St. Joseph celebrates STARS
Nearly 300 loyal supporters of the Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation enjoyed an evening of dining, dancing, live auction and entertainment provided by Superfecta at the 23rd Annual Evening with the STARS (Saint Joseph Associates for Renowned Service) Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Embassy Suites.
The Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation, along with the STARS Committee and Ken D. Haynes, President of Saint Joseph Hospital, Saint Joseph East and Saint Joseph- Jessamine RJ Corman Ambulatory Center, were proud to honor nurses’ choice award winners: William R. Banks, M.D., Ph.D., physician of the year at Saint Joseph Hospital; Gary M. Morlier, M.D., physician of the year at Saint Joseph East; and Mrs. Joan H. Weber, outstanding community volunteer.
The Lexington Clinic was the presenting sponsor with proceeds from the black-tie optional event that benefits the foundation’s mission and outreach programs that build healthier communities.
“Each year, the committee strives to exceed the previous year’s goal and this year is no exception,” STARS president Jane Warner said. “Philanthropic partnerships with the community allow Saint Joseph to continue its ministry and mission begun by the Sisters of Charity Nazareth more than 130 years ago. We work hard to ensure that Saint Joseph patients and families receive the highest quality of care possible for mind, body and soul. Special thanks to my committee members: Sally Blake, Leslie Fannin, Helen O. Hamilton, Sara Haynes, Anne E. Hoskins, Tracy Kostelic, Kathy Sartini, Alice Stewart-Kain, Marilyn Todd and Teresa Wallen.”
“The STARS Committee really put together another successful fundraising event this year,” she added. “The STARS have hosted this annual gala since 1989 and have raised almost $900,000 over the last 23 years.”
LBAR announces $66.2 million in Jessamine County real-estate sales
Residential real-estate sales by members of the Lexington-Bluegrass Association of Realtors (LBAR) positively impacted the Jessamine County economy as of Sept. 30 with 377 reported sales totaling $66,198,292. Sales continue to be a driving force in the Jessamine County economy when considering the multiplier effect on the area of buyers and sellers who purchase appliances, carpet, flooring, landscaping, etc. in response to their transaction needs.
Residential sales increased 56 percent in September 2011 vs. September 2010, rising from 27 sales reports to 42. The median sales price remained stable during the same time period, decreasing just 4 percent to $122,275. Months of inventory decreased 38 percent to 11.4 months. This decrease is a positive indicator; a balanced market contains five to six months of inventory. Pending sales increased 53 percent from 36 to 55 pending sales reported.
Single-family residential sales increased 2 percent during the year-to-date 2011, rising from 370 reported sales in 2010 to 377 in 2011. The median sales price decreased 7 percent to $125,000 during the year-to-date 2011 in Jessamine County.
LBAR represents more than 2,000 Realtors located in Anderson, Bourbon, Clark, Fayette, Franklin, Jessamine, Montgomery, Nicholas, Powell, Scott and Woodford counties.
Gooch elected LBAR director for Area IV
Kristy L. Gooch won the elected position of LBAR Director for Area IV, which serves Jessamine, Garrard and Woodford Counties. She is a long-term member of LBAR and has 11 years of real-estate experience, six of those years being principal broker/owner of RE/MAX Elite Realty. They currently have approximately 60 agents.
Quality Construction Company hosts ribbon-cutting
Quality Construction Company hosted a ribbon-cutting Nov. 8. The business is located at 114 Patton Court in Nicholasville. The business had been open but had not had a storefront. Quality Construction does any and all kinds of remodels, restores, custom carpentry, kitchen updates, decks, concrete, drywall, painting, tile, electrical and excavating work. They have 35 years’ experience, are licensed and insured and give free estimates. The company buys local from small suppliers in Nicholasville. For more information, call the business at 859-553-2818.
Stratton Lumber helps Jessamine students
Stratton Lumber had a cookout/coat drive Tuesday, Nov. 8. The business collected 128 coats from its employees and customers. The coats were donated to the Jessamine County Schools students in transition program. There were men’s, women’s and children’s coats.
Small Business Saturday set for Nov. 26
The second annual Small Business Saturday will take place Nov. 26.
Sims Drug in Wilmore will participate in this national event designed to promote local businesses.
“Sims Drug is a perfect example of a small business that provides the Jessamine County community with the kind of personalized, caring service that is what small businesses are all about,” owner John McDaniel said.
Sims Drug will offer specials throughout the day.
For more information on Small Business Saturday, visit smallbusinesssaturday.com.
Business briefs for Nov. 24
Kristy Gooch (Submitted photo)