Have you ever watched rowing at the Olympics and thought that it would be fun to try? Well here is your opportunity to give it a shot.

On Saturday, June 1, US Rowing will hold its 12th annual National Learn to Row Day at rowing clubs and health clubs throughout the United States.

istock_000001536711xsmall_425One of the rowing clubs participating in the event is the North Palm Beach Rowing Club here in Northern Palm Beach County. NPBRC is based out of Bert Winters Park in Juno Beach.

Rowing is not only a great form of exercise, it is also one of the oldest Olympic sports in existence. It is also another great way to get out on the water and enjoy the beauty of the Intracoastal Waterway.

Competitive and recreational rowers range in age from 12 to over 90, so it is never too early or too…

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To some, a lawn is the crowning glory of their property. Yet to others it is a tremendous hit on their checkbook. How do you feel?

When I grew up, Saturday entailed us mowing and weeding.  Not quite my American dream, or that of my brothers as young teens, but we had a lush green lawn and it was every suburbanites dream.

Today, I still love the look of an impeccable lawn.  I enjoy the smell of fresh cut grass and the feel of it under my bare feet.  Not always so happy with the cost to maintain it, the noise to mow it, the weed eaters, the mowers, aerators, chemicals and fertilizers, etc.  All of this to keep the turf looking great. Nevertheless, we love the look!

Studies show that well maintained landscaping can add 15% to the value of a home.  The studies…

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Warren Bottke is the PGA Master Professional at Abacoa Golf Club in Jupiter and now he is also the president of the South Florida PGA.

Bottke, who has been a member of the PGA since 1994, has been recognized over the years for his ability to use golf buzzwords favored by the PGA of America through lessons and clinics he conducts for golfers of all skill levels. In 2005, he received the national Horton Smith Award for his dedication to developing and improving education opportunities for PGA professionals.

The Abacoa golf pro is also one of several club professionals who serve as an adjunct faculty member for the PGA’s Professional Golf Management program at several universities throughout the country. He can now add South Florida PGA president to…

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1.    AMP UP CURB APPEAL:  Does the outside of your home make them want to see the inside?  The first thing the buyer sees is the outside of your home.  Make it as appealing as possible.  Maintain the yard, a clean driveway and an inviting porch.  Drawing the buyer in wanting to see more, it is a good start.  Touch-up or repaint exterior.  Plant fresh annual flowers, keep porches swept, and gutters clean.  Showing that the exterior of your home is well kept will lead buyers to the assumption that the home is well kept in general.

2.    SIMPLIFY, CLEAN, and DE-CLUTTER:  Do a deep clean or hire a professional cleaning service to make sure your home looks its best.  Keep beds made and carpets vacuumed.  Rooms will look larger by removing clutter. Over stuffed…

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In a five year period, basketball coach Mike Larkin and his Hoops City program has sent countless high school seniors to college on basketball scholorships. Larkin has coached and trained players in the United States, Europe, and the Bahamas, so it's no wonder the Jupiter resident has players from all over Palm Beach County coming to play for him.

Since he started his Hoops City program five years ago, the Jupiter resident has coached local girls ranging from fifth to 12th grade. This year, five more of his players recieved scholorships to play college basketball. Kiandra Bowers, Ayanna Holmes, Samantha Goldis, Elizabeth Bolchoz, and Lauren Janka all signed letters of intent to play college basketball at schools throughout the country.

Larkin was a…

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Texting while driving is viewed by most people to be dangerous and in 40 states, it is illegal.  Florida will be the 41st state to ban texting and driving.  Governor Rick Scott is set to ban the act.  In a statement, the Governor said that texting while driving concerns him as a father and grandfather.  He also said state officials must do everything they can do to keep the roads safe, particularly during the 100 days summer between Memorial Day and Labor Day.  Those days are the deadliest days for teenagers on the road.

Florida’s Governor signed the ban Tuesday afternoon on texting while driving. The restriction takes effect October 1 and is a secondary offense.  A secondary offense means offenders can only be ticketed if stopped for another violation.  A…

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Jack Nicklaus is largely responsible for South Florida becoming a golf mecca. The North Palm Beach resident was the first major golfer to call the area home and set up roots. He built the Bears Club in his back yard and attracted some of the best golfers in the history of the sport to come join him. While Nicklaus has become synonymous with South Florida, he still keeps his connection with Ohio strong.

Before moving to Florida in the winter of 1970, Nicklaus spent his early years in Ohio. Born in the town of Upper Arlington, he attended Ohio State. Ohio has always held a special place in his heart and in 1974 he opened Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin. Then in 1976, he started his own tournament at the club, the…

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On April 2, 2013 the Town of Jupiter Historic Resources Board dedicated a historical marker at Jupiter Beach Park for the Jupiter Inlet Shipwrecks from 1600-1700’s.  The marker is located near the historic Dubois House and reads:

Jupiter Inlet Shipwrecks 1600-1700’s

During the 17th century, Spanish galleons and merchant ships navigated the treacherous waters off the Florida coast.  These vessels carried silver and gemstones from the mines of Mexico and Peru.  The routinely ran a narrow gauntlet of shallow water, sand bars, coral reef, and occasional hurricanes off the Jupiter Inlet as they followed the Gulf Stream’s swift north current.  The ships that did not survive the passage left a legacy of cannons, anchors, navigational tools, coins, flatware, silver…

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This Memorial Day please take a moment to commemorate all the men and women who have died while in military service for the United States of America.

This noble holiday started as an event to honor Union and Confederate soldiers who had died during the Civil War. After World War I, it was extended to include all men and women, who had died in any war or military action.  It was originally known as “Decoration Day” and fell on May 30, regardless of the day of the week on which it fell.  In 1968, a bill, known as the Uniform Holidays Bill passed, and Memorial Day became officially observed on the last Monday in May as a national holiday.

Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veteran’s Day.  Memorial Day is a day of remembering those who died while serving in…

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Canadian snowbirds may soon be able to spend two extra months nesting in their favorite spot, the sunshine state!  Each year Canadian snowbirds find their way to sunny south Florida. Currently, Canadians, aged 55 and older have a 182 day annual limit to stay in the U.S. without a visa. Winding its way through Congress is a provision that would extend that limit to 240 days – about eight months total.

Canadians represent a major boost to the economy in the U.S., particularly southern states such as Florida.  Florida recently dropped the requirement of an international drivers permit after strong objections from the Canadian Lobby.  Canadians are flocking to the sugary sand beaches of the Jupiter and Tequesta areas.   The surrounding areas are well known for…

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