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Nine years after Nine-Eleven

By Mitch Traphagenmitch@observernews.net Above, a child’s note of remembrance taped to the window of an NYPD substation near Times Square in 2001. Below, support from Pasco County residents in the…

International Coastal Cleanup Day is Sept. 25

By MITCH TRAPHAGENmitch@observernews.net Mitch Traphagen Photo RUSKIN — The pile of detritus was remarkable. In the span of a few hours, the volunteers had collected jugs of used motor oil,…

Local mother focuses beacon of experience on national problem

By MELODY JAMESONmj@observernews.net   Donna Witsell (Melody Jameson Photo) SUNDANCE – It’s been just a year this weekend since Charlie and Donna Witsell lost their only child. For 13-year-old Hope,…

Canadian company’s first Florida footprint on Sun City Center golf courses

Mitch Traphagen Photo ByMELODY JAMESONmj@observernews.net SUN CITY CENTER – Seven of the eight golf courses in this retirement community founded as a golfing mecca now belong to a Canadian corporation…

Riverview writer says she hopes she never grows up

By PENNY FLETCHER penny@observernews.net Olga Iris Claudio of Riverview shows a portion of the children’s books she is preparing to submit for publication. She has been writing songs and doing…

Ruskin playground dedicated in loving memory of Beryl Looney

Mitch Traphagen Photos Members of the Ruskin United Methodist Church held a ceremony on Sunday (Aug. 29) to dedicate the church’s daycare center playground in the memory of Beryl Looney,…

Don’t let the bed bugs bite!

By MITCH TRAPHAGENmitch@observernews.net “Sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite!” was a depression-era phrase that almost every baby boomer grew up with. I had never seen a bed bug,…

Bicyclists protest misplaced “rumble strips”

By MELODY JAMESONmj@observernews.net Photo by Melody Jameson Activists campaign for them. Community planners designate sites for them. Transportation authorities put them on their “to do” lists. Governmental agencies encourage their…

Sportsplex, medical center, 4,000-seat arena and more slated for Bullfrog Creek area

The five partners in this 123-acre project set for Bullfrog Creek Road are quick to say that the design is not completely set in stone. What attractions, sports pros, restaurants…

At the dawn of the new school year, chambers honor new teachers

South County chambers of commerce and local businesses honored new teachers last week with breakfasts in Ruskin and Riverview.  At the event in Ruskin, held at the Destiny Church, teachers…