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June 2016

Volume 4 • Issue 6

Cat Tales Zoological Park is purrfect daytrip

Summer lends itself to lighter, fresher foods

16th Annual Hogs and Dogs Family Festival

Don’t miss it Thursday, June 16 4-10 p.m. Hogs and Dogs Family Festival Bombing Range Sports Complex, West Richland

Grandparents gathering signatures for initiative to grant visitation rights By Mary Coffman For a couple of hours each day, Christine Nichols stands outside of Lowe’s, telling anyone who will listen her story and asking them to sign the petition she is holding. Nichols, of Richland, is with GROW, or Grandparents’ Rights of Washington State, a group that trying to gather 250,000 signatures to qualify Initiative 1431 for the November ballot. I-1431 would gives grandparents legal standing to petition a court for visitation rights if they are being unreasonably kept from their grandchildren. Nichols’ granddaughter had lived her from the time the young girl was an infant until last November, when she was not returned by the father’s family after going to have holiday pictures taken. Nichols said her daughter, who struggles with mental illness, left her granddaughter with her as a baby and would come in and out of her life sporadically. “I potty trained her. I taught her A,B,Cs, I taught her to skate and play soccer,” Nichols said. “She is my life.” But the father’s family has kept the child from Nichols, who has no visitation rights under the law. “I still have her Christmas presents boxed up and haven’t been able to give them to her,” she said. In 2000, Washington’s visitation laws were dismantled by the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled they were too broad and unconstitutionally interfered with parenting rights in Troxel vs. Granville. In that case, the Troxel’s son committed suicide and the daughter-in-law started withholding the children from the grandparents. A judge granted them visitation, but the daughter-in-law appealed and the Appellate Court sent the case to the Supreme Court. uRIGHTS, Page 8

Bob and Lois Andrewjeski of Eltopia, owners of Shamrock Percherons, take a four-horse team on a lap around the arena at Sandpoint, Idaho.

The Andrewjeskies’ Percherons have wowed parade goers for decades

By Loretto J. Hulse Encounter the Andrewjeski family and their Percherons draft horses at a fair, parade or show and they’ll gladly answer your questions. But please, please don’t ask them the one they hear the most. “Does it hurt when they step on your foot?” said Helenka Vanderbilt of Connell. With an average weight of anywhere from 2,100 to 2,900 pounds, the answer is an emphatic “Yes.” Vanderbilt is one of the Andrewjeskies’ four daughters and the only one currently involved with the care and use of the family’s five draft horses. She grew up with the family’s massive equines,

although the actual animals have come and gone over the years. “I began driving a team when I was 7 years old— I’m 43 now,” she said. Her parents, Lois and Bob Andrewjeski, bought their first draft horses, two half-Percherons, Dolly and Daphane, in 1948. “We’d gone to a sale at Quincy Livestock, which was owned by the Easterdays, and Bob bought the two big white mares. Later he bought a black registered Percheron stallion and showed him at draft horse shows in Monroe and Sandpoint, where he took champion. That’s all it took,” said Lois Andrewjeski, now 76. uHORSES, Page 2

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faction knowing the area’s elderly are being helped through the program. “I honestly think the most satisfying thing to me is knowing that our volunteers are going out there and making a difference in people’s lives,” she said. The Senior Companion Program is a free service provided by Catholic Family & Child Services to elderly and adults with special needs who are generally living alone. Companions who are 55 years and older provide assistance and friendship by taking care of simple chores, like providing transportation and offering contact to the outside world. uCOMPANIONSHIP, Page 11

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HORSES, From page 1 Those ribbons instantly had Bob Andrewjeski hooked on draft horses — more specifically, black Percherons. Bob Andrewjeski grew up in Flagler, Colo., where his grandfather farmed with horses, using a variety of breeds. “Many of them were a cross between a wild pony off the range and a draft horse. They weren’t well trained — they were pretty wild,” said Bob Andrewjeski, 70. “As long as your lead horses (in a hitch) were under control the rest just had to go along because they were all chained together.” And Andrewjeski’s father worked his land using horsepower, quite literally. “He hated it. As soon as he could switch to tractors, he did,” said Bob Andrewjeski, chuckling. Despite his dislike for using the horses to work the farms, Andrewjeski’s father was a very good horse trainer, he added. That knack for handling horses was passed down the generations in the Andrewjeski family. Working on the family farm/ranch in Colorado Bob Andrewjeski grew up riding horses. “You had to. It was the only way to work the cattle or get from one place to the other,” he said. Bob Andrewjeski’s family left Colorado and moved to the MidColumbia in 1954. And it would be seven years before Bob Andrewjeski got another horse — a half Percheron named Sadie that he’d bought for $100 from a man in Wallula. “I earned that money stacking hay. I was 12 or 13 years old at the time,” said Bob Andrewjeski. Sadie was Andrewjeski’s riding horse and he spent countless hours on her exploring the Mid-Columbia. “We went all over the place,” said Bob Andrewjeski. Bob Andrewjeski’s wife, Lois, grew up in Ponca City, Okla., and moved with her parents to Anacortes when she was 18. “I hated Anacortes. We moved there in the fall and I think it rained everyday until June,” she said. Eventually she ended up in the Mid-Columbia, met Bob Andrewjeski and they married in 1968. That same year the Andrewjeskis moved to Eltopia and started farming and ranching a plot of land they still call home. There they’ve farmed, raised alfalfa, potatoes and “most everything you can grow around here” as well as raised cattle and horses, he said. And in the winter, Bob Andrewjeski kept busy training horses. “I’d bring in 15 or 20 head, mainly

Gunner, an 8-year-old Percheron gelding, owned by Bob and Lois Andrewjeski of Eltopia is hoping for some treats to appear out of their pockets. The horse stands 18.1 hands at the withers, making him 6-feet1-inch at the shoulder.

those other people owned, but didn’t want to train. It brought in some money when we couldn’t farm in the winter months,” he said. He kept up that routine up until about five years ago, when Bob Andrewjeski had his first two knee replacements. “Those didn’t take and he had to have another set put in,” said Lois Andrewjeski. That slowed the couple down a bit and now they’re semi-retired. Most of their land, except for some pasture for the Andrewjeskies’ beloved Percherons and their cattle, is leased. While raising their daughters, farming, cattle ranching and training horses for other horsemen, the Andrewjeskies traveled the Northwest and beyond showing their Percherons and participating in fairs and parades. They showed their impressive equines in Redmond, Ore., Sandpoint, Idaho, Deerlodge, Mont. and Monroe, Wash. “We did that for quite a few years and only stopped about 12 years ago,” said Lois Andrewjeski. They also hitched up the team for fairs and parades in Yakima, Coeur d’Alene, Spokane and others closer to home. Now they’ve cut back on both the number of horses they own, down to just five after having as many as 20 head. “You needed that many when you had a six-horse hitch and some were pregnant mares or young horses,” said Bob Andrewjeski. “You can’t begin training them until they were 3 years old. And you really don’t want to take a stallion out where there’s crowds of kids, like parades.” All the Andrewjeskies’ children and grandchildren grew up around the massive horses, which Helenka Vanderbilt describes as gentle giants.

“We rode them, drove them, just generally climbed all over them,” Vanderbilt said. About 13 years ago the Benton Franklin Fair Board spent $40,000 on the stagecoach the Andrewjeskies’ horses pull in parades. “We’re still using it but now we just use two horses, not six or four to pull it. It’s easier for Helenka to drive with just two,” said Bob Andrewjeski. Andrewjeski said his primary wheeler horse, Captain, who is hitched closest to the coach, had a habit of kicking the stagecoach when he was young. “He could actually kick high enough to kick the board under my feet as I was driving. Every time he did it I could see those fair board people cringe as they heard that wood go “crack.” The board was never replaced, you can still see the cracks he made,” said Andrewjeski, with a chuckle. At 19, Captain is now retired from pulling the stagecoach and he spends most days swishing his tail under a shade tree. “I could still use him in parades to just walk along. But his knees, like mine, are pretty stiff for anything else. He’s not a show horse anymore but he has a place here,” said Bob Andrewjeski, thumping his chest. Andrewjeski said as spring rolls around each year, the couple considers retiring. And then they sign the contracts to appear at various fairs and rodeos. “We enjoy it, the family comes to help get the horses ready and we all go to the fairs and spend time together. The horses bring us together,” said Lois Andrewjeski. Bob Andrewjeski agreed, saying the most fun he’s ever had has been watching their seven grandchildren working and driving the big, black horses.


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Cat Tales Zoological Park offers rare opportunity to get up close and personal with big cats By Elsie Puig for Senior Times A regal tiger stretches out in the sun, perched atop a branch. It lazily pops up its head up every few minutes and glances around. Even though relaxed, its eyes are piercing and wild. It’s a sight to behold and it’s only a few feet away — almost at arm’s reach. There are few places in the Pacific Northwest where you can get close enough to touch and even feed some of the most exotic and rare felines in the world. One of those places is Cat Tales Zoological Park in Spokane. Though small — only three acres — this hybrid sanctuary-zoo is as a refuge for tigers, lions and other felines. Visiting the sanctuary is a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with a white Tiger, which are extinct in the wild and can only be found in captivity. The animals come from various locations around the U.S. Some come to Cat Tales after being kept illegally as household pets, others from roadside menageries and some are former circus cats relaxing in retirement. Still others are come to Cat Tales through exchanges with other zoos and facilities. Occasionally, Cat Tales does minimal captive breeding to assist in populating other qualified zoos and facilities. “The endangered species are illegal to own, so they get confiscated pretty quickly,” said Savannah Fisher, one of the zoo’s students. “In the animals we have here, that’s just the lions, the tigers and the leopard. Currently Cat Tales is home to a single black leopard, a lion, 17 tigers, three pumas, two bobcats and two black bears. For a small donation you can feed the animals by hand through a secure enclosure. The park also offers guided tours, special events, educational programs and zookeeper training. Cat Tales is dedicated to increasing the appreciation of wildlife and

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At Cat Tales there are 17 tigers, each with a different story and personality — just ask the zookeepers. Some were born at Cat Tales; others were confiscated from the private sector or homes and brought to the zoo.

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Mike and Debbie Wyche founded the sanctuary in 1991, never expecting it to become as large and popular as it is now, said Matt Hearst, Cat Tale’s manager. For the Wyche’s, it was a way to build a safe facility to provide sanctuary for exotic animals. Without facilities like these, many of the animals would have been transferred to the private sector with less than adequate care and poor living condi-

tions. “Their mission is truly special,” Hearst said. “It’s not done for profit. In fact, it runs at a loss for most of the time. But they are truly committed to it.” The zoo also serves as a school and certification site for zoo-keeping students who receive practical experience working with the animals. The Cat Tales Zoological Training Center teaches students all aspects of zoo operation in addition to learning to care for the animals. The zoo relies heavily on ticket booth sales and gift shop purchases to support it. Through generous donations, the zoo can feed and care for the animals. It does not receive any federal or state funding. Their enclosures are their homes, and they’re happy to stay there, said Hearst. uCATS, Page 6

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Calendar of Events Monday, June 6 3 p.m. Ice Cream Social Affinity at Southridge 5207 W. Hildebrand Blvd., Kennewick RSVP 509-222-1212 Wednesday, June 8 11 a.m. Senior Center Seminar Affinity at Southridge 5207 W. Hildebrand Blvd., Kennewick RSVP required by June 6 509-222-1212 7 p.m. Monthly Meeting Tri-City Genealogical Society Charbonneau 8264 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kenn. 509-554-1050 Thursday, June 9 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Three Rivers Senior Life Show Three Rivers Convention Center Kennewick 6:30 p.m. Gardening Class: African Violets Demonstration Garden 1620 S. Union, Kennewick 360-690-6300 June 10-12 13th Annual Sacajawea Bluegrass Festival & Dutch Oven Rendezvous Sacajawea State Park, Pasco Mctama.org.

29th Combine Demolition Derby Various locations Lind, Wash. www.lindwa.com Saturday June 11 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Chalk Art Festival Uptown Shopping Center, Richland June 11-12 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 17th Annual Fort Walla Walla Days Fort Walla Walla Museum 509-525-7703 Tuesday, June 14 1:30 p.m. Cooking Demonstration with Chef Eric Cardenas, Part 1 Affinity at Southridge 5207 W. Hildebrand Blvd., Kennewick RSVP required by June 10 509-222-1212 Thursday, June 16 4-10 p.m. Hogs & Dogs Family Festival West Richland Chamber of Commerce Bombing Range Sports Complex 509-967-0521 Friday, June 17 Noon – 2 p.m. Classic Car Show Parkview Senior Living 7820 W. Sixth Ave., Kennewick 509-734-9773

Saturday, June 18 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Cancer Crushing Clutter Clearance Tri-Cities Cancer Center 7350 W. Deschutes Ave., Kennewick tccancer.org 509-737-3449 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. ACT Garden Arts Tour Academy of Children’s Theatre Various Locations academyofchildrenstheatre.org 3-7 p.m. Summer Solstice in the Demo Gardens WSU Master Gardeners 1620 S. Union St. Kennewick 509-783-8898 Wednesday, June 22 Noon – 2 p.m. Vintage Car Show Affinity at Southridge 5207 W. Hildebrand Blvd., Kennewick 509-222-1212 Thursday, June 23-26 Cool Desert Nights Uptown Shopping Center, Richland Tri-City Regional Chamber Sunday, June 26 11 a.m. – 7p.m. Mariachi & More Festival Tri-Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Columbia Park, Kennewick 509-542-0933

Tuesday, June 28 1:30 p.m. Cooking Demonstration with Chef Eric Cardenas, Part 2 Affinity at Southridge 5207 W. Hildebrand Blvd., Kennewick RSVP required by June 22 509-222-1212 Monday, July 4 Grand Old 4th Parade and Celebration Various Locations 509-545-3456 5 p.m. River of Fire Festival Columbia Park, Kennewick 509-547-9791 July 29-30 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. Art in the Park Allied Arts Association Howard Amon Park 509-943-9815 July 20-31 Tri-City Water Follies Columbia Park, Kennewick 509-783-4675 Friday, Sept. 2 1:30 7th Annual Golf Tournament Benefit for Camp Patriot G2 Construction Canyon Lakes Golf Course, Kennewick 509-783-8900

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Cancer Center clearing clutter

The Tri-Cities Cancer Center at 7350 W. Deschutes Ave. will have its Cancer Crushing Clutter Clearance from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 18. The Cancer Center is clearing out 15,000 sq. ft. in its basement and selling plenty of usable items, from toilets to desks, furniture for the home and office, décor, janitorial supplies, Christmas decorations and more. All proceeds benefit the TCCC Exceptional Past, Extraordinary Future Building Fund. Construction materials will be available at bargain prices. If you would

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Bottles, Brews & Barbecues

The Prosser Wine Network will have its Bottles, Brews and Barbecues event from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 11 at Vintners Village in Prosser. The wine, music and barbecue festival is a successor to the annual BBQ Showdown previously held at McKinley Springs Winery in the Horse Heaven Hills. Barbecue competitors from across the Northwest are expected to participate in the juried Pacific Northwest Barbecue Association’s barbecue competition. Live music will include the Bayou Boys from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Night Train from 1 to 3 p.m. and Bear Market Riot from 3 to 6 p.m. Bottles, Brews and Barbecues is an adult-only event. For more information, go to prosserwinenetwork. com.

Surge in rental home scams

Rental scams might be a common trick these days, but unfortunately, it is still common for house hunters to fall for it. The Better Business Bureau serving the Northwest has noticed an uptick in rental scams being reported through its BBB Scam Tracker. Since being launched in 2015, Scam Tracker has received about two dozen complaints concerning rental scams in the Northwest. About half of those have occurred in the last six months. Earlier this month, a Wenatchee man reported someone trying to rent out his house without him knowing. He told BBB officials he’s had several people show up ready to move in, despite the home not being for sale or rent. Rental home scammers generally prey on victims who do not live in the area, in hopes of taking their cash before they realize the home is not available.

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To avoid being a victim of these scam, use the following tips when hunting for a rental property. — Ask for a walk through. If you are renting locally, ask to see the property in person. If you don’t live in the city, reach out to someone you trust who does and ask them to visit the place for you. If the property owners makes excuses for being unable to show the property, it’s likely a scam. — Research the location. Search the listing online to see if it is being advertised elsewhere. Often scammers steal pictures and try to pass off properties as their own. This is why seeing a property in person is so important. — Pay with a credit card. Never pay a security deposit or first month’s rent with cash, a gift card or by wire transfer. Once you send it, you have no way to get it back if it is a scam. — Be skeptical of low prices. Scammers usually lure in targets by promising low rents, great amenities and other perks. If the price seems better than comparable properties, it may be a scam. Those who have been a victim to these are other scams should report their experiences to the Better Business Bureau at 509-455-4200 or at bbb.org. uBRIEFS, Page 6

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Make new friends at the West Richland Senior Center

By Mary Coffman editor@tcjournal.biz The West Richland Senior Center will have its monthly potluck at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 14. The entrée, baked ham, will be provided and attendees are asked to bring a side dish or dessert to share. Come have a great meal and enjoy it with wonderful company! Also don’t miss the Senior Center’s monthly bingo, which begins at 1 p.m., Monday, June 20. The doors open at noon, when you can get a hot dog, drink and chips

West Richland Senior Center (509) 967-2847 616 N. 60th, West Richland for $3. There are cash prizes and gift certificates available. Visiting Angels offers a co-ed exercise class at 9 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. It’s a great way to get some exercise in a fun environment.

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CATS, From page 3 “If they don’t have to hunt, predators tend to relax; they can easily sleep up to 20 hours a day,” he said. Hearst said Cat Tales is unique because it allows visitors to be closer to the animals than at traditional zoos, and there is the opportunity to feed the animals. Both the Zoo and School are at the same site in Mead, just north of Spokane. Exit off Interstate 90 on Division Street and travel north for about 12 miles and take Highway 2 for six miles and the zoo is on the right. Cat Tales Zoological Park is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays through September. Admission is $10 for adults; $8 for seniors and students; and $5 for children 12 and under. For more information visit www.cat tales.org. BRIEFS, From page 5

Oregon East Symphony to perform

The Oregon East Symphony will perform at the Wildhorse Resort and Casino Civic Circle June 11. The show, called ‘Young at Heart’ is a tribute to the music of Saturday morning cartoon classics, including Rossini’s Barber of Seville Overture, Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, Strauss’ Blue Danube, Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No. 5, Anderson’s Chicken Reel and more. In addition to the concert, a dinner and auction will take place at 6 p.m. before the show. Tickets are $25 for general seating, $45 for premium or $75 for the concert ticket, dinner and auction. For more information or tickets, go to wildhorseresort.com.

Richland seeks board member

The Richland City Council is accepting application from Richland residents who are interested in serving on its Public Facilities District Board. It has two positions available. Those interested must submit an application and resume. The term of appointment for position No. 4 is through July 15,2010, and position No. 5 runs through July 15, 2019. The application deadline is June 6. Details are available on the city’s website at ci.richland.wa.us. Click on Government, Advisory Boards and Commissions, or call the city at 509-942-7388.


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From orchard to table, apples bring flavor for the perfect picnic

(Family Features) There’s nothing like the perfect picnic or barbe­ cue to slow down and reconnect with friends and family. This season, gather together guests and surprise them with a rustic backyard picnic, starring delicious new recipes that bring out the flavor of apples — a versatile and healthy year-round fruit. Filled with healthy antioxidants, fiber, vitamins and minerals, apples add a flavorful twist to classic picnic fare. For a refreshing treat that both kids and adults will love, try the Strawberry Banana Smoothie Pop­ sicle, made with Tree Top Apple Juice. Or grill some Spiced Pork and Apple Burgers with Maple Dijon, made with Tree Top Apple Sauce for a lean and juicy burger. For more recipes and inspiration, visit www.treetop.com.

Spray a large non-stick grill pan or griddle with cook­ing spray and place over medium to medium high heat. Mix pork, apple sauce, salt, chili powder, dry mustard, pep­per and cinnamon together in a large mixing bowl. Form mix­ture into 6 patties. Place patties in pan and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, turn and cook additional 4 to 5 minutes or until done. To serve, spread bun bottoms with maple mustard mixture. Top each with a patty, spinach leaf and bun top. If desired, toast buns and top with cheddar cheese, grilled onions, pickles, tomatoes or other favorite toppings. Serve with crispy sweet potato fries and steamed beans for an easy but special meal.

Apple Tortellini Salad

Servings: 6 to 8 Dressing: 3 tablespoons Frozen Concentrate Apple Juice, thawed 3 tablespoons light corn syrup 2 teaspoons brown sugar 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar 2 teaspoons garlic salt Ground pepper to taste Salad: 9 ounces cheese-filled tortellini 2 cups sliced apples 2 cups shredded salad greens 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries 1/2 cup thinly sliced celery 1/2 cup sliced scallions 2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts (optional)

To prepare dressing, combine apple juice concentrate, corn syrup, brown sugar, vinegar, garlic salt and pepper. Cover dressing and refrigerate. To prepare salad, cook tortellini, drain and cool by rinsing pasta under cold water. Shake gently to drain thoroughly. In a large bowl, combine tortellini, apples, salad greens, straw­berries, celery and scallions. Toss salad gently with chilled dressing. Serve chilled. If desired, sprinkle with pine nuts. Spiced Pork and Apple Burger with Maple Dijon

Servings: 6 3 tablespoons maple syrup 2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard 2 pounds ground pork 1/2 cup Tree Top Natural Apple Sauce 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder 1 teaspoon dry mustard 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 6 hamburger buns Baby Spinach leaves

Stir maple syrup and mustard together in a small bowl. Set aside.

Strawberry Banana Smoothie Ice Pops

1 cup Tree Top Apple Juice 1 pint strawberries, hulled, sliced and frozen 1 banana, sliced and frozen 1 apple, peeled, cored, sliced and frozen 6 ounces vanilla yogurt 1 teaspoon vanilla

Put all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Pour into ice pop forms or paper cups. Place ice pop sticks in center and freeze, inverted, for 3 hours or until solid. Keep frozen until ready to serve. Baked Apple Pie Layer Bars Servings: 16 2 1/2 cups sifted flour

1 tablespoon sugar 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup shortening 1 egg Milk 2/3 cup crushed corn flakes 1/2 cup Tree Top Apple Sauce 5 cups sliced, peeled apples 1/4 cup sugar 1 teaspoon cinnamon Glaze: 1 cup confectioners’ sugar 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Sift together flour, sugar and salt. Cut shortening in with pastry blender or two knives. Put egg yolk into measuring cup and add milk to make 2/3 cup. Add to Apple Tortellini Salad. shortening mixture. Mix just enough until for top crust. Place over apples. Pinch dough shapes into a ball. Roll out half edges together. Beat egg white until the dough into 15 x 11-inch rectangle. stiff and spread on top crust. Bake in Transfer to baking sheet. Cover with hot 400°F oven for 40 minutes. Cut corn flakes. Mix apple sauce together into 16 squares. with apple slices, and add mixture Combine confectioners’ sugar and on top of corn flakes. Mix sugar lemon juice to make glaze. While hot, and cinnamon. Sprinkle over apple drizzle glaze over top. mixture. Roll out other half of dough

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RIGHTS, From page 1 “The old law said that any third party that had a relationship with the child could petition for visitation,” Paine said. “That included nonrelatives, teachers, coaches and neighbors.” Visitation rights for any third party, including grandparents, have been in flux every sense. GROW and its members, like Lori Paine of Puyallup, tried to get those rights restored through the legislature, without success. Paine hasn’t seen her granddaughter in two years, after she and her daughter had a disagreement. “She literally ripped her out of my life,” Paine said. For Paine, Nichols and other grandparents, the need is dire. “Broken Heart syndrome is real. This is a huge issue,” said Paine. Washington state is the only state that doesn’t have a law in place that allows grandparents to petition the courts for visitation rights. Paine agreed that the old law was too

broad and said I-1431 is far more specific. The initiative states that only third party nonparents who are a relative by blood or law may petition the court. In addition, the petitioner must have had a substantial relationship for at least two years, or for half of their life, if they are under two years old. “They need to prove they don’t have any problems in their background with abuse and they also must show that they child may suffer harm through the absence of them from their life,” Paine said. “It’s not a slam dunk for anyone.” Paine said the group has about 60,000 signatures so far. And time is of the essence. They need to collect about 247,000 valid signatures from registered Washington voters by July 2 to get the initiative on the November ballot. For more information or to sign the petition, go to grandparentsrightsofwashingtonstate.org or find the group on Facebook.

Christine Nichols and other members Grandparents Rights of Washington, or GROW, are gathering signatures for a ballot initiative to allow grandparents to petition courts for visitation of grandchildren when they become alienated from their grandchildren through no fault of their own. Nichols has not been allowed to see her granddaughter since November.

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Richland Regatta Boat Races re-launch in June in Howard Amon Park By Mary Coffman editor@tcjournal.biz The Northwest Powerboat Association will re-launch the Richland Regatta June 3-5 at Howard Amon Park in Richland. It’s the first time the American Power Boat Association has had races in Richland since 2008. The three-day event will have 60-80 race boats of various types, some capable of reaching speeds of up to 170 mph. Admission to the event is free and so is parking. However, pit passes can be purchased for $10 per day or $20 for the entire three-day event. For more information about the event, go to www.nwpba.com or call 409-288-4677. The Richland Community Center is offering a Spanish for Beginners class from 7 to 8:30 p.m. each Tuesday from June 14 through July 12. The class is an introduction to the Spanish language and will introduce vocabulary, grammatical structures and cultural considerations. By the end of the class, participants should be able to speak words and phrases about themselves to others in Spanish. The cost is $50 for residents and $62.50 for all others. Staying active is important as you

age. Even moderate physical activity can improve your health without damaging your joints. Steppin’ Out with Jo is a great way to increase your flexibility, strength and circulation. Instructor Jo Miller uses a wide variety of music and combines dance, core work, weights and yoga in this workout that will leave you energized and ready for the day. Classes are 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The cost is $23 for residents and $28.75 for all others. Would you like to have your own garden, but lack the space? Consider obtaining a plot in one of Richland’s three community gardens. The community gardens are parcels of city land that have been divided into gardening plots that are assigned to individuals, families or groups who plant and maintain the plots. Plots range in price from $25 to $50, depending upon size. The AARP Smart Driver defensive driving course will be at 9 a.m. Wednesday, June 15 and Thursday June 16. The course focuses on age-related changes and teaches you how to compensate for those changes. Participants must attend both days.

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Pasco’s summer concert series offers free entertainment By Mary Coffman editor@tcjournal.biz The City of Pasco’s Summer Concert Series kicks off June 23 with a performance by the Columbia Drum & Bugle Corps in Volunteer Park. The free concerts take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. every Thursday. Venues vary. Following the kick off, the schedule is as follows: Ruido Instinto, Latin rock, Volunteer Park, June 30; Bahuru Marimba Band, island/Caribbean music, Peanuts Park, July 7; Hermanos Maria, Latin music, Volunteer Park, July 14; Cruise Control, oldies, Volunteer Park, July 21; Los Caipirinhos, Latin reggae ska and tropical, Volunteer Park, July 28; Eric

Herman and the Thunder Puppies, children’s music, Volunteer Park, Aug. 4; Hermanos Vargas, traditional tierra caliente, Peanuts Park, Aug. 11; and Traveler of Home, alternative indie rock, Gesa Stadium, Aug. 18. Enjoy a new culinary experience by attending Food Truck Friday, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. each Friday through Oct. 28. The area’s menagerie of food trucks gather at Pasco Farmers Market location, giving attendees the opportunity to choose from a wide variety of culinary options in one space. Each truck offers a $4.95 Food Truck Friday luncheon special, making it an affordable and interesting new option. The Pasco Senior Center’s Enhance Fitness program, which is designed

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specifically for those over the age of 40, can help you get moving toward a healthier lifestyle. The program starts monthly and is from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The cost for June is $33 for Pasco residents and $41 for all others. Wavemakers Aqua Fit is a warm water exercise class that includes the use of an underwater treadmill, upper body strengthening and leg strengthening exercises, stretching and more. The class, offered by Oasis Physical Therapy, can help relieve the pain of arthritis, fibromyalgia, lower back pain and more. Classes are available 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays. The cost is $90 for the Monday and Wednesday sessions or for Tuesday and Thursday sessions. Nonresidents pay $113. Keeping your feet healthy is essential as you age. Those 60 and older can participate in the Pasco Senior Center’s

Foot Care Program, Happy Feet. The program is designed to provide preventative maintenance and education to Franklin County and Burbank residents. Through the program, a registered nurse will inspect your feet for early detection of corns, calluses, ingrown toenails and other minor foot problems. The nurse will also trim your toenails, apply lotion to your feet and give you instruction on properly caring for your feet at home. The service is free, but there is a suggested donation of $10 per person. The Happy Feet foot care program is available by appointment only from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. Call 509-545-3459 for an appointment. The 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.


Senior Times • June 2016  COMPANIONSHIP, From page 1 “I had one client, who, when a Companion went to her house, discovered the only thing she had was a container of oatmeal and cat food for her cat,” Myer said. “Her Companion contacted us and together, we were able to get donations of food and we stocked her freezer and pantry. We also got her a winter coat and blankets.” The Senior Companion Program reaches far beyond providing a ride now and then, Myer said. “It’s being able to recognize and provide any help that is needed,” she said. “Our companions also do respite for caregivers. Recently, there have been a lot of husband-wife couples where one is caregiver to the other,” Myer said. “Our Senior Companions will go in one or two days a week for about four hours to relieve the caregiver. They’re able to go shopping, or see a movie — get their hair done.” It gives them a much-needed break, Myer said, which, in turn, makes them better caregivers. Forty Senior Companion volunteers currently serve clients ranging in age from 55 to 86; the oldest was 93 years old, but recently passed away. The Senior Companion Program is funded through a federal grant, but the local community has helped immensely, Myer said. “This community has been amazing. The St. Vincent DePaul chapter of Christ the King provided gift cards for our seniors. Others, such as Dutch Bros, donate door prizes and gift cards for our monthly meetings,” Myer said. Monthly meetings include speakers related to senior wellness and healthcare, such as from the Alzheimer’s Association, doctors, dentists, and medical benefits. “I try to keep topics that are pertinent to our volunteers or the people they serve,” Myer said. Linda Dorsey has been a Senior Companion for the last six years and also serves as mentor by helping train volunteers prior to their service. She said helping others is part of who she is and as a retired grocery clerk, she has

never met a stranger. “I’ve basically been doing this all of my life,” Dorsey said. “While I was growing up, my parents had a rest home — a private home with six people who lived there. I used to do errands for the people who lived upstairs. In return, one lady read The Bible to me and I played cards with another,” Dorsey said. Dorsey said regardless of where she has lived throughout her life there has always been an elderly person without family that she could help. The experiences are an irreplaceable part of her life. “I actually physically get a warm, heartfelt feeling inside when they tell me how much they appreciate my help,” Dorsey said. When she gets too busy working seven days a week – in addition to her eight Senior Companion clients, she also helps care for her sister and some personal friends – she reminds herself of that feeling. Her clients quickly become dear to her, Dorsey said. “I had one lady who passed away. Her kids didn’t come around, even toward the end. Yes, she was ornery, but she needed someone to care,” Dorsey said. “She told me she was glad I could be the one and that she knew she could always depend on me, which felt good.” Many clients whose families can help out try to rush through shopping and errands so they aren’t a burden on their busy lives, Dorsey said. Senior Companions remove the rush and bring calm to the situation. “They know when a Senior Companion takes them shopping, they can relax and take their time. We’re there for them and have committed a certain amount of time to focus on them that day,” Dorsey said. “They really get excited about what we can do and where we can go together. We go shopping, to the park, museum, play cards and dominoes. You just feel so good when you see how happy it makes them.” Dorsey feels the program recipro-

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cates and brings volunteers a great amount of companionship, too. “I’m 72 years old and most Senior Companions are senior citizens. It gets us out of the house, gives us something to do and doesn’t cost a lot of money. We don’t sit at home and get lonely or depressed,” she said. Senior Companions usually spend 15 to 20 hours a week with six to eight “friends.” Volunteers who qualify receive a modest, tax-free stipend, reimbursement for mileage, meals during service, annual medical exam and additional insurance while on duty. Senior Companion volunteer Connie Sueyras met client Richard “Joe” Pettitt a few months The income doesn’t ago. She says the two became fast friends and count against any other enjoy talking about baseball – and his favorite benefits. Volunteers team, the Boston Red Sox. They also pray togethundergo triple-level er, watch the news, and visit the park when the background checks weather is good. and they complete a 20-hour orientation to ensure safety for seniors. Sueyras said her clients become her Connie Sueyras has served the program for more than a year and can’t family so it’s very difficult to lose them, but the benefits far outweigh any drawimagine life without it now. “I love it! I care for the people and backs. “I had a client who hadn’t seen the am very friendly with them,” Sueyras said. She has five clients and sees each doctor in years, but he was experienctwice a week. “I forget about every- ing some problems,” Sueyras said. “I thing else when I’m with them. I’m told him he needed to go and really there to spend time with them and to encouraged him. He went and is gratemake sure they don’t feel rushed at ful now because the doctor caught appointments. I go out of my way for some serious medical issues.” them and they appreciate it. They deserve it.” uCOMPANIONSHIP, Page 15


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Kennewick Senior Center celebrates summer with trip to Blueberry Daze Festival By Mary Coffman editor@tcjournal.biz The Kennewick Senior Center is planning a trip to Bill’s Berry Farm in Grandview for its Blueberry Daze Festival on Saturday, July 2. The bus will leave Kennewick at 9 a.m. and travel to Bill’s Berry Farm, just north of Grandview, in the heart of the Yakima Valley. You’ll enjoy strolling the beautiful and bountiful working farm, while listening to live gospel and bluegrass music from the Beckman Family. There will be craft and vendors booths and you can enjoy an all-American lunch from the Berry Park BBQ with a warm, delicious blueberry donut for dessert. You’ll also have the opportunity to pick fresh blueberries, raspberries and

blackberries from the vine or purchase them from the Berry Farm store. The cost is $39 if you register by June 17. The fee includes transportation and trip coordination only. Activities and purchases at the farm are the responsibility of the participants. The AARP Smart Driver Course is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, June 16 and Friday, June 17 at the Kennewick Senior Center. The course is designed for those 55 and older and those who participate may receive a discount on their auto insurance. The cost is $15 for valued supporters and $20 for all others. As the weather gets hotter, it may be difficult for some to be exercise outside. But the city of Kennewick

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has a great solution — its indoor and air-conditioned Southridge Sports Complex at 2901 Southridge Blvd. The facility is open from 9a .m. to noon weekdays for walkers and runners who prefer to get their exercise in a climate-controlled environment. The cost is $1 per person, per day. The Kennewick Senior Center’s Back to Basics Fitness class is a perfect way to start the day. The low impact and motivational workout combines toning and firming with

7 places mosquitoes might be hiding in your yard

(Family Features) Spring has sprung, which means that mosquito season is almost here. These tiny insects could be living, flying and breeding right in your yard, and you might not even know it. Mosquitoes aren’t just a nuisance, they are also a health threat. Some species common in the United States can carry and spread Zika virus, Chi-

kungunya virus, West Nile virus and canine heart worm. The first sign of mosquito activity is usually buzzing from female mosquitoes and their bites. Where mosquitoes breed female mosquitoes can lay as many as 100 eggs at a time. They can lay eggs in just a few inches of standing water, making pinpointing breeding sites

a challenge. To help homeowners, Orkin Entomologist Ron Harrison, Ph.D., reveals seven places mosquitoes like the most and offers advice on how to help keep them out of your yard. • Gutters. If enough debris is left to collect over time, dirty gutters can clog up and create pockets of water perfect for mosquito breeding.

light cardio to increase your heart rate and improve your core. Workouts can be modified to all fitness levels and abilities. Classes are 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, June 6 through Aug. 5. There is no class on July 4. The cost is $41 for Kennewick residents and $61 for all others. For more information about activities at the Senior Center or for questions, call 509-585-4303 or go to go2kennewick.com/seniorcenter.

Cleaning gutters regularly to make sure water is flowing smoothly can help keep mosquitoes from breeding so close to your home. • Toys. They are an often overlooked source of standing water, but toys can collect pockets of water and just a few inches is enough for a mosquito to raise a family. uMOSQUITOES, Page 14

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Useful Phone Numbers and Addresses Senior Centers Kennewick Senior Center................................................... 500 S. Auburn St., Kennewick.......................................................... 509-585-4303 Pasco Senior Center............................................................ 1315 N. 7th Ave., Pasco..................................................................... 509-545-3459 Prosser Senior Center......................................................... 1231 Dudley Ave., Prosser................................................................ 509-786-2915 Richland Community Center............................................ 500 Amon Dr., Richland................................................................... 509-942-7529 West Richland Senior Center............................................ 616 N. 60th, West Richland.............................................................. 509-967-2847 Additional Resources Senior Life Resources/Meals on Wheels........................... 1824 Fowler St., Richland................................................................. 509-735-1911 Veterans Administration Medical Clinic.......................... 825 Jadwin Ave., Suite 250, Richland.............................................. 509-946-1020 RSVP-Retired Seniors Volunteer Program...................... 2139 Van Giesen St., Richland......................................................... 509-943-2590 x2112 Senior Companion Program.............................................. 2139 Van Giesen St., Richland......................................................... 509-545-6145 Social Security Administration......................................... 8131 W. Klamath Ct., Suite A, Kennewick..................................... 866-269-6671 Useful Phone Numbers Medicare............................................................................... 800-633-4227 Medicare TTY...................................................................... 877-486-2048 Veterans Affairs Administration....................................... 800-827-1000 Alzheimer’s Association 24 Hour...................................... 800-272-3900 Fair Housing Enforcement................................................ 800-669-9777 Washington Information Network................................... 211

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16th Annual Hogs & Dogs Family Festival revs up on June 16 By Senior Times staff The 16th Annual Hogs & Dogs Family Festival is revving up the fun at this year’s event, which will be 4 to 10 p.m. Thursday, June 16 at the Bombing Range Sports Complex. The event, which is produced by the West Richland Chamber of Commerce, is free and will include the All Star Classic Car Show, a Kid’s Zone, and live music by 3rd Date. Craig Latimer, a 28-year-old Nova Scotian, will perform heart-stopping motorcycle stunts in the parking lot, and be available for pictures and autographs. Latimer has performed at different venues throughout Canada and the U.S. He won the individual freestyle competition at the Canadian Freestyle Motorcycle Championship. The Hogs & Dogs Family Festival is

being held in conjunction with the All Star Classic Car Show. Classic car registration for the show is $10 is pre-paid and $15 on the day of the show. The show and shine will be 4 to 10 p.m. This year’s Hogs & Dogs event will feature hot dogs, live music and a beer and wine garden, as well as plenty of kid’s activities in the Kid’s Zone. One of the most popular Hogs & Dogs traditions is the motorcycle raffle. This year, the West Richland Chamber of Classic is raffling a 2016 Indian Chief Classic. Raffle tickets are $10 each and are available at the West Richland Chamber of Commerce office, Yoke’s Fresh Market in West Richland and Kennewick, Gesa Credit Union, Ranch & Home, Benton REA, Paw’s Natural Pet Emporium and at the Boy Scouts of America. You can also call 509-967-0521 for tickets.

MOSQUITOES, From page 12 • Flower pots. Rainwater can collect in saucers under flower pots. If left to sit for days, the water becomes an excellent breeding spot for mosquitoes. • Bird baths. Even though birds eat a variety of insects, standing water in bird baths left unchecked for days at a time can become an oasis for female mosquitoes looking for a place to

lay eggs. Inspect and change the water weekly to avoid an infestation. • Rain barrels. If water is used within a few days, it will likely not be enough time to create a mosquito problem, but if water is left standing for multiple days, be prepared to find a hotbed of hungry pests. • Plants. Some plants can hold water in their “mouths” and offer mosquitoes enough standing water to lay

The West Richland Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Hogs & Dogs Family Festival draws thousands of motorcycles every year and includes a classic car show, live music and plenty of family-friendly activities.

their eggs. Other shrubbery can serve as a hide-out for grown mosquitoes. In addition to blood, mosquitoes feed on nectar from flowers, so they often hide in shrubbery during the day. Thinning dense shrubbery to increase air flow can help reduce the number of adult mosquitoes in your yard. • Tree cavities. Each year, cavities in tree stumps and trunks are filled with water by rainfall or melting ice

and snow, and mosquitoes may choose these holes for breeding. While it can be difficult to remove the standing water, a licensed professional can help identify and treat these areas. • Low points in the yard. Any areas lower than the rest of your yard may collect and hold standing water. Make note of these areas when patrolling and be sure to inspect and drain them if necessary. Take Back Your Yard It’s important to do a weekly inspection of your entire yard to locate and eliminate any standing water. It’s also a good idea to encourage your neighbors to do the same so that mosquitoes aren’t traveling from their yard to yours. If you’ve done everything you can to help prevent mosquitoes and are still having problems, you may need a licensed professional. For more details, visit Orkin.com.

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Senior Times • June 2016  COMPANIONSHIP, From page 11 Later, the same client was worried about getting a ride home after a medical appointment that required him to be under anesthesia. She assured him that she would be there for him. “I really love being a part of their lives,” Sueyras. One of her more recent clients, Richard “Joe” Pettitt, can’t walk due to eight knee surgeries after having been kicked by horses during his career as a veterinarian. Sueyras recently pushed him in his wheelchair to the park. “It’s very easy to become depressed,” Pettitt said. “It was very refreshing.” The two laughed because Sueyras commented how much she hates crows while at the park, only to find out Pettitt had one of the birds as a favorite pet. “They’re very intelligent birds,” he said. Pettitt has a passion for all things baseball, so he and Sueyras chat about the sport at length. The two also enjoy watching the news together. “We have a lot in common to talk about,” Pettitt said. Sueyras said getting to know Pettitt has been a true pleasure for her. “ He really likes it when I pray with him because he’s very faithful,” Sueyras said. “He loves to visit and having company.” And spending time with him is fulfilling for her, as well. “I will be a Senior Companion as long as I’m able to. I live to serve God,” she said. Despite the endless compliments the Senior Program receives, more volunteers are necessary to serve the elderly population. “We really need more Senior Companion volunteers,” Dorsey said. “A lot of agencies cost the client money, but ours doesn’t. So many seniors can’t afford it, so they don’t get the care.” Myer agrees. “I’d really like to see at least 10 or more additional Companions join the program. Our volunteers are stretched pretty thin right now,” Myer said. “We do surveys with clients and there are always such positive comments. ‘They’re lifesavers,’ say many. And they are, especially those living on their own and not in assisted living arrangements. This program helps them maintain some independence.” And it’s a “win-win” program. “Many of our volunteers are lowincome so it also improves their quality of life,” Myer said.

Don’t be scammed when planning that summer getaway By Veronica Craker for Senior Times Have you noticed the sun starting to set later in the day? Can you hear the chirping sounds of baby birds? If, like me, you’re counting down the days until spring, you’re probably already planning that summer getaway. Unfortunately, this is also the time when scammers are out trying to trick you out of your hard earned money. The Better Business Bureau Scam Tracker — launched in fall of 2015 —has recorded a few travel scams in Washington, with consumers reporting a loss of more than $3,000 in the past three months. Most recently a Western Washington resident reported losing more than $900 to an online travel company. The individual reported to Scam Tracker after booking the trip they were unable to reach anyone over the phone. In Vancouver there were reports of someone receiving a call stating they had won a free cruise — if they paid $60 up front. The caller was pushy and loud, trying to pressure them to agreeing to the deal. Fortunately, the Vancouver resident was disconnected before they got tangled up in the scammers con. If you have your sights set on

planning a dream getaway, BBB Northwest wants to prevent it from turning into a nightmare. Here are five things to remember when planning your vacation. • Don’t be fooled. Be on the lookout for fake travel websites. Sure the site appears to be professional, but even con artists can put together a good looking website. • Read the fine print. Life happens. And when you are planning a trip months or even years in advance, it’s best to know what your rights are when it comes to cancelling a trip. Read the fine print on cancellation policies to ensure you won’t lose money if you have to postpone the trip. Also, be on the lookout for any hidden fees that might be tacked on at the end of your trip. • Rental home scams. Watch for fake rental listings and vacation packages that sound too good to be true. Scammers can easily hijack legitimate online listings and make it look like their own. To avoid getting caught up in a scam its best to deal directly with the property owner or manager. You can also do research online to verify the property you are renting actually exists. • Don’t get too social. While it’s tempting to live tweet your entire vacation, try to limit what you share

o n l i n e . T h i e v e s sometimes use social media to acquire personal information about travel plans. It’s safer to Veronia Craker wait until Better Business returning Bureau Northwest home before uploading those pictures to your Facebook. • Be wi-fi wary. Today many hotels, airports and restaurants offer free wi-fi. It’s not difficult for scammers to access personal computers or smart phones on public networks. Also be careful when using computers offered to guests at hotels. Identity thieves are known to add key loggers onto public computers to track passwords. Keep your vacation fun by playing it safe this summer. Learn more about scams in your area by visiting www.bbb.org/scamtracker/us. Veronica Craker is the managing editor and writer for the Better Business Bureau Northwest.

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9 8 7 6 5 2 1

Sudoku Solution Sudoku Solution

Str8ts Solution

5 3 1 2 8 9 6 7 4

5 3 1 2 8 9 6 7 4

Sudoku

7 8 2 3 4

8 7 6 9 5 4 1 3 2

9 8 7 6 5 2 1

9 6 7 4 1 3 2 5 8

1 5 4 8 6 2 9 7 3

8 3 2 7 9 5 6 1 4

3 7 6 2 8 1 5 4 9

2 4 9 5 7 6 3 8 1

5 1 8 9 3 4 7 6 2

6 2 1 3 4 7 8 9 5

7 9 5 1 2 8 4 3 6

4 8 3 6 5 9 1 2 7

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9 6 7 4 1 3 2 5 8

1 5 4 8 6 2 9 7 3

8 3 2 7 9 5 6 1 4


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Senior Times • June 2016 

Senior Times - June 2016