The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications for its 2008 Leadership Hernando program. Participants in Leadership Hernando are local business people and civic-minded Hernando County leaders and potential leaders, who want to learn more about our community.
The program consists of exciting semiweekly sessions that begin June 5 and conclude with a graduation on Nov. 6. Each session is a combination of presentations, discussions and facility tours covering topics such as Hernando County's education system, culture, government, the local news media, agriculture, business development and health care issues.
To apply or for information, contact Patty Himmelberger at the chamber's office, at 796-0697, ext. 18 The deadline to submit your application is April 30.
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During the recent Parade of Homes, the Hernando Builders Association partnered with the Humane Society of the Nature Coast to raise funds for a new building through "BARKitecture of Hernando."
Participating builders displayed creative custom dog houses at their model homes. The public voted for their favorite dog house while visiting the builder's model homes.
The entries were displayed and then auctioned at the Fourth Annual Nature Coast Pet Expo held March 16. All proceeds from the auction will benefit the Humane Society's new building fund.
The dog house built by Alexander Custom Homes II won first place, and Regal Homes of Central Florida's dog house took second. Both houses were sold for a total of $500, and the same bidder won both. He owns nine dogs.
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The HoneyBaked Ham Company and Cafe, 4638 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, announces that it will be serving hot meals, for eat-in or take-out, from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, for a limited time. Manager Diana Adams said the cafe only served sandwiches but has changed the menu based on popular demand. For information, call 592-2994.
Basil Allison, branch manager and financial adviser at Raymond James Financial Services, 5129 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, has been named to the firm's 2008 Executive Council in recognition of outstanding client service and exemplary professional growth.
Allison, who joined Raymond James in 1997, has more than 25 years of experience in the financial services industry. He can be reached at 596-1530.
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Lorri Woodworth has been named regional service administrator officer for Capital City Bank.
In this role, Woodworth is responsible for the efficient operation of the Sunshine Grove, Port Richey, Spring Hill and Brooksville offices, ensuring policies and procedures are adhered to in the delivery of products and services to clients and that such are delivered with consistent, predictable and exceptional client service. She also manages traveling staff for her assigned market area.
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James M. Millsaps, a charter life underwriter and estate planner in Spring Hill, was one of a 100 individuals recently approved to participate in "Tipping Points," a nationwide program for the Prudential Insurance Company of America based in Newark, N.J.
Tipping Points is an educational program for business owners to help make them aware of critical decision points they will face during the life span of their business and how insurance products can help address this issue.
Millsaps' office is at 13308 Barlington St., Spring Hill. He can be reached at 263-2405 or via e-mail at JMMCLUAEP@aol.com.
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Marsha Reiniers, who specializes in long-term care insurance, is now authorized to offer AARP- endorsed long -term care insurance policies in Florida.
In 2007, AARP announced a new relationship with Genworth Life Insurance Co. to provide long-term care planning solutions designed to meet the needs of the organization's 39-million members.
Reiniers has been providing information and analysis on long -term care planning through Genworth Life for five years. She can be reached at 684-1952 or via e-mail at Marsha@LTC-FLA.com.
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Steve Brodsky is the new administrator at Spring Oaks Assisted Living Facility, 7251 Grove Road, Brooksville. Brodsky can be reached at 592-1150.
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James "Ted" Stenholm was recognized by Weichert Realtor Affiliates during the annual awards banquet held at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront.
Stenholm was honored as the Top Listing Agent for the Florida West Coast Council. He also was recognized as one of the top three sales agents in the state of Florida by being awarded the Presidents Cup.
Stenholm is a lifelong Hernando County resident. He and his family have served the community for three generations. His father was the former owner of Stenholm Realty and Insurance and served as a county commissioner. He and his wife, Jill, and their two children live in Brooksville.
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Deborah Brooker, account executive, recently celebrated her two-year anniversary with Amedisys Home Health Care of Brooksville, 16348 Cortez Blvd., Unit B, Brooksville.
Brooker has a bachelor's degree in social work from Saint Leo College. Prior to joining Amedisys, she was employed at the Florida Department of Children and Families as a child protective investigator and later as an adult protective investigator. She serves as worthy vice president of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Hudson.
Brooker can be reached at 796-0349.
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Eric Ranker has been named the new director of pharmacy at Spring Hill Regional Hospital, 10461 Quality Drive, Spring Hill.
Ranker graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in 1976 and the University of Florida college of pharmacy in 1985. Over the past 22 years he has served in numerous pharmacy capacities, including community pharmacy manager, hospital staff pharmacist, pharmacy supervisor for Mease Hospital Countryside, director of pharmacy for the Manors Hospital, consultant pharmacist for long-term care facilities and drug utilization review pharmacist at a prescription benefit facility.
An active Coast Guard reservist, he recently helped establish and served as the assistant chief for the National Maritime Center Medical Review Branch in Martinsburg, W.Va. He is active in the Boy Scouts and serves as an adult leader in the Order of the Arrow program for West Central Florida Council.
For information, call 684-7571.
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Rose Privitera, office manager at Hernando Othopaedic & Spinal Surgery, 10429 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, was awarded certification by the Professional Association of Health Care Office Management as a certified medical manager.
Privitera passed an arduous test that covered all aspects of professional management of the medical practice including billing, HIPPA, customer service and a wide range of other skills.
The CMM certification is the most credible medical management skill test, and is nationally recognized as the symbol of excellence in health care medical practice management across the nation. The examination evaluates the candidate's knowledge of 18 areas of medical practice administration.
Recertification is required every two years by obtaining 24 hours of continuing education units biannually and submitting documentation to PAHCOM.
For information, call 688-6035.
The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have the following ribbon cuttings this week:
•Senica Air Conditioning, 5121 Caribbean Drive, Spring Hill, 11:30 a.m. today. For information, contact Greg Lewaneowski at 686-6166.
•LeCache' Gift Shop, 14315 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. For information, contact Deborah Buckwalter at 688-7742.
•Regent Properties, 16200 Spring Hill Drive, next to the National Guard Armory, south of Brooksville, 11:30 a.m. Thursday. (Due to construction on Spring Hill Drive, the building can be accessed from Aviation Loop Drive.) For information, contact Robert Berg at (727) 507-9808.
•Extreme Bicycles, 10470 Northcliffe Blvd., Spring Hill, 11:30 a.m. Friday. For information, contact Zoltan Serfozo at 684-7101.
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The Spring Hill Professionals Chapter of Ali Lassen's Leads Club will hold a special open mixer from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Boston Cooker Restaurant & Oyster Bar, 5375 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.
Representatives from large or small area companies are invited to come meet club members and learn how the Leads Club can help increase your business.
Mixer sponsors include Janet Quinn of QuinnPro Travel, Gale Jones of "It Works" weight control, and Eileen Caravello of Port of Prints Inc. advertising specialties.
The club meets at 11:45 a.m. each Wednesday at the Boston Cooker. For information, call Lois Bleicher at 200-4809.
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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 are welcome. For information, contact Ross or Wynn Keith at 596-2649.
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Spring Hill Health & Rehabilitation Center, 12170 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, is sponsoring a Kiss the Pig contest to raise funds for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life event. Donations are being accepted now through the end of the fundraiser, when the results of the contest will be announced at 2:30 p.m. Friday at the facility.
The event will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, and will include a book sale, hot dog sale, baked goods sale as well as the Kiss the Pig contest.
More than a dozen "piggy banks" have been set up in the center's lobby, each with a celebrity contestant's photo. The contestants with the most dollars raised will have the honor of kissing the live pig. Votes are a minimum of $1, with no limit on the maximum per vote. Donations may be in the form of cash or a check made payable to the American Cancer Society.
Voters may drop their donation into a "piggy bank" in the lobby or mail it to the facility. The deadline to vote, in person or through the mail, is today.
Donations are also being accepted at the offices of the celebrity contestants, including Sheriff Richard Nugent; Assistant Fire Chief Frank DeFrancesco; county commissioners, or administration and department heads of Spring Hill Health & Rehab Center.
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The Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union, 18915 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, will have a Rummage Sale from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
Proceeds from the sale will benefit the American Heart Association's Heart Walk. The sale is just one of many fundraisers the credit union will be holding to benefit the Heart Walk. Other scheduled fundraisers include a carwash, pancake breakfast and hot dog and soda lunches.
Local merchants able to donate needed items such as hot dogs and hot dog buns, pancake mix or other items that may assist the group, can contact Jennifer Hoefler at 799-6322, ext. 51100.