June 26, 2003

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The Changing Face of South Hillsborough - Part 2 of 3

Meet the Neighbors

By Mitch Traphagen

APOLLO BEACH - One of the more memorable themes of the 1989 movie, Field of Dreams was, "If you build it, they will come."

At Mira Bay in Apollo Beach, it doesnít even have to be built - they will come anyway.  More

Part 1 - Welcome to SouthShore

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World Goes Wild for Harry

By Mitch Traphagen

BRANDON - It was a dark and stormy night. Fortunately for author J.K. Rowling, the fifth book in her Harry Potter series, the Order of the Phoenix, does not begin that way.

It was, however, dark and it was at least drizzling on June 20 as nearly 1,500 people attended a kickoff celebration for the long awaited book at the Barnes and Noble book store in Brandon. More

Photo Illustration by Mitch Traphagen

Commentary:  Fair Winds to a Friend

By MItch Traphagen

Living in a marina means that you know everyone - but almost exclusively by first name only. For most people, that tends to make things easier.

One of the first people my wife and I met upon moving aboard a sailboat was a man we called Terry. We saw him nearly everyday, saying "Hi Terry!" whenever our paths crossed.

Unfortunately his real name was Art.  More

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Swinging Away a Summer Day

A group of children from The Learning Tree child care center in Brandenton took advantage of the playground at E.G. Simmons Park in Ruskin on June 20. Sometimes there is just no better way to spend a summer day than on a swing.

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Coming Up Next Week in the Observer News

It's a Bird!  It's a Plane!  It's a Home Depot!

The tide is apparently rising in South Hillsborough and that is fueling rumors about home improvement centers, grocery stores and restaurants coming to the area. Are we destined to become another Brandon? What will happen to your town? Do you even have a town? Find out next week in part three: Itís a Bird, Itís a Plane, Itís a Home Depot!



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