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Brooksville's Walmart Supercenter, 7305 Broad St., celebrated its grand reopening Oct. 21. During the celebration, store manager Steve Smith showed off store upgrades, expanded departments, new floors and department signs, and the wider aisles. A check was presented to the Brooksville Fire Department to benefit its education programs on fire prevention. Pictured from left are police Chief George Turner; Bill Geiger, city community development director; Jan Peters, city clerk; Brooksville Mayor Joe Bernardini; Smith, the store manager; fire Chief Tim Mossgrove; and Mike Walker, the city's parks and recreation director.

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Serafin de Cuba Cigars, 124 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, has opened for business.

Owner Arnold Serafin said his business hand rolls cigars in the classic Cuban tradition.

For more than 100 years, cigars have been a tradition for the Serafin family, beginning with Arnold's great-grandfather, Antonio Serafin, who arrived in Cuba from his native Spain. Antonio became an expert cigar roller and tobacco leaf grower, and owned and operated his own farms and factories in Cuba. He later passed along the trade to his son, Ramon, and then Ramon passed it on to his son, Ramon Serafin Jr., Arnold's father.

Arnold Serafin moved to Spring Hill in 2006 from Miami. In 2007, he and his father opened Florida's first Serafin de Cuba Cigars in Tarpon Springs. The Spring Hill location is their second store.

In addition to operating the businesses, Serafin will hand roll cigars for private parties or corporate events.

The Spring Hill business is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Saturday; from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday.

For information, call (352) 277-8666.

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Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, has received its certificate of accreditation from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons.

The hospital received approval with three commendations for its cancer program, including prevention and early detection, cancer education for the cancer registry staff, and cancer-related quality improvements.

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Who's news

Ronald Williams was recently honored by UPS for completing 35 years of service with the company.

Williams, semitrailer driver with UPS in Brooksville, began his career in 1974 as a delivery driver with the company.

Williams and his wife, Deborah, live in Brooksville. They have two grown children.

Robert Fleischer was honored for completing 30 years of service with the company.

Fleischer, who is a sales manager with UPS in Brooksville and Leesburg, began his career in 1979 as a delivery driver with the company.

Fleischer and his wife, Vickie, live in Floral City. They have four children.

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Shandelle Johnson, a licensed travel agent with Travelin Dreams Travel in Spring Hill, was one of the first to graduate from Norwegian Cruise Line's new online travel agent university - NCL University.

The school is geared toward delivering an enhanced level of knowledge and insight into the company's freestyle cruising, destinations, operations and behind-the-scenes elements. Johnson was a graduate of the first online class and now carries the designation of Norwegian Cruise Line freestyle certified agent.

Johnson can be reached at (352) 683-9077.

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Mickey Smith, Oak Hill Hospital's chief executive officer, was elected for a three-year term to the Medical Group Management Association board of directors at the group's annual meeting in Denver. The board comprises the nation's leading medical group practice professionals.

Smith currently serves on the association's professional development advisory committee and the National Leadership Development Trainer Group.

During the meeting, Smith was awarded lifetime honorary membership in the South Carolina Medical Group Management Association. He served as president of that association in 2001-02 and facilitated the merger of two medical practice manager associations in South Carolina to make the association one of the largest state practice manager associations in the country.

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RadioShack has opened its newest store at 4399 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. A grand opening will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

The location is one of five company-operated stores in the area. The new 2,500-square-foot store features RadioShack's latest contemporary design and includes interactive wireless and mobility displays.

The store hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

For information, call (352) 592-2285.

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

- Extreme Fitness, 4212 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, noon Tuesday. For information, call Randy Manescalchi at (352) 610-4363.

- Hernando Beach Open Market, 3375 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach, noon Wednesday. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres will be served. For information, call Regina AaMacha at (352) 556-2639.

- ITX, 13158 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, noon Thursday. For information, call Johnny F. Bajana at (352) 397-2233.

- Florida Traditions Bank, 4301 Barclay Ave., Spring Hill, 5:30 p.m. Thursday. The event will include a grand opening celebration. For information, call Morris Porton or Tyler Stapleton at (352) 683-9708.

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Raymond James Financial Services, 5129 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, will have an open house at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Refreshments will be served. Seating is limited. For information, call (352) 596-1530.

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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 will be Trina Bowden, licensed insurance agent with the AAA Insurance Agency in Spring Hill.

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

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Service Corps of Retired Executives Pasco-Hernando Chapter 439 will present a free small business seminar, "How to Really Start Your Own Business," from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., Dade City.

Jim Waters, SCORE counselor, will present the seminar. Issues to be covered include structuring the business, understanding cash flow, finding the money and business plans. The seminar will also include information on insurance and legal requirements.

No registration is required. For information, call the SCORE office at (727) 842-4638.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have its November Business after Business social at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at 4301 Barclay Ave., Spring Hill.

The event is sponsored by Florida Traditions Bank. Food and beverages will be available.

For information, call Tyler Stapleton at (352) 683-9708.

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Hernando Biz ... Net-Connecting for You, a 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. Members are asked to attend at least three meetings a month and order breakfast from the menu.

New members are welcome. For information, contact Ray Heter at (352) 688-1900 or via e-mail at

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Green World Path Inc., 1665 Donto Way, Brooksville, will offer a free class, "De-mystifying Dis-Ease with an Emphasis on Cancer," at 6 p.m. Thursday.

The speaker will be Dr. Robin Cannizzaro with Wholistic Veterinary Care. Cannizzaro is a graduate of the University of Florida Veterinary School and has a bachelor's degree from Sweet Briar College.

Staffers will offer tours of the facility and garden. For information or directions, call (352) 799-0200.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have its monthly Networking at Noon luncheon from noon to 1 p.m. Friday at Carrabba's Italian Grill, 12957 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill.

The cost is $10 per person with a reservation, $15 without a reservation and $20 for nonmembers. Cancellations must be made 24 hours prior to the event. Deadline to RSVP to Carla Hayes at (352) 796-0697, ext. 15, is Wednesday.

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Service Corps of Retired Executives Pasco-Hernando Chapter 439 will present a free small-business seminar, "How to Market in this Economy," from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson.

Bill Brydia, SCORE counselor, will present the seminar.

For information, call the SCORE office at (727) 842-4638.

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Superior Bank, 1300 Pinehurst Drive, Spring Hill, will have its Fall Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 7.

The event will include food, entertainment and vendors. Those attending may enter to win prizes and vote for their favorite chili in the Spring Hill Fire Rescue Chili Cook-Off. The Corvette Club will have a car show, and kids can enjoy crafts, face painting and a bounce house.

Bring a nonperishable food item and enter to win a $50 gift certificate from Publix for a Thanksgiving meal. Gifts from Home will be collecting nonperishable items for the troops, and fall-themed pictures will be taken for a $1 donation.

For information, call (352) 666-5200.

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Superior Bank, 14211 Powell Road, Brooksville, will have its Fall Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 7.

The event will include free food, music, giveaways, and a kid's corner with games, prizes and face painting. Those attending may vote for their favorite chili in the Hernando County Fire Rescue Chili Cook-Off.

Photos can be taken with a mermaid from Weeki Wachee Springs State Park. There will be local crafters and vendor booths. Those attending are asked to bring a nonperishable food item for the Salvation Army.

For information, call Tammy LaValle, branch manager, at (352) 796-3109.

If you have business 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.