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SunTrust Bank, Nature Coast recently announced that Marie Straight has joined the bank as vice president and sales manager of the Homosassa Springs and Sugarmill Woods offices. Straight has worked in the financial services business for 24 years and before joining SunTrust, she worked with Barnett for 18 of those 24 years. She previously was president of the Homosassa Springs Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis Club and the American Business Women Association.

Dr. Frank Vascimini of Masterpiece Dental Studio recently attended an Advanced Pinnacle Study Club meeting at Pappas Restaurant, which was sponsored by Coastal Jaw Surgery. The topic was "An Interesting Revisit of Mandibular Subperiosteal Implants."

Berryman & Henigar recently announced that Michael G. Czerwinski, P.G., P.W.S., was elected chairman of the Technical Advisory Committee of the Withlacoochee Ecosystem Management Initiative. Czerwinski is senior environmental scientist with Berryman and is based in the firm's East Coast headquarters in Crystal River.

Professional Hearing Centers recently announced that Tammy Bass has completed the ReSound Programming Readiness seminar in Orlando. The course prepares dispensers for fitting the ReSound Multiband Full Dynamic Range Compression hearing instruments. Bass, a licensed hearing aid dispenser, has worked at Professional Hearing Center for more than 11 years.

ERA Suncoast Realty in Crystal River recently announced that broker Alan Bell and agents Harry Eck, Karen Eck and Steve Latiff attended the 1998 ERA International Business Conference in Las Vegas, which covered many new initiatives and new ERA franchisees nationally and internationally. Eck and Latiff were recognized for sales.

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The city of Leesburg recently awarded a $37,000 contract to Berryman & Henigar for its downtown streetscape project. Construction is to start during the third quarter of 1998 and is expected to be completed the spring 1999.

Sumter Electric Cooperative, which serves more than 92,000 members and customers in seven Central Florida counties, recently announced a price decrease. The cooperative lowered its cost to members for the first 1,000 kilowatt hours used to $82.75, which represents a reduction of $2.20, effective last month.

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