Paul Janensch

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This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the remarkable Idlette family.  On Saturday, Joe Idlette Jr., his wife Bernice and their progeny will be honored as the pioneer family of the year at the Vero Beach Heritage Center on 14th Avenue.  Writer Janie Gould tells their story in Indian River Magazine.  In the 1960s, Joe co-filed a federal lawsuit to integrate the public schools in Indian River County.  It took several years to get a favorable ruling.  In the meantime, the Ku Klux Klan talked of killing him.  Later, Joe was the first African American elected to the school boar

Top golfer at 102

May 1, 2017

 

 

 

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the Indian River State College national champion swimming and diving teams.  I’m sorry it took so long for me to take note of their victory in Buffalo early last month.  For the men’s team, it was their 43rd consecutive National Junior College Athletic Association championship – the longest championship winning streak in college sports.  For the women’s team, it was their 35th consecutive championship.  Nick Loomis and Osianna McReed were named swimmers of the year.  Robby Costine and Adrianna Warning were named divers of the year.  H

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about manatees.  The U.S.

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about a change at the top of the Vero Beach Museum of Art, one of our area’s cultural jewels.  The new CEO is Brady Roberts, who was chief curator of the Milwaukee Art Museum.  Some years ago, he gave a lecture at the Vero Beach museum and recently told the weekly newspaper 32963 that he found the community to be “intellectually engaged.”  The museum attracts 80,000 visitors a year and is considered to be one of the major art museums in Florida.  Roberts succeeds Lucinda Gedeon, the CEO for 12 years.  Under her leadership, the museum expand

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the German U-boats that wreaked havoc just off our shore.  In early 1942 – 75 years ago – World War II came to Florida.  An article by Alison O’Leary in the spring issue of Indian River Magazine focuses on U-504, which lurked near Jupiter Inlet.  In his log, the commander described sinking the tanker Republic on February 21.  Five members of the tanker’s crew were killed.  Twenty-three others landed on Jupiter Island and were well treated by the wealthy residents.  It was believed that one torpedo missed the Republic and exploded on a

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the number of loggerhead sea-turtle nests counted in 2016.  It set a record!  Both state-wide and in our area.  Niki Desjardin with Ecological Associates says 122,000 loggerhead nests were counted statewide, and 27,000 were counted on the Treasure Coast.  The number of nests laid by green turtles and leatherbacks was down a bit in 2016 but is expected to be higher in 2017, while the number of loggerhead nests is expected to dip.  The nesting season began March 1 and continues until November 1.  Let’s keep those numbers high.  Remember

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the new name on the stadium at the Mets’ spring training camp in Port St. Lucie.  It’s now called First Data Field, named for the high-tech financial services company, which is based in Atlanta and has an operation near Fort Lauderdale.  The name caught my eye because my son Will once worked for First Data in New York.  The name change was made with little fanfare.  When you went online to buy tickets, the website still called the stadium Tradition Field, named for the master-planned mixed-use community in Port St.

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about wildfires.  For this time of year, there have been more of them than usual in Martin and St.

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about tighter security at Tradition Field this spring for New York Mets workouts and games.  Jon Santucci reports on TCPalm.com that to enter we will have to walk through metal detectors.  Just like at the airport.  Empty our pockets of coins and keys and cell phones.  Re-entry will not be permitted.  No folding chairs or stools.  No loud noise-makers.  No strollers that cannot be put under seats.  No full-size bats.  No drones or selfie sticks.  No bottles or cans.  Major League Baseball has ordered all spring training camps to adopt secur

Go back 20,000 years

Feb 13, 2017

 

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about a young resident of Palm City who will have a special interest in the Academy Awards on Sunday, February 26.  Nine-year-old Lidya Jewett appears in the hit movie “Hidden Figures,” the story of three African American women who, as NASA mathematicians, helped put John Glenn into orbit.  Lidya plays one of women as a girl.  She is not up for an Oscar, but the movie was nominated for Best Picture, and Octavia Spencer was nominated for Best Supporting Actress.  Born in Ethiopia, Lidya was adopted by Kim and Dale Jewett.  Her aptitude for ma

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the four cities in our area that made the 2016 list of the 100 most popular places in the U.S. to retire.  It was based on how many times reviews of cities were visited on TopRetirement.com.  The four places are – Number 64, Stuart: extremely charming, lovely downtown, ample coastline.  Number 87. Vero Beach: a barrier island with a resort feel, and a large downtown on the mainland.  Number 90. Port St.

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