September 2017

A team of 14 seniors who live at Brookdale Canyon Lakes spent a month to produce a five-minute video dispelling the myth that senior retirement communities are places to park old people. The video includes scenes of seniors toasting during happy hour, doing yoga, planning trips and enjoying dessert.

Kennewick seniors produce video to dispel aging myths

Five-minute short nominated for retirement center’s national award Joyce Green dreamed of pursuing acting as a teenager. She worked at a theater in the ’40s and loved “the very dramatic war stories.” She tried out for a play, and at her high school teacher’s encouragement, auditioned for the lead — and landed it. Her talent…


Holiday Bazaars 2017

The Christmas shopping season is officially underway. Several area groups and churches are offering bazaars around the Tri-Cities to help shoppers cross items off their gift lists:   Saturday, Dec. 9 Winterfest Christmas Bazaar: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Kiona-Benton City High School, 1205 Horne Road, Benton City. Free admission. Hawthorne Court Bazaar: 9 a.m.…

Bomber's Drive Thru

Richland’s iconic Bomber’s Drive Thru closes

Li’l Firehouse coffeeshop to open second location Customers wanting to grab their favorite burger and shake at Richland’s iconic drive-thru restaurant before it closed for good stood in long lines to get them. High school students and other loyal customers stopped by to say goodbye to Bomber’s Drive Thru on its final day of operation…

Lamb Weston's booth at Washington State University Tri-Cities' annual career fair

Career fair set for Sept. 28 at WSU Tri-Cities

A career fair is planned from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at Washington State University Tri-Cities in the Consolidated Information Center and Student Union Building at the Richland campus. The free event is open to WSU Tri-Cities students, alumni and the public. The event allows organizations to discuss employment opportunities with potential employees.…

Business Briefs

Business Briefs — September 2017

SIGN Fracture celebrates serving 200,000 patients SIGN Fracture Care International, a nonprofit based in Richland, reached a milestone this month: healing 200,000 people around the world from fractured bones. This week SIGN surgeons were expected to complete their 200,000th surgery using equipment designed and manufactured in Richland. Founded in 1999 by Dr. Lewis Zirkle, SIGN provides…


Networking — September 2017

KSD employees honored for work with migrant students Three members of the Kennewick School District’s Migrant Education Program were honored at the annual Migrant Education Program Conference for their work helping thousands of migrant students succeed in school. Home visitor Eva Sandoval was named Recruiter of the Year. She focuses on outreach for the district’s migrant…

The $8.5 million Lodge at Columbia Point is under construction at 530 Columbia Point Drive in Richland and is expected to open in May. 

Owner of new Richland waterfront hotel dies from cancer at 64

By R.J. Marx and Brenna Visser, The Daily Astorian, & TCAJOB staff The owner of Richland’s newest waterfront hotel died Sunday morning at his home after a short illness. He was 64. Tom Drumheller envisioned The Lodge at Columbia Point as a regional boutique hotel unique to the Tri-Cities. The $8.5 million lodge, which features…

David Cooley is the front man for the Cooley Band, which will be performing at annual All Senior Picnic. The event is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21 at Howard Amon Park. (Courtesy Mirifoto)

Vegas-themed show aims to get seniors singing, dancing at annual picnic

Seniors attending this year’s All Senior Picnic in Richland can expect to sing and sway along to popular songs from Bobby Darin, Wayne Newton, Frank Sinatra and Elvis. “It’ll be danceable and enjoyable and memorable — whatever makes the crowd happy,” said David Cooley, front man for the Cooley Band, which will be performing at…

Deb LaVelle, resident manager for the Kennewick Garden Apartments, stands inside the common area at the affordable senior housing complex on West Fifth Avenue. The complex is undergoing an extensive remodel requiring residents to stay temporarily at a hotel for five days. The common area will be remodeled first and include more seating so residents can stay there during the day when work is happening in their apartments.

Seniors temporarily displaced during extensive remodeling project

An extensive remodel is underway at an affordable senior housing complex in east Kennewick that’s requiring residents to be temporarily relocated and their belongings packed up. The lengthy list of improvements coming to the Kennewick Garden Apartments on West Fifth Avenue includes new flooring, lighting, millwork, doors, appliances and landscaping. [blockquote quote=”We want to create…

Richland city officials will break ground at 10 a.m. Sept. 22 on a new three-story, 40,840-square-foot city hall building at 625 Swift Blvd. The building’s main entrance will face Swift Boulevard and a secondary entrance will face the parking lot to the south. It’s expected to be complete by spring 2019. (Courtesy city of Richland)

Richland breaks ground on $18.5 million new city hall

The deal to close on 1.8 acres to build a new Richland City Hall was 15 years in the making. “It took an act of Congress. Literally,” said Joe Schiessl, the city’s director of parks and public facilities. The city sealed the deal with the federal government Aug. 25 and plans to start a two-year…

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