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Wilson Technology Group, 24332 Dorsey Smith Road, Brooksville, was recently selected by Micro Matic USA to assist with Micro Matic's expansion and new 50,000-square-foot state-of-the-art manufacturing and distribution facility at Hernando County Corporate Airport Park.

Wilson Technology installed the high-speed cabling infrastructure and conference audio-visual system. As a certified Panduit installer, Wilson Technology was able to test and certify products to meet factory warranty specifications.

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Nanette's Spirit of the Hand Gallery has opened at 13157 Cortez Blvd., in the Coastal Way Plaza, Spring Hill.

The gallery, owned and operated by Nanette and Jack Asbury, offers unique, creative and handmade gifts. The Asburys had a vision to showcase the works of artists, and starting in December the gallery will showcase a monthly rotating display of select artists from the Spring Hill Art League, and a special night when the public can meet the artists.

For information, send e-mail to or call (352) 597-7391.

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Sugar Mill Diagnostic Imaging, 8303 S Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa, which was surveyed by the Commission on Quality and Safety's committee on mammography accreditation, has received its American College of Radiology certificate.

The accreditation runs through 2011. Sugar Mill Diagnostic Imaging serves Hernando and Citrus counties. For information, call Vivian Humphries-Hyslop, center manager, at (352) 628-9900.

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Premier Ceiling Cleaning is celebrating its 20th anniversary by offering its customers a 20 percent discount during November.

Saundra Piercy, owner and operator, began her home-based business Oct. 20, 1988, and serves Citrus, Hernando and Pasco counties. For information, call (352) 688-7707.

Who's news

Charles Wilson, president of Wilson Technology Group, attended the 2008 Building Industry Consulting Service International conference in Las Vegas. About 4,000 people attended seminars, committee meetings and exhibits.

Wilson is currently completing his second term as the Southeast regional member of the organization's board of directors. He can be reached at (352) 796-9891.

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Lori Bedard, chief executive officer of HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Spring Hill, recently attended the annual CEO meeting in Colorado Springs, Colo.

During the meeting, the hospital was presented with an award for Home Health Agency of the Year and the President's Circle Award. The President's Circle Award is given to the top 10 percent of hospitals in HealthSouth, based on a combination of clinical and financial indicators.

Also at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital, Deborah Schott and Katrina Kaiser, speech-language pathologists, along with two former hospital colleagues, were recently published in Advance Weekly, a professional health-care magazine distributed nationwide each week by Merion Publications.

Also, Myra Merillo, manager of HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital, was recently appointed chairwoman of the program committee for the Florida Health Information Management Association and will serve for one year. Merillo has also been appointed to the board of directors for Junior Achievement in Hernando County.

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Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, has announced its "stars" - associates of the month - for October. Each month, an associate representing each of the hospital's three areas of service - nursing, ancillary and support - is chosen in a process that involves nominations and voting by the staff.

This month's stars are: Joan Lamp, Brian Hagen and Margita Holop.

Lamp joined Oak Hill in September 2000 as a temporary employee, then became a pathology aide, where she assists pathologists with preparing specimens, filing, answering phones and assistance in the office. She lives in Brooksville and has thee adult children.

Hagen, a heating, ventilation and air-conditioning technician, joined the hospital's plant operation department in 2001. He is responsible for repair and maintenance of hospital air-handling units.

Holop, a patient care assistant, began working at the hospital in 1997. She is currently on the fourth-floor surgical unit. She and her husband, Steven, live in Weeki Wachee. They have three daughters, one son and three granddaughters.

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Dr. James J. Ronzo, of the Gulfcoast Spine Institute, 10091 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, recently attended, as a faculty member, the Young Lions Symposium at the Medical Education Research Institute of Nevada.

The facility is a state-of-the-art orthopedic laboratory where surgeons from around the world come to explore new technologies and techniques involving posterior cervical, thoracic and lumbar surgery.

Ronzo is a leader in minimally invasive spine surgery and shared his expertise with young surgeons. He can be reached at (352) 592-7772.

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Dr. R.P. Kanuri and five members of Hernando Endoscopy & Surgery Center's nursing staff have received certification in advanced cardiac life support. Registered nurses receiving certification included: Robin Evans, Bren Case, Cheryl Toomer, Diane Fowler, and Teresa Josey Cancel.

Hernando Endoscopy & Surgery Center is at 12180 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. For information, call (352) 596-4999.

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Domenick Maglio, owner and director of Wider Horizons School, 4060 Castle Ave., Spring Hill, recently visited two locations of Center Academy as a member of the board of directors of the National Independent Private School Association on Oct. 15. As part of an accrediting team for the association, Maglio visited the academy's St. Petersburg and Lutz locations.

Maglio travels throughout the country visiting private, independent schools as a member of the accreditation committee.

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Harry Willett, Florida Association of Realtors district vice president and broker of Realty World-Willett and Associates, 5303 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill, was the recipient of the Florida's Finest 2008 Award. The award was presented at the Florida Association of Realtors 92nd annual Convention & Trade Expo.

The award was in appreciation of Willett's dedication to the Realtors Association and his service to communities in Hernando, Citrus, Sumter and Marion counties.

During the convention, Willett was elected state treasurer of the Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers. He is currently the secretary of the council.

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Thomas Monroe has been appointed the newest funeral director and embalmer at Pinecrest Funeral Chapel, 15010 Cortez Blvd., west of Brooksville.

Monroe is a graduate of St. Petersburg College with an associate's degree in funeral services. He has been involved in the community for more than a decade. Monroe is the founding pastor of Stagecoach Junction Fellowship Church in Nobleton.

For information, call (352) 796-1656.

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Bill Strand of Prudential Tropical Realty, 2166 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill, has completed the requirements to earn the quality service certified professional recognition.

The certification requires a sales agent to follow a prescribed process of service, to present that process in writing to every customer and client, and to guarantee its delivery.

Strand is a career development manager for Prudential Tropical Realty. He is an Air Force veteran and the 2009 president-elect for the Hernando County Association of Realtors. He can be reached at (352) 688-2227.

Eight staff members of Equipment Supply Co., 15270 Flight Path Drive, south of Brooksville, recently attended the MINExpo in Las Vegas, including, from left: Michael Jordan, consultant; Forrest Bennett, vice president of marketing and sales; Luis Piamba, international sales representative; Bill Bostick, Midwest U.S./Canadian sales manager; Andy Mathys, customer/technical service manager; Lou Bravo, Western/international sales manager; Roger Woody, special product sales; Nick Angel, director of sales, and Steve Dyer, customer sales representative. The show takes place every four years and exhibits mining equipment, including haul trucks, dozers, loaders and other underground equipment, all running on rubber tires. Equipment Supply Co. is the manufacturer and distributor of equipment to change these kinds of tires. In 2009, the company will celebrate its 25th anniversary.


The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have a ribbon cutting at Z Chefs LLC, 7781 South Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa, at 11:30 a.m. today. For information, call Zachary or Michele Klemm at (352) 382-7000.

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The Housing and Education Alliance will offer a free counseling workshop, hosted by Capital City Bank, from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at 14302 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.

The Housing and Education Alliance is a nonprofit Department of Housing and Urban Development-certified counseling agency. The workshop will enable participants to receive free one-on-one counseling and join the Homeowners Retention Club.

For information, contact Rosemary Atkins, housing counselor, at (352) 686-5124.

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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. People attending are asked to arrive by 11:30 a.m.

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: Kim Marks, vice president, Southeast Title Insurance, and Keith Forrest Sr., registered financial adviser, Summit Brokerage Services, both of 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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Brooksville Natural Foods, 1254 Broad St., Brooksville, will present a lecture on Alzheimer's disease by Dr. Mary Newport at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Newport will share the story of how she cured her husband of Alzheimer's after treating him with coconut oil.

Seating is limited. To reserve a seat call (352) 796-9798.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have its New Residents Reception at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Weeki Wachee Springs, 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee.

For information, call Carla at (352) 796-0697, ext. 15.

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The Service Corps of Retired Executives Pasco-Hernando Chapter 439 will present a free small business seminar, "Recording Keeping and QuickBooks," from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville.

The seminar, sponsored by the Hernando County Public Library System, will cover what records must be kept and the records that must be generated for managing the finances of a small business.

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

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.