Union Democrat staff


One of the Mother Lode's largest apartment developments is celebrating 25 years in Tuolumne County this year.

Quail Hollow Apartments opened on the east side of Sonora in 1986

and has since expanded to a total of 252 units, according to property

co-owner Bruce Patrick.

He said the apartment complex has a mixture of residents that range

from students, retirees and young families and rental deposits are up

80 percent over last year.

Patrick said the outlook on the local rental market has improved

due to a slowly improving economy and the expansion of the nearby

Avalon long term health care center.

"We faced a lot of challenges over the years," Patrick said. "We're very content with where we are right now."

Internet class

California Connects will offer a free, basic Internet computer

class from 10 a.m. to noon Mondays and Wednesdays, Jan. 9 through 18,

at the Blue Mountain Coalition for Youth and Families (BMCYF) Resource

Center, 364 Main St., West Point.

The class will cover how to use Internet search engines, such as

Google, how to set up and use e-mail, where to find free, public access

computers and Internet service, and information on the availability of

low cost computers and Internet service.

The class will be taught by Lynn Reinecke, the Calaveras County

trainer for California Connects, who will teach in both English and


For more information or to sign up for the class, call 293-4500, or go to www.caconnects.org.

Hospital awards

Mark Twain St. Joseph's Hospital has announced the recipients of its annual Values in Action Awards for 2011.

"Each person associated with the hospital works toward fulfilling

our five values - dignity, collaboration, justice, excellence and

stewardship," said interim hospital President Patti Monczewski. "The

Values in Action Awards pay tribute to Mark Twain St. Joseph's Hospital

team members who are truly models of excellence."

Recipients of this year's Values in Action Awards include:

• Chaplain Michael Jordan for dignity

• CT Technologist Isaac Watson for collaboration

• "The Green Team," an employee-driven recycling program, which

includes Tom Bruntz, Sarah Haseleu, Ruth Huffman, Marta Johnson, J.R.

Krieg, Jessica Oliveira, Karen Peterson, Nicki Stevens, Bill Wennhold

and Dean White, for stewardship

• Dr. Dean Kelaita, infection prevention medical director, for justice

• The mammography technology team of Wanda Martin, Lisa Garcia,Tracey Logette, and Mindy Nash for excellence

In addition to the five distinct value awards, an overall award

acknowledges a person who embodies all five of the hospital's core

values. The 2011 Values in Action honoree is Maci Parmely, a registered

nurse who promotes effective use of resources, builds teamwork, fosters

an environment of hospitality and trust, promotes fairness and justice

and implements the connections between personal goals and behaviors and

the organization's mission and values, a news release stated.

"These employees reflect not only Mark Twain St. Joseph's core

values, but further demonstrate the importance of supporting one

another as part of a vibrant health care team," Monczewski added. "On

behalf of the 300 employees of Mark Twain St. Joseph's Hospital, we

offer our sincere appreciation to the honorees who make serving our

health care mission together more joyous."