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Obituaries July 27, 2017

Laura Pait Laura Pait was born on December 3, 1956, in Nyack, N.Y., to Richard and Edna Phelan. After graduating from Nyack High School, Laura spent several decades working as…

Snooty the Manatee has died

Snooty the Manatee has died

Editor’s Note: 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 captivity, has…

Correction on scallop harvesting

Correction on scallop harvesting

In the July 20, 2017 column “Fish Tales,” the columnist referred to scalloping in Longboat Pass. The reports she relied on regarding boats collecting scallops in the pass were erroneous.…

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…