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Ralph Loffredo, chartered financial consultant and life underwriter, and Emily Loffredo recently announced the relocation of the Center for Retirement Security to the new Emerald Vista Center office building at 10483 Heley St., Spring Hill.

The Loffredos are graduates of the three-year Life Underwriters Training Council fellowship course. Their center provides retirement and wealth accumulation and management services. For information, call 683-6003.

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Samson Jewelers owners Robert Cyd Samson and Sandra Kaye Samson have relocated the business to 2153 Mariner Blvd., in the new Mid Towne Centre.

Robert Samson's father, Cyd Samson, started Cyd Samson Jewelers in 1969 in Brooksville, where his son learned the business. In 1985, Robert Samson earned a bench jeweler/jewelry design degree. In 1986, he opened his business in Spring Hill, where it remained in Sterling Square on Spring Hill Drive until its recent move.

In 2002, Robert Samson received his state certification as a jewelry designer and gemologist. For information, call Samson Jewelers at 688-9926.

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The Hernando Endoscopy and Surgery had an appreciation day and information session for affiliate medical office staffers on Oct. 15 at the center's conference center. Participants were treated to a lunch catered by Papa Joe's Italian Restaurant. Speakers included George Collins, nurse manager, and Dr. Sea H. Lee, who is board certified in anesthesiology and pain management.

Who's news

Linda Plunkett, owner of A Woman's Point of View Rug Specialist, 4578 California St., south of Brooksville, recently completed a course in fiber and fabric forensics at the Association of Specialists in Cleaning and Restoration headquarters in Baltimore.

Fiber identification is an important part of caring for fibers.

Plunkett also is an Oriental rug care specialist and a certified master carpet and upholstery cleaner.

A Woman's Point of View Rug Cleaners offers Oriental, wool and area rug cleanings _ including hand washings and repairs. The business has residential and commercial carpet and upholstery cleaning.

For information, contact Plunkett at 799-3983.

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Realtor Ralph Paulsen, an agent with the Hedick Group, Real Estate Services, 4098 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, reached $5-million in sales in the three months he has been associated with the Hedick Group.

Paulsen's year-to-date sales volume exceeds $13-million, and he has sold more than $54-million since 2000.

Tom Hedick, broker and owner of the Hedick Group, commended Paulsen for his commitment to excellence in service to his clients and for his personal work ethic.

Paulsen recognized his licensed real estate assistant, Lisa Foster, for her assistance.

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Central Healthy Start has added Dr. James Murray of Nature Coast OB/GYN, 14540 Cortez Blvd., west of Brooksville, to its board of directors.

Central Healthy Start is a private, nonprofit organization formed by individuals and organizations from Citrus, Hernando, Lake and Sumter counties to ensure that children are provided the opportunity for healthy and productive lives.

The organization seeks to provide access to prenatal care for all women who need it and access for all infants up to 3 years old to services that promote growth and development.

Murray may be reached at 596-0425.

Events

Contours Express, 12997 Cortez Blvd. in the Western Way Plaza, Spring Hill, a women's fitness and weight loss studio, will have its grand opening today.

Contours Express offers women an alternative to coed workouts. Its strength and aerobic equipment is designed to fit a woman's body.

"Women are more comfortable exercising in a nonintimidating environment with other women," said owner Millie Miller. "Plus, Contours Express has smaller equipment, and a customized 29-minute workout that caters to the busy lifestyles of today's women."

Contours Express will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 to 7 p.m. weekdays and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. For information and a free tour and workout, call 597-4323.

_ If you have announcements, mail the details to Jean Hayes, Business Digest, Hernando Times, 15365 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, FL 34613-6174. You may also e-mail items to jhayessptimes.com or fax them to 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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