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The forest and the trees of Christmas

By Mitch Traphagen It seems the Christmas sales begin earlier with each passing year. And this year, what was once considered a sacred American holiday was violated in the rush…

Local shelter needs help year ’round

By PENNY FLETCHER Some have been beaten; others evicted. Sometimes, a single event happened without warning, like getting pink-slipped because your employer has closed-up shop. Whatever the reason, abused or homeless…

Obituaries December 19, 2013

Lorraine K. Caldwell Lorraine K. Caldwell, 91, of Riverview passed away December 9, 2013. Lorraine was born July 29, 1922, in Birmingham, Alabama, to the late James and Hattie Mae…

Brenda Knowles, editor/publisher, forged the good path

Brenda Knowles, editor/publisher, forged the good path

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN On September 11, 2001, publisher and editor Brenda Knowles called in a “stop the presses.” The Observer News, already on the way to print, would be changed…

In Riverview: the holidays are warmer for hundreds of seniors

In Riverview:  the holidays are warmer for hundreds of seniors

Christmas cheer and a kickoff to a warmer holiday was made possible for 559 seniors in the Riverview area last week, thanks to the annual Senior Dinner, held at the…

Apollo Beach to host largest fireworks show in Florida this New Year’s Eve

Apollo Beach to host largest fireworks show in Florida this New Year’s Eve

By PENNY FLETCHER South County residents won’t have to travel to see the biggest fireworks show in Florida this New Year’s Eve. It didn’t start out to be the biggest,…

Hundreds turn out to give pets a home for holidays

Hundreds turn out to give pets a home for holidays

By KEVIN BRADY Filling the parking lot an hour before the doors opened, pet lovers from all over the Bay area flocked to Hillsborough County Animal Services in Brandon on…

VFW provides immediate help for children in crisis

VFW provides immediate help for children in crisis

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN The Ruskin VFW Post 6287 donated 50 plush monkeys to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office last week. The soft, huggable toys will be used by deputies to…

Artist Dolores Coe welcomes patrons to her exhibit in Sarasota

Artist Dolores Coe welcomes patrons to her exhibit in Sarasota

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN Renowned Ruskin-based artist Dolores Coe welcomed art patrons to the latest exhibit of her work, held at Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art in Sarasota. Several dozen people turned…

Coming up at the Straz

Coming up at the Straz

Downton Abbey New Year’s Eve Premiere Party and An Evening with Garrison Keillor among coming events. DECEMBER 2013 Jazz on the Bay A Red & Black Affair with Nathan Mitchell…

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