Paul Janensch

Treasure Coast Essayist

Ways to Connect

On Saturday, February 2nd, I popped in on the Regional Science and Engineering Fair put on by the Indian River County school district and the Education Foundation of Indian River County at Gifford Middle School in Vero Beach.  It was an exhilarating but intimidating experience.  Exhilarating because the exhibits by the secondary and elementary school students were so impressive.  Intimidating because they know so much about the scientific method.   In fact, I dare say these students know more than most adults.  Each exhibit described an experiment in words and drawings on a cardboard displa

They’re heeeeeere!  The snowbirds, of course.  I’m not talking about white pelicans and other feathered creatures who spend the winter on the Treasure Coast.  I’m talking about the snowbirds without feathers.  Most  drive down  Interstate-95 -- some trailing a boat.  A few travel by yacht on the Intracoastal Waterway.  The snowbirds are fleeing cold and snow in favor of sun and warm temps.  They are attracted to the Treasure Coast’s low-key, outdoorsy life style with a dash of culture.  Many fish.  Many play golf.  Some bring their homes with them – RVs or trailers.  Many rent a place to st

Bookmania! is coming

Jan 28, 2013

I’m a fan of crime fiction.  So I’m especially interested in the panel called “Thrills & Chills” at the 19th annual Bookmania!

What's ahead in 2013

Jan 21, 2013

What's ahead for the Treasure Coast in 2013?  The Old Farmers Almanac predicts a cool winter, a mixed spring, a rainy summer and a warm fall.  Weather forecasters predict more Atlantic hurricanes than usual.  But maybe we'll be lucky again.  In 2012, for the seventh year in a row, Florida was hurricane-free.  The economy is expected to get better.  Tourism is expected to rise.  The citrus crop is expected to drop because of dry weather and disease.  In Indian River County: Vero Beach may finally decide to sell the city's electric utility to Florida Power & Light.

Our own bowl games stars

Jan 14, 2013

Football players from the Treasure Coast looked good in three major bowl games.  Four of our high school grads started.  In the BCS National Championship game at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Notre Dame was clobbered by Alabama 42 to 14.  But Notre Dame safety Zeke Motta from Vero Beach High School was outstanding.  Motta -- son of Bill Motta, head football coach at St. Edward's -- led the Irish in total tackles, with 16.  In the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, defensive back Terell Floyd from Port St.

Fewer sailfish so far

Jan 7, 2013

Is Stuart still the “Sailfish Capital of the World?”  Yes, but the sailfish tournament season along the Treasure Coast is off to a slow start.  Three of the five major events already have taken place.  They are the Finest Kind Quickie, the Pirates Cove Classic and the Stuart Sailfish Club Light Tackle.  A total of 303 sailfish were caught and released in eight days on the water, compared with last year’s total of 642.  Chasin’ Tail, captained by Rob Valko, has caught 29 so far, and Showtime, captained by Wink Doerzbacher, has caught 28.  That’s not many compared to last year or the year bef

Is the Treasure Coast a college football player factory or what?  At the beginning of the 2012 season, an estimated 37 players from our high schools were on Division I rosters.  Thirteen are on teams that will play in three major bowl games.  Last time I checked, four were expected to start.   In the Orange Bowl on New Year’s Day at the Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, it will be Florida State versus Northern Illinois.  Fullback Lonnie Pryor from Okeechobee High School and center Bryan Stork from Vero Beach High School were expected to start for Florida State.  In the Sugar Bowl on Wednes

Our own football standouts

Dec 28, 2012

Is the Treasure Coast a college football player factory or what?  At the beginning of the 2012 season, an estimated 37 players from our high schools were on Division I rosters.  Thirteen are on teams that will play in three major bowl games.  Last time I checked, four were expected to start.   In the Orange Bowl on New Year’s Day at the Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, it will be Florida State versus Northern Illinois.  Fullback Lonnie Pryor from Okeechobee High School and center Bryan Stork from Vero Beach High School were expected to start for Florida State.  In the Sugar Bowl on Wednes

Our own volleyball champs

Dec 24, 2012

It will be a very Merry Christmas for the young women on the Jensen Beach High School volleyball team and for their coach, Mike Sawtelle.

She is the chairwoman of the NAACP national board of directions, and she came back to her hometown, Fort Pierce, to help turn out the vote.  Roslyn Brock was raised by her grandparents, James and Leona Pittman, in the 900 block of North 20

When you drive by it, you may wonder what they do in there.  I’m referring to the Smithsonian Marine Station on the south side of Seaway Drive in Fort Pierce.  What they do in there is study the plants and animals of the Indian River Lagoon and the Atlantic Ocean off Florida’s East Central Coast.  Their research must be impressive.  For the Marine Station recently was selected as one of only five sites in the world for a special study of how seagrasses and other marine life are changing.  The goal is to establish a database for measuring global warming and the human impact on marine ecosyst

Hey, Piper Aircraft.  Happy 75th anniversary!  For more than 50 of those years, you have been in Vero Beach.  In November 1937, Taylor Aircraft in Pennsylvania was re-incorporated as Piper Aircraft under William T.

She has been named a Philanthropist of the Year, and she is only 12.  I’m talking about Lauren Weaver of Vero Beach.  Lauren is one of five award recipients and 16 other honorees who will be recognized by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Indian River Chapter.  The event will be at 5:30 Tuesday at Riverside Theater.  Lauren will receive the chapter’s first Outstanding Youth Philanthropist of the Year award.  She began helping the homeless five years ago.  With $25 from her own savings, Lauren bought Christmas gifts for a homeless man she met in Pocohontas Park in downtown Vero Be

Mustering Navy SEALS

Nov 5, 2012

Next Saturday and Sunday, you can mingle with SEALS, as Paul Janensch explains in this Treasure Coast Essay.

OOOOOOOO!  Have you been to the Gilbert’s Bar House of Refuge on South Hutchinson Island in Martin County?  If so, did you smell beef stew cooking even though the kitchen has been inoperable since the 1940s?  Halloween is upon us.  OOOOOOOO!  Time to focus on one of the haunted places on the Treasure Coast.  The House of Refuge, now a museum open to the public, was one of 10 shelters built after the Civil War for sailors whose ships were wrecked along Florida’s treacherous Atlantic Coast.  Each shelter was occupied by a keeper and his family.  They walked the beach after a storm, looking fo

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