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Outdoor Learning: Valentines in Nature

By DIANE STRAUSER ALVAREZ, Master Naturalist and Camp Bayou Supporter What a pleasure we have in Florida to see such bright colors in winter! My three azalea bushes are blooming…

Congressman Rooney cuts the ribbon on Summerfield office

By Mitch Traphagen U.S. Congressman Tom Rooney (R-17) cut the ribbon on his new district office in Summerfield on Friday.  Congressman Rooney has served in the House of Representatives since…

Congressman Rooney cuts the ribbon on Riverview office

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN U.S. Congressman Tom Rooney (R-17) cut the ribbon on his new district office in Summerfield on Friday. Congressman Rooney has served in the House of Representatives since…

An Ark of Inspiration

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN “The pastor said he wanted to do a series on the Ark, he didn’t say, ‘Ark of the Covenant,’ he just said, ‘Ark.’ I told him that…

What’s the real story behind Valentine’s Day?

By PENNY FLETCHER Every year Feb. 14 brings a flutter of activity in candy stores and flower shops around the world as gifts are exchanged between loved ones. Whether it’s…

A change of watch for the USGC Auxiliary Ruskin Flotilla

By Mitch Traphagen They are charged with saving lives, a job they do often but without fanfare.  Safety on the water, even the safety of America’s borders is something placed…

In Riverview: Borders of convenience

By Mitch Traphagen WaWa has come to Florida.  The popular Pennsylvania convenience store chain with an unusual name opened their first Sunshine State location in Pinellas Park last week.  Currently…

Coworkers rally after family loses son

By PENNY FLETCHER Coworkers reacted quickly to help the family of the kindergartner who died Jan. 23 after collapsing at Cypress Creek Elementary School in Ruskin. Now the community is…

Preventing Elder Abuse is opening topic of seminar series

An estimated six million elderly people suffer abuse each year — those are not numbers, they are our parents and grandparents. By MITCH TRAPHAGEN For anywhere from one to ten…

USPS plans to end Saturday delivery

The United States Postal Service announced on Wednesday that it plans to stop delivering mail on Saturdays, beginning August 1. The USPS, which has struggled financially with multi-billion dollar losses…

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