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New digs for Hernando County Board of Realtors

The Hernando County Board of Realtors hosted its grand opening on April 25. The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce performed the ribbon-cutting ceremony, which was followed by a dedication to the founders and a barbecue luncheon. Later this year, the Board of Realtors will celebrate its 50th anniversary. The organization's new building is at 7321 Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville.

Fletcher Music celebrates birthday

Fletcher Music Centers, 13176 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, was recently decked out to celebrate the 103rd birthday of Fletcher Music. Local customers enjoyed refreshments and entertainment. Edgar Fletcher opened his first music store in upstate New York in 1905, and it was his grandson, Robert K. Fletcher, who moved the family-owned music business to Florida. Bob Fletcher made the move to explore opportunities presented by the tremendous growth of mall retailing, opening the first Fletcher Music Center at St. Petersburg's Tyrone Square Mall in 1975. The company now has more than 30 locations in three states.


The staff at Good Shepherd Hearing Center, 8425 Northcliffe Blvd., Spring Hill, recently completed training on the new Zon hearing aid from Starkey Laboratories. Zon hearing aids feature BluWave signal processing, a new power management system that optimizes all of the hearing aid features for superior performance.

For information, call 683-9173.

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The Wal-Mart Supercenter at 1485 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, celebrated the grand reopening of its Money Center on May 16. The center offers services including Moneygram, payroll and government check cashing, money orders, faxing and check-free bill pay. Entertainment was provided by Judy Bowes, a local singer and pianist, and customers enjoyed cake from the Wal-Mart bakery. Karen Derocher, Money Center associate, below, serves cake during the celebration.

Who's news

Dr. Robert Blackburn, a board-certified osteopathic family physician, traveled to Washington, D.C., for Doctor of Osteopathy Day on April 24.

Blackburn met with local legislators regarding the Save Medicare Act of 2008. He lobbied Congress regarding obesity issues. He also encouraged Congress to promote programs that provide access, opportunities, support and encouragement for students and workers to actively participate in improving their health.

On April 25, Blackburn attended the American Osteopathic Association's Bureau and Federal Health Programs meeting as vice chairman of the association's Bureau of Socioeconomic Affairs.

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Lynda Morrison, owner of Budget Blinds of Spring Hill, 11132 Libby Road, Spring Hill, recently won a trip to Cancun, Mexico, from Norman, a shutter manufacturer.

As a reward for being one of Norman's top shutter producers in 2007, Morrison received an all-expenses-paid vacation for two at the Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort. Morrison was joined on the trip by her husband, Tim, and daughter, Melayna.

Budget Blinds offers free, personalized in-home consultations, professional measuring and installation, as well as a wide selection of window treatments. For information, call 686-2572 or (727) 842-8089.

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Tony Coelho, system technician for Wilson Technology Group, 24332 Dorsey Smith Road, Brooksville, has completed three days of training at Building Industry Consulting Service International headquarters in Tampa.

The program, "Data Center Design Best Practices," was designed to enhance skills for data center design and build-outs. For information, call 796-9891.

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Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, has announced its "stars" — associates of the month — for May. 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: Elizabeth Bustamante, Maria Amaral and Sandra DeRosso.

Bustamante, environmental services technician, joined Oak Hill's environmental services department in 2006. She is head of the linen department. She and her husband, Richard Rivera, live in Spring Hill. She has three daughters and a son.

Maria Amaral, patient care assistant, joined Oak Hill in May 2006. She first worked in the telemetry unit and is now on the medical floor as a nurse assistant. Her family includes her husband, Mario Ghenov, two sons and a daughter.

DeRosso, a certified occupational therapist assistant, began working in Oak Hill's rehabilitation department in February 2006. Born and raised in Milwaukee, she moved to Spring Hill in 1993. DeRosso holds an associate's degree in applied science from Milwaukee Area Technical College.

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Rodney Means is the newest fitness professional at Changes Adult Fitness Center, 1244 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill.

Means is certified by the National Federation of Professional Trainers. His specialties are assisting clients in gaining strength efficiently and effectively, and developing strategies for long-term weight loss. For information, call 200-4680.

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Ryan Lowe as been appointed as dispatcher/inventory control technician at Wilson Technology Group, 24332 Dorsey Smith Road, Brooksville.

Prior to coming to Wilson Technology, Lowe was a network administrator for Composite Motors Inc. He is currently attending classes at Pasco-Hernando Community College.

For information, call 796-9891.


The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will be closed today in observance of Memorial Day.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have its May monthly membership meeting, formerly called monthly breakfast, at 7:15 a.m. Wednesday at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Course Lane, Spring Hill.

The sponsor is SunTrust Bank, and the speaker will be Mike McHugh, director of the county's Office of Business Development.

The cost is $12 for members and $20 for nonmembers. For information, contact Patty at 796-0697, ext. 18.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have a ribbon-cutting at Medi Weightloss Clinics of Spring Hill LLC, 1194 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill, at 11:30 a.m. Friday.

For information, contact Dr. Donna C. Bennett at 686-3127.

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 754-6133. Items may be edited for length and clarity. Photos are published as space permits; they will not be returned.

Business news of Hernando County 05/25/08 [Last modified: Sunday, May 25, 2008 7:54pm]
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