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Snooty the Manatee has died

Snooty the Manatee has died

By CARL MARIO NUDI Snooty the Manatee, for decades and for generations a unique and much-loved celebrity in Manatee County, and thought to the be the world’s oldest manatee in…

Observer Today July 21, 2017

Observer Today July 21, 2017

Good morning! Happy Friday. If you woke up to the squall line that passed through in the early morning darkness or, better, if you slept in a little, some words…

Observer Today July 20, 2017

Observer Today July 20, 2017

Good morning! Ruskin was once known as the the salad bowl of America. Ruskin tomatoes and lots of stuff grew here. Some of it remains, but not like it was.…

Ruskin Memorial Park community cemetery needs benefactors, volunteers

Ruskin Memorial Park community cemetery needs benefactors, volunteers

By LOIS KINDLE If you’ve lived in the area for any length of time, you’re probably aware of the community cemetery at 204 Manatee Drive in Ruskin. It’s been serving…

Moose Lodge steps up to help a child retain her sight

Moose Lodge steps up to help a child retain her sight

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN On the surface, this is the story of a beautiful little girl who may well lose all sight without help from strangers. That would be a tragedy…

More than ‘Just say no’

More than ‘Just say no’

Impact strives to give teens and parents the tools they need today. By YVETTE C. HAMMETT When Angie Kagey’s children were getting in to the teen years, she was at…

Young dancers excel in national competition

Young dancers excel in national competition

By CARL MARIO NUDI A recent trip to a national competition event was very rewarding for three young Manatee County dancers. Abigail McNulty, 10, Hayden Schmidt, 9, and Destiny Connolly, 9…

Ruskin Woman’s Club hosts baking class as fundraiser for scholarships

Ruskin Woman’s Club hosts baking class as fundraiser for scholarships

By LOIS KINDLE After Grace McKee recently took part in a bread-baking class offered by A Simpler Place Farm & Market in Riverview, she wanted to offer the same opportunity…

50 Years of SCC Bingo — different faces, same enthusiasm

50 Years of SCC Bingo — different faces, same enthusiasm

By PHYLLIS HODGES Sun City Center historians have discovered a 1967 Tampa Tribune photo of 330 SCC Bingo players; that’s 50 years ago. Back then, the venue was the Community…

You, me and business: Put your customers first

You, me and business: Put your customers first

By DANA SCHROEDER CEO, SCC Chamber To me, nothing symbolizes frustration quite as much as watching someone try to free their new purchase from its plastic packaging. Nothing short of…

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