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Several local restaurants have signed up to participate in Eat Out for Education, a program sponsored by the Hernando Education Foundation.

Different restaurants donate a portion of their proceeds to the education foundation on each day of the promotion. Diners need to mention "Eat Out for Education" when ordering.

Next week's participant is County Line Cafe & Grille, 120 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, from 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.

Contact Tracy Echols, director of development for the foundation, at (352) 277-3322.

Who's news

Lisa Cunningham has been promoted to aquatics director at the Hernando County Family YMCA, 1300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill.

Before joining the YMCA, Cunningham was a graduate assistant for the sports information department at Webber International University, near Lake Wales. While working at the university, she completed a bachelor's degree in business administration with an emphasis in sports management, then, in 2008, earned her master's degree in business administration.

While in college, Cunningham began her YMCA career in 2007 with the Lake Wales Family YMCA, where she was a part-time wellness attendant and the special events coordinator. In February 2008, she became the full-time membership coordinator.

Cunningham joined the Hernando branch in 2009 as the aquatics manager. She holds credentials as a certified YMCA lifeguard instructor and a certified YMCA swim lesson trainer. She can be reached at (352) 688-9622

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Kelli Grey recently joined the staff at Preferred Property Associates, 280 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill.

Grey has been a Florida resident since 1960 and a Florida Realtor-associate since 1988. She is a mother of two sons, one of which is serving in the Marine Corps.

Grey can be reached at (352) 650-7063.

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Attorney Scott Timothy Smith, a partner in the Law Offices of Harp and Smith, 301 S Main St., Brooksville, was recently presented the 2010 Hernando Pro Bono Attorney of the Year award by the Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida Volunteer Lawyers Project.

Smith has worked with the project as a pro bono attorney for many years and is active in conducting the project's pro se dissolution of marriage workshop, assisting with legal advice clinics and accepting clients for full case representation.

Smith is active in the community, serving as a volunteer with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program in Hernando County. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Kiwanis Club of Brooksville, the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce and is chairman of the Teen Leadership Hernando program. He is a graduate of the chamber's Leadership Hernando program.

Smith received his bachelor's degree in 1991 from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and a juris doctorate degree in 1994 from Franklin Pierce Law Center, Concord, N.H. In 2007, Smith received a master's degree in mental health counseling from Argosy University in Tampa.

Smith is licensed to practice law in Florida and New Hampshire and is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. He is a guardian ad litem and a member of the public interest section of the Florida Bar, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the Hernando County Bar Association and the Citrus-Hernando Inns of Court (2002-04). Smith is a licensed mental health counselor.

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Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, has announced its "stars" — associates of the month — for June. 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.

The June winners are Tiffany Lynn Maxwell, Howard Morrison and Adrian Smith.

Maxwell joined the hospital's environmental services department in March 2006. She lives in Brooksville with her fiance and son .

Morrison, a registered nurse, joined the hospital's surgery team in June 2001. He is responsible for preparing the operating room suites. He lives in Spring Hill and has one adult son.

Smith, a registered nurse, joined the hospital's surgical services in 1999, where he serves as the assistant director. He and his wife live near Brooksville. They have four adult children and six grandchildren.


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

Brooksville Air Center, 15421 Technology Drive, Brooksville, noon Wednesday. Call Michelle Elferdink at (352) 754-5449.

Hope Youth Ranch, 17933 East Road, Hudson, noon Thursday. Call Jose Suarez at (727) 232-0119.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have its June membership breakfast meeting Wednesday at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Course Lane, Spring Hill. Networking and business card exchange begin at 7:15 a.m.; the program begins at 7:45 a.m.

This month's sponsor is the Arc Nature Coast, and the program will be presented by Bob Clifford, executive director of the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority.

The cost is $12 for chamber members and $20 for nonmembers. Call Carla Hayes at (352) 796-0697.

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Hernando Biz ... Net-Connecting for You, a networking group, will meet at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Course Lane, Spring Hill.

A minimal dues structure is in place. Members are asked to attend at least three meetings a month and order breakfast from the menu.

New members are welcome. Contact Sallie at (352) 428-3647 or

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Green World Path, 1665 Donto Way, Brooksville, will offer a free educational program on the Hope Foundation at 6 p.m. Thursday.

The speaker will be Bob Dillinger, a native Floridian and graduate of Columbia University in New York City. After working several years as an assistant public defender, Dillinger left government service and opened a private practice, where he specializes in criminal defense, civil jury work and defending the less fortunate. In St. Petersburg, he organizes and funds programs such as Cross Over for Children, Homeless Outreach, Jail Diversion, Beth's Closet and Hope Chest.

Staffers will offer tours of the facility and garden. For directions, call (352) 799-0200.

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Nature Coast Business Professionals, a nonexclusive networking group, will meet at 8 a.m. Friday at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Course Lane, Spring Hill.

The group's goal is to develop long-term relationships with other business professionals. There are no membership fees. The group meets every Friday.

Call Deborah Cutlip at (352) 684-9137 or visit

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will offer the course "Your Personal Listening Skills" from 8 a.m. to noon June 30 in the chamber's training room, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.

The course helps explain how one's preferred listening approach may not be appropriate for all situations, and participants will learn when and how to adopt another listening approach for successful communication.

The workshop can be useful in a number of applications, such as customer service, presentation skills, conflict resolution and team building. The instructor is Lori Bainum, a corporate trainer.

The cost is $69 for chamber members and $79 for nonmembers. Call (352) 796-0697, ext. 228, or e-mail

If you have business 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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