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Art on a canvas of flesh

{igallery 6} By MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.netRIVERVIEW — A bumper sticker tacked onto a filing cabinet discretely tucked away in Mike Parson’s office reads, “Tattoos: Not just for sailors anymore.” Actually,…

Seeing the USA, the alternative to foreign travel

  {igallery 11} St. Simons Island, GeorgiaBy WARREN RESENw630@aol.com  The horror stories of foreign travel never seem to end and yet we still have a desire to travel to other…

Salted smiles and tears

    A magical sunset over the Gulf of Mexico. Will it ever be the same?Mitch Traphagen Photo By MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.net I ambled through the powdery white sand to…

Resurrected Mill Bayou development plan goes before BOCC June 8

By Mitch Traphagenmitch@observernews.netRUSKIN — A proposal to build eight homes on a strip of land on the Little Manatee River will result in a show down between a developer and…

In Sun City Center: Standing up for the fallen

{igallery 12} Memorial Day is over but you can still stand up for troops and vets By Mitch Traphagenmitch@observernews.netSUN CITY CENTER — Retired Navy Commander Edward Socha rang the bell…

Multiple means of exploring the metaphysical on the menu

  By MELODY JAMESONmj@observernews.netSUN CITY CENTER – This generally conservative retirement community might seem an unlikely host, but two new excursions into the new-age world of the metaphysical now are…

Master glass artisan pursues ancient craft with old world devotion

  By MELODY JAMESON mj@observernews.net In his studio on the south shore of the Alafia River, his trademark baseball cap firmly set bill-in-back, master glass artisan Calvin Sloan begins the…

Observer News Briefing with Julie Ball

By Julie Ball and Mitch Traphagenjulie@observernews.netmitch@observernews.net June 3, 2010   This week in The Observer News transcript:Hello and welcome to the Observer News.  I’m Julie Ball. A plan to develop…

Observer News Weekly Briefing June 3, 2010

By Mitch Traphagenmitch@observernews.net The Observer News Weekly Update with Julie Ball This week in The Observer News: Public Hearing for Mill Bayou in Ruskin Sun City Center stands up for…

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