Observations
Observations:  Love more, flip off less

Observations: Love more, flip off less

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN It is Thanksgiving. It is a holiday of some myth but largely of faith and gratitude. Over the centuries, it remains appropriately named to a…

Observations: Capturing the beautiful you

Observations: Capturing the beautiful you

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN I love photography. If anyone thinks of me at all, it is probably as a writer; but in my heart, I am a photographer and…

News

St. Joseph’s South to present new hospital to public Jan. 17

St. Joseph’s South to present new hospital to public Jan. 17

By PENNY FLETCHER St. Joseph’s Hospital South is preparing to host a community event Jan.…

Former trapeze artist part of local holiday variety show

Former trapeze artist part of local holiday variety show

Circus performer Mavis Johnson now an energetic grandma. By LISA STARK Freelance writer and photographer…

Losing senses: How ‘Dining in the Dark’ opened my eyes to blindness

Losing senses: How ‘Dining in the Dark’ opened my eyes to blindness

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN Dinner was delicious — but I never saw it. I was told…

New boundaries for South County high-school students proposed

New boundaries for South County high-school students proposed

Three public meetings before vote; middle and elementary schools also affected By PENNY FLETCHER Serious…

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

Giving tangible thanks

A life well-lived celebrated by charitable gifts. By PENNY FLETCHER The sign outside by the circular drive said, “Birthday Party Here,” but the event was far more…

On Thanksgiving: one nation, one voice

Much has changed in the four centuries since what we accept as Thanksgiving began, but the tradition remains. By MITCH TRAPHAGEN There were no 24-hour supermarkets. There…

Opinion

Observations: Love more, flip off less

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN It is Thanksgiving. It is a holiday of some myth but largely of faith and gratitude. Over the centuries, it remains appropriately named to…

Letters to the editor: November 27, 2014

Those who endure Dear Editor, They arrive at dawn on the backs of pick-up trucks, grab their buckets, their lunch and head into the fields. It will…

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…