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The Rising Sun Cafe, 10 S Main St., Brooksville, announces that the Joy FM radio station has selected the restaurant as one of its stops for its fourth Summer Cruise. The Summer Cruise visits various towns throughout Central and North Florida to broadcast live, giving area listeners a chance to meet Joy FM personalities.

Joy FM will be at Rising Sun Cafe from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday. In addition to radio personalities, special guest Francesca Battistelli, a Christian recording artist, will also attend. In addition to an afternoon of fun and entertainment, prizes and food and drink specials will be available. Please bring a nonperishable food donation to benefit the Love Your Neighbor food pantry.

For information, call (352) 848-0090.

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Gardner Audiology announces that it has been selected by Resound to perform a two-part field study of the Ziga Hearing Aid. One part of the study will evaluate the benefits of the instrument for new hearing aid candidates; and the second part will evaluate the benefits for people who have previously worn hearing aids.

The survey will be performed in Gardner Audiology's Citrus, Hernando, Pasco and Hillsborough county offices.

For information, call toll-free at 1-800-277-1182 or visit

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L.R.E. Ground Services of Brooksville recently donated $10,000 to the American Heart Association as a major sponsor of the L.R.E. Ground Services Barrett Ruud-Pewter Report Charity Golf Tournament, which took place at Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club in Dade City on May 18.

This is the third year that L.R.E. Ground Services at 21228 Powell Road in Brooksville has participated in the fundraiser, and the first year as a major sponsor.

The event was established in memory of Jaime Ruud, mother of Tampa Bay Buccaneer Barrett Ruud, who died of a heart attack in 2006.

L.R.E. was founded in 1989 by Raymond D. and Susan Larke Woolever in Brooksville. It is one of the largest foundation-repair firms in Florida, and specializes in everything from sinkhole repairs to soil stabilization. For information on L.R.E., call toll-free 1-800-580-0229.

Who's news

George Lara, executive chef, is the new kitchen manager at G.M. Bistro, 4 N Broad St., across from the Hernando County Government Center, Brooksville.

A native of Cuba, Lara moved to Spain at age 7. Two years later he moved to Chicago, where he would eventually began his culinary career. At the age of 14, Lara was working in food service at O'Hare Airport Terminal. By 19 he was headed to Miami, where he would become the banquet chef at the Biltmore Hotel and chef for the Grand Bay Hotel.

Closer to home, Lara has run the kitchens at the Riverside Inn in Inglis, and the Cypress Room in Crystal River. He and his wife, Maria, live in Spring Hill.

G.M. Bistro's summer hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday; and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. For information, call (352) 593-4118.

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Registered nurse Sheilagh Barry was recently named director of surgical services for Brooksville Regional Hospital, 17240 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville.

Barry has more than 24 years' experience in health care, and has held positions as director of surgical services in the United States as well as United Kingdom and United Arab Emirates. She has traveled extensively to Africa, India, China, Middle East and the Far East, where she also studied and achieved her doctor of acupuncture designation.

Barry's varied experiences includes management of several surgery departments and operating rooms, as senior nurse on a cruise ship and working with a mobile surgery unit in South Africa that traveled to remote villages.


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

•Grecco's Deli, 5325 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, noon Wednesday. For information, contact Steve Grecco at (352) 556-4809.

•Express Oil Change & Service Center, 20145 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, noon Thursday. For information, contact Joe or Rosa Oswalt at (352) 410-1532.

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Service Corps of Retired Executives, Pasco-Hernando Chapter 439, will present a free small-business seminar, "Introduction to QuickBooks," from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. today at the Lykes Memorial Library main branch, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville.

The seminar, sponsored by the Hernando County Public Library System, is designed for people planning to start a business or who have recently started a small business but who have not yet set up an effective record-keeping system. Topics covered will include installing QuickBooks, entering vendors, setting up items, creating an invoice and more.

No registration is required. For information, call the library at (352) 540-6391 or SCORE at (727) 842-4638.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have its monthly membership breakfast meeting at 7:15 a.m. Wednesday at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Course Lane, Spring Hill.

This month's sponsor is Hernando Orthopaedic & Spinal Surgery/Dr. Michael W. Higgins. The speaker will be Lisa Hammond with Behr Group, who will speak about the Hernando Youth Initiative, a program of the chamber and its Education Committee.

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

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The Spring Hill Professionals Chapter of Ali Lassen's Leads Club will hold a "Night of Networking" from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the AAA Auto Club office, 1410 Pinehurst Drive, in the Publix Shopping Center, Spring Hill. The event is free. Light hors d'oeuvres and refreshment will be available and door prizes will be awarded.

Club members will give brief business descriptions about the services they provide. The speakers will be Tony Mortilla, marketing consultant for Port of Prints Inc.; and Trina Bowden, licensed insurance agent with AAA Insurance Agency.

The club has several openings in various business categories for new members and offers noncompete classifications to avoid conflicts of interest. A membership fee is required to join the club.

The usual luncheon meeting on Wednesday has been canceled and will resume July 1. Please RSVP for the Night of Networking by Tuesday. For information, call Lois Bleicher at (352) 200-4809 or visit

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Forest Oaks Assisted Living Community, 8055 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill, will offer an informative seminar for veterans, widows of veterans and seniors, at 3 p.m. Thursday.

Information on programs available to help offset the cost of assisted living will be offered. A representative from the Department of Veteran Services will be on hand to answer questions. For information, contact Mona at (352) 683-3323.

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The Women's Council of Realtors District VII will have its annual forum Thursday at the Country Club of Mount Dora, 1900 Country Club Blvd., Mount Dora. Registration and networking begin at 9 a.m. The program is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 and include lunch.

Marie Avery, the organization's state president, will be the keynote speaker. Lynn Lewis will entertain the crowd with her humorous talk "Shine in 09."

For registration or general information, call Sandy McAlister, District VII vice president, at (727) 287-6360; or Roxie Willett, Women's Council of Realtors, Nature Coast Chapter secretary, at (352) 684-6607.

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HairMasters and the SPCA of Hernando County will hold a fundraiser "Clips for Tails," (human's only) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the salon, 14974 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville.

The staff at HairMasters is donating time and skills so that all proceeds will benefit the more than 100 animals cared for at the shelter.

Customers can choose from the "Plain Kitty Clip and Trim" for $17.95; or the "Regular Doggie Doo" (shampoo, cut and dry) for $26.95 for short hair, $29.95 for medium length hair and $34.95 for long hair.

No highlighting, low lighting or perms will be offered during the event. Donations will be accepted. For information, call (352) 799-8734.

If you have announcements you would like to share, mail the details to Jean Hayes, Business Digest, Hernando Times, 15365 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, FL 34613. 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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