Mitch Traphagen

Man spends 30 minutes of his life to return shopping cart!

  By MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.net I saw him just after I turned into the Walmart parking lot from Highway 301. He was an old man, moving very slowly.
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Just like old times

By Mitch Traphagenmitch@observernews.net The Ruskin I returned to in 2010 is much like the Ruskin I found in 1994. There was no boom back then. Homes ...
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Shifting gears

By MITCH TRAPHAGENmitch@observernews.net Frank Kruse died last week. No, you don’t know him. For that matter, I didn’t really know him, either, and it has been ...
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It’s good to be home

  By Mitch Traphagenmitch@observernews.net “Once there was a way to get back home…”In April, 2009, I exited off I-75 on the Ruskin exit for the first time ...
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The field of dreams come true

By MITCH TRAPHAGENmitch@observernews.netGIBSONTON - Jason Nugent is a very cool brother. He also knows how to make a spectacular entrance.Nugent’s sister Elizabeth is a star ...
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Hite makes an encore for Egmont

By Mitch Traphagenmitch@observernews.netAPOLLO BEACH - For television news viewers across the Bay area it was like old times last week. Former WFLA Newschannel 8 anchor ...
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Ruskin Tomato Festival postponed indefinitely

By Mitch Traphagenmitch@observernews.netThe 2010 Ruskin Tomato and Heritige Festival has been postponed indefinitely.  It was originally planned for May 1 and 2 on the Hillsborough ...
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U.S. Navy rocks out for Tampa Navy Week

By Mitch Traphagen mitch@observernews.net TAMPA — The city of Tampa has declared March 15-21 Tampa Navy Week in a ceremony on Monday that included a ...
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Golf cart crossing opens with crowds, carts in SCC

Story and photos by MITCH TRAPHAGEN The new Sun City Center golf cart path crossing U.S. Highway 301 opened on Tuesday, March 9, with ...
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Kite Fest colors the sky in Apollo Beach

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.net The Apollo Beach Beautification Committee sponsored their second Kite Fest on March 27, bringing parents and children to the Apollo Beach ...
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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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