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The Hernando Builders Association's 2009 Fall Parade of Homes will kick off Oct. 24 and run through Nov. 8.

Model hours will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Visitors will be able to view 20 energy-efficient models by builders in Hernando and Citrus counties.

A map with locations and contact information for all of the models will be published in the Times on Oct. 24, as well as online at

The event will be sponsored in part by Progress Energy and the St. Petersburg Times.

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All nine Hernando County Walgreens stores are helping Gifts from Home send treats to troops serving overseas. The items for October: Reese's peanut butter cups and Snickers candy bars.

Each month, Walgreens selects an item and asks customers to purchase it and place it into a collection box. Each store also has a display beside the collection box that features the top 10 items requested by the troops. Those items can also be placed in the collection box.

Linda Kidwell of Gifts from Home will pick up the items and pack them in care packages heading to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Participating Walgreens are at 14320 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill; 7305 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill; 20020 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville; 16200 County Line Road, Spring Hill; 4255 Commercial Way, Spring Hill; 11180 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill; 13053 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill; 9819 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee; and 4096 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill.

For information about Gifts from Home, call Kidwell at (352) 684-4185.

Who's news

Dr. Michael A. Pikos, a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon and founder of Coastal Jaw Surgery and the Pikos Implant Institute, recently lectured to doctors on dental implants and bone grafting in Monaco.

In the field of implantology and implant dentistry, Pikos is both a clinician and educator. He has two offices: 4372 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, and 2711 Tampa Road, Palm Harbor. He can be reached at (352) 596-6804 or at (727) 786-1631

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Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, has announced its "stars" - associates of the month - for September. 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.

The September stars are Jonathan Rivera, Paula Brown and Jared Hanlon.

Rivera, a certified nursing assistant and medical technician, joined Oak Hill Hospital in May. He is assigned to telemetry but occasionally helps in the emergency department. Rivera lives in Spring Hill.

Brown, a registered respiratory therapist, joined Oak Hill's respiratory care department about a year ago. She and her husband, Jack Billings, live in Ridge Manor. Brown has a son and a daughter.

Hanlon, a registered nurse, joined Oak Hill in February 2008. He works on the second floor in telemetry as well as in the progressive care unit. Hanlon and his wife, Leslie Flynt, live in Spring Hill.


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

-Gold & Coin Buyers, LLC, 3274 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, noon Tuesday. Call Dan Mitchell at (352) 398-1978.

-Wal-Mart Supercenter, 7305 Broad St., Brooksville, will have a grand reopening ceremony at 8 a.m. Wednesday. For information, call Steve Smith at (352) 796-5996.

-Access Healthcare, 14690 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, noon Wednesday. For information, call (352) 799-0046.

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The new Ali Lassen's Leads Club, Business Partners of Hernando Chapter, will meet from noon to 1:15 p.m. Tuesday at Ercolano's Italian Restaurant, 4185 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. Club members and guests can order from the menu. A separate membership fee is required.

The speaker this week is Julio Hurtado, independent security consultant for home and business intrusion detection systems and optional upgrades.

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

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Texas Roadhouse, 12935 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, will have a Kids' Night from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Free pony rides will be offered to children. For information, call (352) 596-2225.

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Hernando Biz ... Net-Connecting for You, a new networking group, will meet at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Course Lane, Spring Hill.

A minimal dues structure is in place. New members are welcome. For information, contact Ray Heter at (352) 688-1900 or via e-mail at

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A fundraiser to benefit Shiloh Problem Solvers' after-school program will be from 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesday at Chick-fil-A, 13143 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill.

The restaurant will give 20 percent of the sales generated during the fundraiser to the program. Information will be available about Shiloh Problems Solvers, All-Pro Dad and how to get more involved in the community and the schools. For information, call Pastor Clarence Clark at (352) 345-9596.

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Green World Path Inc., 1665 Donto Way, Brooksville, will offer a free class, "Building the Human Immune System using Herbs," at 6 p.m. Thursday.

The speaker will be Dean Crepes, herbalist and naturalist, who will discuss healthy alternatives using natural remedies. He will also talk about the H1N1 virus and the flu season.

For information or directions, call (352) 799-0200.

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Forest Oaks assisted living facility, 8055 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill, will offer "The Art of Cooking with Chef Moss Balile" at 2 p.m. Thursday.

Participants will learn about healthy cooking. The event is free and open to the public.

For information or to reserve a seat, call (352) 683-3323.

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Spring Oaks assisted living facility, 7251 Grove Road, Spring Hill, will have its second annual barbecue and craft fair at 10 a.m. Oct. 24. The event will include a free barbecue lunch, craft sales for the holidays and live music.

For information, call (352) 592-1150.

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Beyond Hair, 11211 Spring Hill Drive, in Abbey Plaza, Spring Hill, will have a fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday to benefit Gifts from Home.

Haircuts will be given for a donation of $20. All proceeds will be presented to Linda Kidwell of Gifts from Home, with 100 percent of the money helping fill holiday boxes being sent to military men and women serving overseas.

For information, call (352) 684-4185.

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.