Observations
Observations: Saved by a leap?

Observations: Saved by a leap?

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN On Netflix I’ve started watching a television show called Quantum Leap that dates to 1989. It was such a different world then. But 1989 wasn’t…

Observations: Soothing the saddened beast

Observations: Soothing the saddened beast

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN I’ve been down this road before and I know it does not end at a good place. It’s such a bad place, in fact, that…

News

At Fort De Soto Park, a towering invasive species is removed

At Fort De Soto Park, a towering invasive species is removed

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN Pinellas County’s Fort De Soto Park North Beach is considered a Florida…

The Hidden Artists of Florida

The Hidden Artists of Florida

Vintage paintings from the Highwaymen By LISA STARK Art collectors and history buffs have long…

Through the eyes of a photographer: Babies, maternity and more

Through the eyes of a photographer: Babies, maternity and more

By LISA STARK One of the most extraordinary times in a couple’s life is the…

The remarkable development of an artist

The remarkable development of an artist

On Christmas Eve in 2009, Tom Day — an Air Force veteran of 23 years…

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

Local Centenarians: A hundred reasons to celebrate

By LISA STARK If charm and humor increase with age, it would explain the  demeanor of two of SCC’s most delightful residents: Gladys Fracassi, who turned 103…

Keeping American skies beautiful … and safe

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN Sandy Duran didn’t start Bullet Free Sky for her son or for herself. Although her then-12-year-old son was struck down by a bullet in…

Opinion

You, me and business: Happy 4th

By DANA DITTMAR, CEO, Sun City Center Chamber of Commerce They laughed at me here at the Chamber earlier this week.  (Laughing at me is not a…

On the Horizon

Want to have input on available Y programs? Join the Advisory Board By PENNY FLETCHER After several years of planning, the South County YMCA is finally 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…