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By GAIL HOLLENBECK

© St. Petersburg Times, published May 14, 2001


Who's news

RE/MAX Realty One has announced that Gerry Schabuch has once again surpassed the million-dollar level of production. Lucy Barnes has been recognized as a multimillion-dollar producer, passing this milestone earlier this year.

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Retired Citrus County physician Dr. Angel L. Borrero was honored during a reception recently at the Department of Medicine meeting at Seven Rivers Community Hospital. As wife, Norma, and daughter Yvette looked on, physicians and hospital leaders praised Dr. Borrero for his contributions to the medical community during his 22 years of service at the hospital.

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Lenore Deck, a travel agent with Just Cruise and Travel, recently completed the requirements for her Master Cruise Counselor certification with Cruise Line International Association.

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The Boathouse Restaurant in Crystal River has announced it is welcoming back two award-winning chefs, Paul Ward and Billy Burke. Both chefs specialize in prime rib, seafood and Italian dishes.

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Local ERA American Realty and Investments and real estate professionals Jackie Davis, Bobbie DiLego, Art and Carol Haight, Lauretta Hajik, Tom Harrell, Angela Popp, Dan Schultz and Kathy Whitley were recently recognized as some of the nation's top sales associates by global real estate leader ERA Franchise Systems Inc. at its annual conference in Tampa.

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Charles Pope Cellular recently announced that David Bolsinger was named manager of the Crystal River Mall store. JoAnn Funalole was named manager of the Homosassa store. Tammy Young has joined the company as an outside sales representative.

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Phillip W. Price, MBA, CPA, PFS with the firm Price and Company, P.A., recently attended the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants' Health Care Industry Conference in Orlando. This two-day seminar highlighted such topics as Medicare Compliance, Activity Based Costing in a Medical Practice, Managing the Medical Practice in 2001 and the Future of Physician Billing and Paperless Medical Office.

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Dr. Kyle Parrow was a co-author of a presentation at the recent Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology conference in Fort Lauderdale. This study compared success rates of combined cataract and glaucoma surgery using mitomycin, an anti-scarring drug, at different times during the surgery.

Briefs

County Judge Mark Yerman recently welcomed eight new mediators to the mediation program. These are citizen volunteers who have just completed a training program run by the Florida Dispute Resolution Center, an adjunct of the Florida Supreme Court. The program consisted of three days of formalized classroom instructions followed by observing four county court mediations, and as a co-mediator for four sessions with a certified county mediator. If you want information, call Wendell Reed, program director, at 795-7341.

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Homosassa Riverside Resort is now coordinating a Fourth of July event, the Homosassa Revolutionary River Blast set for June 30. Participating businesses include K.C. Crumps/Ramshackles, Homosassa Civic Club, Nature's Resort Campground, and McRae's. This first-ever event will be a family event with many activities during the day and evening. The resort is looking for local businesses that would be willing to sponsor the fireworks and the day's activities. Call Carol Lee Wallis, 628-2474, or cell 634-2150.

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Lake Square Mall in Leesburg will have its Spring Home Show on June 1-3. Sign up now to participate. This year's events will feature home products, pools and gazebos, real estate, windows and siding, home fitness, heating/cooling, garden and patio, and more. Call toll-free (866) 957-3352.

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The Citrus County SCORE Chapter 646 offers free, confidential counseling services to new and existing businesses in the county. The counseling covers a range of business-related topics. For an appointment, call 621-0775.

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The public is encouraged to make inquiries at the Better Business Federation prior to purchasing any goods or services. Consumers may lodge complaints by calling the office for a complaint form weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 795-3547 or 307-9222.

Calendar

Wednesday

Suncoast Business Masters meets at noon Wednesdays at Crystal Paradise Restaurant, 508 N Citrus Ave. in Crystal River. Suncoast Masters networks through leads from members. Only one business of each type is represented. For information, call Dr. William Chaney at 795-5350 or Richard Venticinque at 795-2441.

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Thursday

The Nature Coast Chapter of the Florida Society of Accounting and Tax Professionals will have its regular monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. at the Country Kitchen Restaurant, U.S. 19, Spring Hill. A Social Security representative is the scheduled speaker for the evening. The Nature Coast Chapter of FSATP meetings are on the third Thursday of each month and are open to any accountant or tax professional within Hernando, Citrus or Pasco counties. For information, call Barbara Tremblay, 795-1532.

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The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central Florida meets on the second Thursday of each month in the Cypress Room in the administration building of Citrus Memorial Hospital. The purpose of the foundation is to grant wishes to children ages 21/2 to 18 who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. For information, call 621-5437.

- If you have any announcements to share with our readers, please mail the details to Gail Hollenbeck, Citrus Times, 301 W Main St., Inverness, FL 34450.

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