Initiative is one thing that keeps our community moving forward, its citizens learning, creating and seeing a new way to do things.
From Spanish-speaking medical interpreters to recycling partners, we have “get-up-and-go” and we are grateful for it.
Interpreting a doctor’s diagnosis or describing a course of treatment may be fairly straightforward in English.
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But increasingly, Tri-City health care workers are called on to relay the information in a patient’s native language, often Spanish, and that’s not always easy. Phrasing, slang and dialects make a clear translation challenging.
That’s where Columbia Basin College has taken the initiative to start a certificated two-course sequence this fall for those who already speak Spanish and want to use the training in the health industry.
It’s a great plan, and muchas gracias to CBC for taking the lead.
Used shoes, purses, belts and other clothing are finding new purpose curbside. Items stuffed into recycle-ready orange bags are whisked away each week from the streets in Richland, thanks to a new partnership with Goodwill Industries of the Columbia that’s keeping textiles out of the landfills.
Since February, residents have been placing bags of unwanted clothing inside the recycling containers, knowing the soft goods will end up in the hands of Goodwill workers instead in the trash.
And whether an old sweater ends up in the Goodwill retail store or in the grateful hands of someone in a developing country, the landfill — and an emptier closet — says thank you for stepping up and out to the curb.
While most teens are dreaming of cool summer fun, one Prosser 16-year-old envisions the cutting edge of making dough — and a hot oven.
Walker Orr created Amber Artisan Bread out of an interest in baking and making money. The baked goods are a hit at the Prosser Farmers Market and the co-op Mid-Columbia Market at the Hub.
And while the aroma of freshly baked bread wafts from his family’s kitchen, the enterprising member of Future Business Leaders of America can dream of the dough in his wallet.
Renegade Rage challenge
A cool glass of lemonade was no match for people who didn’t care to sit in the shade or on the couch last Saturday.
Instead, 150 participants at the event north of Pasco had the initiative to run, jump, climb — and a lot more — during a creative 10K event.
Mud and monkey bars were only a few of the challenges that tested skills and strength for adults and teens.
Thanks to the organizers of the event that aimed to motivate people to lead a healthier lifestyle and, in turn, was good for our community by offering something fun and challenging.