Paul Janensch

Treasure Coast Essayist

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End of a streak

May 9, 2016

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the Vero Beach High School girls lacrosse team.  The Indians’ stretch of consecutive state championships – 10 through 2015 – came to an end when they lost this year’s title game, 8-7, to Bartram Trail of St. Johns at Jupiter High School.  Bartram Trail dominated, but Vero Beach wouldn’t give up and forced the game into sudden-death overtime.  To come back was classy and impressive, said Vero Beach coach Shannon Dean.  Indeed it was – but not enough.

Pickleball!

May 2, 2016

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about Pickleball.  What’s that?  It’s like tennis and badminton, but played with a paddle like ping pong and with a projectile like a Wiffle ball.  It is popular in Palm Beach County and is catching on along the Treasure Coast.  Pickleball shares tennis courts in Indian River County at Schuman Drive Park, Riverside Park and Pocahontas Park.  Sebastian is considering options and will decide when and where to build Pickleball courts and how much to spend on them.  Seniors love Pickleball because it calls for tennis skills but is slower and les

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

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

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.

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about two tributes to Jackie Robinson, who broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball and trained at Dodgertown in Vero Beach.  On Monday and Tuesday, April 11and 12, PBS will premiere “Jackie Robinson,” a documentary by Ken Burns, who said:  “Jackie Robinson is the most important figure in our nation’s most important game.”  On April 15, the third annual Jackie Robinson Celebration Game will take place at what is now Historic Dodgertown to mark the anniversary of Robinson’s debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947.  The following year,

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the connection between Fort Pierce and Crayola crayons.  I learned about it in the spring issue of Indian River Magazine.  The connection is Edwin Binney, born in 1866, 150 years ago, in Westchester County, New York.  In 1905, he and his business partner Harold Smith produced the first box of Crayola wax crayons.  The name is from the French words for chalk and oily.  In 1911, Binney and his family started spending time in St.

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the amazing men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams at Indian River State College.  It will be news when they do NOT win the National Junior College Athletic Association championships.  They did it again on March 5th at their home aquatic complex in Fort Pierce.  The men claimed their 42nd consecutive championship – the longest winning streak in college sports.  The women claimed their 34th consecutive championship.  New records were set.

Go Mets!

Mar 7, 2016

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the New York Mets.  They are back in Port St.

Overdue medal

Feb 29, 2016

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about a Marine veteran who finally received his medal.  Sylvester McIntosh, 68, of Wabasso, was presented with the Silver Star – our country’s third highest combat award – on January 30th at the Veterans Memorial Island Sanctuary in Vero Beach.  This was lmost 50 years after he earned it.  In 1967, Corporal McIntosh was a young squad leader in Vietnam.  His unit came under heavy enemy fire.  He carried three of his buddies out of the kill zone before collapsing from a chest wound.  Paperwork for a medal to the corporal got lost.  In recent

Mother Whale

Feb 22, 2016

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about a surprise visit by a pair of whales.  Little did I know, while eating lunch at a waterside restaurant in Sebastian on February 8th, that a North Atlantic right whale -- that’s R-I-G-H-T --and her calf had entered Sebastian Inlet across the Indian River Lagoon.  But many others knew about it.

Science Fair 2016

Feb 15, 2016

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the recent Indian River Regional Science and Engineering Fair at Gifford Middle School.  Budding scientists and engineers grades K through 12 displayed 421 projects.  The four exhibits judged Best in Show addressed these questions: On which surface will a Lego car go down a ramp the fastest?  Answer: Non-stick foil.  Does the distance you shoot an arrow affect how deeply it goes into a foam target?  Yes, but closer does not necessarily mean deeper.  Can any current technology detect planets outside our solar system orbiting a black ho

Hero teen

Feb 8, 2016

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about a 16-year-old hero.  At about 8:30 p.m.

Watch out for rabies

Feb 1, 2016

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about rabies – the infection that is carried by animals and can kill humans if left untreated.  In 2015, St. Lucie County recorded nine cases of rabid animals – the highest in the state.  Six raccoons, one bat, one cat and one dog.  Normally, the county has two cases a year.  Indian River County recorded one case.  And Martin County recorded two cases.  All raccoons.  Florida recorded 76 cases, mostly raccoons. 

Another invader

Jan 25, 2016

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the Japanese beach vitex.  Is this fast-growing vine from Japan and Korea something else for us to worry about?  Maybe, says Indian River County Coastal Engineer James Gray, who is keeping an eye on outcroppings of the invasive plant on the beach at Castaway Cove.  The Japanese beach vitex – bright green with purple flowers – spreads rapidly under the sand, crowding out native vegetation and endangering the nesting habitat for sea turtles. It was introduced to the Southeastern U.S.

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