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Crime falls in U.S., Florida

By MITCH *Click here to email* RUSKIN – According to Federal Bureau of Investigation statistics released on Monday, all categories of crime declined in 2009, contrary to fears held by some that crime…

Nine years after Nine-Eleven

By Mitch *Click here to email* Above, a child’s note of remembrance taped to the window of an NYPD substation near Times Square in 2001. Below, support from Pasco County residents in the…

Peru: the potato and the Irish

By WARREN RESEN, Travel/Outdoor WriterPhotos by JEANNE O’CONNOR I met my lovely wife, Jeanne O’Connor, in Florida because of the “Theory of unintended consequences.” International travel frequently means visiting exotic…

International Coastal Cleanup Day is Sept. 25

By MITCH *Click here to email* Mitch Traphagen Photo RUSKIN — The pile of detritus was remarkable. In the span of a few hours, the volunteers had collected jugs of used motor oil,…

Local mother focuses beacon of experience on national problem

By MELODY *Click here to email*   Donna Witsell (Melody Jameson Photo) SUNDANCE – It’s been just a year this weekend since Charlie and Donna Witsell lost their only child. For 13-year-old Hope,…

Canadian company’s first Florida footprint on Sun City Center golf courses

Mitch Traphagen Photo ByMELODY *Click here to email* SUN CITY CENTER – Seven of the eight golf courses in this retirement community founded as a golfing mecca now belong to a Canadian corporation…

Riverview writer says she hopes she never grows up

By PENNY FLETCHER *Click here to email* Olga Iris Claudio of Riverview shows a portion of the children’s books she is preparing to submit for publication. She has been writing songs and doing…

Obituaries September 2, 2010

HOWARD, Leonard Leonard Howard, 84, of Sun City Center, FL passed away August 29, 2010. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II and retired as plant…

A male view on ‘chick lit’

  Mitch Traphagen Photo A view of Mid-town Manhattan from Central Park. Even in a metropolitan area of 22 million people, it is possible to find peace and tranquility. By…

Photographer Clyde Butcher leaves the swamp

By WARREN RESEN, Florida Outdoor Writers Association member *Click here to email* He’s coming out of the swamps and moving to a neighborhood near you. Who? Clyde Butcher, one of the world’s foremost…

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