces 2016 Ag Hall of Fame inductees By Loretto J. Hulse Three farmers, a businessman, a teacher and a banker were welcomed into the Mid-Columbia Agriculture Hall of Fame Jan. 21. The six have all been longtime residents of Southeastern Washington. The inductees’ names were announced at a Greater Pasco Chamber of Commerce luncheon Jan. 5. The group was formally inducted into the Mid-Columbia Agriculture Hall of Fame at a dinner Jan. 21 at the Pasco Red Lion Hotel. The dinner was sponsored by the Chamber and the Port of Pasco. The six 2016 inductees will make a total of 69 members of the Agriculture Hall of Fame, said Colin Hastings, executive director of the Pasco chamber. This year’s inductees are the late Lawrence and Iris Hayes of the Connell area, Dick Muhlbeier of Pasco, Kerrin Bleazard of Pasco, Bob Tippett of Pasco and Chep Gauntt of Burbank. The early members of the MidColumbia Agricultural Hall of Fame were all Mid-Columbia agricultural pioneers, Hastings said. “When we first began the Agriculture Hall of Fame in 2000, there was just the one category — the Pioneer Award,” he said. “Six or eight people were inducted that first year and then later categories, like the Agricultural Advisor Award and this year the Stewardship award was added.” The 2016 inductees are being recognized for their outstanding contributions to agriculture and agribusiness in four categories: the Pioneer Award, Young Agribusiness Person of the Year, Agricultural Advisor Award and the Visionary Award. uAGRICULTURE, Page 14

Megan Savely, owner of Frost Me Sweet in Richland, puts the finishing touches on a frosting chrysanthemum decorating the top of a cupcake. It’s one of the designs she’ll be teaching at a March cake decorating class for Kennewick Community Education.

Local chefs, school districts offer spring cooking classes By Loretto J. Hulse Learn some new culinary techniques, test out some tasty recipes and enjoy spending time with fellow foodies at one of the many cooking classes being offered now through this spring. Kennewick Community Education has an impressive list of classes to choose from ranging from traditional Jewish dishes to Chinese cuisine, quick pasta sauces to cupcake creations. Two classes are also being offered at the impressive Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center in Prosser. At these two students will be able to sip a glass of wine or beer while watching Chef Kristin Johnson whip up several sweet and savory dishes. Here’s a rundown of the culinary opportunities available:

Kennewick Community Education There are 12 cooking classes being offered now until May through Kennewick Community Education. The classes will cover some traditional dishes from various regions of the world, some easy recipes for twosomes and the basics of using a pressure canner to preserve low-acid foods like meats. Megan Savely, founder and owner of Frost Me Sweet Bistro & Bakery in Richland, will share baking and cake decorating tips in a March 22 class. “This will be a hands-on class, so be prepared for sticky fingers,” Savely said. With the class scheduled two days after the first day of spring Savely’s theme is going to be flowers — roses, mums — whatever strikes her fancy. uCULINARY, Page 2

Medicare offers weight loss program that can help you meet New Year’s goals By Mary Coffman It’s a new year and that has many people making weight loss a priority. Many may be looking into one of the many weight-loss programs available commercially to consumers, but those who are eligible for Medicare, may have options they don’t know about. In some cases, Medicare pays for obesity screening as a preventative service. For those who qualify for the obesity screening, Medicare pays for up to

22 face-to-face, intensive counseling sessions a year with a primary care doctor who accepts Medicare. Qualifying clients must have a body mass index of 30 or higher. Those who are interested should contact their primary care doctor first to see if they offer the program, which they can read more about on the Medicare website. Even if you don’t qualify, here are some tips that can help you in your quest to lose those extra pounds. uMEDICARE, Page 9

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CULINARY, From page 1 “I’ll get everyone started and then walk around the class and help,” Savely said, deftly swirling buttercream frosting atop a cupcake. Cake decorating looks intimidating, but it’s actually easy, Savely said. “It’s all about technique. Most people either squeeze the pastry bag too hard, making globs of frosting, or not enough,” she said. “Once you’ve mastered how hard to squeeze it just takes practice, lots of practice.” The best part of practicing, she added, is getting to eat your mistakes. Each student will have five cupcakes to practice on. Savely will provide the pre-baked cupcakes, frosting and decorating tools. The class schedule for Kennewick Community Education is: • Feb. 9, Traditional Jewish Cuisine Debbie Green will show participants how to make several traditional Hanukkah foods. The class is 6:308:30 p.m. at Kennewick High School. The cost is $21 plus a $5 supply fee to

be paid to the instructor. Students will take home the recipes and samples. • Feb. 11, Five Spice Stewed Beef Eva Hsia-Elwell will demonstrate a staple Chinese stew with homemade noodles. The class is 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Kamiakin High School. Tasting and recipes are included. The cost is $25. • Feb. 18, Lurou Fan and Fish Ball Soup Hsia-Elwell will teach students how to make a popular Taiwanese minced pork dish with fish ball soup. Participants will help prepare both dishes, sample them and take home recipes. The class is 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Kamiakin High School. The cost is $25. • Feb. 25, Moo Shu Pork and Tofu Miso Soup Hsia-Elwell will teach students how to prepare the traditional dishes, which they can then sample the dishes and take home. The class is 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Kamiakin High School. The cost is $21. • Mar. 3, Sophisticated Sticky Rice

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Hsia-Elwell will teach participants how to prepare this favorite dim sum dish, which they can sample. The class is 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Kamiakin High School. The cost is $25. • Mar. 8, Supper Norwegian Style Karen Aanes, a member of the Sons of Norway Sol-Land Lodge, will show how students to prepare a traditional Norwegian meal from appetizer to dessert. Students will enjoy a traditional Norwegian meal and take home the recipes. The class is 6-7:30 p.m. at Kamiakin High School. The cost is $25. • Mar. 22, Cupcake Creations This class, taught by Megan Savely, owner of Frost Me Sweet, is open to adults and children 12 years and older. Students will take home their delicious creations. The class is 6-7 p.m. at Kamiakin High School. The cost is $25. • April 14, Pan Sauces/Cooking for Two Harris of Catering to You will demonstrate four easy-to-make dishes with sauces. The class is 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Kamiakin High School. Participants will sample each dish and take home recipes. The cost is $25. • April 23, No Fear Pressure Canning Connie Carson will teach the basics of preserving low-acid foods using a pressure cooker. The class will be noon to 3 p.m. at Southridge High School. Students will can chicken and take home at least one jar. Cost is $23 plus a $10 supply fee, to be paid to the instructor. • April 28, Quick Pasta Sauces Harris of Catering To You will demonstrate a variety of red sauces from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Kamiakin High School. Students sample sauces and take home recipes. The cost is $25. • May 5, A Trip To Asia Harris of Catering To You will prepare four Asian dishes from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Kamiakin High School. Students will sample dishes and take home the recipes. The cost is $25. Pre-registration is required for each of the classes and space is limited. Register online via credit card at www. Or pay in cash or by check at the Kennewick School District Administration Center, 1000 W. Fourth Ave., Kennewick. The Administration Center is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center, Casual Culinary Series Chef Kristin Johnson of Martilla’s Kitchen in Prosser will lead two classes at the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center in Prosser during February and March. • Feb. 18, Death by Chocolate .Johnson will demonstrate how to create Chocolate Chorizo Chile, Dark Chocolate Cherry Pots de Crème and Cocoa Pecan Espresso. uCULINARY, Page 8

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Get close up view of wintering elk at the Oak Creek Wildlife Area

By Elsie Puig for Senior Times On an overcast snow-covered day, a large herd of elk herd plows over ridge and gathers aside a gated fence just below the hills near Naches. They form in tight huddles, waiting for flakes of hay to be spread for them across the white-blanketed Oak Creek Wildlife Area each afternoon. Nearly 10,000 visitors come every year from across the Pacific Northwest and beyond to observe the supplemental winter-feeding of Rocky Mountain Elk – up to 1,200 elk, including 90 bulls, sporting impressive widebranched antlers. The elk are fed daily at 1:30 p.m. at the Oak Creek Visitor Center. The elk begin arriving in mid-November annually and stay in the area until March. January and February are the best months for viewing, as deep snow blankets larger areas where they graze, making it harder for them to find food in the higher elevations. You can see cows, bulls, and calves. A large parking lot and viewing area allows the public to observe the elk as they feed. The visitor center is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the winter months and is staffed by volunteers. A Discover Pass or Vehicle Access Pass is required to access Oak Creek Wildlife area. The visitor center has exhibits, information and a kids’ corner. The staff at the Oak Creek offers truck tours, taking visitors for a closeup view of the elk as they feed. Tours are offered on both a first-come, firstserved and reservation basis. The tours are supported by participant donations, which are used to take care of the elk, equipment and maintenance. “This is one of the only places in the country where you can park your vehicle and get out and see them up close,” said Ross Huffman, manager at the wildlife area. “We do tours where people can get on military trucks and see them out in the wild. The tour guides give you history and answer questions. It truly is a special opportunity.” The Rocky Mountain elk are not native to the area. They were brought to the Yakima Valley from Montana in 1913 by a group of sportsmen, landowners, and Yakima County officials who wanted game to hunt. Rocky Mountain elk are migratory animals, and during winter the herd travels from higher elevations in the Cascade Mountains to the lower elevations of the Yakima Valley in the winter to forage for food. “Annual feeding didn’t start till the 60s,” said Huffman. Prior to that, the elk were fed only in truly bad winters. Fences were put up to keep the elk from wandering through the valley and getting into barns and haystacks and damaging

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A herd of elk is fed daily at 1:30 p.m. at the Oak Creek Wildlife Area near Naches every winter. January and February are the best months to see the elk cows, bulls and calves as the snow blankets larger areas where they graze.

crops, he added. The elk are herbivores, grazing on trees, shrubs, flowering plants, and grasses. When food is scarce in the winter, elk can be found foraging in farm fields and orchards. Here, they come into conflict with farmer and ranchers whose orchards occupy land the elk need for wintering. It is the reason the fence and the feeding program was established. The 64,200-acre Oak Creek Unit is 15 miles northwest of Yakima. The State of Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife manages this sparsely timbered area in the grassy foothills. In the mid-1940s, the Department of Fish and Wildlife began building

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almost 120 miles of 8-foot-high fences to keep the elk from damaging private property. The feed trucks drop hay every 10 to 20 feet and when the elk are feeding volunteers count the number of elk. Wintering elk may eat from three to 10 pounds of hay each day at the feeding stations. Elk begin arriving as early as mid-November, with the largest part of the herd arriving when winter pro-

gresses and snow blankets the hills. “The fence was put up in the 40s to provide a safe place for the elks,” said Huffman. “This area is managed for recreation, hunting, camping, and wildlife habitat preservation.” The trip is a special opportunity to learn more about land management, big game hunting, wildlife preservation, and the area’s history. Oak Creek Headquarters is two miles west of the junction of Highway 12 and 410 on Highway 12. You can also visit the bighorn sheep-feeding site near the junction, off 410 on Old Naches Highway. The Bighorn Sheep are fed midmorning. Call the Oak Creek Wildlife area at (509) 653-2390 for more information on wintering wildlife. To make a reservation for the truck tours call (509) 698-5106. For more information, go to oak_creek/.

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Wednesday, Feb. 10 7 p.m. Monthly Meeting Tri-City Genealogical Society Charbonneau 8264 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick 509-554-1050

Saturday, Feb. 20 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. 2016 Regional Home & Garden Show HBA of Tri-Cities TRAC Center, Pasco 509-735-2745

Thursday, Feb. 11 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Valentine’s Bingo Kennewick Senior Center RSVP 509-585-4303

Sunday, Feb. 21 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 2016 Regional Home & Garden Show HBA of Tri-Cities TRAC Center, Pasco 509-735-2745

Wednesday, Feb. 17 7:30 a.m. Annual Breakfast Trios Foundation Tri-Cities Convention Center 509-221-5576

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Sportsmen Show at TRAC

The 22nd Annual Tri-Cities Sportsmen show will be Jan. 22-24 at TRAC in Pasco. The event will include the latest in outdoor equipment, a trophy antler collection, kid’s fishing pond, free air rifle range, free hourly hunting and fishing seminars, retriever demonstrations and more. There will also be an indoor 3-D archery shoot and an outdoor cooking camp hosted by Cee Dub Welch. Exhibitors include retail merchants, factory representatives, outdoor clubs and organizations, taxidermists, wildlife art, fishing boats and fishing and hunting guides. Door prizes are given away hourly. The cost is $9 for adults, $4.50 for children ages 6-12 and children under 6 are free. Friday is Senior’s Day and those ages 60 and older receive admission for $4.50. The one-time admission gets you into the show for all three days. Those who show military I.D. receive $1 off admission. The event hours are 1 – 7 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday.

HHS presents The Little Mermaid

Hanford High Center Stage will present Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jan. 29 – Feb. 6. The production is a musical story of a young mermaid who is curious about the human world and finds a new feeling of love for a human prince. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 29 & 30 and Feb. 3, 5 & 6. There will be a matinee performance at 2 p.m. Feb. 6. Tickets are $12 for students and $15 for adults. For more information, call 509-9677215.

In Brief Tax season opens

Following a review of the tax extenders legislation signed into law in December, the IRS announced that the nation’s tax season will begin as scheduled on Jan. 19. The IRS will begin accepting individual electronic returns that day. The IRS expects to receive more than 150 million individual returns in 2016, with more than four out of five being prepared using tax return preparation software and being e-filed. The filing deadline to submit 2015 tax returns is Monday, April 18, rather than the traditional April 15 date. The IRS urges all taxpayers to make sure they have all their year-end statements in hand before filing, including all W-2s from employers, 1099 forms from banks and other payers and 1095-A form from the Marketplace for those claiming the premium tax credit. Choosing e-file and direct deposit for refunds remains the fastest and safest way to file an accurate income tax return and to receive a refund. The IRS anticipates issuing more than nine out of 10 refunds in less than 21 days. For more information, go to IRS. gov.

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Reading volunteers sought

When you were a child, did you have an adult in your life that helped you believe in yourself? You could be one of those people. Pasco elementary schools are seeking a few special people who like kids and want to help them improve their reading skills. As little as 30 minutes per week of one-on-one attention can make a huge difference in a child’s academic performance and behavior. Research shows that success in schools starts with reading. Project Literacy will prepare you to be placed as a volunteer. No special skills are required, but you will be asked to make a commitment of at least 30 minutes per week during the school year. Bilingual tutors are especially needed, but Spanish or Russian is not required and volunteers don’t need to live in Pasco. To apply, contact Project Literacy


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Men’s Steak Night

Steak, the Word and men. The Men’s Steak Night at Calvary Chapel will be at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 26. The event will include testimonies, fellowship and raffle items like tools, bibles, vacation rentals, archery lessons and more. Tickets are $15 per person and are available at Calvary Chapel TriCities by calling 509-736-2086 or online at

Meals on Wheels seeks drivers

Meals on Wheels needs volunteers to deliver lunch meals weekdays to seniors in Pasco and Kennewick. The time commitment for delivery drivers is from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. one or two days each week. For more information, call 509-735-1911 or email

Pooch & Pal Run & Walk

Pet Over Population Prevention will have its 16th Annual Pooch and Pal Run & Walk at 9 a.m. Mar. 19 at Columbia Point Marina in Richland. You can participate in the one mile or 5K event with or without a canine companion. Registration begins at 8 a.m. or you can register online at The cost is $25, which includes a commemorative t-shirt, or $20 without a t-shirt. This year’s event has a superhero theme, ‘My Dog, My Hero!’ Humans are encouraged to dress up. The event will include vendors, free Starbucks Coffee and Spudnuts.


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Classes on keeping bees and gardening offered this spring By Loretto J. Hulse Bees and gardens go together like fish and the ocean — you can’t have one without the other. That is why a nursery owner, a Master Gardener and members of the Mid-Columbia Beekeepers Association are offering a variety of classes in the next few months through Kennewick Community Education. The beekeeping experts will cover the basics of bees and hives along with harvesting and cooking with honey. While the garden classes span such topics as berries and herbs and low maintenance and organic gardening. David White of Kennewick, one of the founders of the Mid-Columbia Beekeepers Association, will offer a class on basic beekeeping principles Feb. 20. “It’s to help people decide if they want to take on bee colonies or not,” he said. “They’re not hard, but they do require some basic care, though not as much as a dog or cat.” White’s been keeping bees for four decades. He was just 21 years old when he saw a film called ‘City of the Bees,’ which inspired him become a commercial beekeeper. “I decided bees were my destiny,” he said. It was almost a decade later before White found a mentor willing to share his apiary — beekeeping — experience. At that point, White was living in his hometown of Pittsburg, Penn. “I called all the ads I saw in the American Bee Journal asking if they needed any help. One place in California said yes, so I hopped on a Greyhound bus and traveled some 2,000 miles only to find that they really wanted a truck driver to haul the hives from place to place. I really didn’t learn anything about the bees,” he said. White returned home and after spending a year or two at apiaries in Georgia and Arizona, found a beekeeper in Pennsylvania willing to mentor him. “He was wanting to retire and hoping I’d buy him out. That didn’t happen, but I worked with him for several years,” White said. The Pennsylvania beekeeper had 800 to 1,000 hives and used the bees for pollination and honey. “We did all the work by hand, extracting the honey and bottling it, moving the hives,” White said. “That’s where I learned how to work with bees without any protective gear. Pennsylvania in the summer if really hot and humid, those outfits were just way too hot.” Also, in his experience, people

who don’t know about bees, seeing a beekeeper dressed in protective gear, get more apprehensive about knowing there are beehives in the neighborhood. “They’re not aggressive, all they want to do is go out and do their work, gathering pollen for the hive and incidentally pollinating plants for us,” he said. Although an occasional sting is part of beekeeping, he added. White is one of the founders of Mid-Columbia Beekeepers Association, which has about 200 members. The group meets at 6:30 p.m. every second Tuesday of the month. The group is searching for a location to meet regularly each month, but you can check its Facebook page for meeting updates. The group’s website is White said getting started in beekeeping costs $300 to $500 and most people will have at least two hives. In the summer when the bees are hard at work, each hive can shelter as many as 40,000 to 60,000 bees. “But you have to remember, worker bees only live about five weeks, so the population is constantly being replenished,” White said. White and Todd Gervais, both of the Mid-Columbia Beekeepers Association, will be giving a series of classes in February and March through Kennewick Community Education. Beekeeping classes: • Feb. 20 — To Bee or Not to Bee — Backyard Beekeeping David White will cover the basics of beekeeping, giving students enough information they can decide if it’s the right hobby for them. The class runs from 9 a.m. to noon at the Kennewick High School Library. The cost is $23. • Mar. 26 — Beekeeping is Easy Todd Gervais will discuss the five key needs of the hive and how bees can be kept in even small yards. The class is from 9 a.m. to noon at the Kamiakin High School library. The cost is $23. • Mar. 26 — Make Your Own Beehives for Next to Nothing Gervais will show how to build your own hives by repurposing materials already on hand. The class is 12:302:30 p.m. at the Kamiakin High School library. The cost is $17. • Mar. 26 — Pure Sweet Honey Gervais will have a variety of locally produced honeys for sampling, recipes featuring honey and information on the healing powers of honey. The class is from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Kamiakin High School library. The cost is $12. uBEES, Page 10

David White of Kennewick, a member of the Mid-Columbia Beekeepers Association, checks the health of the bees in one of his hives. The bees use the honey in the frames for food during the winter months.



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Senior Times • February 2016 culinary tricks and sip a glass of wine or beer. Copies of the recipes will be provided. For more information about Chef Johnson, go to her website, To register for either of Johnson’s classes, contact the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center, 2140 Wine Country Road, Prosser; 509-786-1000. The center is off I-82 at exit 82, next to Desert Wind Winery. The center’s website is Cooking classes at Castle Catering in Richland • Feb. 13, Sushi with your Sweetheart Chef Andy Craig of Castle Catering


CULINARY, From page 2 The class is 6-8 p.m. and costs $35, plus tax, in advance and $40, plus tax, on the day of the event. Students will be able to sample the recipes, learn a few culinary tricks and sip a glass of wine or beer. Copies of the recipes will be provided. • Mar. 17, Intoxicated with Ireland Chef Johnson will demonstrate how to prepare Roussanne Rosemary Whipped Potatoes, Red Wine Sage Baked Meatloaf and Beer Braised Potato Leek Soup. The class is 6-8 p.m. and the cost is $35, plus tax, in advance or $40 plus tax on the day of the event. Students will sample recipes, learn a few new

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in Richland will walk students through the entire process, from making the perfect rice to creating classic rolls, like California and Spicy Tuna rolls. The class is 6-8:30 p.m. at Anthology Event Center, 706 Williams Blvd., Richland. The cost is $80 per person. • Mar. 2, Ceviche Cooking Experience Craig will teach the proper technique for making ceviche, one of the healthiest and tastiest dishes in the world. Ceviche can be created in a style that can even be Vegan friendly. The class is 6-8:30 p.m. at Anthology Event Center. The cost is $80 per person. • Apr. 6, BBQ Sauce Cooking Experience

Craig can help you become the envy of your neighborhood after you learn to create your own signature secret sauce. There will be plenty of exciting ingredients available for you to perfect your potion — whiskey, jalapenos, paprika and more. The students can try their special sauces with Craig’s special signature apple wood smoked pulled pork and dinner buffet. The class is 6-8:30 p.m. at Anthology Event Center. The cost is $80 per person. To sign up for Castle’s classes, go to or go to www.

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Pasco Parks & Recreation offers snowshoe excursion in Oregon By Mary Coffman The Pasco Parks and Recreation Department is offering a snowshoeing trip in the Umatilla National Forest on Feb. 27. Those who would like to go on the trip are required to attend a special snowshoe lesson from 7-8 p.m. Feb. 23. The lesson will include information about the equipment needed, proper clothing, physical fitness requirements and other snowshoeing tips. The bus will leave Pasco at 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 27 and travel to Woodland Sno-Park, near Spout Springs ski area south of MiltonFreewater, Ore. Participants will snowshoe across a three-mile route that climbs about 600 feet. The cost of the trip is $18 for Pasco residents and $23 for non-residents, which does not include snowshoe rental. The snowshoe rental is $12, plus deposit, which is due at the lesson prior to the trip. Keep moving and exercising through the winter months with the Pasco Senior Center’s Enhance Fitness program, which is designed specifically for those over the age of 40. The program starts monthly and is from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The cost for January is $30 for

Pasco residents and $38 for all others. The class includes use of an underwater treadmill, upper body strengthening exercises, leg strengthening exercises and more. Classes take place from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and are available either Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday. Keeping your feet healthy is essential as you age. Those 60 and older can participate in the Pasco Senior Center’s Foot Care Program, Happy Feet. The program is designed to provide preventative maintenance and education to Franklin County and Burbank residents. Through the program, a registered

MEDICARE, From page 1 • Drink lots of water. Hunger and thirst are often confused, so stay hydrated. But remember not to splurge on a lot of calories, which comes with many flavored soft drinks. Drink water and toss in some fresh fruit slices or mint leaves for extra flavor. • Snack carefully. It’s too easy to derail a diet plan with a mid-day or midnight snack. Be mindful of snacking and make sure your choices offer nutritional value and that they will keep you satisfied until

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nurse will inspect your feet for early detection of corns, calluses, ingrown toenails and other minor foot problems. The nurse will also trim your toenails, apply lotion to your feet and give you instruction on properly caring for your feet at home. The service is free, but there is a suggested donation of $12 $15 per person. The Happy Feet foot care program is your next meal. • Jumpstart your weight loss. Studies show that early weight loss is a predictor of long-term weight loss success. Look for programs that can help keep you motivated, like Weight Watchers or Nutrisystem, which deliver early weight loss success and help keep you on track. • Eat small. Research also shows that eating smaller, more balanced meals throughout your day will results in more weight loss and better maintenance. • Keep a record. Keep a food and

available by appointment only from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. Call 509-545-3459 for an appointment. The Pasco Senior Center has plenty of great activities to help you meet new friends, learn new skills and stay active. For more information about activities at the Pasco Senior Center, call 509-545-3459. exercise diary to help you stay accountable and be more mindful of your activity and what you are eating. • Be more active. Keep moving. Exercise doesn’t have to be daunting. Start small, with exercises short sessions three times a day and increase the sessions as you become more conditioned. • Seek support. Losing weight is never easy. Find a weight loss counselor, dietician, group or online community to turn to for support.

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AARP volunteers offer tax help at Richland Community Center By Mary Coffman Tax time is right around the corner, but there’s no need to panic — and plenty of time to prepare. AARP Tax Aide volunteers can help. They will be available at the Richland Community Center to provide free, confidential advice to help seniors and low-income taxpayers prepare their tax returns properly and to answer questions. The volunteers will be available from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday from Feb. 2 through April 14. Appointments are not necessary. You will need to bring a copy of your prior year’s tax return, as well as documents supporting information to prepare this year’s return, including real estate tax statements. The Richland Community Center is an electronic filing site and will not

prepare returns for paper filing. For quicker and safer tax refunds, it is recommended that taxpayers have refunds directly deposited into their bank accounts, so you will need to have your bank account information. Yoga is a great way to build strength, gain better balance and flexibility, while reducing stress. The Richland Parks & Recreation’s Yoga Joy class is a great way to learn the proper yoga postures. The classes take place from 5:45 – 7 p.m. each Thursday in the activity room at the Richland Community Center. The cost for January is $30.75 for residents and $38.50 for all others. The February AARP Smart Driver defensive driving course will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16 and Wednesday, Feb. 17. The course focuses on age-related changes and teaches you how to compensate for those changes. Participants

BEES, From page 7 Gardening Classes • Feb. 10 — Perpetual Edibles Learn how to harvest delicious, healthy berries and fruit in your own yard. Tom Kay, owner of The Flower Farm in Kennewick, will talk about care, potential problems to watch for and placement. The class will be 7 to

8 p.m. at the Ridge View Elementary library. The cost is $12. • Feb. 17 — Herbs Kay will talk about choosing and growing herbs and using them in salads and sauces. The class will be 7 to 8 p.m. at Ridge View Elementary Library. The cost is $12. • Feb. 20 — Intro to Organic

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must attend both days. The cost is $15 for AARP members, who must show their AARP card, and $20 for all others. Participants may receive a discount on their insurance for completing the course. Geocaching is a great hobby for those who like to explore, regardless of age — and it’s a great way to use that Smartphone for something other than phone calls and Facebook. Learn the basics of Geocaching during a free introductory session from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5. The instructors will show you how to use the geo-

caching website and a GPS unit, and then you’ll get to practice what you learn by taking a short geocaching adventure in Howard Amon Park. Space is limited, so register online or by calling the Richland Community Center. For a full list, view the Richland Parks and Recreation’s Fall Activity Guide at For more information about upcoming events or to register for any of these events, call 509-942-7529 or go to

Gardening Todd Gervais, a member of the Mid-Columbia Beekeepers Association, will talk about growing pesticide-free produce that is resistant to insects, fungus and viruses, as well as non-pesticide methods of pest control. The class will be 1 to 2 p.m. at the Kennewick High School

library. The cost is $12. • Feb. 20 — Low Maintenance Gardening Gervais will discuss how to make gardening less labor intensive and how to put the garden on cruise control when you leave town. The class will be 2 to 3 p.m. at the Kennewick High School library. The cost is $12. • Feb. 24 — Tomatoes & Peppers Kay will talk about growing the two sometimes challenging veggies. The class will be from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Ridge View Elementary library. The cost is $12. • April 27 — Vegetable Gardening Bill Dixon, a Washington State University Extension Master Gardener, will discuss establishing a garden, improving the soil, choosing plants, watering and caring for them. He’ll also cover container gardening. The class will be 7 to 8 p.m. at Southridge High School. Cost is $12. Pre-registration for all classes is required. Register online via credit card at You may also pay with cash or by check at the Kennewick School District Administration Center, 1000 W. Fourth Ave., Kennewick. The Administration Center is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.

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Distinguishing the revocable living trust from the will-based estate plan By Beau Ruff for Senior Times You’ve likely heard finance experts say it. In fact, Suze Orman wrote about it in the July 2015 issue of the Costco Connection. It is this piece of estate planning wisdom: “A revocable living trust is a document all families should have.” Is this true? Do you need a revocable living trust here in Washington state? The two primary methods to pass property to your heirs are the Will and the Revocable Living Trust. Most of us are familiar with the Will. But, the RLT sounds so interesting, exotic and esoteric. Do you need one? First, let’s understand the RLT. It is a separate entity. In a sense, it is like setting up your own corporation. The attorney drafts the shell (the trust), and you transfer in all your assets into the trust. For example you deed your house from Beau Ruff to Beau Ruff, Trustee of the Beau Ruff Trust dated January 1, 2016. Now, Beau Ruff is not the owner of the house any longer, but Beau Ruff — in his fiduciary capacity — is the owner of the house. And the RLT dictates how the trust is administered during life and death. Largely, during life, you would have unfettered access to the trust and its assets, just as you have access to your assets without the trust. Does the RLT offer advantages over Will-based planning? For income tax purposes, the RLT is a grantor trust, meaning it is treated as if the trust didn’t exist at all. This means there is not a single

income tax advantage or tax planning opportunity to the arrangement. The Beau Ruff Trust doesn’t die like Beau Ruff Beau Ruff eventually Cornerstone will. This Wealth Stategies means that the property in the RLT is not generally subject to the dreaded “probate.” People often fear that word — probate. Most aren’t really sure what it is, but they want to avoid it at all costs. With a properly structured RLT, probate is avoided. But, in Washington, the probate process is much simpler and less expensive than other states. It is not a process to be feared. Further, the RLT is administered through a process called “Trust Administration.” Since about 2013, the administration of a RLT though the trust administration process is substantially similar to the probate process for a Will. For most people, the perceived advantages of avoiding probate are not realized. The Will is generally simpler to draft, less expensive and less complicated. And, to the extent the RLT is not properly ‘funded’ (that it, all the assets must be properly titled in the name of the trust), then there is the possibility you would go through both trust administration and probate to properly administer the

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estate. There is no estate tax savings when comparing an RLT and a Will, with associated testamentary irrevocable trusts. There is no creditor protection for an RLT above and beyond that achieved with a Will-based plan (with associated testamentary irrevocable trusts). The Will is public, so it is filed at the county courthouse upon death. The RLT is typically not filed at the courthouse. This privacy is typically of limited value. Most people do not venture to the courthouse to read wills. And, if someone does happen to read a will, it is usually pretty bland. In some cases with celebrities or politicians or sensitive bequests, like ‘I give $1000 a month to my son John Smith who is a meth addict, but only so long as he can pass a urinalysis exam to show he is clean of meth at the time of distribution,’ the privacy might be important. Most people don’t find value in the privacy proposition offered by Trusts. So, the RLT costs more, it is more complicated to set up, the advantages so far seem small. Why would anyone set up the RLT? In my opinion, there is really one major factor that weighs in favor of the RLT- the amount and nature of real property owned outside of Washington. If there is a lot, consider the RLT. If there is not, you are probably just as well off with a Will-based estate plan. Ask your trusted estate-planning attorney which he prefers. About 90

percent of the estate plans I draft are Will-based estate plans. For myself and my family I chose a Will-based plan. You don’t want to confuse the RLT with other types of trusts, like irrevocable trusts, which can have real income tax, estate tax and creditor protection attributes that don’t exist in the revocable variety. Also, please note that other states’ laws are different and in other states you can achieve real creditor protection through a RLT and avoid expensive probate costs. Attorney Beau Ruff grew up working for his father at Ruff ’s Giant Burgers. He graduated from Kamiakin High School and obtained both his bachelor’s degree and Juris Doctor degree from Gonzaga. Ruff also has a Master’s degree in Taxation. After law school, Ruff served as a Judge Advocate General’s Corps in the U.S. Army for four years, including a tour to Iraq for which he was awarded the Bronze Star. Beau later practiced as an attorney with the law firm of Leavy, Schultz & Davis, P.S., where he focused on business planning, estate planning, and taxation. In January of 2016, Ruff joined Cornerstone Wealth Strategies in Kennewick. Beau is the President of the Tri-City Estate Planning Council.


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Don’t miss Valentine’s Bingo at the Kennewick Senior Center By Mary Coffman The Kennewick Senior Center is once again organizing its annual Valentine’s Bingo event. The popular event will be 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11 and the cost is $5 in advance or $8 at the door. Bring a friend or family member and spend the afternoon playing bingo, enjoying a delicious dessert and winning prizes. There will be plenty of gift cards available. Advance registration is required. Register online at or by calling the Senior Center at 509-585-4303. The Kennewick Senior Center is planning a day trip to Northern Quest Casino in Spokane Mar. 15. The bus will leave the Senior Center at 8 a.m. and travel to Northern Quest Casino and Resort, where those ages 55 and older can take advantage of the casino’s special Senior Day deals.

You’ll have five hours of free time at the casino, which features 1,800 slot machines, live poker and gaming tables, as well as 14 restaurants and lounges. The cost of the trip is $58 for Kennewick residents who register prior to Mar. 1 and $78 for all others. The trip fee covers the cost of the motor coach only. All meals, snacks and beverages are out-of-pocket. The City of Kennewick is also taking reservations for a trip May 1 to watch the Seattle Mariners play the Kansas City Royals. The bus will depart from Kennewick at 7 a.m. and travel to Seattle for the game. The cost is $93 for those who register by April 13, and $113 for all others. The fee includes transportation, Mariner’s ticket and bus parking, but does not include any meals. The bus will stop for dinner in North Bend on the return trip.

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If you would like to learn to crochet, knit or tat, there is an ongoing class from 1 to 3 p.m. every Thursday. Newbies receive instruction by volunteer teacher Donna Gier. The cost is $2 per day. The Kennewick Senior Center is planning a Bunco Tournament from 1 to 3 p.m. Mar. 25. The cost is $5 in advance or $8 at the door, and you’ll have the opportunity to win one of many valuable gift cards. The Computer Tutor is back to help you gain confidence with your computer skills, offering one-on-one attention during the two-hour class. Students learn about computer basics and components, troubleshooting, security and privacy and more. Classes are 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. or 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 9 and Feb. 23.

The cost is $40 for Kennewick Senior Center Valued Supporters or $60 for all others. If you don’t have a hobby, winter is the perfect time to take up woodcarving and the Kennewick Senior Center is the perfect place. There are Drop-in Woodcarving sessions from 1 p.m. 3 p.m. each Wednesday and from 9 a.m. to noon each Friday. The cost is 75 cents on Wednesdays and $1 on Fridays. Students provide their own wood, tools and supplies, but if you don’t have any, there are some to borrow. Other woodcarvers will help you get started and get you in the groove. For more information about activities at the Senior Center or for questions, call 509-585-4303 or go to

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AGRICULTURE, From page 1 Lawrence and Iris Hayes, who farmed in Block 19 near Mesa and Connell, were honored with the Pioneer Award, which recognizes individuals who have had a significant influence on the development of agriculture in the Mid-Columbia and who unselfishly served their communities. The Hayes family settled in Block 19 of the Columbia Basin Project near Mesa in 1957. Farming in those early years was a true pioneering effort — wind erosion, canal breaches, crop failures and low commodity prices and living conditions were brutal. The Hayes home had no domestic water for the first six months until a community well was

completed. Iris Hayes taught school to bring in extra income and helped establish the Basin City Homemakers and Women in Farm Economics organizations. She was also a founding member of the Columbia Basin Junior Livestock Show. Lawrence Hayes served on the boards of the Big Bend Electric Cooperative and the Mid-Columbia Library District. He was active in the Cattlemen’s Association and other commodity groups. They both volunteered their time as 4-H leaders, firefighters and ambulance drivers. • The Stewardship Award was presented to farmer Chep Gauntt of Bur-

bank. The award honors individuals who actively display exemplary community involvement and enhance agribusiness through leadership or technology development. Gauntt grew up on a family farm in Moses Lake. He studied business at Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake and at Eastern Washington University. He began working at Green Giant, rising through the ranks of management until he was in charge of asparagus operations stretching from Walla Walla to Basin City. Later Gauntt decided to farm independently. He became an avid steward of the land and of agriculture itself, eagerly learning new methods as technology advanced. Gauntt encourages his son, Drex

Gauntt, to use high-tech tools like GPS, variable rate application, soil moisture monitoring and even drones. Gauntt enjoys sharing what he learns with other farmers. Gauntt helped resuscitate the Columbia Basin College agriculture program, the campus farm and the scholarship program. With his input, a “pipeline” concept now starts in high school and can lead to a four-year, and higher, college degree. • The Visionary Award was presented to Bob Tippett of Pasco. It recognizes a person who has had an extraordinary impact on agriculture. Tippett’s family founded Tippett Land and Mortgage Company. In the late 1960s, the firm opened a Kennewick office to broker start-up loans for Columbia Basin farmers. Fresh out of Boise State University with a degree in accounting, Bob Tippett took over the Kennewick office. He returned to Boise when his father died, but moved back to the Tri-Cities in the mid-1980s, when the farm economy was in a slump and banks were foreclosing. Tippett helped many farmers, giving sound advice on how to survive the financial crisis. He also became a partner with Jim O’Conner in a company managing lender-owned farms. Hastings said Tippett is a man of vision who has been involved in agricultural lending, management and real estate. He has operated a hay farm and a seed business, helped develop the Pasco Processing Center and the TRAC facility, and has served the community on the boards of the Pasco and TriCities chambers, TRIDEC, the Wine Science Center, Young Life and other organizations. • The Agriculture Advisor award, which recognizes individuals in agrelated youth programs and similar organizations who have influenced young people through their leadership, guidance and community involvement, was presented to Kerrin Bleazard of Pasco, a teacher at Columbia Basin College. In 2007, Bleazard was chosen to revitalize the agriculture program at CBC through teaching, research and outreach. She quickly moved toward a science-based curriculum that prepares students for 25 four-year degree choices in agriculture and agribusiness. Although she wasn’t raised on a farm, Bleazard became hooked on agriculture while attending a class at Kamiakin High School. She went on to earn Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in agriculture science at Washington State University. Bleazard worked at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and taught agricultural classes at Kahlotus High School before joining the CBC faculty. uAGRICULTURE, Page 15

Senior Times • February 2016  AGRICULTURE, From page 14 Outside of the classroom, Bleazard’s students get hands-on experience working on the CBC farm and in the greenhouse. Her program was honored by the National Association of Agricultural Educators. In 2010, Bleazard was named Outstanding Postsecondary Agricultural Education Teacher, one of only six in the nation earning that distinction. • The Rising Star Award was given to Dick Muhlbeier, manager of RDO Equipment Company of Pasco. The award acknowledges a young individual in the agriculture industry who demonstrates a commitment to community involvement with a dedication to enhancing agriculture. Muhlbeier was raised on the family farm near Basin City. He was active in 4-H and FFA, and won numerous livestock awards at the fairs. While attending Connell High School, he also took classes at Tri-Tech Skills Center in Kennewick to learn about heavy equipment. Muhlbeier worked for RDO in his senior year and excelled in the John Deere Agriculture Program after graduation. He also earned degrees at Walla Walla Community College. Muhlbeier also supports programs for youth, makes sure FFA chapters have tractors for competitions, conducts presentations and tours, and takes heavy machinery to the Kidz Dig Rigz event for the Kadlec Foundation. Muhlbeier helps with the Farm Fair and the Junior Livestock Show and volunteers his time for Second Harvest and Habitat for Humanity. The inductees for the Mid-Columbia Agriculture Hall of Fame are chosen by a committee comprised of past inductees and others active in the industry. Nominations from others in the community are also more than welcome, Hastings said. “The committee meets year ‘round and each candidate goes through quite a vetting process. It’s not a popularity contest,” Hastings said. The committee reviews about 30 to 40 submissions a year to make their choices. Just because a candidate isn’t chosen one year doesn’t mean they’re not considered for another year. “The committee goes through those they have from past years and any new nominations that have come in before making their choices,” Hastings said. Candidates are chosen from farmers, families and agribusiness leaders in Franklin, eastern Benton and western Walla Walla counties. “There’s much more to agriculture than those who grow crops or raise cattle. Some of our inductees are not necessarily farmers but help support agriculture in other ways like banking, insurance, trucking. They, too, have a lot of impact on agriculture,” he said. The Mid-Columbia Agriculture Hall

of Fame is a way to showcase how much agriculture means to this area economically and how much those in agriculture support our community. “What they contribute is amazing, not just financially but in time too,” he said. The Mid-Columbia Agriculture Hall of Fame was created in 2000 to recognize and honor distinguished individuals that have made significant contributions to the agricultural community in the Greater Franklin County region and its immediate surrounding areas, although nominees from areas bordering Franklin County including Eastern Benton county and the western half of Walla Walla County are often considered for this award.


Colin Hastings, executive director of the Greater Pasco Chamber of Commerce, at left, introduces two of the 2016 Mid-Columbia Agriculture Hall of Fame inductees at a luncheon held Jan. 5. At center is Kerrin Bleazard, Columbia Basin College agriculture teacher, who will receive the Agriculture Advisor Award and at right, Dick Muhlbeier, manager of RDO Equipment Company of Pasco, who received the Rising Star Award.

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