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Young scientists come from all over the state for robotics program

By Penny Fletcherpenny@observernews.net RUSKIN — Last week I found some students in summer school because they wanted to be. Not because they’d failed or been in danger of falling behind.…

The happy trails between life and death

  This is one of a photograph or two of my happy trails. The destination didn’t really matter, the journey was important.      Mitch Traphagen photo By Mitch Traphagenmitch@observernews.net Michelle and…

Local sailors share their passion with injured veterans

By MELODY JAMESONmj@observernews.net Melody Jameson photo Shaded by the bimini of Freedom Excursions’ 40-foot motor sailer, Leslie (right) and Mike (left) Jernigan share finger foods during a recent sunset sail…

Early primary election voting set to begin; absentee ballots now available

By MELODY JAMESON    mj@observernews.net Signaled by biting television advertisements and fliers filling mailboxes, the 2010 election season now is underway for South County voters. In the next few weeks, absentee…

Lions, tigers and Elmira’s dreams

Story and photos by MITCH TRAPHAGENmitch@observernews.net See the video below WIMAUMA — The bear loves peppermint candy. As she sees the woman walking up to her cage, she knows what…

Lions, tigers and Elmira’s dreams

Elmira’s Wildlife Sanctuary is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving exotic animals and giving them a forever home. Every penny donated goes towards feeding the animals and maintenance of the…

Concentration, coordination and confidence

By Penny Fletcher penny@pennyfletcher.com   Penny Fletcher Photo Jim Chambers strikes a pose before demonstrating a new move in his karate class at the Gardenville Recreation Center. Jim and his…

Volunteer team teaches students to avoid obesity

By PENNY FLETCHER penny@observernews.net RIVERVIEW – Summer students at Summerfield Crossings Elementary School were treated to a fitness program July 22 given by a volunteer team calling itself “Fitness America.”…

Volunteer team teaches students to avoid obesity

By PENNY FLETCHER penny@observernews.net RIVERVIEW – Summer students at Summerfield Crossings Elementary School were treated to a fitness program July 22 given by a volunteer team calling itself “Fitness America.”…

Obituaries July 22, 2010

BRAGA, Juanita Raines Juanita “Nita” Raines Braga, 73, of Ruskin was born September 21 1937 and died June 24, 2010. She was buried on July 7, 2010 in Homestead, FL.…

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