Senior Times - May 2016

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May 2016

Volume 4 • Issue 5

Sacajawea offers family-friendly fun

Sundowns tradition continues

Bryant challenges Inslee

Don’t miss it May 18 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Nuclear Workers’ Resource Fair Southridge Sports Complex, Kennewick 888-903-8989

Exceptional numbers of people attended Senior Times Expo By Loretto J. Hulse Seniors, baby boomers and a smattering of grandchildren crowded the ballroom of the Pasco Red Lion Hotel early for the April Senior Times Expo on April 19. “They came early and stayed, talking with the various vendors,” said Mike Haugen, the event coordinator and advertising manager for the Senior Times. Haugen said more than 600 people attended the popular event, which started more than 20 years ago and continues to grow in popularity. April’s event had 55 vendors with information on medical services, in-home care, investment information, a variety of community services like the Tri-Cities Food Bank and more. Joy Gregg of Kennewick has attended the Senior Times Expo for about five years, although she hasn’t come for the past year or so, simply because life intervened. “I’m glad I made it this time, there were lots of new businesses,” she said. One company she was happy to find was All Geek, a computer, technology and network service that will pick up your equipment, get it set up and return it ready to use. “I’m going to give them a call soon to have them set up my computer so it works for me,” Gregg said. She said she also picked up some insurance information. “It’s nice to be able to come here and find information without having to run around town,” Gregg said. Many other people agreed with Gregg that finding the information they needed in one place was convenient and they converged on the Senior Times Expo. By mid-morning the Red Lion’s parking lot was filling up and so was the ballroom. uEXPO, Page 15

Visitors check out the portable model railroad display at the 2014 Tri-Cities Great Outdoor Expo in Pasco. Contributed photo.

Tri-City Model Railroaders expect club to gain steam with permanent location By Jessica Hoefer for Senior Times John Pettigrew is 72 years young and he still loves to play with trains. “I was probably 8 or 10 when I got my first train,” he said. “It was a Christmas gift. I wore it out—literally wore that engine out.” Pettigrew said he played with trains into his teenage years and when it came time for him to get a job and go to work, he boxed everything up and put them away. Pettigrew landed a job as a maintenance electrician for Boise Cascade and got married, but his fascination with trains never wavered. “Every time my wife and I would go on a trip, if there was a train running

along our path—especially if it was a steam engine—we’d stop and take a ride,” Pettigrew said. When he started thinking about retirement, his wife, Judy, suggested he build a hobby shop in the backyard complete with a model railroad. So that’s just what he did. “And because of that, I wanted to get together with like-minded people,” he added. “So I joined the Tri-City Model Railroaders in 2010.” The club is the only model railroad group in the Mid-Columbia and its earliest member activities date back to the late 1960s. It incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 1972 with two founding members. uTRAINS, Page 2

Fresh produce, tasty treats available in coming weeks at farmers markets By Loretto J. Hulse Be sure to get up with the roosters on May 7. That’s when the first two farmers markets in the Mid-Columbia — Pasco’s and Prosser’s — open. Sleep in and you’ll miss the first succulent greens, radishes and other early produce of the season. “That first day we’ll have all the early greens and radishes, Petersons Honey, Rudy’s Pepper Blends, eggs, fruits from Gilmore Farms and beef from Pat-nTam’s out of Stanfield,” said Mike Somerville, manager for the Pasco Farmers Market.

Other vendors includes Beth Ruhland of Richland, owner of The Soap Company, Tina’s Tasty Treats, all gluten-free, and Phil & Sally’s Bakery. Linda Hall, manager of the Prosser Farmers Market, expects to see similar produce and products on its opening day. “Plus we’ll have a lot of lush veggie and flower starts from Buggirl’s Garden, wines from Daven Lore and, in a few weeks, peonies from Hoefer Farms,” Hall said, adding that a new soap maker has signed up for the coming season.

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TRAINS, From page 1 Two years ago, Pettigrew took over as the TCMR president and today the club has about 30 members— including a couple of women. “Our youngest member was only 14,” said Pettigrew. “He dropped out when he went to college, but from what I understand, he’s going to rejoin. He’s probably 19 or 20 years old now. And our oldest member is in his late 70s, early 80s.” Pettigrew expects membership to grow now that TCMR opened its new clubhouse at 11 W. Kennewick Ave. in Kennewick. The club acquired the building in February 2016. Although they’re renting it for now,

Pettigrew said they plan to sign the purchase agreement in July. The 2,000-sq.-ft. building will serve as a space for meetings, as well as having a permanent display model. At the business meetings, which are on the fourth Monday of each month, members provide input on the various design options. “The design that we’re looking at is going to be five levels,” he said. “It’ll be what they call a mushroom concept. You’ll be able to see part of it from one side.” The horseshoe design allows viewers to walk onto an elevated platform to see three of the levels from the inside. The layout will depict

railroads from Wallula to Yakima, as well as the Hanford area and Spokane. “We already have a model of the Yakima depot that will be going on our new layout. One of our members built a replica from scratch,” he said. The group is developing the model themselves, and Pettigrew said their diverse professional backgrounds come in handy. “One fellow in our group loves to do CAD work, another is a retired civil engineer. We have three electricians and one retired railroad engineer—plus one active railroad engineer,” he said. Despite their expertise, Pettigrew said it will take three to five years to build their dream display and cost more than $15,000 for just the layout. “That would be a conservative estimate, because we’re going to have close to 400 feet of track, just in the mainline run to loop, through all five layers of the layout,” he said. “The cost includes the woodwork for building the support, the track and the turnouts, structures and scenery. It will be very expensive and will take us quite some time to build. Not months — years.” Meanwhile, the group does have a portable layout they use for club outreach. Various members take home sections of the model railroad and store them until events. TCMR has set up the display during events at the Benton PUD auditorium, TRAC, the Richland Community Center and, most recently, the REACH Museum. The display was at the REACH Museum for nearly three weeks, he said, and it was good exposure for the club. “It’s a great way to educate the public about the railroads of this area. We set them up and answer questions,” Pettigrew said. The questions aren’t always about the models they build, however. “We had one child, two or three years ago, who asked, ‘How come you’re still playing with trains,’” said Pettigrew. “We’re just in our second childhood, I guess. It’d be no different than someone playing with dolls. It’s a good hobby and a good way to meet people.” Those interested in learning more about joining the club are welcome to attend Train Until You Drain meetings, which are 6:30-8:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Friday of every month. Membership dues are $30 a month and members are asked to join the National Model Railroaders Association for an annual fee of $44. The national dues help cover liability insurance. For more information, visit the club’s website at: tcmr.

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Family-friendly events planned at Sacajawea State Park

By Loretto J. Hulse Sacajawea State Park’s serene beauty will be a bit livelier in June as two groups hold popular annual events there early in the month. The Friends of Sacajawea State Park will have its annual Old Fashioned Day from noon to 4 p.m. June 4. “It’s a family event featuring simple games like a bean bag toss, potato sack races and scavenger hunts,” said Sharon Stewart, the events coordinator for the group. “It’s just a good old-fashioned day, with activities to entice families out to the park, out in the fresh air, to get people to realize it’s a great place to play games as a family.” Big Top the Clown will twist balloons into animals and other shapes; Ghormley Meadow Christian Camp will have relay races; officers from Pasco Police and Franklin County Sheriff’s departments will give safety tips; and the Northwest Historians will reenact life as it was many, many decades ago. Ye Olde Car Club will also display several Model A and T vehicles during the day. And the Kennewick Lions Club will sell hot dogs and donuts. There is no admission charge for Old Fashioned Day and no need for state park Discover Pass to enter or park at Sacajawea during the event. The Kennewick Lions will be selling hot dogs and donuts. Old Fashioned Day is also a way for the Friends of Sacajawea State Park to promote the park. The Friends of Sacajawea State Park formed three years ago with just 10 people who noticed the park needed some special attention. “We realized our parks, because of all the cutbacks in funding, were going downhill,” said Stewart. “The park service simply didn’t have the money for upkeep. And we didn’t want to lose our beautiful park.” The group’s Old Fashioned Day began as an Old Fashioned Fourth of

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A youngster fishes for rubber ducks while another maneuvers her bike through an obstacle course at the first Friends of Sacajawea State Park community gathering. Photo courtesy of Randy Kirkbride.

July, but didn’t draw the attendance from the community that they’d hoped. “So we moved the celebration back into June and we had 300 people turn out last year,” she said. “We are hoping for even more this June.” This year, the Friends of Sacajawea State Park partnered with the Daughters of the Pioneers who have organized an annual picnic at the park for decades. “They were the ones who started the park in 1927,” Steward said. “They turned it over to the Washington State Park system in 1931 and it was the state that named it Sacajawea.” Stewart said the group chose the name because the park is at a spot where Lewis and Clark and their Corps of Discovery Expedition spent several days camping. The state named it after the only woman in the group in Honor of the Daughters of the Pioneers. For more information, go to or find them on Facebook. • Sacajawea Bluegrass Festival and Dutch Oven Rendezvous For nearly a decade, old-time fiddle music, savory campfire cooking and the camaraderie of fellow musicians lures 500 to 800 people to Sacajawea State Park each summer. On June 10-12, the Mid-Columbia Traditional Arts & Music Association


will once again play host to the Sacajawea Bluegrass Festival and Dutch Oven Rendezvous under the tall shade trees of the historic park. This year’s headliners are the Henhouse Prowlers from Chicago and the O’Connor Family Band featuring Mark O’Connor. “We feel really lucky to have signed up these two nationally-known bands,” said Reade Obern of the MCTAMA. “The Henhouse Prowlers have a lot of experience and Mark O’Connor is one of the most famous fiddlers in the United States. He’s played with symphonies and in movies, as well as con-

certs.” Mark O’Connor splits his time between his home in Nashville and New York. This is one of his first appearances on the West coast. Other bands being featured at the festival are North Country Bluegrass and the Downtown Mountain Boys. Many other bluegrass musicians will attend the festival and the popular Dutch oven cooking demonstration on Saturday. A variety of music workshops are available, including one just for young musicians. “We’re also planning a band scramble, something that’s traditional at a bluegrass festival,” said Obern. The Sacajawea Bluegrass Festival and Dutch Oven Rendezvous opens at 5 p.m. on Friday. There is an open mic session from 5-6 p.m. with the various concerts running from 6:15-10 p.m. Go to for a complete schedule or find the festival on Facebook. uSACAJAWEA, Page 8


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Calendar of Events Wednesday, May 4 11:30 a.m. Monthly meeting & luncheon National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association Red Lion, Columbia Center Friday, May 6 10 a.m. Whole Life Wellness Expo Crystal Clarity Media & Consulting Columbia Center Red Lion, Kennewick 509-440-7130 2-6 p.m. Spring Plant Sale WSU Master Gardeners 1620 S. Union St., Kennewick 509-627-2192 7:30 p.m. Oliver! Valley Theater Company Princess Theatre, Prosser Saturday, May 7 10 a.m. Whole Life Wellness Expo Crystal Clarity Media & Consulting Columbia Center Red Lion, Kennewick 509-440-7130 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Northwest Preparedness Expo Lower Valley Assembly 22202 N. Hinzerling Road, Prosser.

8:30 – 11 a.m. Run For Ribbons Tri-Cities Cancer Center Foundation Howard Amon Park, Richland 7:30 p.m. Oliver! Valley Theater Company Princess Theatre, Prosser Wednesday, May 11 Noon-2 p.m. Parkview Party 7820 W. Sixth Ave., Kennewick 509-734-9773 1-3 p.m. Shredding Event Affinity at Southridge Affinity Parking Lot 509-222-1212 7 p.m. Monthly Meeting Tri-City Genealogical Society Charbonneau 8264 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick 509-554-1050 Saturday, May 14 10 a.m. March for Babies March of Dimes John Dam Plaza, Richland 5-11 p.m. 11th Annual Fur Ball “The Great Catsby”

Pet Over Population Prevention Three Rivers Convention Center Tuesday, May 17 11:30 a.m. Why Minutes Matter Stroke Awareness Dr. Murad of Trios Health Affinity Theater, Affinity at Southridge RSVP required by May 13 509-222-1212

Thursday, May 19 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. Ben Franklin Transit Open House Mid-Columbia Library Pasco 1320 W. Hopkins St., Pasco 509-735-1000 4-7 p.m. Ben Franklin Transit Open House Benton PUD Prosser 250 North Gap Road, Prosser 509-735-1000

Wednesday, May 18 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 2016 Solutions Summit Washington Policy Center Three Rivers Convention Center

Friday, May 20 9 a.m. – Noon Free Skin Cancer Screening Tri-Cities Cancer Center 7350 W. Deschutes Ave., Kennewick Appt. req. call 509-737-3420

9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Nuclear Workers’ Resource Fair Cold War Patriots Southridge Sports & Event Complex 2901 Southridge Blvd., Kennewick 888-903-8989

4-7 p.m. Ben Franklin Transit Open Houses Mid-Columbia Library, West Richland 3803 W. Van Giesen St., West Richland & Benton PUD Kennewick 2721 W. 10th Ave., Kennewick 509-735-1000

Noon – 1 p.m. Radiosurgery for inoperable brain tumors Tri-Cities Cancer Center 7350 W. Deschutes Ave., Kennewick 4-7 p.m. Ben Franklin Transit Open Houses Richland Library 955 Northgate Dr., Richland & Benton City Community Center 806 Dale Ave., Benton City 509-735-1000

Saturday, May 21 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Ben Franklin Transit Open House Three Rivers Transit Center 7109 W. Okanogan Pl., Kennewick 509-735-1000 Tuesday, May 24 11 a.m. Tips, Tricks & Traps of the Writer’s Life Author Lindy MacLaine Affinity Theater, Affinity at Southridge 509-222-1212

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Spring plant sale planned

The WSU Master Gardeners of Benton & Franklin Counties will have its annual Spring Plant Sale Friday, May 6. The event will be 2 – 6 p.m. at the Master Gardener’s Demonstration Gardens behind the library at 1620 S. Union St. in Kennewick. The annual spring plant sale features a wide variety of vegetable and flowering plants, herbs, grasses and trees grown by local Master Gardeners. This year’s event includes a used tool sale and there will be Master Gardeners available to answer questions and give advice.

Solutions Summit 2016

Former New York governor and presidential candidate George Pataki will be the keynote speaker at the Washington Policy Center’s Solutions Summit 2016. The statewide policy conference will be 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. May 18 at the Three Rivers Convention Center. It will feature experts on education, health care reform and more. Tickets for the event start at $35 per person. Register at

B Reactor tours available

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In Brief of Energy has opened registration for the Manhattan Project National Historical Park’s 2016 public tour season at Hanford. Hanford is one of the three primary Manhattan Project locations created during W.W.II. There will be two tour programs that provide access to the park sites at Hanford in 2016. Both are free and open to visitors of all ages and nationalities. Additional capacity has been added for 2016, with tours running Monday through Saturday from April 18 through Nov. 19. A total of about 14,000 seats will be available during the season. One tour will focus on Hanford’s B Reactor National Historic Landmark and offer visitors the chance to see the world’s first full scale nuclear production reactor. The B Reactor tour, which lasts about four hours, includes transportation to and from the B Reactor and a walking tour of the facility. Visitors will be able to reserve up to six seats per registration. For more information, tour dates and to register, go to manhattanprojectbre The second tour explores the history of the mid-Columbia Basin prior to the eviction of homeowners and tribes in 1943. The tour lasts about four hours and includes bus transportation, interpretation and short walking tours of the Bruggemann Warehouse, Hanford High School, the First bank of White Bluffs and more. For more information, tour dates or to register, go to

BFT plans open house events

Ben Franklin Transit is asking local residents to participate in a series of open house events to present the findings and recommendations from a recent BFT comprehensive service plan study. Tony Kalmbach, BFT’s planning and service development manager, said the primary goals of the project are to improve local mobility within each community and regional mobility between communities. During the events, participants will have the opportunity to review the recommendations, ask questions and comment,


as well as offer other ideas for improving transit in the area. The open house events will be: 4-7 p.m. May 18 at the Richland Library and the Benton City Community Center; 3:30 – 6:30 p.m., May 19, at the Mid-Columbia Library on Hopkins Street in Pasco; 4-7 p.m. May 19 at Benton PUD in Prosser; 4-7 p.m. May 20 at the West Richland branch of the Mid-Columbia Library on Van Giesen Street and at Benton PUD in Kennewick; and 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. May 21 at the Three Rivers Transit Center in Kennewick. The schedule is also listed in the Senior Times calendar on page 4 of this issue, with the venue addresses. For more information call 509-735-5100 or go to

Register for Trios Golf Classic

The 17th Annual Trios Foundation Golf Classic will be June 17 at Canyon Lakes Golf Course in Kennewick. This year’s event offers morning and afternoon shotgun starts at 7:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., with the morning flight open to individual players the afternoon reserved for corporate teams and sponsors. Registration closes June 10. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information or to register, go to or call Mandy Wallner at 509-221-5776. uBRIEFS, Page 10

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Sun Downs ready to open the gate on another racing season By Jeff Morrow for Senior Times Nancy Sorick is usually pretty busy this time of year. But this year that sense of urgency is missing. Sorick heads up the nonprofit TriCity Horse Racing Association, which will run the 2016 horseracing meet at Sun Downs at the Benton Franklin Fairgrounds. Racing opened April 23, and continues through the weekend of May 7-8. Highlights will include major stakes races and a celebration of the Kentucky Derby Saturday, May 7, where fans can place wagers on the sport’s biggest race. Sorick has a little less stress running the event this year, because the TCHRA signed a three-year contract with Benton County to hold the spring horseracing meet at Sun Downs. “The past five years, it’s been a yearto-year deal,” said Sorick. “So it’s a yearly hassle no more.” That’s good for the fans, who have always showed their loyalty by attending the races, Sorick said. And it’s great news for the horse owners and trainers. “Our supporters are there regardless,” said Sorick. “They’ve supported us for over 30 years. More importantly, the horsemen know we’ll be here. Their lives are patterned from track to track.” It’s not easy being in the horse racing business. Over the last 30 years, horse racing tracks throughout the Northwest, including those in Spokane, Yakima, Walla Walla, Dayton and Waitsburg have all had to shut down. And just last year, Les Bois Park in Boise, Idaho closed its doors. Emerald Downs in Auburn, Portland Meadows in Portland, Ore. and Sun Downs in Kennewick are only remaining tracks in the Pacific Northwest where hooves still fly across the dirt. This is the 29th year the TCHRA has held a spring race meet at Sun Downs. Back in 1987, a local group of horsemen, owners and trainers approached Benton County about taking over running the track. The county didn’t want to be in the horse racing business anymore. “We went to the county and offered to take over the track, paying the bills with a $40,000 trust account,” said Sorick, the only original member of the nine-person TCHRA still involved in the annual meet. During the meet, the TCHRA employs 50 to 60 people, from program sellers, to people working the wagering machines, to those working the gate. The last independent economic impact statement for Sun Downs — done in 2005 — reported that horse racing brought in $1.9 million into the community through hotel/motel stays,

restaurants, feed stores, grocery stores and farming. However, that was when the meet covered 10 days over five weekends. Although the meet has been reduced to three weekends, the economic impact is still a big contributor to the local economy. In addition to the races, the TCHRA also runs the training facility out at the track. Beginning Feb. 1, owners and trainers from throughout the Northwest bring their horses to the track to work out. Shorty Martin, Sun Downs’ racing secretary who sets the racing lineups during the meet, spends a lot of time at the training facility trying to get the 2-year-olds to learn how to start out of a gate. Sorick said in March the training facility was housing 100 racehorses out in the backside stables. A year ago, there were just 50. For horsemen, Sun Downs is the place to be, said Martin. “I think we’ll have more horses here racing this meet,” Martin said. Sorick agreed. “Although racing ends in May, we have the track until the end of June,” said Sorick. “We’re expecting a number to stay here after the meet.” Trainers previously would have loaded up their horses and headed to Boise after the Sun Downs meet. But

The Tri-City Horse Racing Association’s 2016 Sun Downs horseracing meet started April 23 and the final weekend of racing is May 7-8. The post time is 1 p.m.

since Boise has closed, the trainers will keep boarding and training horses at Sun Downs until June, when the Oregon fair circuit starts. That means more revenue for the Association and the entire area. Sorick likes to see the horseracing meet as the big kickoff to the local sports scene. “We’re the first game in town,” she said. “Then the fair and Water Follies happen later in the summer.”

Sorick has her usual desires for a great meet. “Have a good, clean race meet,” she said. “And a lot of horses.” Having good concessions, and keeping the grounds and grandstands clean is a source of pride for her. “You’re asking people to spend their money,” said Sorick. “They should be made to be comfortable. I know the fans will be there.”


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SACAJAWEA, From page 3 Saturday is the busiest day of the bluegrass festival with workshops, a Dutch oven demonstration and more music. There will be a variety of music workshops from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a special workshop for youths 15 years of age and younger from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is run by the Oregon Bluegrass organization and is an introduction to bluegrass and to musical instruments in general, said Obern. “They’ll be taught a song during the workshop and then go up on stage and perform at 1 p.m.,” said Obern said, adding that the students will need to be accompanied by a

parent. At 1:30 p.m. there will be a band scramble. Musicians throw their names in a hat and then their names are drawn out at random creating impromptu bands. “They get a certain amount of time to practice together then go onstage and play three songs each. It’s a competition and the winner is chosen from the volume of cheering from the crowd. Band scrambles are a longstanding tradition at bluegrass festivals,” Obern said. After the band scramble the Saturday concerts start, usually about 1:15 p.m. and go on until the park closes at 10 p.m.

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Saturday’s Dutch oven demonstration runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There won’t be any food sampling, but onlookers will be able to get a lot of practical advice on Dutch oven cooking from the experienced cooks. Sunday starts with a gospel sing along at 10 a.m. followed by a gospel concert from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. when the festival closes. To enter the state park you will need a Discovery Pass or pay $10 per car per day. “But the annual Discovery Pass is the way to go. It costs just $30 and is good for admission to all state parks for a year,” said Obern. Anyone camping at the park won’t need a Discovery Pass, they just need to pay the $13 per day camping fee. Camping is on a first come basis and they’re allowed to go in and set up beginning at 10 a.m. on June 9. A lot of people come to camp and play informally with their friends at night after the park closes. “Even a lot of non-musicians come to camp and take their lawn chairs from place to place in the campground and to listen to the impromptu music played in the campground at all hours,” Obern said. A three-day pass to the Sacajawea Bluegrass Festival is $35 per person; youths 15 years of age and under are free if accompanied by an adult.

Single day passes are $18 for Friday, $25 for Saturday and $15 for Sunday. Passes are available through the MCTAMA website, and at Ranch and Home store, 845 N. Columbia Center Blvd., Kennewick. There will be a variety of food vendors on site, as well as booths offering musical instruments and some arts and crafts. • Sacajawea State Park Sacajawea State Park is open during the spring and summer from 6:30 a.m. to dusk. It closes for the winter on Oct. 29 and reopens March 28. The Sacajawea Interpretive Center is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. It closes for the season Nov. 1. The park has many outdoor selfguided interpretive displays, as well as framework representations of Native American dwellings. Along with the on-site Sacajawea Interpretive Center, the park provides guided tours by a park interpretive specialist. For times and dates, call the park at 509-337-6457. The park is five miles southeast of Pasco at the confluence of the Snake and Columbia rivers in Franklin County. From Pasco: Drive east on Highway 12 toward Walla Walla. Take a right on Tank Farm Road and continue across the railroad tracks. The park is at 2503 Sacajawea Park Road.

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Learn something new this spring at the Pasco Senior Center By Mary Coffman Nobody’s ever too old to learn something new and lifetime learning can open the doors to new adventures and understanding of the our world. The City of Pasco is offering a Beginning Spanish I course from 5 to 7 p.m. each Wednesday from May 4 through June 15. In this class, participants will learn correct pronunciation and basic conversation through dictation and interactive learning. There will be no class on May 25. The cost is $67 for Pasco residents and $84 for all others. Enjoy a new culinary experience by attending Food Truck Friday. From 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. each Friday from April 1 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. And 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 specifically for those over the age of 40, can help you get mov-

ing toward a healthier lifestyle. The program starts monthly and is from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The cost for May is $30 for Pasco residents and $38 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 $80 for the Monday and Wednesday sessions for Pasco residents or $90 for the Tuesday and Thursday sessions. Non-residents pay $10 extra. 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 prob-

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lems. 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 509-5453459 for an appointment. The AARP Smart Driver defensive driving course will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 3 and Wednesday, May 4. The course focuses on age-related

changes and teaches you how to compensate for those changes. Participants must attend both days. The cost is $15 for AARP members, who must show their AARP card, and $20 for all others. Participants may receive a discount on their insurance for completing the course. 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.


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Richland Community Center offers recreational options for everyone By Mary Coffman Saturday Morning Yoga is a great way to learn the basic yoga postures and — even better — it’s free. Dawn MacDonald, a certified yoga instructor, teach the class, which will help you gain strength, flexibility and balance, while you learn to relax. She will make sure you are properly align and help you improve your basic form. The class is from 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Saturday, May 14 in the Riverview Room at the Richland Community Center.

Pick up some new moves on the dance floor with at New Attitude Line Dance. Line dancing is fun and easy, and it helps you tone your muscles. The class takes place from 1 – 2 p.m. each Tuesday from May 3 through May 31 at the Richland Community Center’s Riverview South room. The cost is $28.50 for residents and $35.50 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.

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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, May 11 and Thursday May 12. The course focuses on age-related changes and teaches you how to com-

pensate for those changes. Participants must attend both days. The cost is $15 for AARP members, who must show their AARP card, and $20 for all others. Participants may receive a discount on their insurance for completing the course. For a full list, view the Richland Parks and Recreation’s Activity Guide at For more information about upcoming events or to register for any of these events, call 509-942-7529 or go to

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Former Yakima Valley fruit exporter challenges Inslee By Mary Coffman Republican Bill Bryant, a former Seattle Port commissioner and Yakima Valley fruit exporter, hopes to unseat Gov. Jay Inslee in the November election. Bryant served as a Seattle Port commissioner from 2008 through 2015 and is also the founder and chairman of Bryant Christie, a firm that helps farmers and agriculture companies export their crops. He left the Port post to run for the state’s top office. Bryant said he accomplished the goals he had set as a Port commissioner, including cutting port carbon emissions and bringing the ports of Tacoma and Seattle together to create the Seaport Alliance. Consolidating the ports gives them a competitive edge, making the Seaport Alliance the third-largest port for container shipments in North America. Bryant said one of his goals as governor would include making Washington’s schools stronger. Bryant is a staunch supporter of the state’s charter schools and would like to see the state ‘reinvent’ the final two years of high school, so curriculum is more relevant to the individual student’s future. Bryant said he wants to retain AP classes and the Running Start program, but he also would like to see more opportunities for students who aren’t seeking to go to college and are looking into more vocational opportunities. “Like pre-apprenticeship programs that allow students to graduate with a certificate that will get them a familywage job.” Bryant said another top priority is creating a more fiscally-responsible government in the state. “We are not being prudent with our tax dollars,” Bryant said. “In 2015, there was a 15 percent increase in tax revenue and it wasn’t enough.” Inslee’s lack of leadership and planning has cost the state’s taxpayers. “There is no reason other than incompetence for a legislative special session,” Bryant said. The state needed to pass a supplemental budget to pay for the costs of last year’s wildfires, but legislator’s should have known well ahead of the regular session what was going to be in the supplemental budget. “He rolled it out like it was a new budget,” Bryant said. In the 3½ years Inslee has been governor, there have been seven special legislative sessions — as many as his predecessor, Chris Gregoire had in eight years. Bryant said the state develops its budgets based on the previous year’s budget, rather than looking at each

agency’s missions and priorities and funding those first. Often programs are refunded without any evaluation of whether they are working and meeting their goals. Bryant said if he is elected, he will use a four-year, zero-base budget that focus on the state’s ‘key obligations and priorities.” Bryant is also very concerned about transportation, from keeping traffic moving smoothly on the west side to implementing a statewide freight corridor to ensure the state has the bridges, truck routes and high lanes it needs to efficiently move freight throughout the state and support family-wage jobs. Bryant said he will also work to fix the state’s broken bureaucracies and bring leaders across party lines to work together to help the entire state prosper. Bryant is a Washington native who grew up along the shores of Hood Canal. He graduated high school in Olympia and has a Bachelor’s Degree from Georgetown University in trade and democracy. He married his wife, Barbara, in 1989 and the couple lived in Yakima, where Bryant opened new export markets for Washington produce. In 1992, the couple moved to Seattle where Bryant founded BCI in their basement. The company now employs

Former Yakima Valley fruit exporter and Seattle Port commissioner Bill Bryant is challenging Gov. Jay Inslee for the state’s top office. The Republican candidate hopes to unseat the incumbent in the election, which will take place Nov. 8.

a staff of 35. According to records from the Public Disclosure Commissioner, Bryant has raised $1.13 million for his campaign

and spent about $575,000 so far. Inslee has raised $4.16 million and spent nearly $2 million.


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Explore the Hanford Reach with the City of Kennewick By Mary Coffman The City of Kennewick is organizing a jet boat tour of the Hanford Reach with Columbia River Journeys Saturday, June 4. The event begins at 8:30 a.m. when participants will meet at the Columbia River boat launch. The boat leaves the dock at 9a.m. and will travel up the Columbia River to the Hanford Reach National Monument, the last freeflowing section of the Columbia River. This exhilarating tour offers a unique view of the large nuclear reactors that produced plutonium during W.W. II, wildlife and the White Bluffs. You will enjoy lunch aboard the boat, which is covered and has a private bathroom. Participants should dress in layers, bring a camera, binoculars, a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. The cost of the 4½-hour trip is

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$107, which includes lunch, if you register by May 18. After that date, the trip cost is $127. The AARP Smart Driver Course is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, May 19 and Friday, May 20 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. If you like to dance, but lack a partner, line dancing is the perfect way to get your groove on and get some exercise. The Senior Center offers line danc-

ing from 6 to 7 p.m. every Monday. It’s a good workout and a lot of fun. The cost is $24 for residents and $36 for all others. Gentle Yoga is a great way to increase your flexibility, strength and balance. The class, taught by Crystal Knight, takes place from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays from May 3 to June 23 at the Highlands Grange Building, 1500 S. Union St. in Kennewick. The cost is $54 for Kennewick residents and $81 for all others. For more information about activities at the Senior Center or for questions, call 509-585-4303 or go to

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The Lower Valley Assembly will have its Third Annual NW Preparedness Expo from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday May 7 at 22202 N. Hinzerling Road in Prosser. The event includes educational sessions and vendor booths. You will learn what preparedness means and why it is important to be prepared. There will be classes about alternative energy sources, herbal medicine, canning, home defense, communication during emergencies and more. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students ages 13-18. Children 12 and under and active military members enter for free. For more information, including speakers, vendors and the complete schedule, go to nwpre

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Changing Places featured at West Richland Senior Center By Mary Coffman Jackie Valentino and Karen Buchanan of Changing Places will be the guest speakers at the West Richland Senior Center’s monthly potluck at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 10. Bring your favorite dish to share and Valentino and Buchanan will talk about downsizing your home. Jessica of Visiting Angels leads weekly exercise classes at 9 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at the West Richland Senior Center. The co-ed class is fun for all. Be sure to make it for the Senior

West Richland Senior Center (509) 967-2847 616 N. 60th, West Richland Center’s monthly bingo, which begins at 1 p.m., Monday, May 16. The doors open at noon, when you can get a hot dog, drink and chips for $3. There are cash prizes and gift certificates available. Other activities this month

include dominoes at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 31 and Bunco at noon Wednesday, May 4 and Friday, May 20.

MARKETS, From page 1 The Prosser market also sells hand-woven elephant grass Bolga baskets imported from Ghana and cheeses from Beecher’s Handmade Cheese in Pike Place in Seattle and Golden Glen Creamery in Bow. Sadly, there won’t be a farmers market at the Southridge Sports Complex in Kennewick this year. But the good news is the Historic Downtown Kennewick Partnership has bought the rights to the Southridge market and will be running the market at the Flag Plaza at Benton Street and Kennewick Avenue on Thursdays. Here is a list of the Tri-Cities area markets and contact information: • Pasco Farmers Market: May 7 and runs through Oct. 29 at the corner of West Columbia Street and South Fourth Avenue. The market will be open 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday. In June the market will also be open 8 a.m. to noon each Wednesday through September. For more information or to sign up, contact Mike Somerville at 509531-7274 or at threefinger@fron Entertainers can sign up at The website is and the market is also on Facebook. • Prosser Farmers Market: Opens May 7; 8 a.m. to noon each Saturday through November. It’s held at the Prosser City Park at Seventh Street and Sommers Avenue. For more information, or to sign up, call Linda Hall at 509-7869174. The website is prosserfarmer or find them on Facebook. • The Market at the Parkway in Richland: June 3-Oct. 28. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at The Parkway between Jadwin Avenue and George Washington Way. There will be musical entertainment from 10 a.m. to noon most Fridays. Market manager is Kathy Hanson, 509-539-7229, or send an email to herbsetal@pocketinet. com. The website is marketatthepa • 3 Eyed Fish Farmers Market: Opens June 5 and runs 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday through September at 1970 Keene Road, Richland. For more information, call 509- 5284592 or find them on Facebook. • Historic Downtown Kennewick Farmers Market: Opens June 2 at the Flag Plaza at the corner of Benton Street and Kennewick Avenue. Hours are 4-8 p.m. each Thursday through Oct. 13. For more information, or to sign up, call Felica Dawren, 509-582-7221. The website is and you can find them on Facebook.

Senior Times • May 2016  EXPO, From page 1 Several vendors who brought hundreds of pens, key rings, brochures and other freebie items ran out of the items by early afternoon. One of those was Sherry Bravenec, an advance specialist for Sunset Gardens in Richland. She’d brought in more than 300 pens, which didn’t last long. “Even though people are reluctant to stop and talk with me, the pens were all gone before noon,” Bravenec said. Darlene Pinney, customer service representative and travel trainer at Ben Franklin Transit, said she’s been to at least eight of the Senior Times Expos. “It’s a great event and gives us a chance to talk about the Dial-A-Ride and other services we offer,” Pinney said. “What I found interesting is I talked to people at this Expo who had driven up from Hermiston just to attend and get information that’s not easily available where they live.” The Expo gives the vendors a chance to share information with people they don’t ordinarily encounter. “It was a great day,” said Raleigh Hayter of Tri-City Orthopaedics. “The Expo was a good opportunity to meet people outside of the clinic. So often people are not talking about health care until the problem is on them. Something like this gives people the information they need to make decisions now for the future.” The Expo also gave nonprofits like the Tri-City Food Bank a chance to recruit new volunteers and make people aware of the needs of the community. Mike Talbot, a board member and volunteer for the three food banks, said the Expo was an opportunity to engage people, provide information about the food banks and perhaps get them interested in donating or being a volunteer. One vendor that captured a lot of attention was ClearCaptions, which was offers captioned telephone that display incoming conversations on a

screen. The phones are free and part of a federally-funded program that’s been in place for four years. Yet few people know about it, said Valerie Ferrin, ClearCaption’s west coast manager. “Our demographic is the hard of hearing. With this phone they can communicate with loved ones and do business. If people can’t communicate, their health and minds deteriorate. This gives them a chance to get back into society.” Judy Brager of Richland was one of those intrigued by the device. “My husband spends most of his time on the phone saying, ‘What? What?’ And for those who need a boost with their eyesight the words on the screen can be bumped up to about two inches,” Brager said. “I didn’t even know something like this existed.” The expo, which offers services and products for the older generation in a single venue, will be repeated in the fall from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Pasco Red Lion. Many of the vendors, including the Senior Times, held drawings for gift baskets and other prizes. “Attendees were given a map of the booths as they entered, had it checked off at each booth and then the Senior Times drew names for a variety of prizes,” said Haugen.


The winning names were: Lois H. of Pasco, Eileen H. of Kennewick and Joyce D. of Richland, two tickets each to the Mid-Columbia Symphony; Ernie G. of Richland and Len P. of Kennewick, four tickets each to the Tri-City Dust Devils; Wilma L. of Richland, Ken C. of West Richland and Melinda T. of Kennewick, two tickets each to the Mid-Columbia Musical Theatre; Pat S. of Kennewick, Senior Benefits Solutions gift basket; Joyce G. of Kennewick, All Geek wine basket; Richard D. of Richland, Bill G. of Kennewick, Carrie Benton, a health coach at New Edge Wellness in Kennewick, talks to an attendee Lynn W. of about the services the business offers during the Kennewick and Senior Times Expo April 19 at the Pasco Red Lion. Richard M. of More than 600 people attended the event, which Richland, $25 movie featured 55 vendors offering a variety of medigift card each; Joyce cal, in-home services and more for seniors. B. of Pasco, KTNW 50s/60s CD; John C. gift card each. of Richland, Help U Move $300 gift Winners will be notified by telecard; Laura D. of Benton City and phone by Senior Times staff. Andy M. of Pasco, $25 Walgreens

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