The earth’s seasons are caused by the motions of our planet as it rotates and revolves, and by its inclination or tilt from the straight up and down as it orbits, causing the sun’s path to change through the year. In an ancient Greek myth, Persephone, the daughter of the earth goddess Demeter, was kidnapped by Hades, god of the underworld. Mourning her loss, Demeter neglected the earth and the crops died, the air grew cold, and winter came to the land. When Persephone was rescued, Demeter caused the earth to bloom, and spring returned.

This weekend the IRSC Hallstrom Planetarium will present, “Planet Crumbs.” This is a live lecture about the planet Pluto, or whatever you want to call it – ice dwarf, Plutoid, trans-Neptunian object, King of the Kuiper Belt – we’re talking about it, and showing off some of the really incredible images that have been sent back from the New Horizons spacecraft that recently sailed past Pluto. We’ll also show you things you can see in the springtime evening sky, including the Big Dipper, and the constellations of Leo the Lion, Virgo the Maiden, and  Boötes  the Shepherd.

Turtle ride-along

Apr 25, 2016

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about my ride with a sea turtle’s best friend.  At the controls of a bouncy all-terrain vehicle was Niki Desjardin of Ecological Associates, one of the outfits that monitors sea-turtle nests on our beaches from March 1 to November 1.  We patrolled at dawn between the House of Refuge and Jensen Beach Park.  Niki marks new nests with yellow stakes to warn away us humans and checks out established nests.  If any have been damaged by predators, vandals or high tide, she will file a report and may relocate the eggs.  Niki predicts that we will h

Drew Mello talks with Nathaniel Osborn author of the recently published - Indian River Lagoon: An Environmental History.

Stretching along 156 miles of Florida's East Coast, the Indian River Lagoon contains the St. Lucie estuary, the Mosquito Lagoon, Banana River Lagoon, and the Indian River. It is home to more than 4,000 species of plants and animals – the largest number of species of any estuary in North America.

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Happiest seaside town

Apr 18, 2016

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the Happiest Seaside Town in America.  For 2016, it’s Stuart – as determined by the editors of Coastal Living magazine, who reviewed nominations sent by Internet and researched communities known for good “coastal vibes.”  They called Stuart an Old Florida-style treasure that shares its waters with sea turtles, dolphins and, of course, sailfish.  The streets are tidy and landscaped.  The views are not interrupted by high-rises.  Mayor Jeffrey Krauskopf was quoted as saying, “We’re quant.”  He added that Stuart has a relaxed, flip-flop

Drew Mello talks with Diane Tomasik from House of Hope.

They provide food, clothing, emergency financial assistance and counseling services to Martin County residents.

The Stamp Out Hunger food drive, which takes place on May 14, is the nation's largest single-day food drive, and will benefit House of Hope.

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Hero deputies

Apr 11, 2016

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about two Indian River County sheriff’s deputies who were awarded Medals of Heroism by Governor Rick Scott for extracting a woman from a burning car.  On March 23rd, Deputies Linda Nolan and Robert Sunkel responded to a three-vehicle crash at Oslo Road and 66th Avenue.  Despite smoke and flames, they managed to pull driver Cheryle Coons to safety.  Coons was hospitalized with severe burns.  Deputy Nolan suffered second-degree burns on her right hand.

Congratulations to our 4 winners of 2 tickets each to  see Paula Poundstone at the Lyric Theatre  on April 16, 2016!  

Peter BurbineLarry MackeMelanie Moore Ed Meyer  Congratulations, enjoy the show, and thank-you for  

being valued listeners of WQCS! 

Drew Mello talks with Peggy Sargeant with Martin County Master Gardeners.

Their  annual spring plant sale “Get Back to Your Roots” will take place on Saturday, April 16 at the UF/IFAS Extension office on SE Dixie Highway in Stuart from 9 a.m. to noon.

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