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The HoneyBaked Ham Company and Cafe, 4638 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, now offers seniors, age 60 and over, a 10 percent discount on products and lunch on Saturdays.

For information, contact Diana at (352) 592-2994.

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Hernando Oaks Golf & Country Club, 5230 Delacroix Drive, off Broad Street, south of Brooksville, has opened its clubhouse to the public.

To help get the word out, the club is offering a couple of weekly events.

A TGIF Party will start at 5 p.m. each Fridays. It will include free hot and cold appetizers from 5 to 7 p.m., live entertainment after 6 p.m. and double-poured cocktails all night. Groups are invited to book an area in the clubhouse for parties at no charge.

Margaritaville will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and includes a free taco bar, as well as drink discounts on margaritas and Corona bottled beers.

For information, call (352) 799-9908; to book a TGIF party, call (352) 544-1191.

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The Hernando County Office of Business Development has announced that Accuform Signs Inc. has expanded its manufacturing operation by leasing a 10,000-square-foot building at the Airport Industrial Park for its screen printing and processing operation.

Founded in 1976 with just one product, in 2003 Accuform celebrated the expansion to its current location, a 67,000-square-foot facility at 16228 Flight Path Drive. Since that time, the company has grown. It now makes such products as custom and stock safety signs, tags, labels and other industrial identification products.

The company employs 245 full-time office and production staffers. For information, contact John Murphy, director of customer care, at (352) 799-5434.

Who's news

Bonnie Barbieri and Susan Thompson of Remax Advantage Realty, 4320 Lake in the Woods Drive, Spring Hill, have completed their transnational referral certification.

Barbieri and Thompson will now be on the referral network to receive and give international referrals. Only Realtors with the TRC designation can be on this referral network.

To contact Barbieri, call (352) 263-3599. Thompson can be reached at (352) 398-6971.

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Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, has announced its "stars" — associates of the month — for September. Each month, an associate representing each of the hospital's three areas of service — nursing, ancillary and support — is chosen in a process that involves nominations and voting by the staff.

This month's stars are: Michelle Garvin, Jamie Oliver and Debbie Mattingly.

Garvin, a registered nurse, joined Oak Hill's cardiac catheterization recovery unit in March 2007. She takes care of the patients before and after cardiac catheterization procedures. She lives in Spring Hill with her 7-year-old son.

Oliver, a patient care assistant, joined Oak Hill in January. She initially floated to the second, fourth and fifth floors, but now works in the medical unit, greeting the patients and taking care of their needs. She and her husband, Robert, live in Spring Hill with their three children.

Mattingly, a phlebotomist, joined Oak Hill's laboratory in September 1996. Her primary duty is to draw blood and assist with a variety of administrative duties. She has also worked in the pathology department, doing charting. She lives in Bushnell. Her family includes a son, two daughters, a son-in-law and three grandchildren.

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Debra Koenig and Sara Merritt have joined Keller Williams Realty Elite Property Market Center, 2715 Forest Road, Spring Hill.

For information, contact Rebekah Potter, team leader, at (352) 688-6500.

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Diana C. Brijbag, office manager of the Springs Family Medical Center, attended the National Professional Association of Health Care Office Management Conference from Sept. 15-19 in St. Louis.

Brijbag, who was the 2001 National Office Manager of the Year, also attended this year's Medical Office Manager of the Year Luncheon, a black and white banquet that ended with dancing and networking. She is the founder and first president of the local Nature Coast Chapter of the Professional Association of Health Care Office Management, which meets at 5:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at Oak Hill Hospital.

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Gino Santorio has been named chief financial officer at Spring Hill Regional Hospital.

Santorio has been working as the interim CFO since May. He began his career with Health Management Associates, which operates the hospital, in 2007, when he came on board as assistant CFO at Brooksville Regional Hospital.

Prior to his employment with HMA, Santorio served with the New York State Division of Budget for five years before moving to Polk County, where he served as a senior management analyst for the Board of County Commissioners.

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Dr. Kelli Maw, medical executive director with the Hernando County Health Department, has been appointed by Gov. Charlie Crist to serve on the state Diabetes Advisory Council.

Made up of 13 members, the council advises the governor and the state's surgeon general on emerging diabetes issues affecting care, treatment and quality of life.

Maw has been appointed for a term that runs until July 1, 2011.

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Linda Luczak and Deana Hall, employees at Brooksville Regional Hospital, 17240 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, were recognized for going above and beyond in serving patients, guests and other team members for the month of August.

The "Caught in the Act" award, which recognizes someone who went above and beyond the hospital's standards of excellence in service to a guest, was given to Hall, in the radiology department.

The "Helping Others While Pursuing Excellence" (HOPE) award, which recognizes someone who has received accolades from patients and/or guests, was awarded to Luczak, in the admitting department.


The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have the following ribbon cuttings this week:

• Wireless Zone/Verizon Wireless, 14312 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, 11:30 a.m. today. For information, contact Jamie Sheridan at (727) 514-9702.

• Pulte Homes, 429 Trillium Blvd., south of Brooksville, 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. For information, contact Christy Voelker at (352) 797-8183.

• Jenz Transcription Services, at the chamber Office, 4044 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, 11:30 a.m. Thursday. For information, contact Jennifer Hensley at (630) 548-9769.

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The Greater Hernando Chamber of Commerce Education Committee and other community service partners are sponsoring the first "Summit for Youth" from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Hernando County Association of Realtors, 7321 Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville.

The summit is an opportunity for community partners, social service agencies and the school district to come together to brainstorm solutions to create a workable action plan to benefit local youth in the areas of graduation rate, substance use/abuse, teen pregnancy and violence/abuse/neglect.

For information, call Tracy Echols at (352) 277-3322 or (813) 748-1506, or visit

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The Winning Edge, a chapter of Business Networking International, will meet from 7:15 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Weeki Wachee Resort, 6172 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee.

Bring business cards and network with other area business professionals. Cost is $8, which includes a continental breakfast.

For information, contact Edmond Mintah at (352) 684-5884.

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The Spring Hill Professionals Chapter of Ali Lassen's Leads Club will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Boston Cooker Restaurant & Oyster Bar, 5375 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.

The cost for lunch is $13, to be paid at the meeting. The restaurant will not accept personal checks. A separate membership fee is required to join the club.

Speakers this week include: Bill Nielsen, general manager/broker with SECO Mortgage Funding Inc., and Pat Hatcher, Realtor/business intermediary with Gavish Properties and Investments, both of Spring Hill.

The club offers members each week the opportunity to give brief business presentations and exchange leads collected during the previous week. The club offers noncompete business classifications to avoid conflicts of interest.

For information, call Lois Bleicher at (352) 200-4809.

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Leaders by Design, a chapter of Business Networking International, will meet from 7:15 to 9 a.m. Thursday at the Weeki Wachee Resort, 6172 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee.

Bring business cards and network with other professionals. Cost is $8, which includes a continental breakfast. For information, call Scott Kelczewski at (352) 556-6038.

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The Green Bean Organic Market, 11020 Northcliffe Blvd., Spring Hill, will host award-winning author, speaker and mystic Edwin Harkness Spina, who will present a free workshop, "Synchronicities — Your Guide to a Life of Ease and Grace," at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Spina will discuss synchronicities — events, ideas and perceptions of coincidences. He is the author of Mystic Warrior, which won two national book awards, and Mystic Secrets Revealed, a collection of spiritual essays. Books and CDs will be available for signing. Healthy refreshments will be provided.

For information, call (352) 688-7979.

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The $50 Investment Club will meet at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at the Edward Jones office, 3296 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, across from Flammer Ford.

New members interested in investing in stocks are welcome. Coffee and doughnuts will be served. For information, contact Ross or Wynn Keith at (352) 596-2649.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce's annual Beach Bash will be at 5 p.m. Friday at the Hernando Beach Club, 3145 Flamingo Blvd., Hernando Beach.

The event is open to the public. Tickets are $15 per person. This year's theme is "Surfin' FLA."

For sponsorships, tickets or information, call Carla at (352) 796-0697, ext. 15.

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The Hernando County Medical Society Alliance will present "Risk Management in Your Personal Life," from noon to 2 p.m. Friday at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane, Spring Hill.

The guest speaker will be lawyer Jeffrey Cario. The cost is $20 — pay at the door — and includes lunch. For information or to RSVP, call Maureen at (352) 650-9006.

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Kim's Korner, 3021 Commercial Way in the Outlet Shopping Mall, Spring Hill, will sponsor a Party for Kids to benefit the Girl Scouts of America-Spring Mermaids Service Unit and Devin Deschaine, a 2-year-old boy with Stage 4 cancer, from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 18.

The fundraiser will feature activities, games and prizes, a dunk tank, face painting, a fire truck and smoke house from Spring Hill Fire Rescue, clowns making balloon animals, crafts, and karate demonstrations.

Food will be available from Chick-fil-A. A DJ will provide music for karaoke. Characters will be dressed up for photos with kids, and caricature drawings will be done for free.

Children are invited to show off their own Webkinz or Shining Star costumes for the Halloween costume contest. Costumes must be made at home by the children and not include any premade items. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes. Judging begins at 3 p.m.

Admission is $5 if a child is registered by Oct. 12, or $7 after that date. Free party T-shirts with advance registrations while supplies last. Children must be present to win gifts. For information, call (352) 686-0407.

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Players and sponsors are needed for Oak Hill Hospital's annual golf tournament to benefit the United Way of Hernando County.

The four-person scramble will be Nov. 7 at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane, Spring Hill. It will be an 8 a.m. shotgun start.

A hole-in-one contest will be sponsored by Rick Matthews Buick, Pontiac, GMC. A hole-in-one during the tournament will win a player a new car.

Individual player fees are $60, which include registration, player gifts, cart, green fees and lunch. Team sponsors are $300, and include four player registrations, program recognition, a recognition plaque with player gifts, cart, green fees and lunch.

Sponsorships are available. The rain date is Nov. 14.

Entry deadline is Oct. 24. The tournament is limited to 144 golfers. For information, contact Eddie Vandetti at (352) 597-3053.

If you have announcements you would like to share with our readers, mail the details to Jean Hayes, Business Digest, Hernando Times, 15365 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, FL 34613-6174. You may also e-mail items to or fax them to (352) 754-6133. Items may be edited for length and clarity. Photos are published as space permits; they will not be returned.

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