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Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce holds logo contest


The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce wants the public's help in coming up with a logo for its Business Resource Council.

The council's mission is to implement innovative programs and events and cultivate resources to provide chamber members the opportunity to achieve greater success. The logo will be used to identity the council. Initially, it will be used for marketing materials and Web sites.

The deadline to submit artwork for the logo contest is Jan. 8. The winner will be announced Feb. 28. Entries will be judged on originality, composition, visual appeal and applicability to the mission of the Business Resource Council.

For a complete list of rules, visit Entry forms can be dropped off at the chamber office at 101 E Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville. Logos can also be submitted via e-mail at For information, contact Lori Bainum at (352) 428-4906.

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The Hernando Builders Association had its annual installation and awards banquet at Silverthorn Country Club on Oct. 26. New board members were sworn in by Chuck Fowke, the incoming president of the Florida Home Builders Association.

New officers include: Jeff West of Cornerstone Builders of Hernando, president; Andy Colombino of EPAC Custom Builders, first vice president; Randy Woodruff of Woodruff & Co., second vice president; Chris Glover of Palmwood Builders, treasurer, and Steve Culp of Property Services General Contractors, secretary.

Directors include: Scott Constance, Eugene Concklin, Michele Nichols and Linda Wisniewski. Associate directors include: Patricia Goble, Gary Griffith, Lisa Kiddon, Gary Russell, Daryl Senica and Tyler Stapleton.

Dudley Hampton Jr. of BJH Construction General Contractors was presented with the Builder of the Year award and the Remodeler of the Year award; Lisa Kiddon of Bright House Networks was named Associate of the Year, and Linda Wisniewski of Jamelin Custom Homes was named Volunteer of the Year.

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The Hernando Builders Association 2009 Fall Parade of Homes award winners were honored at the association's recent installation and awards banquet. The models were judged in three price ranges with five categories for scoring.

In the $142,000 to $172,999 price range, Artistic Homes' Grand Floridian model won best elevation, best floor plan, best master suite and best overall. Artistic Homes' Versailles and Palm Beach models tied for best kitchen.

In the $173,000 to $225,999 price range, Royal Coachman Homes' Royal Oxford model won best elevation, Artistic Homes' Grand Bahamas model won for best floor plan, Pastore Custom Builders' Ruby model and Dream Custom Homes' Don Calais model tied for best kitchen, and Dream Custom Homes' Don Calais model won best master suite and best overall.

In the $226,000 to $294,999 price range, Alexander Custom Homes' Goya model won each of the five categories, including best elevation, floor plan, kitchen, master suite and overall.

Who's news

Corey Lively, chief operating officer at Brooksville Regional Hospital, 17240 Cortez Blvd., west of Brooksville, has been promoted to chief executive officer, while Kathy Burke, current vice president of Hernando Healthcare — encompassing Brooksville and Spring Hill Regional hospitals — and CEO of Brooksville Regional Hospital, will continue as vice president, Division III/CEO of Hernando Healthcare.

Lively has been in health care for 12 years and chief operating officer at Brooksville Regional Hospital for more than three years. He received his master's degree in health care administration from Oklahoma State University. Lively is a graduate of Leadership Hernando and serves on the board of directors of the YMCA of the Suncoast and is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

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Dr. Ivan Diaz, who specializes in family practice, has joined the staff of Brooksville Regional and Spring Hill Regional hospitals.

Diaz has specialized in family practice since 2004 and relocated to Hernando County from Lakeland. He completed his family practice residency at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Rockford and earned his medical degree from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Diaz, who is fluent in English and Spanish, has served as assistant clinical professor at the University of South Florida in Tampa and at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Rockford. He is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Florida Academy of Family Physicians.

Diaz's office is at 5196 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. He can be reached at (352) 263-2831.


April's Pet Grooming, 2132 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill, will host a dog wash to benefit the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

The minimum donation is $10 for a small dog, $20 for a medium dog and $30 for a large dog. Employees are donating their time and all proceeds.

For information, contact Myra Merillo at (352) 592-4259.

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Forest Oaks of Spring Hill, 8055 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill, will host An Evening of International Delights at 6 p.m. Monday. The event is free and open to the public. Desserts from around the world will be served while the sounds of Frank Sinatra are provided by Bill Stabile. For information, call (352) 683-3323.

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

• Microtel Inn & Suites, 4881 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, noon Tuesday. For information, contact Amy Francis at (727) 515-0334.

• Tree of Life, 2987 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, noon Wednesday. For information, contact Mario Anzalone at (352) 684-6424.

• PineBrook Pharmacy, 14482 Cortez Blvd., west of Brooksville, noon Thursday. For information, contact Gautam Thakkar at (352) 610-4347.

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The Caregiver Survival Institute will host a holiday celebration open house for all informal family care givers in Hernando County from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at the institute's Education and Resource Center, 10000 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill.

The event will continue each Tuesday and Thursday (except Nov. 26 and Dec. 24) through the end of December. Individuals who care for a family member at home are invited to this free event. Snacks, music and solutions to caregiver dilemmas will be offered.

For information, contact David at (352) 232-7032 or visit

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Chick-fil-A, 13143 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, will be the site of the Fall Family Night hosted by the Spring Hill Art League. The event will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and will feature family fun and fall crafts.

Members of the art league will be on hand to help children design their own artwork to take home. Participants receive a child's meal free with the purchase of a combo meal.

Chick-fil-A is a sponsor of the art league's annual Fall Harvest of Art, which will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Weeki Wachee Springs State Park.

For information on Tuesday's event, call (352) 596-2826. For information on the Spring Hill Art League, contact Paul Shaskan at (352) 597-7435.

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The Ali Lassen's Leads Club, Business Partners of Hernando Chapter, will meet from noon to 1:15 p.m. Tuesday at Ercolano's Italian Restaurant, 4185 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. Club members and guests can order from the menu. A separate membership fee is required to join the club.

The speaker will be Dianne Hogg, certified real estate appraiser with Full House Services. For information, call Hogg at (813) 230-1728 or visit

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have its November membership breakfast meeting on Wednesday at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Course Lane, Spring Hill.

Networking and business card exchange begins at 7:15 a.m. The program begins at 7:45 a.m.

This month's sponsor is Catholic Charities. The program will be the annual "Thanks for Giving." Those attending are asked to bring a nonperishable food item that will be donated to a local charity.

The cost is $12 for chamber members and $20 for nonmembers. For information, call (352) 796-0697.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have its monthly after-hours business mixer at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at 11116 Libby Road, Spring Hill. This month's sponsor is Nature Coast Flooring.

Randy Overall and his wife, Vicky, will be accepting donations for distribution to troops serving overseas. For information about items needed, visit Food and beverages will be available. For information, contact Randy Overall at (352) 684-0105.

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Green World Path Inc., 1665 Donto Way, Brooksville, will offer a free seminar on organic pig farming at 6 p.m. Thursday.

The speaker will be Matt Thomas, owner and manager of the Little Pig Farm in Homosassa. For information or 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 J. Henry Livingston, certified financial planner and president of Retirement Resources Advisory. The topic will be "Boomers and Social Security".

Reservations are required. Call Tori Davis at (352) 796-8860 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.

For information, call Pat Cornett at (352) 597-3460.

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Paul & Jerry's Self Storage will host a fall festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 21 at 10161 County Line Road, Spring Hill.

The event will feature entertainment by Party Fun Rentals, fresh produce from Naylors Nursery Produce, a food drive for the homeless to benefit Broken But Beautiful Ministries in Hudson, Dee's Magnetic Hematite Jewelry, and music provided by DJ Coole. The Kiwanis Club will have food and refreshments available.

Vendor spots are available. For information, call (352) 684-4414.

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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