Observations
A (former) snowbird’s lament

A (former) snowbird’s lament

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN I  am on a JetBlue flight from Tampa to New York City’s LaGuardia airport  — at 37,000 feet, traveling at 550 miles per hour, currently…

Observations: Traveling to find the best in things

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN I have been traveling since before I could drive. I’ve seen almost every state, visited some of the great cities of Europe and have sailed…

News

A class lesson: Strawberries come from out front of the Strawberry Market

A class lesson: Strawberries come from out front of the Strawberry Market

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN The children walked in a perfect row, following a teacher, and interspersed…

From large-scale murals to miniatures: The art of David Letterfly

From large-scale murals to miniatures: The art of David Letterfly

By LISA STARK David Letterfly enjoys working big (really big) or small (really small). Whether…

Aldi supermarket coming to Village Plaza

Aldi supermarket coming to Village Plaza

By KEVIN BRADY It won’t be long before the dump trucks and bulldozers show up…

Sound Traveler hits the right notes at Canoe Outpost

Sound Traveler hits the right notes at Canoe Outpost

Patty Kunze Tatum and Bob Tatum make up the band Sound Traveler, both using multiple…

Features

On the road again … Georgia’s historic Antebellum Trail

By WARREN RESEN North American Travel Journalists Assn. JEANNE O’CONNOR photos Which would you think generates more passion in Georgia, the University of Georgia’s football team or…

Southbound: A season ticket on a one-way ride

There are good ways and bad ways to travel for the million or so snowbirds flocking south to the Florida sunshine. Unfortunately, most have to take the…

Headlines

Ceremony to ‘welcome home’ Vietnam veterans

By KEVIN BRADY The ticker-tape parades that welcomed home veterans of World War II were absent when Vietnam veterans returned from war. Vilified by some, ignored by…

The ‘Boys of SCC’ to take the field at the Trop

With the Rays taking on the Red Sox on April 23, it is Sun City Center Night at the Trop. And the SCC Men’s Chorus will kick…

Opinion

A (former) snowbird’s lament

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN I  am on a JetBlue flight from Tampa to New York City’s LaGuardia airport  — at 37,000 feet, traveling at 550 miles per hour,…

Letter to the Editor: Hit-and-run victim needs information

Dear Editor, On, Sunday, February 22, two females on motorcycles were heading north on U.S. 41 through Ruskin in the standard staggered pattern for safety and visibility. …

Video

Interview with a mermaid

An interview with Weeki Wachee Springs Mermaid Carli Dofka. Mermaids of Weeki Wachee Springs, Florida from Mitch Traphagen on Vimeo.…

Underwater archeologists search for Florida’s History

Dr. John Gifford, an underwater archeologist from the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science, talks about making a dive for 10,000 year old…