Treasure Coast Essay

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

Getting closer to the Indian River Lagoon

Dec 10, 2012

Two new projects of the Indian River Land Trust are worth noting.  One is the 111-acre nature preserve on Bee Gum Point in Indian River Shores on the Barrier Island just north of Vero Beach.  The other is the Indian River Lagoon Greenway on the mainland in south Vero Beach.  Bee Gum Point – named for the gum trees that shelter bees -- is the last undeveloped wetland on the Barrier Island.  The point juts into the lagoon next to Lost Tree Islands and across the water from undeveloped land north of Grand Harbor.  A residential development was to be built on Bee Gum Point, but the land was pur

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

A high-tech facility in southwestern Indian River County recently started generating electricity from yard waste and other non-food vegetation.  Early in 2013, it will begin selling ethanol for motor vehicles.  In America’s search for clean, renewable energy, this is a very big deal.  It was even written up in The New York Times.  The facility is called the INEOS New Planet Bio-Energy Center.  It’s a joint venture of INEOS – that’s I-N-E-O-S for international ethylene-oxide sales, a chemical giant based in Europe – and New Planet Energy of California.  The $130 million project is the first

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

The great annual migration of butterflies from northeastern North America to Mexico is nearing an end.  But in the southern half of Florida, we can see a lot of butterflies all year round.  Like many humans, they love the warm weather in the winter months and decided to stay.  People on the Treasure Coast have a special affection for butterflies.  LaPorte Farms in Sebastian has opened a butterfly house.  Visitors can walk through carrying cotton swabs doused with grape juice to attract the winged creatures.  At the Oxbow Eco-Center in Port St.

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