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Ruth Wharton, owner of the Book Fair, will celebrate her business' 25th anniversary by offering customers the chance to enter a drawing for $25 gift cards to local businesses and receive a free gift on Wednesday and Thursday. The business is at 1219 Kass Circle, Spring Hill. For information, call (352) 686-1682..


Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, has received the American Stroke Association's "Get With the Guidelines" bronze performance achievement award. The award recognizes Oak Hill's commitment to a high standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations. The recognition is valid through June 2009.

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Brooksville Regional Hospital and Oak Hill Hospitalrecently were the recipients of the American Heart Association's Start Fit-Friendly Company gold award.

The award is given by the American Heart Association Start Movement. It is intended to be a catalyst for change in the workplace across America. It recognizes companies that demonstrate progressive leadership by making the health and wellness of their employees a priority.

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The Hernando Endoscopy & Surgery Center, 12180 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, has announced that nine members of its nursing staff received certification or recertification in advanced cardiac life support.

Staffers who received certification included: registered nurses Anthony Belmonte, Elizabeth Bordeaux Deltoro, Lyn Echols, Sue Halisky, Cheryl Lichtenbert, Bonnie Stoope, Janet Tedder and Carrie Umphries, and certified registered nurse anesthetist Vito Canigilia.

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Basil Allison, branch manager and financial adviser at the Spring Hill office of Raymond James Financial Services, has been named to the company's 2008 Executive Council in recognition of outstanding client service and professional growth.

Allison joined Raymond James in 1997 and has more than 25 years of experience in the financial services industry.

For information, call (352) 596-1530.


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

-Jericho Road Thrift Store, 5260 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, 11:30 a.m. today. For information, contact Pastor Bruce Gimber at (352) 799-2912, ext. 113.

-Community Foundation of Hernando County, at Capital City Bank, 14302 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, 11:30 a.m. Thursday. For information, contact Bob Barnett at (352) 796-5843.

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The Nature Coast Chapter of the Florida Society of Accountants will have its monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the IHOP restaurant, 3660 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.

The speaker will be Norman Meadows of the criminal investigation division of the Internal Revenue Service.

Reservations are required. Call Lori Sowers at 797-0455 no later than today.

Chapter meetings are the third Tuesday of each month and are open to any accountant or tax professional in Hernando, Pasco and Citrus counties.

For information, call Pat Cornett at (352) 597-3460.

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The Winning Edge, a chapter of Business Networking International, will meet from 7:15 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Weeki Wachee Resort, 6172 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee.

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

For information, contact David Souza at (352) 346-2930.

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

This month's sponsor is Brewer & Sons Funeral Homes & Cremation Services. The speaker will be County Administrator David Hamilton.

The membership meeting (networking and business card exchange) begins at 7:15 a.m. and the program begins at 7:45 a.m.

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 meet from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Boston Cooker Restaurant & Oyster Bar, 5375 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.

The cost for lunch is $13, to be paid at the meeting. The restaurant will not accept personal checks. A separate membership fee is required to join the club.

Speakers this week include: Tony Mortilla, marketing specialist with Port of Prints Advertising Specialties, Port Richey, and Sharon Brandon, manager, AAA Insurance, Spring Hill.

The club offers members each week the opportunity to give brief business presentations and exchange leads collected during the previous week. The club offers noncompete business classifications to avoid conflicts of interest.

For information, call Lois Bleicher at (352) 200-4809.

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Leaders by Design, the Spring Hill chapter of Business Networking International, will meet from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Thursday at the Regency Oaks meeting hall, 4445 Breakwater Blvd., Spring Hill.

Business Networking offers members a structured, positive and professional word-of-mouth referral program that enables them to develop long-term relationships with other business professionals.

Bring business cards and network with other professionals. The cost for breakfast is $8, to be paid at the meeting. A separate membership fee is required to join the chapter.

For information, call Renia Carsillo at (352) 540-4513.

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Inner Peace Bookstore and Wellness Center, 421 W Jefferson St., Brooksville, will have a grand opening and open house to announce the addition of massage therapy from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday.

To celebrate the bookstore's fourth anniversary, which is also on Saturday, free refreshments will be served, and specials on massage therapy certificates, books and readings will be offered.

For information, call (352) 544-0304.

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A Family Fun Day will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Superior Bank, 1300 Pinehurst Drive, Spring Hill.

The event includes free food and games, door prizes and a costume contest for children (ages 5 and younger, 6-10 and 11-13). Registration is required. Bring your own pumpkin to decorate. Prizes will be awarded.

Spring Hill Fire Rescue will have a chili cook-off, the Boys and Girls Club of Hernando County will hold a bake sale, the Humane Society of the Nature Coast will collect pet items to benefit the shelter, the United Way of Hernando County will collect nonperishable food items (donate and enter to win a prize), and Gifts from Home will collect nonperishable items to send to soldiers in Iraq.

There will be specials offered on new accounts opened during the event. No purchase or customer relationship is necessary to participate in the event or to win.

For information, call (352) 666-5200.

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 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.