Paul Janensch

Treasure Coast Essayist

Ways To Connect

A decade of dominance

May 18, 2015

 This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the extraordinary Vero Beach High School girls lacrosse team.  They won their 10th straight state final with an 11-to-8 victory over Ponte Vedra in Bradenton.  Can they win their 11th straight state final in 2016?  It won’t be easy.  The Fighting Indians are losing 11 seniors.  Coach Shannon Dean worked with them since middle school.  Seven of the 11 will be playing on Division I college teams next year.  So Coach Dean is faced with the challenge of rebuilding the Vero Beach program.  A lot of freshmen started playing on the club team

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about our thriving manatee population.  A preliminary count in Florida earlier this year tallied more than 6,000 of the gentle creatures.  That was 1,000 more than the previous high of 5,000 in 2010.  Biologists think warm, sunny weather prompted manatees to rest near the surface where they could be easily spotted.  The record count this year was encouraging given the die-off of more than 800 manatees two years ago in the northern Indian River Lagoon.  Each spring, manatees swim into open waters from warm enclaves, such as streams, canals a

Making an impact

May 4, 2015

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about Impact 100.  A hundred thousand dollars here, a hundred thousand dollars there make an impact each year on Indian River County’s human services.  Impact 100 consists of about 450 women.  Each contributes $1,000 annually.  Nonprofits apply for grants of $100,000.  Earlier this year, seven finalists made presentations to Impact 100.  Members voted for four in official voting booths.  The winners were:  the Medical Society Foundation, Literacy Services, Senior Resource Association and Visiting Nurse Association.  For example, the Medical

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about measles.  The disease is serious.  It was eliminated in Florida and elsewhere in the U.S. through mass vaccinations.  But it’s making a comeback.  Florida’s first resident victim of measles this year is an unvaccinated student at Fairlawn Elementary Magnet School in St.

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the renovation of the National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum in Fort Pierce.  A $2.2 million re-do has been completed.   What’s new?  A theater and two display galleries.  A Sikorsky Black Hawk helicopter.  You can sit at the controls.  An interactive display to show you what it’s like to conduct a night mission.  A 14-foot steel beam recovered from the rubble of the World Trade Center.  The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays.  It is located on Highway A-1-A on North Hutchinson Island.  On nearby beaches, Underwater Demolition Teams or “fr

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