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It was announced this week by officials of Mission Health System and Transylvania Regional Hospital that an agreement has been reached to affiliate Transylvania Regional Hospital with Mission Health System, Western North Carolina’s largest health care provider. Mission is now the 5th largest in the State.

Founded in 1933, Transylvania Regional Hospital has recently undergone extensive renovation and expansion of its existing facility. As a Five-Star hospital, Transylvania Regional Hospital has offered quality health care to our area for many years. Its new affiliation with Mission Health System will offer expanded health care services for residents of Transylvania and surrounding counties. This move is extreemly positive  and at press time it is expected to become effective January 1st 2011.

As quoted by Ronald Paulus:  “The residents of Transylvania County can remain confident that our local hospital will thrive during the coming years,” said Bob Bednarek, president and CEO of Transylvania Regional Hospital. “The focus of this agreement is to maintain, enhance and increase access to health services here locally.

“This is especially important with national healthcare reform taking effect over the next several years. Of the many health systems considered, Mission was the best fit to support us in maintaining, strengthening and growing local healthcare services in our community. Patients should notice little if any changes in the high-quality care at TRH that they have come to expect.”
“To the wonderful people of Brevard and Transylvania County, I want to say that we are proud to be an even stronger part of your community,” said Ronald A. Paulus, president and CEO of Mission Health System and Mission Hospital.
“Your local hospital is a true community asset. It is a focal point of advanced healing and also is vital to the area’s economic health. Our goal — working together — is to continue to ensure access to quality local heath care close to home in Transylvania County while improving the lives of people across our region.”
Transylvania Regional Hospital is located just off Hwy 64 directly across from Straus Park in Brevard NC and my office at Fisher Realty here in Transylvania County. Drop in and see us and Happy New Year to all!

Transylvania Community Hospital Entrance at night

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PRESS RELEASE

Thanks to partnership efforts between Transylvania County, Western Carolina Community Action (WCCA), and the Asheville Regional Housing Consortium (ARHC), downpayment  assistance is now available for income-eligible, first-time homebuyer residents of Transylvania County.  WCCA has been awarded $7,700 from Transylvania County and $23,100 of HOME Funds from the ARHC  to help income-eligible, first-time homebuyers achieve homeownership. 

The program is designed to help low to moderate income workers secure first mortgages by assisting with downpayment and closing costs issues.  Firefighters, law enforcement, childcare workers, CNA’s, and service personnel are likely to be within the income limits.  For example, a two-person household with total annual income below $36,300 would qualify.  Income limits are determined by household size.  In addition to meeting the income guidelines, eligible applicants must have a valid Contract for Purchase and satisfactorily complete a Homebuyer Education course.  Funds will be awarded on a “first come, first qualified” basis. 

For more information, or to apply, please contact Maryann Festa at WCCA at 828-693-1711, ext. 122, or mfesta@wcca.net.

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Even though some indicators are unfavorable overall it looks like North Carolina is in for Growth in 2011. To get the full report email me and I will send you the report and graphs…Jay Kaiser Jay@HomeINBrevard.Com

Summary:

National and state indicators have remained relatively stable recently, with employment and other indicators holding steady over the last 2 months.  Most indicators are still well below pre-recessionary levels, but both state and national trends indicate that economic growth is occurring.  Businesses have still been reluctant to increase hiring, which is a reflection of consumer reluctance to spend in the current economy.  The housing market has seen foreclosures increase after a minor reprieve during the foreclosure freeze.  Despite the setbacks in employment and housing, economic recovery is on track increasing hopes for growth and  increased employment into 2011.

Trends:

 1-    Unemployment, employment, and labor force shrink from previous month

 2-    This trend appeared in month-over-month changes from May to June of this year and has continued since.

 3-    Unemployment rates continue a year-long declining trend statewide and for most counties

 4-    Total non-farm employment was unchanged; Leisure and Hospitality sector experienced greatest job loss

 5-    For the year-to-date monthly average non farm employment is at 2001 levels.

 6-    Workers affected by closings and layoffs decreased and is below 4-month and 12-month averages

 7-   Announced Capital Investment in the 2nd Quarter Exceeded $2 billion and Announced Jobs Exceeded 7,500

 8-   Foreclosures increased; home sales and building permits declined

 9-   The value of goods exported declined from the previous quarter but increased from the same period in 2009

 Note:  An Economic Overview was not produced in the month of October.  Additionally, the December monthly will follow a slightly different format than usual due to different data release timetables at the end of the calendar year.

Summary

Little has changed to the overall economy at the national or state level in the past month.  Most indicators remain well below pre-recessionary levels, but both state and national trends indicate economic growth is occurring, albeit very slowly. And, in North Carolina the housing market remains weakened. Businesses have been slow to hire and confidence in the economy has declined, leading consumers to reduce spending. National polls of the general public as well as economists indicate pessimism regarding economic recovery. Despite this and expectations of slow growth through the first parts of 2011, many economists believe the recovery remains on track. In North Carolina, recent data shows the state outpacing the nation regarding job and income growth.   

Trends

 1·     NC’s unemployment rate decreased to 9.7%, but the decline is a result of workers leaving labor force as the  number of people employed  also decreased

 2·    The unemployment rate is declining in 90 of 100 counties

 3·    Total non-farm employment increased; Government sector experienced significant job gain

 4·    Workers affected by closings & layoffs increased; but monthly data is below 4-month and 12-month averages

 5·    Foreclosures held constant from last month while home sales and building permits declines

 6·    The dollar value of goods exported increased from the previous quarter and this point last year 

Unemployment, employment, and labor force shrink from previous month

 The number of employed workers decreased by 5,270 between September and October while the number of unemployed workers declined by 6,882, resulting in a 0.3% decrease in the size of the labor force (-12,152). This trend appeared in monthover-month changes from May to June
of this year and has continued since. Since January 2010 the labor force has decreased by 69,585, while employment has increased by 5,502.
This trend is different than what occurred from January to October of 2009, when the labor force decreased by only 21,356 and the employment
losses (76,645) far outpaced losses in the labor force.
N.C. Employment Security Commission, Labor Force Statistics North Carolina

Jared Wiener

Director of Economic Analysis

NC Dept. Of Commerce

PRSP Division

September 2010 Economic Overview

Commerce Colleagues and Economic Development Partners:

 

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At Busybee Farm, we understand the importance of eating locally-grown, natural, healthy foods.  With a keen understanding of our responsibilities to care for our land and serve our customers well, we raise and grow the following products as sustainably as possible…to ensure good food, from our farm to your table. Beef and Chicken is available year round and where to buy and contact information is below for the farm.  BusyBee Farm is part of the Whitmire Century Family Farm in Transylvania County, which has been recognized by the NC Department of Agriculture as one of only two farms in Transylvania County that has been consistently owned and operated by the same family for over 100 years.  So, they have a century of family farming under our belt – well, several belts!
  
Today BusyBee Farm an 
Appalachian-Grown Certified offering products for sale directly to individuals, retailers, and restaurants in Transylvania County and throughout western North Carolina.  When you buy food or a farm product with the Appalachian Grown label you are getting a product that was grown or raised in our region by a local farmer. What does this mean to you and your health? It means that you are buying a product that is fresher, better tasting, and more nutritious. It means that you assisting in the environment, preserving the farming heritage of Appalachia, and protecting our mountain landscape.
  
Not only when you buy the products dealing from the Whitmire family and now Brittany and Andy, but you’re dealing with folks that take pride, work hard, and their word is their bond. Not to mention I have eaten allot of their food and it’s the best around by far!  Their beef and poultry have not only the best flavor, but you know your eating healthy grown meats that Doctors and medical professionals are all reinforcing today as being the best for your health. 

 My son Julius Kaiser, an Executive Chef now at Hotel Bellwether in Bellingham Washingon & Facebook Fan Page   is so cautions about having the finest quality meat products,  and this is why he insists in BusyBee food products.  As an Executive Chef he goes a step further and he and  BusyBee farm are both concerned,  and understand it’s critical that the products have the quality flavor in the beef,  as well as the refreshing taste of all natural poultry. Julius having cooked and eaten his share of BusyBee beef and chicken highly recommends products from BusyBee Farm as I do.  

He taught food preparations using BusyBee meats at Poppies Market located in Straus Park, Brevard NC,  and emphasized the need to be conscious of what you buy today,  flavoring of the foods is not only important but both are avid about your food creating a healthy lifestyle, At BusyBee Farm, they understand the importance of eating locally-grown, natural, healthy foods.  With a keen understanding of our responsibilities to care for their land and serve their customers well, they raise and grow the following products as sustainably as possible…to ensure good food, from our farm to your table.

Hand Feeding dairy calves

Beef


The Beef is all Natural, Pasture Raised, Free of Added Hormones and Antibiotics

Chicken
All Natural, Pasture Raised, Free of Added Hormones and Antibiotics

Honey – Back in July 2011!  Bee Hives are a must for the Farm and all natural Honey:
The Honey is Raw, All Natural, Harvested from Local Nectar Sources of Wildflowers, Tulip Poplars, Sourwoods, and Buckwheat
Sweet Corn – Back in July 2011! Pesticide-Free

Bee Hives required on farms but at BusyBee all Natural and Fresh

Contact Information… Andy VonCanon & Brittany Whitmire 

1065 Whitmire Road     Brevard, NC 28712   (828) 862-3698
busybeefarm@gmail.com

BusyBee old home place of the Whirmires

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Winter doesn’t even slow us down as there is always something to do in Brevard NC. From the music to the arts, crafts, blocking off main street for a festival. Brevard is all about lifestyle and enjoying today. We are not promised tomorrow so enjoy what has been given to you today and thank someone for being so kind to you. You may never get that chance again.

Be sure and check out all these links below and save them as your Internet favorites so you too can keep up with all that is going on in and around the Brevard area. Like Sivermont mansion for just one day opening up for visitors to see it. Don’t miss it or all the other events.

See you soon at one or all of them! Jay & Jewell Kaiser

For information on other events happening in our area visit http://www.visitwaterfalls.com/, www.artsofbrevard.orgwww.brevardnc.org and www.brevardncchamber.org

Silvermont Mansion opens to public in Brevard NC

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Headwaters Outfitters announces Fly-Casting Clinics 

Students will learn the basics of executing a roll cast, sidearm cast, overhead cast and bow-and-arrow cast, using 4- and 5-weight fly rods and reels provided by Headwaters Outfitters. Waders and boots will be provided if available.  Classes will take place on the banks of the North Fork of the French Broad River, adjacent to Headwaters’ river shop at the intersection of Hwy. 215 and Hwy. 64. Scheduled dates for the class, weather and participation allowing, are Sundays January  9th – February  27th Reservations are required. Maximum 5 Participants

50% CC Deposit- Visit the Link above for more information from Headwaters Outfitters.

Enjoy the following video of our River areas, fall views and more at  Headwaters Outfitters and be sure to visit to catch a great meal of fresh native trout.

Once you visit the  Brevard NC area with all that it has to offer, like the 250+ waterfalls, almost 50% in National and State Forest and Game lands you too will soon be calling it home. We ae famous for having the finest views and best yet without a doubt the best pricing around, even amonst our neighboring counties and towns like Hendersonville, Asheville, Sapphire, Lake Toxaway, Highlands, Waynesville and I could go on and on. Give me a call today and lets find you your next second home, retirement or primary residence today. Jay Kaiser 828-421-0375

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As part of the 2010-11Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report, REALTORS® recently rated exterior replacement projects among the most cost-effective home improvement projects, demonstrating that curb appeal remains one of the most important aspects of a home at resale time.

“This year’s Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report highlights the importance of exterior projects, which not only provide the most value, but also are among the least expensive improvements for a home,” said National Association of REALTORS® President Ron Phipps, broker-president of Phipps Realty in Warwick, R.I. “Since resale value can vary by region, it’s smart for home owners to work with a REALTOR® through the remodeling and improvement process; they can provide insight into projects in their neighborhoods that will recoup the most when the owners are ready to sell.”

Nine of the top 10 most cost-effective projects nationally in terms of value recouped are exterior replacement projects. The steel entry door replacement remained the project that returned the most money, with an estimated 102.1 percent of cost recouped upon resale; it is also the only project in this year’s report that is expected to return more than the cost. The midrange garage door replacement, a new addition to the report this year, is expected to recoup 83.9 percent of costs. Both projects are small investments that cost little more than $1,200 each, on average. REALTORS® identified these two replacements as projects that can significantly improve a home’s curb appeal.

front door replacement tops return on investment

“Curb appeal remains king – it’s the first thing potential buyers notice when looking for a home, and it also demonstrates pride of ownership,” said Phipps.

The 2010-11Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report compares construction costs with resale values for 35 midrange and upscale remodeling projects comprising additions, remodels and replacements in 80 markets across the country. Data are grouped in nine U.S. regions, following the divisions established by the U.S. Census Bureau. This is the 13th consecutive year that the report, which is produced by Remodeling magazine publisher Hanley Wood, LLC, was completed in cooperation with REALTOR® Magazine.

REALTORS® provided their insight into local markets and buyer home preferences within those markets. Overall, REALTORS® estimated that home owners would recoup an average of 60 percent of their investment in 35 different improvement projects, down from an average of 63.8 percent last year. Remodeling projects, particularly higher cost upscale projects, have been losing resale value in recent years because of weak economic conditions.

According to the report, replacement projects usually outperform remodel and addition projects in resale value because they are among the least expensive and contribute to curb appeal. Various types of siding and window replacement projects were expected to return more than 70 percent of costs. Upscale fiber-cement siding replacement was judged by REALTORS® the most cost effective among siding projects, recouping 80 percent of costs. Among the window replacement projects covered, upscale vinyl window replacements were expected to recoup the most, 72.6 percent upon resale. Another exterior project, a wood deck addition, tied with a minor kitchen remodel for the fourth most profitable project recouping an estimated 72.8 percent of costs.

The top interior projects for resale value included an attic bedroom and a basement remodel. Both add living space without extending the footprint of the house. An attic bedroom addition costs more than $51,000 and recoups an estimated 72.2 percent nationally upon resale; a basement remodel costs more than $64,000 and recoups an estimated 70 percent. Improvement projects that are expected to return the least are a midrange home office remodel, recouping an estimated 45.8 percent; a backup power generator, recouping 48.5 percent; and a sunroom addition, recouping 48.6 percent of costs.

Use secure locks when replacing doors

Although most regions followed the national trends, the regions that consistently were estimated to return a higher percentage of remodeling costs upon resale were the Pacific region of Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington; the West South Central region of Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas; the East South Central region of Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee; and the South Atlantic region of the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.

The regions where REALTORS® generally reported the lowest percentage of costs recouped were New England (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont), East North Central (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin), West North Central (Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota), and Middle Atlantic (New York and Pennsylvania).

“It’s important to remember that the resale value of a particular improvement project depends on several factors,” said Phipps. “Things such as the home’s overall condition, availability and condition of surrounding properties, location and the regional economic climate contribute to an estimated resale value. That’s why it is imperative to work with a REALTOR® who can provide insight and guidance into local market conditions whether you’re buying, selling or improving a home.” 

Results of the report are summarized in the January issue of REALTOR® Magazine. To read the full project descriptions, access national and regional project data, and download a free PDF containing data for any of the 80 cities covered by the report, visit www.costvsvalue.com. “Cost vs. Value” is a registered trademark of Hanley Wood, LLC.

Washington, DC, December 15, 2010

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