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30th year celebration

30th year celebration

Manatee viewing center throws itself a party By LOIS KINDLE lois@observernews.net March 16 was a big day for the Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center, when it hosted its 30th Anniversary…

Stick ’em up

Stick ’em up

Hole-in-the-Head Train Robbery at Florida Railroad Museum There may be a valuable shipment of gold  on board your train today. Don’t worry about the Hole-in-the-Head Gang causing any trouble. U.S. Marshals…

VOTA studio tour

VOTA studio tour

Annual studio tour showcases local artists at their craft By ANDREA SHAY Last Saturday, the Village of the Arts (VOTA) held its annual Studio Tour, where visitors and patrons could…

Festival of the Arts

Festival of the Arts

Arts-filled weekend attracts thousands to Apollo Beach The 25th Annual Manatee Arts Festival is a wrap, but memories of the two-day event will linger long after. An estimated 7,000 visitors perused…

Area residents invited to count every drop

Area residents invited to count every drop

Area residents invited to count every drop By LOIS KINDLE lois@observernews.net Local meteorologists at the National Weather Service in Ruskin and others across Florida are in a “heated” contest with…

Kiss me! I’m Irish! Maybe…

Kiss me!  I’m Irish!  Maybe…

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Kiss me!  I’m Irish!  Maybe… By MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.net What does it mean to be anything in America today? Who are you? Do you define yourself…

Dooley Groves

Dooley Groves

Dooley Groves family looks to farm area for 7 generations By PENNY FLETCHER penny@observernews.net Daniel W. Houghtaling trekked from Michigan all the way to south Hillsborough County sometime in the…

De Soto Seafood Festival

De Soto Seafood Festival

Hernando de Soto Crewe will capture hearts By CARL MARIO NUDI carl@observernews.net The Hernando de Soto Historical Society-sponsored Heintz & Becker De Soto Seafood Festival will be held March 24 through…

FCC Gala

FCC Gala

Gala fundraiser for Firehouse Cultural Center well attended The Firehouse Cultural Center in Ruskin held its annual gala fundraising event March 4 at Diehl Farms in Wimauma. About 250 guests…

Manatee Village of the Arts

Manatee Village of the Arts

Chill vibes await at Birdrock Taco Shack By ANDREA SHAY At the beginning of 2016, a new restaurant named Birdrock Taco Shack opened in Bradenton’s eclectic Village of the Arts…

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