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Tuesday, October 1, 2013
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LOWER KEYS

Energy rebate program back

Keys Energy Services' rebate program for energy-efficient appliances is back as of today.

Rebates are available for: programmable thermostats ($25); ceiling fans ($25); white roof coating ($25); dehumidifiers ($50); dishwashers ($55); room air conditioners ($75) and eight other appliances.

Visit www.KeysEnergy.com starting today and click on the new home page banner, select from the 14 rebate options and download the forms.

The first-come, first-served program ends when the $90,000 available for it is gone. The public utility has provided $444,000 in rebates since 2008.

Conch artist honored Wednesday

The City Commission will honor a Conch and Vietnam veteran who became an award-winning artist by proclaiming Nov. 16 "Bob George Day" at its meeting Wednesday.

George, who now lives in Sevierville, Tenn., will turn 74 on that day. As he cannot make it to the meeting, his cousin, former City Commissioner Harry Bethel Sr., will accept the honor on his behalf.

George served two tours in Vietnam with the Army's 1st Infantry Division and later as a combat artist. His paintings, many of which depict soldiers in battle, have been shown at the Smithsonian, the Pentagon and elsewhere. He was named Smoky Mountains National Park's "Wildflower Artist of the Year," in 2010.

FLORIDA KEYS

Shelter gets $20K grant

The Domestic Abuse Shelter in Monroe County has received a $20,000 grant for critical services and programs for survivors of abuse, the nonprofit announced Monday.

To coincide with October being deemed Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Mary Kay Foundation has awarded $3 million in grants to 150 shelters in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

The local grant will help operate the Keys' two 24-hour shelter centers, paying for utilities, food, transportation and other necessities, said Venita Garvin, the Florida Keys shelter CEO.

Mary Kay has given $34 million to such shelters since 2000.