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Kally K's Steakery & Fishery, 3383 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

Owners Christina and Michael Lappas have owned and operated the Spring Hill business for 10 years, but have owned and operated a Kally K's in Dunedin since 1990.

To thank customers for their loyalty, specials will be offered through the end of August. All dishes at the restaurant are prepared from scratch daily.

The business is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week. For information, call 683-1364.

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The Hernando County Chamber of Commerce is helping to collect donations to fill goody bags that will be presented to 250 new teachers who are joining the Hernando County School District in the fall.

Joe Vitalo of the Hernando County Teachers Association is planning a reception for the new teachers, and will present them each with a goody bag filled with information, gift certificates and freebies from the community.

The deadline is Aug. 1 for chamber members, businesses and individuals interested in adding something to the packets (coupons, discount tickets, magnets, pens, etc.).

Items can be dropped off at either of the chamber's offices: 4044 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, or 101 E Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville. For information, call Patty Himmelberger at 796-0697, ext. 18.

Who's news

Susan Phillips, a nurse, doctor of oriental medicine and board-certified in acupuncture and Chinese herbology, has opened an office at Brooksville Natural Foods each Friday, at 1254 Broad St. S, Brooksville.

Phillips is taking appointments at 683-9499.

In addition, Jean Hedick, a licensed massage therapist, is now practicing at Brooksville Natural Foods. Appointments are available Monday through Thursday and on Saturdays. For information, call 232-2788.

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Gena Hunt-Walters and Regina Stacy have joined Countrywide Home Loans, 5127 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.

Hunt-Walters can be reached at 592-7455 or at 263-4216. Stacy can be reached at 592-7459 or at 263-3220.

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Nancy Esposito-Jones, dental hygienist, has joined Spring Hill Dental Associates, 11025 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.

Jones, who has a master's degree in public health from Columbia University, joins Drs. Edward Augustyniak and Paul Lu at the general and cosmetic dentistry practice.

Jones has served on the faculty at Pasco-Hernando Community College, on the health advisory board of Hernando County and has been an instructor of parenting classes for the Hernando County School Board.

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Lisa D. Caamano, a registered nurse, has been promoted to administrator for Hernando-Pasco Hospice Homecare and is responsible for the daily operations of the nonprofit home health care agency that serves more than 1,000 patients annually in northern Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties.

Caamano, who will be based in New Port Richey, was formerly the director of nursing for HPH Homecare in Hernando and Citrus counties. She has been employed by the home care agency since 2004.

HPH Homecare is an affiliate of Hernando-Pasco Hospice.

Budget Blinds of Spring Hill, 11132 Libby Road, Spring Hill, has contracted with renowned designer Monica Bencomo.

Bencomo and her design studio offer residential and commercial design and decorating services. She is the winner of the HGTV Designer's Challenge program "Tropical Fantasy" and was chosen one of the "Best of the Best" of 2003.

Bencomo received a bachelor's degree in fine arts from the Interior Design & International Academy of Design & Technology in Tampa. She is a member of the American Society of Interior Design.

For information, call 686-2572.

Events

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

- Spring Hill Community Association, 1202 Kenlake Ave., Spring Hill, 11:30 a.m. today. For information, call Edgar Lawrence at 666-4746.

- Starbucks Coffee, 19348 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, 11:30 a.m. Friday. For information, call Nordra Brown at 796-9490.

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The Hernando Builders Association will have its general membership meeting at 6 p.m. today at 7391 Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville.

Speakers will include Gary Kuhl, Hernando County administrator, and Brenda Frazier, Hernando County community relations coordinator.

Sheriff Richard Nugent will be presented a check by James Futrell, clay-shooting tournament committee member, for the Florida Sheriff's Youth Ranch.

The association will accept donations to be sent overseas to troops from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at its headquarters, 7391 Sunshine Grove Road. Items may include moisture eye drops, nasal saline solution, white tube socks, international phone cards, small toiletries, toothbrushes and toothpaste, sunscreen, foot lotion and powder, and lip balm. No glass items and no chocolate.

For information, call Emilia Raia at 596-1114.

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Business Networking International will meet from 7:15 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Course Lane, Spring Hill.

Bring business cards and network with other area business professionals. Cost is $8, which includes a continental breakfast.

For information, call Kathleen Richardson at 592-2225.

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The Spring Hill Professionals Chapter of Ali Lassen's Leads Club will meet at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Silverthorn Country Club, 4450 Golf Club Lane, Spring Hill.

The club, under the leadership of president Lisa Bentson, offers members each week the opportunity to give brief business presentations and exchange leads collected during the previous week. There is a membership fee, and a separate payment is required each week for the luncheon.

The club offers noncompete business classifications to avoid conflict of interest.

For information, call Lois Bleicher at 200-4809.

Jazzercise of Brooksville has moved to a larger facility at 422 S Broad St., Brooksville, and a grand reopening will be held today through Saturday.

Newcomers can take advantage of specials, such as one week free, a gift for trying out the program, and a $25 gift care for themselves and a friend. Specials continue through August.

For information about classes, call 796-4796.

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

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 $15 for nonmembers. This month's sponsor is Meryman Environmental Inc. The speaker will be state Rep. Robert Schenck.

For information, call Carla at 796-0697, ext. 15.

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The Continuing Education Academy and the Hernando Builders Association will offer several construction/business-related seminars and courses to the public from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday at HBA headquarters, 7391 Sunshine Grove Road, Spring Hill.

Seminars and courses offered include: Journey Through Your Business Lifecycle (four hours); Understanding Workers Comp (one hour); Worksite Safety (one hour), and Advanced 2004 FBC Summer (one hour).

The cost is $125 for HBA members and $150 for nonmembers. The price includes lunch and course materials. For information, call instructor Steve Saladino at (727) 536-1881 or visit the Continuing Education Academy online at www.theceacademy.com.

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Service Corps of Retired Executives, Pasco-Hernando Chapter 439, will offer a seminar for those wanting to grow a small business from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the SCORE office, Bank of America building, 6014 U.S. 19, Suite 302, New Port Richey.

The seminar, conducted by Bill Brydia, will start with a marketing audit to help establish reasonable goals and objectives.

Participants will learn about the types and uses of an effective business plan, the five components of market research, how to write a business plan for the Small Business Administration and local banks, cash flow and other topics.

The course fee is $20. Preregistration is not required. For information, call the SCORE office at (727) 842-2638, Stu May at 688-6903 or visit www.score439.org.

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Working Moms and Little Helpers, a work-at-home moms networking group, will host a free vendor fair from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Sterling Hills clubhouse, 4411 Sterling Hills Blvd., Spring Hill.

The public is invited to learn more about these local work-at-home moms.

Refreshments will be available. For information, call Lynne at 584-1375.

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 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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