Village Concepts’ Senior Skypers program wins Totem Award

Richmond Public Relations and Village Concepts Retirement Communities won the Totem Award for Community Relations for the Senior Skypers Program. The program connects seniors with local high school students who teach them how to use social media programs such as Skype and Facebook to connect with friends and family. Richmond Public Relations helped run the campaign to bring public awareness and encourage involvement in the community.

Pauline turns 100

Longtime Auburnite Pauline Washam turned 100 years old on March 7.

Family and friends gathered to celebrate Pauline (Kester) Washam’s 100th birthday on March 7.

Born in Auburn, Washam was raised in a family-built home on Main Street. Her father, George Kester, worked for the railroad and served as school board president.

Washam and her husband, Ray, lived in Auburn their entire married lives. Washam’s children, her mother and grandchildren all graduated from Auburn High School.

At the birthday party were Washam’s two children, JoAnn Washam and Jim Washam; three grandchildren; six great grandchildren; a niece, Robin Bricker, and her family; and a nephew, Donald Robertson, and his family.

Washam had lived in Auburn her entire life until about six months ago. She lives independently today at Mill Ridge Village in Milton.

Washam still enjoys riding around Auburn and watching it grow. She is especially interested in the new high school.

Village Concepts team visits Washington State Capitol


Tracy Willis, Vicki McNealley and Douglas Blake of Village Concepts met with legislators to advocate for Medicaid funding for state assisted living clients. Their message is to support, at a minimum, the DSHS recommendation for an $8.3 million state general fund investment for the 2015-17 biennial budget. Currently, rates fall short of DSHS benchmarks by over $26 million annually.