Friday, June 14, 2013
Mile Markers

KEY WEST

Diver Dan benefit on June 21

A fundraiser to help "Diver" Dan Kramer, aka The Tree Guy, will be held 6 to 10 p.m. June 21 at Camille's Restaurant, 1202 Simonton St. Kramer has been in a coma for 10 weeks at Ryder Trauma Center in Miami after a workplace injury.

The event, hosted by the Coldwell Banker Schmitt Charitable Foundation, will include bingo, silent auctions, 50/50 raffles, and $5 raffle tickets for prizes. Also, the last 50 of 200 raffle tickets for a Mario Sanchez original drawing, appraised at $10,000, will be sold.

Donations also are welcome. Make checks payable to "The Dan Kramer Fund" and mail to Capt. Michael and Elizabeth Currie, 88 Key Haven Road, Key West, FL 33040. For information about the benefit, call 305-296-6831 or 305-304-1441.

LOWER KEYS

2013 essay contest winners

This year's top three Sugarloaf School eighth-grade winners of the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce's annual essay contest were: Carlie Meehan, in first place, who received a $100 American Express gift card; Jason Sonnenfeld, in second, won a $50 card; and Meagan Cassidy, in third, received a $25 card.

The essay answered the question: "If you were stranded on a deserted (Keys) island, what three things would you bring with you and why?"

Forty-six essays were read and evaluated by the board of directors' Essay Committee. The prizes were awarded at the school's graduation last week.

KEY WEST

Dump the Pump on June 20

The city of Key West urges residents to join the rest of the nation in taking public transit on June 20, the eighth annual Dump the Pump Day.

Public transportation can save money and reduce the city's carbon footprint by taking cars off the road, spokeswoman Alyson Crean notes. "The more people give up their cars now and then, the more likely we are to reduce greenhouses gases."

The city has set a goal of reducing the city's carbon emissions by 15 percent by the year 2015. Even those who don't take the bus can walk or bicycle for the day. For information on the Key West transit system, visit www.kwtransit.com or call 305-600-1455.