Observations
Observations: Answering calls

Observations: Answering calls

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN The woman who opens the bodega down the street each morning is too little to open the steel anti-theft shutters by herself. So she arrives…

Observations: Anti-social media

Observations: Anti-social media

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN I’m becoming increasingly aware of the notion that permanence is nothing more than an illusion. When I was a younger man, a week, a day…

News

A shot at the $1 million spot! Local man shoots for Super Bowl commercial

A shot at the $1 million spot! Local man shoots for Super Bowl commercial

By PENNY FLETCHER Brian Kleinschmidt of Riverview has produced a Doritos commercial that may be…

Culinary students serve up holiday cheer

Culinary students serve up holiday cheer

    By LISA STARK Contributing Writer/Photographer On Dec. 10, the South County Career Center…

Beverly Kay retires after 27 years at The Observer News

Beverly Kay retires after 27 years at The Observer News

Beverly Kay began working at The Shopper & Observer News in 1987 as a front…

Gerry Bell ringing in the New Year in a musical way

Gerry Bell ringing in the New Year in a musical way

By LISA STARK Contributing Writer/Photographer Gerry Bell is clearly in love with music, as anyone…

Features

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…

A world apart: Door County, Wisconsin

PART TWO By WARREN RESEN North American Travel Journalists Assn. The ferry to Rock Island deposits passengers in a state park without cars or electricity. Reservations for…

Headlines

SCC Parade was a celebration of Christmas and sunshine

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN It was a celebration on Saturday in Sun City Center. Certainly a celebration of the joy and good will found in the Christmas season…

Grieving during the Holidays

By JEANNE SHANIN Contributing Writer For many of us, Christmas and New Year mark the most exciting time of year, bustling with the anticipation of gifts, giving…

Opinion

Observations: Answering calls

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN The woman who opens the bodega down the street each morning is too little to open the steel anti-theft shutters by herself. So she…

Letters to the Editor: December 11, 2014

Dear Editor, The results of the vote in SCC are clear and simple and so is the message to our board. We don’t think we need a…

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…