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

With grant for Ruskin Cemetery, Community Foundation honors those before us and those to come

With grant for Ruskin Cemetery, Community Foundation honors those before us and those to come

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN On Friday, April 10, the Tampa Bay Community Foundation, Southshore Council, awarded…

‘Sassy Cows’ program a hit with ‘Savvy Kids’ at Riverview High

‘Sassy Cows’ program a hit with ‘Savvy Kids’ at Riverview High

By KEVIN BRADY Think of special-needs students, and the first thing that comes to mind…

Glitz and glamour of the canine kind

Glitz and glamour of the canine kind

Just picture Rin Tin Tin as a more fashionable Rin Gold Gold By LISA STARK…

You couldn’t ignore the ‘elephant in the room’

You couldn’t ignore the ‘elephant in the room’

The literal elephant in the room at the SCC Chamber of Commerce Spring Expo was…

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

Finding peace through children during The Troubles

Documentary hopes to tell a little-known story of how one man helped to end a war. The Observer News‘ Kevin Brady is part of that story. By…

Social media: Beauty or Beast?

 HCC SouthShore students weigh the pros and cons By LISA STARK “It can be a beautiful thing,” said Aaron Zais, a freshman at Hillsborough SouthShore Community College.…

Opinion

Letter to the Editor: April 16, 2015

Dear Editor, After many long years of hard work, meetings, changes and ups and downs I am please to say that on behalf of myself, and my…

Letter to the Editor: April 9, 2015

It takes two Dear Editor, I am writing this to give two people recognition for making a difference in our Kings Point community. Just two people have…

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…