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Sunrise Rotary installs Kasper, Schaffranek

The Key West Sunrise Rotary Club recently welcomed a meteorologist and the general manager of a new radio station to its membership ranks. Chip Kasper continues the tradition of the Meteorologist-in-Charge at the National Weather Service Key West forecast office joining Key West Sunrise Rotary. Also transferring into the club is Alan Schaffranek of WGAY[…]

Schmidt named to tourism council

Longtime Key West hotelier Diane Schmidt has been named to the Monroe County Tourist Development Council, the agency responsible for tourism marketing of the Florida Keys and Key West. Schmidt has spent the last 12 years working in Key West with Ocean Properties Ltd. She is general manager of the Margaritaville Key West Resort and[…]

SOS’s Nixon earns promotion

Emily Nixon was recently promoted to Deputy Director of the Star the Sea Foundation (SOS) after four years of exemplary service. As Deputy Director, Nixon shares responsibility for the SOS children’s nutrition program with Kitchen Director Suzie Bruels, administers federal and state nutrition programs for SOS, and promotes overall development for the entire organization. Nixon[…]

Registrar retires after 33 years

MaryAnn Burrin, Chief Deputy Registrar in Vital Statistics for the Florida Department of Health in Monroe County, retired on Aug. 31. For 33 years, Burrin provided expertise and dedication in the processing of hundreds of thousands of official birth, death and marriage certificates for Monroe County. Burrin was presented with a certificate and a vital[…]

KEYS George marks 30 years

Keys Energy Services employee Roger George celebrates his 30th anniversary with the utility on Sept. 2. George serves as a Power System Coordinator within the Engineering and Control Department. In his post he is responsible for maintaining a reliable and secure power system by controlling the loading of KEYS’ generating resources.

Sloppy Joe’s announces promotions

Sloppy Joe’s recently announced the promotions of Mark Gardner to Beverage Manager and Becky Lawrence to Food Manager. Gardner replaces Patrick Currie, who retired from Sloppy Joe’s last month. Gardner will be responsible for beverage buying, as well as other continued responsibilities as Floor Manager and Entertainment Manager. He began working at Sloppy Joe’s as[…]

Pulmonology specialist joins LKMC

Lower Keys Medical Center and Keys Medical Group recently welcomed Joseph R. Paprota, M.D. Board-certified in Pulmonology, Internal Medicine and Critical Care Medicine, Dr. Paprota specializes in the diagnosis and/or treatment of lung and chest conditions and diseases, including asthma, COPD/emphysema and pneumonia. Dr. Paprota graduated from Temple University School of Medicine and completed his[…]

First State promotes Cole, Lamont

First State Bank recently announced the promotions of Lison Cole to Lead Teller of the Summerland Branch, and Richard Lamont to Commercial Loan Processor. Cole originally worked for First State Bank’s Big Pine Branch from 2005-2007, then returned to the bank in 2008 as a teller at the Summerland Branch. Lamont, who holds a bachelor’s[…]

KEYS Moore to mark 15 years

Keys Energy Services employee Ranae Moore will celebrate her 15th anniversary with the utility on Saturday, Aug. 11. Moore serves as a payment processing representative within the Customer Services Department. In her post she is responsible for collecting utility payments and responding to inquiries from KEYS’ customers.

First State Bank promotes Wahrer

First State Bank recently promoted Nick Wahrer to Financial Analyst II. Wahrer joined the bank in 2014 as an accountant in the Finance Department, also providing support to the Loan and Operations departments. Originally from Barrington, Illinois, Wahrer has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and corporate finance from Northern Michigan University and attained his CPA[…]