Walgreens stores across the county have signed on to help Gifts from Home send treats to troops serving overseas. The items for February: Milky Way Simply Caramel bars and 3 Musketeers Truffle Crisp bars.
Each month, Walgreens selects an item and asks customers to buy the item and place it in a collection box. Each store also has a display beside the box, featuring the top 10 items requested by the troops. Those items can also be placed into the collection box.
Linda Kidwell, who runs Gifts from Home, will pick up the items and pack them in care packages for Iraq and Afghanistan.
Participating Walgreens in Spring Hill are at 4096 Mariner Blvd., 14320 Spring Hill Drive, 7305 Spring Hill Drive, 16200 County Line Road, 4255 Commercial Way, 11180 Spring Hill Drive; in Brooksville at 13053 Cortez Blvd. and 20020 Cortez Blvd.; and in Weeki Wachee at 9819 Commercial Way.
Call Kidwell at (352) 684-4185.
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All Florida Medical Supplies, 1426 Pinehurst Drive, Spring Hill, has added a natural pet health section to its store. The section offers herbal and homeopathic remedies, shampoo, vitamin and mineral supplements, natural snacks and treats, as well as a large selection of pet and natural health books.
For information, call (352) 683-3545.
Holly Eaton has joined Summit Imaging, 12037 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill.
Eaton, originally from Indiana, moved to Florida in 1985. She has been a registered radiologic technologist since 1991 and gained her registry in MRI in 2009.
Summit Imaging is a full modality imaging center and is American College of Radiology certified for ultrasound, MRI, CAT scan, nuclear medicine and mammography.
For information, call (352) 597-9008.
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Dr. William J. Jason of North Tampa Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, 120 Medical Blvd., Suite 109, Spring Hill, recently received his subspecialty certificate in orthopedic sports medicine.
Jason, born and raised in Pittsburgh, received his bachelor's degree from Harvard University and his medical degree from the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Columbia University. He trained at the University of California at Los Angeles, completing his surgical internship, followed by residency training in the department of orthopedics.
Jason also trained in sports medicine and arthroscopic knee and shoulder surgery at the Orthopaedic Specialty Hospital in Salt Lake City. He is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery.
For information, call (352) 683-0007.
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Katherine "Cookie" Erickson is heading up residential sales at Real Estate Professionals, 2080 Brigadier Drive, Spring Hill.
In addition to expanding into the residential market, the business has expanded on the commercial side to include mediation, landlord tenant reviews, loan modification, negotiations and income review for commercial property owners.
For information, call (352) 293-2685.
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Dr. Yazan Said, the region's first board-eligible, fellowship-trained pediatric pulmonologist/immunologist, has joined the medical staff at Spring Hill Regional Hospital, 10461 Quality Drive, Spring Hill.
Said's practice, Advanced Pediatric Pulmonary Care, provides service to Hernando, Citrus and Pasco counties. He specializes in chronic and complex respiratory disorders in newborns, infants, children and adolescents.
Said completed a fellowship in pediatric pulmonology at Miller Children's Hospital in Long Beach/University of California at Irvine, and a fellowship in allergy, asthma and clinical immunology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, after finishing his pediatric training at State University of New York in Brooklyn.
For information, call the hospital at (352) 688-8200.
Up 4 Breakfast Restaurant, 14359 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, will host a fundraiser from 5 to 7 p.m. today.
Princess House products will be available for purchase, and 40 percent of sales will be donated to the American Cancer Society.
For more information, call Karen Perry at (352) 592-9568.
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Belk Department Store, 13151 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, will have a Healthcare Appreciation Day sale Tuesday.
The offer is open to all local health care professionals and includes a 20 percent discount on merchandise purchases (15 percent on home items and shoes) for medical and health care professionals who present a valid work ID.
There is no cost to participate. For information, call Chris Tracy, store manager, at 592-1515, ext. 201.
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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce has the following ribbon cuttings scheduled for next week:
• Pit Stop Bar & Grill, 4279 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill, noon Wednesday. For information, contact Paula Healey at (352) 263-2263.
• Sunshine Wellness Center, 90 Ponce De Leon Blvd., Brooksville, noon Thursday. For information, contact Jennifer N. Bridges at (352) 796-7200.
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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have its monthly membership breakfast meeting Wednesday at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Course Lane, Spring Hill.
This month's sponsor is Brooksville Cardiology, and the program will be "Power Networking." Networking and business card exchange begins at 7:15 a.m.; the program begins at 7:45 a.m.
The cost is $12 for chamber members and $20 for nonmembers. For information, call Carla Hayes at (352) 796-0697, ext. 15.
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Green World Path, 1665 Donto Way, Brooksville, will offer a free class on transient voltage surge suppressions at 6 p.m. Thursday.
The speaker will be Dennis Wilfong, business ambassador for the city of Brooksville and a manufacturer of transient voltage surge suppression.
The models are applicable to uses in the wastewater treatment, petrochemical, power, and pulp and paper industries.
Staffers will offer tours of the facility and garden.
For information or directions, call (352) 799-0200.
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Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, will have a ceremony at noon Thursday to mark the signing and raising of the final beam for the expansion of its Heart Institute.
The event, outside Entrance B, is free and open to the public.
Those attending can watch as a crane lifts the final steel beam into place. The $6.5 million expansion is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.
For information, call (352) 597-6383.
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Coney Island Drive Inn, 1112 E Jefferson St., Brooksville, will be the site of a fundraiser to benefit Partners in Health from 4 to 8 p.m. on March 2.
Barbecue dinners will be sold for $10 each (eat in or take out).
For information, call Tricia Bechtelheimer at (352) 796-3519.
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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have a grand opening ceremony and celebration for its new building at 15588 Aviation Loop Drive in the Airport Industrial Park, south of Brooksville, from 4 to 7 p.m. on March 5.
For information, call (352) 796-0697.
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The Hogan Law Firm will host its second annual charity fishing tournament to benefit HPH Hospice on April 24.
The event, which casts off from Bayport, begins at 7 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. An awards banquet, catered by Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Que, will be at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park immediately following the tournament.
Other sponsors include Frank Miller P.A., Surge Suppression Inc., Coastal Engineering Associates, Oak Hill Hospital, Creative Environmental Solutions, John Mason Catering, Looper Sports Connection and Woodruff and Co.
Early registration runs until March 15. For individual anglers with their own boat, bait and tackle, the fee is $75. Otherwise, the registration fee for individual anglers is $475 and includes a boat, bait and guide.
Anglers receive a gift bag, shirt and three meals for the day. For information or to register, call the Hogan Law Firm at (352) 799-8423.
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The Hernando Builders Association and its Spike Club will host their annual golf tournament at the Dunes Golf Club at Seville on March 31. Check-in begins at 11 a.m., with lunch from 11 a.m. to noon. Tee time is at 12:30 p.m.
Participants will have the opportunity to win a house if they make a hole-in-one at a predetermined par 3.
Entry in the amateur-only tournament is $100 per player and is open to the general public as well as HBA members. The tournament is a four-person team scramble with a shotgun start. Entry includes lunch, cart, greens fees and refreshments.
There are 36 team slots available on a first-come, first-served basis. The deadline for entry and payment is March 22.
Entry forms and rules and regulations are available online at HernandoBuilders.com or at the HBA office at 7391 Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville, or at. For information, call (352) 596-1114.
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