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Credit union rewards local member

Keys Federal Credit Union recently congratulated member Aracely Lopez, who won 12 free loan payments for closing a Keys Auto Loan with the credit union April 30. Lopez saved more than $4,200. This reward is one of the ways Keys Federal Credit Union values its people over profits, states a company press release. Keys Federal[…]

Burchett retires from utility

Bobby Burchett retired Friday after 30 years of continuous service to Keys Energy Services.  He was originally hired on May 18, 1988, when the utility was named City Electric System. During his tenure he held the positions of instrument & electrical technician, senior watch leader, and journeyman substation electrician prior to completing his career as[…]

Rum company marks 1st anniversary

It may not have been the prettiest first year in business, but Hemingway Rum Company’s Key West Distillery & Experience Center survived, succeeded and will celebrate their first anniversary with a week of events. Just a few months after the grand opening, “the new home of Papa’s Pilar Rum experienced a catastrophic Hurricane Irma, a destroyed bottling[…]

Dance studio celebrates 35 years

CoffeeMill Dance Studio will celebrate 35 years of dance with two evening performances at Tennessee Williams Theater Friday and Saturday, May 18 and 19. The studio presents DanceWorks 16, their annual spring dance concert featuring ‘Le Jardin Anime’ from the ballet ‘Le Corsaire’ as well as several newly choreographed contemporary works at 7:30 p.m. on[…]

Chamber honors teachers

The Key West Chamber of Commerce recognized eight teachers from Key West schools at its April luncheon. The Chamber’s Education Committee awarded the following teachers with a plaque, a luncheon and a gift bag filled with cash donations, gift cards, and merchandise from the chamber’s member businesses and organizations: Heidi Roberts of Gerald Adams Elementary School; Stephanie[…]

Sanctuary honors Smith

Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council Chair Bruce Popham, right, and Sanctuary Superintendent Sarah Fangman recently honored long-standing SAC member Bob “Smitty” Smith as he leaves his position representing diving in the Lower Keys.  Smith, who is returning to his home state of Ohio, owned and operated Advanced Underwater Education, Inc., in Key West,[…]

First State Bank promotes Gil

First State Bank of the Florida Keys congratulates Michelle Gil on her promotion to assistant vice president, branch manager. Gil has held many positions throughout her 17-year career with the bank, including: customer service support representative, pperations support supervisor and IRA specialist, retail branch operations team representative, assistant BSA officer and branch manager/customer service officer.[…]

Brown takes Habitat helm

Habitat for Humanity of Key West and Lower Florida Keys has named Greg Brown its new executive director, replacing Mark Moss who passed away in February. Brown is a Certified Public Accountant who was educated at the University of Miami, where he received his master’s degree in professional accounting. Brown, who has returned to the[…]

Utility honors Palka for 2nd quarter

Marc Palka has been named Keys Energy Services’ (KEYS) Outstanding Employee of the Second Quarter for 2018. Palka has worked for the utility for more than 20 years and currently serves as the operator/maintainer leader within the Generation Department. Prior to his current post he worked as a general helper, tree trimmer, plant mechanic, and[…]

Sanctuary hires coral expert for research

Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary recently hired coral reef ecologist Andy Bruckner as the sanctuary’s research coordinator. Bruckner has conducted projects on coral reefs worldwide and previously worked for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration developing and implementing the first U.S. government-led coral reef conservation program that included listing the first corals under the U.S.[…]