Thursday, February 21, 2013
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Volunteer for 'disaster' help

The Key West Fire Department will offer free training Friday and Saturday for anyone interested in serving on the local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

Sessions will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, in the auditorium of the Senior Citizen Plaza, 1400 Kennedy Drive.

Subjects will include disaster preparedness, fire safety, first aid, search and rescue and "disaster psychology."

For details, contact Division Chief Alan Averette at 305-809-3933 or

CERT members are trained by the Fire Department in areas that will help citizens during a major emergency or disaster.


Raschein named to arts council

House Speaker Will Weatherford has chosen freshman Rep. Holly Raschein, R-Florida Keys, along with three other House members, to serve on the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.

"The vibrant community surrounding arts and culture is one of the things that make the Florida Keys a wonderful place to live and visit, so I look forward to representing this community on the statewide council," Raschein said in a statement.

The Florida Council on Arts and Culture is a 15-member panel that advises the secretary of state on cultural grant funding and other matters pertaining to culture in Florida. The appointments are based on geographic representation, and the applicant's history of involvement in arts and culture. Raschein's appointment is effective immediately and expires Dec. 31, 2014.


Keys Energy offers discount to some

Enrollment for Keys Energy Services' discount program for residential customers who are senior citizens or disabled veterans is open now through March 31. Customers previously in the program must requalify. Once qualified, a $9.53 discount will be applied to their monthly energy bills in 2013.

The customer must be at least 62 years old on the date of application. Eligible veterans must be deemed totally or permanently disabled on the date of application. Annual household income for 2013 cannot exceed $30,396, a figure based on maximum Social Security benefits paid.

Applications must be completed, signed and returned by March 31; the application must be notarized if not completed at Keys Energy. Find an application at 1001 James St.,, or by calling 305-295-1090.