Mitch Traphagen

Liberty gets a pat-down

  By MITCH TRAPHAGEN In 1975, Dad took me on a trip from our small, rural hometown to the big city of Minneapolis. We went to a
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Low tide in Florida

  MITCH TRAPHAGEN PHOTO It may well be low tide in Florida but, as it always does, the tide is rushing back in. Florida remains a ...
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Living by example

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN   Esther was born a child of the Great Depression in the most rural of rural South Dakota.  She went to school in a ...
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Sailing in through the out door

Part three of an Observer News feature series Reedville, Virginia, is a quiet community on a creek just off the Chesapeake Bay. MITCH ...
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Saying goodbye

My wife Michelle flew in to help prepare the boat for the voyage home. The tanks and lockers are full. It is time ...
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The last leg

Part one of an Observer News feature series By MITCH TRAPHAGEN The last leg is getting the boat into the water from the boatyard ...
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Dooley Groves rises from the ashes

Mitch Traphagen Photo After losing more than 22,000 healthy citrus trees from the threat of citrus canker in 2005, Dooley Groves owner Mike Houghtaling ...
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Boat Ramp expansion completed at E.G. Simmons Park

MITCH TRAPHAGEN PHOTOS Boat Ramp expansion completed at E.G. Simmons Park RUSKIN — Hillsborough County recently completed a major expansion to the boat ramp ...
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Author info
image Mitch Traphagen Mitch Traphagen is a photojournalist, columnist and online editor for the Observer News Publications. He is the recipient of 55 awards of excellence from the Community Papers of Florida for his photography and writing. He has worked for some of the nation’s largest corporations, as Press Secretary for a U.S. Congressman, owned and published a weekly newspaper, and produced a commercial documentary video on sailing. He is a Commodore in the Seven Seas Cruising Association (ssca.org). Mitch is a writer, photographer, sailor and traveler with a bit of a geek thing going on. You can visit his personal website at mitchtraphagen.com
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