Senior Times - January 2020

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JANUARY 2020 Volume 8 • Issue 1

Kennewick firm sells itself so its principals can retire – someday BY WENDY CULVERWELL

New memory care home to open this spring Page 3

Richland resident’s biography describes early canals Page 7

Endive Eatery brings cafe-style dining to West Richland Page 9

MONTHLY QUIZ NASA used technology and tools on the Apollo Missions to take soil and rock samples developed at what archaeological dig in Franklin County? Answer, Page 13

A Kennewick accounting firm has sold itself, a move that ensures continuity for the 500 or so clients who depend on Marple & Marple CPAs to manage their books and prepare their taxes. The sale to PorterKinney PC of Richland opens the door to a possible retirement for at least two of its three principals. Bob Marple Sr., 91, established the firm in 1973 and is still practicing today, together with sons Steve, 65, and Bob Jr., 62. The elder Marple has no intention of retiring. He logs time at the office every day, reporting to work after his daily breakfast with friends at a Kennewick McDonald’s. He works weekends too, relishing the quiet Saturdays when phones are quiet, and no one is peppering him with questions. “As long as my health is good, I will continue,” he said. But Steve and Bob Jr., both certified public accountants, want to retire someday. The sale closed in November, making the Marples employees of PorterKinney. The new owner is keeping the Marple & Marple staff intact in its downtown Kennewick offices. “I’m not quitting now, but I guarantee I won’t be working in my 90s,” Steve said. No path to succession

The transition should be invisible to Marple & Marple clients. But it’s a major transformation for the Marple & Marple team, one of the TriuMARPLE, Page 2

Photo by Wendy Culverwell Steve Lee, who owns Green2Go Recreational cannabis shops with his wife, Jessie, opened Green2Go Wellness to sell CBD products in downtown Kennewick in December. Millefiori, a mini dachshund, helps out.

Kennewick marijuana retailer wants to professionalize the CBD industry


Steve Lee is probably the only small business owner in the Tri-Cities who isn’t complaining about government regulation. Well, he’s not complaining about the rules governing his newest venture, Green2Go Wellness, the CBD retail and delivery business he opened in the former Franz Bakery Outlet, 419 W. Columbia Drive, in December. That’s because Lee and his wife, Jessie, also operate Green2Go Recreational, a legal cannabis retailer with stores

in Finley and Tokio. The cannabis business operates under Washington’s exacting rules for marijuana sales. Green2Go Wellness sells products derived from cannabidiol. CBD is derived from hemp, a member of the cannabis family that is low in THC, the primary psychoactive element of marijuana. It isn’t regulated under Initiative 502, the voter-approved initiative that legalized recreational marijuana in 2012 And since marijuana remains illegal under federal law, owners of “I-502” uCBD, Page 15

Say goodbye to coal in 2020 and hello to clean energy investments BY WENDY CULVERWELL

The Northwest will take a giant step toward a future powered by cleaner energy in 2020 as four coal-burning plants go offline, including one 50 miles southwest of the Tri-Cities. Portland General Electric will complete its 10-year plan to mothball its 600-megawatt coal plant at the Port of Morrow in Boardman. Two of four coal plants at Colstrip, Montana, will shut down by early 2020. And Canadian power giant TransAlta will shut down one of two coal-burning plants at Centralia, Washington. “We’re pretty thrilled with the way things are going,” said Sean O’Leary of

the Northwest Energy Coalition, which joined the push to end reliance on coalgenerated power more than a decade ago. O’Leary notes the shutdowns aren’t the economic catastrophe people imagined. The intervening decade has seen investments in wind, solar and high-efficiency gas projects designed to meet climate goals in both Washington and Oregon. “It’s a really powerful economic story,” he said. PGE’s move to stop burning coal in Boardman, accompanied by new investments in wind, solar and battery power, is of special interest to the Mid-Columbia. Tri-City economic development officials are counting on clean energy to uCLEAN ENERGY, Page 6


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Cities’ oldest family-owned accounting firms. Bob Sr. formed the business in 1973, 20 years after he launched his accounting career with another Tri-City firm. Steve and Bob Jr. would both join the business after graduating from Kennewick High School, then college —Washington State for Steve, the University of Arizona for Bob Jr. The firm employed five CPAs plus support staff, providing tax, trust and accounting services. Marple & Marple lacked a clear path to the future. Steve and Bob Jr. both have children and grandchildren, but they weren’t interested in the family business. There were no internal candidates to take over either. Knowing that they would have to retire someday, the Marples began looking for options to ensure clients would be served in the future. They turned to a business broker to find a buyer. They wanted a partner to take over administrative functions while assuring clients would have someone to take care of them in the future. PorterKinney, led by Chris Porter and Walter Kinney, was the first to call. Young firm ensures path forward

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Photo by Wendy Culverwell Robert E. Marple Sr. CPA., center, has been serving Tri-City clients for more than 60 years. Marple, together with his sons Steve, left, and Robert Jr., right, sold the family firm to PorterKinney PC of Richland in anticipation of retiring—someday.

young Richlanders, who pledged to keep the Marple team intact. Even more important, PorterKinney recruits young accountants and has a strong business management culture, both keys to long-term viability. The transition means Marple clients will have a path to younger accountants when the time comes. “It would have been nice if one of the kids wanted to be involved,” Bob Jr. said. But he has no regrets. His children are happily employed in engineering, education and sales. The unlikely accountant

Bob Marple Sr. had never heard the term “CPA” when he headed to what was then Washington State College in the late 1940s. Born in Pullman in 1929, he’s a third-generation Washingtonian and the son of a part-time farmer. He’d attended school in a one-room schoolhouse and started working on the farm before he turned 10. Farm work would help pay for college, but he didn’t see a future in it. He wanted to follow his passion— music. He went to college intent on majoring in music and becoming a big band musician and composer. He was on his way until a fateful final exam in a choral course. His professor plunked out a few chords and instructed Marple to sing them. Marple played the clarinet and saxophone and wrote music. He didn’t sing it. He said “no” and found himself in need of a new major. He’d enjoyed math and accounting. A new path was forged and he went on to graduate with honors in business. After graduation, he joined the military and was sent to Korea, serving with an observation team that used radar and other gear to track enemy guns. He married and after being discharged, moved to the Tri-Cit-

ies in 1952 to take an accounting job with Niemi Holland & Scott in Kennewick. He’d grown up in the Palouse but had never been to the Tri-Cities. After 20 years, he ventured out on his own, operating as Robert E. Marple CPA. “I figured I wasn’t making as much money as I should have,” he said. His wife, Leellah, worked as his receptionist and secretary. The couple agreed he’d be the boss at work and she’d be the boss at home. Their sons disagree – Mom was the real boss, or “TRB,” as they noted in a company newsletter. Sons follow in Dad’s footsteps

Steve laughs when asked why he followed his father into the family business. He hadn’t really known what his father did for a living. When anyone asked, he’d said Dad was a “businessman.” But he signed up for an accounting class at Columbia Basin College and went on to graduate from WSU. When he joined his father’s firm, “Robert E. Marple CPA” became “Marple & Marple.” Bob Jr. followed a similar path, but with a detour through the University of Arizona. He was offered an accounting job in Tucson, but his father countered with a bigger salary and he came home. The family contemplated another name change, to “Marple and Sons.” They decided to keep the old name figuring Bob Sr. would retire before long. He didn’t. Marple Sr., whose wife died 10 years ago, said he loves the daily interaction with his sons and with clients, some now three generations duration. “I enjoy the clients and working with Bob and Steve. I don’t know what I’d do if I didn’t work.”



New Kennewick memory care home to open this spring BY KRISTINA LORD

Kennewick’s newest residential memory care facility had plans to open this month but the state agency in charge of licensing assisting living facilities likely won’t issue one until March. It typically takes the state Department of Social and Health Services four to six months to process assisted living facility license applications, according to state officials. Windsong at Southridge filed its application Nov. 6. Once open, the facility will be able to accommodate 56 residents. The $6.1 million facility is visible from Highway 395, across from Home Depot, at 4000 24th Ave. Windsong begins the process of hiring staff the second week of January. It’ll employ an eight-member management team, which includes an executive chef, maintenance director, business office manager, health services director who is a registered nurse, resident care coordinator and a life enrichment coordinator. In addition, caregivers, medication assistants and a housekeeper will be brought on for the 24-hour operation. The facility’s staff-to-resident ratio for daytime hours is 1-to-6. As Windsong prepares to open, its executive director and community relations manager have been meeting with community groups around the Tri-Cities to establish partnerships. They say their goal is not to isolate residents, but to bring the community to them and them to the community in “purposeful ways,” said Drew Percival, executive director. “We’ve been developing community partnerships so residents are a part of their community and they’re not locked away,” she said. Windsong’s 13-passenger bus will accommodate regular outings for residents. “In good supportive memory care

that’s designed for them, they come and they thrive,” Percival said. Windsong at Southridge’s unique approach to dementia care involves a Montessori-inspired approach. The Montessori method typically is used with children. The approach values the development of the whole person — physical, social, emotional and cognitive. Montessori classrooms often include multi-age groupings to foster peer learning, uninterrupted blocks of work time and guided choice of work activity. Montessori-based dementia care focuses on muscle memory, the five senses and building on existing skills, interests and abilities. Windsong’s approach allows seniors to tap into their history, experiences and senses by offering hands-on learning opportunities. Engagement stations – some featuring dresses, hats and jewelry to try on, or crafts to do – will be set up throughout the building to provide this purpose to residents. There also will be a nursery with dolls, cribs and rocking chairs. “As our residents walk around, there will be things set up in the environment for them to engage with….it’ll be something on the wall to engage with, to read, to touch,” said Becky Lepinski, community relations manager. A cleaning station outside the neighborhood kitchen will be stocked with mops, brooms and other cleaning supplies under a sign that reads, “Help us keep our home clean.” “They’ll take the broom and instead of wandering down halls, they’ll sweep floors. With Montessori, there’s no right or wrong, it’s all about engagement,” Percival said. Assisted living residents, especially those with dementia, frequently are described as not being able to walk, read or use the restroom independently and that’s not the approach Windsong likes to take, Percival said. “We always want to focus on our residents’ remaining strengths,” she said.

Photo by Kristina Lord Windsong at Southridge’s Executive Director Drew Percival and Community Relations Manager Becky Lepinski are excited to welcome residents to the Tri-Cities’ newest residential memory care community when it opens in March.

Even the language to describe the facility is unique. Windsong doesn’t refer to the two identical sides of its building as “wings,” but as “neighborhoods.” Residents, who meet monthly at resident council meetings, even provide names for them. The meetings also determine activities that are going to happen in the next month and next quarter “because there’s no reason in planning an activity that they’re not interested in or don’t see purpose in,” Percival said. The 36,200-square-foot facility will offer private rooms, a full commercial kitchen, interior and exterior courtyards with wheelchair-accessible garden beds, television areas, two homestyle kitchens, a salon and two Montessoristyle rooms for activities. “Our neighborhoods are circular and all roads lead to home in the kitchen. That’s designed specifically for mem-

ory care since we know folks tend to wander,” Percival said. Residents and their families are encouraged to decorate their loved ones’ doors with photos of from when they were younger to serve as a visual cue to let them know they’re home. “We want as people are walking around for there not to be empty walls, empty space, what do I do? Purposeful areas and then it’s easy for the staff and the families to engage,” Lepinski said. Windsong fees range from $5,800 a month to $7,000 a month, based on the level of care needed. The facility also charges a one-time $1,500 fee, and accepts private payments only, no Medicaid. Windsong at Southridge: 4000 24th Ave., Kennewick; 509-2024327;; Facebook and Instagram.



CALENDAR OF EVENTS Bring your grandchildren and families to events with a star.


• PNNL Community Lecture Series “Simulating the Chemistry of Tomorrow: The Role of Computers in 21st Century Chemistry”: 7 p.m., Richland Public Library, 940 Northgate Drive, Richland. Contact: 509-542-5531. Free • Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia: 2-4 p.m, Kadlec Healthplex, 1268 Lee Blvd., Richland. Contact: 509-943-8455. Free • Community Presentation: Ladies Overcoming Incontinence: Noon to 1 p.m., TriCities Cancer Center, 7350 W. Deschutes Ave. Bldg A, Kennewick. RSVP: 509-737-3427. Free


• Community Lecture Series “Richland: A Planned Wartime Company Town”: 7 p.m., Richland Public Library, 940 Northgate Drive, Richland. Contact: 509-542-5531. Free


• Sprouting Seeds at Home – Garden Educational Series Class: 1-2 p.m., MidColumbia Libraries, 1620 S. Union St., Kennewick. Contact: 509-735-3551. Free


• Mid-Columbia Symphony: A Sense of Place: 3 p.m., Richland High School Auditorium, 930 Long Ave., Richland. Go to:


• Preserving the Brain with Dr. Neil Rawlins: 5-6:30 p.m, Kadlec Healthplex, 1268 Lee Blvd., Richland. Contact: 509-943-8455. • Community Presentation: The Anti-Cancer Vaccine – an HPV Vaccine Update: Noon to 1 p.m., Tri-Cities Cancer Center, 7350 W. Deschutes Ave. Bldg. A, Kennewick. RSVP: 509737-3427. Free


• Carpe Diem String Quartet with Cameron Bennett: 7:30 p.m., Columbia Basin Performing Arts Theatre, 2600 N. 20th Ave., Pasco. Go to:

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• Tri-City Family Expo: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 24; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Jan. 25; The HAPO Center (formerly TRAC), 6600 Burden Blvd., Pasco. Visit:


• PNNL Community Lecture Series “Electric Cars in 2050: Are we Ready?”: 7 p.m., Mid-Columbia Libraries, 1620 S. Union St., Kennewick. Contact: 509-542-5531. Free • 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s and Dementia: 2-4 p.m, Kadlec Healthplex, 1268 Lee Blvd., Richland. Contact: 509-943-8455. Free


• Community Lecture Series “Women of the War: The Hanford Girl”: 7 p.m., East Benton County Historical Society, 205 Keewaydin Drive, Kennewick. Contact: 509-542-5531. Free • Adult Mental Health First Aid: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m, Kadlec Healthplex, 1268 Lee Blvd., Richland. Contact: 509-943-8455.


• Heart for the Arts: 5:30-8:30 p.m., Academy of Children’s Theatre, 213 Wellsian Way, Richland. RSVP: • Axiom Brass: 7:30 p.m., Columbia Basin Performing Arts Theatre, 2600 N. 20th Ave., Pasco. Go to:


• PNNL Community Lecture Series “Glass: How Exactly Do We Use it to Immobilize Radioactive Waste”: 7 p.m., Richland Public Library, 940 Northgate Drive, Richland. Contact: 509-542-5531. Free


• Mid-Columbia Arts Fundraiser: 6-11 p.m., Three Rivers Convention Center, 7016 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick. Go to:



Senior Times announces new hires, promotions BY SENIOR TIMES STAFF

The Senior Times has a new chief executive officer, publisher, editor and graphic designer, though regular readers and customers likely will be familiar with the names behind the titles. Melanie Hair, who has served as publisher and general manager at the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business since founding it in 2002, will serve as CEO of TriComp Inc., Senior Times’ parent corporation. Kristina Lord, the Senior Times’ editor for more than three years, has been promoted to publisher. “After an editorial transition that will wrap up in spring 2020, I look forward to completing the publisher baton pass to Kristina. In addition to being a gifted and award-winning journalist, she is a natural, conscientious leader who takes pride in being engaged with our staff and supporters—readers, community members,

civic leaders and advertisers alike—to assure we provide the most comprehensive senior news for the Tri-City Melanie Hair region,” Hair said. Wendy Culverwell, a journalist with more than 30 years’ experience, has joined the team as editor. Her first day was Dec. 2. Kristina Lord “Our readers will be well served by a journalist of Wendy’s caliber,” Lord said. “Wendy is a talented and award-winning reporter with decades of experience covering local news. We’re excited for her to join our team.”

Culverwell worked two stints at the TriCity Herald, most recently from 2015-19, covering business and ecoWendy Culverwell nomic development news, as well as local government and politics; and from 1997-2003, she covered K-12 education and business. In between Vanessa Guzmán her time at the Tri-City Herald, Culverwell, who has won numerous awards for her journalism, worked for a decade as a reporter for the Portland Business Journal, a weekly print and daily online specialty publication covering Portland,

Oregon, business news, where she wrote about commercial real estate and sustainability. She also worked as a reporter at The Olympian, Klamath Falls Herald and News, and Federal Way News. She earned a bachelor’s of science in English and economics from the University of Puget Sound. The Journal of Business also recently hired Vanessa Guzmán as a graphic designer. She comes to the newspaper from WinSome Design in Richland, where she worked for eight years as a senior designer. She also laid out pages and designed advertisements at the Daily Sun News in Sunnyside for three years. The Perry Technical Institute graduate has received several newspaper and advertising design awards. Guzmán replaces Shawna Dinh who worked at the Senior Times for more than five years. Dinh plans to pursue a graphic design business.

erty on Paso’s east side to support the World War II effort. Today, Big Pasco Industrial Park sits on the former Diversity Dairy site. Fred and Lura Harris moved their dairy, their livestock and even their house down Court Street to what was then a remote corner of Pasco. Family legend holds that breakfast was on the table – unspilled – when the house arrived at its new location. Fred and Lura eventually passed the farm to their son Wallace and his wife Lucille. Today, it is controlled by a trust that benefits their seven children and extended family, which includes grandchildren and great-grandchildren. As the family grew, the farm dwindled from the original 115 acres to the current 45. The family decided to sell after re-

ceiving a private offer last year. That deal fell through but the heirs decided it was time to sell and simplify an estate that was getting more complicated with each successive generation. The property has long been a target for developers responding to demand for homes. It is in unincorporated Franklin County, but is encircled by the city of Pasco and is ripe for annexation into city limits. The property already is served by city utilities, key infrastructure as Pasco and Franklin County add new residents. The Washington Office of Financial Management projects Franklin County will grow to nearly 140,000 residents by 2050, a gain of more than 50,000. That demand is reflected in the price the farm drew at auction. Musser said

the $115,000-per-acre price is likely a local record for residential land. Nearly two dozen bidders registered for the hour-long auction. A private buyer purchased the smaller home sites, which are upriver from the Interstate 182 bridge, on the Franklin County side of the river. Richland’s Columbia Point flanks the opposite shore. Harris Farm could support nearly 700 homes at 15 per acre. The final count will likely be much lower. Fans of the popular Harris Farm stand won’t lose access to the hard-tofind peppers and other vegetables the family cultivates. Lurene Harris Fleshman, the youngest of Wallace and Lucille’s children, will reopen the farm stand at her new home north of Pasco.

2 bidders buy Harris Farm property for $5M BY WENDY CULVERWELL

A prominent west Pasco farm will sprout homes after an unnamed developer bought the land at a recent auction. The 45-acre Harris Farm sold for $5 million at a Nov. 14 auction conducted by Musser Bros. Auctions. The property at 11530 W. Court St. was sold in four parcels to two separate buyers. A private buyer bought the pair of houses occupying about two acres that front almost 400 feet of Columbia River shoreline. A developer purchased the larger parcels, said Scott Musser, who conducted the auction. The buyers won’t be identified until the deal closes in January. The farm’s future as a residential neighborhood was all but guaranteed when the Harris family opted to sell the land they’ve owned since World War II. Musser called the farm one of the most exciting properties he’d ever auctioned, thanks to strong interest from developers straining to keep up with demand for homes. Pasco issued permits for 541 singlefamily homes in the first 11 months of 2019, 21 percent more than the same period in 2018. By comparison, Kennewick and Richland posted 8 percent and 16 percent increases, respectively, over the same period, according to the Home Builders Association of Tri-Cities. The Harris family took over the former Wexler Ranch when the government requisitioned their original prop-

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help power the local economy in the decades to come. In December, MyTri 2030 identified clean energy a top economic priority for the region. MyTri 2030 is an initiative of the Tri-City business community to identify economic drivers that capitalize on local interests and resources. “The fact is the Tri-Cities is perfectly positioned to lead the world into a clean energy future,” said Ashley Stubbs, communications and investor relations director for the Tri-City Development Council. The long farewell

Under pressure from environmental groups, including the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal initiative, PGE announced in 2010 it would stop burning coal at Boardman by 2020, 20 years ahead of the planned 2040 shutdown. The company made interim upgrades to the plant, but the early shutdown helped it avoid hundreds of millions of dollars in costs associated with longer-term emission controls. The shutdown could have dealt a significant economic blow to Boardman, where the plant is a major property taxpayer and employer. Instead, the intervening decade gave the community, company and employees time to adjust, lessening the impact. “The 10-year lead time gave everyone time to plan,” said Steve Corson, PGE spokesman. The plant’s payroll is down to 73, from 115, as workers retired or moved. The utility isn’t quitting the region. It has invested in new facilities in eastern Washington and Oregon to power the 50-plus communities it serves in the Willamette Valley: • 2014: PGE completed the $500 million Tucannon River Wind Farm on 20,000 acres near Dayton. Tucannon’s 116 turbines generate an average of 101 megawatts, enough to power 84,000 homes. • 2016: Carty Generating Station, fueled by natural gas, went online in Boardman in July. The 440-megawatt plant employs 20 and powers 300,000

homes. Carty joined two existing gas units at Boardman’s Coyote Springs complex. Developed in the 1990s and early 2000s, Coyote Springs generates nearly 500 megawatts. • 2019: PGE and Florida-based NextEra Energy Resources commenced development of the Wheatridge Renewable Energy Facility near Boardman after nine years of planning. The project will produce 380 megawatts of solar, wind and battery energy. Construction will create 300 jobs. The facility will employ about 10. PGE’s share of the project is reportedly $160 million. Shutting down a plant

The coal plant produces power for PGE and its partner, Idaho Power, by burning coal mined at the Powder River Basin on the Montana-Wyoming border and hauled in by train. PGE outlined the complex shutdown process in plans filed with Oregon regulators. It will shut down by the end of 2020, but the exact date will be a function of logistics, including the amount of coal on hand. It is leaving the door open to reusing the plant, possibly to produce power or as an element of the region’s power grid. Corson said coal-specific equipment will be removed, but PGE is interested in exploring reuse. “The plant is relatively young and fully functional as a resource. Could you run it on alternative fuel that would be non-emitting from a greenhouse gas standpoint? That’s a possibility that we want to explore,” he said. What’s next?

Washington and Oregon both have clean energy requirements that will continue driving investment in renewable energy facilities, including wind farms, solar stations and more. Washington adopted renewable energy standards in 2006. The governor’s 2018 Clean Energy Transformation Act requires Washington to be carbon free by 2045. Oregon’s Renewable Portfolio Standards mandate that 50 percent of its

Courtesy PGE PGE operates two natural gas power plants in Boardman. Coyote Springs produces nearly 500 megawatts while Carty Generating Station generates 440 megawatts. Carty came online in July 2016 and employs 20.

Courtesy PGE Portland General Electric will complete its 10-year plan to mothball the 600 megawatt coal-burning power plant at Boardman, Oregon, by the end of 2020. The end of coal at Boardman is a dramatic shift in energy production in the region.

electricity must come from renewable resources by 2040 and that coal powered electricity must be phased out by 2030. That sets the stage for additional investments, potentially in the MidColumbia. PGE’s Wheatridge Renewable Energy Facility announced in November is a good example. When built, Wheatridge will boast 300 megawatts of wind energy powered by 120 GE turbines and 50 megawatts of solar power. The battery component will be re-

quired to deliver 30 megawatts of continuous energy for four hours. The project was conceived to run on lithium ion battery technology but a final decision hasn’t been made. There could be more to come. PGE wants to add 150 megawatts of renewable energy by 2023. The 2019 resource plan is pending before the Oregon Public Utility Commission. If approved, the company soon will flesh out how and where it will accomplish that. Corson didn’t rule out eastern Oregon. “It’s a place with a lot of sun,” he said.



Richland resident’s biography describes early canals BY EAST BENTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

In the early years of the 20th century, Richland was hardly more than a little dusty affair, but it had its citizens, some with a keen eye for the events of the time. One was Wesley Sawyer who graduated from Columbia High, now Richland High School, about 1918 and put his observations to paper with “Stories of Richland...before the ‘Atom,’ ” which covered a host of subjects. A copy of his biography recently was provided to the East Benton County Historical Museum in Kennewick. Today, we look at his observations of the “maintenance and upkeep of the irrigation canal systems” of Richland in the early 1900s. Some canals were cement lined but many were not. “The weeds that grew in this type canal had to be cut by getting into the water, wading and swinging a scythe,” Sawyer explained. “Someone downstream with a fork had to get the loose weeds out.” It was very critical, he explained. “This had to be done thoroughly, as loose weeds could cause havoc to some farmers’ private systems,” he noted. Canals lined with cement provided different challenges. “Wind blew sand into the canals and along with natural settling of silt, enough soil would accumulate in the bottom for weeds to grow,” Sawyer wrote. Someone on horseback would get on each side of the cement-lined canal. Each would have a heavy chain in a large loop and would begin dragging the bottom of the canal.

uBRIEFS Columbia Industries opens drop-in resource center

A Kennewick nonprofit has created a drop-in resource center to help individuals with disabilities and other challenges access food benefits, transportation, affordable housing, job search assistance, addiction and recovery services, and other assistance. Columbia Industries created Empowerment Center at its campus, 900 Dayton St., near Kennewick High School. The center is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. The phone number is 509-5824142, ext. 121.

“Each would ride his horse rather fast for a hundred yards or so and then stop, dismount and rush back and get the loose weeds out of the water,” he wrote. It proved to be very effective. “When too much soil accumulated in the canal bottom, the irrigation company would hire men to shovel it out in the winter when the canals were dry,” Sawyer noted. “Horses could not be used as the cement lining was only about an inch thick.” During the irrigation season, nearly all the canals were patrolled daily by a “ditch rider,” someone on horseback looking out for problems. The ditch rider in “our neck of the sagebrush” was a “fine old character named Harry Hutton,” Sawyer remembered. “He loved kids and the kids loved him.” They always visited him when they went to see irrigation activity at the pump house. He lived there. “In the real early days, this pump was diesel powered,” Sawyer said. “There were two engines and two pumps.” One was in use and one was in reserve. The old diesels were singlecylinder engines with a flywheel that was taller than most grown men. A wide belt ran over the flywheel to the pumps. Sawyer recalled watching them be started. “They would heat a ball bolted to the cylinder ball to a bright red, then place the piston (in an exact position) by turning the flywheel,” he explained. “Then by injecting a bit of fuel the engine would start ... sometimes.” It was a delight for kids sitting on a sandy banks to watch the rising smoke rings put out by the engine exhaust.

State seeks owners of $1.3 billion in unclaimed property

The Washington Department of Revenue is seeking the owners of more than $1.3 billion held in the unclaimed property fund. Visit to find out if the state is holding money or property in your name. Established in 1955, the fund holds money and assets held by banks and other organizations that have lost contact with rightful owners for an extended period of time. Assets are held in perpetuity until claimed by the rightful owner or heir. In the past fiscal year, 153,106 claimants were reunited with property totaling more than $85 million.

Courtesy East Benton County Historical Society Orin Smith worked with Clarence Sonderman as a ditch rider in the early 1900s. The museum recently acquired a biography from an early Richland resident, Wesley Sawyer, with his remembrances of working on the early canals. The photo is from the Clarence Sonderman Collection.

“Every so often a perfect one would come out, fly away into space, getting dimmer and more distorted as it flew,” he described. “Some would go 150 or 200 feet before fading out.” “Once in a while a fast one would catch up with the previous one and go right through it and beyond, as entertaining a few wide-eyed kids was its sole purpose.”

Eventually, an electric motor was installed, replacing the diesels. One electric motor and pump was more dependable than two diesels but it lost the charm for kids, Sawyer noted. “When the electric motor was installed, all the glamor left, as all the electric motor did was whine all day and night efficiently pumping water,” he lamented.



Catholic Charities wants to house the homeless in Pasco BY WENDY CULVERWELL

Catholic Charities of Eastern Washington is putting the finishing touches on a $13.2 million, 52-unit housing project to serve chronically homeless people in the Tri-Cities. The Spokane-based religious charity has a deal pending with the city of Pasco for 2.25 acres of vacant land on Heritage Boulevard on Pasco’s east side. It is also finalizing requests for funding through the Washington State Housing Finance Commission, said Jonathan Mallahan, Catholic Charities’ vice president for housing. “The project is really coming along. There’s a high likelihood we’re going to get this off the ground if we get those allocations,” he said. If all goes well, it will break ground in 2020 and open the project, named Father Bach, about a year later. It will be the charity’s first Tri-City project to serve the homeless, but not its first local undertaking. The organization operates farmworker housing in Franklin County. The Father Bach effort fulfills its mission to serve the needy. Housing is a basic human right, Mallahan said. Catholic Charities has applied for a

special use permit to build a residential project in what is a mixed industrial and residential neighborhood. The proposed four-story, L-shaped residential building will include office space for social workers, clinics and other services and support staff. The Father Bach project mirrors similar housing efforts in Spokane and Walla Walla. Mallahan called Heritage Boulevard a great spot for people who need access to services beyond what will be available at Father Bach. It’s close to public transportation and shopping. The building itself is designed to be self-contained to minimize the impact on the neighborhood. It will be fenced with a community garden and on-site recreational facilities. The studio and one-bedroom units will be reserved for people who have experienced chronic homelessness. Catholic Charities will work with local service agencies to identify potential residents. Its Spokane residents were homeless for an average of 10 years before moving into housing there. Mallahan couldn’t say if that will be the same in Pasco, but Catholic Charities is convinced there is a real

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need for supportive housing in the Tri-Cities. “We could build three of these facilities and have no problem filling them,” he said. A study commissioned by Catholic Charities last year said there are at least 40 chronically homeless people living in the Tri-Cities and that at least 700 people experience homelessness in the Mid-Columbia each year. The study was performed by the Seattle office of Kidder Mathews, a commercial real estate firm. The project design includes oversized corridors and abundant natural light, nods to the trauma residents have faced. “It’s a hard transition to move inside. We don’t want people to feel

uBRIEFS Kennewick road renamed for retiring councilman

The Kennewick stretch of Columbia Park Trail has been renamed Paul Parish Drive to honor the long-serving city councilman. Parish retired at the end of 2019 after for 24 years. As a council member, he prioritized economic vitality, according to a release from the city. Parish advocated for enhancements to Columbia Park, the Regional Veterans Memorial, Playground of Dreams, the 9/11 Memorial, Carousel of Dreams, the Steptoe Street extension and Bob Olson Parkway.

confined,” Mallahan said. Financing is the primary reason it’s building one rather than three. Catholic Charities was awarded $2 million in housing trust dollars from the Washington State Housing Finance Commission in December. In January, it will apply for $11.2 million in federal low-income housing tax credits over 10 years. The tax credit program is also administered by the housing finance commission. It hasn’t yet selected a tax credit buyer. Robert Vralsted of Architecture All Forms in Spokane is the architect. Inland Group of Spokane is the contractor.

Stolen Meals on Wheels van recovered in Seattle

Mid-Columbia Meals on Wheels faced an unexpected expense when thieves broke into and stole one of its vans on Nov. 12. The 1998 van was discovered abandoned just before Thanksgiving in Seattle. Thieves apparently used it to transport marijuana, the agency said. They spray-painted over the Meals on Wheels logo on the outside, stole the oven, license plates and four cooler carriers and damaged the steering column to hot wire it and the doors no longer lock. The value of the equipment stolen from the van totaled $5,800. The vehicle will need to be decontaminated before it’s usable again.



Endive Eatery brings cafe-style dining to West Richland BY KEVIN ANTHONY for Senior Times

Interesting tidbit on the Endive Eatery, the new cafe-style restaurant in West Richland: Aside from the sign on the building and various signage inside, there isn’t an endive to be found in the place. Yet. Chef and owner Edward Shoemaker is a big fan of the bitter, pricey little vegetable. It’s a key ingredient in chicory coffee, and it’s huge in Belgium – both of which hold a special place in his heart. However, the endive has to be imported and has a shelf life of four or five days at most. So the lemony-seared endive dish is still a ways off. Not to worry, there are still plenty of intricate offerings — sweet potato, zucchini, crimini mushroom, tomato and relish vegetable torte, anyone? “It’s where fine dining meets grab’n’go,” Shoemaker said. The Eatery, which opened Oct. 21 at 4001 Kennedy Road, It’s open weekdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., though there is no guarantee the display case will have anything left later in the evening. A dining area can seat up to 40 customers. The interior features a counter with the kitchen area behind and a glass-fronted case with the day’s offerings. Shoemaker, 33, comes in about an hour before he opens and begins cooking food that will be portioned and displayed in the case. There are no paper or digital menus – just browse the case to see what’s available that day. The menu is dynamic. On any given day, you might find a roast beef pita with curried yogurt, cucumber and arugula; sockeye salmon rosti with beetroot relish, herbed goat cheese, arugula, lemon cheeks and fresh dill; a chickpea fusilli with kale, roast tomato, mozzarella and pecorino. Or, for those who don’t know what all that is, a sausage roll. And for dessert, a cashew-raspberry chocolate chia pot; various scones and other baked goods. There are plenty of vegan and glutenfree offerings, but there’s also plenty of meat and cheese. And lots of coffees. “The Tri-Cities has a lot of good coffee, and a lot of good food,” he said, “but rarely does anyone put the two together.” The menu changes daily depending on what ingredients are on hand and what Shoemaker feels like cooking. But count on four to five salads and a couple soups (gluten free), six sandwiches, six savories (sausage rolls, quiches and the like). And six sweets. Coffee will cost between $2.50 and

Photo by Kristina Lord Edward Shoemaker shows off the day’s offerings at Endive Eatery, which opened in October in West Richland. The restaurant at 4001 Kennedy Road is cafe-styled, offering grab-n-go options.

$5. Food starts at $3.90 and ranges up to $15 for the more intricate offerings. “Our style is to serve good food with creativity that keeps the cooks and staff energized,” Shoemaker said. The business will employ 2 1/2 people, including Shoemaker (but not officially counting his wife, Claire, a speech pathologist at the Children’s Development Center in Richland who suddenly knows a lot more about the restaurant business than she did a year ago). He’s applied for a beer and wine license. Plans are eventually to be open seven days a week. But, he stressed, there is no hurry to push too quickly. Instead, the key is to do what they can do well, and not reach too far too soon. While this is his first endeavor as a business owner, Shoemaker has an extensive résumé as a chef, including seven years making the rounds in Australia and New Zealand. He grew up in the Tri-Cities, graduating from Kennewick High School before heading off to Seattle to major in international studies at the University of Washington. Along the way, Shoemaker said, it became apparent that an international studies degree isn’t all that great unless you pair it with a law degree or the like.

Shoemaker already had experience around food. He started cooking while he was in Boy Scouts, had fond memories of cooking with his mom and dad, and spent time helping his mom at her cheese shop in Prosser, aptly named Le Grand Fromage. Also, during a student exchange to Belgium in high school, he expressed an interest in cooking and got his first exposure to classic fine dining. “It taught me a lot about food, wine, beer and chocolate,” he said laughing. Back in Seattle, he started working

as a line cook and then a sous chef (second in command) for a couple years before deciding to go to Seattle Central Culinary Academy. He also spent time at the Northwest Wine Academy. He went to Victoria, Australia, with a one-year work permit in an apprentice program to the food industry. “I worked as a chef,” Shoemaker said. “You move around (to different restaurants), and it gave me a good opportunity to learn.” After his year was up, Shoemaker moved to New Zealand, continuing to cook and also spending two years managing a vineyard. All the time, he was soaking up the style of restaurant that would inspire the Endive Eatery. “The cafe-style scene is a lot more vibrant in New Zealand,” he said. “It’s a healthier alternative to fast food.” He came back to the states about 18 months ago, with his mom Alison Bryan battling illness. She died last March. Startup costs were around $25,000, which Shoemaker and Claire were able to fund themselves, with help from some money left to him by his mom. “It’s a risk,” he added. “But I wouldn’t have done what I did without (Claire’s) support and the experience I have in this industry. But it’s paid off so far.”

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Most of Pasco’s senior services programs take place at the First Avenue Center, unless otherwise listed. Activities, times and location subject to change. For more information, call 509-545-3459. • Basin Wood Carvers: 1-3 p.m. Thursdays. Cost: Free. • China Painting: 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays. Bring your own project and supplies.

• Cribbage: 1-3 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. • Drop-In Snooker: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Cost: $1 per day. No class Jan. 20 and Feb. 17. • Enhance Fitness: Class focuses on stretching, balance, low impact aerobics and strength training. 10-11 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Call 509-545-3456 to register. Location: Pasco City Hall Activity Center, 525 N. Third Ave., Pasco. No class Jan. 20, Feb. 7 and 17.

• Foot Care for Adults (18+): Get your feet cared for by a licensed, registered nurse from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays by appointment only. Cost: $30. Call 509-545-3459. • Happy Feet Foot Care (60+): Get your feet cared for by a licensed, registered nurse from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays by appointment only. Cost: Free with suggested donation of $12 to $15 per person. Clients must meet federal and state guide-

lines for eligibility. Call 509-5453459. • Meals on Wheels lunch: 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Cost: $7.45 (18-59 years), $3 (suggested donation 60 years and older). Reservations required 24 hours in advance. RSVP: 509-5435706. No meals Jan. 1. • Mexican Train Dominoes: 12:30-3 p.m. Mondays. Free. No class Jan. 20 and Feb. 17. • Pinochle: 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays.

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 509-786-2915.

• 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 509-7861148. • 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 509497-1154

West Richland Senior Center 616 N. 60th, West Richland 509-967-2847 All activities are at the West Richland Senior Center. For more information, call 509-967-2847. • 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 Jan. 20 and 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 spe-

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Tri-Citians launch new roof spray treatment business BY JEFF MORROW for Senior Times

Jeremy Dimond and Pete Kelley once worked together as wine salesmen. But they always wanted to own their own business. It happened this year when they launched Roof Maxx. Kelley was scrolling through Facebook one day when he learned about the Roof Maxx story. It looked like the right fit. Dimond looked at the company and agreed. So they bought a dealership in February. It’s not considered a franchise as there are no royalty fees. Roof Maxx offers a plant-based spray treatment to extend the life of roofs. The spray allows micro-beads of natural oil to penetrate old, brittle roofs. The product was developed in partnership with Battelle Memorial Institute in Ohio and the Ohio Soybean Council. An Ohio State University research team and Battelle scientists tested the product for five years. Roof Maxx Technologies LLC brought it to the market in 2017.

The spraying process restores a roof’s flexibility and waterproofing. Treatments come with a five-year transferable warranty. Repeating the treatment every five years — up to three times total — can extend a roof’s life by up to 15 years. The company – which holds the patent for one year – recently received global recognition from the World Bio Markets 2019 conference in Amsterdam as one of the top 10 Most Dynamic and Inspiring Startups of 2019. Kelley likes that the product is ecofriendly. “It’s 100 percent green, with a soybean-based product,” he said. It’s made a believer out of Dave Retter, president and owner of Retter & Company Sotheby’s International Realty in Kennewick. Retter had Dimond and Kelley spray the 20-year-old roof of his own house. “After 15 years, the roof is deteriorated,” he said. “I had those guys come over. Not only is the pliability back, but roofs also lose some of their color. It’s now deepened in color. “I am sold on it,” Retter added. “I am all in on recommending these guys. This is one of the coolest products I’ve seen in a long time.”

Photo by Jeff Morrow Jeremy Dimond, left, and Pete Kelley opened a Roof Maxx business earlier this year in the Tri-Cities.

Retter is recommending “anybody who has an existing house to ask these guys to check their roofs out. The $2,800 I spent is much cheaper than re-roofing my house for $12,000.” Andy Dollar, sales manager for Windermere Group One in Kennewick, also sings the praises of the Roof Maxx product. “It’s innovative. It’s new,” Dollar

said. “The roof is one of the most important parts of the house. I like the long-term maintenance that (Roof Maxx) it provides. It’s definitely out there for an option to look at (for homeowners).” Kelley said it’s a product that makes all parties involved — except maybe roofers — happy. uROOF MAXX, Page 16


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uBRIEFS S&P upgrades West Richland’s bond rating

Standard & Poor’s has raised West Richland’s bond rating, potentially lowering the cost to finance major projects. The city sought an upgrade as it prepares to sell bonds to finance development of a new voterapproved police facility. The city’s rating was upgraded from AA to AA+. Bond ratings are based on financial management, debt load, tax base, adequate reserves, the strength of the local economy and staff leadership.

8 to 8 Family Medicine closes

Dr. Raymond Sjerven, a Kennewick family practice physician, retired and shut down his 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Clinic in December. Patients can request copies of their medical records and find a list of area physicians who are accepting new patients at Trudy Sharp, an advanced registered nurse practitioner, moved her practice to Total Care Kennewick Clinic, 1029 N. Kellogg St., Kennewick.

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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: 509-543-5706; Parkside: 509-545-2169; Benton City: 509-588-3094; Prosser: 509-786-1148; and Connell: 509-234-0766. 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.

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Online purchases, phishing, tech support scams among most reported in Tri-Cities Your Better Business Bureau Northwest and Pacific wants you to be safe navigating the world when your money and personal information are involved. Scams popping up in your backyard are a fact of life, but we don’t have to be happy about it, and we can do something about it. Let’s dive deep into a snapshot of how the Tri-Cities were affected by scams in 2019. Since December 2018, there have been 31 scams reported to Better Business Bureau Northwest and Pacific’s Scam Tracker. The program, which started in 2015, allows consumers and businesses to report scams big and small online with the information being shared with law enforcement agencies and other BBB’s around the country. In my role as a marketplace manager, I use the program every day and it takes five minutes to submit a report that could save your friends, family and neighbors time and money in the long run. The amount of money lost in the Tri-City area was more than $138,000. Scam artists are targeting consumers of all demographics and a large geographic territory, and they’re getting their hands on a lot of money. The most reported scams were online purchases, phishing and tech support. A consumer in Kennewick made two separate purchases with a company that we had been tracking across the country called Amelia Cotton Quilt Co. The company promised high quality quilts at low prices. She tried to contact the company and get a refund from PayPal for the $120 that she had spent — both to no avail. The company sent a fake tracking number for the quilts she ordered and never received. Tri-Citians reported falling victim to several online retail scams. These scams primarily dupe consumers into buying a phony product or service from a fake website or company. The landscape of online scams is evolving. Better Business Bureaus across the country are seeing more fake advertisements on social media – hackers can create ads for Facebook and Instagram that appear legitimate and entice consumers with trendy or highly discounted items. These phony social media ads look real, but when the order is placed, the product never comes. Scammers like to use several dif-

ferent means to collect your personal information. A report from West Richland had an imposter posing as a Tyler Russell member of Better Business the sheriff’s Bureau office saying they had a warrant out for their arrest. They requested the individual put $5,000 on a preloaded credit card and send it to take care of the warrant. The scammers had the victim’s personal information and used fear to get them to respond. Phishing scams also were reported several times throughout the TriCities. Phishing is any type of scam where a con artist calls or emails a consumer in hopes of attaining personally identifiable information. They are quite literally “fishing” for data by emailing or calling thousands of consumers and seeing who bites. The amount of technology that we use every day makes us very vulnerable to tech support scams. A Finley resident reported this tech support scam: “They claimed people were using my address resulting in my personal information getting out. They had three plans: Oneyear plan, $179; three-year plan, $279; permanent plan, $500. I purchased one-year plan. The next day I requested a refund per their policy, and the only way they would give me my money back was if I logged into my bank account and hit accept money when they refunded. When I would not do it, they wanted to give me $1,748 and said all I needed to do was to go get a gift card for $500 for them, and I could keep the rest of the money. He then told me he would lock up my computer if I didn’t go get the gift card. Again, I said no, and he hung up on me. I immediately contacted my bank and told them the story.” Pop-up ads are common on computers or cellphones with scammers claiming to be from Microsoft. They say that your computer has been infected with a virus and to call the number listed. Or, maybe you received a voicemail from Apple claiming someone has hacked into your account and you need to call uSCAMS, Page 16


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education. There’s demand for CBD products in the Tri-Cities, but supply can be spotty. There are one-brand shops and the occasional shelf at a bodega or grocery, but few if any places that offer customers either choices or education, Lee said.

unregulated, it is against federal law to tout medical benefits, a rule that’s shops like the Lees face a host of regwidely ignored. ulatory burdens that non-502 busi “Imagine being a car dealer and nesses do not. you can’t talk about how the car Their product is tracked from seed works,” he said. to store. Business expenses aren’t Green2Go Wellness found a workdeductible on federal tax returns. Adaround in Washington laws governvertising is a challenge, as is banking marijuana sales. ing. Most nonprofits shy away from The state allows marijuana retail marijuana-related donations. Opportunity knocks Green2Go Wellness doesn’t When Franz Bakery vacated its employees to become licensed medifall under I-502, so it enjoys 9,000-square-foot facility on Colum- cal consultants if they pass a test. Once licensed, they’re free to disthe same benefits as any other busi- bia Drive in downtown Kennewick, cuss the products and how they work. ness. Rent and other expenses are tax Lee jumped at the opportunity. The four-plus employees at Greendeductible. Nonprofits welcome its The space includes a small retail 2Go Wellness are state-licensed condonations. store, a massive warehouse and room sultants. It can buy ads and sponsor a Little for other businesses. Lee believes it’s the first time the League team. The store hasn’t yet Green2Go Wellness sells five lines license program created under the sponsored a team, but only because of CBD products and has room for a I-502 rules has been used to support no one has asked. classroom to legally demonstrate uses a CBD business. Lee relishes the difference. for both CBD products and marijuaThe Washington CannaBusiness “Owning a business outside of na, with legal hemp flowers standing Association, which advocates for cannabis is mind-blowing,” he in for marijuana. the legal marijuana industry, said it said. “This is the first time we’ve had Prohibition Glass moved into a a regular business where we can just neighboring space and is being out- is pushing legislation to allow CBD products in regulated marijuana be a regular business.” fitted as an arts-oriented speak-easy. stores in the 2020 session. The love child of glass and pot Lee hopes to host events in the space, Lee borrowed another concept Lee called Green2Go Wellness which he said honors the area’s new from the regulated marijuana side. the love child of the cannabis retail designation as an arts district. Businesses that fall under I-502 shops and his related venture, ProhiLee, who is Kennewick’s mayor pro track cannabis from seed to sale. bition Glass, which sells cannabis- tem, notes the council just established CBD isn’t subject to that level related art glass in downtown. the arts district in the downtown area. of scrutiny, but Lee is applying the The former began as a medical His goal with Green2Go Wellness same wholistic view to the products marijuana business and evolved into is similar to his goal in Finley: Estabhe sells at Green2Go Wellness. Green2Go Recreational when voters lish a clean, well-lit business that apIt sources products from five vetlegalized pot. peals to ordinary people. ted providers that submit samples for The latter is the glass shop the Lees “Your grandmother’s CBD shop” is independent testing for heavy metals opened next to their Finley store to the tagline. and other contaminants. Eventually, sell bongs and related paraphernalia. If you drew a Venn diagram of bake he’d like to offer about 250 individuLee and his wife, Jessie, are long- shop customers and CBD customers, al products. time collectors of marijuana-related the circles would overlap, Lee joked. He said he would discard brands if glass. Lee said buying glass is how “They’re identical,” he said. he believed they’re contaminated for he’s celebrated milestones. The busisome reason. State licensed consultants ness sells art glass, as well as glass “We are fanatical about how our While CBD products are largely produced by local glass blowers. Prohibition Glass takes its name from marijuana’s legal history. Collectors were reluctant to buy marijuana-related glass because it was treated as illegal drug paraphernalia. Lee anticipates a day when marijuana is legal at the federal level and glass produced before then is classified as “prohibition era” glass. The glass business eventually moved into a food truck the Lees inStr8ts Solution herited from Gourmet Grub Bus, a 1 2 6 7 8 9 4 3 business they’d invested in that shut 1 2 7 8 9 5 4 down. The Gourmet Grub Bus truck was 2 3 8 9 1 6 7 5 rebranded with a Prohibition Glass 5 8 9 4 6 7 3 2 wrap and parked outside Green2Go. 8 9 3 5 4 2 6 The couple added CBD products to 8 9 4 3 2 5 6 7 the lineup. 7 4 5 2 6 3 9 8 Washington law generally prohibits CBD products in actual canna3 7 6 5 4 8 9 bis stores, but Lee viewed the park6 7 2 3 1 ing lot as fair game. CBD sales took off and accounted for 80 percent of the truck’s revenue. That prompted Lee to consider the potential of a retail business focused on CBD, customer service and

product is made and that it’s safe for the public,” he said. The one challenge is money, literally. Credit card processors consider CBD too close to marijuana to handle. Green2Go Wellness, like its marijuana counterpart, is an all cash business. The Lees created an ATM business so customers can get the cash they need to make purchases. The modest store on Columbia Drive is the first of what Lee hopes will become a regionwide network of Green2Go Wellness branded CBD kiosks in compatible businesses, such as licensed massage partners. The Lees hold federal trademarks for both “Green2Go” and “Prohibition Glass.” Green2Go Wellness also offers home delivery – harkening back to the early days of Green2Go, when Lee sold medical marijuana and delivered products to patients. Lee said he’s excited to return to his roots, focusing on distribution and logistics. The former Franz bakery warehouse will serve as a distribution hub. Zoning could allow for light hemp processing as well, he said. Follow Green2Go Wellness on Facebook @g2gwellness.

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“It’s a meet-in-the-middle-of-theroad product,” Kelley said. “It saves the seller money, and the buyer gets security.” Here’s how the three-step process works: Dimond and Kelley will go up on the roof for a detailed inspection. “We meet at your house, and we do a video inspection of your roof,” Dimond said. “We send you the video. The whole process costs about 15 to 20 percent of what a roof replacement costs.” Second, while up there, they’ll straighten up the roof with needed

maintenance. Finally, they’ll apply the Roof Maxx treatment with a sprayer. There are times when a roof is so far gone, it can’t be treated. “Typically, a roof lasts 20 to 25 years,” Dimond said. “But we get on a couple of roofs, and we just can’t save them.” Though Dimond and Kelley bought their business in February, the harsh winter that lasted into March meant they weren’t able to get out on rooftops until April. But they went to home shows, held meetings with clients and met with real estate agents.

“Home inspectors really like our product,” Kelley said. “We’ve been super busy,” Dimond said. The co-owners are the company’s sole employees, and they’re happy they got in on the ground floor of the business. “Somebody just bought the Yakima dealership,” Kelley said. “It’s the largest, fastest growing startup in the country. In fact, somebody just bought all of Los Angeles. That’s 75 dealerships.” Having the Tri-City region is enough right now for these two. “There is enough work in the Tri-

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