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Business digest

Published February 26, 2007



Archer Painting, 114 E Liberty St., Brooksville, has won first place in the Commercial Interior category of the Painting and Decorating Contractors of America "Picture it Painted Professionally" awards contest. The award was presented Feb. 14 at the Paint and Coatings Expo in Dallas.

The winning project was at Grubbs Emergency Services, Brooksville. This involved transforming a storage site into a modern office and conference site. The owner asked for a modern multicolored swirling patterned design.

For information about the company, call Archer Painting owner Wayne Vutech at 799-7420.

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The Sunshine Wellness Center, 90 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Brooksville, has announced a free antibiotic drug program that covers leading, oral generic antibiotics with a special focus on prescriptions most often filled for children. The program includes at least one antibiotic from each of the major antibiotic classifications and more than 70 percent of the generic, pediatric prescriptions filled by Sunshine Wellness Center. They are Amoxicillin, Cephalexin, SMZ-TMP, Ciprofloxacin, Penicillin VK, Ampicillin and Erythromycin.

This no-strings-attached program means that any customer, regardless of insurance or co-pay, can take their prescriptions to Sunshine Wellness Center and receive their designated antibiotic free of charge. There is no card required, no membership to purchase, no minimum charges, no special forms to fill out and no fees to pay.

For information or pharmacy hours, call 796-7200.

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The Pasco-Hernando SCORE Service Corps of Retired Executives is seeking volunteers to help small businesses become more successful. Individuals who would enjoy working with start-up companies or businesses with problems to solve should call the SCORE office at (727) 842-4638 or call Stu May at 688-6903.

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Ridge Manor Curves for Women, 31134 Cortez Blvd., in the Sunrise Plaza, Ridge Manor West, announces that Marge Griffin is the winner of the club's Sweetheart contest.

Griffin, who was awarded a $30 gift certificate to Bealls, is now in the running for the National Curves Sweetheart contest. Twelve winners in the national contest will be awarded $1,000 from Curves International, according to Gary Heavin, founder of Curves International.

Griffin has been a member of Curves since July 2005. She has lost 24 pounds and 21 1/2 inches. She works out at the Ridge Manor club three times a week and is watching her calories.

"I have increased my fiber by consuming more fresh fruit and vegetables. When I felt hungry I would eat something, usually every three to four hours. I never used the word diet to myself or others," said Griffin.

For information about the Ridge Manor Curves, call 796-4423.

Who's News

Registered nurse Bonnie Lawrence is the new director of nursing at Spring Hill Health and Rehab Center, 12170 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill.

Lawrence, originally from Salisbury, Md., received her bachelor's degree in nursing from Salisbury University. She has been a nurse for 24 years and a director of nursing for eight years before coming to the center.

Lawrence is on the executive board of the Ohio Director of Nursing Association, Long Term Care in Fremont, Ohio. She moved to Inverness a year and a half ago and lives with her husband, Tim, and daughter, Leigh.

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Alfred "Al" W. Johnson has been appointed as a registered representative by HD Vest, a non-bank subsidiary of Wells Fargo & Co., and has affiliated with Diversified Taxes & Financial Services Inc., 4115 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill.

Johnson, who is president of the Kiwanis Club of Spring Hill and the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce's diplomat committee, can be reached at 683-5198.

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Dr. James P. Gills, founder and director of St. Luke's Cataract & Laser Institute, 1180 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill, was awarded the 2007 Frederick E. Fisher Humanitarian Award at the 34th annual Celebrity Banquet at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort.

The award recognizes individuals for their "lifetime dedication and contribution toward the development and growth of youth and community activities."

Gills sees patients in Spring Hill, Bayonet Point, St. Petersburg and his main office in Tarpon Springs. For information, call toll-free 1-800-282-9905.

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Doreen Bivens, owner of Scissors Plus, 8389 Northcliffe Blvd., Spring Hill, has been in the hair business for 20 years this month.

In 1987, Bivens opened L&D Hair Designers, and in 1991, opened Scissors Plus. She has 30 years experience.

One of Bivens staff members, Linda McGurl, is also celebrating an anniversary. McGurl, who started working for Bivens at L&D Hair Designers and then moved with her to Scissors Plus, has been with her for 20 years this month. McGurl has been a hairstylist for 29 years and specializes in cutting, perming and the color brush.

Other staff members include Rita Vining, who has worked for Bivens for 12 years and has more than 30 years experience; Douglas DeLozier, who has worked for Bivens for more than two years and has more than 17 years experience; and Paula Healey, who recently relocated from New York. Bivens can be reached at 686-5509.

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Dr. Ann Lauren Marra, who practices at the Accurate Chiropractic Clinic, 4191 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill, has successfully passed the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners certification examination and is now designated as a "Certified Independent Chiropractic Examiner."

Marra will be listed in the Board of Registry National Directory and she is now certified to properly calculate impairment and disability ratings on injured patients involved in workman's compensation and motor vehicle accident injuries that may cause patients to have permanent impairments.

Marra can be reached at 684-2707.


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

- Starr Sports Rehabilitation & Physical Therapy Center, 14265 Powell Road in the Silverthorn Square, Spring Hill, 11:30 a.m. today. For information, call Stacey Garcia at 799-9329.

Following the ribbon cutting ceremony, a grand opening celebration will be held throughout the day, which will include tours of the facility. Dr. Michael Higgins of Hernando Orthopedic & Spinal Surgery will speak at 5 p.m. about physical therapy.

- Pit Stop Ice Cream Shop, 14271 Powell Road, Suite 305, Spring Hill, 11:30 a.m. Friday. For information, call Frank Fischetti at 540-9595.

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Business Networking International will meet from 7:15 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays at Evergreen Woods, 7030 Evergreen Woods Trail, Spring Hill.

Bring your business cards and network with other area business professionals. Cost is $7, which includes a continental breakfast.

For information, call Kathleen Richardson at 592-2225.

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Wider Horizons School, 4060 Castle Ave., Spring Hill, will hold an open house from 9 to 10 a.m. today through Wednesday, to celebrate the centenary of the Montessori movement.

On Jan. 6, it was 100 years since Dr. Maria Montessori opened the first Casa dei Bambini in San Lorenzo, Italy.

Tours of the campus will be available. For information, call 686-1934.

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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. and the program begins at 7:45 a.m.

The cost is $12 for chamber members, $15 for nonmembers. This month's sponsor is Brooksville Cardiology. The topic will be "Power Networking." For information, call Carla at 796-0697, ext. 15.

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Gardner Audiology, 5340 Spring Hill Drive, across from the Boston Cooker, Spring Hill, will conduct two seminars, "Learning to Hear Better in 30 Minutes" at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

The seminars will be conducted by master audiologist, Dan Gardner, who holds a master's degree in audiology from the University of South Florida and is certified by the American Speech and Hearing Association, Florida Speech and Hearing Association, American Academy of Audiology, and Florida Academy of Audiology.

Light refreshments will be served. Reservations required. For information or to reserve a seat, call 666-8910.

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Hernando Builders Association announces that the 2007 Parade of Homes will be held from Saturday through March 18 at various sites throughout the county.

Chairman Dudley Hampton Jr. said there will be 19 builders and 41 models showcased.

A live remote will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday by WJQB-106.3 FM and from noon to 4 p.m. March 11 by WWJB-1450 AM.

Major sponsors include SunTrust Mortgage, Southeast Title Insurance, the St. Petersburg Times and Hernando Builders Association.

For sponsorship information or general information, call 596-1114.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have its second annual "Rockin' Thru the Ages Super Party" from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday at the Palace Grand, 275 Della Court, Spring Hill.

Tickets are $60 per person and include a dinner buffet and entertainment. Sponsorships are available from $100 to $2,000.

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

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The annual Tally Ho to Tallahassee Trip, coordinated by the Greater Hernando Chamber of Commerce, Hernando County Government and the City of Brooksville, is scheduled for March 15.

A charter bus will leave Hernando County at 6:30 a.m. from the Hardee's Restaurant at Cortez Boulevard and Commercial Way in Spring Hill. The bus will travel to Crystal River to rendezvous with the Citrus County contingent and arrive in Tallahassee about 1 p.m. The bus will return to Hernando County about 7 p.m.

This year the group is combining forces with the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce to strengthen the presence and maximize resources for a more effective trip. Local business people and government officials will visit the Capitol to address our State Legislative Delegation on issues of concern to our community.

Seats are available on the bus for county residents first come, first served. The cost of the trip is $45 and includes the round trip bus ride to Tallahassee, a continental breakfast, lunch at the Capitol building and boxed dinner on the ride home.

For information, call 796-0697, ext. 18.

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 754-6133. Items may be edited for length and clarity. Photos are published as space permits; they will not be returned.

[Last modified February 25, 2007, 21:15:52]

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