Mitch Traphagen

The poetry of ghosts

  By MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.net I enjoy watching television shows like Ghost Hunters — on the rare occasions I find time to watch them. I don’t necessarily believe
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Instant Karma

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.net Thirty-two thousand feet above Middle America, I saw my wife smile. What made that amazing was that I was in seat 2D on ...
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Instant karma

  By MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.net Thirty-two thousand feet above Middle America, I saw my wife smile. What made that amazing was that I was in seat 2D on ...
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Learning how to die

  By MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.net Paul Singer is dying. If you have read this newspaper for any length of time, say the last decade or so, then you ...
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Winning in a losing game

  By MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.net Within a span of months, Americans went from being awash in cash to being misers searching out stray pennies. The villains were cast ...
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Art on a canvas of flesh

{igallery 6} By Mitch Traphagen and Julie Ballmitch@observernews.net, julie@observernews.netRIVERVIEW — A bumper sticker tacked onto a filing cabinet discretely tucked away in Mike Parson’s office ...
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NOAA expects active hurricane season

By Mitch Traphagenmitch@observernews.net UPDATE: NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, has released their hurricane season outlook with 14 to 23 named storms including 8 ...
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In SCC, a New Sheriff (Deputy) in Town

By Mitch Traphagenmitch@observernews.netSUN CITY CENTER - Veteran Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Girard has been named Sun City Center Community Resource Officer, replacing Deputy Rob ...
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Tampa Theatre organ pauses in silence with passing of Rosa Rio

By Mitch Traphagenmitch@observernews.netSUN CITY CENTER ­— Famed theater organist Rosa Rio passed away in her Sun City Center home on May 13. She was 107 ...
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Accident with school bus injures one in Ruskin

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.net RUSKIN - Theresa Kovatch, 43, of Ruskin was injured in a collision with a school bus from Rodgers Middle School near ...
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SCC’s Thornton promoted to new post

Deputy reflects on seven years in the community By Mitch Traphagen mitch@observernews.net SUN CITY CENTER — After seven years in town, HCSO community resource deputy ...
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Gulf oil disaster: Is Tampa Bay at risk?

By MITCH TRAPHAGENmitch@observernews.netRUSKIN — It began as a definitive story of human tragedy — 11 workers were killed in an explosion at the Deepwater Horizon ...
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Art on a canvas of flesh

{igallery 6} By Mitch Traphagen and Julie Ballmitch@observernews.net, julie@observernews.netRIVERVIEW — A bumper sticker tacked onto a filing cabinet discretely tucked away in Mike Parson’s office ...
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Two Lennard athletes sign letters of intent

Lennard High senior Shelby Sanchez signs a letter of intent with Florida College on a volleyball scholarship with the Lady Falcons. With her are Vaughn, ...
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Body recovered in Apollo Beach after 6 hour search

An HCSO helicopter circles as boats from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the U.S. Coast Guard search ...
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Storm surge warnings raised in time for hurricane season

By MELODY JAMESONmj@observernews.net“Run from water; hide from wind.” This part of a common seasonal warning often is emphasized by emergency management specialists as they try ...
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Betty Morrow retires from Observer News

By Mitch Traphagenmitch@observernews.netRUSKIN — Over the past two decades, thousands of people have come in contact with Betty Morrow at The Observer News. She handled ...
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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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