Observations
Observations: Love with no words

Observations: Love with no words

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN I am a father on a technicality. Over the years, we’ve been the parents of three foster children, the youngest, at the time, was 10.…

A (former) snowbird’s lament

A (former) snowbird’s lament

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN I  am on a JetBlue flight from Tampa to New York City’s LaGuardia airport  — at 37,000 feet, traveling at 550 miles per hour, currently…

News

Ruskin mail carrier, national newsmaker, returns home

Ruskin mail carrier, national newsmaker, returns home

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN On “tax day,” April 15, when the news broke, first from the…

Valencia Lakes Variety Show entertains a packed house

Valencia Lakes Variety Show entertains a packed house

Spirited seniors strut their stuff with music, dance, comedy By LISA STARK In a sold-out…

ABWIG, BOCC cement agreement

ABWIG, BOCC cement agreement

At the April 15 Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners meeting, commissioners voted to approve…

Riverview Crawfish Festival hits the spot for Rotary Club

Riverview Crawfish Festival hits the spot for Rotary Club

By KEVIN BRADY Thank Michael Broussard for that smell of fresh crawfish that filled the…

Features

On the road again … Georgia’s historic Antebellum Trail

By WARREN RESEN North American Travel Journalists Assn. JEANNE O’CONNOR photos Which would you think generates more passion in Georgia, the University of Georgia’s football team or…

Southbound: A season ticket on a one-way ride

There are good ways and bad ways to travel for the million or so snowbirds flocking south to the Florida sunshine. Unfortunately, most have to take the…

Headlines

90 Publix volunteers make a huge impact

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN Things began slowly. It is difficult organizing 90 people for a large multifaceted project in the best of circumstances. At first, everyone was gathered…

Teen Scout soaring with Troop 661

By KEVIN BRADY Most Scouts are 17 when they earn the coveted title of Eagle Scout, according to the Boy Scouts of America, but Elijah Council, 15,…

Opinion

Observations: Love with no words

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN I am a father on a technicality. Over the years, we’ve been the parents of three foster children, the youngest, at the time, was…

Letter to the Editor: April 23, 2015

Dear Editor, The growing national debate on creating and adopting a fair and reasonable immigration policy for all Americans has caused me to conduct some historical research…

Video

Interview with a mermaid

An interview with Weeki Wachee Springs Mermaid Carli Dofka. Mermaids of Weeki Wachee Springs, Florida from Mitch Traphagen on Vimeo.…

Underwater archeologists search for Florida’s History

Dr. John Gifford, an underwater archeologist from the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science, talks about making a dive for 10,000 year old…