Treasure Coast Essay

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

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.

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