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The Book Fair at 1219 Kass Circle, Spring Hill, celebrates its 27th year in business with a week of prize drawings and a free gift for customers, beginning Monday and running through Oct. 23.

Store hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. For information, call owner Ruth Wharton at (352) 686-1682.

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Organic Oasis Food Co Operative has opened at 5085 Pacific Ave., behind Outback Steakhouse, Weeki Wachee.

Members of the co-op receive a 20 percent discount on all vitamins and herbs and a 15 percent discount on groceries, health and beauty products, organic produce and bulk foods. Specialty items can be ordered.

Organic Oasis will specialize in organic wheat and gluten-free groceries and the highest-quality vitamins and herbs. The business has a certified holistic nutritionist, herbalist and wellness coach on staff five days a week for consultations.

For information, call (352) 688-7979.

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The Hernando and Pasco county hospitals of HCA, including Oak Hill Hospital, Community Hospital and Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, will show their support for breast cancer victims and survivors through a number of events during October.

• The community is invited to visit one of the three hospital-sponsored Facebook pages or the division site at 166352743212 to download a pink ribbon and use it to replace personal social profile photos during October. Participants can then copy and share the profile status with friends and family.

• Community Hospital will offer digital mammograms for $30 throughout October to recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The fee includes both the screening and the radiologist reading. For information, call toll-free at 1-800-617-7229.

• Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point will host a free seminar, "Advances in Breast Reconstruction," featuring Dr. John Roach, a plastic and reconstruction surgeon, at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 27. Reservations are required. Call (727) 869-5498.

Who's news

Jonathan Michaels and Adam Davies, both critical-care registered nurses at Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, have received subspecialty certification for cardiac surgery.

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Dr. Sawsan Bishay and Dr. Mary Li, both of Florida Cancer Institute-New Hope, were recently interviewed about breast cancer awareness on Hernando County Government Broadcasting.

The show, initially aired on Oct. 2 and 3, will be repeated at 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. each Thursday through the month of October.

Hernando County Government Broadcasting can be seen on Bright House Networks digital Ch. 622. The station also provides live streaming at hernando

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Dr. Richard Chlouber, recently appointed to the medical staff of My Gynecologist, 11175 County Line Road, Spring Hill, is now able to receive patients insured by Blue Cross/Blue Shield for annual examinations, abnormal bleeding, pelvic pain, menopause, pregnancy and urinary incontinence.

Chlouber completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the Beth Israel Medical Center at the Manhattan Campus of the Albert Einstein School of Medicine in New York. He received his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison, Wis.

Chlouber can be reached at (352) 686-8884.

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Natalie Leibensperger, doctor of osteopathic medicine and director at My Gynecologist, 11175 County Line Road, Spring Hill, recently received a certificate from Medtronic for completing its InterStim e-learning program.

InterStim therapy is a procedure for correcting incontinence.

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Realtor Natalie Gorse has joined Keller Williams Realty Elite Partners, 2715 Forest Road, Spring Hill, and will serve as buyer specialist for the Susan Thompson & Associates team.

Gorse became a Realtor in 2006. She can be reached at (352) 688-6500 or Natalie @Susan

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Bonnie Barbieri of Remax Advantage Realty, 4320 Lake in the Woods Drive, Spring Hill, was recently awarded the certified international property specialist designation.

Barbieri will formerly be recognized at the National Association of Realtors conference in New Orleans in November. She can be reached at (352) 263-3599 or


The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have these ribbon-cuttings during the coming week:

Goin Postal, 2398 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, noon Wednesday. Call Edward C. Jones, (352) 683-1774.

Brannagan Legal, 2120 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill, noon Thursday. Call Shawn Brannagan at (352) 688-1128.

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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 Club 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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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have its October After Hours Mixer, sponsored by Oak Hill Hospital, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday at 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill.

The event will include an Oktoberfest celebration with DJ Fred Campbell. There will be refreshments. Call Carla Hayes at (352) 796-0697.

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Green World Path, 1665 Donto Way, Brooksville, will offer a free educational program on the "Incredible Edible Egg" at 6 p.m. Thursday. The speaker will be Terry Weaver.

Weaver has more than 40 free-range chickens on 5 acres near Brooksville. Although not organic, the eggs are free of hormones and antibiotics.

Prior to Weaver's talk, state House candidate Diane Rowden will speak about protecting the gulf beaches, oil drilling and Florida's ecosystem.

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

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The Nature Coast Chapter of the Florida Society of Accountants will have its monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the IHOP restaurant, 3660 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.

The speaker will be Don Burgher, president and owner of the Brooksville office of Florida Insurance Brokers of Central Florida. He will review aspects of the health care reform bill.

Reservations are required. Call Madeleine Rees at (352) 684-3535 no later than Wednesday.

Chapter meetings are the third Thursday of each month and are open to any accountant or tax professional in Hernando, Pasco and Citrus counties. Call Pat Cornett at (352) 597-3460.

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

The goal is to develop long-term relationships with other business professionals. There are no membership fees. Call Deborah Cutlip at (352) 293-4317 or through naturecoastbusiness

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In recognition of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Chick-fil-A of Hernando, 13143 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, will offer a free chicken biscuit during breakfast or a free Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich on Oct. 23 to customers who wear pink to show support for those battling breast cancer.

Customers must wear a visible article of pink clothing to receive the complimentary item. For information, call Melinda Edwards at (352) 397-7826.

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AAA Auto Club South, 1410 Pinehurst Drive, Spring Hill, will host a Bikers Against Drunk Driving Charity Ride and Road Safety Rally on Oct. 23.

Participants may preregistration at AAA's Spring Hill office. The preregistration cost is $10 per driver and $5 per passenger.

Registration on the day of the event will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Harley-Davidson of Crystal River, 1803 SE U.S. 19, Crystal River. On the day of the event, the cost is $15 per driver and $10 per passenger.

Kickstands go up at 11 a.m. The ride ends at AAA's Spring Hill office. After the ride, there will be free food, fun, music, prizes and a windshield washout. Bikers and volunteers can wash windows of cars in honor or memory of a loved one who was lost or injured in a motorcycle accident.

For information, call Trina Bowden at AAA at (352) 683-3446, ext. 2242.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will offer a workshop, "Your Personal Listening Skills," from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 26 and Nov. 2 at 15588 Aviation Loop Drive in the chamber's training room, south of Brooksville.

The workshop will be conducted by Lori Bainum. A certificate of completion will be awarded. The cost is $99 for chamber members and $199 for nonmembers. To register or for information, call (727) 480-1566.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have its New Residents Reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 28 at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee.

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

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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