Paul Janensch

Treasure Coast Essayist

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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

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.

Forgotten Santa Lucia

Jan 18, 2016

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the outpost called Santa Lucia.  I didn’t know anything about it until I saw an article in Indian River Magazine.  Had Santa Lucia survived, it would be the second oldest still-occupied European settlement in the continental U.S.  St.

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about top local news stories in 2015.  For our entire area: All Aboard Florida was considering having its planned high-speed passenger trains stop here on their trips between Miami and Orlando.  For Indian River County: The Vero Beach municipal power plant shut down.  Electricity comes from the Orlando Utilities Commission.  Airline service started between Vero Beach and Newark.  For St. Lucie County: The Vaccine & Gene Therapy Institute closed its doors in Port St.

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about carriage rides in downtown Stuart.  Clip clop, clip clop.  Just like Manhattan or St. Augustine.  The city granted a license to Wind Chase Farms in Palm City to conduct the rides.  Black and white Clydesdales pull carriages from just east of Haney Circle, along Ocean Boulevard, past Memorial Park, down Flagler Avenue and back.  Weather permitting, rides start at 5 Wednesdays through Sundays.  Takes about half an hour.  A carriage seats two to 10 people.

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