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USA Tree Service and the Hernando County Foster Parents Association will host the second annual Christmas party for Hernando County foster children on Dec. 18. This year's theme is music and art.

In order to provide each child with a day of fun and memories, community support — in the form of toys, money, refreshments and gift certificates — is needed.

Residents or businesses interested in contributing should call Karen at (352) 428-1502 or Jo-Ann or Samantha at (352) 596-1333.

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Extreme Bicycles, 14245 Powell Road, Silverthorn Plaza, Spring Hill, is donating his and her bicycles for a drawing to benefit the Arc Nature Coast. Tickets are $3 each or two for $5.

Drawings for Giant Cypress 2012 men's and Giant Cypress 2012 women's bikes, both with a retail value of $389, will take place during the Arc's holiday open house Dec. 16 at its new education center at 6495 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. Individuals do not need to be present to win.

For information and ticket sale locations, call Extreme Bicycles at (352) 684-7101 or the Arc at (352) 544-2322, ext. 109.

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Advantec Global Solutions has changed its name to eDocs Conversion Solutions. The name change reflects a reinvention of the 11-year-old company, which has expanded its services to provide scanning, editing and transcription services to the medical community.

New services will enable doctors to be compliant with new federal privacy and electronic medical records requirements.

The company, at 5327 Commercial Way, Suite B-106, Spring Hill, plans to hire 25 new employees over the next six to 12 months. The application process and requirements are available upon request. For information, call (352) 686-8680 or visit

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Vendors are needed for the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce's fourth annual Light Up Ridge Manor Christmas Festival from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Sunrise Plaza, 31100 Cortez Blvd., Ridge Manor West.

The registration deadline for vendors is Nov. 30. Vendor registration forms can be obtained and dropped off at SunTrust Bank in Ridge Manor West or faxed to (352) 799-5970.

For information, contact Deidre Fletcher at (352) 796-9486 or Kevin Tennie at (352) 540-4521.

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Throughout October, the White Daisy Salon and Day Spa at 414 E Liberty St., Brooksville, will be collecting nonperishable food items, personal hygiene products and household necessities to benefit the Dawn Center, a shelter for women and children who are victims of physical, mental or sexual abuse.

Individuals who donate two items will receive $5 off a product purchase or service, including haircuts, color, manicure, pedicure, massage and facials.

In addition, the salon and spa will host the Linda L. Knoll Memorial Daisies for Dawn Day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 5. Proceeds from all services performed that day will benefit the Dawn Center. Food and entertainment will be available.

The event is named after Linda L. Knoll, an employee of the Dawn Center and mother of White Daisy employee Kim Trudell, for her dedication to the center.

For information, call Margo Dillon, owner, at (352) 754-2422.

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In advance of Halloween, Wexler Orthodontics has announced its Halloween Candy Buy Back offer to benefit Operation Gratitude.

The business will pay $1 per pound (up to 5 pounds) for unopened Halloween candy. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Candy will be collected from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 5 at 1222 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill.

The candy will be sent to Operation Gratitude in California, which prepares holiday packages for the troops serving overseas. For information about Operation Gratitude, visit online. For information about the candy buy-back offer, call (352) 688-1311.

Who's news

Spring Hill Regional Hospital has recognized associates Laura Esposito and Judith Scarola for going above and beyond in serving patients, guests and other team members during the month of August.

Esposito, in admitting, and Scarola, in diagnostic imaging, received the Getting 2 Great Award.

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Chuck Wilson, president and founder of Wilson Technology Group, 24332 Dorsey Smith Road, Brooksville, recently attended the Building Industry Consulting Services International conference and exhibition in Las Vegas.

The professional association supports the information technology systems industry with information, education and knowledge assessment for individuals and companies.

Wilson has been a member of the association since 1992. He has served on the board and numerous committees, and is a credentialed registered communications distribution designer).

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Christine Santiago of Access Healthcare, 5350 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, was honored with the Employee Spotlight of the Month for October.

Santiago is a medical assistant in the office of Dr. Nimesh Patel, She was selected based on her reputation as a customer service role model.

Santiago began her medical career in New York, where she worked in an infectious disease pediatric clinic. After relocating to Florida, she worked in Orlando for seven years, serving patients in an HIV clinic. She lives in Hernando County with her husband and four children.


Oak Hill Hospital's Emergency Care Center will have a grand opening for its new pediatric emergency room from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill.

A children's safety fair being held in conjunction with the grand opening will include a fire safety house, fire truck, tour of the new pediatric emergency care center and an opportunity to meet representatives from the Hernando County Sheriff's Office and emergency medical personnel.

The Hernando County Family YMCA will provide water safety information and nutrition facts. The first 200 children will receive free customized T-shirts. Admission is free, and food and drinks will be provided.

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The Olive Grove, 15016 Rester Drive, west of Brooksville, will offer free classes on making olive oil soap/castile, using all natural ingredients, at 2 p.m. Sunday and Oct. 30.

Olive oil soap is said to have first emerged in Castile, Spain, as early as the 1500s, though castile soap may have originated in Italy.

For information or to RSVP, call (352) 345-5940 or send e-mail to

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce Training Committee is offering its Performance Management workshop, one of its manager and supervisor professional development training seminars, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.

The workshop is for managers, supervisors or anyone pursuing a career in a management or supervisory role.

The cost is $10 per person or $15 for two individuals. Training will be provided by Knowledge Quest Education Solutions. Advance registration is required. Call (352) 796-0697.

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The Hernando County Public Library System will sponsor a free small-business seminar, "How to Write a Grant Proposal," at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville.

The seminar is presented by Service Corps of Retired Executives Pasco-Hernando Chapter 439. No registration required. For information, call the library at (352) 540-6391 or the SCORE office at (727) 842-4638.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce has scheduled two ribbon cuttings for the coming week:

Eurotech Automotive Unlimited, 5100 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, noon Tuesday. Call Rose Fenzel at (352) 597-2660.

Hernando County Health Department, 7551 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill, 10 a.m. Saturday. Call Ann-Gayl Ellis at (352) 540-6817.

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

This month's sponsor is Brewer & Sons Funeral Homes & Cremation Services. The program will be provided by Jen Holloway, who will discuss selling yourself in 30 seconds or less. The cost is $12 for chamber members and $20 for nonmembers. Call Carla Hayes at (352) 796-0697.

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BNI Winning Edge will meet from 7:15 to 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Regency Oaks clubhouse, 4445 Breakwater Blvd., Spring Hill. The cost is $10 and includes breakfast. Call Lisa Cornett at (352) 345-1377.

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Green World Path, 1665 Donto Way, Brooksville, will offer a free educational program about the Everglades and its ecosystem at 6 p.m. Thursday. The speaker will be Everglades Eddy.

Tours of the facility and garden also will be available. For information, call (352) 799-0200.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Hernando County Utilities Department, will host a free reception for residents who have moved to Hernando County within the past 24 months from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee.

People attending will learn about community schools, services, roads, health care, safety and hurricane information, and law enforcement. Participants may sign up for homestead exemptions and will have the opportunity to meet local business owners who are chamber members, while enjoying free samples of signature items from local restaurants.

For information or to RSVP, call (352) 796-0697.

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IHOP, 3660 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, will celebrate Halloween by offering children under 12 years old free "scary face" pancakes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday as part of a national No Tricks — Just Treats program designed to provide kids with a safe and fun Halloween event.

The Count Spatula "design your own" Scary Face Pancake includes oversized pancakes with a whipped topping mouth and strawberry nose, served with two mini Oreo cookies and candy corn on the side.

Customers will have the opportunity to donate to Children's Miracle Network hospitals to help local children. Pumpkin icons will be available for $1 and will be personalized and displayed through Oct. 31 at the restaurant.

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Nature Coast Business Professionals, a nonexclusive networking group, will meet at 8 a.m. Friday at IHOP, 3660 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.

The goal of the group is to develop long-term relationships with business professionals. There are no membership fees.

Call Dana Cutlip at (352) 293-4317 or visit

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Jazzercise will host a Jazztoberfest grand opening party/open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 29 at the new center, 7257 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill.

Open house festivities will include class demonstrations, a line dance session, games, activities, refreshments and information about the Jazzercise program.

For information, call (352) 442-8595.

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Spring Oaks assisted living facility, 7251 Grove Road, west of Brooksville, will host its fourth annual Country BBQ & Craft Fair from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 29.

The event includes music provided by the Shadow Ridge Band, free food, a petting zoo and crafts. For information, call (352) 592-1150.

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Vendors, sponsors and volunteers are needed for the second annual Auto Show & Charity Event, which begins at 9 a.m. Oct. 29 at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 3436 Broad St., Brooksville.

Fireworks will begin at 8 p.m. The event is hosted by Monster Transmission in Brooksville, which hopes to fill a semitrailer full of food.

Proceeds will benefit five charities: Feeding America Tampa Bay, the Saving Animals from Euthanasia Society of Florida, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hernando and Citrus Counties, the Bubba the Love Sponge Foundation, and Youth and Family Alternatives.

Individuals who bring a bag of groceries (for people or animals) for Feeding America Tampa Bay will receive an event T-shirt. Raffle tickets will be sold for $1 for a chance to win Disney World tickets for four; 12 $100 gasoline gift cards (one per month) or a transmission worth up to $1,500.

Call Nancy Holley at toll-free 1-888-628-9817.

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Forest Oaks of Spring Hill, 8055 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill, invites parents and children to trick-or-treat at the facility from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31.

Young children are welcome to go door to door, visiting residents in a safe environment. For information, call Mona at (352) 683-3323.

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Belk Department Store, 13151 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, invites nonprofit groups to sign up for its fall charity day, which will be from 6 to 10 a.m. Nov. 5.

The four-hour shopping event provides a chance for customers to support charities and local schools.

In return for a $5 donation, customers receive a ticket admitting them to the charity sale and entitling them to merchandise discounts ranging from 20 percent to 50 percent. Customers also receive $5 off their first purchase of $5 or more at the event, and Belk cardholders receive double points for card purchases.

All participating charities and schools automatically will be registered to win one of three $1,000 donations from Belk in a companywide drawing.

Participating local charities will be selling charity sale tickets in advance, with 100 percent of proceeds from each $5 ticket retained by the charity. Tickets are also being sold at the store, with proceeds divided among the participating charities and schools.

For information, visit

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The Hernando County Veterans Job Fair will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Nov. 8 at Brooksville Elks Lodge 2582, 14494 Cortez Blvd., west of Brooksville.

The event will be hosted by the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce, Career Central and Hernando Today.

The first hour — from 2 to 3 p.m. — will be for veterans and their families only. For information, call (352) 544-5206.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have its November business/life seminar from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.

The seminar, presented by Lt. Col. Royce Decker of the Hernando County Sheriff's Office, will cover negativity/positivity in the workplace.

The cost is $10 per person, or $15 for two people. To register, call (352) 796-0697.

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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