Observations
Observations: Behind the mask

Observations: Behind the mask

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN Michelle and I were in our backyard enjoying a beautiful August morning when I noticed she was staring off at … something. “What are you…

Observations: The captain and the bad penny

Observations: The captain and the bad penny

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN In the dream I awoke from last night, I was preparing to leave Florida. I had checked the bilge on the boat as I always…

News

Theater debate in SCC: Where do you stand?

Theater debate in SCC: Where do you stand?

HCC program encourages generational mix

HCC program encourages generational mix

By PENNY FLETCHER Mixing 18- and 80-year-olds in the classroom is a win-win situation for…

Repertoire of one-woman band spans nearly a century

Repertoire of one-woman band spans nearly a century

By PENNY FLETCHER She sings and plays songs popular more than 30 years before her…

Happy 104th, Mary

Happy 104th, Mary

Mary Bessignano, a resident of Belvedere Commons in Sun City Center, turned 104 years old…

Features

On the road again … A world apart: Door County, Wisconsin

By WARREN RESEN North American Travel Journalists Assn. Jutting out from Green Bay into Lake Michigan, Wisconsin’s Door County is a peninsula that is a world apart…

On the road again … Punta Gorda

By WARREN RESEN North American Travel Journalists Assn. In Act 2, Scene 2 of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Juliet says to Romeo: “What’s in a name?…

Headlines

Wounded veteran receives mortgage-free Riverview home

By KEVIN BRADY There’s a welcome home — and then there’s what happened last weekend in Riverview. U.S. Army Sgt. Visala Tui and his family were handed…

Home is where the love is

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN Stanley came rushing over hoping for a cookie. When he saw that the human he knew didn’t have one, he rubbed his face against…

Opinion

Theater debate in SCC: Where do you stand?

Letters: September 18, 2014

6 “Must Ask” Questions That Are Key To Deciding About Another Theater 1. Will the $4.2 million theater loan REALLY be cost-free to SCC homeowners? No.  There…

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…