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Cassie Rogers, 23, of Brooksville has won the opportunity to participate for free in a weight loss program at Kim2bfit.

In early November, Kim2bfit, a wellness consulting and personal training service in Masaryktown, kicked off a contest to award one person the opportunity to participate in its "Get Real Lifestyle Program," a yearlong weight loss program designed to help individuals change their lifestyle in a realistic and affordable way, for free. Individuals were encouraged to write a one-page letter telling Kim Garcia, master personal trainer and lifestyle and weight management consultant, why they should be part of the program.

Rogers will begin the program on Jan. 7.

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Dr. Michael W. Higgins and the Hernando Orthopaedic and Spinal Surgery Center have moved to a new facility at 4055 Mariner Blvd., just south of Northcliffe Boulevard, Spring Hill.

Higgins' new 3,700-square-foot office will offer a more comfortable, organized and expanded setting for patients. For information, call (352) 688-6035.

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Seating Constructors USA in the Airport Corporate Park, south of Brooksville, is providing food, clothing and other items to the local shelters for Christmas.

Employees will begin preparing meals in their outdoor smokers this week and need volunteers to help set up the food and make deliveries to the local shelters.

The group is also collecting new or gently used items that would make appropriate gifts. For children, items needed include clothes, diapers sizes 2-6, Pull-Ups in various sizes, baby wash, baby bottles, winter clothes for girls sizes 18 months to 3T, boys clothes sizes 18 and 24 months to 3T, winter coats, pajamas with feet, baby formula, toys, stuffed animals and board games. For women, items needed include clothes, shoes, purses, socks, winter coats, jackets and hygiene products. For men, items needed include clothes, coats, socks, hygiene products, pants and shirts. Other items needed include tote bags, stationary, Bibles, books or a monetary donation.

Call Mary or Jeannie toll-free at 1-877-589-5226 to arrange for delivery or pickup of items. Items can be dropped off at 2347 Circuit Way, south of Brooksville. For information, call Valerie Pianta at the Office of Business Development at (352) 540-6400.

Who's news

Spring Hill Regional Hospital, 10461 Quality Drive, Spring Hill, has honored three employees as employee, nurse and manager of the year.

Kathy Daller of the business office was named Employee of the Year. Registered nurse Veronica "Roni" Huber was named Nurse of the Year, and Mike Rinaudo, director of dietary, was named Manager of the Year.

"We are honored to recognize these team members for their dedication, commitment and going above and beyond in their day-to-day responsibilities," said Kathy Burke, vice president and chief executive of Hernando Healthcare.

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Jonathan M. Blaha with TBE Group Inc., 380 Park Place Blvd., Suite 300, Clearwater, was recently promoted to vice president of finance.

Blaha joined TBE in 1999 as corporate finance manager and was named corporate controller in 2000 and assistant vice president in 2006. Previously, he was consultant/project manager for BST Consultants in Tampa, where he supported, implemented and trained national and international clients on BST's finance/project management software.

Blaha, who lives in Hernando County, earned his bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of South Florida.

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Certified public accountant Jacquelyn R. Campbell of Campbell & Virgilio, 7211 Hiawatha Parkway, off Commercial Way in Spring Hill, participated in Surgent McCoy's Federal Tax Camp on Dec. 10.

This continuing education event covered recent legislative developments and proposals for individuals and businesses, Social Security planning, and other tax planning strategies.

In addition to being a partner, Campbell serves on boards of directors for several local nonprofit organizations and is a member of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the professional association representing the interests of more than 18,400 CPAs throughout Florida.

Events

Strong Tower Vineyard will have a free Christmas Festival and Gold Medal Winning Wine Tasting (with hot chocolate for the kids) from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Pristine Liquors, 14381 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.

The wine tasting will include some of Strong Tower Vineyard's estate-grown and bottled wines from Spring Hill, including the newest gold medal winners from the recent international wine competition.

The event will include music by Christina Daly, 10, who won the musical competition at the Hernando County Fair.

For information, call (352) 666-1088 or (352) 799-7612.

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The Housing and Education Alliance will offer a free counseling workshop, hosted by Capital City Bank, from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at 14302 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.

The Housing and Education Alliance is a nonprofit Department of Housing and Urban Development-certified counseling agency.

The workshop will enable participants to receive free one-on-one counseling and qualify them for the Homeowners Retention Club.

For information, call Rosemary Atkins, housing counselor, at (352) 686-5124.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce offices will be closed Thursday and Friday for the Christmas holiday.

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 jhayes@sptimes.com 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.

Lighting up Ridge Manor

The Hernando County Chamber of Commerce's Eastside Development Committee had its first Light Up Ridge Manor holiday event Dec. 16. The winner of the Light Up Your Business contest was Kutting Edge. Attending were, back row from left, Kevin Tennie, Nelson Crimmon, Jessica Huggins and Deidre Fletcher. In front, from left, are Sandra Bassett, Santa (a.k.a. Dennis Wilfong) and Pat Crowley.

Hernando business notes 12/21/08 [Last modified: Sunday, December 21, 2008 8:05pm]
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