Treasure Coast Essay

Tebow-mania

Jul 24, 2017

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about St. Lucie Mets outfielder Tim Tebow, number 15.  Since he was promoted to the Advanced Class A team, attendance has boomed at First Data Field.

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about safe drivers in Port St. Lucie.  It ranks among the top 10 cities for safe driving.  The 2017 Allstate America's Best Drivers Report looks at claims filed in the country’s 200 largest cities.  It shows that Port St. Lucie drivers are 17 percent less likely to be in a crash.  That's the eighth-best average in the U.S.

Bak, not Bark

Jul 10, 2017

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the newest K-9 member of the Stuart Police Department.  He’s a 14-month-old German shepherd, born in Germany and named Bak – spelled B-A-K.  He began training last month at the International K-9 College in Palm Beach Gardens.  He joins Bady, a Malinois, who has been with the department since 2015.  Bak’s human partner is Corporal Nick Briglia, who told TCPalm.com that both of them have laid-back personalities – most of the time.  Bak lives with Briglia, his wife and their 6-year-old daughter.  The purchase of Bak was made possible by

Fireworks restricted

Jul 3, 2017

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about fireworks.  Do you plan to set some off on the Fourth of July?  Don’t get caught by the police!  Florida severely limits the possession and use of fireworks that explode, lift off or fly, including Roman candles, unless you are a pyro-technician with a permit.  Sparklers, glow worms and such are OK.  Yes, you can buy fireworks at stores and roadside stands but often you must sign a waiver that says you will light them only to scare animals away from your farm or fish hatchery.  That covers few of us.  If you violate the anti-fireworks

A gift to the Pope

Jun 26, 2017

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about something in the Vatican created in Stuart.  When President Trump met with Pope Francis last month, the Pope gave the president a large medallion depicting an olive branch as a symbol of peace.  And the president gave the Pope a bronze sculpture of a flowering lotus by Geoffrey Smith of Stuart.  It’s called “Rising Above” and evokes unity and resilience.  Smith, a wildlife sculptor and photographer, has a gallery in downtown Stuart and a studio on Dixie Highway.  He is best known on the Treasure Coast for his “Stuart Sailfish,” the 18

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about safe boating.  It’s true that “safe boating week” is behind us.  But every week on the Treasure Coast should be safe boating week.  Statewide in July 2016, there were a record 96 boating crashes and eight fatalities.  How can boaters practice safe boating on the ocean, our lagoon and our rivers?  Be carreful, of course.  Don’t drink and operate a vessel.  Take a safe-boating course.  This year, a special emphasis is being put on wearing a life jacket.  All the time you are on board.  Everyone.  Even those who are good swimmers.  Most

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season.  Colorado State University revised its forecast upward, now predicting 13 named storms between June 1 and November 30.  That’s near normal.   The forecast of the national Climate Prediction Center is a bit above normal -- 11 to 17 named storms, which could include up to nine hurricanes.  No way to know if any hurricanes will hit Florida.  In 2016, Hurricane Matthew came within 5 miles of the Treasure Coast, then headed to the north, where it did considerable damage.  This year there is no cause for

Katharine the Great

Jun 5, 2017

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about Katharine the great white shark.  After spending time off the Treasure Coast, she is headed north.  Recently she pinged off North Carolina, according to Ocearch, a great white shark research team.  A ping is a signal sent to a satellite from a tracking device on her dorsal fin when it breaks the surface.  Earlier, she pinged off Titusville, Fort Pierce and Vero Beach.  In 2014, Katharine came close to Sebastian Inlet and St.

She’s not Frankie

May 29, 2017

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about an Indian River County teenager’s national television debut.  She is Kristi Beckett, 16, a student at St.

IRSC honored

May 22, 2017

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about an honor bestowed on Indian River State College.  It was named one of three finalists of distinction for the 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.  The winner was Lake Area Institute in Watertown, South Dakota.  The other finalist was Broward College in Fort Lauderdale.  IRSC will receive a $100,000 award for its achievements.  One is extreme affordability.  Another is making students ready for the next step.  More than 90 percent of the graduates land jobs quickly or continue their education.  I spend time on the campus

Rowing champs

May 15, 2017

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about our state rowing champions.  Four crews won state championships at the Florida Scholastic Rowing Association’s Sweeps regatta in Sarasota.   Earning state championships were the boys pair from Vero Beach High School Rowing and the girls freshman four from Treasure Coast Rowing Club.  Earning scholastic state championships – awarded to rowers from a high-school team – were the girls varsity-four from Vero Beach and the girls lightweight-eight from Sebastian River.  In earlier competition, a boy rower from Vero Beach was named single-sc

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

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