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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Credit union honors Stone

Scott Duszynski, CEO of Keys Federal Credit Union, recently presented Air Force Tech. Sgt. Casey Stone with an Air Force sword and scabbard for his hard work and dedication.

Stone is the 2012 Military Service Member of the Year, and the credit union provided a $250 sponsorship for the corresponding awards banquet, hosted by the Navy League Key West Council and Naval Air Station Key West Chief Petty Officers Association.

US 1 Radio wins award

The Radio Television Digital News Association in Washington, D.C., recently announced the 2012 regional winners of the Edward R. Murrow awards.

U.S. 1 Radio won an award for "Best Small Market Radio Breaking News Coverage" and for "Best Small Market Radio Use of Sound" for coverage of the pilot whales that stranded off Cudjoe Key in May 2011 and a follow-up report in July.

News Director Bill Becker and Assistant News Director Ezra Marcus both aired the stories that were produced and edited by Erika Bowman. Marcus also credited Towboat US Capt. Kevin Freestone, Marathon veterinarian Dr. Doug Mader and Marine Mammal Conservancy Executive Director Robert Lingenfelser "for getting us into and on top of the story. Without them, there'd be no coverage and no awards," he said.

The entries now advance to the national Murrow Awards competition.

Cruz, Gibson mark anniversaries

First State Bank of the Florida Keys Vice President and Business Development Manager Diane Gibson recently celebrated her 15th anniversary with the bank.

Gibson first joined the bank in 1997 as a branch manager in the Big Pine office, transferred to the North Roosevelt Boulevard office in 1998, was promoted to vice president in 2004 and to her current role in 2008. Lucy Cruz, assistant vice president/compliance officer, recently celebrated her fifth anniversary.

Cruz joined the bank in 2007 and was promoted to assistant vice president in 2009.

She has more than 20 years of banking experience in bookkeeping, operations, lending administration, compliance and accounting.

Housing authority honors Young

The Key West Housing Authority this month recognized Gary Young for a decade of service to the agency.

Young began his career as a counselor for the former Safeport residential treatment program at Porter Place housing complex.

In his current position of prevention coordinator, Young created and implemented the Strengthening Families program that offers drug-free activities for local kids and teaches character-building skills for healthier lives. Young is known and respected for his teachable moments, according to a press release from the housing authority.